Last year in March, the week after our Quilting retreat at Alison House, while we were still free-ish and my shop was still open but were all expecting the lockdown to be announced, Angela brought in a pattern that she wanted to make. 'Gossip In The Garden', I've helped a few customers with their own versions of this very popular pattern but Angela just asked me to please kit up all the fabrics she would need to make the quilt top and left it to me... Oooh heck, It's all very well choosing fabrics for folk when they are in the shop to agree or not... but this time I was on my own! Angela left saying that there was no rush and to contact her when the Kit was all ready... which I did... but it was quite a few weeks later as the Lockdown was a very strict "Stay At Home" and I am a rule follower!!! Angela eventually was able to collect her fabrics...
Sunday, 24 January 2021
Friday, 8 January 2021
Happy New Year everyone!
If you don't mind, and even if you do, I would like to talk about Online Shopping...
Love it? Loath it? We have very little choice at the moment.
Personally, I'm not a fan and I know that I am not the only one. Choosing fabrics, colour and design, is very tricky online. I've spoken to a lot of disappointed customers lately.
I have a Patchwork and Quilting shop, did you notice that? My shop doesn't have online shopping options. I know... I know, I am probably a dinosaur... I like to think that I give/gave excellent customer service to my lovely customers, who mostly return because of that, not to mention the amount of stock I have for you to choose from!!
With all the Covid restrictions and lockdown months, my shop has barely been worth keeping. I have been very strict in only allowing shopping by appointment to keep us all safe and that has been very good, though it really restricted numbers.
Without online sales, my shop may not be able to survive. The fabric suppliers are on my case, they keep telling me to get online. I really don't want to. It's no secret that I struggle enough with Facebook, Messenger and Blogger, I'm such a computer numptie!!! Let's not even get on to how I can't even understand the TV stuff!
It is a fun addiction though, this Patchwork and Quilting malarkey.
My shop was never about selling as much fabric as I could... It was always about enabling the addiction! Giving you as much choice as I possibly could for your projects.
So, after a few experimental calls, which have proven to be quite amusing and successful. I've decided to have a bash at helping you choose fabrics for your projects, and you would be able to help me by purchasing from my shop.
Video call Personal Shopping, by appointment! Excellent Customer Service!!! ??
Genius? Stupid? Fun? Whatever... I've already started!
I've had WhatsApp Video calls with customers, as recently as yesterday which were very successful. As I have to be in my shop to make this work, we need to do it by appointment, to make sure I am there for your Personal Shopping experience.
If you need fabrics or other Patchwork and Quilting paraphernalia that I stock, call me 07807530441 or email me email@example.com or send a WhatsApp message 07807530441 and we can take it from there. We can decide on a time to 'meet' in my shop for your Personal Shopper Video Experience.
Thank you for sending your pictures ladies x
Both baby gifting quilts are finished. Both made with pre-printed panels with both alphabet and numbers, they will be smart kids!!! Fully machine washable and machine dryable, as most cotton is, they can now, hopefully be used to death!! There's nothing quite like seeing a worn out, from good use, quilt a few years down the line is there.
Thursday, 31 December 2020
When the Covid restrictions lightened up, was that about September? I forget now... anyway, around that time... a few ladies had been requesting the use of my tables for making their quilt sandwiches. The job can be done individually so I agreed to book them in. One hour each is usually plenty. Gail sandwiched her Noah's Ark quilt... all by her very own self to be socially compliant. Isn't it lovely....
Wednesday, 30 December 2020
Tuesday, 29 December 2020
With my shop not being able to have classes or workshops within the rules of Covid, some people have been catching up on their PhD's (projects Half Done) which is a great idea, no matter how old they are, they need to be completed...
Thank you for the pictures ladies.
I hope you are all finding time to sew something.
Thursday, 17 December 2020
Taadaaaaa!!! Our Jean Bean sent pictures of her fabulous and finished gifting quilt so we now have evidence that she's really, and truly, been sewing, ha! What a lovely quilt it is too. Those delicate little flowers take ages to applique with Blanket Stitch and she's changed thread colour for each one, great dedication!