Introduction to Patchwork One Day Workshop Sunday 10am – 4.30pm


Are you interested in patchwork and quilting? This class is designed to give you are taste!

It’s an opportunity to understand the basic techniques, tools, and lingo of patchwork – plus sew creatively!

In this one-day workshop you will sew a small panel (up to 75x75cm) using the Cross-cut Block – a very modern block that still requires traditional know-how. The panel can be used to construct a cushion, small quilt, small wall-hanging, bag or become the starting point for a larger quilt. You can choose to do a dark background with light cross-cuts, light background with dark cross-cuts, a coloured background with contrasting cross-cuts – or even a mix!

We will cover:
– Using the right tools and materials – rotary cutters, mats, rulers, threads, fabrics.
– Rotary cutting, ironing, and chain/strip piecing techniques.
– Sewing quarter inch seams.
– Improvisation techniques.
– Putting your patchwork blocks together using a design wall.
– Web resources for the patchworker

Our small class numbers (max 6) allow your teacher to give each student lots of personalised attention. The class requires a minimum of 4 students to proceed.

Skill Level:  This class is suitable for both beginners and more experienced sewers. If you can confidently sew a straight line then you can do patchwork. Men are encouraged to attend – there are plenty of tools involved!

Your Teacher:  Judith Ross (a teacher who loves to encourage others in their creative endeavours)

We will provide: All the basic tools for patchworking beyond that used in normal sewing – cutting mats, rotary cutters, blades, rulers.

Bring along: Your own sewing machine in you have one, sewing kit, quarter inch sewing foot and fabric (4-6 fat quarters of background fabric and 2 fat quarters of fabric for the crosses).

A Class Requirements Checklist will be provided on enrolment providing full details of what to bring and providing advice on fabric and sewing feet. Expect to spend a between $35 -$60 on fabric. The upper range will ensure you have sufficient fabric for a cot-sized patchwork quilt top. We can provide fabric kit if required.

Where: The Gaye Abandon Workroom, 122 Buckley St, Footscray.

When: Sunday 10am – 4.30pm

Getting here: We are just near the corner of Buckley St and Victoria St in Footscray.
3 minutes walk from Middle Footscray Station. Street parking out front. See Contact Page for a map

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions

Please familiarise yourself with all our Refund and Cancellation Policies before booking. By booking this workshop you are agreeing to these policies.

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Introduction to Patchwork One Day Workshop Sunday 10am – 4.30pm

Project Description:

The Cross-cut block we will make in this Introduction to Patchwork workshop, starts with a standard cross block which is then cut to create blocks with greater interest – asymmetric crosses. This project is particularly forgiving – it does not require absolute precision or perfect points. A good understanding of inches and feet is also not a pre-requisite for this block (despite the patchwork world still using imperial measures).

This project has plenty of latitude to add in your own style– and the teacher Judith, is more than willing to bend from the plan if you have something you want to add. Your fabric is your palette.

The Cross-Cut block and blocks like it have emerged in recent years reflecting the growth of the modern quilt movement – and interest in quilts that are highly geometric, make strong color statements and extend the traditions of patchwork and quilting. That said, all patchwork requires a good understanding of basic techniques.

Surprisingly, there are many differences between patchworking and dressmaking– not just in sewing, but in cutting, ironing, finishing and construction. There are also huge number of techniques and technologies available to today’s patchworker. However, some techniques are fundamental and timeless – and those are the ones this class focusses on: building confidence in sewing quarter inch seams (the seam of choice for all patchworkers), using a rotary cutter to cut precision fabric pieces, ironing using finger-pressing, matching corners, sewing quickly using production-line style techniques, using a design wall to audition your fabrics and blocks, and trusting your creativity.



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