Sunday, 25 August 2019

Amazing Value Retreat with Alicia Merrett

Amazing Value Retreat with Alicia Merrett

Three day retreat in Bridlington with Alicia Merrett on 7th,8th & 9th October 2019.

During the retreat Alicia Merrett will be teaching her special workshop entitled 'INTERPRETING KLEE AND KANDINSKY'

Both Paul Klee and Vassily Kandinsky’s drawings and paintings feel as if they could easily be translated into quilts. We will first observe the way the two artists used shape, colour and line in their work to achieve amazing designs with rhythm and balance. 

Then each participant will construct their own abstract fused fabric collages, inspired by the work of those artists. We will then look into how the drawn line can become the stitched line; our machine needle will be the ‘point in motion’ from which the line derives. As Paul Klee said, we will ‘take a line for a walk’. 

Medieval Textile Tiles

Medieval tiles are found in many ancient churches, cathedrals and abbeys, and have beautiful designs that have often inspired modern tile design. Designs are often heraldic, incorporating castles, shields, birds, lions, eagles, and mythical creatures such as wyverns and griffins; they can also be foliated (based on nature). They can be very effectively translated into textile ‘tiles’. Each participant will trace a design, chosen among those provided by the tutor; assemble the tile in fabric, quilt it, and mount it on a 6” by 6” stretched canvas frame.

The tutor will provide the stretched canvas frames; a variety of ‘tile’ designs to trace from; some materials, and some tools for use in the class. The likely cost of the kit per student will be £8.

Alicia’s passions are colour, shape, line and texture. She creates improvisational textile pieces by freehand cutting and stitching, and also by collaging and bonding hand-dyed fabrics, using her signature fine pieced lines, and adding texture with quilting. Text is sometimes included. Alicia works in series, and her inspiration is varied, but she is best known for her work on textile maps. However more recently she has been trying to marry her long-standing interest in photography and in computer work, to produce original designs that can be printed on fabric and then quilted. Alicia exhibits and teaches internationally.

About the venue –

The Royal Bridlington is a 4 star AA Guest Accommodation based in the beautiful South Beach area of Bridlington. There are 18 individually decorated en suite rooms. Food is always high on the agenda and fresh seasonal produce is used where possible and portions are certainly not small!

Want to do all workshops?

Live local?  Book all three workshops for £170 or £60 per day.

Need to stay – All three workshops, 2 nights accommodation and dinner for £300 per person sharing or £320 for single occupancy. 

Extra Nights – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for extra nights at the special price of £62 per night per person (twin) or £72 per person single occupancy.

How to Book for your Patchwork and Quilting retreat with Alicia Merrett -

Call the Royal Bridlington on 01262 672433.

Deposits – For the residential course a deposit of £50 is required and for the day Course a deposit of £10 to reserve your place. The Balance is due 6 weeks prior to arrival.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Liberty of London Summer House Collection

Liberty of London latest Patchwork Fabrics on their way!

Shout out for #Liberty #Summerhouse Patchwork Fabrics on their way.

We are extremely pleased to announce that we will have the new range of the Liberty Patchwork Fabrics available in store from the first week in September.
The colours of the new Summer House Range of Fabrics are so delightful and vibrant that they will make a wonderful creation spectacular.

Liberty of London Patchwork Fabric - #SummerHouse

Check them out at the start of September in our on line shop at We are lucky, as one of the few stockists of the Liberty of London Fabrics to be able to show you as Sneak Peak of the #liberty #fabrics.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Festival of Quilts 2019 Discount Ticket Code

Festival of Quilts 2019 is on 1-4th August 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham.

Tickets can be bought at a discount if you use this code


This will reduce tickets to £14.50* for adults and £14.00* for concessions

To book tickets for Festival of Quilts,  simply go 

to or call 0844 858 6749 and quote 

code FESTIVAL37 when prompted.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

First Quilt Shows of the Year (2019) Newark & Ardingly

This week saw the first Quilt Show of 2019.

We set off to Newark on Wednesday and stayed at the same lovely self catering accommodation as we did last last. This means we can get an early start for set up on Thursday.

Setting up the stand normally takes us five to six hours of hard heavy graft.

Our range is now so large that we now have to make conscious decisions before a show as to what stock we are not going to take with us as we just cant fit it all in the van. So if you are wanting to look at or purchase a specific fabric at any show, please message us a couple of days before to make sure we pop it in the van!

Newark is a lovely venue, its nice and light with good access.  Unfortunately this year, the show did not appear to be as well supported as the previous year, which is such a shame. Never the less we met some lovely quilters, many of whom we already knew.

Here are just some of the quilt from the show.

Beautiful Art Quilt !  But then we Love Doggies !

On the Sunday, straight after the closing of the show, we packed up and headed back to our lovely accommodation for an extra night.

This year we have taken the decision to head south to do the Ardingly Show for the first time.  Ardingly is in West Sussex and therefore is a heck of a drive from Bridlington.  So we decided to stay and extra night at Newark rather than drive North for a couple of nights then all the way South again.
The Accommodation comes with some great neigh-bours!

Oh Deer !!