A few changes are afoot at QP, so I thought I would explain a bit here…
Quilty Pleasures opened early 2010 in response to the lack of places to buy well designed, contemporary quilt fabric. At that time, the UK quilt shops were still fairly traditional, and to buy exciting fabric you often had to look to the USA.
The timing was perfect for the current revival of interest in quilting, and fairly quickly I started being asked to run workshops for adults and children. Word started to spread that I was available for talks, so I have travelled around the South East visiting quilt groups and WI’s. I then started writing for magazines, which was followed by my book.
The last year has been quite a juggling act, trying to keep everything ticking along. Running a shop, talks, writing, designing, commissions, selling online, teaching classes – and that is without being a cleaner, book keeper, merchandiser, marketeer… However, when my son became very ill at the end of 2014 I felt something had to change – he is well again, but there is nothing like having a poorly child that makes you reappraise things.
So, decisions had to be made… and the decision has been made to close the bricks and mortar side of Quilty Pleasures, and this Thursday 19th March will be the last day we will be officially open as a shop.
Quilty Pleasures will continue as an ecommerce site, somewhere to buy my patterns and kits, a small but carefully selected range of good quality quilt supplies, and to book classes online. I have been working on a separate website for what I call my freelance work; talks, designing and writing.
A massive thank you to the regulars from the last five years (it really has been that long). Many of you come on workshops, so I am sure I will be seeing you again, and we hope to be at some events in and around Brighton.
So, I am rather excited about the next phase, and can’t wait to properly dust off the sketchbooks and have more time to create.
This blog will be updated with website and event related news, and I have a new website, www.betsybetts.co.uk which includes a blog of my design based work.