Introduction to Quilting – Quilt As You Go with Appliqué

This is a Quilt As You Go (QAYG) project with the addition of applique and sashing to join the blocks. This is a fun and creative course covering a variety of quilting techniques.

You will learn how to create your own QAYG blocks, secure your motif template, use applique techniques that will create an interesting dimension to your project.

The example image is for inspiration only and demonstrates the use of different colours and prints in order to make the techniques learned more effective. You will need to bring along your own choice of 100% cotton fabrics, threads and equipment listed below, each of us are unique and have our own tastes when it comes to colour, style and design.

This is a fun and creative quilting course that delivers a great sense of satisfaction, all the while learning new techniques and immersing yourself into a creative space that can really help to shift your focus from the “every day” busyness of life to being completely in the moment.

I have a few motif templates of a Robin, Ostrich, Heron, Chicken, Duck, Swan, Dog, Cat, Fish or Cow silhouettes, which are available to use during the session time. However, you may wish to bring your own motif template to add your own personal design. Please ensure your motif template is no bigger than 4 Inches x 4 Inches.

Quilt Size:
You will create a sample quilt of 40 x 40” as per the example pictured.

Your quilt will be made up of approximately 16 blocks measuring 10” x 10” each. Each block will be made up of 5 strips of fabric of different colours, design and print of your choosing.

Materials required for this course:
6 – 8 different cotton fat quarters for the block work (Please ensure that you wash and starch your fabric before your 1st session).
1 meter of 300cm wide 80/20 Quilting Wadding. Please no polyester or thick wadding.
1 meter of cotton backing fabric for the back of your quilt at least 112cm or 115cm wide.
1 meter of cotton border fabric for the edge of your quilt at least 112cm wide.
1 meter sashing fabric at least 112cm wide.
Cotton thread to match your fabric – for stitching together your blocks and then for your applique stitching.
Variegated thread.
Half meter of Bondaweb or Heat & Bond lite.
Half a meter of baking parchment.

Equipment you need to bring along please as we cannot share equipment due to Covid-19. Each person needs to bring and use their own equipment for each session.

Please bring your sewing machine including the sewing machine manual.
Even feed walking foot for your sewing machine.
1/4 inch presser foot for your sewing machine.
Embroidery foot (also known as a darning foot).
Rotary Cutter (with sharp blade).
Fabric scissors.
Paper scissors.
Cutting Mat.
Cutting Rulers.
Sharp pins or clips and needles.
Sharp snipping scissors for cutting out the motifs.
Spray Starch (purchase from your local supermarket).
505 adhesive spray from Amazon (please note that this should not cost more than £10.00/can).

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!

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

Lesson 1:
Cutting and preparing your fabric.
Creating your QAYG squares.

Lesson 2:
Creating your motif template, applying it to your QAYG blocks.

Lesson3:
Adding the sashing and attaching the binding.

Level: 2-3. This is an intermediate level class, and not suitable for complete beginners. You will need to have some knowledge of sewing and how to use the sewing machine. If you have sewn years ago and want to freshen up this is a great way to do just that.

Class Length: Three, 3 hour sessions

Max in a class: 4

Price: £130

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.