december, 2022

2022sat03dec10:00 am4:00 pmPatchwork: Festive Quilted Table Mats/Runner£48 - Day School to learn the skills needed to make Festive Place Mats / RunnerColeridge Community CollegeDay:Saturday length of course: 1 day


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

1 day


Course details

Brief Description

A one day course to make a set of Christmas themed place mats to grace your table this year and for many more years to come. Using basic patchwork techniques, you will stitch a set of place mats which will be quilted and bound. Suitable for anyone new to patchwork or even the more confident who wants a sewing day to themselves.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed:

Basic skills in using a sewing machine such as threading up, winding a bobbin and sewing in a straight line. If an absolute beginner to patchwork, skills such as using a rotary cutter, rulers, etc. will be covered by the tutor.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to:
Make a set of 4-8 Christmas themed place mats using a design called ‘courthouse steps’
Learn how to quilt the mats: the tutor will demonstrate hand quilting, straight line and free motion techniques
Learn how to bind the mats to finish them either by machine or by hand

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:

The Centre does have a limited number of sewing machines available but you may bring your own if preferred.   A ‘quarter inch’ patchwork presser foot is ideal though we can work without one.  Sewing thread, pins and scissors are essential but equipment such as rotary cutters, mats and rulers can be worked around if you don’t have them.  Please don’t purchase any especially for the course.

Christmas print fabric is needed. The tutor made her samples using two sets of ‘fat quarters’ purchased from Hobby Craft which made 8 place mats. Hobby Craft fabric is a reasonable price and each set of fat quarters provides a variety of prints which will go together well.  Some wadding will be needed to complete the mats. The tutor favours 80% cotton / 20% polyester.  100% polyester is not recommended.

Other local suppliers are:

Please bring a packed lunch

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

You might like to consider joining the beginners’ group on Thursday afternoons or attend one of the other Saturday Schools held during the academic year. Your tutor would be happy to advise you.
Adult Learn and Train offer courses through-out the year.
Try similar courses or look at learning something completely new.
You will find provision on some Saturday and Sundays, you will also find courses available in the day and evening at different venues in Cambridge. Courses vary in length from one-off sessions to 10 weeks or more


£48 – To book please call the office on 01223 712340 to pay with your card


Marion CurtisMarion Curtis has interests in 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. A regular participant in Cambridge Open Studios, a member of the newly formed Cambs Modern Quilt Guild (CMQG) and committee member of Cambridge Quilters. With her art and design background, Marion feels very confident she can draw out the ‘designer’ in you.


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