Where does all the time go? It’s ages since I last posted, I’ve been snapping pics and all that business but not getting round to actually posting; partly because I have been a bit under the weather on and off since August, I have been taking medication and to be honest at times I’ve been a bit ‘loopy loo’! The Owl and the Pussycat BOM is coming on a treat and I’m really excited about revealing it as it won’t be long now (famous last words.)
For today I wanted to share with you a quilt retreat that I was invited to at Parceval Hall, Skyreholme. The venue was on another level from the kind of places we are used to, owned by the church it is the most tranquil place to spend time. Thank you Connie and Di for the invitation and I look forward to visiting you again next year.
I am so very very excited to let you know that Shirley Bloomfield will be with us in May 2015 to teach us how to make her wild flower basket. The flowers are 3D you can actually put your finger up inside the fox gloves and almost pick the other blooms
I’m freshly back from Malvern quilt show. As usual it was brilliant! Thank you so very much to everyone who stopped by to see us, we had such a giggle. I managed to do a whistle stop tour of the quilts during the last hour of Sunday. I didn’t manage to snap them all but have attached a slide show so that you can enjoy them too. My personal favourite was the black and white Flying Goose, it was simply stunning. Which one do you like best?
Oh my golly gosh, so much has happened lately that I don’t know where to start; today I will share with you our wonderful weekend retreat with Pat Archibald who is an incredibly talented quilt artist from Edinburgh. The first day was spent in our shop making gorgeous Indian elephants.
Ten ladies joined us and we had a brilliant time. I hope you enjoy the slide show of the day
At the end of a wonderful day with lots of shared giggles. We decamped to High Trenhouse where after a fantastic supper Pat took us around the world in 80 quilts, sharing many of her beautiful quilts with us. We looked at how and why she creates the ghost images which appear in many of her quilts. Here is some of the work she shared.
On Saturday morning the real work started, with the retreat getting fully underway. I love how we meet as a group of strangers and over such a short period of time, using shared experiences, we part as friends.
However Saturday did start with a near catastrophe…the power went off! Oh noooo! Up there in the wilds of High Trenhouse that may not necessarily mean a quick blip. So all the sewing machines were out of action. Not to be deterred Pat had a plan B; unfortunately for plan B to be achieved we needed the irons to set the Markal paint…to the rescue…Grandma Annie…or at least her old dry iron, quickly followed up by Bernadette’s old flat iron which were popped on the AGA and worked like a treat, I couldn’t believe how long they stayed hot for.
The power cut lasted until lunchtime, which was about the time the ironing was finished, meaning all’s well that ends well.
We had a fabulous lunch and dessert then back to class and crack on with the job in hand. I hope you will agree that the slideshow shows what a great weekend we had. Following the success Pat has agreed to come back next August and show us how to do her Celtic designs. Also breaking news I have managed to secure a retreat with Shirley Bloomfield to do her wild flower basket in May next year. If you would like to join us let us know by booking your place on 01729 824708
I love my job! I also know that I am very incredibly lucky to be able to say that. Today I love my job because we had a visit from Anne, who brought the two Linus quilts in the picture; it is difficult to appreciate them fully in a photo for two reasons. Firstly you cannot tell that the bows on the pink one are all 3D and on the reverse behind each bow is a beautiful heart applique. The second reason is photographs do not fully show Anne’s exquisite hand quilting and her intricate designs, see if you can zoom into the pictures for a better look.
I would like to extend a massive thank you, to you, Anne whoever receives these quilts is going to treasure them for a very long time and I also feel today that we have begun a lovely friendship xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
After making a hash of attaching the patterns yesterday, I hope that these will work for you. All the patterns are drawn onto A4 paper so if you are unable to print them off at the right size from here, you should be able to increase the size on your photocopier or printer.
If you would like to contribute to our Linus Charity Challenge 2014 it would be wonderful if you could make blocks of appliqued musical instruments and send them to us at Quilting Antics, Watershed Mill, Settle. North Yorkshire. BD24 9LR England. Blocks to arrive by Friday 15th November 2014. Hopefully I will post patterns in the coming days.
The boxer shorts pattern was lent to me by a very good friend called Averil. I have simplified her original pattern, I would like to credit the original designer but I’m afraid I don’t have their name. The musical instruments are pictures which I found on line and have tinkered with. None of the designs are my own.
For Linus charity challenges, I usually request 13″ blocks just in case anything frays or isn’t quite at the angle which works with the other blocks.
Thank you in anticipation of your help x
I am so very proud to share this story with you, obviously when you read the story you will see that the circumstances are terrible, tragic and not what you would wish for anyone. The reason that I am so proud is that the boxer shorts quilt was made here at quilting antics with blocks that were donated to us by loads of you for our Linus challenge day last year. So once again thank you.
We are repeating the challenge again, this time with a musical theme. I will try and attach the patterns to this post but just incase it doesn’t happen properly you can ring the shop and we will post patterns out to you on 01729 824708
Hello you wonderful people, my two children received a beautiful quilt each today, given to them by their bereavement lady from Barnardos.
I will tell you a little about our story, my two children are 9 and 11 years old, and last year I had a baby girl called Alice, she looked prefect, but was a little sleepy and didn’t want to feed, but midwives felt she was fine, they sent us home from hospital, when alice was two days old she died suddenly in my husbands arms, we called an ambulance and tried everything to get her back, but nothing could be done, one of the hardest things we had to do was tell my two other children what had happened and seeing their hearts break in front of me, my oldest found it really hard as I had promised he could hold her after school, and he did the bravest thing he held her once she had died he was 10 years old at the time, some adults couldn’t face seeing her, but he did, he even kissed her goodbye.
Her birthday is in a few days the 9th October, so I have to say the quilts have just come at the right time for us, I do have a little good news and that I am 22 weeks pregnant but this leaves us with great uncertainty as this baby could have the same condition alice had, but this time the hospital know what to test for and look for, but I am sure the quilts will bring some comfort while I am in hospital to my children who suffer from anxiety when I am not around, so again I want to say thank you so much. Leone Edwards
Brrrrrrr. The central heating went on for the first time last night and autumn is now well and truly upon us, the trees outside are not looking quite as green as they were leaves are more yellow and coming down at a great rate of knots.
This mornings tack and chat was the usual lively affair, especially as Tricia graced us with her presence, she played truant last week so was supposed to be on her best behaviour this week.
As usual she incited anarchy …
Oh my word to be a fly on the wall when these three have a get together!
Anyhow other things on the agenda. I have been plugging away at the Owl and the Pussycat quilt, I am now at the… and were married next day by the Turkey who lives on the hill bit. I’m still hoping it will be finished for Malvern and Duxford’s autumn quilt shows. Here’s a sneaky peak of the turkey.
Once he’s stitched down and got a bit of detail on he will look really good. I’m so excited about this quilt and I think that you will be too.
After yesterdays post where I showed you my wool tweed cushions, Michaela came to teach her new beginners class and brought with her this blooming gorgeous creation. Of course I snapped her hand off and will be selling the patterns as soon as she has finished writing them. He’s entirely made from wool tweed and Michaela has made a superb job of him. I am absolutely loving the tweed trend and I hope it hangs around for a good long while.
He hasn’t got a name yet so before I make the kits up can anyone suggest one?
Fate has a funny way of working and as I’ve got older I have learned that sometimes it is best to let it unfold on it’s own terms. Recently a friend of mine met a lady and the lady was promoting a new niche on behalf of her friends husbands mill (this story goes up three rungs of a family, accross several house moves bla bla bla.) The long and the short of it is that my friend bought some wool tweed off the lady and then knocked up the Christmas wreath below ‘The Holly and the Ivy.’
Isn’t this gorgeous? It has been so utterly successful we have been selling kits and patterns like hot cakes and run four classes teaching people how to make it and have another class planned this Saturday the 11th of October, (if anyone is interested we have had three cancellations today which means we have spare places available.)
I trotted off to the mill to get the bits and bobs of tweed that I would need to make the kits and when I got there my eyes nearly burst out of my head! Oodles and oodles of beautiful tweed in so many colours, patterns and plains…so much yummy yummy yummyness.
Initially I brought home the stuff for the kits and some sensible blue plaids and blue plains. We made a simple nine patch cushion and then asked people what they thought of it. The response was so good that it encouraged me to get my thinking cap on to come up with new ideas, the first being Mr Fox
I love that sly old dog and the tweed really lends itself to the woodland theme; so not content with just one cushion
Lil’ Wolly was born, isn’t he cute? I also remade Lil’ Wol in darker greens which in some ways is richer and far more luxurious. Then next came this little fella’
Bobby Bushtail! I didn’t think he was going to work at first but I put some chunky light coloured running stitches in his tail and they really brought him to life. I made another Bobby Bushtail and this time I swapped the biscuit coloured background for a dark green and he looked even better than the original.
I hope you have enjoyed my little show and tell? Please excuse me but I’m so pleased with how they’ve turned out I have to admit to bragging a little.