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Valerie's Blog

One happy retreater

November 22nd, 2016

ppElizabeth Betts of Popular Patchwork magazine was one of the delegates at our recent retreat weekend at the De Vere hotel in Buckinghamshire. Apparently, like many of us, it had been years since she'd found the time to have two days of consecutive sewing for herself and as one of her newly made retreat friends said to her  '... it's a perfect way to spend a weekend in October'

So, for a participants view of one of our retreats, click here to read Elizabeth's article that has been published in December's edition of Popular Patchwork.

Why not come and join us

If you'd like to find a time to getaway for some uninterrupted sewing or textiling, why not join us at one of our 2017 retreats. Just click on the links below for more details and booking forms

5_phototasticcollage-2016-11-30-14-1611-12 March 2017 Stitching and Quilting getaway with Sylvia Critcher and Kate Percival at Tortworth Court Hotel, South Gloucestershire

23-24 April 2017 Patchwork and Quilting retreat with Valerie Nesbitt and Jennie Rayment and the Lady Sew and Sew team at Red Lion Hotel, Henley on Thames

7 - 8 October 2017 Patchwork and Quilting retreat with Valerie Nesbitt and Sarah Soward and Pauline Bolt from Pauline’s Patchwork at De Vere Hotel, Denham Grove

14-15 October 2017 Textile and Quilting retreat with Kathleen Laurel Sage and Hilary Beattie at the Aztec Hotel and Spa, Bristol



West Country Quilt Show Update

November 15th, 2016

An amazing time was had by all at the West Country Quilt show last weekend - 11/12 and 13th Nov

Valerie's demonstrations of scrap quilts, table runners and crazy patchwork were very popular and we got to meet and interview some of our regular contributors like Kate Findlay, the Stitch Witch, Vanessa from Lady Sew and Sew, Izzy from Creative Quilting, Angela Daymond, Nancy Adamek, Chris Porter and Mary Gamester to name a few. We also loved speaking to our customers and the visitors to the show.

Lovely to catch up with some of our viewers as well as those who came because they won tickets!!!

Don't worry if you didn't  make it to the show,  our video content from the show will be accessible on the website soon.

West Country Quilt Show 2016

Everyone said how inspirational the work on display was. Here's just a taste of some of it.

West Country Quilt Show 2016

All images are courtesy of Ben Daniel @ Stay Social UK and Matt Bigwood

You can see all the images in full across our social media pages by clicking on the links below.  You'll also be able to watch the live videos we made on the day on Facebook, where the lovely Faye Hatcher takes us round the Show over the 3 days.






SAVE THE DATE FOR 2017: Sept 1st, 2nd and 3rd

What did you do with that extra hour at the weekend?

October 31st, 2016

Well this is what I did -  another version of my  40 minute scrap quilt


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Of course layering, quilting and binding takes just as long - but this is a really delightful quick and easy quilt to make and you can see this latest version when you visit the West Country Quilt and Textile Show 11-13 Nov.

BS34 8QZ

We will be on Stand 92.


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!



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The Fenland book of Kantha Projects from Angela Daymond

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