Learn patchwork and quilt in Sydney with this sewing class.
Learn the art of patchwork and quilting, from an expert in sustainable fashion and textiles. Make something special for yourself, a gift that can be treasured for a lifetime, or a quilt to be passed from generation to generation. You can learn one of the traditional quilt styles or how to design your own unique pattern, using new and pre-loved fabrics.
If you have always liked the idea of making your own quilt but have never been sure of just where to start then come and learn the process in a happy and friendly environment. Machine and hand-stitching methods will be explored, as well as sustainable design principles including emotional durability and upcycling.
- People with a basic level of machine and hand sewing experience
- Experienced students looking to brush up on skills and complete existing projects
- An overview of traditional textile crafts like quilting/patchwork, and the recent revival of these crafts in a sustainable textiles context
- Learn your rulers, rotary cutter and how to pick fabrics to contrast
- Look at fabric values and learn how to fold your fabric ready for cutting
- Choosing a design or pattern to work with (students might have a pattern or idea that they bring with them, or work with the tutor who is a trained textile designer to create a custom design )
- Cutting your fabric and learning how to use strip-piecing method on your sewing machine using 1/4 inch foot
- The importance of squaring your blocks
- Ironing/Pressing your fabrics to best effect
- Sewing your strips together and learning to press your strips to the right sides
- Understanding open and closed seams
- Learn how to measure and place borders
- How to finish a quilt without placing borders
- Learn the correct way of pinning your quilt to your wadding and backing fabric
- Look at different designs to quilt your quilt (hand/machine stitched, various designs)
- Quilting your quilt using a walking foot and free motion foot
- Cut bindings and finish quilt
PLS NOTE: Each week the course content may vary slightly depending on the progress of individual quilt projects. Every week, each student may be working at a slightly different stage. Individual guidance will be given each step of the way. It is recommended that each student have access to a sewing machine outside of class hours in the case that extra sewing needs to be completed at home.
By the end of this course you will:
- have created your own uniquely individual small quilt!!
- have an understanding of quilting equipment and how to read a quilt pattern
- have an understanding of fabric values and how to pick fabric for quilting
- have an understanding of basic methods of quilting and patchwork 'piecing'
- know how to use the rulers to give a professional finish on their blocks
- know how to sew their quilt top together (patchwork ‘piecing’)
- be able to put their quilt together and know the different ways of quilting
- have explored different ways of binding their quilt
- have explored traditional and modern quilt designs
- have a basic understanding of sustainable textiles concepts
Please bring to class
- Good quality ‘Quilt Cutting Mat’. Minimum size 27x20
- Rotary cutter
- Quilters Ruler - 24x8 inch (necessary) and 8 1/2 inch square ruler (optional but recommended). These rulers will last your for years of quilting and cover most of your quilting requirements
- Large Gutermann cotton thread to match your fabric colour (may be purchased when you buy your fabric)
- HB pencil
- Universal machine needles
- Large ‘quilting’ safety pins
- Personal sewing kit: sewing pins, measuring tape, hand sewing needles, chalk pencil
- For the first class bring fabrics you may already have at home to see if they will work in a quilt / your design. The first class is a good opportunity to ask your tutor about which fabrics would be best to quilt with for your design and work out amounts needed to bring to the next class.
NEEDLES: The machines on campus take standard domestic sewing machine needles. They will have 130/705 H on the packaging somewhere to tell you they are domestic type, which is different from the code for the size of the needle (an 80 or 90 size needle is best for use with sew-all thread).
BOBBINS: They must be plastic, not metal. They must be designed for TOP LOADING or “Drop In” machines. The best bet is to buy a pack that says it’s suitable for Singer Drop In machines or Janome Drop In machines (either one will work on both machines). Avoid “universal” bobbins as there is no one-size-fits-all bobbin.
THREAD: a quality thread brand is recommended. Some of the more common household brands are Gutermann, Rasant, Mettler, Aurifil.
- Students will need to purchase their own quilting fabric. Personal fabric choices and prices vary widely depending on student’s choice
- You are also encouraged to bring any old, pre-loved clothes that may have sentimental value, that you can use in the quilt design
- Highly recommend Quiltsmith in Annandale!
- Please wear closed in shoes
All our sewing classes are limited to 12 places, which enables the tutor to give each student plenty of one-to-one guidance and instruction.
About your tutor
Clara is a textile designer, researcher and yoga teacher with a passion for sustainable fashion and slow textiles. Originally from Australia, she trained as a printed textile designer in London and had her own textile practice, making textiles by hand and exhibiting internationally.
She has taught textile design and sustainable fashion at universities in London and Australia, and is now based back in Sydney where she is completing a creative PhD in sustainable fashion.
Clara discovered the art of quilting and patchwork while studying textile design and incorporates many elements of hand-stitching and geometric colour blocking into her work. She is also interested in the traditional practice of women quilting in groups as a way to share, connect and improve well-being.
"This was my second time doing the course because I like the way the teacher facilitates individual learning of both skills and aesthetics. She also encourages peer learning and cooperation."
"Teacher inspired other students to do amazing things."
"It is fun and you meet nice people with the same interest as yourself. Very good to see what others create."
Rozelle Campus, cnr Gordon St & Victoria Rd, Rozelle (in the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church). If driving, no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road. Last block on your right before Victoria Road. Pedestrian entry opposite Prince Street. Click on the following link for directions:
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