Busy days!

On May 16, we were delighted to welcome a large group of keen quilters from Canada.  They seemed to enjoy the Artisans Emporium almost as much as seeing the quilt collection!

On May 20, the talented and lovely Deborah O’Hare of Quilt Routes shared some of her expertise in a workshop entitled Stitching Showcase.  Everyone picked up lots of new ideas and tips for adding stitched motifs to their quilts, gaining confidence in free-motion quilting, using fabric paints and transfer paints, and having a thoroughly good day!


A Workshop with Deborah O’Hare – Stitching Showcase

Deborah O HareDeborah O’Hare, who sells her beautiful hand-dyed fabrics online from Quilt Routes, is coming to The Minerva Arts Centre on May 20 to run a day workshop called Stitching Showcase.

Learn how to add stitched motifs to your art quilts and textile creations.  This class explores a variety of simple processes to add to your art quilting tool box. Create a number of different samples that can be combined into one stylish wall hanging.

 Deborah O Hare

To book a place email education@quilt.org.uk

City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate: Patchwork and Appliqué

The Quilt Association are proud to be providers of a City and Guilds Certificate Level 2 in Patchwork and Appliqué.  Our course is suitable for those who have some experience in sewing, so if you have done some patchwork and quilting before, you should have the necessary skills. You do not have to be an expert already!  The emphasis is on learning and experimenting.  The course is very creative, stimulating, and fulfilling, but it does require commitment.  It leads to a nationally recognised qualification so it can open up all sorts of new opportunities in life.  During the year, you will explore colour, line, texture, shape, and form as part of the design branch of the course, and you will then take what you have learnt on to the ‘sampling’ modules in which you will experiment with materials and ideas to build a personal and exciting portfolio. These two core areas of study will build the foundations, and teach you the skills, to go on to produce finished items of a high standard including an accessory such as a bag or cushion, and a bed quilt, or a wall hanging.  In outline, the course will run over one year and be a combination of distance learning and attended study days.  You will have the opportunity to attend a study day in most months of the year, and in other months take an inspiring workshop led by some of the very best practitioners on the British quilting scene.  Already booked are Ruth Issett, Edwina MacKinnon, and Katharine Guerrier. There are no exams – your course work is assessed as we go along and help is always on hand to ensure a great outcome.  Open to anyone, anywhere, the course is tailor-made for those who wish to do most, or all, of their work from home, but feel they might need extra input and a bit of company along the way!   Your course work will come to you as PDF files, and you will be able to interact with your tutor by email, whether it is to send images of completed work, or to ask questions.  To do this you will need to be able to send in high-resolution images of your work, so access to a digital camera is essential.  With support from the Ashley Family Foundation, we are able to offer the course at a discounted rate in 2013.  In subsequent years, the cost will have to be higher, so if you are considering taking a City and Guilds qualification, this will be the best year in which to do it, in terms of value. Places are limited and will be on a first come first served basis.

The cost for 2013 will be:

Payment in full at enrolment                                                             £720

Payment in instalments: £200 deposit, followed by
6 X £100 payments by monthly standing order – totalling                £800
Places are very limited.  Book now by emailing education@quilt.org.uk
We look forward to an exciting and creative year ahead!

Courses coming up

The current Next Steps course is full – there will be another one following the Beginners course which begins on Monday April 8, but the date has not yet been decided.

Thursday February 28  –  10.00 until 4.00 – course cost £30  – Getting the Best from Your Sewing Machine

Brilliant tutor Linda Paris will get you and your machine to be friends!  For people with sewing experience, Linda will share tips and give you the individual attention that will make uneven tension and skipped stitches a thing of the past, so you and your machine will walk hand in hand into a happy sunset!

Saturday March 2 – 10.00 until 4.00 – course cost £30  – Sewing machines for the Terrified

After this workshop you can come out from behind the sofa and start making all the crafty things of your dreams, with your sewing machine.  You will know how to thread it and change the needle, fill the bobbin and even take out the whole bobbin thingummy-jig, (which you will ever after know to call the bobbin-race) clean it, AND put it back! Crafting has never been more in and making your own clothes, home decorations and accessories will save you money too!  Don’t accept the grrrrrs from your machine anymore! Time to tame it.

(PS – if you haven’t got a machine, but wonder whether you will get on with one – come along and use one of ours for the day – you can have a go AND know what to look for in a purchase)


Christmas Workshops

The annual Christmas Fair, organised by Charles Gratrix, opens on Saturday November 10, and runs until Christmas Eve.  We have three workshops timed to run alongside and to teach you the skills you need to create patch-worked elements of a handmade Christmas.

Each of the workshops runs from 10.00 until 4.00, and costs £42.  This includes everything you need to make your family treasures.

On November 10, Doreen Gough will teach you how to make beautiful stockings to hang over the mantlepiece.  You will learn two different techniques on the day and go home with at least one finished item.

On November 24 Georgina Newson will send you home with a luxurious wreath to add a welcoming touch to your door.  You will learn a sew and flip technique and complete a wreath that measures 33cm across (that’s about 13″).

On December 1, Christine Cooper will teach an unusual class, reinterpreting the tradition of exclusive potteries in producing an annual Christmas plate.  Whilst learning a simple way to appliqué, you will go home with at least one highly decorative piece of wall art that could also be used as a place mat.

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A new way to stay in touch with all that is happening at the Quilt Association and our home in Llanidloes, The Minerva Arts Centre.

There is never a quiet time here: there is always something interesting in the offing! It won’t be long before the annual Christmas Craft fair, organised by Charles Gratrix, opens its doors.  This well established fair has established a fine reputation as an opportunity to see the work of well chosen craftspeople, picked for the quality of their work and to ensure variety and interest.  To enhance an already jolly atmosphere even further, we will be running three workshops to enable participants to establish a wonderful handmade Christmas.  The first, on November 10, will be led by Doreen Gough and she will teach you how to make a Christmas stocking that will become a family heirloom.

The workshops are each £42.00 and that includes all materials.  It is essential to book as places go very quickly.  Contact The Quilt Association through our website, (you will find a link in the sidebar).

The first patchwork and quilting course we have run for a long while has been keenly attended.  I am sorry to anyone who was disappointed to miss out this time.  We will let the Mid Wales winter do its worst and the next introductory course will start in February. For those of you who would like a ‘next level’ course, look out for news in March.