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 ALISON BUCKLE


Shop Owner

 

I made my first quilt on the mother’s ancient Singer at the age of 22, turning the handle with one hand and guiding the fabric (not very evenly) with the other. It was a rather ambitious double bed quilt (which I still have – much loved and threadbare) and I had no idea what I was doing but I was instantly hooked.

Career and then family followed through the years but making quilts was the constant. Though there was often little time for sewing still somehow quilts got made for family and friends.

A career break followed family and an opportunity to study sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art led to three wonderfully fulfilling years of flexing my creative muscle and developing my own visual language. I made 3D work using fabric relating to emotions, memory and interpersonal relationships, including my ‘eye quilt’ – a traditional paper pieced hexagon block with a bit of a ‘twist’!

I am now looking forward to the next chapter, a long-held dream of running a quilt shop – it’s really just an excuse to be surrounded by delicious fabric and to justify more time spent sewing (and chatting and drinking tea).

I used to imagine I was a pioneer woman in a past life, scratching out a humble existence in the great plains of America, but that probably came from watching too much ‘Little House on the Prairie’ as a child! Still, I love the history and tradition of the blocks, the patterns and colours make me happy and sewing soothes me.

I always hoped to live somewhere with a vibrant, dynamic quilting community and a quilt shop stuffed full of fabulous fabric just begging to be made into a quilt. Well, Edinburgh already has a great quilting community and for my part, I’m working hard to stuff the shop full of lovely fabric!

 

sewing the eye quilt

 

 

ALIMA ASKEW


 

Shop Assistant 

 

I met Alison while studying the same Sculpture course at Edinburgh College of Art. My mother taut me how to sew from a young age and throughout my art degree I utilised this skill to create small and large scale fabric sculptures, including a 7 foot Mouse made from calico.

Sewing is a personal passion within my life, and I enjoy dressmaking as well as sewing sculptures. It wasn’t until I became part of Edinburgh Patchwork that I truly discovered patchwork and quilting, and I can say that I am most definitely hooked already. I cannot wait to hone my patchwork skills as well as incorporating inspiration from the wider world of sewing!

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. Linda Burns says

    First visit to the shop on wednesday its really bright and airy. Beautiful fabric everything you need on hand will be back soon. It was lovely to meet you Alison

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    • Hi Linda, Thanks and glad you like it. I look forward to seeing you next time you pop in. Always plenty of tea & coffee and time to chat about quilts & fabric. Ali

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    • Hi Gary,

      I got your Facebook message and I’ve visited your website. I’d love to meet you and your wife in July, I’ve put a note in the diary and will definitely be in the Shop 25th July. See you then!

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  2. Mary Reich says

    Good morning. I’m visiting Edinburgh June 17 to Jun 20. Would love to stop by and see your shop while there. Love quilting and buying/using fabrics from Europe in my projects. So excited! Mary Reich

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  3. Bonacorsi says

    Hello,
    Like Mary Reich, I’ll be visiting Edindurgh at the end of June, with some friends. I’ll try to pop in at some time. I love quilting and try to get new fabrics for my projects everywhere I get the chance to travel.
    Can’t wait to visit your shop. Rosane

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  4. LouAnn Christie says

    Is your store still open?

    Several friends and I will be in Edinburgh in May/June and we are looking for local a local quilt store to visit. Thanking you in advance for your response.

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    • Hello,Yes, we are still open and would love for you to visit our shop. We are open Tuesday to Saturday inclusive (not Sunday or Monday) and we open at 10 am. You will find a map on our home page but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. We will look forward to meeting you and your friends in May/June. I hope you have a lovely trip. Best wishes, Ali

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