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WORKSHOPS

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.

Now that so many people have become familiar with Zoom, I am happy to teach a workshop entirely online. This keeps everyone safe during these challenging times but also means that travel (and the cost of travel) is not a problem, making workshops and talks affordable.

 
EASY CURVYLICIOUS

 

Curved blocks always look spectacular, but many quilters are nervous of stitching them. Let me help you learn to love your curves!

In this pieced circle workshop, we will look at four different ways to stitch a curve. You will be encouraged to try all four and then pick a favourite. We will also focus on lining up the blocks for perfect circles.

The pieces can be cut from paper templates, but it's much easier and more accurate to cut with acrylic rulers, which I have produced specifically for this class. It may also be possible for me to provide kits.

At the end of the class, you will be well on your way to having a wall hanging or baby quilt to be proud of – and you will also have all the skills you need to tackle any kind of curved piecing.

 
CONSTELLATION 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.

 
STORM AT SEA

 

The Storm at Sea pattern is on many quilters' bucket lists because it looks so dramatic. However, it can be tricky to piece because of the combination of 45 degree and 60 degree angles.

 

The answer is to foundation piece it, and I have plenty of advice, tips and tricks to make this a breeze. We will cover foundation piecing in general, how to match points accurately and also discuss possible quilting ideas.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced quilter, now is the time to finally stitch up a “Storm”.

 
QUILTED IN A FLASH - can be a 3-hour class

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.

 
BEGINNING BARGELLO - can be a 3-hour class