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I’m such an old…ahem, new bag!

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I’m such an old…ahem, new bag!

It’s that time of the month again…it’s the time when I’m preparing to go back on’t telly. We have worked our socks off this last month and have eight new designs with a bit of a Spring theme going on. I hope you like what we’ve done, I’d love to hear your comments, feedback is always welcome.

You will find me on the Hochanda Tv channel on Saturday 13th and Sunday the 14th of April. Freeview 85 Sky 673 and Freesat 817. I’m not sure what the channel number is if you are viewing from the U.S but I think you can watch online.

I nearly forgot to say that all the goodies (kits and patterns) will be available on my own website www.quiltingantics.co.uk from this weekend.

I’d like to start with Susan’s Satchel. I have been asked loads of times to make a tweed satchel, the last time being at Duxford show in March, by a lady called Susan…I told you I would name it after you hehehehe! It fits an A4 ring binder inside and is very easy to make.satchel pic

I forgot to add apart from the huge discounts I”m offering on the eight new patterns whilst on’t telly, I’m having a go at doing some happy hour deals too; so watch out for some genuine great deals. I don’t do an annual sale in the shop, so I’m doing this instead. There will be extra fabric on selected orders, bundles of bag haberdashery, bundles of basic utility fabrics (such as wadding and calico) and sets of Moda fat quarter bundles. Each individual offer will be available, at a discounted price, for one hour only!

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Back to the task in hand…next up is Rosa’s bag, named after my Sue’s adorable granddaughter, apparently this dusky shade of pink is this seasons hot property, we have teamed it with a beautiful silver grey, what do you think? It is a bit fiddly to make in places so not for an absolute beginner but once you’ve got your head round the zip area, it should be plain sailing. I love this little bag, as you can make it to coordinate with any outfit and it is ideal for leisure time; it would hold all your basic essentials whilst you have a great time, playing out.

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Third on the list, let’s shake things up and do something different. Here is our Green Man of the Woods, a wonderful emblem of the emerging spring season. He reminds me a bit of Parsley the Lion from the Herb Garden, do you remember the programme? Roberta has constructed him in the most simple way, I was pleasantly surprised when I wrote the pattern and realised how easy he actually is.

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So you like ornamental dolls? How about our Steam punk Scarecrow called Seth? He is such fun to make, his clothes are unbelievably easy and if you are feeling cautious don’t forget that as a scarecrow you could always distress (code for disguise any cock ups) his clothes a bit, to give him your own spin. I would be really interested to know if you like the Steam punk theme as, if you do, we may a bit more of it.

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So after a foray into the macabre lets return to the bags…

We brought you a bag, designed by Tracy Ankers, right back at the beginning of our Quilting Antics journey and it has sold and sold and sold. I can’t believe how many of you have loved it, so, using that as our inspiration I present to you the Crazy Chick bag. The fabrics are from the newest range of tweeds woven in collaboration with the National Trust and personally I think they are stunning, very chic.

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Nearly at the end, we have been asked loads of times to do an across the body bag. I saw a bag aimed at dog walkers, where you had a hole, to pull your poopy bags through. I didn’t have any suitable rings to make the hole, so we appliquéd a dog instead! If you aren’t a doggy person, you could leave the appliqué off or simply swap it for something you like better.

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Last but not least and just for a bit of a laugh, I give you the Doorstop Diva! It’s a doorstop in the shape of a handbag. If you filled it with something really heavy you could use it to keep everyone in check…I think I might be tempted to add some handbag jewellery, what do you think?

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I hope you like our new designs. It’s a really scary thing when you launch new stuff as you could sink like a brick. I hope we have tried hard enough this month..

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Thank you

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I would just like to say thank you to everyone who supported me at Quilts UK, Malvern and again yesterday on the Hochanda channel. I am delighted with our new designs and I am so glad that you are too. If you haven’t seen them already have a look and see what you think. There is just one more pattern to put on the website and then I’m done and dusted www.quiltingantics.co.uk

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Tree of Life, by Michaela Smith

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Summer Meadows Bag by Sue Lenehan

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Low Tide from Quilting Antics

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The Seekers from Quilting Antics

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Angie Bag by Tracy Ankers

English Country Garden Runner from Quilting Antics

English Country Garden Runner from Quilting Antics

English Country Garden Cushion from Quilting Antics

English Country Garden Cushion from Quilting Antics

It’s such a great feeling when people enjoy your work.

With that said it’s heads down now as we start our Christmas shows on the 29th June!! It sounds bonkers but if you’re a crafter you need the head start in order to meet the deadline.

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Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace

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Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace

I’m just back from an absolutely fabulous weekend at Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade fair at Hampton Court Palace. It was brilliant, just like a gigantic Great British tea party. I’ve taken a few snaps and I hope that they will show you how far the team had gone to create such a wonderfully perfect vibe.

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This is my stand, we’ve made the big change to being all tweed at the shows, I think it looks ace I hope you agree. I also used this event to showcase my antique sewing equipment, this is a new line which we hope will make some of you very very happy this Christmas. Double click on the photo for a closer look. I will post pictures of all my goodies very soon.

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Not the most flattering photo of me (I’m waving at you mum.) Kirstie came to the stand on the first day, she was lovely. She spotted our antiques straight away and was particularly taken with the Indian Sadeli work box which is exquisite inside and out.

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This is the box in question. It was made in India from Rosewood, Ivory and  Pewter. They made thin matchsticks from each material and fixed them together; following which they cut across the layers  and made mosaic type designs as you can see on the outside of the box. It is likely that at the time Great Britian was an Empire an officer posted out to India bought this for his wife. I adore the history and romance associated with these  items, I hope you do too.

 

 

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Back to the main event, they had a big top where interviews happened all day.

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And there was an amazingly wonderful IMG_1776amount of bunting EVERYWHERE! Every marquee had bunting the whole way around it, in fact anything that wasn’t moving had bunting on all over it.

 

 

 

 

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There was a vintage feel everywhere, all the twiddley bits just showed how the team had gone the extra mile to create all the wonderfullness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IMG_1787 My favourite was the Deco Lounge, a beautiful chrome caravan called Lola,  We had free drinkies here on Saturday night

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Check out the cool vintage tea room, who would have thought that lacey net curtains and lampshades could look so good.

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 Even the visitors and signposts were glamourous too!

I am really looking forward to Kirstie’s Christmas Handmade at Manchester Central from the 20th to the 22nd of November, I hope you will be able to join me there. 

Farmyard Memoirs

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I feel like I’ve been working on these gorgeous tweed book covers for ages, I adore them. they are really tactile and would make fab presents. I need one for my diary, I need one for my notebook, my reading books, my cookbooks and so on and so on and so on.

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look at the cheeky panel on the back!

The pattern is now on sale at £4.50 with kits to follow in the next few days which will cost £18.50 to cover an A5 size book and £19.50 to cover an A4 size book (price includes the pattern.)

They are a really good way of practising your free machine skills, I began by being a wimp and sewing using matching thread but as I got more confident I went over the top with black thread which absolutely brought the designs to life. As a bonus, I found, particularly with the Holly Cow where I was a bit too scruffy on the edges I could colour in a black patch and hide it.

If you don’t like free machining you could quite easily blanket or zig zag the applique. I am really pleased with my handiwork if you want to have a go, either comment on here or ring the shop on 01729 824708 and we will be pleased to sort you out.

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!

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 🙂