I love workshops – both taking them and teaching them.

The list of classes offered is updated quite regularly, so if you don’t see something you like, please contact me to discuss. Workshops can, of course, be combined with a talk and/or judging.

These are the classes I will be teaching in Virginia Beach in October. You can book a place here

QuiltConstellation Quilt

Create a unique constellation by making your choice of star blocks in different sizes and scattered in your own design across the quilt top. We will focus on ways to improve accuracy so that the small blocks look good, as well as providing lots of star designs for inspiration. This project appeals to both traditional and modern quilters and is suitable for quilters of all levels as successful designs can be created from simple patterns or more challenging ones. A great variety of fabric styles and colours are suitable. The workshop sample measures 44" x 60", but you can make your quilt in any shape or size.

Quilted in a Flash

You may love to free motion quilt yourself, or it’s an easy and effective option to “quilt by chequebook” and send tops to be longarmed, but what to do with charity quilts, baby quilts for your neighbours’ relatives, etc. when you may not want to spend a lot of time or money to get a quilt finished.

Use the walking foot on your domestic sewing machine combined with straight or decorative stitches to create a host of easy designs that will get your “duty” quilting finished faster and easier than you ever imagined! You may find that you like the look of this quilting style so much that you use it for all your quilts.

Thread and needle choices will be discussed and there will be lots of examples to inspire you.

Doodle Quilting

Choose a simple shape, stitch around it, divide it up and fill with different quilting patterns. The small, packed designs hide a multitude of sins while helping you practise new quilting patterns.

This technique is easier than it looks and is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced quilters. There will be lots of hints and tips to share and you will have the opportunity to practise the patterns before committing them to your chosen design.

Kits are provided which include a practise sandwich, a design sandwich and machine embroidery thread.

Hexagons by Machine

Everyone loves the look of hexies and they are enjoying a big revival just now. This fun little quilt is stitched completely on the sewing machine, and there are lots of variations to choose from.

We will start the day with a quick bonus chat on needles and thread, then move on to making our hexies and considering different layouts.

Towards the end of the afternoon we will consider quilting and finishing options.