Here are examples of past and current classes we are running.
At last the umbrella quilt is ready. Inspired by a class I took in Paducah with Edyta Sitar, this large wall hanging/lap quilt uses a mix of prints to give a rich blended background with batik umbrellas and a swirl of autumn leaves . For a simpler version use a consistent background and a selection of 10″ squares for the umbrellas and leaves.
A quick and easy method of making a pretty hexagon-style quilt using a template technique instead of paper piecing. You will be amazed how quickly it grows.
In this class we will be making a series of concentric rings which will be raw edge appliquéd to a background then top stitched. A good class for those who think they don’t like appliqué or who would like to try a different method using fusible web and freezer paper. The rings will be cut from a selection of fat1/8ths and you can choose a consistent background or mix and match backgrounds from your stash.
Easy appliquéd circles become a quilt style of your choice – pieced and bordered, sashed or pieced with easy crewel-effect embroidery. Can be made any size from a sweet baby quilt, child’s quilt (using novelty fabrics e.g. bug fabric) to something soft or dramatic. Endless possibilities.
Japanese appliqué wallhanging
This is a set of four lovely applique blocks. The 7th March is a whole day class learning the technique and working on Pattern One. Three subsequent classes (morning only – £20) can be discussed to suit. At each of the three subsequent classes a new pattern will be introduced and it will be an opportunity to iron out any queries and to work on the project. These extra three morning classes are optional and if preferred the remaining three patterns can be purchased for £10 each. The four blocks make an attractive wallhanging but it may be that you like to make them into cushion or even single framed pictures.
The ideal quilt for strippers. If like me you keep all your leftover binding strips and jelly roll off cuts, here is a great way to use them up. You decide how long your braids are going to be so I can’t be specific as to size, but start looking now for wonderful striped fabric to be the sashing strips between the braids for a quick quilt to take on picnics when the weather finally improves. There will be several different layouts discussed in the class. This is also a good project for a jelly roll.
Easter pails and new cushions
Come and make fabric pails to store all your Easter eggs or fat quarters. A quick, fun pattern to make – you’ll wonder how you managed without them. Choose a new cushion design worked by hand on recycled blanket or new felt. We will have full kits available or if you have your own blanket, we can provide wool felt and matching embroidery threads for the cutout design in a lovely range of spring colours. A lovely present for the choco-phobics amongst us.
Here are some of the past classes we’ve hosted – some might be back by popular demand soon!
This lap quilt explores the different effects which can be achieved by cutting pieced units in different directions. This quilt consists of 25 blocks with sashing and internal cornerstones, an inner border with cornerstones and a plain outer border.
This quilt is a design developed after making up a Sew Easy Pinwheel quilt by Karin Hellaby. I’ve added the red “cherries” in the Danish pastry for fun and the name was too good to pass up.
This quilt features pieced baskets in an on point setting, with alternate plain blocks. The main building block is the half-square triangle, so it’s an ideal project for using up small scraps.
One of Susie’s most popular classes last year, being a combination of pieced baskets with applique leaves. It looks wonderful in all sorts of combinations from ginghams and plaids to restrained muted colourways. An excellent introduction to hand appliqué.
This is a lovely old-fashioned quilt, which can equally look ultra modern depending on the fabric choices you make. A combination of easy pieced blocks on point set between focus strips of fabric, it grows quickly and as it is unbordered, has a charming old world look. It is also perfect as a first baby quilt.
This quilt brings together a mix of traditional churn dash blocks and an alternative setting for the corners. It includes sashing and cornerstones giving a chance to add fussy-cut details. The sample is made in rich pumpkin and spice colours, but it can easily be adapted to showcase a collection of favourite fabrics or to liberate some of your stash.
Piece of paradise
This is the perfect project for the fabric you can’t bear to cut up. The 9 large blocks are framed, then a 3-part sashing is added with extra interest in the cornerstones, which are repeated in the outer border.
Seven times table
This is a fun quilt to make in a day mainly using a Layer cake. Ideal for those who are nervous about choosing colours to go together, or for those with a good range of scraps to use up, or to showcase a particular fabric range-great way to use up lots of your Christmas fabrics. We include instructions for various sizes and layouts in the class.
This delightful quilt features applique on opposite corners of a simple framed blocks centre. Various methods of applique will be demonstrated, both hand and machine. The class runs on 2 days with ample time between to complete the blocks and prepare the appliqués.
This quilt is a simpler variation of Churn Dash blocks on point, and was the perfect way to use the collection of Fat quarters I fell in love with at our Open Day last year. It alternates pieced blocks with plain ones, so it grows quickly and there are both plain and pieced borders to try out.