January 17 (Thursday) 12:45 pm - March 28 (Thursday) 2:45 pm
Coleridge Community College
Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ
length of course
Brief Description: Get started with Patchwork and Quilting! Come along to this beginners course and you will be introduced to patchwork and quilting by working through some traditional and non-traditional blocks.
Get started with Patchwork and Quilting! Come along to this beginners course and you will be introduced to patchwork and quilting by working through some traditional and non-traditional blocks. You will gain in confidence and be able to design and make your own quilt or similar patchwork and quilted items.
Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?
Some basic experience in using a sewing machine will be beneficial. This course will suit many who would like to use their sewing skills for something creative. In some respects, the course content will be tailored to individual needs.
In the first term the tutor has covered the following topics:
• Introduction to patchwork techniques and sewing a ¼” seam
• Traditional patchwork blocks including log cabin, pineapple, flying geese, the half square and quarter square triangles, various star blocks and the disappearing nine patch and four patch.
• Basic foundation paper piecing.
The remaining 15 week course (over 2 terms) will be organised in the following way:
• With ideas gained from making basic blocks, learners will be guided to develop designs for a personal project. This is likely to be a small lap quilt or even a table runner, bag, cushion or wall hanging
• Alongside assisting with personal projects, the tutor will cover quilting methods, both free motion and straight line binding and finishing methods.
• Extension work including ‘stack and whack’ blocks, and string piecing
• Quick method using pre-cut fabrics such as charm squares, layer cakes and jelly rolls
Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:
1. Basic sewing equipment such as needles, pins, fabric scissors
2. Ideally learners, in time, will need their own rotary cutter, mat and acrylic ruler.
3. Whilst not essential, more progress will be made if learners have access to a sewing machine at home.
4. Patchwork weight fabric will be required but advice will be available on what to purchase.
For the first session you will need to bring:
Fabric scissors and a notebook and some cotton fabric scraps. The tutor is keen for you not to rush out and spend a lot of money on special tools and equipment. This will come in time depending on your needs and pocket.
On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?
An improver’s course could look at making larger or more complex designs. In this coming academic year, Saturday classes are on offer for those who would like an extended time to learn and create. Speak to the tutor.
The Learn and Train office is able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.
Marion CurtisI have interests in many forms of textiles including weaving and bobbin lace. I taught art and design technology for over 30 years and more recently I have concentrated on my own design work and working to commission. I would describe myself as a ‘Modern Quilter’ where old designs are invigorated with contemporary fabrics. Opening my studio to the public every year through Cambridge Open Studios, I am an active member of Cambridge Quilters and I often give talks and run workshops. With my art and design background, I feel very confident that I can draw out the ‘designer’ in you!