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So much to tell you, where do I start?

So much to tell you, where do I start?

Oh my golly gosh, so much has happened lately that I don’t know where to start; today I will share with you our wonderful weekend retreat with Pat Archibald who is an incredibly talented quilt artist from Edinburgh. The first day was spent in our shop making gorgeous Indian elephants.


Ten ladies joined us and we had a brilliant time. I hope you enjoy the slide show of the day

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At the end of a wonderful day with lots of shared giggles. We decamped to High Trenhouse where after a fantastic supper Pat took us around the world in 80 quilts, sharing many of her beautiful quilts with us. We looked at how and why she creates the ghost images which appear in many of her quilts. Here is some of the work she shared.

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On Saturday morning the real work started, with the retreat getting fully underway. I love how we meet as a group of strangers and over such a short period of time, using shared experiences, we part as friends.

However Saturday did start with a near catastrophe…the power went off! Oh noooo! Up there in the wilds of High Trenhouse that may not necessarily mean a quick blip. So all the sewing machines were out of action. Not to be deterred  Pat had a plan B; unfortunately for plan B to be achieved we needed the irons to set the Markal paint…to the rescue…Grandma Annie…or at least her old dry iron, quickly followed up by Bernadette’s old flat iron which were popped on the AGA and worked like a treat, I couldn’t believe how long they stayed hot for.

The power cut lasted until lunchtime, which was about the time the ironing was finished, meaning all’s well that ends well.

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We had a fabulous lunch and dessert then back to class and crack on with the job in hand. I hope you will agree that the slideshow shows what a great weekend we had. Following the success Pat has agreed to come back next August and show us how to do her Celtic designs.  Also breaking news I have managed to secure a retreat with Shirley Bloomfield to do her wild flower basket in May next year. If you would like to join us let us know by booking your place on 01729 824708

Anja Townrow Quilt Retreat News Flash!



I have just had the go ahead from High Trenhouse to confirm Anja townrow’s quilt retreat booking. It will be from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th May 2014 with a one day class on the Friday. Click on the retreats tab at the top of this page to print off your booking information.




I have just updated my quilt retreat page to include retreats by Sheena Norquay March 28th to 30th 2014 and Pat Archibald October 17th to 19th 2014.

Both will be with us, at High Trenhouse to provide a one day class on the Friday and then retreat from 4..30 pm Friday through to 4.30 pm on the Sunday full board at High Trenhouse, Malham (see pic)

You are very welcome to book either for the one day class or the retreat or, if you really want to spoil yourself why not book for both! Payment can be by installments to make things easier.

If you are interested you can print off the Retreat Booking Information by clicking on this link (the coloured writing)