This is because the Bramble Patch was, for a few years, my sanctuary - my happy place. But I really don't do much quilting now and I'm as likely to be found sourcing my materials in a Charity shop, so my visits to quilting shops are few and far between. On top of that they tend not to host the workshops I want to do.
So, for all those reasons it had been a few months since my last visit. And in those few months there had been a few changes.
First of all they've built a beautiful new conservatory on the front and made a tea room.
And look, you know you're in a quilt shop. Quilts hanging over the back of all the chairs.
And they sell cake ( I had delicious walnut cake on my visit).
Oh, but it's also a fabulous fabric shop. Possibly the best quilting fabric shop I have been to.
Now I could have gone a bit mad on the fabric front. But I was very self restrained and simply bought a few spools of thread, some more pins and some plain black cotton that I want to use to edge a quilt. ( Which I will tell you about when it's done.)
But if you're in the area do pop in.
The Bramble Patch is in a village called Weedon, about 15 miles north of Milton Keynes and west of Northampton. It's not too far off the M1 so if your on a journey you can easily slip in a little detour.
Do go! Great for fabric addicts - and did I mention the cake?
( By the way, I forgot my camera so these photos are from their website. But it really did look just like this!)