Sunday 19 February 2023

Stitching News, Beginners.

I teach beginners, mostly, with a very small project which can be made into a lovely cushion. I like that folk can dabble in all aspects of patchwork and quilting without committing to a large quilt, which might not get finished. I personally don't like to teach with a block 0f the month quilt, only because they take a lot of weeks and I think taking home a finished 'thing' is a far faster track to this addiction, HA! It works too.

Just 3 Fat quarters of fabric (your choice), a spool of thread, a zip, a square of utility/ugly fabric and a square of wadding is all you need.

Beginners will learn:-
Accurate cutting using a mat, ruler and rotary cutter.
Sewing an accurate quarter inch seam allowance with, hopefully, straight lines.
Good general piecing skills with top tips to help with seam matching.
Good pressing technique… a very important skill.
How to make and a small quilt sandwich.
How to quilt.
And we can turn your project into a lovely cushion with my fabulously easy zip inserting method. 

The workshops usually start at 10am and we should be finished by 3pm... 
What a lovely way to spend a day... then if you find you are hooked... and that happens a lot... you can start thinking about what to make next.
Here are a few randomly picked Beginner cushion pictures, all the same but so very different, just by the fabric choices.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of teaching a mother and daughter team.
They arrived with a Layer Cake and a Jelly Roll to share, which threw a spanner in my '3 Fat Quarters' normal plan.
As you can see from the pictures below, we made an alternative plan and the ladies went home with 2 splendid, new, Patchwork cushions. toot toot toot!
They had a fun day and I'm pretty sure more projects will be made.

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