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We’re going on’t telly

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We’re going on’t telly

Thank you to everyone who came to see us at the Harrogate quilt show it was a brilliant weekend. And the new hall is amazing with loads of room to get around on the wide aisles it means that the experience is better for everyone. It would be great to hear feedback from any of you who were there.

So now to get ready for our next venture, we’re going on’t telly! we will be live on HOCHANDA which is listed as ‘The Store’ in the programme guide. You will find it on Freeview channel 39, Sky channel 663 and Freesat 817; we will be on next Saturday the 10th September at 11am and 2pm I think its fair to say I am getting a little nervous as the day gets closer. Michaela is coming with me and we will be doing two of her cushions (a matching pair) Hare Affair and Hare Today… followed by our Hedgerow series of wall hangings Dandy Fox, Bunny in the Brambles, A Hedgehog’s Friend and Mistletoe Mouse.I will be selling patterns and kits for each project on HOCHANDA’s website but don’t forget you can also buy them and many more designs on my website too.

So for the next few days I’m battening down the hatches to prepare all the goodies ready for the show. The turnaround is very tight and all parcels have to be posted out within 48 hours so lots of work to do!

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Hare Affair

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Hare Today…

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A Hedgehog’s Friend

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Bunny in the Brambles

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Dandy fox

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Mistletoe Mouse

Copyright

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Copyright

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I’m really sorry about this post/rant and apologies to the hundreds of wonderful customers who this does not apply to. It has come to my attention that some of our patterns are being run as commercial classes without our knowledge or permission and I would respectfully like to set the record straight.

As our followers and customers are aware Quilting Antics sells kits and patterns to make a range of patchwork and quilted items. There are two ways that these patterns come to us, firstly very good friends of mine create designs which Quilting Antics buys the rights to use. The second way is that we create our own designs and write our own patterns. I am very proud of the work that we do as it takes many many hours to prepare even the simplest of designs. I try to be  fair to everyone and I think that you will agree £4.50 is an extremely competitive price for a pattern especially when you consider the amount of time, paper, ink, printing, packaging and collating that goes into each individual package; some contain several A3 sheets which are not cheap to produce.

To this end, I am aware that people have bought only one copy of our patterns then photocopied it for the whole of their quilt group to use. I have turned a blind eye to this, even though it is not fair to our designers…come on ladies at £4.50 is it too much to ask that each person buys a copy of the pattern? However I have discovered this week that a  lady bought one of my patterns and is charging £30, YES £30! per person for other people to make our project. This is absolutely unacceptable, not to mention a huge two fingers up to our copyright; it is akin to shoplifting and I feel so upset that I have tried my hardest to be fair  by keeping prices as reasonable as possible. Not only that but why should  I pay a lot of money for the rights to certain designs and then others steal this intellectual property and sell the designs commercially without having to pay the designer?

I really feel upset by the words that I have typed, the moral to this is, if you run or attend a class and the pattern you are using is not your own, please have a thought to the designer and play fair.

Quilting Antics reserves the copyrights to all the patterns it buys, produces and sells.

Another name required

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After all the fun of yesterday’s Blue Tit naming ceremony; we’ve decided to go with Erika’s suggestion of Sing Song Blue. Today we have another new cushion to name…we are literally on fire we are working so hard at the minute. Look at this gorgeous otter, illustrated by Sue  Lenehan, when he’s finished he will be chasing golden fish weaving in and out of subtle green weed round his circular cushion. The background is done in Bargello so that it looks like he is displacing the water as he swims full pelt through it (I’ve given an easier alternative in the pattern) and the foreground is done in really easy appliqué but combined I hope you agree they do look fab. So go on peeps, what shall I call this design?

If you like him the pattern will be available at Exeter next week.

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Bargello finished, circle cut, now for the appliqué.

What’s in my Garden

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What’s in my Garden

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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Peck it and See

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!

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 😉

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

Adorable Felted Toadstools

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Adorable Felted Toadstools

I really want to share these pics with you. A lovely lady called Lisa came in to see us the other day and she brought in her beautiful felted creations. I loved them so much that I persuaded Lisa to come back and do a class creating toadstool houses, have a peak at her work it is exquisite or as we like to say here totes amazeballs!

P1080049Look at these characters from the Gruffalo, we love this story at our house.

P1080050Ah these are the houses, so cute, I want to put them in the garden to see if they will attract fairies.

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P1080053I’m in love, I want a bunny!

P1080054Magnificent Malificent! She is awesome, the question is do you play with her or look at her?

P1080055This is a better shot of the toadstool houses, do you fancy coming to the class?

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P1080057If you want to see more of Lisa’s work try Googling Heartfelt Creations by Lisa

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.)

 

 

 

P1080003Roll 29. Beautifully delicate pink and green, the photograph does not do this gorgeous tweed justice. 100″ x 8.5″ (2.55m x 0.22m) £17. (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

 

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!