As much as I would’ve loved nothing more than to sit down and share a cuppa with this Irish quilting family, I had to settle for some modern communication via Facebook and email. Let me introduce to you….the Palmer’s…aka: Rebecca Palmer Originals. P: Rebecca, tell us about your shop and what we might find there should we stop by… R: A visit to our little shop is full of surprises, you could encounter anyone doing anything (in the way of sewing!) Our students make curtains and blinds, soft furnishings, dress make, alter clothes and even QUILT!!! So there are usually a few projects on the go. As well as this our location in a rural farming community means that we have some great local characters coming in to get trousers taken up – etc!! We have a modest collection of fabric and haberdashery and we also sell kits – all unique designs – ‘Rebecca Palmer Originals’ P: This really is a family business, isn’t it? R: I run the shop along with my Husband, Chris and Daughter Demelza. We all quilt. Chris and I teach most classes together. Although Demelza (15) does help out when she is not at school.
P: We’d love to hear a bit about where you live? R: Whilst our shop is situated in the busy little farming village of Cappamore, we live ‘up in the hills’. Our 300 year old farmhouse is situated at the end of a narrow winding boreen. We have lived here for 9 years and restored our house from a derelict shell. We keep goats and chickens and have a large vegetable garden which all help to make us in some small part ‘self sufficient’ In my ‘spare’ time I enjoy wine making from hedgerow fruits and flowers along with preserving and making cheese and bread.
You can find Rebecca Palmer Originals on Facebook. Also be sure to check out our events page here on the website for more information on Rebecca’s events scheduled during National Quilt Week!