Come quilt with me! Online course starts next week

I am pleased to say my very first online course starts next Monday, and v excited about this move into a new (modern!) area of teaching.  I know that pressure of commitments (work, family etc) and distance means it can be difficult to attend classes in a traditional classroom setting, and this style of learning provides an alternative way of learning new skills.

Hello there!
Hello there!

The course has been designed around 6 projects from the book, and is a combination of demonstrations and 6 finished items.  The demonstrations mean I have been able to cover lots of different techniques, as you will see in the course outline below.  I hope that at the end of the course students will have a good idea of different styles of quilting, and get the bug and be able to take off in their quilt making journey.

Course Samples
Course Samples

I chose the projects to cover a variety of techniques, but also a wide selection of finished projects.  The table mat, needle book, book marks and the bottom of the lap quilt are in the photo above.  Not many of us have the time and money to make six different quilts over six weeks (I wish!), so there is just one finished lap size quilt, and the other projects are small, and include a box and bookmarks.  I hope to add onto my website later this week a kit for the hexagon needle case, and the vilene needed for the book marks so you can purchase exactly what you need and so buying materials is more purse (or wallet) friendly.  I have also had a few queries about equipment and the main things you may need to get is a rotary cutting set for session 4.  Any domestic sewing machine is fine, but it would be handy to have a walking foot for session 5 and a darning foot for session 6.  If possible see if you can borrow them off a quilty friend to try out – or maybe win one…

At the moment everyone enrolling on the course before the end of November, whether instructor led or independent study, will have their names entered into a draw to win a rather fabulous Janome QXL605.  I filmed the videos using this model and it is a fabulous machine for quilting – especially if you get the add on quilting set which has an extension table and quarter inch, walking and darning feet with it, which the competition winner will.  More details are here.

The course is going to be run in 2 ways.  The first (which starts next week) is instructor lead, and tutor feedback throughout the course.  It will also be run as a self directed study, and this option will be available from November.

So…the course covers:

Session 1
Demonstrations: Choosing fabric, mosaic patchwork including drafting hexagons and English paper piecing
Project: Hexagon Needle Book

Session 2
Demonstrations: Basting and hand quilting
Project: Seedhead Table Mat

Session 3
Demonstrations: Talk about pre-cuts, the quarter inch seam allowance,
Project: Checkerboard quilt

Session 4
Demonstrations: Rotary cutting, and raw edge appliqué,
Project – Fabric Box

Session 5
Demonstrations: Machine quilting using a walking foot, mitred binding
Project – Log cabin wall hanging

Session 6
Demonstration: Making half square triangles, free motion quilting
Project: Strippy book marks

Quite a lot eh!  If you are new to quilting and fancy trying it out?  Visit Creative University for more details. 

We will be running the course again from January, so if you can’t enrol now, perhaps it is a good Christmas pressie idea…


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