Introduction to quilting workshop – £50

Thursday 15th March, 10 – 2.30  ONLY ONE SPACE LEFT

Come along to this fun and creative quilting day which is sure to give you the quilting bug! Quilting is a wonderful way to use up oddments of fabrics, scraps, or snippets of children’s clothes to make a wonderful memory quilt.

Equally, you can find a wealth of beautifully designed contemporary quilting fabrics, often produced as ‘collections’ of designs which compliment each other perfectly. Choosing your colour palette is one of the biggest challenges! Quilting fabrics are sold by the ‘fat quarter’, meaning you get a piece which is squarer than the long thin length you’d get from a traditional 25cm piece.

You can either bring a selection of whatever remnants you have if you’d like to view this session as a ‘dry run’, or  treat yourself to a selection of fat quarters in whatever shades and patterns you fancy. Feel free to email me to discuss fabric requirements.

During the course of this workshop you will be provided with a selection of ‘block’ designs. You can choose one or more to work with, or even design your own – feel free to research and bring ideas or contact me in advance to discuss!

quilting long collage

I will teach you how to plan your quilt, thinking about the impact of colour choices and patterns. I’ll show you how to make your own templates, adding the standard quilting quarter-inch seam allowance to any shape you choose. We’ll cut the required shapes from your fabric, and get sewing! You’ll get plenty of practise sticking to precise seam allowances and learning which direction to press all those little seams!

When you sign up for this class, please spend some time thinking about whether you are going to embark upon a quilt which you will get started on and finish at home (though don’t forget you can always pop along to some Social Sewing classes for further assistance). Or you might like to sew one block and turn it into something small like a pot-holder. Alternatively, you could take the middle road and sew four 10 inch blocks together to make a panel to sew into a 50cm cushion. Depending on which direction you prefer, there may or may not be time to move on to actual quilt assembly (layering the quilt top with batting and backing) but this will definitely be discussed during the course of the day so that you leave feeling prepared for the next steps.

Coffee and cake will be provided to sustain you, but please bring some lunch if you would like to stop and eat.


Introduction to quilting

Thursday 15th March 10-2.30