Hello, we are The PlainStitch Workroom! My name is Deb McGuire and I am a passionate quilter and I run The PlainStitch Workroom, a Modern Sewing School and Fabric Shop in Wendover just outside Aylesbury. I am a mum of 3 kids and I’ve been sewing all my life and quilting for over 15 years. When I started making quilts I was the only quilter I knew. Since then I have attempted to convince almost everyone I meet that they too should make a quilt. This journey led me to set up The PlainStitch Workroom in 2012. I’ve now taught well over 150 people to make their first quilt. This is the story of The PlainStitch Workroom.
Once upon a time a long time ago I tried to make a quilt. I spent more than a year trying to make a quilt. It took that long to learn how to make a proper one, from books, self taught ( no you tube tutorials existed!). When I finished it was small and brown. I was discouraged. I lived in a new town with a young baby and I was the only real life quilter I knew.
Then came the internet – suddenly there were other quilters, like me, who made quilts that I aspired to, they liked what I liked..bright, modern quilts…but they almost all lived in America or Australia. I was a less lonely quilter but I still just had cyber sewing friends.
One day I confessed to another real life person that after my babies were tucked up in bed, at night and at nap times, I made quilts. They said they’d love to learn how to make one – then another and another of my real life friends wanted to make a quilt. I taught all my real life friends (and their mums, and neighbours!) to make quilts – some of us had some more babies, we made them all baby quilts, yay I had turned my friends into sewing friends!
The quilt that I designed to show my friends how to quilt was called the Simple Sampler. They all made a Simple Sampler. They showed off their newly made quilts and other people wanted to learn, too. Would I teach them too please?
Shyly I offered to teach a real class, for paying people. I called my little venture PlainStitch. My motto was (and still is!) Modern Simple Sewing. No bossy rules, no fiddly nonsense. Lovely clean modern quilts that are completely of today, but made in proper traditional ways.
Simple Sampler has come a long way. More than 150 people have made a first quilt at this class and this class is always busy long before the start date. It remains my favourite class to teach even though we teach so many more at PlainStitch now. It’s the magical first step, opening people’s eyes to creativity, colour and such a nurturing hobby. These new recruits are the next generation of our wonderful craft and with each new passionate quilter I feel it’s rich history is safer.
The PlainStitch Workroom is located on the first floor of a Georgian house on the High Street in our small market town. Our sunny south facing Workroom looks out over the High Street and up across the tops of the roofs of the village and up to the wooded Chiltern Hills beyond. Our Workroom is packed full of modern vibrant quilts and all manner of other makes from bags and purses to lampshades and cushions. The PlainStitch shop stocks all of the most exciting fabric brands from Cotton and Steel to Lewis and Irene.
We love social sewing, we run lots of events, our famous Retreats, Show and Tell and lots of Therapy Sewing sessions! Leave the ‘To Do’ list and come and get stuck into some sewing with us. We love visitors and we love to talk sewing! Do pop in and say Hi!