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 Paducah in September. You can book a place here
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.
I am also teaching this at the Festival of Quilts, Birmingham in August. You can book a place here.
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.
There will be two classes in Paducah - one using Bernina sewing machines and the other using Janome machines.
Modern Log Cabin
Take the classic Log Cabin block and give it a modern twist in this cute little quilt. Not ready for a modern quilt? The design also looks good in batiks, solids, Christmas fabrics, etc., and would make a delightful baby quilt. We will start the class with a quick chat on how to sew your blocks with more accuracy, then move on to make four blocks as in the sample. However, be warned most people get hooked and want to make more blocks for a larger quilt!
This quilting style was originally inspired by the Bargello embroidery stitch, also called flame stitch, and it is easy to see why! The class offers a choice of three designs, and although it looks complicated, it is suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced. There will be lots of hints and tips to make construction easier. By the end of the workshop, you will not only be on the way to creating a gorgeous quilt, you will also understand how variations and more complex designs are created. You will also be able to design Bargello patterns for yourself.
This class has sold out in Paducah