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Fat Bird on’t telly

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Hello boys and girls, is it really a week since I last checked in with you? So much has happened this week that I think I may have forgotten most of it!

So we began the week in chaos, nothing new there! Hazel has begun chopping and lopping the kits ready for our One Day Special on’t telly on the 5th and 6th of October. We are at very very long last ready to launch the first quilt that Sue and I ever designed together, it is our interpretation of The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. Returning to a project FIVE years after it was born is not without its trials but thankfully things are going ok so far…phew. We are in the process of adding five additional projects to go with the quilt I have shared the cushion below, which I teased you with previously, we have made it circular but it would look equally as good on a square. Over the coming weeks I might tease you with some more.

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The owl and the pussycat

I closed the working week on’t telly with a whole different set of stuff! It has been no mean feat this week, I have written two books one on Halloween and the other on Christmas projects, thankfully I have a great team around me nowadays or none of this would happen. So a big thank you to you all. Below is a Christmas pudding doorstop made by Sue.

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Weigh in this week went really well 2Lb off yay! so that is 3 stone 3.5lb in total and it feels good, more people are noticing that I’ve dropped a bit of timber and that puts a skip in my step. I’ve gone down another dress size, yippee! On the down side the new jeans are cutting a bit round the waist and I feel a bit like a sack of spuds tied in the middle. I haven’t had a chance to get the bike out again this week but knowing I can now do it is so reassuring.

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I made a pan of soup this morning so that I can trough on it when I’m desperate, its very simple and very yummy. Here’s the recipe so you can try it too, obviously you will tweak it to your taste.

  • pack of lean bacon, diced.
  • 1cm of ginger, peeled and chopped.
  • two or three cloves of garlic, copped or pressed.
  • stick or two of celery, chopped.
  • an onion, chopped.
  • two or three carrots, chopped.
  • one or two potatoes, diced, no need to peel.
  • tin of chopped tomatoes, tipped in pan.
  • cup full of red lentils, thrown in pan.
  • good tablespoon of medium curry powder.
  • enough chicken stock to cover (knorr stock cube.)

Lob everything in the pan and pop a lid on. Bring to the boil if you have a gas hob, simmer for 10 mins and leave to cool in the pan. If you have an electric hob once the pan is boiling, switch the hob off and leave the pan on the ring until it cools.

When the soup is ready chop a handful of fresh coriander and stir it in. Keep the soup in a plastic container in the fridge and reheat a bowl full in the microwave as required, I use half power for 3 mins stir the soup and then full power for 3 mins. Perfect, nom nom nom.

I had a passenger this week when I went to tellyland, Sue came with me and we had her screen tested because she is going to present the Owl and the Pussycat with me. She did really well and passed with flying colours.

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I had an exciting text tonight off Sue, telling me that one of our beginners on Michaela’s quilt class has just got first prize at her local show for her beginners sampler quilt. Well done Catherine, it is lovely.

I should actually say we are doing a new beginners course starting in October, there are still a few places available, if you are interested get in touch. 01729 824708 or leave me a message on here.

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Finally to end the week, we have had a full weekend of auditions with the little man. Two auditions for Opera North yesterday and another with the Upstagers today for their panto. So we are eagerly awaiting news of how he did. Yesterday he did well in one audition, whilst in the other didn’t get to the final stage. Todays panto audition is looking good, so keep your fingers, toes and everything crossed for him, I’ll let you know next week if there’s any news.

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My rock and roll lifestyle, writing patterns whilst Leon is in an audition.

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Have a great week everyone and I’ll see a little bit less of you all next week !

Fat Bird Rides…Again!

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Hazel, Sue, Adele and me looking sweaty after a hard day building the show stand

I didn’t get around to blogging last week, it isn’t because I didn’t want to, I was at the Harrogate quilt show, so I suppose that took all my mental space. We had a great time at the show, so a big Thank You to everyone who came and supported us, on the other hand I listened to a lot of the traders and I think the general trend is that shows are going downhill. A word of caution, please please support the quilt shows or you will lose them, just ask the Scottish ladies!! There used to be three quilt shows in Scotland that I am aware of, all have bombed through lack of support, remember traders have to pay an awful lot of money to stand at these shows, they are not invited as guests or charity; that is before costs for travel, staff, food and hotels.

In fact, I’ll continue with this grumble as I am interested in your views too. I’ve just outlined it costs an awful lot for a trader to attend a show and therefore fabrics etc. have to be charged out at a fair price to cover all the costs; it is therefore incredibly frustrating when customers utter those dreaded words…I’ll see if I can get it cheaper online! It is so unfair that people are allowed trade accounts to trade from their spare room and then undercut other traders who go to all the trouble of bricks and mortar shops and exhibitions. Think about it ladies, it’s not just the shows, quilt shops are closing left right and centre too; we all want to save a few pennies but is that at the expense of losing the shops and shows we all enjoy visiting? I understand that things can be improved on both sides so let’s open a discussion and see what people think. Messages greatly received.

Oh! and if you want any of our lovely designs head over to www.quiltingantics.co.uk

 

On the weight loss front things are still going well, I lost 1lb last week giving me my 3 stone award and then 1.5lb this week whoop whoop! 1lb can be disappointing but I have to remember one off is better than one on, also added to the 1.5lb this week it has become a huge 2.5lbs (slightly more than a bag of sugar)

If I’m honest, I did treat the team to a Billy Bob’s ice cream on the way home from the show last week, counting it into my daily allowance, also not have any other treats that day, it was so worth it. In fact, I had ice cream on two days and then on the other two days had a slice of cake. So naughty but so nice; which when I stop to think about it, makes a 1.5lb loss incredible.

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Treating the team to an ice cream nom nom nom

I’m not going to pretend that it has been all plain sailing though. The crux of my weight loss is down to giving up the three cherished B’s, bread, butter and booze. This week I have longed for a drink, I haven’t been bothered about the booze for ages so I don’t know what has been different this week (maybe the menopause?) and for the last couple of days I have been so hungry that I could eat my own head off! I made a butternut risotto last night from one of my slimming cookbooks, it was really easy to do and then I gorged on it. I thought that if I was stuffed full with comfort food it might take the cravings away, it did, then I occupied myself with some hand stitching and a really good series on Netflix which meant that I totally forgot about the booze too, what a relief but sometimes you have these challenges to overcome. (Grumble grumble)

 

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Butternut risotto, pic from book.

For the risotto, I rough chopped a pack of lean bacon, lobbed it in a big pan with a bag of ready chopped fresh butternut squash and onion (it was a soup mix.) I rough chopped 3 cloves of garlic and threw it in the pan with about 250g of risotto rice. Crumble in one or two chicken stock cubes and tip in 850 ml of boiling water. Pepper to taste. Stir well and regularly over hot heat so that it doesn’t stick, when it resembles the pic its done! Mine looked a bit smashed up by comparison. Optional throw a few chives on to serve (I never do)

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Onwards and upwards now…fat bird rides again! If you are wondering what I’m on about, I got the bike out this morning. My target this year has been to get back on my bike, it felt very strange and I think I will have to go through the ritual of being saddle sore before I settle into it properly (not for the feint hearted.) I can’t lie, I am really self-conscious at the moment with my full moon sized arse hanging off the back of the seat but I did it and that’s a fact no one can take away from me today! I probably rode less than a mile, stopping for a chat with Suzanne mid-way (well done on your weight loss too) but it was enough for today, as today is about having the confidence to do it, tomorrow is a new challenge.

 

For now, though the immediate challenge is TV…yikes. I’m back on the Hochanda channel next Friday 13thSeptember at 8am and 11am, I’m nowhere near resembling ready, there is so much still to do its ridiculous but as always, it will all come together and be alright on the day…fingers crossed! I will give you a peak at the new projects on my Facebook page and Instagram when I get organised.

Proud mummy moment. The little man started secondary school this week and whilst he wouldn’t allow me to share his pic on the day here he is looking very grown up showing us a routine he has JUST learned with the very talented Ess Green.

 

 

Squeezing life around the Secrets of a Fat Bird…next instalment

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Squeezing life around the Secrets of a Fat Bird…next instalment

This week has been absolutely hectic and I honesty did mean to post as I went along, I put a few bits on Instagram and Facebook but I thought as it’s bank holiday weekend I would take a few minutes to share properly with you all.

Before I go any further I would just like to give a huge plug to the Harrogate quilt show which is happening on Friday 30th, Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September. It will be at the Great Yorkshire show ground and there is lots of free onsite parking. Tickets £9 on the door.

So…the weight loss is still going well, another 2.5lb off this week, which means I only need to loose 1lb for my 3 stone award. Don’t you feel cheated when you jump on the scales and the milestone hasn’t quite been achieved, even though you know that you’ve done well and 2.5 is a great result. I’m beginning to feel ready to start cycling again, however I’ve done something to my knee so I’ve parked that idea until it feels a bit better.

This weeks achievement, fellow fatties, you will get this, the slim Jim’s may take a minute…what is the significance of this photo?

This is the gate I go through most mornings on my dog walk, prior to loosing weight, I manhandled this awful wonky gate every day, which really hurt my neck and shoulders. Over the last couple of weeks I can now climb over the stile. Might seem a small thing to many but to me it’s huge!

Back to the reality of work, we have had a really busy week, being buried under mountains of prep for the Harrogate Quilt show, sending out parcels for Hochanda and creating new designs for future Hochanda TV  shows. If you are outside the UK you can still watch the Hochanda channel live via their website Hochanda.com Our next TV show on 13th September is going to be our last offering of new Christmas designs for 2019 plus a little bit of Halloween/autumn thrown in for good measure. We have a one day special coming up on the 5th and 6th of October and have themed it on Edward Lear’s Owl and the Pussycat,  the cushion below, is just one tiny part of the set; wait til you see the full sized quilt  and other bits and bobs. As if that’s not enough I will also be on the telly on October 13th with even more goodies, including some rather special new designs by Michaela Smith.

The summer holidays continue to rumble on, Leons dance school are running a photo competition for pics of people making dance moves in open spaces, so this is our first effort, I’m sure we will have more attempts too. My young choreographer positioned me doing a ‘dab’.  I loved the heather moor as all the lovely purple is beginning to shine, which always signifies that Harrogate quilt show is near.

To finish off todays post, I came across a photo taken in May last year when I was on my way back from Malvern quilt show. The story goes like this, I had forgotten to fill the van up with diesel and as we got onto the motorway the fuel light came on (aarrgghh!!) So I pulled into the first services with only about 20 more miles in the tank, I was towing the caravan, good ole Dobbin, so probably wouldn’t have even got 20 miles. As we pulled into the garage, you can’t script this, there was a power cut. All the lights went out across the garage in a kind of fabulous Hollywood slow motion style. Stuck in the service station, with nowhere to go, we had no choice but sit there. I was in a bit of a silly giggly mood and as I looked to the pump at the side of me there was a young lad having what you can only describe as a toddler tantrum due to the power cut…what a plonker! I commented to Natters who was sat beside me that the child was wearing girls pumps (not a Mickey take I’d normally do but he was behaving like a baby) and good old natters shrieked OMG! its Dom off Love Island; having never watched this show, the comment was entirely lost on me but hey ho, for the fun of it I called across to him “Oy! Are you Dom off t’telly?” shouted in my best Yorkshire accent, to which the child stopped tantruming, turning round, flashing teeth so white that they would give Rylan Clark Neale a run for his money and replied “Yeh”. By this time Natters is squirming in her seat with embarrassment, having hurriedly filled me in with the show gossip. “Did you get your leg over on’t telly”. “Yeh!” He replies, sticking his chest out proudly, informing me how many hours or days into the series it was before he conquered the female. So just for the fun of it, I asked do you want a selfie? Honestly, I have never seen anyone run for a selfie with as much gusto in my life! I held out the camera but couldn’t reach the blooming button as I”m not a teenager anymore and so not the best with techno. quick as a flash he’s grabbed it out of my hand and as you can see in the pic I’m reaching out to press the button and he’s done it already…I wonder if he’s always this quick to complete with the ladies? Shout out to Natters who’s squirming in the background. Anyhow after war and peace…I came across this pic and tried to recreate the camera angle, and shirt, not easy on your own; I am staggered with he resulting photo, I think you will agree I’ve lost a fair bit of timber (private little whoop whoop.)

That’s all for now folks, if you want to see some of the stuff we’ve been up to have a look on my website www.quiltingantics.co.uk if you can’t see what you are looking for drop me a message on here as I’ve still got quite a few projects to upload.

 

What’s in my Garden

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We’ve been working on our latest pair of sofa hogging cushions with the theme of ‘what’s in my garden’.

The first one, a woodpecker called ‘Peck it and See’ made appearances at Duxford and Malvern shows earlier this month and the second I hope will be finished for next week at Exeter but I need your help…it needs a name you will understand my dilemma when you start trying to think (Ann Hart if you are reading this stop giggling now!) Please feel free to send name suggestions

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What’s my name?

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Linda’s Shopping Bag

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Hi everyone, I hope you are you all snuggled up by the fire on this cold, dark, rainy evening.

Here is our newest creation ready for Kirstie Allsopp’s Christmas Handmade Fair at Manchester Central this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, ‘Linda’s shopping Bag’ designed to help you avoid having to buy plastic bags. I couldn’t decide which colourway I liked the best so I’ve pictured two. Thank you Vicky Black for your suggestions for the acorns, the vibrant colours work really well. If you want to buy the pattern or kit you can by visiting my website www.quiltingantics.co.uk

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I added this pattern and kit to the website today. Which made me think about all the ones that I haven’t shared lately, we have been very busy creating new designs throughout the autumn show season and I haven’t shown off our goodies for a while so this is a purely bragging post.

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The pattern for these scrumptious pumpkins has been a free give away to people who join our mailing list or buy things from us online. (Newsletter going out any day now if you’ve been waiting for your pattern.)

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Michaela Smith came up with this brilliant design for a sewing case. I have plenty of kits available  in a variety of colours;  if you need an idea for Christmas prezzies for your sewing buddies these are brilliant

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Bunny in the Brambles was an idea born whilst my daughter and I were at Sandown quilt show. The leaves were inspired by the ones that Michaela Smith
used on her awesome Holly and the Ivy wreath and the bunny is modelled on our very own French Lop Bruce. Bunny in the Brambles arrived as a fully completed project but when I came home and described it to Sue she got to work and tweaked it into what we have today. The blackberries were made using advice from Michaela  on simple stumpwork so the whole thing is a real team collaboration. Each person who contributed has added a little bit of magic to this wall hanging including my mother in law who disposed of the tatty old sticks I left by my back door thinking they were rubbish as it meant I had to source a new stick and I love the new one I found.

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Do you remember that I shared my lovely kingfisher a while back? Well since then I’ve created the heron; they are made to go as a pair, which is your favourite?

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Last but not least here are my Doorstop Diva’s. A great bit of fun that can be jazzed up with handbag jewellery, beads and bells.

If you want to purchase any of the designs that I have bragged about tonight go to www.quiltingantics.co.uk and you will find these plus loads more other things as well.

For your info I seem to be posting much more on Facebook than here lately; so if you don’t want to miss a thing you can ‘like’ my Facebook page and you will get all the goss’. This week on Facebook I’m doing a giveaway of tickets to Kirstie Allsopps Christmas Handmade Fair so don’t miss out.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, thank you for indulging me 🙂

Kirstie’s Handmade Fair

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Look what I’ve got…complimentary tickets for Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace in London and I am going to start giving them away. If you would like to win a pair of tickets all you need to do is add a comment to, then like and share this post. The show will be open from the 18th to the 20th of September 2015. I will be there with lots and lots of projects to make and do using British wool tweed and I will also be launching my newest range of goodies which will make ideal Christmas presents for crafters.

Before I forget, Kirstie is also going to do a Christmas Handmade Fair at Manchester Central from the 20th to the 22nd of November which I will also be at.

So for now, get liking and sharing of you want to be in with a chance of winning tickets!

Do you like the changes?

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What do you think? We’ve had a bit of a move round over the last few days. It’s not perfect yet but we are getting there. I was worried with our old style of display that we weren’t showing off all our new tweedy things as well as we could of. As the tweed is sold in rolls rather than on the bolt it is very difficult to do a ‘grand’ display, anyhow feedback is warmly welcomed if you would like to share your thoughts.

I have been beavering away with the web stuff once again, more photos and descriptions etc etc, it just seems to go on forever, I think its fair to say I’m not a natural techno person! I wrapped up about 75 new parcels of tweed yesterday ready to post out when the time comes and I’ve put a surprise free gift in them!! I love surprises, so I hope our customers will too…

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Good news! Whilst we were having our change round I found a very small piece of the red which we used on the pheasant; which means that we can make a couple more kits yippee! One is sold already, so if you want one get in touch sooner rather than later.

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I just had to slip a photo of these Burlap ribbons in, for no other reason than that I love love love them, there isn’t much of the rose one left as I used loads on my ‘Measure Twice’ sewing case so I will have to get some more pretty soon.

And now as they say…that’s all folks! I’m off to enjoy the rest of the evening sun with a long cold drink. Catch you soon 😉

Time to pull your finger out girl!

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Time to pull your finger out girl!

Once again I’m trying to get going with this blinking electronic stuff! AARRGGHH!!

I’d like to promise that I’m going to be a good blogger and keep it up but life, as we’ve noticed, has a habit of getting in the way, anyway here’s a quick catch up… First of all I have been updating the commercial website and the good news is that it should be open again in a few days YAY!

The spring show season has just come to an end for me at Sandown Park Racecourse and I now have two months of craziness preparing for the autumn season; that thought is bonkers as it’s still only June isn’t it?

If we’ve met up over the last few months you will know that I have been selling increasing amounts of British wool tweed. As this is still a fairly new medium for British patchwork and quilters to use we have been producing as many kits and patterns as we can to inspire you and give you ideas on how to use it. I absolutely love tweed, it is so satisfying to work with; the only thing I do differently to when I’m sewing, with cotton, is to reinforce my seams with either an overlock, zig zag or equivalent automatic machine stitch so that the seams do not fray. As an added bonus, the cost of the tweed is offset because there is no need for wadding between the layers of your throws.

The little man has taken up dancing recently and I find that three days a week I am passing the time hand stitching at Sanderson’s World of Dance in Nelson whilst he is strutting his stuff, this has led me to realise that my sewing roll was not up to the job because my bits and bobs fall out of it, so one of the many patterns that we have produced is for a more contained piece if kit to store everything in. To that end, what do you think to my ‘Measure Twice’ sewing case?

insideThere are two pencil cases to store my pens and my rotary cutter, a huge pin cushion, brass loops to hold embroidery thread, large pocket for glasses and mobile phone, needle case, scissor holder, bobbin holder and then large outer pockets for stuffing patterns in.

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I was a bit disappointed with the photos as they don’t do it full justice but I hope you will like it. If you want to buy a copy give us a ring on 01729 824708 we can also arrange to sell it in kit form.

Also what do you think to my Doorstop Diva’s? They were so easy to make and are set off by the huge wooden buttons. I may revisit this pattern and really go to town decorating them when I get a chance. For now if you want a copy or a kit give us a ring.

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Have you got any ideas for things we can create with the tweed? If so let me know and I will have a bash. Thats it for now folks so hopefully I’ll be back again soon toodleoo 🙂

New class dates!

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New class dates!

If you would like to join us to make any of the projects that I have listed today, you can either message me on here, call in the shop or ring us on 01729 824708 to reserve your place. I hope you like all the goodies that we have got

Wool Tweed Friday 5

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Wool Tweed Friday 5

Welcome once again to ‘Wool Tweed Friday’, a Special hello if this is the first time that you have looked at my blog. If you would like to be notified when I add future posts click on the ‘follow’ button and you will automatically receive an e-mail with each new post. As always I hope that you enjoy the selection of tweeds that I am sharing tonight, if you would like to purchase any of them, you can by, either ringing us at the shop on 01729 824708 or by leaving a message on here but remember it’s ‘first up best dressed’ here, as I only have the amount shown here in any one design/colourway once it’s gone, it’s gone!

This weekend I am at the quilt show at Duxford Imperial War Museum, Cambridge, our stand overlooks the cafe; if you are going it would be lovely if you stopped by to say hi.

for now though we turn to business, happy shopping 😉

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Roll 41 Lovely steely blue with green, this design is very country house and spot on the current trend. 154″ x 8.5″ (3.66m x 0.21m)  £24.50 I can sell this as a half or quarter of the full piece.

 

Roll 42 Beautifully soft blue and green herringbone pattern. 100″ x 7″ (2.54m x 0.17m) £15.50 I can sell this as a half or quarter of the full piece.

 

 

 

 

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Roll 43 Sage green and beige 102″ x 6.5″ (2.59m x 0.16m) extremely soft to the touch £16.50 I can sell this as a half or quarter of the full piece.

 

Roll 44 Autumnal shades of plum green and steely blue 159″ x 8.5″ (4m x 0.21m) £25. I can sell this as a half or quarter of the full piece.

 

 

 

 

 

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Roll 45 Extremely soft tweed, two shades of blue 112″ x 7.5″ (2.84m x 0.19m) £18.50 I can sell this as a half or quarter of the full piece.

 

Roll 46 Beautiful blues and greens 148″ x 8.5″ (3.76m x 0.21m) £24.50 I can sell this as a half or quarter of the full piece.

 

 

 

 

 

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Roll 47 Gold, reds and blues 143″ x 8.5″ (3.63m x 0.21m) £22.50 I can sell this as a half or quarter of the full piece.

 

Roll 48 mixture of cerise and beige wools provide this beautiful warm glow 118″ x 8″ (2.9m x 0.20m) £22.50 I can sell this as a half or quarter of the full piece.

 

 

 

 

 

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Roll 49 a richer more autumnal shade than roll 48 again superbly soft 108″ x 8.5″ (2.74m x 0.21m) £20 I can sell this as a half or quarter of the full piece.

 

Roll 50 two small pieces of  plaid, brown with a subtle red and blue threads in them  each piece is 27″ x 7.5″ (0.68m x 0.19m) £9 for both pieces. Can sell as one piece or both together.

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed my selection and there is something for you, happy shopping and I hope to catch you later

Best quilty love, from Anthea and the team 🙂