Meet Viv from The Purple Stitches.
Viv is sponsoring a prize on my Tumbling Spools Quiltalong. Viv is the owner of Purple Stitches, a modern and bright fabric store specialising in colourful contemporary fabrics and fabulous Block of the Month clubs. Like me, she likes a good rainbow! So you’ll find lots of rainbow spectrum ranges in her shop. I met Viv about 6 years ago but have only got to know her better within the last 6 months or so since we’ve been working together on setting up the Hampshire Modern Quilt Guild. If you go to any of the quilting shows around the country chances are you’ve already met Viv, and maybe her husband too, as she often has a very colourful stall.
Now she tells us a little bit more about herself.
Q. Tell us a bit about your business
Purple Stitches is an independent fabric shop based in Basingstoke, North Hampshire. We specialise in modern and quirky quilting cotton and dressmaking fabric. Recently we’ve dived into the world of hand dyed fabrics too.
Q. What prompted you to set up your business within the quilting industry?
We sort of started the fabric shop by chance to sell off our leftover fabrics from our handmade business. But the fabric shop has soon taken over and become the main focus of our business.
Q. What's new with you? What does 2019 have in store for your business?
We recently started to hand dye our own fabrics to create some one of a kind designs. We are hoping that we can offer something unique for our customers alongside our regular quilting cottons. We are looking forward to the arrival of a few new collections from our favourite designers like the Tattooed North Collection by Libs Elliott (due in March) and Good Vibes Only by Shayla Wolf (due in July)
We’ve also got our popular Sewcial Retreat coming up in March. We will have some fantastic teachers this year: Trudi Wood; Lucy Brennan; and Nick Ball.
Q. Tell us about the first patchwork or quilted item you made
It was play mat for my kids made with a bundle of fabric that I bought on Ebay and some thick horrible polyester wadding. I know better since....
Q. Tell us about where you sew? Are you a neat freak or a messy maker?
I sew mainly at home on the dining table and I'm super messy. It drives myself and my husband mad! So mad that, he decided that I should have the dining room permanently as a sewing room and have my mess contained there. But like my kids lego, it's still everywhere! The only good bit is, I don't pin anymore...so no more needle stick injuries for him.
Q. What is your best accomplishment so far with patchwork & quilting?
I can piece a full quilt without going anywhere near an iron because I'm such a lazy sewer....(don't shoot me!)
Q. What was the last item you made?
It was a stacked coin quilt for the Siblings Together Quilt Block drive that I am doing with Trudi Wood from February to April 2019. We are collecting stacked coin blocks that we'll turn into quilts for the charity. If you would like to make us a block or two, the instructions are on Trudi's Blog 'Quilting Prolifically', on our website or just email us and we can send you the instructions.
What's your best sewing/quilting tip?
Stop procrastinating and just do it! You don't know if the block will work until you've tried it.
Tell us what your favourite tool is?
My Juki semi industrial sewing machine! Best thing ever!!!
Thanks for that Viv! I’m super excited to be attending the Sewcial Retreat this year with one of my besties, Martine who is coming all the way from The Netherlands for it! I’m also excited to see those two new fabric ranges you mentioned. Two of my favourite designers!! Go and check out Viv’s website and if you are in Basingstoke pop into the light and spacious shop to see all the goodies in real life. There is ample free parking and the biscuit tin always seems to be full!
This is part of a series of my interviews with people behind the British Quilting Industry. These are the people coming up with fun ideas, patterns and products for you to use in your quilting endeavours! I think we should celebrate and support the quilting talent we have here in Britain, don’t you? If you know someone who I should interview, or you would like to be interviewed yourself, either pop a comment in the comment box at the end of this post or drop me an email.