Machine and hand stitch a small coverlet or bed throw.
This project can be finished with easy Quilt knots during the course or taken away to be quilted with more complex patterns.
Technically, the term ‘Quilting’ refers to the machine or hand stitching process that holds the top and the bottom of a lightly padded bed cover.
Piecing and stitching fabric together to make beautiful quilts 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 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 to build up ‘tiles’ and complete the top layer in a day. 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 the quilt process:
These are small classes and you will have lots of attention.
A choice of pre-washed fabrics for the top piece is provided. 100% Moda cotton – mostly plain colours known as ‘solids’. Plus 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.
If you are a beginner at machine sewing, we recommend one of our ‘Intro to machine sewing’ days.
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