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!


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!

WHQ Wednesday

One of the delights of joining a local quilt group is having help with the arduous task of basting a full sized quilt. Here is what a quilt basting looks like – a huddle of generous enthusiasts.  What you can’t see is the merry chatter – it is always a very jolly event!

Basting starts before the normal Wednesday afternoon meeting of the Welsh Heritage Quilters.  During this week’s meeting, Doreen Gough demonstrated a patchwork technique,  ‘Flip and Sew’, for joining pieces and quilting all in one fell swoop!

Thank you to everyone who came

Thanks to everyone who came to the quilting bee arranged by Doreen Gough.  I forgot to take any pictures……

All the Linus quilts produced by the Welsh Heritage Quilters were on display and looked wonderful, as did the charity quilt organised and generously put together by Angela Morris. There is still time to contribute – contact quilts@quilt.org.uk – £1 buys your signature embroidered for posterity.  All proceeds will go to the Welsh Air Ambulance.  You can see the completed quilt in 2014 at the WHQ biennial exhibition.  There will definitely be pics then…..

Edited to add just a few of the many Linus quilts that WHQ members have made.

Linus Quilts made by WHQ members

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.