We’ve been busy at our social Sew’In sessions at the shop this last week making quilt blocks to send over to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild.

FullSizeRender copyThese blocks will be used to make quilts for those affected by the awful nightclub shooting massacre that happened at Pulse nightclub in Orlando last week.

Heart Blocks in Multiple Sizes

Photo is Alison Cluck Cluck Sew’s

The pattern we used is the heart block by Alison of Cluck Cluck Sew, we made 10″ finished blocks as requested. You can make any heart shaped block with a low volume background as long as the block measures 10.5″ unfinished. The UK point of contact for collection of the blocks is Esther Moorey, you can find her on Instagram @EstherMoorey.

IMG_9215To see more of the blocks been made around the world check out the following hashtag on Instagram #quiltsforpulse

Sew’In 2016 Ticket news

Yes it’s here, for those of you that are interested in securing a spot for the Simply Solids Sew’In weekend 2016 tickets are available from now.

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Please head to our Retreat page where you can find all the information you need and details on how to register.


Thank you for coming along

Lisa & Justine xxx

Sew’In returns in 2016

Why yes we are gluttons for punishment and have plunged head first into our second retreat.

We were so pleased with the response and feedback from our first weekend that we had started planning the second before we had checked out of the hotel. As most things go though it has taken a few weeks to finalise the plans.

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For those that didn’t attend in 2015 and are interested in what it was all about we thought it would be nice to give you a little taster. Our original post shares with you our hopes of what our first retreat would bring and for 2016 there are just a few little changes.

This is obviously as a little teasers ahead of any possible* tickets going on sale shortly! (*they definitely are, soon…).


Our intention for the weekend is for people to come along, sew their own projects (in some cases MANY MANY project, in others – like mine not so many/NONE), relax, chat with friends old and new, eat and drink too much and maybe chill in the spa if that takes your fancy, Mostly thought we want people to have FUN.

We never wanted the weekends retreat to be a full session of classes. This year we did have on hand some great people with sewing skills to share in our relaxed and informal drop in sessions. They were all very popular and worked really well but the overwhelming feeling was stick to our guns and keep it simple.

So in 2016 we will run the same times, Friday midday through to Sunday mid afternoon of the weekend 30th September – 2nd October. Giving people chance to get there Friday and have time to get home before it’s too dark Sunday evening.

With the main aim of the weekend to bring your projects, sewing machines and enthusiasm and enjoy a weekend away with like minded folk.

We will once again be offering a payment plan or for those wanting to pay in full, a little incentive of a shop voucher – this time to be used at anytime throughout the year online or in-store.

Of course we may have a little guest or two to share some infinite quilty wisdom with us all, and of course we hope to bring you lots of goodies and treats throughout the weekend.

So watch out for news of the tickets being released very soon and check out our round up of 2015 if you’d like to see what we got up to!


The official hashtag for the new retreat will be: #SimplySewIn2016

Lisa & Justine x