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New Patchwork and Quilting classes with Kelly for 2018

Learn to Quilt

 

As we are now marching on into November and I thought I would skip right ahead to 2018! Have you thought about your goals for the New Year yet? I am already turning my thoughts to them and they include more quality family time, more quilting and less DIY! Well, if you are thinking you would like to learn to quilt or develop your quilting skills then now might be a good time to think about it. I will be teaching some quilting workshops at Millie Moon and thought I would share the details with you. A workshop booking or a gift voucher also make a fab present if you know someone else who might like to have a go at quilting

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Here is a little summary of my workshops at the beginning of 2018:

 

Quilting Masterclasses

I will be running a series of short masterclasses in quilting. There are three dates in the series and you can either book for one session (£25) or we are offering a discount if you book all three (£65 for all). These will take place on a Thursday between 10.30 and 12.30. On 25 January I will be teaching participants to use a rotary cutter, cut patchwork pieces and sew them together. On 1 February I will show quilters how to put together the three layers of a quilt and then different quilting techniques. Finally on 8 February I will be teaching you how to cut, make and attach binding. This is something that I think frequently stops people from actually finishing a quilt so why not come and learn how to finish that precious make!

 

 

Quilted Cushion Cover

On Saturday 27 January I am re-running my popular quilted cushion cover workshop. Quilters will learn to cut patchwork pieces, construct the top of the cushion, quilt a simple design and finish a beautiful cushion cover.

Mini Quilt

On Saturday 24 February I am running a new workshop where participants will make a mini quilt. This is an opportunity to start and finish a quilt all in one day and learn all of the basic skills you will need to go on and make a bigger quilt at home. This will include cutting, piecing, quilting and binding.

 

And if you can’t wait until 2018 why not join me on 25 November 2017 to make a quilted Christmas stocking.  BOOK NOW 

 

Teaching my first workshop at Millie Moon by Kelly Diggle

I recently taught my first workshop at Millie Moon after dreaming about becoming a tutor. I designed a pattern for a quilted cushion cover and was joined by three lovely ladies for the day. I absolutely loved this experience and Marilyn, Val and Margaret all did a fantastic job, each making a great cushion cover.

It was wonderful to spend the day with this enthusiastic group and see how each of their fabric choices worked with the pattern. Everyone was new to working with a rotary cutter so the first part of the day focused on developing cutting skills. The participants then learned to construct patchwork pieces, learnt how to put the three layers of a quilt together and then had a go at quilting their creations. Finally they turned their quilted piece into a cushion cover.

Everyone left with a finished cushion and took away a pattern, complete with photographs, to enable them to have another go at home

 

 

 

 

 

I am so grateful to Becki and Rachel at Millie Moon for allowing this dream of mine to become a reality and I have been busy planning a few more workshops for the autumn. Why not come and have a go at some patchwork and quilting!

I am teaching an introduction to English paper piecing on 22 September, where participants will learn the basics of this traditional method and then use their finished piece to applique a denim bag (which you’ll also make).

On 28 October I will be teaching a patchwork drawstring bag. This is a great opportunity to learn to cut pieces using a rotary cutter, construct patchwork and then make a lined drawstring bag.

Finally, I am offering a quilted stocking workshop on 25 November. I am trying not to use the ‘C’ word here but I have to confess I have already been playing with festive fabrics and have started planning my handmade gifts. The fabrics I have used here in the stocking are by Dashwood and available from Millie Moon 

If you are interested in booking a place you can do this through the website by clicking here workshop or call the shop on 01373 464437. I am also able to offer a limited number of 1:2:1 sessions if you want help with a specific quilting project. Drop me an email to alittlesewandsow@gmail.com to find out more.

Roman blind workshop with Fromemaid

The Roman blinds for beginners workshop

The photographer from the local paper Frome Times came by and Rachel; one half of the sisters team who own the business, invited him to return when the workshop was in full swing.
Whether this was prearranged or spontaneous I do not know!  All four ladies were happy to have their picture taken and I think it will be a lovely momento of my time at Millie Moon when I am older, our copy has gone in our family keepsake box!
    

More importantly, each participant successfully completed a sample sized Roman blind and felt equipped with the skills and knowledge to go home and produce their full sized blinds in their homes.

I too was inspired  by the workshop and this seasons trend for “Scandi greys” soft furnishings and bought plenty of my favourite fabric; from the Michael Miller range “Just my Type” by Patty Young, to make blinds and a quilted throw for our bedroom. It feels very much a modern interpretation of Orla Keily to me.

Many thanks to Martyn of the Frome Times for allowing us to reproduce his photographs in this blog post with his kind permission.

By Fromemaid xxx

 
The workshop makes a sample blind approx 
65x35cm to allow you to learn the skills and gain the knowledge to go on and make a full size blind. 

Events

Beginners Free Motion Embroidery

Free-motion Embroidery is the skill of using your sewing machine to draw. It is used for decorating and embellishing your sewing projects and can be very addictive. You’ve been warned!
In this class you will learn how to set up your machine for free-motion, you will learn about the tools and materials and work through a range of exercises to demonstrate different techniques. You will get the also get the chance to work on your own design for a final piece.

All materials include. Please bring lunch

Beginners quilting and patchwork evening class

This Popular 6 week evening class with Caroline is a great starting place to learn how to do patchwork and quilting.

Caroline is a very experienced quilter who has been teaching here at Millie Moon for 9 years and has made 100s of quilts for herself, family, friends and customers. She has also exhibited quilts.

The 4 week class covers:

measuring, cutting, piecing and quilting.

You make a completed lap quilt in the 4weeks.
All fabrics included

Beginners Dressmaking with paper patterns

Popular 6 week evening class, working at your own pace in a small group make a garment from a paper pattern.

Bring along your choice of paper pattern and material (we’re happy to advise and don’t forget to collect loyalty card stamps on materials purchased.) Suitable for beginners and progressing dressmakers.

Learn as you go, everything from measuring, laying out and cutting to constructing, altering and finishing your garment. Get to know the rest of your group and learn from what they are doing too – previous items made on evening classes include day and evening dresses, childrenswear, pyjamas, skirts, bags, mens shirts, waistcoats and jackets – what do you fancy making?

 

Runs 6-8pm on tuesdays from 16th January   to 20th February  2018

Teach me to sew

A class designed for complete beginners – if you’ve just acquired a new sewing machine and want to learn more about it, or if you would start sewing from the very beginning then this class is for you. You will learn to wind a bobbin, thread and how to set up your machine ready for sewing. You will go through a series of exercises to gain confidence and to perfect your skills before making a simple envelop cushion cover. All materials are included in this class.

Twas the night before xmas – make Pyjama bottoms

Make a pair of unisex pyjama bottoms with Anna, perfect for that xmas eve box

Learn to make a pair pyjama bottoms, designed to be worn with a plain t shirt or vest – techniques include laying out a paper pattern, cutting out, machine sewing, french seams and hems

fabrics included , basic machine skills required

to fit ages 3-6 years £60

to fit ages 7-12 years £70