Summer Quick Sew classes, new workshops, and the Exeter show

Hello all

Wow – it is almost July already. We are halfway through the year, mid-summer’s day is behind us and it is less than six months until Christmas! Sorry to mention the word but if we are sewing gifts, decorations and gift bags we do need to get started early. Unfortunately deliveries are delayed and none of the gorgeous Christmas fabrics that I have on order have yet arrived. So we won’t be able to launch the Christmas fabrics in July this year. I am hoping they will arrive sometime this month (I have had a message that some have left the warehouses in the USA and are on their way) so we will launch in August, along with a sale – I will keep you informed.

I am getting excited as I will be having a stand at the Craft4Crafters Show in Exeter from Wednesday 14th – Friday 16th July. The first show for over 15 months. We did this show at the Westpoint Centre back in 2019 and met some lovely people, so it will be great to go back. It’s a very spacious venue anyway and extra space is being allowed between the stands this year. With tickets limited and the cafe relocated, I hope everyone will feel confident about coming along. It’s a really varied show – something for everyone who loves crafts.

My local quilting group, Penkridge Quilting Bee, met again last month for the first time since early 2019. It was a real treat to see everyone again, see their new makes and have a good catch up. I don’t think we did much sewing, but lots of chatting. How lovely it is to be with people again rather than just on Zoom! Have you been able to meet up with your craft group yet?

I launched my new website last month – have you had chance to have a look at it yet? I have had some positive comments about the search facility and the ability to be able to compare fabrics side by side. Also some comments about the drop-down menus being a bit confusing. I passed these back to the designer who has altered them, so I hope it is easier now. If you do have any comments or suggestions, please let me know. I am still trying to make sure stock levels are accurate, and getting all the haberdashery items uploaded so you can order those online, so it’s still ‘work in progress’. You can now book and pay for workshops online, which you may find easier too.

Workshops have been going well and proving popular. We are still observing all Covid-19 precautions of course, so only able to accommodate a maximum of five students at a time. but we have been able to schedule extra sessions if necessary. So do let me know if the session you want is full and I will set up another date.

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