I am currently about half way through one of most popular 10 week workshops, “Patchwork and quilting for beginners”

The students are all very meticulous and insist on unpicking every mistake which is leading to some truly excellent results!

I am piecing together an example quilt as we go through the weeks, it is always great to have a sampler quilt in the shop to show customers who are interested in the course – and of course its a great way to show off a new collection of fabrics.

For this quilt I am using some of the Moda Fabrics from a recent collection called “For You” – I have chosen mostly the pinks and greys rather than the orange ones this time although I do love all of them!

Moda-for-you

We are making 6 blocks in total starting with a simple 9 patch, then going on to a friendship star to learn half square triangles

FriendshipStar

We use Churn dash to revise the half square triangles before moving onto a railfence block

ChurnDash quilt

Flying geese are also on the menu with this Dutchman’s puzzle block during week 5

Flying Geese

and finally we learn quarter square triangles with this fabulous Ohio Star block.

quarterSqtriangles

Next it is on to the sashing,

sampler quilt sashing

and then the borders – the quilts really start to come alive at this point!

sampler quilt borders

Finally it is time to layer up with wadding and a backing fabric, before basting and quilting the three layers together.

My favourite part is always the binding and particularly the hand sewing to give the quilt that professional finish.

Check back later for a photo of the finished quilts and follow us on Facebook or Instagram for weekly updates on how the latest class are getting along!

You can join us on the next 10 week course starting in April 2016 by booking via our webshop.

We hope you can join us and start on your adventure with patchwork!

 

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