The Quilter’s Patch

Where: 9/3 Tuck Street, Moorabbin
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 10am–4pm, Sun closed
Phone: 9555 0010
Web: www.thequilterspatch.com.au
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Hidden away in the aptly named ‘Tuck’ Street, you can find a treasure trove of quilting wares at The Quilter’s Patch. Marked by a cane chair at the entrance, stepping into the store feels like a coloured assault on the senses, the interior decked out in a dizzying array of patterned fabrics and quilting essentials.

Owner Laurene Horsnell opened the store two and a half years ago following the closure of a popular quilting shop in Mentone. Laurene noticed that regular customers no longer had a local place offering quilting products or workshops. ‘I thought it would be nice to keep it going in the area and so the ladies had somewhere else to go,’ says Laurene.

Before opening The Quilter’s Patch, Laurene was quilting from home in a converted double garage where she had been longarm quilting for eleven years.

For the uninitiated, longarm quilting is the method used to sew together quilt tops, quilt batting and backing using a longarm sewing machine (pictured).

Laurene now offers a specialised long-arm quilting service for other people’s quilting projects and despite the introduction of computer methods for longarm quilting, still enjoys the creativity that drawing designs by hand provides.

The large offering of fabrics and supplies is a draw-card for international customers. ‘If international people are visiting and they’re quilters, they’ll have a look on the Internet and pop in,’ says Laurene.

The Quilter’s Patch runs a “Sit and Stitch” quilting group as well as providing a variety of quilting classes that cater to all skill levels. The diverse mix of customers who regularly attend The Quilter’s Patch workshops range from professionals, nurses and teachers.

Words and photos by Carli Lidonnici