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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.

 

Spring Quilt Festival, Westpoint, Exeter.

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Spring Quilt Festival, Westpoint, Exeter.

I don’t believe what I have just done!..I have only gone and booked to go to the Spring Quilt Festival, at Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Exeter from the 1st – 3rd of April.

So to all the people I have told that I wouldn’t be there with my lovely British wool Tweed I apologise. more to the point I ought to get cracking with my lovely new samples so that they are ready in time.

Have a look below at some of our goodies which are available as kits or patterns.

Hope to see loads of you there 🙂

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Linda’s Shopping Bag

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Linda’s Shopping Bag

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 🙂

August is Christmas time for crafters

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Oh my golly gosh! I collected this amazing advent calendar from Michaela Smith yesterday; she is going to teach it as a class for us on the 5th of September which is the first Saturday of the month.

The calendar is made from a combination of cotton and tweed fabrics with a bit of Christmas bling in the form of gold on the windows.

I will prepare a kit so that everyone has all the right bits and bobs, kit price to follow as soon as I’ve worked it out. If you would like a place you can either let me know on here or by ringing the shop on 01729 824708

eek I’m so excited!

Rustled these up today…

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I was messing around this afternoon and I rustled up these swish and stylish tablet and phone cases which have a ribbon mechanism inside so that you can easily draw your device out of the case . Beautiful soft tweed inside and out, means for those of us who are fabric strokers they are a real must have. I can’t take my hands off mine; I’m so pleased with them and they only took just over an hour to make. I’ve written instructions to accompany kits which tell you how to make a case exactly the right size for your own device, the kits which contain everything you need, work out at £15.50 for the tablet case and £9.50 for the phone case. If you want one give us a ring on 01729 824708 or leave a message on here, we have loads of colours to choose from.

 

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 🙂

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 🙂

Wool Tweed Friday

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Wool Tweed Friday

Thank you to everyone who contacted us and bought tweed from us last week; once again it sold out very quickly. Thank you also for your ongoing support, it means an awful lot to a new and emerging business.

We have been very busy making new samples and are planning more free patterns to give away very soon in appreciation of your support, so watch this space 😉

Enough of this small talk here’s the main event of the evening, more scrummy wool tweed for your perusal. I hope you enjoy this weeks selection. If you like any of them and would like to buy some you can either message me on here or ring the shop on 01729 824708 don’t forget it’s  first up best dressed so…good luck!

P1080033 Roll 31  two pieces each measuring 68″ x 7.5″ ( 1.72m x 0.19m ) £18.75 lovely plum shades, very popular colour.  (can sell as separate lengths.)

 

 

Roll 32 Beautiful fine, purple and pink herringbone pattern. 114″ x 6.5″ (2.89m x 0.16m) £16.50  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

 

 

 

 

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Roll 33 Lovely plaid in country shades of grey/blue and green very useful addition to your stash. 143″ x 8″ (3.63m x 0.20m)  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

Roll 34 Trendy lightweight cream and beige herringbone  will add brightness to any project or make a lovely background on which to applique. 104″ x 8.5″ (2.64m x 0.22m) £16.25  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

 

 

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Roll 35 pinky tones. 158″ x 8.5″ (4m x 0.21m) £25. Very useful plaid (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

 

Roll 36 Green and plum tones. 156″ x 8.5″ (3.95m x 0.21m) £25. Another very useful plaid  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

 

 

 

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Roll 37  Orange/red and grey herringbone pattern 144″ x 7″ (3.65m x 0.18m) £16.  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

 

Roll 38 Plum shades of autum 140″ x 8″  (3.55m x 0.20m)  £22. (Can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

 

 

 

 

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Roll 39 Purple and navy dog tooth check, very very soft to the touch. 102″ x 6″ (2.59m x 0.15m) £15.50  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)


Roll 40.Lovely lavender coloured herringbone pattern, beautiful.  110″ x 7″ (2.79m x 0.17m) .£15.50  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

Happy Wool Tweed Friday!

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Happy Wool Tweed Friday!

It only seems like a moment ago that I was preparing my tweed pieces for last Friday and ta dah! its time to do it all over again. I hope you like the fabrics that I shared and that you will enjoy tonight’s selection just as much. I am at the quilt show at Inglistion, Edinburgh this weekend so if you are planning to come it would be lovely to have a natter with you.

It has been very difficult to photograph these fabrics as the plains are made from two colours, in order to look closely at them click or tap on the photograph and then by holding down the Ctrl button with either + or – you will be able to increase and decrease the image to enable you to see it properly

Happy perusing, if you see a piece that you would like to buy, you can either leave a comment on here or ring the shop on 01729 824708 and we will happily sort you out and pop your tweed in the post to you.

 

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Roll 21. Ultra soft, lovely shade of Jade green, unfortunately the photo doesn’t fully do it justice. 116″ x 8.5″ (3m x 0.22m) £21.50  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

Roll 22. A sumptuious dark shade of Cerise, extremely soft fabric. 124″ x 8.5″ (3.16m x 0.22m) £22. (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

 

 

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Roll 23. The photograph looks a bit orangy but this fabric is certainly not orange it is a vibrant playfull cerise. Very very soft to touch. 118″ x 8.5″ (3m x  0.22m) £21. (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

Roll 24. Rich blue with grey and orange plaid.139″ x 6.5 (3.6m x 0.17m) £18.50  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

 

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Roll 25. Medium brown with a ‘greeny’ cast to it, very very soft to touch. 104″ x 6.5″ (2.65m x 0.16m) £15. (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

Roll 26. Purple and grey, if you click on the picture you will see closely how the colours blend, another extremely soft tweed 118″ x 8.5″ (3m x 0.22m) £21.50  (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

 

 

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Roll 27. Denim blue and grey, extremely soft. 100″ x 7.5″ (2.55m x 0.19m)£16.50 (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

Roll 28. Greeny grey which blends to form an overall khaki colour 100″ x 7″ (2.55m x 0.18m)  £16. (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

 

 

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Roll 30. Pink and lavender combine in this very feminine piece of fabric, again the photo doesn’t do this delightful tweed justice. 100″ x 8.5″ (2.55m x 0.22m) £17.

 

 

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed my selection of fabrics this evening, we have loads more in the shop, so if you are looking for something in particular, give us a call and if we can, we would love to help you. I’ll have more to show you next Friday, but for now…that’s all folks!