Sue continues family sewing tradition

A new quilting shop has quickly become a magnet for keen craftspeople from all over the North East.

Monday, 5th September 2016, 2:00 pm
Sue Ross and her quilters

Since it opened, beginners and proficient quilters have been flocking to the Quilt Shop at Fairmoor, in Morpeth, for workshops, one-to-one tuition, advice, fabrics and sewing supplies, as well as good company, cake and chat.

The Quilt Shop has been founded by talented needle-worker Sue Ross, from Longframlington.

Sue comes from a long line of gifted sewers; her mother Dorothy Hattle was a sewing teacher, while her grandfather and other family members ran a gents’ outfitters and clothes shop in Berwick called Pallisters from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Sue said: “There are so many talented quilters in the area that I thought it would be great to create a comfortable, attractive meeting place – as well as a good quilting supplies shop – where the local quilting and craft community could meet up.

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“Somewhere that people of all abilities could drop in and join workshops, stock up on their sewing supplies, get advice and enjoy a chat.

“We have male and female quilters – one gentleman in his 80s joined our classes last week and teenagers join in too.

“Sometimes a group of husbands enjoy a chat on our big sofas while their wives are quilting.

“If you’re thinking of starting quilting, this is a great place to start.”

Quilting has become extremely popular over the last 10 years with research by Glasgow University concluding that the activity helps ‘cognitive, creative and emotional well-being’.

Sue agrees: “It’s sociable, because we tend to quilt in groups, and it’s relaxing and rewarding at the same time.

“It’s also creative and the sense of accomplishment when you finish a piece of work is fantastic.”