Patchwork - Focus on Quilt As You Go Techniques

Techniques included are Hand quilting from both sides, Quilting in strips – self sealed stripes, Quilting in strips - self sealed log cabin, Basic edge to edge - techniques 1 & 2, Self contained strips as you go, Double sided block, Edge to edge - with front joining strip, Edge to edge - with back joining strip, Quilt as you go with sashing, and Finishing your quilt edges.

START DATE AND TIME:
Thu, 26th April 2018
1900 - 2100
DURATION:
10 Weeks
Code:
CL031C
Full fee:
£105
Concessionary fee:*
£90

TUTOR:

Louise Mabbs

Address

Portslade Learning Centre, Boundary Road
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Techniques included are Hand quilting from both sides, Quilting in strips – self sealed stripes, Quilting in strips – self sealed log cabin, Basic edge to edge – techniques 1 & 2, Self contained strips as you go, Double sided block, Edge to edge – with front joining strip, Edge to edge – with back joining strip, Quilt as you go with sashing, and Finishing your quilt edges.

COURSE CONTENT

  1. Make a simple patchwork or appliqué block plus an overview of the quilting techniques we will explore.
  2. Hand quilting* through the layers (Technique 10) plus quilting from both sides (T10).
  3. Quilt As You Go in strips – Machine* stitched Flip & Sew self-sealed strips (T5).
  4. QAYGo in strips – Flip & sew self-sealed log cabin (T4).
  5. Basic edge to edge – joining front seams (T1) & secondary backings (T2).
  6. Strips As you Go – self contained wadding strips (T6).
  7. Double sided blocks (T7).
  8. Edge to edge – with front joining strips (T3) & back joining strip (T3a).
  9. QAYGo – with sashing** strips on top (T8) & on both sides (T9).
  10. Methods of joining your blocks & finishing your quilt edges.

    The focus in this course is more on learning the techniques than creating a finished piece, but Students will have enough blocks to be able to put together a small basic cot or wall quilt, or a larger bed quilt depending on the size of blocks and number of duplicates made by the end of the course. But you will probably need to finish putting it together afterwards.

    You are likely to need 3-6m of fabric depending on the size of blocks

    * While all these techniques can be done by hand, it is usually neater and quicker by machine

    ** Sashing is strips used to separate and join blocks in a traditional patchwork quilt

COURSE AIMS/OBJECTIVES

  • Choose relevant fabrics, colour schemes and patterns.
  • Use templates and other marking techniques, plus cutting techniques – traditional scissors and rotary cutter/ruler/mat.
  • Put together blocks in at least 11 ways.
  • Learn appropriate hand and machine piecing, with relevant quilting techniques.
  • Finish, sign and record your project.
  • Build confidence in your own abilities and new skills.

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS

We will cover:

  • A discussion of colour and fabric choices.
  • An explanation regarding the use of various specialist and basic equipment.
  • Demonstrations, worksheet instructions and class member discussions.
  • Extra worksheets on Moodle – the college/student access pages.

Possible exhibiting opportunities including maybe an end of year class exhibition.


COURSE LEVEL/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Basic sewing skills are useful but not essential. Enthusiasm and willingness to try a range of skills are more useful!


HOW PROGRESS IS CHECKED DURING COURSE

  • Tutor input each session.
  • Open class discussions.
  • Always ask if you don’t understand – no question is too simple!
  • Moodle – the College internet portal.

Please keep a file with notes, worksheets and other information accessible


EXTRA STUDY OR PRACTICE REQUIRED AT HOME

Depending on your speed of work, there is likely to be some home based work in order to complete your quilt. Reading around the technique always helps.


MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED TO BRING TO THE COURSE

  • Note pad – preferably A4 lined.
  • Writing equipment and ruler.
  • A4 plastic pockets and file or integrated plastic wallet file.
  • Sewing kit – pins, needles, scissors etc.
  • You will need 2-3 meters of fabric for the first term sampler quilt, please bring a small amount of 3 colours or patterns you might like to include in your work to the first class.
  • The quilt will work best with at least 6 different fabrics.


WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

  • Second term – Sampling the Quilt Part 2 or Patchwork – Focus on Log Cabin.
  • Third term – How To Design Your Own Quilt or Patchwork – Focus on Cathedral Windows.

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