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Part-time Sales Assistant 1 – 2 Days a week plus cover holiday

 Coast & Country Crafts & Quilts have a vacancy for a Part-time Sales Assistant
Part-time Sales Assistant 1 – 2 Days a week plus cover holiday.
Job description:

  • Must be flexible on days available during the week including some Saturdays, with Friday being a regular work day, plus extra days when required to cover other staff, further regular days may become available in the future. Working hours are 9.30 – 4.30 plus any overtime required.
  • Job includes serving & advising customers on sewing related queries so must have a good eye for colour & knowledge of a sewing craft (embroidery, quilting, etc)
  • Requires a polite and good telephone manner to answer the phone
  • Be computer literate with a basic knowledge
  • Fill website orders, manage website and shop stock (training will be given)
  • Must be trustworthy, reliable, patient, work methodically, accurately, tidily & work well as part of a small team.
  • Must be good at maths.
  • A knowledge of retail is an advantage but not essential.

Please be aware this role can be physically demanding, with lifting, carrying & cutting fabric, and you are on your feet most of the day.

If you are interested in joining our happy team, please send a CV & covering letter to sally@coastandcountrycrafts.co.uk or drop one into the shop for the attention of Sally.

Closing date Saturday 27th April 2024

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Mandy Shaw’s Redwork Christmas Bunting Panel

Mandy Shaw has created a beautiful Redwork Christmas range for this year which includes two panels. The first is a stocking lap quilt that comes pre-printed where you can quilt on the lines or even highlight the redwork designs with red perle.

The second panel is her bunting panel, suitable for many Christmas Projects. Mandy Shaw suggests using each image to applique onto a background fabric to make bunting. Then using the stockings as stocking shaped bunting garland. Of course the images can be cut and appliqued onto backgrounds to make cushions, bags, a quilt or even a Christmas Garland, there’s just so many ideas!

We have put some fabric packs together which include fabric, panels, bunting tape & ric rac for you to make both the stocking & ornament garlands.

Here are some instructions to help you:
Stocking Bunting: Cut out all the stockings from the bunting panel 1/4″ outside of their outer line. You will need approximately 30cm x 110cm of a backing fabric & wadding.  With the wadding on the bottom, lay the backing fabric wrong side against the wadding (we used an assortment of Redwork Christmas fabrics), then lay the cut out stockings right side down on top of the backing fabric.  Pin in place and sew the sides but not the top of each stocking (you will be able to see the outside line to stitch on from the wrong side of the fabric).  Cut out each stocking leaving a 1/4″ seam, then turn right side out and press.
Work out the centre of your bunting tape, then insert a stocking so that the raw edge is enclosed when you fold the bunting tape in half lengthwise.  Pin in place, then work out what distance you want to place each stocking, pining in place as you go.  Stitch them into place with a red thread, along the length of the bunting tape close to the edge making sure you catch the back of the folded bunting tape as you go.  Lay the ric rac over the top of the bunting tape and stitch in place using a cotton to match the ric rac.  Create a loop on each end for hanging.

Ornament Garland:   Cut out eighteen 9″ wide x 10″ long red fabrics from the Redwork Christmas range.  Cut out nine pieces of fusible wadding 9″ x 10″.  Iron a piece of red fabric to the front and back of each piece of wadding, then set aside.

Iron bondaweb onto the wrong side of each ornament design from the panel, then cut them out allowing 1/4″ away from the design.  Peel the paper off the back & position each ornament in the centre of the 9″ wide x 10″ long red fabric/wadding piece (on one side only).  Iron in place.  Decorate as desired using a machine or hand, cotton thread or embroidery thread & embellish as desired.
On the two 10″ sides of the flag, measure down 7″ from the top & mark this position.  Along the bottom of the flag, find the centre.  Now cut from the 7″ mark on one side, to the bottom centre point. Now cut from the from the 7″ mark on the other side, to the bottom centre point so that you create an pointy garland flag.
From the stripy red & white fabric, cut 11 strips of fabric 2 1/2″ wide creating long strips. Take one strip and iron it in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.  Now you are going to bind the sides of the flag like you would a quilt.  Take a flag & starting on the top of the right hand side, position the stripy tape you’ve made so the raw edges of tape line up with the raw edge of the right hand side of the flag.  Stitch using 1/4″ seam away from the raw edge, but stop at the corner.  Make a little fold in the tape then start sewing down the next straight bit, but stop again at the point.  Fold the tape back at 45 degrees away in the opposite direction you need to go in, then creating a fold that sits on the edge of the flag as you fold the tape forward again, laying it on the next straight bit & start stitching until you get to the next corner.  Make a little fold in the tape again, then carry on stitching until you get to the top of the left hand side (do not stitch it on the top).  Repeat this for all 9 flags.  Fold the folded edge of the binding around to the back of each flag & hand stitch down in place.
Take the left over strips of stripy fabric & stitch them together end to end so you have a length of approx 4m.  Iron in half with wrong sides together.  Starting at the centre point of the long folded strip, position the centre of the strip on the centre point of the top of one flag, with raw edges of the strip matching the raw edges of the top of the flag, pin in place.  Work out how far you want to space the flags apart & repeat the process pinning each one in place.  Stitch in place using a 1/4″ seam from the raw edge.  Fold the folded edge of the binding strip over to the back of the flags & hand stitch down.  Finish off each end with a loop & maybe a button.

Hang up and enjoy!

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Gail Pan Workshops

We are very excited to have internationally renowned designer & teacher Gail Pan from Australia, coming to teach here at Coast & Country Crafts & Quilts in Cornwall for two days just after her visit to the Festival of Quilts in August.  Both workshops will be hand stitching with a selection of Gail’s signature designs available to use.

Stitching Day with Gail Pan in The Olive Grove Bistro, which is on site where our shop is situated.
Tuesday 8th August  ~   Cost £85 per person – FULLY BOOKED

This in our big event of the year!  We will have exclusive use of the Olive Grove Bistro for the day.  The day begins at 10am with coffee & biscuits on arrival & a chance to open your goodie bag.  This workshop will offer a gorgeous assortment of bag projects to choose from with Gail assisting you & she’ll discuss different finishing techniques she uses during the day.
Your day includes a delicious lunch, as well as afternoon tea & cake provided by the Olive Grove Bistro, so if you have any dietary requirements please let us know (a pre-order menu will be available once you’ve booked).  Enjoy a “Show & Tell” by Gail whilst you’re stitching after lunch.
Numbers are limited.  If you’re coming as a group or with a friend and would like to be seated together, please let us know.

Sewing/Stitching Theme Day for just 12 people held in our workshop
Wednesday 9th August  ~  Cost £55 per person – FULLY BOOKED
Enjoy an exclusive day with Gail, on offer will be a selection of Gail’s sewing/stitching related patterns to choose from.  Food is not included, but you can order lunch from the Olive Grove on the day or bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee will be provided

To book call us on 01872-870478 or buy online HERE

 

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Free patterns for Winter Days Flannels

We’ve just received a delivery of Winter Days Flannel fabrics which will make the cosiest of quilts!

This beautiful Baby Things free pattern uses Winter Days Fabrics, & has been designed by Debbie Beaves RK

https://www.robertkaufman.com/assets/pdf/BabyThings-WinterDays003.pdf

A second free pattern Winter Days is also available for the Winter Days Fabrics.

https://www.robertkaufman.com/assets/pdf/WinterDays-WinterDays.pdf

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A Jacket For A Lucky Daughter

Debbie purchased rather a lot of farmhouse flannel, dark grey from us to compliment the layer cake she had found. She lives in Wales and we were the only place she could source it. Her daughter had asked for a quilted jacket and this material is warm, drapes beautifully and was lovely to work with.  What a lucky daughter!!!

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Moda Charm Pack Challenge

How about a fun project for the winter months?  Moda has set a Moda Love Charm Pack Challenge with a free downloadable pattern.  This is suitable from beginners upwards & using code CharmChallenge at the checkout you’ll receive 10% off the price of our Moda charm packs (offer ends 28/01/23), so what are you waiting for?!

Moda Love is a quick & easy, especially if you pair up 1 Print Charm Pack & 1 Basics/Solids Charm Pack for the backgrounds. Without any added borders, the charm size finishes at 32”x32”, which could be finished off into a table topper, wall hanging, or baby quilt—or combine 4 ‘blocks’ to make a full size quilt!

We’d love to see your finished quilts, so email us a photo and we’ll add it to our gallery page.

Click the link below to download the pattern:

Moda Love Charm Size Only Update.indd (modafabrics.com)