Workshops – I am happy to come to you or your group to run a workshop. Please look at those listed below.
Unless specified, these are 2-day workshops . Do talk to me if you would like to take a different length of time – everything can always be personalised.
Kits are available for all workshops at an additional cost. These must be booked in advance.
A small selection of fabrics and other resources for your project (or your stash!) are available for purchase on the day.
• Basic Machine Skills – you can learn how to get the best from your machine and how to use its various functions and pre-programmed stitches (One Day) *
Folk Applique Wallhanging – create a small wallhanging using interesting fabrics and found objects. (One Day) *
• Free Machine Quilting for Absolute Beginners – Learn how to do free machine quilting. No specialist machine required, but you will need to be able to drop your feed dogs. (One Day) ***
• UFO or Own Choice – complete those Unfinished Objects – quilts you have started and been unable to finish for whatever reason, or bring along a project that you want to have a go at with tame tutor on hand to solve any problems you may come across! (One or Two Days) *
• Memories are made of this
– make a Quilt, cushion cover or wallhanging using fabrics and found objects that hold special meaning (This example uses celluloid film to recall time spent as a photographer) (One Day) *
– Use the techniques of traditional crazy patchwork to create a memento – of life, of love, of youth, of exciting fabric shopping! During this workshop, you will be able to complete the top, and discuss ideas for borders and finishing. (Two day) **
• Colour For Quilters
– Part 1 – Choosing fabrics for your project can be a great challenge. Sometimes we put fabrics together and they look fantastic, sometimes they just don’t work! Investigate warm and cool tones, relative value, intensity and proportion. Using some traditional quilt blocks you will get to play, to audition fabrics and see what is great and what works better. You will learn some guidelines that you can rely on for putting them together and gain confidence in your own colour choices. *
– Part 2 – Design and make a small wall hanging utilising the guidelines from Part 1. **
• Get that quilt finished!
– Part 1 – Quilting our projects is often the most challenging part of making a quilt. During this day you will learn about setting up your machine for successful quilting using your walking foot, the effect of using different threads, different quilting designs including linear, concentric, radiating and spirals, and making use of the decorative stitches on your machine **
– Part 2 – Using a previously completed quilt top (or a piece of plain fabric – a “Wholecloth”), learn how to layer it up, quilt it and bind it. You will receive help and support in choosing an appropriate quilting design and in binding your quilt. How to add a hanging sleeve will also be included. **
• Patchwork & Quilting for Absolute Beginners
– Part 1 – Create a cushion cover using a simple but interesting block design. Choose from Ohio Star or 4-Card Trick. Add a border if you wish, and use a simple “envelope” style cushion cover. Simple, but very smart! *
– Part 2 – Log Cabin Mini– make one or a few log cabin blocks and put them together – perfect if you want a simple machine cover, a table centrepiece or a runner. *
• Christmas Creations
– Part 1 – Create a completely unique Advent Calendar – one that will be loved by its recipient long after the initial year. The use of non-traditional fabrics together with interesting trimmings will make for something really special. *
– Part 2 – Make a table runner using the traditional 4-Card Trick block. Thiscan be made in traditional or contemporary Christmas fabrics or fabrics that reflect your home décor. It can be made to a length that fits your table by adjusting the number of blocks used. Make it as a purely decorative piece, or use thermal wadding so that it can protect your table from those hot dishes. *
• Circles & Lines
How many different ways are there to depict circles in quilt designs? I don’t know the answer to that, but it’s more than I thought possible! Using the fantastic Invisible Machine Applique technique set out by Dawn Cameron-Dick in her books on Machine applique, combined with simple machine embroidery, a drawing pin and any other technique you can bring to mind, create a mini quilt, a wall hanging (or a series) or individual blocks that incorporate these two design elements. Be prepared to experiment! You will learn approximately 6 different block designs (from a selection of 10), though you do not have to make each of them and can make multiples of some. You will also learn how to put them together to make a wall hanging using a sashed 3×4 block arrangement. *
• Traditional Made Modern
Take one (or a few) traditional quilt blocks; re-imagine them using a modern colour scheme and a whole lot of different angles and create a totally unique, one-of-a-kind quilt top. During this workshop, you will be able to complete the top, and discuss ideas for borders, applique and finishing. **
• Linear Landscape – Mixed Media Wall Hanging
This can be any “view” – sea, pastoral, mountains – your choice. Make a Wall Hanging – approx 40” high by 10” wide using stitch and Flip piecing on a Calico foundation. You will work with different fabrics – cottons, silks, sheers, embellishments – and use a mixture of hand & machine quilting, couching, surface embroidery and Free Machine Quilting. The idea is to take a photograph of somewhere important to you and represent it in fabrics. **
• Disappearing Nine-Patch
Chance to make a lovely quilt top based on the fantastic Disappearing Nine-Patch block. This really does fulfil my mantra of Simple Techniques, Stunning Results! It’s a lovely piece and is great for using up remnants, or as an excuse to go out and buy interesting pieces of fabrics. During this workshop, you will be able to complete the top, and discuss ideas for borders and finishing. *
• Twisted Rail Fence
Chance to make a lovely quilt top based on the fantastic Rail Fence block. This really does fulfil my mantra of Simple Techniques, Stunning Results! It’s a lovely piece and is great for using up remnants, a Jelly Roll or as an excuse to go out and buy interesting pieces of fabrics. During this workshop, you will be able to complete the top, and discuss ideas for borders and finishing. *
• Star Light, Star Bright
This lovely quilt is inspired by Kathleen Guerrier’s Galaxy of Stars and Scraps from her book “Scrap Quilt Sensation”. Each block is made up of a central star (from a given selection) surrounded by triangles. This project can be whatever you want it to be! A quilt, a cushion cover, a wall hanging. It’s lovely and is great for using up all your scraps, or as an excuse to go out and buy small pieces of fabrics. ***
Chance to make a lovely quilt top based on the fantastic Rail Fence block – but with a difference!
Throw away the rulers and cut freehand curves with your rotary cutter. During this workshop, you will be able to complete the top, and discuss ideas for borders and finishing. **
• Fibonacci For Quilters
Using the Fibonacci number sequence, create a Ricky Tims style original
Harmonic Convergence quilt top. Finished size approx 30” square and can be used as a cushion front or small wall-hanging. This is a “Mystery Quilt” – you need a bit of faith and a lot of trust to see where it is going!
The block can be enhanced by applique and borders. ***
- Stained Glass Wallhanging
Simple technique creates stunning results. Create a wall hanging 20” x30” using scrap fabrics and fusible bias
For any workshop, the amount of work completed by each participant will depend on their existing skills and pace of work. ”
Eek, where do I begin *
I could do with some guidance **
Bring it on! ***