Patchwork & Quilting for Beginners

Discover the pleasure of cutting up fabric and sewing it back together again in creative ways, we have a lot of fun! There are two classes suitable for beginners; a fortnightly class (run by me) at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden and a monthly weekend class run by my friend Jo Gallaway at Lincombe Barn in Downend (see ‘Links’ on the homepage for her web address). They run from September to end of May. For details of current dates and costs, please click on the ‘New Classes for September’ link on the Homepage.

Course content
There are numerous different patchwork & quilting techniques and this course covers 12 of the most popular using both hand and machine methods. The techniques you learn and the samples you make can be put together to make a sampler quilt in your own choice of colour, size and style. (The course includes a session on colour and choosing fabric to colour-coordinate your samples). Click on the Gallery link to see quilts from previous Beginner classes. All skills are taught progressively to build up knowledge and experience, so the course is suitable for absolute beginners.

Additional costs
Students will need their own fabric, though it is not necessary to buy this in advance as advice will be given and the cost can be spread throughout the course. For the second and third terms students will need a sewing machine. I have some available to use in class, but it is preferable for students to have confidence using their own. If you are thinking of buying a new machine, get in touch as I can give you some advice on what functions are useful for patchwork & quilting.

Rotary cutting equipment is also needed for the second term, but again I can advise on what to buy in time for Christmas!

Additional support

Students are supported with handouts on the various techniques and I have a library of over 300 books available to borrow. I also keep a well stocked cupboard of essential items for students to borrow, so if you forget something it’s not the end of the world!

Disabled access

All venues have level access, good free car-parking and disabled facilities. If you have any specific requirements and want to talk to me in confidence please get in touch.

Booking a class

Please use the link on the Homepage to contact me direct for a booking form or if you have any queries. On receipt of the booking form, I’ll send you a course information sheet with further details about the class, the venue and requirements for the first day.