June Workshops Back

Saturday 9th June 10am to 4pm

Create an abstract landscape using a bali pop, jelly roll or similar. You can make a wall hanging or turn your bargello into the centre of a larger quilt with borders. This wall hanging or quilt uses a Quilt as you Go Bargello technique and is suitable for allskill levels. Machine sewn and eight spaces available.

Sunday 10th June 10am to 4pm

Master the technique of applying fabrics from the back of your work and embellish the front with satin stitch and free machine quilting to work a fantasy dragon. This technique enables intricate machine applique to be worked using even ‘difficult’ fabrics. You can choose one of the prepared designs or create your own and turn the finished masterpiece into a wallhanging or cushion or perhaps the centrepiece for a special quilt. Skill level intermediate.

With Sheena Norquay – Friday 22nd June 10am to 4pm


This workshop was inspired by old embroideries from my collection and concentrates on using stranded cotton threads to create colour blending and shading. Stitches taught will include detached chain, French knots, seeding, crosses, couching, Turkey Track, running and laced running.
Students can either use the design provided (Circle Flowers) which is about 8 inches square or their own design and a larger size.  The colour blending which is a 6 step graded blend of 2 colours can be completed in a day but the quilting which is graded from one to six strands has to be finished at home. The sample can be made into a picture, the centre of a small cushion, a pocket or the side of a bag.
Lots of samples will be shown, illustrating various ways of blending using different numbers of strands of threads and colours – colour blending is very addictive!

With Sheena Norquay – Saturday 23rd June 10am to 4pm

This workshop is based on a piece I made called Seasonal Colour Line which has the names of the months of the year and free motion quilted patterns inspired by the many fabrics I pieced into a strip. In this one day workshop I have devised a smaller, simplified version called the Four Seasons. Using 4 or 8 fabrics which portray the colours of the 4 seasons, students will machine piece them together into a strip. To the left and right of the strip, plain, pale fabric will be pieced. On the right, students will trace the words Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and will be shown 4 different ways of free motion quilting the lettering. On the left of the colour strip, students will free motion quilt different patterns inspired by the fabrics chosen. The four sections are separated by satin stitching. The finished piece is approximately 46cm (18inches) square and can be used as a wall hanging or cushion cover. An alternative circular layout can be made on the square using the same lettering but using 4 - 3 inch circles of bonded fabrics in the centre.

With Sheena Norquay – Sunday 24th June 10am to 4pm

The 20 x 12 inch cushion cover is made using 5 different green, patterned fabrics and a variety of techniques – bonding, fabric printing, free machine embroidery, hand embroidery, machine quilting using the walking foot and free motion quilting. Students can select one or all of the techniques to create the daisies and either hand or machine quilt the layers. An alternative to the cushion cover would be a small wall hanging or a series of small samples which could be made into cards or notebook covers. The top can be completed in a day ready for quilting. The quilting and hand embroidery can be done at home.