As this challenging year draws to an end, we wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to all our customers for the support you have given us.

Without it, we would not be here.

Covid has affected everyone and hit many businesses hard. As a small non-essential retailer we were forced to close our shop and sewing school for many months losing essential income from our local customer base.

Our school has been closed the whole time, our brilliant tutors could not teach and many classes booked in advance were cancelled.

But, you, our loyal customers were not put off.

You ordered what you needed by email and phone and we readjusted our working practices over and over to keep you busy.




And because we realise that despite everything, you may still need last-minute supplies, we’ll be open for appointments for three mornings next week before we break for the Christmas holidays.

Christmas Opening Times

High Street Quilting

Saturday 19th December – 9am – 12noon

Sunday 20th December – CLOSED

Monday 21st December – 9am – 12noon

Tuesday 22nd December – 9am – 12noon

Wednesday 23rd December – 9am – 12noon


Monday 4th January – 9am – 2pm

To make an appointment please call us during shop hours on 0191 4100868


On a personal note….

I have never looked forward to the winter solstice with so much passion.

These gloomy, short days of December have taken their toll on my mood and, together with the desperate news all around us, I feel that I am craving light and joy in my life. The isolation has not helped. Although I am in the shop, most days, I still miss the creative buzz that our shop usually generates. I have noticed that some of our usually cheerful and chirpy customers are feeling drawn and tired. And I know that some of our brightest sewing stars are isolated, at home, feeling lonely and depressed. If that is you – please know that you are not alone. And you have definitely not been forgotten.

Social media, especially associated with the creative industries tends to “sugar coat” all messages and images, and often leaves us feeling even more down.


I sincerely hope that this Solstice can be a turning point. A time when the days begin to lengthen and we can begin to HOPE again and look forward to the times when we can meet up with friends and share those things that make us happy.


Hilary x


Small interesting fact:

Jupiter and Saturn are due to “conjoin” or overlap on the evening of Monday December 21st.

This will create the appearance of a large star in the south-west, (best time will be between 4.30 and 6pm). This hasn’t happened since 1623.



From all of us here at High Street Quilting.

Have the happiest and safest Christmas possible

and a peaceful new year.

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.