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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

Zipped pencil case/ bags

Learn how to make a handy zipped pouch. Whether for your pens, sewing kit, makeup, jewellery these handy little storage bags are fun to make. The workshop shows you all the techniques, including how to put in a zip.

All materials included

age 11 years + to adults

machine experience necessary

make a drum lampshade

This fun easy workshop is prefect for those that can’t sew. Make your own lampshade in a choice of millie moon fabrics. You will be taken through step by step to create your own stunning 30cm drum lampshade.

All materials included

Suitable for total beginners, no sewing involved!

Quilted cushion covers

Join Kelly as she takes you step by step through how to make a quilted patchwork cushion cover to create something unique for your home or to give as a gift.

Basic machine skills needed

bring your own materials

Zipped pencil case/ bags

Learn how to make a handy zipped pouch. Whether for your pens, sewing kit, makeup, jewellery these handy little storage bags are fun to make. The workshop shows you all the techniques, including how to put in a zip.

All materials included

age 11 years + to adults

machine experience necessary

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 Saturday 29th August and Monday 30th August 2017

Please bring your own materials or you can purchase from Millie Moon on the day.