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New Tutor, Kelly, talks about her love for Patchwork and Quilting

By day I am a professional Fundraiser and I use my spare time as my creative outlet.  I had participated in the compulsory sewing at school and was fairly uninspired but knew I had a creative streak waiting in the wings to find the right craft.  After dabbling with many different crafts in 2011, I decided to have a go at making a few small gifts for children with forthcoming baptisms and birthdays.  This was initially driven by wanting to save some money, but also to avoid purchasing the usual mass produced plastic that so often makes gifts for children affordable.  It was at this time that I started to visit Millie Moon and get to know Rachel and Becki.  Very quickly I became inspired by the beautiful fabrics that they were offering and by the wonderful community that existed around their amazing shop.  I decided I wanted to learn more and after perusing their workshop flyer I opted to book onto Caroline’s 6-week beginners quilting course which started in January 2012.

Caroline expertly guided our small group through her pattern over the coming weeks.  The quilt was really challenging but I learnt so much and came away with my first-ever finished quilt.  That quilt still sits in my living room over 5 years later and I am still very much in love with the design, and the Tilda fabrics that I chose to use.  Caroline’s tuition and support gave me the confidence to move on to another quilt soon after my first and as they say, the rest is history.

 

Over 5 years, 30 plus quilts and numerous small projects later I am now embarking upon teaching my first few workshops.  I am so delighted that Rachel and Becki have invited me to join the fantastic team of tutors and I hope to meet more of their wonderful creative community through my forthcoming workshops.  I will be teaching small projects that focus on patchwork and quilting and very much hope you will join me.

Here are the next three workshops with Kelly. Go to website to book

Introduction to English Paper Piecing Saturday 23rd September

Quilted Cushion Cover Saturday 26th August

Patchwork Drawstring bag Saturday 28th October

In addition to quilting and sewing, I love listening to podcasts, reading creative blogs, gardening and spending time with my little boy (who loves being snuggled up under one of Mummy’s quilts when he isn’t running around).  I blog at alittlesewandsow.blogspot.co.uk

Events

Simple Envelope cushions

Join Becki and learn how to make simple envelope cushions. These cushions have no fastenings, just a fold to make an envelope. A great way to learn to sew.

Make for your home or for a gift

all materials included

2 week class – Make a made to measure Skirt

Make your choice of a wrap, tulip shape, 1950’s style pleated or elasticated waist skirt in a day, using just your measurements – no paper pattern required!

Intermediate level – please be able to thread a sewing machine and sew a straight line.

Learn how to draught straight onto cloth and sew waistbands, seams, hems and depending on which style you choose gathers, pleats, pockets or a concealed zip……

Once you’ve mastered this patternless ’freehand’ cutting technique you’ll be able to go on to make more skirts in any size or length at home.

2 sessions 7th and 14th November

bring your own material

Teens 11+ Teach me to use a sewing machine

A sewing class designed for Teens.  Learn how to wind a bobbin, thread and set up your machine ready for sewing before working through a series of exercises to gain confidence and control over your machine. Your make project will be a simple zip purse. All materials are included in this class.

Hand Embroidery using photographs

This intermediate class is great for those who love hand embroidery and would like to have a go at something unusual and creative, using their current skills in hand embroidery. Tutor Paula will take you through the different stitches, to create different styles and patterns. A great class for those wishing  to personalise their projects.

All materials and refreshments included.

* Some pre work will be required with photographs

Make a Boys Shirt or waistcoat

Make a boys shirt, or waistcoat to fit age 1-5 years from an ‘Anna Vickery’ paper pattern.

Workshop includes pattern and fabric

please be able to thread a sewing machine and sew a straight line.

Take home a finished shirt or waistcoat and the skills to go on and make more – techniques covered include using a paper pattern, collars and buttonholes.