Quilters Quest Ltd
361 Woodstock Road
Telephone: 028 90454745
VAT Number: 832320172
Company Registration Number: NI 048907
Shop Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday 9:45am – 4:30pm
(Closed EVERY Wednesday and Sunday)
Quilters Quest opened its doors in January 2004, mainly because Yvonne, the owner, had a desire to have a Longarm quilting machine but had nowhere to put it at home. Initially she intended to have a small selection of fabric and concentrate mainly on providing a few classes and a Longarm quilting service. Over the years this has developed into a LOT of fabric, more weekly classes and workshops and a very busy Longarm quilting schedule!
Yvonne started patchwork over 20 years ago and since then it has developed into a passion. She has attended patchwork classes delivered by various teachers, including teachers from Ireland, the UK and the USA. These have allowed her to build up a wide range of techniques which she employs in her weekly classes.
Whilst loving to make quilt tops, Yvonne neither had the time nor the inclination to do the quilting process; hence she invested in a hand-guided Longarm quilting machine. This has since been upgraded to the Statler computerised Gammill Longarm quilting machine, imported from the USA, which has seen her output increase significantly. Yvonne enjoys doing all types of quilting on the Longarm machine from computerised edge to edge, to the more challenging work of custom quilting and also free hand.
Yvonne also designs quilt patterns and has a particular fondness for patchwork bags. You can usually find at least one bag workshop per term. She has had a bag pattern using shrink fabric published in British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine.
The World Quilt Show held in New England, USA, is one of the most internationally diverse events of its kind in the world of quilting and textile arts. In 2010 Yvonne won Best in Country 'Ireland' with her quilt 'Twilight Sunsets'. The winning quilt is on display in Quilters Quest.
Cathy Little has always been curious about fabric and what it can do. This manifested itself in making original clothing as a teenager and later creating soft furnishings. Whilst living in England, Cathy completed City and Guilds in Quilting, Patchwork and Design during which time she was fortunate to have a range of inspiring tutors. Returning to Northern Ireland, a teaching qualification in IT gave the opportunity to work practically with a wide range of students. This involved working with people from varying age groups and levels of experience as well as planning lessons and managing a range of curricula.
At Quilters Quest during term time Cathy teaches both beginners and experienced quilters, covering traditional applications and techniques of Patchwork and also exploring new methods and techniques. Cathy regularly delivers a variety of one day workshops at Quilters Quest. Each of these has been developed as an original design with supporting pattern and instructions where appropriate. One of Cathy’s main interests in patchwork is experimenting with the many and varied methods of appliqué including some of the exciting new materials now available.
On a freelance basis Cathy has delivered talks, workshops and demonstrations to various quilting groups in Northern Ireland including the Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild (NIPG) and The Quilters’ Guild of Ireland. Cathy also works to commission and has exhibited her work in Birmingham and the NIPG. Recent work has been accepted for publication by the British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine.
Ann Scott attended a Ladies Church Fellowship where Rosemary Reid was doing a Show and Tell on her patchwork quilts. Ann was immediately hooked and started to search where she could learn this craft. Many years later, and having completed City and Guilds in Soft Furnishings, Ann is teaching her own classes. She has taken Leisure Classes at various places including Belfast Metropolitan College. Ann has been working and taking Workshops at Quilters Quest for several years and has just recently started teaching the Tuesday evening class.
Ann appreciates the wide range of fabrics and other products available at Quilters Quest although she warns that it is very difficult to resist the temptation of all the new fabric that arrives at the Shop all too regularly!
Valerie McKeown has had a huge interest in patchwork & quilting for over 25 years & has been teaching at Quilters Quest for the past 4 years. The versatility of Valerie's patchwork & quilting lies to a great extent in the variety of techniques that comprise the craft. She likes to encourage her class members to be innovative with their sewing projects. As their skills & confidence increase with practise, it becomes clear that the wide range of fabrics & stitching techniques taught at Quilters Quest will provide them with a fascinating opportunity to express their individual creativity.