Patchwork & Quilting

Dear All

You can down load our full brochure with the work shop dates and booking form on the link at the bottom of the page.

Here we are in the midst of Summer and it is time for our Autumn Workshop Brochure!

So many of you have been asking about classes lately that we couldn’t make you wait any longer. We hope this will be another busy and fun term with lots of new and regular students.

A few things to note before you delve in and read about our exciting Autumn workshops….

Coach trip to Malvern Autumn Quilt Show:

We have been organising a coach trip to the Malvern Autumn Quilt Show for the last 2 years and as it is so popular, we are organizing another one! The Autumn Quilt Show is a lovely small, yet perfectly formed show with plenty of stalls to spend your pennies at and a wonderful display of quilts to get the inspiration flowing. Our trip will be Sunday 20th October, pick-up and drop-off will be in Bovey Tracey and the cost is only £28 (same as last year). The cost includes your coach travel, a ticket to the show and a tip for the driver. There are convenience stops on the way there and back and an onboard toilet (very important!). We aim to leave Bovey at 8am and hope to be back by 6pm. This trip is very popular and last year we were completely full so if you’re planning on joining us, please get yourself on our list as soon as possible. We don’t need payment until nearer the time, just give us your name and contact details.

Mini Sewing Machine Services:

You may have read in our last Newsletter that we now offer Mini Sewing Machine Services. We always recommend to give your sewing machines a full service every 2 years. If you’re a regular user or you haven’t used your machine in a while, we can now give your machine a mini service for £25. During this service we thoroughly clean your machine, oil it if needed, check that everything is running smoothly and give it a good workout. If you have any problems with your machine, we’ll take a look and try and sort it. All you’ll have to do is drop your sewing machine off with us and we’ll let you know when it’s ready to collect (usually within a week).

Quilt Layering-up Service:

Most of you have already taken advantage of this great service but if you haven’t, we offer a service where we ‘layer’ your quilt. This means we sandwich the backing fabric, wadding and quilttop together using very small tacks which keep all these layers together and stops them from moving while you quilt. It is suitable for hand and machine quilting. We know most people lack the space to lay out a quilt (especially if you’re making a king size!) as well as enough pairs of hands, that’s why we started offering this service.

Simply drop your quilttop off with us, we will then advice you on wadding and backing fabric (we have these in stock) and a week later you can collect your quilt and start quilting. We also stock a large selection of quilting threads and needles to help you on your way.

Dressmaking Courses:

Our dressmaking Courses have been getting more and more popular and as this is very different to our usual patchwork classes, we wanted to shine a light on it. Our Dressmaking Courses consist of 3 lessons on a Wednesday evening (fortnightly 5pm - 7.30pm). Our first course starts on 25th September. This course is open to ALL abilities, but it helps if you have your own sewing machine and already know how to use it. We can recommend patterns to suit skill levels and body shapes but, in the end, the choice is yours. Whatever pattern you choose, we will make sure that the final garment fits you like a glove and you are proud to wear.

For a beginner this course will teach you; how to cut out a pattern and your fabric, fit it to your body shape, how to sew darts, pleats, waistbands and hems and how to fit a zip.

New Tilda Fabric:

Tilda is releasing a brand-new fabric range in October called ‘Old Rose’ and we’re very excited to have this gorgeous range on our shelves. Tilda fans will be very pleased to see the return of the delicate vintage floral designs in reds, pinks, blues, greens and soft purples. We are already thinking of a project to use them.

Open Day:

We usually organize an Open Day to celebrate the release of our Workshop Brochures but this term we are so jam-packed, there just isn’t a good time! However, most samples will be up in the shop as soon as the Brochure is out so you can come in anytime to view them and sign up for your preferred classes/ courses.

That’s all from us, now enjoy perusing our fabulous classes and courses.

With kindest regards from Myriam and Sunny, the Material Girls.