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Using a selection of fabrics, matched with a background or contrasting fabric, blocks are constructed to make a quilt top. Fast cutting and piecing techniques are used with machine stitching. Contemporary designs are created following recognisable, well known patterns. Materials from your stash, approximately 8 inches square or larger will be ideal. Smaller scraps are not suitable.
All workshops are taught as a fun, enjoyable experience, learning together to master a new technique or skill.  All participants will benefit from individual assistance and guidance as well as taking part in class discussion and tuition.

Stashbuster Blocks

Oh Crumbs!

During this one day workshop students will create blocks using oddments of scrap fabrics. These are put together to create a patchwork top which can be completed at home.  By stitching, cutting and sewing, using the smallest of scraps, fabric is constructed to be used in patchwork. A background fabric can be added to make a block which is then stitched to complete the design and a strong pattern emerges. The constructed fabric can also be used in applique. This is a great way to use up some of those tiny pieces of fabric that are stashed away.  Striking patterns are created with a wonderful array of colours.

Segmented Whirling Circle

Strips of fabric are stitched together and recut into wedges. These are then resewn to make a circle with movement and energy. The size of the design will depend on the amount of fabrics chosen and the width of the strips. This design will make a stunning centre for any quilt but could also be used as a cushion or bag front. Alternatively more circles can be added to make a full sized quilt or wall hanging. This is suitable for all levels and can be done as a half or one day course.

Picture to Patchwork

Starting with a drawing, picture or photograph students will learn how to extract key elements to work in to a patchwork block. As a result, participants will have a selection of designs from which to choose a favourite to explore further. This workshop is structured so that the first half of the day is spent developing ideas, drawing, sketching, colouring, working in paper. The second half of the day is for working on the block that has been chosen, using fabrics. This can then be completed at home to become a unique quilt or wall hanging. Any student who wishes to further their own development will benefit from this workshop.

Improv piecing

Unrelated fabrics and orphan blocks are stitched together in a random arrangement. New asymmetrical blocks are constructed and added, with strips and basic patchwork shapes to make an interesting and unique whole. This workshop involves colour theory and discussion around the basics of elements of design. Students are encouraged to work intuitively and to develop their gut instincts with fabric choice and placement. They will gain confidence and understanding of the success of their designs. This workshop can be completed in a half or full day. This is suitable for anyone confident in using their sewing machine, whether a beginner or more experienced stitcher.

Delectable Mountains

Using speed cutting and stitching methods students will make their own version of this classic pattern. Choices will be made on colour and design so that each learner will create their own unique quilt top. This is a perfect workshop to use up a layer cake. Students should be confident in using a rotary cutter, grid ruler and sewing machine. This is a one day workshop in which students will have the beginning of a quilt top to complete at home.