Patchwork and Quilting

Have you discovered the joy of cutting up perfectly good fabric and then sewing it together again? Well here is a great introduction to make a patchwork cushion and learn the essentials of patchwork and quilting.

In this workshop you will be guided throughout and leave armed with many hints and tips to set you on the road to creating your own project and follow complex patterns.

Patchwork Expert Kirsty Robertson Macdonald

Kirsty is highly creative and first experimented with patchwork and dressmaking (Traditional English paper piecing style) at an early age. Later, she became very involved in ceramics and had her own studio for a few years. A busy civil service career, marriage and children pushed most of that creativity to one side for a while. But when her husband was posted to the USA in 2011, she joined a quilting group and quickly caught the bug. Since then she has acquired a huge fabric stash, made many talented quilting friends and had a quilt exhibited at the Festival of Quilts. This was Kathryn Kerr’s 365 Challenge Quilt – a block every day for a year – which perfected her piecing skills and encouraged her to start teaching others.

Skill Level:

Adventurous or Confident Beginner
Suitable for those who have basic sewing experience and can use a sewing machine with basic skill and confidence.

What you learn:
• Essentials of contrast and colour when choosing fabrics
• First steps in rotary cutting and machine piecing
• The importance of pressing
• Key patchwork blocks – the half and quarter square triangle
• How to construct a quilt
• Introduction to machine quilting

What you make:
a patchwork cushion to fit a 12” cushion pad. (The cushion back will be plain cotton)

We Provide:
All materials.
Students who wish to use their own fabrics need to bring [check] a fat quarter (approx. 18”x 22”) of two contrasting but coordinating quilting-weight cotton fabrics. Very small patterns will work best.

Time: One day workshop 10am – 5pm
(lunch 12.30 – 1.30pm)

Cost: £85 (max in class 8)