December Stockist of the Month: Pauline's Patchwork

Tell us about the history of the shop and the team?
 
Pauline’s Patchwork has been trading for over 30 years. Pauline started the business from home, then found premises in Brewers Quay, Weymouth.  Alan gave up his job to help Pauline establish their business.  Soon afterwards they were joined by their daughter Sarah.  In 2010 the redevelopment of Brewers Quay meant the business moved to Poundbury Dorchester.  This was the best move as it meant we were closer to our customers.
 
The shop has 7 members of staff, including Pauline and Alan, who are semi-retired.  Sarah runs the majority of classes and workshops, leaving Angela, Louise and Janet to run the shop.  Sarah’s husband Andy is the long arm quilting expert, whose love of computers has allowed the business to offer bespoke patterns created in hours.
 
What do you offer that makes you stand out from other retailers?
 
We offer a full range of services from teaching to layering days to long arm quilting. A customer can visit the shop knowing nothing about quilting and very quickly pick up the skils and equipment needed to make their first quilt.  For the more experienced customers, there are classes and workshops to suit all levels of ability.  
 
What are you passionate about?
 
We pride ourselves on looking after the customer and have class members who have followed us from our previous Weymouth store to Poundbury.  Many get their friends interested in quilting, which makes for a wonderful atmosphere.
 
How do you choose what you stock?
 
Sarah and Pauline choose stock based on years of experience and Pauline’s little black book of what sells well.  Both are quilters, first and foremost.  If they like a product and would use it themselves, then it will sell.
 
What do you love about quilting?
 
Fabric, fabric, fabric.  The range of colours over the years has got more varied and pre-cut packs such as layer cakes and jelly rolls has reduced the preparation work needed to get started. 
 
What project are you working on at the minute?
 
The business is gearing up for the new year with samples being made for as many workshops as possible.  Having a long arm quilter has drastically reduced the time to finish quilts.  Sarah is branching out into dress making, purely for her own pleasure and to show off her new found skills to her classes. 
 
Are there any future plans you wish to share with us?
 
Not at the moment, we have only just got over our 30 years celebrations!