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De Vere Denham Quilting Retreat 8-9 Oct 2016

October 10th, 2016

What a great time we had;  here are some pics of the girls at work in Sarah's class and what they were working on;  they all gone at least one top done!!!


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and some lovely comments from delegates (who are now safely back home)

I had a lovely weekend , thank you for organising it.Thank you too for the lovely goodie bag!I have sent my booking form and deposit of £50 today, for next year,2017,

I wanted to say ‘thank you’ to you and all the team for a great weekend.  It was enjoyable to meet all the different women, to see their work and to spend concentrated, dedicated time on producing something lovely. 

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the weekend.  This was my first retreat and it was wonderful.   To just be able to do something you enjoy without any distractions was great

I just  want to thank you and Maggi for a super relaxing weekend. It was
great fun even if I did not get quite as much sewing done as I had
hoped.   However, I am now more confident about what I am doing and can,
hopefully, do some at home.

The hotel was comfortable and so easy to get to.

I shall definitely be booking next October.

The dates are 7-8 Oct 2017  - booking form with details of the  projects will be available shortly!

Filming day at a Fluff-a-torium in Dorking

October 4th, 2016

What a brilliant day we had - Matt Dave and I  - in Dorking with Gillian Harris in her shop Gilliangladrag at Fluff-a-torium in West Street.


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Gillian is the queen of felting so we got to learn how she makes wet-felt;  adds some decorative needlefelting; learnt about the kits she sells


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and then a great tour of the shop -so keep watching!

Fun with Kathleen Laurel-Sage

October 2nd, 2016

Had a really lovely day yesterday being the 'student' in the Wonky Houses class that was held at Creative Quilting (Bridge Road E.Molesey) ;

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Front and back and FINISHED!!!!!!

We all had a great time and Kathleen is a really fun teacher who loves sharing her skills; we have invited her to share her soldering skills  at a retreat Oct 2017 - so keep in touch!



New Subscription Web Pages

September 23rd, 2016


Some of you have noticed that when we send you an email about subscribing to the website, sometimes the webpage you go to looks a little bit different to what you expect to see at

The reason behind this is that we are using a new subscription system for fixed term subscriptions (ie 1,3,6 and 12 month packages) to make it easier for you to subscribe. The new system looks slightly different to the Shop  but the good news is that it requires fewer steps for you to place your order.

We set this new system up because some of you told us that you wanted a quicker and easier alternative to the PayPal system. If you want to use the new system to subscribe - just click here

However, you can still use the PayPal system in the Shop area if you are more comfortable with that. Click here for more details

Festival of Quilts 2016

August 15th, 2016

For the first time since it started I was not on duty and took the opportunity to wander round snapping pics of quilts, catching up with people (sometimes literally bumping into them!) and shopping - what a great day.

Here are a few quilts that caught my attention (other than those in the winning gallery of course! which we have posted on our Facebook page - click here)

An entry from Kate Crossley (do you remember her stunning clock from a previous year?)


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A detail of the winning quilt's stitching - amazing; however in the early years this would have been done by hand - no other comment other than to say rather than taking weeks that would have taken years.


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and a couple of modern quilts that I could have taken home - (shame about the creases on one which didn't really show as badly at the event!)


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and yes I did spend money!

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Product of the Month October 2016

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This little wall hanging kit comes complete and makes up to 13"x15". Free p&p in the UK for the month of October 2016 PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription

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Make Star Quilts from C&T Publishing

11 Stellar projects to sew by a variety of today's top quilt designersFree P&P in the UK for October 2016

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