Welcome to Vicarage Quilts - thank you for visiting.

I offer several services: longarm quilting, patchwork and appliqué workshops and small items made to commission. In the past I've also made quilts to commission as well as Church or School banners for Walking Days and permanent display.

Please visit the pages listed on the right hand side to find out more and email me with any queries.

About Vicarage Quilts

Welcome to my blog - thank you for visiting. My name is Joanne Ridley and I live in Cheshire in the Northwest of England with my husband and son. As you’ve probably worked out from the name of my business, we live in a Vicarage, so no prizes for guessing what my husband does for a living!

Longarm Quilting
I bought a longarm because I couldn’t quilt fast enough with my domestic machine, to finish all the quilts in my head! Not everyone has the room though, or the patient husband, or the bemused child willing to share his home with a monster machine, but here’s the answer - piece all the patchwork tops you desire, and when you sew your final seam you no longer need to face the quilting with dread. Instead, contact me and I will happily quilt your quilt for you (although now that I'm working full-time I cna't take on anything over lap-size.)  Our home is smoke and pet free, and I will look after your quilt top with the utmost care, whilst you’re starting on your next project…….

Out of our twice-monthly Stitch and Chat sessions at the Vicarage, workshops have sprung fully formed.  Well, I do have to do a tad of preparation...  The little bits and bobs we make at Stitch and Chat just weren't enough to satisfy some of the lovely friends who come along, and Saturday workshops were the perfect answer.  So far we've covered all manner of techniques from basic patchwork to foundation piecing to machine appliqué, covering hand embroidery and zip insertion and even bag-making en route.  Each season there's a new programme so keep checking back for new dates.

At present my free time is limited and therefore precious but I can't help but make things, so to feed my compulsions (!) I do still create small items for sale.  A lot of my work can be purchased at Donna Marie's in Stockton Heath - do call in or contact Donna if there's something specific you need.


  1. Hey Joanne! I just found your blog :O) Happy Christmas :O) - Ani xx

    1. Hi Ani

      Hope you had a lovely time over the festivities!