Retreat Classes – John Adams

John John Adams

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Creating, Designing, and Building Your Blog (Table Top session)

Are you a new blogger, a crafter considering starting a blog, or want to refresh your existing blog? Blogs have become the gateway for quilters and crafters to join a global community of like-minded individuals, so be sure to put your best foot forward. John Adams, author of the popular Quilt Dad blog & regular contributor both to Fat Quarterly and the Feeling Stitchy blogs, will lead a lively discussion on the ins & outs of blogging with some tips to get your blog noticed. Have a favorite blog? Bring some examples of blogs that you find particularly engaging and we’ll dive into what makes them work.

blog shot

Embroidery (3 hour Workshop without machines)

Have you always wanted to learn how to to embroider those cute little pieces you see popping up on Flickr and Pinterest? Are you an experienced stitcher who just wants to take an embroidery break during the workshop? Join John Adams — Fat Quarterly team member, quilter, and Feeling Stitchy contributor — for a casual, laid-back embroidery workshop. We’ll review several of the basic stitches to get our beginners started, and we’ll swap tips and tricks for embroidery techniques. Materials will be provided, but be sure to bring any favorite tools, notions, floss colors or patterns to share with the group.

Images are representational of what could be made in class.

Retreat Classes – Judith Dahmen

Judith Judith Dahmen

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Photography Class by Judith Dahmen (3 hour Workshop)

Ever been unhappy about the images you have taken of your wonderful handmade quilts, cushions, purses and bags? In this class we will cover:

• Preparation of the item to be photographed
• Location: Where to photograph your finished products
• Time: When is the best time to take a shot of your finished quilt (or other craft item)
• Technical aspects such as aperture, speed, exposure
• Some points on lighting conditions
• Advice on compositional aspects
• How to achieve perspective
• Post-processing techniques

Depending on the weather the class will either include a practical session outside or a post-processing mini-workshop. Bring an item which you would love to take a good photo of but haven’t managed so far.


Photography Talk by Judith Dahmen (Table Top session)

During this table top session we will talk about lighting, location and compositions aspects as well as some simple post-processing tricks.


Retreat Classes – Brioni Greenberg

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Cathedral Window by Brioni Greenberg (3 hour Workshop without machine)

Cathedral window quilts take their inspiration from stained glass windows and are contructed differently to a usual quilt. The technique involves folding fabic, folding back sections of fabric and then stitching them down by hand. This is easier to make than it looks as there is no quilting involved, just patchworking. The hand stitching makes this is a great portable project so put your English paper piecing down and come and join me!


Fabric Bag Charm or Brooch by Brioni Greenberg (Table Top Session)

This bag charm is pretty instant gratification and can be made as either a bag charm or a brooch, so if your bag or cardi needs a pick-me-up or you need a last minute gift then you can whip one of these in about an hour using up your scraps!

bag charm

Retreat Classes – Laura Taylor

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Granny Square Crochet by Laura Taylor (Table Top session)

Fancy trying your hand at crochet? This class will cover the absolute basics for absolute beginners. We will look at the 3 stitches used to create crochet granny squares – chaining, slip stitch, and double crochet.

granny squares

Crochet Flower Pillow by Laura Taylor (3 hour Workshop without machine)

Fancy taking your basic crochet skills to the next level? This cute pillow is easy to achieve using some of the basic stitches. It’s striking, modern, quick to hook up and looks great in different colourways.

flower pillow

Retreat Classes – Trudi Wood

Trudi Trudi Wood

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Free Motion Quilting by Trudi Wood (3 hour Workshop)

Join Trudi in a hands on class to learn (or build on your) free motion quilting skills. Focusing on technique, will share tips she has picked up over the years, which will enable you to finish a project without unpicking or throwing it out of the window! We’ll also look at the choices you make for thread, needles, wadding and speed, and how they can affect your quilting.


Free Motion Quilting Design by Trudi Wood (Table Top session)

A happy hour of doodling! We will look more closely at quilting designs to identify how they are formed, learn how to execute/progress designs and also how to adapt existing designs to make them your own. Free motion quilting is very much like hand writing as basic shapes, once mastered, can be built on to create patterns and designs of your own.

fmq design

Retreat Classes – Lucie Summers

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Improv by Lucie Summers (3 hour Workshop with machines)

Get out of your comfort zone for a few hours with this really informal relaxed class where I will be teaching a few of my favourite improv techniques. The aim of the class is to create a mini (12 – 14 inches square) quilt ready for quilting and you’ll create a truly unique piece of patchwork art. Learn how to create chevrons and curves (*really* drunk drunkards path) done my way!


Portholes by Lucie Summers (3 hour Workshop with machines)

Portholes is a techniques/experimental based workshop rather than a taking-home-finished-item workshop, so expect to head home with 3-4 samples for finishing at a later date. If you want the pieces you make on the workshop to be the starting point for a new quilt, please bring fabrics that will work together. I shall be teaching the basic technique of a round porthole to begin with, then you can get fancy schmancy with the other shapes.


Hand Quilting by Lucie Summers (Table top session)

I am not an expert hand quilter, but I love to stitch my mini quilts using thicker thread than usual, mimicking the look of Indian Kantha quilting. This informal class is not aiming for perfection, it’s a more organic way of quilting using different coloured embroidery threads to create a striking mini quilt. If you have made a mini quilt in my improv class, you might like to join me for a relaxing chat and quilt!

hand quilt

Retreat Classes – Kerry Green

Kerry Kerry Green

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Fantasy Fabric Shop by Kerry Green (Table Top session)

The ultimate fantasy for the fabric lover, imagine you have your own fabric store and you need to display a range of fabrics to tempt the eye, this workshop is all about fabric and colour. Annie from Village Haberdashery is providing a huge selection of fabrics for us to work with and we will be putting bundles together using a range of techniques from a colour wheel to story telling.

If you struggle bringing different fabrics together combining colours, prints or creating a ‘look’ this is the workshop for you. You can create your perfect bundle, bring fabrics from home that you struggle to work with and we can trouble shoot any specific requests. I will set a series of bundle challenges to bring a range of fabrics together in different ways. There will lots of opportunity to buy fabrics at the retreat including bundles that you make in this workshop.

fantasy fabric

P J Pants by Kerry Green (3 hour Workshop with machines)

If you have always wanted to sew a garment but were too nervous to try, this is the class for you. The pyjama bottoms are made with one main pattern piece. We will be using an easy Simplicity pattern with which is available free to download as a PDF or is widely available to buy as a tissue paper pattern. The pattern is sized XS to XL and is suitable for tween/teenage children, women and men.

I will be showing you how to follow a clothing pattern including alterations to leg length, the option to add contrast cuffs to the hem and an alternative waist finish with an elasticised back and a drawstring front. You can trace the pattern in your size and bring to class or do the whole process- trace, alter, cut and sew in class. The aim is to make PJs from start to finish in class!


Fat Quarterly Retreat Classes – Lynne Goldsworthy

Not long to the retreat now and I am sure all of you who are coming cannot wait to sign up for classes and get together all the bits and pieces you will need. We have been working hard behind the scenes to offer a mix of different classes whilst still trying to make sure that we all have time to chat and just hang out over the retreat weekend.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be posting more information about each of the classes. Keep your eyes peeled since once we have posted all the class details we will send out a link to every retreat attendee to sign up for classes.

So without furthermore ado let us begin!


Lynne Goldsworthy

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Touchdraw for iPad by Lynne Goldsworthy (Table Top session)

Learn how to use Touchdraw (a very reasonably priced vector graphics app for iPad) to make buttons, design quilts and blocks, calculate block measurements, re-size blocks and draw up quilt block templates.


Precision Piecing by Lynne Goldsworthy (3 hour Workshop with machines)

Learn how to improve the precision of your piecing. We will be making two class sample blocks and covering cutting, accurate seam allowances, 4-patches, 9-patches, half square triangles, quarter square triangles and economy patches as well as piecing this all together into the 2 sample blocks.

Precision Piecing

Issue 11 Coupons Part 2

The Pink Castle Fabrics, Sew Amelia’s Garden and the Contemporary Cloth coupons in Issue 11 of Fat Quarterly will expire on 31 December.

Turn to page 2 of Issue 11 to find the coupon code for 15% off your purchase from the Pink castle Fabrics.

Turn to page 3 of Issue 11 to find the coupon code for 10% off purchases over $50 from Sew Amelia’s Garden.

Turn to page 3 of Issue 11 to find the coupon code for 20% off your purchase from Contemporary Cloth.

By |December 27th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop Sale

Looking for a few Christmas presents for those crafty people in your life? Hurry over to Barnes and Noble where there is a Holiday Crafts sale with a whopping 50% off!

Be quick and you might just snatch yourself a real bargain like the Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters!!

By |December 3rd, 2012|Uncategorized|1 Comment