Friday, 17 June 2011

Study Concludes - Quilting is Good For You!

Well we've known it for ages but...ever wondered why you enjoy quilting so much? 

Because it is good for you and makes you feel better seems to be the answer from two academics from the University of Glasgow. 

In an article published in the Journal of Public Health, Emily Burt and Jacqueline Atkinson studied members of a quilting group to ascertain the link between quilting and wellbeing. The study found that the process of quilting and the links within a quilting group provided a whole range of positive wellbeing factors.

Not only was the joy of expressing their creativity, the use of bright colours of the patchwork fabrics was found to be uplifting. The production of quilts and sharing that end product by giving to family, friends or organisations such as Project Linus was also found to be uplifting.

Finally the social side of quilting, the sharing of skills, the encouragement and motivation of others and the support that a quilting group offered was also noted as a significant factor.

So you may not of realised it but that latest quilt that you are planning could make you feel happy in lots of different ways.

Happy Quilters! - Izzy and Sue having a great time on a quilting retreat in Bristol run by Christine Porter.

Emily L. Burt and Jacqueline Atkinson. 2011. The relationship between quilting and wellbeing Journal of Public Health.

The Daily Mail ran a story on it earlier this week - you can read their article here.

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Thursday, 16 June 2011

The Cotton Patch Studio Open Day

Thank you to all our customers who came to our Studio Open Day on 14th June.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what it was like. We had demonstrations of the Handi Quilter HQ18 Avante, the Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen, Grace frames and Pfaff machines. There were door prizes and goody bags and refreshments to keep everyone going (including the staff!). Joy Edgington from Pastures New Quilting was on hand to chat to people about the classes and workshops that she runs.

The Handi Quilter HQ18 Avante with Studio Frame.

Geoff and Jean selecting the raffle tickets for prizes.

Simon demoing the Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen

The Cotton Patch Open Day staff - from left to right  - 
Liz, Sheila from Pfaff, Denise, Alan, Tom from Pfaff, Simon, Jean, Geoff and Joy from Pastures New Quilting

The Pfaff room ready and waiting to demonstrate!

Alan our engineer, explaining how to set up the HQ18 Avante.

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Thursday, 2 June 2011

Vote for the Quilters Guild Project in the National Lottery Awards!

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