These are some of the workshops I teach, if you have something specific
in mind that isn't listed here please do ask. Some of these workshops
have come about in exactly that way.
Most of my workshops fit nicely into a single day, but I am happy
to teach shorter or longer classes. Please contact me for details
Art quilts by numbers
During this workshop you will learn how to process your own images
and produce patterns to make art quilts. You will make a small art
quilt from a supplied pattern with one technique and be talked
through the process of using the same pattern with a different
technique. Kits can be supplied for this class. Whilst this is
designed as a one day course it works very well in extended formats.
Longer classes allow students time to produce their own patterns and
then quilts from those patterns. It can also provide the oportunity
to use the provided pattern with the alternate technique.
Art quilts 2: impressionism
A day workshop in which you will make your interpretation of
my quilt "In full bloom". We will discuss how this technique for
representing an image can be applied to other designs. This is
a fun and quite simple class, but will involve some freemotion
quilting. Lots of hints and tips will be given on how to improve
Art quilts 3: cows, Che
Using the technique that was discussed in the "Art quilts by numbers"
workshop, in this class we will use larger pieces of fabric to produce
the image. These are the same techniques that were used to produce my
quilt "Herd mentality". During the day students can worked on a supplies
pattern, for which kits are available if needed. If the group have
not previously taken the "Art quilts by numbers" class they can also
be shown how to process their own images to produce patterns for this
technique. This class extends well into a multi-day class where the
students work from their own photographs, through the whole process
to their own unique quilts.
Machine quilting 1
In this one day class we will cover choices of needles, threads and
marking tools. We will look at using the machine's built in stitches
for quilting. During the afternoon the focus will be on free motion
quilting. You will learn several simple but effective all over
patterns for your quilts as well as some designs for sashings and
borders. During the class we will also discuss quilting options for
Machine quilting 2
A one day workshop that focuses on free motion quilting all day.
Many quilt patterns will be taught during the day with lots of
encouragement to play with different threads. The afternoon will be
dedicated to feathers in many forms. There will also be the
oportunity to ask for advice on quilting difficult quilt tops.
Wholecloths 1: simple wholecloths
If you think wholecloth quilts are too advanced or too complex for you
then think again. These wholecloths can be achieved by anyone who
can use a sewing machine. Working from a traditional quilt block
design many students will complete a 20" square quilt during a day.
Students are welcome to work on a bigger quilt if they would prefer
although they are less likely to complete that within one day. This
class can be run as a weekend class.
Wholecloths 2: larger wholecloths
Hooked by the simple wholecloth? Then this is the next class for
you. Working on a 40" - 60" quilt allows for more complex designs to
be tackled. Mariner's compasses and lone stars work very well at this
size. In a day class you will complete the marking process and have
started the stitching. This workshop works very well as a weekend
Wholecloths 3: wholecloths for the addicted
This is the ultimate wholecloth class. We will look at producing an
effective design and how it can be transfered to the fabric, and
then selecting threads and stitching patterns to produce a stunning
finished product. This class can be taken as a day class, but when
done this way it is unlikely the student will get to the stitching
stage within the day. This workshop is best as a multi day course,
either as one session or as several single days spread over a period
Wholecloths 4: large wholecloths, small machines
You love your domestic sewing machine but you want to make a large
wholecloth. In this workshop we will plan a wholecloth that can be
produced with the aid of some quilt as you go techniques. This class
needs to be run over multiple session to allow time to quilt the
pieces ready for assembly. It is also suitable for a summer school
or longer quilting retreat.
Custom machine quilting classes
If none of those options are quite right for your group, do feel
free to contact me and discuss your requirements. I can often design
a course to meet your specific requitements.
Frame quilting lessons
I offer tuition on frame quilting systems. Generally these are
taught on the customer's machine to small groups. If a shop has a
demonstration system, I am happy to come and teach on that. I can
cover many areas of frame quilting to the basics of loading and
setting up the system to complex quilting patterns.
A one day workshop based on my award winning quilt "Golden storm".
During the class you will learn a completely machine sewn binding
technique and my method for making 3 dimensional applique leaves.
Over a series of 4-6 classes learn to make the sampler quilt from my
book Ferreting Around. This is a very good class for beginners as,
being a sampler quilt, the poject overs a lot of techniques. More
experienced quilters will appreciate the quilt as you go method,
different ways of aproaching traditional blocks and the opportunity
to modify the design to their own needs.
Mystery quilt 1
My first mystery quilt uses just three fabrics to make a quilt of at
least 60" square. It is easy to extend if you want a larger quilt.
The sewing is quite basic but the process will keep you guessing
right up to the last page. Best suited to weekend, or week classes.
Speed quilt 1
This is the first of my speed quilts. The idea was to come up with
a class that would allow students to make a complete quilt in a day.
There are two size options but please be aware that most students will
complete the smaller size just after lunch in a day class. It really is
a very quick pattern. The larger quilt will be close to completion at
the end of a day workshop.
Speed quilt 2
This is the second of my speed quilt designs. It is based on a
bargello type design. There is some sewing that is done before the
workshop so during the day we can quickly get to the point of
assembling the quilt. This may mean complete beginners would prefer
one of the other designs, but anyone who has made one quilt should
be quite happy with what they need to do. The full quilt is a large
single or small double with scope to extend.
Speed quilt 3
Speed 3 is based on a log cabin block. It is a great pattern for
using up scraps and is easy to scale up or down. If you wish to use
scraps there will be more preparation time before class, but during
a day class, most students have assembled at least a lap size quilt,
and many achieve far more.
Speed quilt 4
This quilt was inspired by Amish designs. It is the simplest of the
speed quilt designs to date and can be the fastest to put together.
Many students though have taken advantage of it's larger spaces to
practice their quilting. I designed it with very simple lines of
quilting but I have been amazed by some of the quilts my students
have produced from this pattern.
Speed quilt 5
I started this quilt with the aim of having a delicately shaded
quilt, something subtle. Once the smaller quilt was completed I
moved on to a larger rainbow quilt which is anything but subtle.
Both patterns are supplied and the smaller quilt can be completed
within the day, but with most groups the larger quilt is more
popular. The larger option is the biggest so far in the speed series
and makes a very generous double quilt, or a reasonable king size
depending on the size of the outer border.
In this workshop we cover the basic caveman quilting technique
created by Ricky Tims. During the day class you will make a pair of
tulip like flowers and in many cases add borders and quilt your
creations. When taught as a weekend class students will start with
the tulips then move on to other designs once they have mastered the
The dragonfly class is the follow on class to the tulips. During the
day students will work on producing a set of four dragonfly blocks, to
either become a lap quilt or a wall hanging. As an exptendeed class,
students will make more sets of 4 blocks to produce a bed quilt. We
will also cover sashing and borders in the longer class.
Faux trapunto flowers
These roses will let you try your hand at three different styles
of faux trapunto, and in the process make either a small wall hanging or
the center piece of three cushions. A machine sewn project suitable for
all levels of quilter.
What can you do with fabric when you are bored of piecing and appliqué?
You can weave it. A fun class with no sewing but a lot of playing with
fabric. As a day class you can start three different styles of weaving.
In a short class, one can be managed quite successfully.
These fun mini quilts let you try a range of techniques
without risking a lot of fabric. A great class to learn
free motion quilting, curved piecing, quilt as you go and
embellishment. A very free form class which can be tailored
to the interests of the students. The finished books also
make fantastic presents.