Day and Weekend Workshops

All face-to-face classes and workshops are suspended at the moment.  Instead, please consider my new online courses.  At the moment, many of us are struggling for funds and I am therefore offering these courses for a heavily discounted price.  Follow this link to see more.

If you want to spend a day learning a specific technique, or spend a weekend in great company quilting then you are in the right place!

At the end of term I often offer skills days and UFO days at Letchworth and in Watford,

I run regular  weekend non-residential workshops (or Creativity Retreats!) here in Watford.  There are hotels within walking distance (and further afield if you need to travel) and the mainline station is within 5 minutes walk.

Day and Weekend Workshops run from 10.00 till 4.00 each day and refreshments are provided.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Please be aware that there is no disabled access or facilities and that all workshops are overseen by 2 calico cats.

Weekend Workshops cost £140 per person (unless specified).  There may be additional costs for specific resources.

Day Workshops cost £80 per person (unless specified).  There may be additional costs for specific resources.

Please email me to request more information or a booking form.

Calendar for 2020

  • Free Motion Quilting – February 8th
An example of Free Motion Quilting

Free Motion Quilting


Quilting our projects is often the most challenging part of making a quilt.  During this day you will learn about caring for yourself and your machine, setting up your machine for successful free motion quilting, different quilting designs, needles and threads.

Suitable for all levels

  • Squaring the Circle – Adventures in Curved Piecing – March 21st-22nd – to be rescheduled 
Example of curved piecing wall hanging

Curved Piecing

Curved piecing is often viewed as scary stuff! Join me to try different ways of creating the basic Drunkard’s Path Block, and then use your preferred method to create a small wallhanging. You will try the traditional method using templates as well as a fun technique that uses neither templates nor rulers!

Needs a little confidence

  •  Absolute Beginners – April 25th    – to be rescheduled 

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If you have never tried patchwork and quilting this is the day for you.  You will be able to make a small (approx 20” sq) simple quilt top comprising 16 patches, layer it up with wadding and backing fabric, quilt it and bind it.

Freehand curved piecing wallhanging showing stylised tulip

Inspired by Ricky Tims’ Chantelle Tulip

What it says on the tin!  This one is for Absolute Beginners

  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh meets Ricky Tims – May 2nd -3rd – to be rescheduled 

This fabulous little wallhanging is inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s flowers and Ricky Tims’ Tulips for Chantelle (There’s a fab story in there – I’ll tell it over coffee)  Improvisational piecing.  No rulers were harmed in the making of this piece!

Needs a little confidence

  • June 20th – to be confirmed .  Possibly Free Motion Quilting …..

I have not yet set a theme or project, so if there is something you really fancy doing that is not on the calendar, get in touch and let’s see if we can sort it for you.

  • Fabric Dyeing using Procion Dyes – July 18 – 19th
Tray of ice covered fabric.  Ice has dye powder sprinkled over it

Ice and Snow Dyeing. When you can’t count on the snow, use a bag of ice cubes!

    • Double Dyeing – During this part of the workshop you will produce a set of related colours of fabric perfect for any textile project. As a result of the Double Dyeing technique, the first colour glows through magnificently
    • Ice Dyeing – It’s magical! As the ice melts the colour is drawn into the fabric
    • Resist Techniques – using wax, folding the fabric and tying threads etc will all interfere with the ingress of the dye into the fabric – try a variety of the techniques and see what happens! The amount
    • Tray Dyeing – One of the more interesting uses for a cat litter tray!
    • There will be additional costs for dyes, chemicals and some more unusual fabrics.

Suitable for confident beginners

  • Beyond the Ditch – September 12th
Walking foot quilting on sample

Walking foot quilting

Why is quilting your project so difficult?  You know what it is like, you follow the instructions to create the quilt top and you reckon you have it all nailed.  Then there is that phrase that strikes dread into our hearts …………………  “Quilt as Desired”

This course will give you opportunity to look at lots of different designs that you can achieve with quilting using your walking foot

Suitable for all levels

  • October 17 – 18 th To be confirmed

I have not yet set a theme or project, so if there is something you really fancy doing that is not on the calendar, get in touch and let’s see if we can sort it for you.

  • Somerset Star – November 14th 
Purple and gold star created from folded fabric

Folded Star design.

The Somerset Star design is a 3-Dimensional design created from folding fabrics.  It makes a super picture.  Small versions make lovely cards.  Made in Christmas fabrics you have Christmas cards all sorted.

Suitable for all levels