QUILT MAKING FOR BEGINNERS
Quilting has long been thought of as the perfect union of creative expression and useful craft. Taking a very basic but effective Strip Quilt pattern, your finished piece quickly becomes a family heirloom, which you proudly tell people you made yourself. This workshop is a great launching pad for those that have wanted to try quilt making but have been hesitant in making the leap. We break each section down into bite size chunks that over the two half day course, gives you the information you need to understand ( and enjoy!) the entire process of making and finishing a quilt.
Each student will learn the basic fundamentals about choosing a pattern for your quilt, how to work with colour and texture to achieve a balance in your quilt top and then work through the various stages of quilt making to finish the workshop with a 44″ x 44″ (111cm x 111 cm) lap quilt that is uniquely your own design.
In this class, which takes course over two half days, Maeri Howard will be your instructor.
In Session one, you will:
- break down the structure of our simple Strip Quilt block pattern, which is what we will be working with to complete our quilt.
- discuss and be shown examples of the four main elements of making a quilt (topper, wadding, backing and bias binding) so that the student has a complete understanding of the dynamics of quilt making.
- choose your fabric from our large selection of quilting weight cotton from America for the topper of the quilt, discussing colour choice and balance.
- using a rotary cutter, acrylic ruler and cutting mat (basic tools of the trade for quilters) you will cut the strips, ready to be sewn together.
- The topper for the quilt will be completed in preparation for the next session, either in the studio if time allows, or at home.
In Session two, you will:
- be shown how to neaten your topper and “true up” or square a quilt so that is it ready for assembly.
- create the sandwich effect of the topper, the wadding and the backing fabric.
- show the student how to create a quilting effect using a walking/even feed foot.
- show the student how to make and then add their own double bias binding to the quilt.
- some hand sewing will be required to finish the binding but this can be easily shown how to do.
Note: The cost for this workshop includes everything – you get to choose your fabric for your quilt from an extensive selection of high-quality fabrics imported from America as well as have available all the specialist equipment required to make your quilt.
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Course Availability: Daytimes & Evenings
Fee and what this includes: 115.00, this includes all items needed to make your quilt (which we will have completed by the end of the second session), coffee/tea and a home made snack. Evening workshops can opt for a glass of wine!
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