Beginners patchwork and quilting sampler (starting Sept)
Have you ever tried patchwork? Dabbled with some simple blocks and really enjoyed it? Attempted some blocks on your own but not been happy with the results? This course will give you all the insight, tips and tricks you need to create great patchwork and learn the essentials of quilting. Not sure patchwork is for you? It can be simple or complicated, traditional or modern, there really is a style to suit everyone.
In this introductory beginners patchwork course you will learn all the basic skills of patchwork and quilting and make a beautiful sampler quilt. Work with curated bundles effortlessly harmonising your scheme or use it as a chance to build your own bundle and play with colour and pattern.
Over the course of your sessions we will show you how to work successfully with a rotary cutter and cutting mat. You will learn a variety of patchwork techniques including machine piecing, English paper piecing, appliqué, foundation piecing, hand and machine quilting and binding.
A quilt as you go technique is used for this course so you quilt each 12″ block before you join them together. This makes the quilting much easier for a beginner and avoids the need to feed a large quilt through your machine for quilting.
Each class will guide you through a number of techniques that you will work on in the class and then continue with at home. You will make 12 12”blocks in the following designs together with 2 foundation pieced ones to make a 40” x 53” quilt.
- Ohio star
- Wild goose chase
- Card trick
- Churn dash
- Log cabin
- Drunkard’s path
- Tumbling blocks
- Grandmother’s flower
- Dresden plate
- Rose of Sharon
What you will need
- 8 fat quarters of 100% cotton coordinating fabrics – a mixture of dark, medium and light tones.
- 1m background fabric that coordinates with your patchwork fabric. This will form the background for some of the appliqué blocks.
- Backing fabric (for the back of the quilt) and cotton wadding are also required but this will be discussed in week one.
- Reel of 100% cotton thread in a neutral colour (light grey/beige)
Quilt rulers and rotary cutters are provided during your session but you will also need to purchase a rotary cutter, pathwork ruler and cutting mat to complete your homework. We recommend the Creative Grids which can be found at
Whilst we continue to live with Covid where at all possible please bring your own sewing machine and sewing kit. Resources are available on-site if necessary. Please view our Covid-19 page for the latest guidance.
Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.
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