Christmas Holiday Dates

Wednesday 20th December – Open
Thursday 21st December- Closed
Thursday 4th January – Open again at 9.30amWishing you a peaceful and happy Christmas.

Bring and Buy for Birtley

Saturday 27th January
10.30am – 3.30pm
High Street Quilting

After all the chaos of Christmas, in the midst of sorting out all of the lovely gifts we have received it could be the perfect time to raise some money for those less fortunate in our community.

And so, we’ve given over a day to our generous and talented customers to raise as much as we can, whilst having a lot of fun and sharing a cup of coffee and a piece of cake.

Please let us know if you could help on the day by manning a stall, baking a cake or donating an item or two.


And of course, in the New Year, there will be a few new workshops.
Have a look through and get in touch to book in ASAP.
Make 2024 the year in which you learn some new skills and make some new friends.
You won’t regret it.

Taster Session
Improv Log Cabin

Tuesday 16th January 2024      1-4pm
Tutor – Jayne Kirkwood

Here at High Street Quilting our first motto is “No Stress”.
Spend a carefree afternoon learning to make a traditional patchwork block.

Bring along your sewing machine and a small sewing kit including scissors, pins and threads and play.

Get to Know Your Machine.

Wednesday 17th Jan 2024
1.30 – 3.30pm
Dust off your sewing machine and bring it along to explore its’ features and learn to use it with confidence.

In a fun, 2 hour session you will learn to thread your machine and sew straight lines and curves. We will play with the features possible on your machine and set you up to make beautiful projects.

Free Motion Quilting

Two opportunities to come along and try out the extremely useful and versatile skill of Free-Motion Quilting.

Wednesday 31st January
1.30 – 3.30pm


Tuesday 19th March
1.30 – 3.30pm
Tutor – Hilary

We will provide all materials for the workshop.

You’ll need to check that you can drop the “feed dogs” on your machine (or cover them over) and you will need to have a suitable free-motion quilting foot for your machine

“All the Gear and No Idea”

Zoe’s first course at High Street Quilting was so successful we’ve added another opportunity for you to start your patchwork and quilting journey.

Once a month, beginning Tuesday 13th February, 1-4pm.

Click the link below to take you to Zoe’s website where you can sign up or contact her for more details.

All The Gear

Hand Sewing –  English Paper Piecing
A class for absolute beginners.

If you can hold a needle and thread it – this is the perfect introduction to patchwork by hand.

Come along and discover the most relaxing hobby.
Wednesday 14th February 2024
1.30 -3.30pm
£25 (includes paper and materials)

One Day – Wet-Felted Landscape

Saturday 24th February 2024
10am – 3.30pm
£55 (all materials included)

This full day workshop, run by felt artist Claire Priestley (member of Network Artists North East and the International Feltmakers Association) is suitable for complete beginners or those wishing to refine their felting skills. During the day, you will use a variety of traditional felting tools to create a landscape using soft merino wool and add detail using mulberry and sari silks, Angelina fibres, nepps and curly locks.
When your work is dry you will then use needle felting techniques, embellishment and embroidery to add detail.
Throughout the day you will be given advice and encouraged to use your own creativity to produce a piece of artwork which is unique and something to be proud of.
Please bring a packed lunch, a medium sized towel and a photograph to use as inspiration for your work.’


Mariner’s Compass
Foundation Paper Piecing
Are you ready for a step up from everyday sewing?
Try out a new skill in the safe hands of Mary Turner.
Mary assures me that this is much easier than the picture suggests.

Tuesday 27th February 2024
10am – 3.30pm
Tutor – Mary Turner

An Introduction to Hand Quilting
It isn’t rocket science.

We’ll help you to transfer a simple design onto fabric, layer up a block and hand quilt.

Wednesday 28th February 2024
1 – 4pm
£30 (materials included)

Economy Block
An Introduction to Foundation Piecing

If you have a basic understanding of machine patchwork, then this workshop is for you.
In a ” no-stress” workshop you will learn to make this very useful block and the skill of foundation paper piecing will open up all sorts of possibilities.

Saturday 23rd March 2024
10am – 3pm
Tutor – Jayne Kirkwood

Wow, I hope there’s something here for you, to inspire and help you in your sewing projects.
Everyday is busy, here at High Street Quilting.
As well as the workshops detailed above, we have regular groups (some weekly and some monthly) that are presently full. However, there are a few places available on Thursday afternoons, independent sewing session, which is a regular weekly group and there is often space for you to drop in on a Friday afternoon to sit and sew.
Trying to keep you all happy is pretty demanding and juggling space/time/skills and tutors is a challenge to say the least. And so, Jayne and I will be taking a break of two weeks this Christmas.
Time to catch up with our families and friends and to enjoy some fresh air and exercise.

The world outside High Street Quilting is crazy and distressing. Hiding in our sewing sanctuary is often a necessity. We’re not ignoring the pressures of the world – simply creating space in which we can sew,  support each other, discuss problems in a safe space and return, refreshed to our real lives.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

With Love, Hilary and Jayne xx


If you’d like to enquire about one of our workshops or classes or if you just want more information about our shop, please contact us.