For the next few weeks, something fabulous has been appearing in shop windows across Whitby.   It’s not all about the sand, sea air and the fish and chips since Whitby has a thriving quilting community, and we asked Antonella Jones to explain what’s going on.   A nod too to Chris Hart, a quilter from Pickering who visited and took these lovely pictures.

Last weekend saw the start of the Queen Bee Quilters quilt trail around the shops of Whitby. Quilts of varying sizes and styles are displayed in local traders’ windows; these are quilts that have been in previous shows as we’re saving our new ones for this year’s show! This is our 3rd Quilt Trail, each year has got better as more traders realise the potential and come on board.

This time there are 60 shops taking part, each displaying a quilt in their window. A list of shops taking part is available at each shop, they are;

John Street; Love Hair, House of Flowers.

Skinner Street; Young’s, Bothams, White Rabbit, Laura Stone, The Dispensary, Holman’s, Doodlepots, Podiatrist, Poachers Pocket, Mademoiselles.

Flowergate; Whitby Deli, Pet Deli, Bridgefords, Powercuts, Jacksons, Spantons, Flecks, Crackerjaks, Masons, Whitby Travel, Yorkshire Holidays, Getaway Travel, Agars, Love Shoes, Artemis & the Mermaid, Whitby Holiday Cottages, Astins, Art Cafe, Isabel May, Kristie’s.

Golden Lion Bank; Magpie Kitchen, Chocolate Box.

Baxtergate; Cushion Flex Shoes, M&Co, Loafers.

Sandgate; Pat-a-Cake, Black Market, CW Sellors, Lucinda’s Attic, Fine Coffee & Cake, Seafarers.

Grape Lane; Simpsons Jet, Captain Cook Museum, Fossil Shop, Moon & Balloon.

Church Street; Hammonds Jet, Justin’s, Sanders Yard, Rumours, Whitby Book Shop, Moor & Tide, Totally Natural Skincare, Simpsons Jet.

Brunswick Street; Whitby Crafts.

Station Square; Whitby Pet Shop, Caedmon Antiques, Colin Brown & Kidson, Whitby Library.

A huge thank you to all the shops taking part.

This is the beginning of the run up to the Queen Bee quilt show which takes place at the Spa Pavilion on 13th, 14th and 15th July. Over 100 quilts and associated items will be on display at the show and all profits are distributed to local charities and good causes.

If you visit Whitby in the run up to the Queen Bee Annual show make sure you wander around the shops and there are plenty of things for the non-quilters to enjoy there too.  Send them up the Abbey Steps to enjoy the superb sea views whilst you soak up the quilts.   Definitely a day out for everyone.