My quilterly travelling companion deserted me last week for the highland hills of her Scottish ancestral home. Although insistent that it was the breath-taking scenery, clear mountain air and historic castles that called her, I’m not totally convinced.
This report arrived from The Cross Keys in Kippen, Stirlingshire; a hostelry, according to Maggie, famed for its fine dining, wines and lodgings. Could this be the real attraction?
“Any long journey requires a refreshment stop and a short detour from the M9 between Edinburgh and Stirling provided just the nourishment needed for this intrepid quilt shop seeker. The warmth of the welcome at Purely Patchwork in Linlithgow lit up a seriously cold, dark, wet day. Mother and daughter, Christine and Esther Anderson have worked together in this wonderful fabric emporium for the last 7 years building on the reputation established by Pat Archibald and Majory Leitch. The fabrics positively glowed, the colours and designs, totally tempting. A quick look round the exhibition of students quilts in the workshop space at the back of the shop, a lovely chat with Christine and I was on my way; red, cream and gold fabrics to add to my fabric collection and quilt magazines to read by the real fire at my destination. The patchworking folks around Linlithgow are lucky to have such a treasure on their doorstep. Definitely worth a visit!
Next stop on the travels; The Woodhouse Coffee Shop at Kippen Station. Coffee, cakes and quilting blend seamlessly – couldn’t resist that one- So here I am, reading and reviewing A History of Dutch Quilts by An Moonen, a recent purchase from the author herself at the Birmingham Quilt Festival.
It’s a scholarly and well researched quilt book about – yes – as you would expect – Dutch antique quilts. The text answered several questions for me – the origin of Log Cabin Quilts for example, but it’s the 71 stunning, full colour pictures of the quilts themselves that are the main reason for the addition of this book to an antique quilt lover’s library.
The coffee, lemon gateaux and scones at the Woodhouse- second to none! “
Purely Patchwork is now on the map and we look forward to welcoming them to our Quilt Stores page next week.