Fractured Star Quilt**

Wednesday 22nd November          Full  new date added 

Julia

Price £30

This visually stunning design features a completely spaced out eight pointed star, but certainly not as technical as the traditional block as there are no set in seams!  The overall impression is of a myriad of floating twinkling star!  Make it in red and greens in time for Christmas or perhaps something lighter for the coming Spring!

 

Fractured Star quilt

Duckling Cushion**

Wednesday 14th February

Gwen

Price: £30

This adorable duckling cushion is great fun to make and by using raw edge and simple reverse applique methods, is easy to make as well!

Duckling Cushion

Little Scrappy Stars*

Saturday 3rd February

Gwen

Price: £30

If you love hand piecing then this is the quilt for you.  A traditional pattern of a four-pointed star linked together by octagons and then finished off with a checkerboard border.  Using templates and hand sewing techniques this quilt will appeal to the beginner and the more experienced quilters alike.  Hand sewing.

little scrappy stars - Copy

New York Beauty**

Wednesday 31st January 2018

Gwen

Price £30

This quilt certainly has a bit of the “wow” factor!  Visually it screams precision piecing and difficult curved seaming but in reality is incredibly easy!  Come and spend a day learning simple foundation piecing and invisible appliqué methods that will ensure that even a relative beginner will be producing block after block of accurate New York Beauties!

new york beauty

Get to Know your Sewing Machine and Free Motion Quilting*

Wednesday 24th January 2018

Price: Whole day £30, Half day £20 morning or afternoon

Gwen

In the morning (10am – 12.30) we will explore every knob and dial on your sewing machine.  General maintenance and machine usage to ensure you can get the very best out of your machine.  We will look at the multitude of feet available and how they should be used, as well as any specific problems you may have.

In the afternoon (1.30pm – 4pm) we will concentrate on the basics of free-motion quilting.  You will learn how to set your machine up correctly, check your tension and the best ways of handling your quilt whilst you work on it.

You can either stay the whole day or you may choose to do only one of the sessions.

Thread play

Feathered Star***

Saturday 20th January 2018

Gwen

Price £30

The feathered star block is traditionally the “star” of the quilt!  It is not as difficult as you may think, although attention to detail (ie, cutting and piecing!) are essential but well worth the effort.  A really good project to hone these skills.  Once the central star has been mastered the rest of the quilt falls into place pretty easily, or use the central medallion as the starting ground for your own borders.  Rotary cutting and machine piecing.

feathered star

Hand Quilting*

Wednesday 17th January 2018 10am to 1pm

Price £20

Julia

Quilting by hand can be one of the most relaxing and rewarding aspects of quilt making.  If you have never tried it before or if you would like to brush up on your hand skills, then Julia will help you with techniques and tips to achieve a pleasing and enjoyable quilting experience.

cotton reels

**Log Cabin Flash

Wednesday 10th January 2018

Price £30

Gwen

As the name says, lots of Log Cabin blocks with a little bit of flash!  This is a fun quilt to make that grows quickly.  Using straight forward rotary cutting skills and machine piecing this quilt is suitable for a confident beginner through to the more experienced patchworker.

log cabin flash

January 2018

 

**Pineapple Quilt

Saturday 6th January 2018

Gwen

Price:  £30

The Pineapple block has traditionally been the symbol of hospitality.  In class you will be making a 23” finished sample.  You can, of course, carry on making the blocks to make whatever size quilt you wish and Gwen will give you requirements for larger sized quilts.  This pineapple block is easier than the conventionally pieced pineapples, in that it is based on a four-patch with 1” finished logs.  Rotary cutting and machine piecing.

pineapple

Last Minute Christmas Baubles*

Saturday 16th December

Gwen and Julia

£20 – all day

Join us for a bit of seasonal cheer at this lovely class just before Christmas, to make those last minute lovelies that you will keep from one Christmas to another!  Home-made Christmas crackers, filled with your choice of small personalised gift will be remembered long after the shop bought ones have gone bang.  As will the Christmas Tree Baubles and folded Christmas Tree thingies.  Unique and personal to you, they make lovely last minute gifts that will be remembered.

cotton reels

Le Moyne Star Quilt***

Wednesday 13th December

Gwen

Price £30

The Le Moyne Star block is a traditional eight pointed star featuring set in seams which when using modern techniques are not nearly as daunting as they used to be!  The block is featured in this quilt, Hope – Collection for a Cause, in a zig-zag setting.  Techniques being taught will include set in seams and how to deal with a multiple point seams.  Instructions will, of course, be available for the full sized quilt, but its ultimate size is entirely up to you.

le moyne star

December

Christmas Stockings*

Saturday 2nd December

Gwen

Price £30

These delightful stockings can be made very quickly, just in time for Christmas, with as much embellishment as you want or have time for!  Machine sewing with hand finishing.

 

xmas stocking

Teddy Bears*

Wednesday 29th November  new date added

Julia

Price £30

These ageless patchwork teddies never fail to please and are great fun to make.  Once you have made one, you will probably want to make more!  They make a lovely present but you will probably want to keep the first one for yourself.  So pick out your favourite fabrics and come and have some fun.  Machine sewing.

teddies

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR BREAK

cotton reels

Fractured Star**

Saturday 17th February

Julia

Price £30

This visually stunning design features a completely spaced out eight pointed star, but certainly not as technical as the traditional block as there are no set in seams!  The overall impression is of a myriad of floating twinkling star!  Make it in red and greens in time for Christmas or perhaps something lighter for the coming Spring!

Fractured Star quilt

Stripes and Plaids**

Wednesday 28th February

Gwen

Price: £30

You certainly do not have to use stripes and plaids for this quilt, but if you love your stripes but are worried about using them, then this quilt might just cure you of that!  Rotary cutting and machine piecing techniques.

checks and plaids

Teddy Bears*

Saturday 3rd March

Gwen

Price £30

These ageless patchwork teddies never fail to please and are great fun to make.  Once you have made one, you will probably want to make more!  They make a lovely present but you will probably want to keep the first one for yourself.  So pick out your favourite fabrics and come and have some fun.  Machine sewing.

teddies

Key to necessary class experience

If in doubt please ask

*          Suitable for complete beginners (never touched patchwork!)

**        Suitable for a confident beginner (has rotary cut and machined pieced simple patchwork) and beyond.

***       For the more experienced or for those who want a bit of a challenge!

Workshops are held in our lovely bright and comfortable classroom with customised workstations. The shop opens at 9.30am and classes start at 10am until 3.30pm for day classes and 10am until 1.00pm for half-day classes unless otherwise advised.   Tea, coffee and biscuits are available throughout the day but you will need to bring a packed lunch with you or, alternatively, there are several pretty cafes and tearooms in the immediate vicinity that can supply a sandwich or salad lunch.

Class and course bookings can be made in the shop, over the telephone or by post and we would ask that class payment be made at the time of booking. For your security, if paying by credit/debit card, please either call in or phone us with your details.

At times it may be necessary for us to cancel a class and in this event we would give you 10 days notice and a full refund. If you need to cancel a class run by either Gwen or Julia, we would require 10 days notice for us to give you a refund in the form of a Credit Note (less £3 administration). Less than 10 days and I’m afraid there will be no refund. In the case of classes run by teachers other than ourselves the class fee will be unrefundable unless the teacher cancels the class.

The following workshops are ongoing throughout the year.

Beginner Classes

Six sessions £120

If you are a complete beginner to patchwork and quilting and would like to learn how, then join one of our Clubs.  As a beginner we ask you to book six sessions in which we will take you through the process of making a patchwork quilt using rotary cutting and machine piecing methods.  We will take you through each phase of quilt making so that in the end you will have a finished quilt.

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NEW – Starting January 2018!

LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH

ENGLISH PAPER PIECING CLUB

£30 for six months

 10am until 12.30pm, come and spend the morning English Paper Piecing with like-minded people.  Not a class, but lots of ideas, help and advice.

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Civil War Sampler

Wednesdays:-4th Oct, 1st Nov, 6th Dec, 3rd Jan, 7th Feb, 7th Mar

Price:  £120

Julia

This is a course of six – namely the first Wednesday of the month for six months.  Each month you will make two or three different six inch blocks (thirteen in total), which when combined with sashings and borders will measure approx. 38” x 38” – the perfect size for a wall-hanging to show off your sewing skills!  Each block will be of a traditional design and will be rotary cut and machine pieced, so this is an ideal course to review/refine your basic patchworking skills.

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday Club Days

Gwen/Julia

If you have an on-going project which has ground to a halt or want to start something new but feel you will need a bit of support to complete it, then these sessions could be just what you are looking for.  Gwen and Julia will be able to help and advise you with either your own on-going project or a new project during the morning and then, if you wish, the afternoon can be spent sewing with free use of our classroom.

Tuesday Club Days

Price: £15 per session (minimum of four sessions)

Every Tuesday throughout the year.

Thursday Club Days

Price: £15 per session (minimum of four sessions)

Every Thursday throughout the year.

*Saturday Club Days (2nd and last Saturday of each month)

Price: £20 per session (minimum of four sessions)

Baltimore Album Style Appliqué

STARTING FEBRUARY 2018

Price:  £120

Julia

This is a six month course, namely the third Wednesday of each month for six months.

Baltimore Appliqué is a very definite style of appliqué which originated in the Baltimore, Maryland area around the 1840’s.  The designs are usually floral in nature and quite intricate.  There will be five blocks in total, and Julia will take you through some of the techniques used to achieve this distinctive style.  Hand sewing.