Catch up of the week 18.03.19

Hi Everyone,

It’s been on my mind after talking to many of you about “social media” which has taken over our modern lives. I am aware social media is not for everyone and shouldn’t be the only platform for sharing, and so I would like to create ‘weekly catchups’ on my blog.

I love posting a picture of something I’m working on, cutting up, finishing or new items in the shop.  To me, it’s a quick easy two minute job popping a picture on Instagram and Facebook but I realise not everyone sees that.  So I’m thinking if I recap the highlights of the week and show you what’s going on at the shop and projects in progress , then more of you can join in and feel included??

Bare with me though as I am not a writer.  I had great advice recently from someone who  is  and he suggested I write in my own voice.  So I’m imagining we are stood chatting in the shop, shooting the breeze!

So what’s new this week?  Well I wrote a “blog” which I’ve put off since Christmas and it’s basically a list of bullet points I needed to share.  It was a struggle but I got most of it down.  Hence I felt guilty and think this will be more engaging.

I’ve been stitching away on the County Claire pattern by the talented Judy Newman who I can’t wait to meet in a few weeks in Nantes at the Pour L’Amour Du Fil a Quilt Show for all things quilting and this year it is celebrating Australia!  I am collecting patterns, templates and lots and lots of goodies for the shop.

Susan Smith is running two workshops in early April, teaching her Fleur quilt, another talented Australian. Her Applique work is very special and you must take a look at her new book we are selling in the shop.  Every project is devine I promise.  So that is very exciting.

Did I mention Valdani threads? These are glorious and so lovely to quilt with and I’m excited to catch up with Stephanie and Lindsay who are the main distributors who I met last year at Festival Of Quilts they will be at Nantes.

So, I’ve digressed.  Yes Nantes is soon but I’ve got lots of sewing projects and ideas ready to get going on.

County Claire is made up of 2 different blocks (40 of each) and actually pretty quick to piece together.  I try and prep a few at a time so in the evening while listening to the TV or chatting with family I can stitch them together.  They also fold easily into my tiny tin so they travel about with me ready to go.

I’ve just basted the white linen quilt which I machined together a month ago.  I glued it first time round but travelling in and out of the shop a few times it started to look awful and I discussed it with Carolyn Forster who encouraged me to correct it and baste every inch of it to hold it well.  Success! After a day bent over my kitchen table listening to Roxy Music it was done and already looks better.  So I can now concentrate on the quilting design and begin.

My “workshop” sign just needs binding, then it can go up in the shop.  I have become obsessed lately with Reverse Applique after joining Tracy Aplin in her workshop.  Just the pinning and turning makes my heart skip, it’s wonderful.  I’ve also almost finished the “Happy Easter” hanging too.  Not sure if it needs quilting?  I’ll post a picture next week to show you.

My secret sewing project, that I cannot share on social media until July 28th is coming along really well.  Very happy to show anyone in the shop what it actually is!  It’s different and using new skills and fabrics like I haven’t used before.  Very excited about it.

My 36 block quilt has progressed well.  I managed to squeeze myself into Carolyn’s workshop and we are half way through.  I am trying really hard to be accurate and get lovely crisp points and corners.  Not my usual wobbly curves that I love.  I’m using a single colour palette and picked the Oakshott Blues called Lakes.  Ok, there might be a hint of purple/violet in there.  It’s been joyous to work on.

The large Hexie blue and green quilt is coming along too.  I’ve just got to cut a big batch of Hexies because I’ve run out, then I’m ready to get on.   I can almost do this quilt with my eyes closed, its a dream to stitch and its American pieced so its very quick.

Then I have the Vintage Comfort  (Judy Newman) quilt fabric ready to cut, Fleur quilt (Susan Smith) fabrics selected ready.  Half a mind wandering about thinking of two Christmas ideas which I need to get on with.  Both scrap busters I must add.  (In case husband is reading)

Ok, that’s enough of my schedule!  Thank you for reading.  I look forward to seeing you in the shop, taking a peek at your work, helping if I can and filling the day with happiness.

* Next week we have The Handmade Quilt (session 5?) in the workshop with Carolyn on Thursday, Maggie is teaching and making the Easter Bag on Friday and Saturday is the 36 Block Quilt with Carolyn again.

Free Demo Days for the Today’s Quilter block by Carolyn Forster are Thursday 18th April, Thursday 23rd May and Thursday 20th June.

Jenny X

Spring Time

Hello Everyone,

It’s been an incredible time.  Since Christmas I haven’t stopped, with SO many amazing workshop and courses to organise and prepare for.

After all the feed back, I’m listening.

Firstly all classes after Easter will have a light lunch and cake included, catered by the fabulous Juliets Cafe.  The day with us really will be a treat from start to finish.

Many of you have asked for a quilt making course so, Carolyn Forster our incredible local quilting teacher is teaching a complete quilt course, taking you through every step, rotary cutting your fabrics, machine piecing together, quilt design, building the quilt layers, quilting and binding to finish.  Everything you need to know, 5 full days, 30 hours in total!  Starting in October this course takes you up to early December so lots of time to finish by Christmas.

Also full day workshops to learn or refresh “hand quilting” and “machine quilting”, step by step tuition to guarantee you are quilting like a pro. With Carolyn Forster.  So many of you have asked for these, small groups so lots of teacher one on one time.

For those who quilt already we are offering the Herringbone quilt, with Carolyn Forster. A beautiful quilt embroidered on all the seams.  Simply gorgeous. Main picture shown.

Melissa Walters is teaching a beginners dressmaking workshop.  Using a Merchant & Mills CamberSet pattern, this is a great introduction to dressmaking.  We stock the pattern and linens from Merchant & Mills.  The sample is beautiful and just happens to be in my size – thanks Melissa!

Australia is coming to town too.  Judy Newman, Susan Smith and Margaret Mew are all teaching this summer.  A real privilege for us.  Travelling over for Festival Of Quilts (a must for anyone interested in Quilting 1-4 August in Birmingham NEC) they are teaching brand new patterns coming out this year with Quiltmania. It’s been surreal and I can’t wait to sit and sew with them all.  Patterns, books and templates are in the shop and much more on its way.  Emma Mary Designs are due in soon too.  Her colourful work is very exciting, more will be shared later.

For those who don’t do Instagram it really is an amazing source for looking at people’s projects and it’s been fascinating for the business.  I highly recommend it.

The courtyard is being planted, so on those glorious days the patio will be open.  A great  spot to relax in.

All suggestions and ideas welcome, this is your little patchwork shop, and we love having a chat and being a social hub for everybody.

Jenny is running Saturday Sewcials from 1-3pm £20 each on various days and the first Thursday of every month a free evening of sewing 6-8pm – sign up in the shop to grab a spot!  April 4th is the next date.

Of course there are any more classes, take a look on the website to see Tracy’s Reverse Applique, Helen’s Japanese Boro and Ambers EPP.

Happy stitching and good health to you,

Jenny, Citty and Janette X

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!

Last chance to buy crafty gifts or last minute needs for Christmas projects! We will be open until 7pm this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and
from the 22nd to the 5th we will be closed for holidays.
We’ve had a great four months and couldn’t be happier with how well we’ve been recieved.

Many plans for the New Year:

Carolyn Forster free demo’s from her Block of The Month (from Todays Quilter Magazine) continues on the 10th January.

Block of The Month begins on the 11th January, kindly designed by Mary O’Riordan.

Stitch Therapy 365 panels from’Hugs and Kisses’ will be in store! What a wonderful project.

‘Sewcials’ will be officially running Saturdays from 1-3pm, with Jenny. (subject to workshops)

Wishing you love and joy to you and yours,

Love Jenny, Jan, Catriona, Madeline and Eliza

Liberty Rainbow

You may have seen me in the shop working on this little poppet- a display to show off our beautiful Liberty charm packs. The Liberty tana lawn was a dream to work within I just love these prints.  I used two 5″ charm packets make this crib sized quilt and two metres of white cotton. I hand stitched using Gütterman quilting thread in matching colours.

Flying Geese is one of the oldest and simplest patterns. Each charm pack gave me two rows, so you could make larger using more charm packs. I also used 2 1/2 inch sashing, top and bottom with same fabric for binding. Keeping it fresh.

Welcome to Pincushion Pantiles Ltd.

A fabric and quilting shop opening in Tunbridge Wells this summer.

My team and I have been working hard to prepare for the opening of the shop and so far everything is falling into place.

Make sure to keep the 11th August 2018 clear so that you will be able to pop in and see us on our opening weekend.

Also, excitingly our online shop will go live on the 10th August 2018.

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Feel free to contact me on for any early enquiries.