Maria Spiller – Absolute Beginners Patchwork & Quilting 6 week course

Date: 8th September 2016 - 13th October 2016
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spaces: 5


1pm to 4pm every Thursday for 6 weeks, starting 8th September

This 6 week course of three hour sessions is suitable for absolute beginners. You will make a lap quilt/sofa throw approx. size 45-48” x 60-64”. The illustration above is for guidance only; your own quilt will look very different reflecting your colour/ fabric choices and combinations.

What you will need to bring

For the quilt top: 12 co-ordinating fat quarters., 100% craft cotton. A fat quarter is approx 22” x 19” and available from any reputable patchwork and quilting shop or online store.

For the quilt backing: a single piece min 52” x 68”. Unless you can source a wide backing, it will be necessary to piece the backing from standard width fabric so, min 3m x 42-45” 100% cotton fabric.

Wadding: min 52” x 68”. Please buy a quilt wadding/batting, e.g. 100% cotton or 80% cotton/20% polyester. Do not buy a synthetic wadding or a furnishing wadding.

For the quilt binding (to finish the edges): 0.75m of a co-ordinating fabric, 100% craft cotton. • For piecing the quilt top, machine sewing thread to match your fabric choices, or a neutral.

For machine quilting: a machine sewing thread (for the bobbin) to match your chosen quilt backing fabric and another (for the top) to blend with your blocks.

Specialist equipment: 1/4” piecing foot Walking foot Fabric marker Quilt pins (the curved, safety pin variety) Masking tape (for basting your quilt) Hand sewing kit – to include pins, needles, snips, unpicker.


Week 1 – preparing your fabrics, rotary cutting technique, cutting out, block design

Week 2 – piecing the 12 individual blocks, squaring the blocks

Week 3 – deciding layout, joining the blocks into the quilt top

Week 4 – quilt sandwich, make binding strip

Week 5 – make label, quilting

Week 6 – squaring quilt, attach binding, label and hand finish.

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