About us

This is the start of a new adventure for Joan and myself, an exciting new patchwork and quilting shop called Dotty Dolly. We are based in Wellington, Somerset, at 13 Fore Street (opposite the Nat West). You can contact us on 01823 660879.

We are easy to get to from junction 26 on the M5 - come and see us if you are passing by.

Thursday, 24 February 2011


I think that we (I) may have had a few mad moments as fabric keeps being delivered and an emergency trip was needed to Ikea to get another Billy bookcase to put it in - Joan rang me when she was in the shop on her own saying that boxes were being delivered and what were we going to do with it, also asking what had I ordered now!!  Oops

Just got the shop sorted when another delivery arrived on the Friday. I  came in on Saturday to find more fabric still wrapped in plastic, which there is no room for on the shelves, so we now have decorative groupings leaning against the shelf units. 

In March we have yet more fabric arriving in time for the Quilt show in Exeter so you may not be able to get in the shop towards the end of the month.

Sunday I went to the NEC for the trade show - unfortunately Joan could not go so I took my husband.  Last year Joan and I went and I managed to spend the first hour wandering round the show with the zip of my trousers undone (mortifying -  I wondered why people were looking at me when we were walking towards the hall after calling into the loo) and only realised when talking to a young lad who worked for Panduro, anyway that poor lad, and indeed Panduro were not at the show this year so he/they are probably still recovering.  This year I was happily looking around the show with my husband in tow who half way through the visit told me to stop putting my glasses on my head as I was showing my roots!!!   I still managed to spend some money, and ordered 17 rolls of shot fabric, and about 15 rolls of ribbon, and oh yes some red, white and blue buttons for the royal wedding (haven`t told Joan yet!) 

This morning as we turned up to work and a Fedex man was loitering at the shop door waiting to deliver the 17 rolls of fabric, plus another 17 rolls which I didn`t order.  Unfortunately Joan was there, she refused to go to her class until she had seen who the delivery was from, the 17 rolls were okay but the others had to go back!

Sorry once again we have no photographs, so our new resolution is to take more photographs - we promise!

Saturday, 12 February 2011


Worked out how to add picture - hooray.  I won't mention that I used to teach I.T. - I have not retained any information in my head from my old job and it is incredibly frustrating.  Anyway this is Peter's picture as mentioned in previous blog and no you are not seeing double I have just added it to the top of our page

Classes and workshops

We are now up and running with the classes and workshops.  Our first was log cabin with Anne Baxter which went really well, everybody was happy with what they achieved.  Joan is now running a class on Thursday morning and they all came back the following week so another success. I have held my first workshop which I think went well - I had a lovely group which consisted of Linda and Rose who sounded just like Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough (without the huge boobs) and were entertaining.  Everybody produced lovely work  - Julie a gorgeous patchwork cushion, Lyn finished her batteberg quilt, Linda a stunning cushion of her own design and Rose a chicken cushion with bags of character.   Next time I will take a camera as it would have been nice to have pictures of the day although I hope that everyone will bring their completed work into the shop.

We had had to get another shelf unit for the shop as we are running out of room, Joan rang today to say that we have had another two boxes delivered and wasn't sure what to do with it -not panicking at the moment as we need plenty of stock for the quilting show at Westpoint which is at the end of March.  So if you can't get into the shop next week you know why.

Just one of the pictures taken by Peter

Last Saturday Peter Duce and his wife visited the shop, Peter is a photographer and he has taken some really nice photos of the shop and is happy to work with us to take more which is brilliant.  We are also making his wife a quilt, our first commission so things just get better.  The picture of the shop is much clearer and he has also managed to get rid of the 'For Sale' sign leading to some cottages behind us so this should stop people thinking we are already selling up (hopefully).  Trying to put the photo on the blog but can't work out how to open it!!!!