Katys Kwilts my Crafty Journey


I began to sew when I was about five - my Aunt Dorothy was making soft toys and I wouldn't take no you are too young as a reason why I couldn't do the same. A visit to a nearby craft shop bought my first kit. It was an elephant and started my journey to owning my own business. there were a few detours on the way, teachers training college for 3 years, Fire Brigade and Police admin all led me to the offer of early retirement which gave me the opportunity to work at what I loved.

During the years in-between I have indulged in a few different crafts, cross stitch, knitting, making clothes, lacemaking and all things in-between but it was only when I moved to near Malton that I found my passion for patchwork. When I took early retirement I didn't really know what I wanted to do except I knew it had to be something I was passionate about - crafts. I went back to college and gained my city and guilds diploma in delivering adult learning as I knew I wanted to share my experience.

I first opened Katys Kwilts  in 2006 initially to offer longarm quilting to patchworkers. Soon after classes followed and then at the request of those attending classes who were struggling to source fabrics I opened the shop.

Now I am able to indulge my interest in crafts with my early wish to pass on knowledge and experience. I prefer to call it inspiring and coaching rather than teaching as it is always a joint journey with people who are also keen to learn a new skill or to enhance what they already know. the best thing about what I do now are the people I meet. I have made many friends through this joint need to make things - I guess that I have come full circle from the age of five - still crafting and still love it.

 Come and visit us - make an appointment by calling, text or email - we can’t wait to meet you and see what you’re creating.