Introduction to Patchwork & Quilting

This is a beginners course into basic patchwork & quilting. It’s a great way to create a quick and easy quilt top to be used as a shopping bag or lap / cot quilt.

Squares are the most basic shape in quilting. Each side of the square is the same size; cut on the straight grain; and the design is easily adapted by changing the size of the square.

During this three week course, you will learn the various stages of patchwork: Design, Cutting, Patchwork, Quilting.

The image shown is that of a basic patchwork top that will be turned into a shopping bag. Both sides of my shopping bag are made up of 16 x 5” squares. The bag will be lined and have handles. The handles can either be made out of the ‘charm pack’ fabric or alternative fabric.

There are so many alternative ways that you can be as creative as you’d like. Just look what can be done with collared shirts and neck-ties! Such fun! It is unbelievable the amount of fabric in a collared shirt.

Should you wish to only want to create the quilt top, week 1, then that is possible and you are more than welcome.

Fabric Requirements (approximate):

Pre-Loved to Re-Loved fabric such as duvet covers, table cloth, curtains, work shirts, school uniform all make great alternatives to going out and buying fabric. 

Square Shopping Bag

  • 8 Fat Eighths or 48 charm pack pieces (5” squares (12.5cm))
  • 12 x pieces of a layer cake (10” square (25.5cm))
  • 20” (50cm) of lining fabric
  • 24” (60cm) of wadding (no polyester, please)


  • A Fat Quarter is a piece of cut fabric measuring: 19.5 x 22” (50 x 56cm)
  • Jelly Roll is made up of wide strips of fabric measuring 2.5” and cut from selvedge to selvedge.
  • Charm Packs are pre-cut 5” (12.5cm) square pieces of fabric waiting to be stitched together.
  • Layer Cakes are pre-cut squares of fabric measuring 10” (25.5cm)

Materials required for the workshop (approximate):

For all quilting courses, students are to provide their own sewing materials and resources. Please see this link for the suggested items in no special order.

We will break about half way through each session for refreshments, as sewing is thirsty work for mind and body therefore it’s only natural that there will be plenty of tea, coffee and cake to keep us going!

Level:1 – Beginner

This course will run over three weeks, made up of three, 3 hour sessions.

Class Length: Three, 3 hour sessions

Max in a class: 6

Price: £170

I also carry a stock of fabrics and haberdashery should you wish to purchase on the day (card payment facility available). or you can also browse and buy fabrics at our online fabric shop.