Welcome to simple quilting – a basic sewing and introduction to quilting weekend. During this two-day weekend workshop you will learn to machine-sew and hand-stitch a small cosy quilt.
Quilting has been a traditional ‘upcycling/make do and mend’ project long before such terms existed. The economic necessitation of piecing together of scraps, remnants and repurposing old clothes gradually turned from being utilitarian to become a deep source of inspirational creativity.
If the thought of painstakingly putting together tiny fiddly pieces of fabric isn’t for you, this course will free you from many of the traditional constraints, but allow you to produce a beautiful quilt quickly without any previous experience.
Based upon the piecing technique known as ‘Log cabin’ or ‘Roof tops’, avid quilter and tutor Mary McGeown will guide you through selecting a palette of colours, cutting to shape and machine sewing in a traditional style to build up ‘blocks’ and complete the top layer on the first day.
You can choose to make a quilt consisting of 4 blocks,- each 18” x 18” which will give you a finished quilt of at least 36” square, or make 6 blocks – 10” x 10” which will give you a rectangular quilt 20” x 30”.
The following day is spent learning techniques to attach the top and bottom layers together with a polyester filling between.
This two-day short course will focus on the essential parts of every quilt process:
– The piecing of fabrics to form the top layer.
– The attaching of the top to the base layer via stitching or knotting.
– Stitching the edging of the completed quilt.
These are small classes and you will have lots of attention. We have good sewing machines, or if you have one of your own, you are welcome to bring it along.
Materials: A choice of pre washed fabrics for the top piece is provided. 100% Moda cotton – mostly plain colours known as ‘solids’. And a smaller selection of patterned fabric. If you have fabric of your own – bring it along – cotton and poly cotton only please. You can also bring your own choice of backing fabric, prewash any new fabric to remove chemical and to manage shrinkage. (cottons often shrink by 3-5% when first washed). This also avoids bleeding of colours later.