(Sunday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Coleridge Community College
Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ
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Brief Description Are you new to patchwork and quilting but do not have the confidence to quilt it? Don’t know where to start? Many patchwork sewers do not feel ‘brave’ enough
Are you new to patchwork and quilting but do not have the confidence to quilt it? Don’t know where to start? Many patchwork sewers do not feel ‘brave’ enough to try free motion quilting (FMQ) or even know what their quilting ‘style’ is.
This course is an opportunity to be guided through walking foot-quilting techniques followed by lots of practice, tips and inspiration on free motion quilting. You will not be an ‘expert’ immediately but should have the confidence to continue at home to build up your skills. This can be a very liberating and creative technique.
Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed:
This course is aimed at anyone who has done some patchwork but needs more help in building skills and confidence with the actual quilting process. You should be familiar with using your sewing machine and have the desire to play and practice. See notes on what you need to prepare.
On this course you will learn about:
• setting up and using your machine with a walking foot
• various walking foot quilting designs
• tips and techniques to build up confidence and skills with dropped feed dogs and a darning foot
• various FMQ designs such as stippling and echoing, all over designs
• using positive and negative space
• finding your quilting style by looking at examples
Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:
Although the centre has many sewing machines we would recommend that you bring your own to develop your personal skills. If you do bring your machine, you will need to ensure you have the appropriate walking and darning feet for your machine and that it has the capability of dropping its feed dogs. A soluble marking pen would be good. The tutor strongly recommends having a pair of quilting gloves. These are usually white with textured fingers to help grip the fabric and lessen the pressure on the neck. (Many shops have them and will list suggestions at the bottom)
You will also need to prepare and bring several quilt ‘sandwiches’. These are made from three layers of fabric, batting and another layer of fabric. The tutor would recommend bringing several as it will be an intensive day! A3 in size or made with fat quarters is a good size. Any ‘orphan’ blocks from past projects might be a good idea too. Basic sewing items are required and a small notebook and camera phone would be useful.
Please bring a packed lunch
The tutor will bring along a section of threads, some left over ‘orphan’ blocks from past projects and her personal quilts for inspiration.
On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?
You might like to join one of the patchwork and quilting classes held during the week.
The Learn and Train office is also able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.
This is an example of a pair of quilting gloves. Readily available from local shops such as Backstitch at Burwash Manor, many patchwork suppliers or from Amazon. They are textured and aid controlling the fabric and saves on getting an aching neck and shoulders. They should be well under £10
Marion CurtisMarion Curtis is a qualified teacher with a degree in Textile Design. Her interests include many forms of textiles including weaving and bobbin lace. She taught art and design technology for over 30 years and more recently concentrating on her own design work and working to commission. Marion would describe herself as a ‘Modern Quilter’ where old designs are invigorated with contemporary fabrics. Opening her studio to the public every year through Cambridge Open Studios, Marion is an active member of Cambridge Quilters and often gives talks and runs workshops. With her art and design background Marion feels very confident she can draw out the ‘designer’ in you.