Patchwork & Quilting Holiday


Our Patchwork & Quilting Holidays will appeal to both the seasoned and novice quilter. From our studio, with its panoramic views, you can enjoy the comforts of this beautiful house while receiving expert tuition and guidance from your tutor.

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Mariners Compass & All about Owls

Mariners Compass patchwork project at Gartmore House.
Completed Mariners Compass
Owl Cushion & Pin Cushion project at Gartmore House
Completed Owl Cushion & Pin Cushion

Just one of the patchwork projects that you could do whilst staying with us

Mariners Compass

Inspired by the significant  maritime history associated with Gartmore House.  From simple to complex there are options for beginners through to experts. Projects can be small from cushions to tote bags, table runners to larger wallhangings or you could make a start on a full bed size quilt! There are options for working by hand or machine.

In addition a range of foundation pieced blocks depicting sailing vessels can be incorporated into your project or worked as stand-alone projects.

All about Owls!

Inspired by an owl motif hidden in plain sight which took me 10 years or so to spot! If you can spot it during your holiday-and no cheating by asking…you’ll get top marks for eagle eyes. Projects include a cute wee pin cushion , a small owl shaped cushion or applique the design on to a square for a larger cushion or block for a bag or quilt.

Appliqué project- can be worked by hand or machine . Full guidance given on different methods of applique-learn the basics for beginners or finesse your technique for more advanced sewers. Lots of creative fun !

Your Week

Arrive late afternoon on the Monday to afternoon tea in the lounge and a warm welcome from your tutor.

During the week you will work on your project at morning and afternoon sessions in the studio at Gartmore House.  By the end of your holiday you will have completed your chosen small/medium project or be well on with a larger quilt (or finished that if you are very speedy!)

Spend the evenings in our lounge where we provide a variety of entertainment which could include a talk on the history of Gartmore House with its wonderful tale of politics poetry and passion, (you may be interested particularly in the Cayzer Room freize, which past quilters have used in their designs), DVD night or quizzes, or if you choose, continue work on your project.

Departure is after breakfast on the Friday for our short holiday or on Sunday for the longer holiday.

What do I need?

A list of equipment/materials to bring will be sent to you on booking. We do ask that you bring your own sewing machine.  If however this is not possible, we are able to provide one for use during your holiday at a small charge.

Your Tutor

Clare Workman of Thistle Creative Textile Arts and Crafts Studio

Clare Workman runs Thistle Creative Textile Arts and Crafts Studio, from her farm a stones throw from Gartmore House.  She is a creative quilter who loves to spread her passion for  fabric and textiles. Clare has been a member of the Quilter’s Guild for more than 25 years, studying City and Guilds in Creative Textiles. She regularly gives talks and workshops to quilting groups and others nationwide and exhibits and sells her work through galleries and exhibitions.


En suite accommodation
En suite accommodation

Your four night stay will be in the comfort of Gartmore House, all rooms are ensuite with tea and coffee making facilities and many have wonderful views over Flanders Moss towards Stirling.

All meals are freshly prepared by our chef’s, using some of our garden produce, enjoy a glass of wine as you relax in the dining room looking out over the views and discussing your days work.

We may be able to help with pick ups from Stirling Train Station by prior arrangement.

If you would like more details, or to book, please complete the online enquiry form by clicking on this link, or call us on;

Tel: 01877 382991, where we will be delighted to take your call





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