Friday, 4 May 2018

Quilt Sandwich at Summer Quilt Shows

Quilt Sandwich has the largest collection of extra wide fabrics in the UK.  Most extra wide fabrics are 108 inches wide and this makes them superb to use as quilt backings as there is no need to join fabric. This also means that they are much better value.  All our fabrics are 100% cotton and can also be used for standard patchwork, dressmaking, bags and indeed many other projects.

Extra Wide fabric

We also have a range of extra wide traditional Indonesian Batiks which we have had specially made for us.

Standard width batik is usually made on tight woven fabric called 50s. This is a little too tight for quilt backs and not recommenced. All our batiks are made on 40s fabric which is perfect.

So how much extra wide fabric do I need?

If you are having your quilt top longarmed, normally at least 4 extra inches are needed around the quilt top, so measure your top in both directions and add on 8 inches.  If not then you still need some extra wiggle room.

As a quick guide a king size quilt would normally require 3m, a double 2.5m and a single 2m.  There are 39 inches in a metre for those who are calculating.

Quilt Sandwich also offers a longarm quilting service and a discounted rate is also available when backing fabric and wadding is purchased.  For full details click here to visit our website -
 www.quiltsandwich.co.uk.

This year we have been invited to take our fabrics to a couple of local shows.

On 9th June 2018 we will be at Clifford Village Hall, LS23 6HY  and 13-15th July 2018 at Whitby Quilt Show.

We will also be at Festival of Quilts at the NEC 9-12th August 2018.

So don't forget your fabric swatches to match up for a beautiful quilt back.


Quilters Guild


Queen Bee Quilters


Festival of Quilts at the NEC  - here is a link to their website https://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk/

If you want tickets - use the code EX18 which will give you a discount.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Save the Planet from Plastic Bottles with Extra Wide Fabric

Saving the Planet from Plastic Bottles

At Quilt Sandwich we are proud to announce that we have teamed up with a wonderful group of fabric scientists in Java, Indonesia to manufacture the worlds first Extra Wide Fabric for Quilt Backs made entirely from Recycled Plastic Bottles.

Our Fabric Scientists in Java (Fabricists as they prefer to be known) have sourced millions of Plastic Bottles from mountains in Maldives.  Although the Maldives is one of the lowest lying countries in the world they had a mountain the size of Snowdon made entirely of discarded Plastic Bottles.

Indeed when it rained it was so large that people were even able to surf on it!

The wonderful thing with this product is that it is 100% made from recycled material, it is ideal for your quilt backs. Following the developments by our Fabricists it is now as soft as 100% cotton and is wonderful for either Longarm Machining, Hand Sewing or domestic machining.

An additional benefit to this product is that it is 100% waterproof and so your quilt will never get wet and any quilt shows in the UK can be safely ran in even the worst British Summer conditions.  This has been extensively tested in back gardens throughout the land already with massive success.

We are pleased to announce that following the extensive manufacturing we now have a sample shipment of 50,000m of product in a container UK bound.

As this product is 100% recycled we have priced it extremely competitively.  At QuiltSandwich we want to save the Planet one Bolt of Extra Wide Fabric at a time and so we are offering this product at cost. 


Although the development of the product has taken six years and 4,000,000,000 Indonesian Rupiah to come to this point we are happy to pass this development on at only £8.00 per metre for the Extra wide Fabric at 108" wide!

Should you wish to place an advance order please contact us by email at Quilt@royalhotelbrid.co.uk

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

“Show Time” – Glasgow Scottish Quilting Show at the SEC - FREE ticket give away!

January and February are both mad months in the QuiltSandwich Show Calendar.
Started with a magnificent new show at Newark.  This was then followed by Edinburgh and Harrogate Quilt Shows.  The next to come are Duxford and finally before the Easter Break comes The Scottish Quilting Show.
At QuiltSandwich, as we also run Patchwork and Quilting breaks and retreats at our hotel in Bridlington the Winter and Spring Season tend to be out times for getting out and about and hitting the Shows with our 400+ Extra Wide Fabrics.
Our ultimate goal is to ensure that the best fabric is used for backing your quilts.  This implies having the right colours, right feel, right type and of course the right size.  As Longarm Quilters when we receive a top to quilt and the backing fabric is pieced it is the most difficult job in the world to make the back look as magnificent as the top.  Use Extra Wide Fabric and ‘no problems’.
With our range of 400+ Extra Wide Backing Fabrics we have so many that the right choice is just on the shelf waiting.
The Glasgow Quilt Show at the SEC is on from 8th to 11th March and is the largest Quilt Show in this season.  It is a four day event which is on from 10am to 5pm (4pm on the Sunday).  It is advertised as:
“The Scottish Quilting Show is a fabulous showcase of the finest patchwork and quilting, and highlights the wonderful work of Scottish quilters. Enjoy exciting exhibitions that encourage all aspects of this delightful and wonderfully creative art form. There’s talks, competitions, demonstrations and workshops – a true patchwork paradise!”
As traders at The Scottish Quilting Show Quilt Sandwich have been provided with a number of free tickets which we would love to offer to UKQU Blog Readers.  We have 8 to give away.  If you want one please send us an email with your name and address on so that we can send you the ticket.  The only thing that you need to do is: –
Tell us how many fabrics we have in our collection of Extra Wide Backings; and,
Tell us which is your favourite of our collection.

Send your email to Quilt@royalhotelbrid.co.uk by close of play (6pm) on 2nd March.  Good luck and we look forward to seeing you all there (or at Duxford).

A Mad Month in the Patchwork and Fabric Industry

This last month has been hectic. We have been lucky enough to spend our Christmas and New Year on holiday in Lanzarote with my Mum – which as usual proved rather challenging for many reasons.
The day after we got back we headed up to Scarborough and collected our new purchase. We do love Boxers and this big boxer is proving to be no exception. Specifically sized, specified and designed to take all of our fabrics around the country, our beautiful Boxer Van will be a great asset on the road as we spread the word of the wonders of Extra Wide Fabric.

A few days later it was time to load up and head off for our first quilt show of the year.
This is a brand new show too in a great untapped location – Newark. Loading all of the fabrics and equipment is quite a feat, quite like completing a jigsaw, and takes three of us around 4 hours to complete.
We travelled down to Newark on the Wednesday so we were ready to get an early start setting up at the venue on Thursday. As time goes by we are learning what works best whilst doing the quilt shows. We tend to prefer to use self-catering accommodation when doing the quilt shows. It gives us a bit more space to chill and relax and it also means I can get showered and PJ’s on when we get back from a hectic days cutting at the show and relax for the evening.

The Newark show was at a super new venue which offered great access for the exhibiters and we were able to pull the van right up to one of the sets of door in the Hall. Setting up though is a long process and takes the two of us around 7 hours. After a long hard physical day, it was time to head off for the supermarket for provisions. Our Sat Nav took us to Asda in Newark, but unfortunately we couldn’t get into their carpark due to a height restriction barrier!
I guess that is a drawback of having an enormous range of fabrics to choose from.
We ended up heading to Tescos at Ollerton! Having filled up with our provisions for the next few days it was back to the accommodation to make dinner and deal with the emails before relaxing and watching a bit of tv before bed.
After a great night sleep in a comfy bed we were back to the show ready for the door opening.
We met some lovely people and saw many friends too. For a brand new show in a new location the footfall was really impressive and all of the traders were impressed with the location and will be back again next year.
We are pleased to say that we have already signed up to being at the Newark quilt show second year in 2019.
We arrived back home in Bridlington late Sunday night and then first thing on Monday we had to set about emptying the van and preparing for our quilters arriving at the hotel. We were almost full for a fantastic retreat with Jennie Rayment later that day.
On Tuesday I teach a beginners patchwork/sewing class for the charity I work for at the local Priory Church Rooms. So I had to dash off to this and leave Tim to look after Jennie and all the lady quilters at the hotel.
Wednesday was a different story and it was my turn to play. Running and organising the retreats has to have some perks! So Wednesday was my day to join in the class with Jennie. We made bargellos and had such great fun as usual. You won’t believe some of the things that we get up to during the coffee breaks!

Courtesy of Maureen Bromley. Thanks.
Thursdays I normally teach art/craft for the charity, but unfortunately I had to take the day off to attend a funeral over in Halifax, so again I had to leave our lovely quilters & Jennie to Tim to look after. It was the last day of the three day retreat and workshops at the end of which the ladies said their fond farewells and headed home with more knowledge that you can shake a hoola hoop at!
Friday – time to throw things in a suitcase very quickly and head off to Manchester where we are overnighting in preparation for our flight the next day to Jamaica.

And so ends a hectic January. The last week of course – lost in an ‘All Inclusive haze’. Bring on February and March – to us this is ‘Show Time’!

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Officially now part of the White Van Brigade

Here at Quilt Sandwich, we have now taken the plunge and purchased a super van to use for the Quilt Shows such as Festival of Quilts, Great Northern Quilt Show and others.

Up until now we have been hiring one each time however, our product range of Extra Wide Fabric has proved so popular amongst Quilters that we have booked for many more Quilt Shows.

Extra Wide Fabric
The last occasion we hired, was rather stressful.

We made the journey down to Hull to collect it and when we got there, Hertz said they didn't have our booking!  We only made it three weeks early with them direct when we took the van back after Festival of Quilts.

Of course they didn't have a van available and to be honest, they could not be bothered to help locate one. We had to return back to Bridlington without a van and hit the internet to find one for the next morning.  Luckily we managed to find one for the next day and we managed to catch up and get our fabric to the show.Extra Wide Fabric

So yesterday, we collected our brand new van, a wonderful Peugeot Boxer, and took it to our signwriters for signing. Here are a few pics


Quiltsandwich Van

Quilt Sandwich will be at the following shows in 2018  -  


Newark - 19-21st Jan

 Edinburgh - 16-18th Feb

Harrogate 23-25th Feb

 Duxford 2-4th March

 Glasgow 8-11 March

Festival of Quilts @ NEC Birmingham 9-12th Aug

 Harrogate 31st Aug - 2nd Sept 

 Malvern 19-21st Oct

Springfields 7-8th Dec


Of course all our extra wide fabric is available in our online shop too here - 

A Super New Website

A super new website for quilters has been launched.

www.ukqu.co.uk  is going to be a fantastic resource for all quilters. It started with a  facebook group of the same name around four years ago and this group today has over 13000 members.

I am lucky to be one of the guest bloggers for this new website and below is a copy of my first blog for the site.

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Quilt Sandwich Royal Hotel Bridlington
So as this is my fist blog post I would like to introduce myself. 
I am Fiona Garth and together with my husband Tim we own and run The Royal Bridlington hotel where for many a year now we have run Patchwork and Quilting Retreats, offer a Longarm Quilting Service and through our website and at Quilt Shows throughout
the UK we are the purveyors of the largest range of Extra Wide Backing Fabrics in the UK.

My interest in sewing has extended right back to a very early age when I used to sew alongside my aunt. I got a brand new sewing machine for my 10th Birthday.  It was a Singer with lots of fancy stitches on discs.  I soon started making clothes for my Mum and I would often come home from school to find fabric and a request for a dress for the next day!

Approximately 10 years ago my Mum once again surprised me with a new sewing machine.  This time it was a Janome 11000 which came with a quilting kit.  I had never made a quilt, so I ordered a book from the internet then later the fabrics and I made a quilt. This got me hooked.  Tim’s ‘cousin’ offered to come down to Bridlington to provide some advice and so the Patchwork courses began.  We got a group of ladies together and Susan Briscoe provided a three day retreat for us all and then the acorn was planted and the Oak tree started to grow.

Innova Longarm QuiltingFrom this one course we now run well over a couple of dozen retreats / workshops per year both out of season, winter through to spring and also in the summer months.

Like most quilters, I thought I would just quilt my own tops, but my pile of UFO’s soon grew with the workshops and the other students likewise. I would rather make a new top than battle with a large quilt under my machine – its hard on the eyes and shoulders.  We decided to invest  in a Longarm Quilting Machine and after much research we chose an ABM Innova 26 inch with Lightening Stitch & computer (affectionately  known as Rodney & DelBoy!)  We flew out to Utah for extensive training – but I will tell you much more about this later.   Of course with the growth of the Longarm side of our business we then identified the need for Extra Wide Fabric and we now also import specially made extra wide  traditional batik direct from Java.

All in all over the last 10 years we have had a massive learning curve but at the same time we have had some wonderful experiences and met some amazing and talented people from all around the world – although none of this was in the original business plan!


Over the next series of Blogs I will be telling you all lots more about our journey from the early days to the current day.  Indeed I would also love to tell you about my latest venture into the world of teaching for a local Charity, The Hinge Centre, as their Arts and Crafts Coordinator providing Arts and Crafts for therapy and development to all sectors of the community.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Festival of Quilts 2017

Festival of Quilt 2017

This year we have decided to take the plunge and have a stand at Festival of Quilts. This was a massive gamble as not only is the stand extortionately expensive, but we also needed accommodation for six nights and van hire.

FOQ uses the shell system for the stands - which I must say is superb. Its much better than having a stand immediately behind you and just the invisible demarkation line between.  Indeed at Malvern, the stand behind kept collapsing on top of ours due to the ground being on a slope in the marquee!

We collected and loaded the van on Tue then traveled down to our accommodation on Wed.  We like to go self catering when doing a show as there is just a bit more room to spread out and relax.  We stayed on an equestrian farm situated in lovely countryside.




Our cottage overlooked the menage where lessons were held each day.  Behind our cottage there was a large car parking area bordered by the chickens and opposite the horses stables and barns.











Towards the bottom of the farm, there were large fishing lakes where people could pay for a rod and fish and then beyond this was the space they used for wedding marquees for their wedding business.

It was lovely and relaxing to visit the horses on an evening and we stocked up on carrots and polos for them.  After a couple of days, they got to expect us visiting them - lol.







Wednesday was a long hard day spent setting up our Quilt Sandwich Stall at the NEC.




 Quilt Sandwich - The biggest range of extra wide fabric in the UK


We really enjoyed working the show and meeting quilters from far and wide and all over the world.

The downside was that we didn't really get chance to have a good look round and the stall where I wanted to make purchases were not there early enough in the mornings!

Here are just a few quilts which I managed to snap -

Brigit Schuller - The Sprinter

 Annalise Littlefair - The Trouble with Magenta - hot or not


Mary Palmer & Ann Kiely - Tidings


 Jacqueline Harvey - Silvery Threads




 Philippa Naylor - Measure for Measure

 Friday Frolics - The Four Seasons












This one was started on retreat here at Quilt Sandwich on a retreat with Claudia Pfeil










 Paradox by Claudia Pfeil




Sunday came all too soon and then after the show we had to pack it all back into the van, although there was a great deal less fabric than when we set off!

We arrived back at our farm exhausted and sat down to dinner at 10.30pm!

The next day, after a farewell visit to the horses we headed off home.