Patchwork and Quilting - How to Design Your Own Quilt

Patchwork and Quilting courses at Portslade Adult Learning

Suitable for people who have done Sampling the Quilt Term 1 or 2 or have made other quilts elsewhere. This will be a design based class with lots of support, inspiration and design tricks.

START DATE AND TIME:
Mon, 16th April 2018
1900 - 2100
DURATION:
10 Weeks
Code:
CL030C
Full fee:
£105
Concessionary fee:*
£90

TUTOR:

Louise Mabbs

Address

Portslade Learning Centre, Boundary Road
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Suitable for people who have done Sampling the Quilt Term 1 or 2 or have made other quilts elsewhere. This will be a design based class with lots of support, inspiration and design tricks.

COURSE CONTENT

  1. Choosing colours & fabrics – from an inspirational image
  2. Recording your project – sourcing, pricing, design methods
  3. Designing blocks – geometric patchwork
  4. Repeat patterns – creating secondary designs
  5. Designing – appliqué blocks
  6. Creating an overall design – combining blocks & motifs, sashing & borders
  7. Fabric sampling making your chosen
  8. Joining blocks – variations and possibilities
  9. Quilting considerations – hand & machine sampling
  10. Finishing methods – edges, borders and bindings

The emphasis in this course is more on designing and sampling ideas than on finishing a quilt in class. You should gain confidence to design your own quilt from scratch. Louise has 45 years experience of sewing patchwork quilts – starting at age 8 – and is recognised as a designer for pushing the boundaries in Quilt Art and embroidery. Techniques will be demonstrated practically, with samples and worksheets in class for you to follow up at home

COURSE AIMS/OBJECTIVES

  • How to choose fabrics, colour schemes and patterns.
  • Experiment with templates and other marking techniques, cutting techniques – traditional scissors and rotary cutter/ruler.
  • Explore different design methods suitable for quiltmaking.
  • Experiment with hand and machine, piecing, applique and quilting techniques.
  • Explore how to finish, sign and record your project.
  • Build more confidence in your own sewing abilities and design skills.

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS

We will explore:

  • Colour and fabric choices.
  • Different ways of using specialist and basic equipment.
  • Various design techniques for drawing up a quilt design.
  • Demonstrations, worksheet instructions and class member discussions.
  • Extra worksheets on Moodle – the college/student access pages.

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


COURSE LEVEL/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Suitable for students who have done ‘Sampling the Quilt Term 1 or 2', or classes with other teachers. Inexperienced students may join but they will need to attend an interview in person or by email first.


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?

Your tutor will advise.

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