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Presenting Janine

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Presenting Janine

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A few months ago one of our customers asked if she could book onto a beginners course, we said yes, sent her home to get her kit, within the hour she was enrolled on and attending  Denise’s class! We can’t always claim to be so prompt but we aim to please. Anyhow Janine has absolutely blossomed in a really short time. Today she brought all her bits and bobs to class, many of which she has made herself on classes with us and I just wanted to share her work with you all as it is lovely. No prizes for spotting that her quiltofax uses the same kitty fabric as our cushion posted earlier.

Memories of the Great War in Stitch

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I ‘googled’ Le Beffroi Arras 1914 and the following once I used Google Translate is copied and pasted below.
After the defeat of Charleroi, the French troops must withdraw. Arras is then declared an open city . The Germans occupy a few days, from 6 to 8 September 1914. The French offensive against German forces troops to leave the city but these remain firmly entrenched and during a month of heavy fighting will take place around Arras.

On the morning of October 6, 1914 , the German heavy artillery opened fire on the town. This are just the beginnings of future bombings. On 7 October 1914 , incendiary shells fell on the town. The Town Hall is in flames. October 21, 1914, from 10:30 to 11:20 , the Belfry is targeted. In just 50 minutes , it is in ruins . From 5 to 7 July 1915 , the palace and the cathedral Saint -Vaast already affected during bombardment of October 6 , in turn, are systematically targeted . In two days, the shells because of these monuments, rebuilt in the eighteenth century by Cardinal de Rohan.

Other important buildings were partially or totally destroyed as a result of the bombing :

The churches of Saint John the Baptist, Saint Nicolas and Saint Gery
Chapels of Our Lady of Ardent , the Poor Clares , of Chariottes , of Providence, Augustinian …
The seminary buildings including the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament
The Palace of Justice (former hotel States Artois ) , the Theatre, the former Jesuit Novitiate , the Prefecture ( former Episcopal Palace).
Normal School , the Municipal College , College girls , the Institution Saint Joseph Boarding Jeanne d’ Arc, the Institution of deaf and blind children …
A steel deluge hit the city of Arras. The number of shells fired during a single day, June 26, 1915 is estimated at 15,000. At Arras, the dividing line between the two armies was close to the city, only at a distance of 800 to 1200 meters.
The record of destruction is dramatic. In addition to the civil and religious monuments , it’s the planning that is disrupted . Great and Little squares and the streets of Taillerie linking them, are destroyed. This urban fifteenth and sixteenth century included 150 Spanish- style buildings Flemish : 45 buildings were completely destroyed and other damage.

Antique Quilt

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Antique Quilt

I am so very lucky, Quilting Antics is such a great place to spend your time. You never quite know who or what is about to come through the door and this week has been no exception. We have found our newest recruit, Averil, we haven’t set her start date yet but fate is certainly working its magic around Averil. Since our paths crossed recently Averil has been bombarded with ‘quiltyness’ not least her neighbour who is having a bit of a sort out showed her the exquisite antique quilt which I am about to share with you. If you click on the images you should be able to zoom in a bit and have a better look at this amazing piece of history which we think may have started life around 1903 just before the first world war and then been worked on again following the second world war on about 1947. I hope you enjoy the work as much as I did.


By utter coincidence I was also shown an embroidered silk cushion this week; originating straight out of the first world war. I will prepare the blog post and publish soon, I want to do a little more research on the historical message before I share it with you. If you think this post is historic brilliance be prepared to be astounded by the cushion and the history and stories that can be told through stitch.

Free postage and Packing on all UK web orders

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Free postage and Packing on all web orders

My Christmas prezzie to you all. Free P&P until 4th January on all UK web orders at www.quiltingantics.co.uk

Internet orders will be dispatched throughout the Christmas period though the shop has now closed until the 4th of January. Because I live locally if you e mail me at info@quiltingantics.co.uk I can open by appointment for you.

Whilst we try hard to dispatch all orders as near to the same day as possible, there can sometimes be a wait on some of Moda’s basic ranges (plains, marbles, spots, swirls etc) whilst our stocks get replenished; however we can usually suggest a close alternative to speed things up a bit.

Beginners Sampler Quilt

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Just a little teaser…Rachel starts her new Beginners Sampler Quilt Course on the 17th of January. This is a little sneeky peek of some of the blocks that students will be having a go at. From top left to bottom right there is Card Trick, Spiders Web, Monkey Wrench, Pineapple, Jacobs Ladder and I must confess I don’t know what the last one is called (shame on me that’s a poor do!) If you fancy joining in and haven’t already signed up there are 4 places left. You can either message me on here, e mail me at info@quiltingantics.co.uk or phone the shop 01729 824708 remember that we will be closed from Sunday 22nd December  to Saturday 4th January so not answering the phone during that time; although I can open the shop by appointment if you e mail me to arrange a time.

Merry Christmas everyone 🙂

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How Angelic

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How Angelic

It’s that time of year when schools pull out all the stops; tonight we have been to Giggleswick Primary School’s fantastic school nativity performance. This morning Leon said to me “Mum I don’t want to be in my nativity because I don’t want to be a girl” guess what? My little man was an angel! We had a chat about how the Angel Gabriel was a very important man in the story and hey presto our lil’ man was well away singing his heart out. John Newman make way for my boy!

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Nothing at all to do with patchwork and quilting but I simply couldn’t resist sharing this with you.

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Calling all Cambridge Patchwork and Quilters

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Calling all Cambridge Patchwork and Quilters

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Desperately seeking Cambridge Patchwork and Quilters, quilt groups, quilters guilds and anyone quilty

I have a cunning plan but I need help, if you are a patchwork and quilter, live in the Cambridge area and are interested in helping me whilst earning yourself some free fabric for your trouble could you get in touch with me either on here, by ringing the shop 01729 824708 or by e mailing me privately at info@quiltingantics.co.uk I would be very grateful to hear from you. It will be worth your while! I love a bit of intrigue tee hee 😉

Looking back over 2013

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Looking back over 2013

So much happens at Quilting Antics, its hard when I’m not blogging regularly to remember all the things that have happened! So what I thought I’d do is have a look at some of my unpublished photographs.

First of all there was the planking craze, do you know what that is? To plank you have to lay out straight in the most precarious place you can manage, for Hippy that was the dressing table in our hotel room…the photo is of my mum, Hip Chick, yes that’s right, ol’hippy the one and only. When she heard about the craze she couldn’t help herself…so when you next see her hobbling and bobbling about at the shows save your sympathy and think of this image instead.

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Anyway the story plods on and someone just happened to mention the planking episode to Tweety Pie, then, guess what? Yes, you guessed it, not to be outdone, up she climbs onto the step stool and hey presto another plank gets her legs up in the air.

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Nothing whatsoever to do with planking in the sense that  you have just read above…only Erika could pull this ‘look’ off, what a star. Erika is one of life’s all round good eggs and I suspect Peter Kaye’s secret script writer. I couldn’t resist but share this pic with you. This is Erika raising shed loads of cash for Marie Curie, a charity which supported not only Erika’s family but also ours through some terrible times. Keep up the good work lass you will always find support at Quilting Antics xxxxIMG_0386.JPG (2)

Retreat with Ferret

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Retreat with Ferret

I would have liked to post this post earlier on in the week but hey that’s life! Following Monday’s Linus Challenge I have barely had a moment to myself as I am now at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate (stand A600 if you are going to be there call round and say hi.)

Last weekend we had Ferret with us at High Trenhouse, it was tremendous!

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She was with us on Friday and taught a masterclass on free machining, the students began by learning how to feed their fabric through their machines evenly; with loads of advice on needles, keeping your boobs out of the way, thread choices, using your machine properly and problem solving (which takes us back to the conversation on keeping your boobs out of the way when sewing.) Ferret was a hard task master but by the end of the day, as you can see in the slideshow, students were confidently beginning to machine complicated patterns best of all everyone enjoyed the day.

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On Friday evening we had a very entertaining talk where Ferret shared loads of her of anecdotes and allowed us to handle her quilts, inspecting her intricate machine quilting. It is so interesting when you get to find out about the person behind the stunning work. Unfortunately several extra people were supposed to join us but the fog on the top of the hill at Malham made it difficult to drive up to Trenhouse, so for all those who missed the evening rest assured we will be repeating it in July when hopefully the weather will be on our side. (Elaine I hope you are not too traumatised by your journey.)  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Diz for leading the way down the hill as it was really nerve wracking driving home, you are now redeemed for the last bad weather journey we made together hehehehe! 😉

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By Saturday morning we were all settled in and ready for the new class to begin. Ferret showed us how to  create one of her art quilts. I think we all felt incredibly daunted at first by the intricacy of the pattern, the colour choices, the order of the colours; in fact everything was daunting!!!!! I think we had all expected to be wizzing around with our machines but er…no…er…we spent all day and most of Sunday cutting out. This wasn’t ordinary cutting out, this was intense, mind altering, mega cutting out I would like to say on a grand scale but actually it was on a minute scale. If you had told me on Friday that I would have learned so much just cutting out, I would have scoffed but the process we learned was fantastic. Ferret showed us how to create our own patterns using an iconic image of Che Guevara which I found fascinating and felt by the end that I had the confidence to plan and manage my own art quilt, this was a huge step forward for me as I am quite traditional in many of my interests.

During the weekend we also planned Ferrets next visit to us in July 2014 we have decided that on the Friday we will continue with our master class on free machining and then over the weekend we will be making Ferrets own individual kind of wholecloth quilts.

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If you would like to come, get in touch as soon as possible to avoid disappointment as many of the group have already rebooked to have another go.

Thank you very much Ferret for a brilliant and very entertaining weekend 🙂

Linus Challenge

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Linus Challenge

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What a fantastic day we have had today. As you know several months ago Vicky Cowburn who is a Linus coordinator and I set a challenge to make 4 single bed quilts for teenage boys in a day…well result! Today with the help of quilters nationwide we have made not 4 but 7 yes that’s right 7 quilts for Project Linus. This was managed because we had an utterly amazing 85 boxer short blocks sent to us from all corners of the country, I feel so honoured, humbled and proud that so many of you have helped us; from the bottom of my heart I thank you all.

We started out at 10 am this morning Vicky, Karol-Ann, Twiddly Tracy, Liz, Pam, Jean, Sheelagh, myself and Julie. We organised ourselves so that Tracy was cutting the sashings, some of the girls were putting the blocks together, cutting borders backings and bindings. We had ironers squarer uppers, unpickers; the morning just flew. At lunch time some of the girls had to go which created room for Kate and our very own Diz. The afternoon session saw us layering up, quilting and binding 4 of our quilts. 85 blocks allowed us to make 7 tops but we concentrated on our challenge of 4 and got those finished. Some of the girls are coming back during the week to layer and finish the other 3. I am so proud of everyone who helped and you should be very proud of yourselves too. This was quilting at its finest, like minded people, coming together for no financial gain to make gifts of love for  other people to whom life has thrown a curved ball.

If you would like to get involved in the Linus project, there is lots of information on their website or, for North Yorkshire and South Lakes you can by contacting us at the shop on 01729 824708 or Vicky Cowburn on 015242 71845 by a complete fluke whilst our challenge was going on Barbara, one of the ladies who was on our retreat this weekend called in the shop; I hadn’t realised that Barbara is a Linus coordinator in her local area which is near Edinburgh so you live in Scotland you could call Barbara on 0131 440 3477