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This weeks quilt shop owner doesn’t likely need an introduction…but I have to say I enjoyed interviewing her anyway!  So grab your cup of tea and cozy up for a read.

P:  So Nikki, tell us how long you’ve owned your shop?

N:  I have been selling fabric for about ten years now, but I actually moved into The Cutest little quilt shop in Ireland 4 years ago. Before that I stocked basics in my home studio and travelled around to guild meetings with fabric and notions in baskets.

 

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The Sewing Shed

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The Cutest Little Quilt Shop in Ireland

 

 

P:  And when did you first take an interest in quilting?

N:  When i was 20 years of age,( over 20 years ago now) I decided to make a quilt by hand using English paper piecing. I didn’t realise so many people were doing it and I had to work out binding etc… myself. It was only after I had finished that I found out you could take a class and there were shops selling quilting supplies.

 

P:  Tell us where your shop is located?

N:  Basically in the middle of nowhere, off the beaten track, but this adds to the magic. We are actually on the Dingle peninsula and we are half an hours drive from all the major towns- Killarney, Tralee and Dingle. So really we are in the middle of them all. Its one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland in my opinion.

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P:  And what would we see at your shop?

N:   The first thing people notice is the views, to the back we have mountains and the sea and to the front we have more mountains and fields upon fields, and lots of sheep. If people can take their eyes off the views they will find a variety of quilty things in the shop. Fabric, kits, notions and  threads. We also stock Irish themed kits and last year we started producing our own printed fabric which is very unique. We have something very very exciting coming up in 2015…cant wait to share it with everyone but its not quite ready yet……

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P:  Well, now….that sounds intriguing!  We’ll be anxious to hear more!  Do you have any other services you offer at your shop?

N:  We offer classes, workshops and a quilting service. It sounds straightforward but it is much more than that, there is a real social aspect to The Sewing Shed and people come for the company, chat and the home baking that Lorna makes. We have a lovely team of fabric faeries that help out and make the ‘shed’ a special place.

We also welcome visitors and we love it when a coach tour of quilters arrive. A Lot of fun!!
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P:  I can personally attest to Lorna’s good baking skills…before I start drooling,  lets chat about your books…tell us about those….
N:  I have a book entirely based on Irish links, such as mythology and old Irish traditions. Its called Sew Celtic and has 12 different projects in it from Celtic Knots to Irish Chain and other Celtic Projects. I also have produced 3 pattern books with collections of our most popular selling patterns. Fat quarter pattern book, Lifes a hoot and Book of bag patterns. I am hoping to bring another book of Celtic designs out in 2015/16.
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Fat Quarter Quilts

P: Tell us a bit about your family…
N:  Sure, I would need a whole blog on its own to tell you it all, but to shorten it down I have 6 boys of my own AGED 7 – 23 , and as I love young people I seem to have unofficially adopted a few along the way. Oh and we are also a foster family which is a privilege.
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