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“I wanted to find the best patchwork and quilting classes near me and found Gartmore House’s holidays! They’re perfect.”

When life gets busy, it’s hard to find time to pursue your favourite hobby. Sometimes it feels like everything is against you and the projects just start piling up.

So, why not take a break from everything and come on holiday to Gartmore House? Our patchwork and quilting classes are relaxed, flexible, and tailored to your needs and skill level. You will receive expert tuition and guidance from tutor Clare Workman who has been teaching her craft for many years. Whether you are a novice quilter looking to improve your skills or an experienced patchwork quilter looking for a peaceful haven to indulge your passion with like-minded folk we have you covered.

Learn in a relaxed, nurturing envionment surrounded by likeminded crafters under the watchful eye of expert tutor, Clare Workman.

There is a varied selection of taught techniques and projects or you are very welcome bring your own Works-In-Progress or Unfinished Objects, for a busy yet relaxed creative holiday. For a full list of projects please see the ‘Workshop Themes’ tab.

During your stay you will work on your project at morning and afternoon sessions. By the end of your holiday you will have completed your chosen small/medium project or be well on your way to a larger quilt.

To see pictures of previous courses please visit our gallery

Dates 2022

All of our holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

January 23rd to 28th 2022
February 27th to March 4th 2022
April 24th to 29th 2022
June 12th to 17th 2022
July 10th to 15th 2022
August 14th to 19th 2022
October 16th to 21st 2022
November 6th to 11th 2022

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

TERMS & CONDITIONS OF BOOKING
To confirm your holiday:
A non-refundable 25% deposit is required to secure your booking.

Payment of your holiday:
The balance of your payment must be received no later than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement of your holiday. In the case of non-payment, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and any cancellation fees will apply.

If you cancel your booking:
All deposits are non-refundable. Should you need to cancel your booking up to 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, we will refund any monies paid, less your deposit. If you cancel less than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, no refund will be given.
We do advise you to take out holiday insurance for this reason.

Dates 2023

All of our holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

January 22nd to 27th 2023
February 26th to March 3rd 2023
April 23rd to 28th 2023
June 11th to 16th 2023
July 9th to 14th 2023
August 13th to 18th 2023
October 15th to 20th 2023
November 5th to 10th 2023

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

TERMS & CONDITIONS OF BOOKING
To confirm your holiday:
A non-refundable 25% deposit is required to secure your booking.

Payment of your holiday:
The balance of your payment must be received no later than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement of your holiday. In the case of non-payment, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and any cancellation fees will apply.

If you cancel your booking:
All deposits are non-refundable. Should you need to cancel your booking up to 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, we will refund any monies paid, less your deposit. If you cancel less than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, no refund will be given.
We do advise you to take out holiday insurance for this reason.

Choose from a selection of taught techniques and projects including a beginner’s sampler quilt, modern sampler blocks and quilt, modern and traditional delectable mountain quilts, quilting techniques by hand and machine. 2022 brings two new themes – curved strip piecing and patchwork rugs – and 2023 will add improv piecing!

Sampler Blocks and Quilts
A fun versatile way to learn a range of patchwork and quilting skills both traditional and modern. Choose from a wide and ever increasing range of designs to make useful and beautiful items from cushions, bags, runners, etc to quilts of all sizes. Additionally, there are two variations of Modern Sampler Quilts with new modern patchwork techniques to learn and an opportunity to learn and practice new modern ways of machine quilting.

Delectable Mountain Quilts
This is a lovely design with a modern feel if made with just two contrasting plain fabrics – or it is an ideal scrap buster or layer cake project for a very different look. Once the blocks are made (with Clare’s favourite ‘speedy’ method) there are many different ways they can be used, so lots to play with!

Curved Strip Piecing (2022)
New for 2022 play with curved strip piecing techniques for speedy curvy quilts! Clare will gently guide you through successful curved piecing techniques and speedy cutting techniques for larger projects.

Patchwork Rug (2022)
First in a proposed series of patchwork rugs, this design is ideal for using up all those offcuts of wadding and fabrics. Start keeping them now for a fun way to recycle and add warmth and colour to your floor!

Improv Piecing (2023)
Here anything goes but it’s very useful to have technical guidelines to ensure you can achieve what you set out to make without running into snarly snags. Your piece can be large or small and full guidance will be given on design and construction in piecing and quilting and finishing. Improv without fear – if you’ve wanted to have a go at this technique but weren’t quite sure where to start – this is the place!

UFOs (Unfinished Objects) or WIPs (Works In Progress)
Guests are always very welcome to bring along their own projects to work on. Our patchwork and quilting holidays offer a great opportunity to finish those UFOs or WIPs – with the luxury of time, space and expert advice on hand if needed – you can finally see those projects completed! If you have a kit you’ve started and got stuck – or been unable to start at all – do bring it along and we’ll get things moving.

Sunday
Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Monday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the week, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Friday
Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • 4 days of specialist tuition from Clare Workman
  • Full board catering
  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

You will need to bring:

  • fabric,
  • backing fabric
  • wadding
  • thread

The exact requirements above will depend on your choice of project – further information about the projects, pictures and a detailed kit list can be found here.

You’ll also need:

  • A sewing kit – pins, needles, scissors (for fabric and paper), thimble etc. (your tutor will be able to help you out if you have forgotten or are having trouble sourcing anything)
  • Freezer paper for some sampler blocks if you have it (or you can purchase the small amounts required from your tutor) Also useful for reproducible curves in curved strip piecing if random curves are not your thing. You would need a minimum of 1.2 m for that purpose.
  • Rotary cutter, mat and ruler
  • Sewing machine (don’t forget to bring your instruction booklet!). Alternatively, you can hire a sewing machine from your tutor (£50 for the week – please let us know in advance if you require this – all hire machines will have a quarter inch foot, walking foot and free machine quilting foot (darning or embroidery foot)).

There will be a small selection of fabrics and sundries as well as books available for sale.

Wadding on the roll will also be available:

  • 100% cotton 90″ wide;
  • 80/20 cotton/polyester adhesive wadding 96″ wide;
  • ecoblend recycled 80/20 cotton /polyester 90” wide.

Please let Clare know in advance if you would like to order wadding to ensure everyone has what they need. There will be extra on hand if you forget or change plans.

Tutor Clare Workman

Your tutor Clare Workman is a professional textile artist with training and experience in a wide range of textile arts and crafts. She loves to share her passion for patchwork and quilting, and radiates enthusiasm and excitement in every class she takes. You’ll learn about her innovative designs, and find out her tips and tricks for success, which you can easily incorporate into your own work.

Based on many years of experience there is no problem Clare cannot solve. Her energy and enthusiasm will inspire students of all levels of skill and expertise – from complete beginner to expert. Clare’s aim for every holiday is that her students leave with a smile and with successful and unique projects. She strives to create happy memories of a friendly and relaxed yet creative and productive holiday.

Each individual guest receives tailor made support and guidance and can work peacefully at their own level, whatever that may be, and enjoy seeing the variety of projects evolving as the holiday progresses, in a convivial atmosphere with like-minded folk.

Clare also tutors our Millinery holidays and Christmas Craft holidays.

Reviews from previous patchwork and quilting guests

  • ”Overall brilliant. The patchwork course is excellent for both beginners and those with more experience. the tutor is very patient and her knowledge is wide ranging.” – Julia, Patchwork & Quilting Holiday
  • ”Quilting class was wonderful. Clare is a patient teacher. Wonderful class mates.” – Mrs R, Patchwork & Quilting Holiday
  • ‘’This course is always so enjoyable and instructive. Clare is excellent and allows us to work on our own projects at our own pace whilst giving great advice, support and teaching. The atmosphere at Gartmore House is just amazing – making it feel like a home rather than a ‘centre’. The staff – every one of them is so friendly and interested in what is being created and how we are progressing, which is great. Thank you for another great weekend and we will be back!” – Hilary, Patchwork & Quilting Holiday
  • ”Food was excellent. Another lovely week. Clare is very patient and helpful. Lots of tips to improve my quilting. I didn’t want the week to end. Lovely atmosphere in the house – the staff are all wonderful.” – Roseanne, Patchwork & Quilting Holiday

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