The first proper course I did in quilt making was a sample quilt evening course. In the same style as a stitched/embroidered sampler, a sampler quilt uses lots of different techniques to make up a finished piece of work. It is an excellent place to start as you gain an understanding of smoe of the different types of quilt making…english piecing, strip piecing, nine patch, foundation piecing, applique… then these blocks are put together in a quilt as you go way. Our daytime sampler course started last Monday (there is still 1 spare place in case you want to join), but we have been asked if we would do an evening class.
So here is it…
Mondays, 7th March, 28th March, 4th April, 9th May, 6th June, 20th June, 4th July, 5th September, 3rd October, 7th November, 5th December, 7.30 till 9.30
At the Shop, Tutor: Sara Cook
A monthly session which will take students through different patchwork techniques which will build into a quilt. Great for beginners as well as those who want to improve their skills. £132 for course. A £40 deposit may be paid to secure a place, with the balance payable on 7th March.
Quite often sampler quilts are made using very traditional fabrics, however we have borrowed a fabulous example which is hanging in the shop. I won’t name here who lent it, but thank you! It uses one of Heather Bailey’s ranges from 2 years ago and isn’t it gorgeous!
Things have been quite busy. I did a talk last week based on the reseach paper I wrote about the links between Liberty’s and quilting in the 1960s/70s UK quilt revival. We are visiting Chanctonbury Quilters tomorow evening, so if you are reading this from there hello!
Finally, this weekend it is the stitches show at the Brighton Centre (and the last time it will be down here by the sea as I have heard it is going to Bluewater – sort of by the Thames I suppose but not the same). We are not doing a stand there so the shop will be open as usual. If you are travelling down do pop in and say hi – there is on street parking around the shop and lovely knitting shop just over the road. I will be there on Sunday, doing a stint on the Quilter’s Guild stand, promoting the charity which supports all aspects of quilt making in the UK.