Quilting - Freedom Patchwork
This is a full day workshop in which we'll explore simple, traditional patchwork and create a cushion cover, small quilt top or a set of finished blocks to take home.
Teacher: Melissa Wastney
Description: This class is a great opportunity to learn patchwork techniques. We'll use rotary cutters and mats to make blocks such as the traditional 'saw-toothed star' and 'flying geese' designs.
The 'starry sky quilt' shown in the photos for inspiration is a project featured in Melissa's craft book 'Sweet and Simple Handmade' (C&T Publishing, 2013) and utilises second-hand men's shirts in classic blues, red and cream hues for a soft and worn feel.
Melissa will bring instructions for making each type of block, and pictures of some beautiful, simple patchwork quilts to inspire you.
Part of this class will be a lead class however there will be a lot of free time to explore colour and form under the guidance of Melissa.
Materials: You will need to provide a sewing machine - please contact us if this is not possible. Each student should also bring dressmaking scissors, pins, thread and small thread scissors. You could bring a cutting mat, rotary cutter and ruler, but that's optional- there will be mats available for you to use. Please bring a selection of washed cotton fabric- either recycled from clothing, or new fabrics. (Imagine a soft palette of fabrics from recycled clothes or crisp, bright cottons- go with your own style.) Felicia and Melissa will also provide some fabrics for you to choose from, too. You will also need to provide a zip if you would like to make a zipped cushion cover.
Takeaway: We will finish the day with a number of patchwork blocks, sewn up into either a cushion cover (with either a zipped or envelope enclosure) or a small quilt top.
Level: This class would be great for beginner patchworkers looking to get started, as well as experienced ones who enjoy patchworking in a group setting.
Workshop Length: Full day