Do you fancy joining my sewing gang?

Have you always fancied learning to Quilt but not sure where to begin? Do you have a sewing machine that you’ve been meaning to dust off and get back to some creating but not sure where to start?

Well I have just the answer to get you back into stitching and I’d like your input please.

I run a monthly Quilt club where over 10 months you receive all fabrics pre-cut to sew up individual sections, all with simple laid out instructions. and in the final month you receive instructions to complete the quilt top.

From my experience I know there will be lots of you out there who’ve been wanting to have a go at patchwork or try your first Quilt. Usually people think of quilts made from babygrows or kids old clothes for a memory Quilt, DON’T DO IT, they’re not easy and could put you off for life.

Mystery quilt is great because it all comes pre-cut, did I mention that already? So all you need is to pick up the pieces and start sewing.

Is a Sewing group for you?

So I thought it would be nice to set up a sewing group as I know it can be scary taking that first step.

A relaxed, friendly group for everyone of all abilities to enjoy. No patchwork experience necessary, just a basic knowledge of how to work your sewing machine.

I’m planning to hire a room where you can bring along your machine & your Quilt box and I will guide you through sewing the blocks. Showing you the basic principles of patchwork sewing along the way. Giving you confidence to create your own quilt.

What you would need:
Your own sewing machine
1/4″ patchwork foot with or without a guide
Basic sewing kit: scissors, threads, spare machine needles
A subscription to my mystery quilt
A basic knowledge of how to use a sewing machine.

What I would provide:
A room located in Leeds for us to sew together with tables and chairs, electricity cables, ironing stations, and most importantly teas, coffees & biscuits.
The knowledge to guide you through constructing the blocks and following the pattern instructions.
Hints and tips on general patchwork techniques

I’d love it if you could please fill out this short survey so that I can get an idea of numbers. I’ve a few options available and need an idea of the direction to take. So with your help we might just have a new Leeds based sewing group.

Here we go the first Mystery Quilt release for 2020.

The quilt for Spring 2020 is called “Name of the Rose” and each of the colourway options are named after a Rose variety.

If you have never heard of the Mystery Quilt then you are in for a real treat. This is a quilt designed by Sheila Christensen @mysteryquilter and it is a puzzle quilt over 10 months.

Each parcel contains that month’s puzzle instructions and all the pre-cut fabric pieces to make the blocks. Pieces are kept simple: triangles, squares and rectangles and at the end the final puzzle is revealed to give you a beautiful finished quilt top.

I have carefully selected the following four colourways for you to choose from so I hope you see something that takes your fancy?

Electron is a mixture of Declassified & Spectrastatic by Giucy Giuce. As you can see this is going to have some fabulous pops of colour.

Iceberg, is made from Libs Elliott’s Greatest Hits collection and is a lovely calming quilt top made up of these blue and green hues. It has the addition of some little sneaks of metallic prints in there too.

Another collection from Giucy Giuce’s Declassified and Spectrastatic collections. But this time we have a vibrant mix of pinks and purples.

Finally, we have Paradise made from a selection of Handiwork prints from Alison Glass.

Quilt top finished size:

Small quilt – 48″ x 60″

Large quilt – 72″ x 72″

Sign ups for the club will be taken from Sunday 6th December. In a change to 2019 the club will be posted on a Thursday instead of Friday in the hope that you will receive it for the weekend. Shipping starts on the 6th February 2020.

Sheila offers a great Facebook group for any users and it is a worldwide community all sewing up the same puzzles in so many different fabrics. It is a great place to meet other people in the club.

I will offer the club with a monthly subscription or the option to pay in full. If you take the this you will receive a discount compared to the monthly instalment option, see prices below. If you opt for a subscription It will be an immediate payment, followed by nine monthly payments on the last day of the month from February onwards.

The small quilt will be £180 or 10 monthly payments of £18.50 (all prices include UK postage).

The large quilt is £235, or 10 monthly payments of £24 (all prices include UK postage).

Key information

  • General launch – 6th December
  • Save if you pay in full
  • Small Quilt from £180
  • Large quilt from £235
  • Instalment plan available
  • Starts shipping 6 February 2020
  • Runs 10 months

Make sure you are signed up to the newsletter to keep ahead of any latest news coming from the club and confirmation of the launch times for this Mystery Quilt – NEWSLETTER

I’m really excited to be able to share with you the dates and details for our 2020 retreats.

May Retreat – 8 – 10 May 2020

First-up, tickets for May’s retreat. Please note that this is now a Bank Holiday. The Monday Bank Holiday has for 2020 been moved to the Friday to coincide with the 75th anniversary celebrations of VE day.

I am offering the same ways to pay as in 2019. You will be able to purchase in full or with a payment plan. The payment plan requires a deposit of £50 and you will then be signed up to four equal payments debited on the first of the month following sign up.

The standard ticket is for a sharing twin room, or you can opt to add a single room to your order.

This option is available on both the payment in full and subscriptions tickets.

October Retreat – 16 – 18 October 2020

Once again I am also offering deposits to secure you spot at October retreat too. £50 deposit and then the balance or the instalment plan will only be due from the 1st July 2020. Details will be issued to anyone registered after the May retreat.

You will be able to purchase multiple tickets but please note that the payment will all be charged to one card, this includes subsequent payment plan options.

To Summarise:

May Retreat

  • Payment in full – £396
  • Payment in full with single room supplement – £ 440
  • Deposit & payment plans – £50 + four x £86.50
  • Deposit, payment plan with single room supplement – £50 + four x £97.50

October Retreat

  • Deposit – £50*

*balance to be paid, or subscription sign up by July 2020 detailed below:

  • Balance for payment in full of twin sharing room – £346
  • Balance for payment in full with single room supplement – £ 390
  • Payment plan for twin sharing room after £50 – four x £86.50
  • Payment plan with single room supplement after £50 – four x £97.50

Tickets will be on sale on Sunday 1st December, so please make sure you are signed up to the newsletter to receive more information ahead of the sale day.

It’s here finally, I’m so pleased to be able to offer up the second Mystery Quilt of the year.

Sheila has designed her next Mystery Quilt called Cosmos and it’s another amazing quilt. If you missed out on the first club I offered then now is your chance to sign up to a fabulous quilt kit.

If you have never heard of the Mystery Quilt then you are in for a real treat. This is a quilt designed by Sheila Christensen @mysteryquilter and it is a puzzle quilt over 10 months.

You will receive ten parcels each containing that month’s puzzle instructions and all the pre-cut fabric pieces to make the blocks. Pieces are kept simple: triangles, squares and rectangles and at the end the final puzzle is revealed to give you a beautiful finished quilt top.

I have carefully chosen four colourways for this summers quilt and I am pleased to share them with you now.

  • Rosemary – Sunprints 2019 by Alison Glass
  • Louise – Pinkerville by Tula Pink
  • Jean – Murmur by Valorie Wells
  • Erika – Linen Textures & Sunprints 2019 by Alison Glass

Quilt top finished size:

Small quilt – 48″ x 60″

Large quilt – 72″ x 72″

Sign ups for the club will be taken from Saturday 1st June and the first puzzle pieces will be sent out on the 26th July 2019. Subsequent months will be posted on the last Friday of the month.

Sheila offers a great Facebook group for any users and it is a worldwide community all sewing up the same puzzles in so many different fabrics. It is a great place to meet other people in the club.

I will offer the club with a monthly subscription or the option to pay in full. If you opt for a subscription It will be an immediate payment, followed by nine monthly payments on the 10th of the month, running from August 2019 to April 2020.

The small quilt will be £175, or 10 monthly payments of £17.50 (all prices include UK postage).

The large quilt is £230, or 10 monthly payments of £23 (all prices include UK postage).

Head over to the shop to sign up for your choice of quilt.

The Quilt above was from the Pastures New club of 2018 and this was the large Portofino quilt made with Diving Board from Alison Glass. Please note this years quilt will not be the same as this, it is to give you an idea of previous years designs.


What is Mystery quilt I hear you say? Well for those of you that missed out on the fun of last year’s club then I’m pleased to say that in partnership with Sheila Christensen @mysteryquilter I am bringing back the Mystery Quilt club for spring 2019.

Stratford – Mystery Quilt Spring 2019

It’s quite simply a puzzle quilt and the best thing about it is all the fabric for the quilt top comes to you pre-cut. That’s right you just pick up your box and sew. I do all the hard work for you!

You will receive ten parcels each containing that month’s puzzle instructions and all the pre-cut fabric pieces to make the blocks. Pieces are kept simple: triangles, squares and rectangles and at the end the final puzzle is revealed to give you a beautiful finished quilt top.

The colourways that I will be releasing will be revealed over the next week, I can confirm I have four and maybe even five if I can secure one more collection to share with you. So you will have a nice selection of fabrics and colourways to choose from.

The quilts will come in two sizes but due to fabric restriction not all colourways will be available in the small size. All will be confirmed as each collection is released.

Quilt top finished size:

Small quilt – 48″ x 60″

Large quilt – 72″ x 72″

Sign ups for the club will be taken from Saturday 9th February and the first puzzle pieces will be sent out on the 1st March 2019. Subsequent months will be posted on the first Friday of the month.

Due to the timings of when I have been able to launch the club it does mean that we are one month behind the USA and Australia. As such I am planning to make month one a double month and you will receive both puzzle one and two so we can catch up.

Sheila offers a great Facebook group for any users and it is a worldwide community all sewing up the same puzzles in so many different fabrics. It is a great place to meet other people in the club. So I want to make sure we don’t miss out or become out of sync with the mystery being revealed so this works perfectly.

I will offer the club with a monthly subscription or the option to pay in full. If you opt for a subscription It will be an immediate payment of two months, followed by 8th monthly payments on the last day of the month, running from March to October.

The small quilt will be £178, or initial payment of £34, plus eight monthly payments of £18 (all prices include UK postage).

The large quilt is £228, or an initial payment of £44, plus eight monthly payments of £23 (all prices include UK postage).

That should cover all of the finer details of the club and how it will work, all that is left to do is wait for the fabric selections. Watch this space… or more importantly make sure you are signed up to my newsletter and go give all the social media channels a big love and a follow. There is links to them all just at the bottom of the page. xx

To give you a little clarity and help avoid any confusion I wanted to give you a little heads-up on what to expect when the tickets are launched tomorrow, as there are different ticket options available to you.

May Retreat – 31 May – 2 June 2019

First-up tickets for May’s retreat. You will be able to purchase in full or with a payment plan. The payment plan requires a deposit of £50 and you will then be signed up to four equal payments debited on the first of the month following sign up.

You will also have at this stage the option to purchase your single room if you require one. This is to help streamline the process and so you know you have no further payments to make as it is all included.

This option is available on both the payment in full and subscriptions tickets.

October Retreat – 18 – 20 October 2019

Finally I am offering places on the October retreat, so for a deposit of £50 you can secure you spot. Further payments for this retreat will not be requested until after the May retreat. I will be sending out further information in June for payment starting in July.

You will be able to purchase multiple tickets but please note that the payment will all be charged to one card, this includes subsequent payment plan options.

To Summarise:

May Retreat

  • Payment in full – £380
  • Payment in full with single room supplement – £ 423
  • Deposit & payment plans – £50 + four x £85
  • Deposit, payment plan with single room supplement – £50 + four x £95.75

October Retreat

  • Deposit – £50*

*balance to be paid, or subscription sign up by July 2019, detailed below:

  • Balance for payment in full of twin sharing room – £330
  • Balance for payment in full with single room supplement – £ 373
  • Payment plan for twin sharing room after £50 – four x £85
  • Payment plan with single room supplement after £50 – four x £95.75

Welcome to the Modern Quilt Club, a new venture from Lisa Naylor.

The club will begin with two weekend retreats in 2019, hosted by Lisa at Gomersal Park Hotel, building on experience from the past four years—and a half dozen retreats. I hope that I can bring you another fun filled weekend and maybe some sewing!

Set in its own lovely grounds, we stay in a luxury spa hotel, which offers us some great little extras along with the sewing. We have 24 hours access to our own private sewing room, where you can come and go as you please to sew, and hang out with other retreaters. If you fancy, you can nip off for a quick dip in the pool or make use of the gym. For a small fee you can upgrade to use the full hotel spa facilities for the day. This is your retreat weekend, and yes, it is a quilting weekend but it is your time to do as you wish and enjoy!

The hotel offers great accommodation with all the rooms being twins if sharing or usually a double bed if you opt for a single room (at an additional supplement). They are all en-suite with all the usual mod cons.

I like to keep the weekend very relaxed and let the guests spend their time as they wish. We meet up at noon on Friday, let people settle in and crack on with sewing. You bring along your own projects and sewing equipment and just dive into the weekend.

Then we start with the food (and we are fed very well all weekend) with a buffet lunch Friday, afternoon teas usually with cake or homemade cookies and then a 3 course meal at Massimo, the in-house Italian restaurant. The only extra you need to buy is any wine or drinks from the bar with your meal.

On Saturday we are treated to a choice of full English or cold breakfast selection, a buffet lunch and a three-course meal again. With regular tea and coffee served throughout the day. When Sunday arrives we again have breakfast, buffet lunch and we finish the day with afternoon teas at 4pm before heading home.

You will be given the chance to participate in a couple of small workshops throughout the weekend. A guest tutor will join our group and will share skill or patterns that we can all learn. Full details will be revealed once we have everyone join the club.

The main aim and ethos of the weekend is to enjoy a relaxing weekend of sewing, meeting up with friends and generally having a great time and lots of laughter. If you go away with a new skill or have created a new little project then that just adds to the fun of the weekend.