Friday, 5 September 2014


Our new website is up and running! You can now buy online from us with a flat rate postage of £2.75 to anywhere in the uk.
There's 20% off for the whole of September as a welcome and a thank you for shopping with us, please use the code Skep20 at checkout.
In future we will be blogging on the site at:

Visit us for a bargain as always!

Saturday, 5 July 2014


We have had to have a change of date for the big bag class which is now on Sunday 3rd August. Apologies if this is inconvenient for anyone but unfortunately this was unavoidable.
This will likely be my last entry on this particular blog as we have
Our online shop is opening in August and I will be posting from there once it does.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest and especially now as we have a great giveaway.
There is £25 to spend in our online shop / bricks and mortar shop for the winner, all followers old and new are entered.
THIS PRIZE FUND WILL INCREASE BY £1 for every new follower I get on Instagram and Facebook up to the value of £100
So by tagging your friends or sharing the post you will find on our Facebook page or Instagram you
are potentially increasing your own prize fund!
Go ahead and enter, it's easy, costs nothing and the odds of winning are pretty good!
Good luck x

Thursday, 1 May 2014


It's been a while!  I have some changes to the class list posted earlier in the year, some additions and a couple of date changes as life does it's thing and gets in the way!
So this is the list as it stands now, subject to change but hopefully not.



This is a technique class. At the end of the day you will have something similar to this picture to make into something lovely, Brioni will have some ideas for you and we have a gorgeous bag on display as an example.
You will need a hand sewing kit as there is very little machine work (we'll have a couple of machines set up to use on the day) pen, pencil, ruler, glue stick, iron plus mini board or pad if you have one and your lunch.
Cost: £30 for the day includes all fabrics.


Come along and learn the very satisfying technique of the spiderweb block.  You will need your own machine and to know how to use it, usual sewing supplies, rotary cutter mat and ruler and your lunch. All fabrics are included in the price of the class.  At the end of the two days you will have a pile of blocks to do something fabulous with!
Cost: £60


A lovely class to learn this technique of hand sewing patchwork together.  No machine needed for this class and lots of different patterns to choose from - it's not just hexagons!  If you have been before you can still do this class again as this time we will have some different patterns.  All the quilts shown in this picture are EPP.  You will need a hand sewing kit including scissors, pen, pencil, ruler, glue stick and your lunch. Fabrics included in cost of class.
Cost: £30


PIcture to follow.  This is a new class to make a large bag which is perfect for your cutting mat and all your class supplies.  All fabrics and wadding included in price of class.  You will need your own machine, sewing supplies, mat cutter and ruler and also your walking foot and / or free motion quilting foot depending on how you want to quilt the bag. Don't forget your lunch!
Cost: £40


This is a great class teaching all the techniques from start to finish.  Cutting, piecing, basting, quilting and binding.  You will make a version of the pattern above with a choice of many different kits, everything included in the price of the class.  If you've done beginners before you can still do this class, different pattern, different piecing techniques, same great bargain kit!  Kit is worth over £65 and includes top quality fabrics, 100 per cent cotton wadding. 
You will need your own machine and to know how to use it, basic sewing supplies, rotary cutter, mat and ruler (don't worry if you don't have these yet we have some to borrow if needs be and of course we have them in stock if you decide to buy) you will also need your lunch.  For day two you MUST HAVE A WALKING FOOT for your machine.  This is essential.
At the end of the class you will have a finished quilt (or almost, maybe a little binding to finish by hand) and you will have all the knowledge you need to go off and make your own quilts! 
Cost: £100


Picture to follow.  This is a technique class.  At the end of the two days you will have a pile of blocks to make something fabulous with!  You will need your own machine and to know how to use it, sewing supplies, rotary cutter mat and ruler and your lunch.  All fabric is included in the cost of the class.
More details to follow.
Cost: £60


This is a class that teaches many techniques so is very useful for future projects as well as making something great on the day!  Half squares triangles, raw edge appliqué, using fusible bonding and quilting.  At the end of the class you will have a piece like the picture above, approx 18 inches which would make a great cushion, or you might choose to make many of these and have it as a full size quilt.  The quilt Brioni made is in the shop for you to see.  You will need your own machine, sewing supplies, darning foot (free motion quilting foot) rotary cutter mat and ruler. And your lunch.  Cost of class includes all fabric and wadding.
Cost: £40


Please see examples in the shop.  This one day class teaches the techniques involved in free motion quilting. Don't be scared now!  You will need your own machine and you MUST have a free motion quilting foot (darning foot) for your machine, please check it fits before you come to class.  Please bring sewing kit and your lunch.  All fabrics included.
Cost: £40

All classes run in the shop from 9.30am to 4pm.  Your place is booked by payment in full in advance please.  For classes more than 1 month in advance please call us to add your name to the class list.  We will let you know when it's time to pay although you can (and a lot of customers do) pay at any time in advance to be sure of getting a place.  A lot of our classes are oversubscribed.  

Our teacher is Brioni Greenberg. One of the founder members of Fat Quarterly online magazine for modern sewists.  A published author and a great and inspirational teacher.  Google her to see her beautiful work.  Her books are available to buy in all the usual places and many of her quilts are on display here in the shop at the moment.

Please email me if you need any further information about the classes
 To book a place or add your name to the list for any future classes call us on 0113 2362570 or call in to the shop.  Examples of almost everything can be seen and drooled over in the shop!  
Hope to have you with us soon!

Thursday, 20 February 2014


We have a beginners crochet class starting on Wednesday 12th march. Cost £35 for 5 weeks, 6.30 to 7.30pm here in the shop. You will learn all the basic stitches, flowers, granny squares, japanese crochet, charts and much more.  Tea, coffee and cake are provided as well as weekly handouts.
Your teacher is Maureen Mcilwraith, experienced, inspirational and just all round great teacher.

Intermediate crochet starts Thursday 13th march. Cost £35 for 5 weeks, 6.30 to 7.30 in the shop. This is a great follow on class from beginners or a stand alone course for those with some experience already. You will learn more advanced techniques, chevrons, waves, popcorns and much more.  Weekly handouts, free ball of yarn and refreshments provided.

As with all our classes your place is booked by payment in full in advance please, give us a call on 0113 2362570 to book your place, hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014


Our next class with available spaces is CATHEDRAL WINDOW.
It is on Sunday 16th march from 9.30 to 4pm.  The cost is £30 which includes all fabrics. You will need to bring a hand sewing kit and a packed lunch.

This is on Sunday 13th April AND Sunday 27th April, 9.30 to 4pm.
The quilt you will be making will be similar to this one:
This is a great class which teaches all the basic techniques to make a quilt from start to finish so you then have enough knowledge to go off and do something else on your own.  The cost is £100 for the two days INCLUDING the kit to make the whole quilt with 100 per cent cotton wadding.  If you have done a beginners quilt class with us before please feel free to do this one too if you wish, it is a different pattern to any we've done before therefore different techniques involved, plus you get to take advantage of the kit worth £65 plus!
You will need your own machine and to know how to use it, you'll also need a walking foot for day 2 of the class, basic sewing supplies and a a packed lunch.  If you have a rotary cutter, mat and ruler then do please bring your own, we will have a limited number of these available to borrow on the day, they are also available for purchase in the shop if you want your own.

Classes later on in the year include:

SPIDERWEB QUILT - photo to follow

this is a hand sewing technique

SLASHED NINE PATCH - photo to follow 



Further details of all classes to follow. As we have made the list available for the whole year which is different for us, we're trying something new, you can register your interest and we will put your name and details on a list.  Closer to the time of the class we will post a reminder on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the blog that it is time to secure your place by paying in full in advance.
This is done on a first come first served basis, you can of course pay for your class as far in advance as you like to be sure of a place, some customers have done this already.  Not to be pushy but the string pieced star class was full before I had even advertised it and we could have filled it twice over so if you want to be sure, book in advance!

Is your teacher for all our patchwork classes.  She is local and a published author, also one of the co-founders of FAT QUARTERLY online ezine.
She can be found blogging at and her latest book (see picture below) is available from all good bookshops, bricks and mortar and online.

Email us at for any further information, to be added to our mailing list or to be added to a class list.  Or phone us in the shop on 0113 2362570
Further details will be posted as I have pictures of the samples.
Hope to see you in class!

Thursday, 31 October 2013


We have decided to fit one more beginners crochet class in before Christmas. This will be on a Thursday evening starting 14th November.
Cost is £35 for 5 weeks, the class is from 6.30 to 7.30 in the shop. There will be tea, coffee and cake, a free ball of yarn and hook to get you started.  You will learn all the basic stitches, granny squares, flowers and much more. 
Places are limited to ensure a good experience for all, your place is booked by payment in full in advance please which can be done in person in the shop or you can give us a call on 01132 362570 with your card details to hand.

Monday, 14 October 2013


A great day yesterday, we had free motion quilting class with Brioni Greenberg and much discussion about new classes.  We have lots planned for the new year so keep an eye out in January for the news about that but this is how the rest of the year looks:

Sunday 10th November & Sunday 24th November 9.30 to 4pm
Beginners patchwork class with Brioni Greenberg
We will be making the quilt below:

This is a two day class, you will need your own machine and to know how to use it, sewing kit, walking foot for your machine for day two of the class.  Rotary cutter, mat and ruler if you have them please bring your own, we will have a limited number to borrow on the day, and a packed lunch.

The cost for the class is £100. This includes two days tuition and the kit to make the whole quilt including wadding and backing worth over £65
You will learn cutting, piecing, basting, quilting and binding, everything you need to go on and do other quilts on your own from start to finish.

If you have done a beginners class with us before which was not this pattern don't think you cant do this one too, it's a great opportunity to learn a different piecing method and take advantage of the special offer of the kit.
There will be a good choice of kit on the day.
Places are limited so don't miss out and let us know if you would like a place!

Sunday 8th December 
Petals Class

This will be a great class using this pattern from Brioni Greenberg as featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine.  Techniques learned will be half square triangles, piecing, using fusible web, raw edge appliqué and quilting.  
You will need your own machine and to know how to use it, sewing kit, free motion quilting foot/walking foot for your machine.  Brioni will give you lots of ideas of what to do with your finished piece, the emphasis will be on learning the techniques, you can then leave this as a single piece or expand it into something bigger.
There will be a choice of kit on the day included in the price of the class, the kits will be made from fabrics that I have a good amount of in case you wish to make a bigger item after the class.
Cost for the class and all materials £40
Again places are limited to ensure a good experience for all so do book early to avoid disappointment.

*please note I do not include thread for these classes as until you choose your kit I don't what colours you will need.  You are very welcome to bring your own or purchase from us on the day. Good quality cotton is best please to avoid snapping and frustration.*

Wednesday 13th November
Intermediate crochet class
This is a 5 week course, 6.30 to 7.30, a great follow on from beginners or for if you have some knowledge already.
You will learn pop corns and bobbles, waves and chevrons and much more.
Cost: £35 for the 5 weeks includes tea, coffee and cake and a ball of yarn.
There are only 5 places left on this course as much interest has been shown already, let us know if you want a place, it is unlikely that we will be able to fit another intermediate in before Christmas.

We are booking from tomorrow Tuesday 15th, Pam will be in the shop to take your details from 10am and card payment can be done either over the phone or in person in the shop.  Your place is booked by payment in full in advance please.

Coming in the new year:

Cathedral window class, beginners crochet, intermediate crochet, advanced crochet.  More beginners patchwork, possibly this

And tons more.  If there is anything you would like us to do and we haven't yet do please let us know.
Hope to see you in class soon!

The Skep Knitting & Quilting Shop, Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Lane, Farsley, Leeds, LS28 5LY