Learn (or build on your) free motion quilting skills. Focusing on technique, you will learn how to set yourself up for success so you can finish a project without unpicking or throwing it out of the window! We’ll also look at thread, needles, wadding and speed, and how they can affect your results
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.
Learn to english-paper-piece diamonds to create perfect six-point stars. Amy will share different methods for basting and piecing the diamonds as well as different designs and layouts.
A quick-method class to create a deceptively easy quilt design. Uses 2 1/2″ strips and strip-piecing to come together quickly. It’s the cover-girl quilt from Amy Smart’s new book, Fabulously Fast Quilts.
Learn to screen print your own fabric with this easy embroidery hoop method. You will learn how to prepare a stencil along with simple techniques that can be carried over to using bigger screens at home.
Bring along your favourite fabrics or purchase a pack of Karen’s screen printed fabrics and learn how to make a patchwork lampshade. This will essentially be a no sew project but we will cover how to hand embroider pieces of your fabrics to add extra detail to your special shade. Do bring along your phone/camera to take shots of fabric placement to make construction easier.
Advice, tips and tricks for gettting your Patchwork into print with the Editor of Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine.
Make two trees with Oakshott Fabrics (provided) and a batik or print of your choice. We will discuss settings, uses and quilting.
Tiger blocks are quick, good for stash-busting, and beginner-friendly. Bring one fat quarter of a print of your choice and Oakshott will provide plain fabrics to tone with your print.
In this class you will make a wholecloth mini-quilt in which the practice of tying the quilt (instead of stitched quilting) forms the quilt design. We will make a seven-color off-center diamond pattern and learn a good knotting technique.
In this class we will explore different ways large-scale HSTs can be used to make unique and more complicated looking quilts through simple techniques.
During this class we will enjoy the peaceful art of hand piecing and or appliqué. You may choose any section of “green tea and sweet beans” to work on.
Bring along a quilt Sandwich and practice your hand quilting skills.
Turn a patchwork block into one of these clever, foldable fabric baskets. These can be used to store all sorts of things from bread rolls to thread spools. They also make fabulous gifts as they are flat and light to post. Choose from 3 different blocks to suit all skill levels and the whole thing can be finished within the class. You can even make a mini ‘thread catcher’ version too if you are quick!
So you can do the basic embroidery stitches like backstitch and French knots but you want to take things further? Well jump up to the next level with this ‘improver’ class. We will be tackling bullion knots, blanket and satin stitch, raised rose, spiderweb wheel, and how to whip your stitches! Plus Jo will be sharing all her embroidery tips and advice during the class.
Wishing to sew garments but don’t know where to start or confused when reading a sewing pattern? This class is for you. We will navigate and decipher a wide range of different sewing pattern covers; from vintage, main stream and indie designers. Learn more about patterns symbols and ease and talk tips to get you started.
This beginner friendly pattern could easily become your summer staple. The pattern features a deep scoop neckline, optional chest pocket and curved hemline. There are no closures required. Just slip on over your head. This is sewn on woven fabric. Quilting cottons can be used but not ideal. I recommend mid weight cottons as double gauze, lawn, chambray or linen.
In this class you will use a mixture of half square triangles and fusible web appliqué to create petal blocks.
Get to grips with foundation paper piecing by making this cute mail organiser designed by Ayumi Takahashi for my Playful Little Paper Pieced Projects book.
Learn how to calculate yardage, washings, bindings, backings, how to calculate the size of setting triangles, how to re-size blocks and re-size quilts and how to calculate how much fabric you need to buy for your projects. We’ll do a bit of simple quilt geometry too. Bring a pencil, some paper and a calculator (the one on your phone is just fine) and we will have an easy, fun session to take away the fear of Quilt Maths.
For those of you who missed it last year, here’s another chance to learn how to use this cheap, simple graphics program to design quilt blocks, quilts, to create buttons, blog headers, to design quilt templates, the draw up quilt block assembly diagrams and to help you with your Quilt Maths.