Make a quilt in a day!

Make a quilt in a day!  4th March 2017

9.30 – 4 pm, The Old School, School Lane, Storrington RH20 4LL

A new class with a new quilt for the charm packs – a great quilt – large enough to impress and easy enough to mostly get done in Autumn Charm Quilt (2)a day.  Check out the course description here – 4th March 2017!  The Old School, School Lane, Storrington RH20 4LL  £40

 

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New Year, new classes!

New classes are coming up to take you to the next level of your quilting and sewing.

(See the course description by clicking on the title.)

Sewing machine essentials

13th January – 9.30 – 1.30

Cost: £30

Get the best out of your sewing machine!  This class takes you through the basic core things you should know about your sewing machine. Then it dabbles into the extras your manual doesn’t tell you, using other bits and pieces you have been given with it; trying out stitches you have been afraid to use; so that you come away saying – gosh I didn’t know I would be able to do that and now I can.  Great class, lots of fun – do you know the manufacturers make at least 27 different types of sewing machine needles – which one should you choose? and many other bits of info to make you a better sewist!

Beginner patchwork and quilting

starts 30th January at 9.30 am – 12.30 am.jan's quilt

Dates: 30th Jan; 6th, 13th, 27th Feb; 6th, 13th, 27th March; 3rd April.

Cost: £130

Eight fun and fast introduction sessions to make you a basic quilter.  While making a simple sampler quilt, you will learn the core basics of how to make a quilt – from learning about needles, threads, fabrics and waddings, while learning sewing techniques to get that quilt as perfect as you can.  Hundreds of gals have taken this class with me and are still enjoying the joys of quilting.

You will need your own sewing machine and sewing kit.  See further descriptions of the class under workshops or click on the title.

Level II Beginner

Starting 31st January – 1 pm – 4 pmbb-finished-quilt

Dates: 31st Jan; 7th, 14th, 28th February; 14th, 28th March; 4th, 25th April*

Cost: £140

The second level of quilting which takes you from the Beginner level to being a secure, competent and relaxed quilter.  Most of the Beginner students follow with this class – the quilt you make is a challenge and a joy when finished.  You are given lots of choices of fabric use and pattern use in the nine sessions. You can make this a sampler or a series of cushions or bed runners.

 

All courses meet at The Old School, School Lane, Storrington RH20 4LL.

Ann Till is the tutor for the class and can be reached at anntill64@gmail.com.

or by phone:  01903 745625.

 

Latest quilt from the South Downs Quilter!

sarahs-quiltI am very pleased to show off my latest quilt!  I made it for a dear friend’s daughter’s wedding.  It is named New York Art Deco Burst!  The background is a wonderful New York Skyline fabric that features many of the Art Deco buildings in New York.  It also includes the Statue of Liberty which incidentally isn’t Art Deco – but hey – the fabric is wonderful just the same.

It was really a challenge – and lots of fun to put together, as well.  I hope she likes it!

 

Patchwork and Quilting Dates for the Autumn 2016 and New Year 2017

Autumn 2016 and 2017 New YeaSD logor – South Downs Quilter Courses

 Beginner Patchwork & Quilting Courses*

3rd October, Monday evenings – 7 pm – 9.30 pm

Dates: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 31 Oct; 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th Nov; 5th Dec.

Nine fun and fast classes which introduce the basics of patchwork and quilting.  £130


4th October, Tuesdays afternoons – 1 – 4 pm –
Dates: 4th, 11th, 18th Oct;.1st, 8th, 15t, 22nd, 29th Nov.

Eight fun and fast classes which introduce the basics of patchwork and quilting.  £130


6th February 2017, 8 Monday afternoons
Dates: 6th, 13th, 27th Feb; 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Mar;4th April. 1 – 4 pm

Eight fast and fun classes which introduce the basics of patchwork and quilting.  £130 – avoiding holidays.


Beyond Beginner Patchwork and Quilting Courses* – 2nd level

17th January 2017 alternate Tuesdays afternoons –- 17th, 31st Jan; 14th, 28th Feb; 14th, 28th March; 4th, 25th April; 2nd May*.  1 – 4 pm

9 lessons for a follow on course from the Beginners – making you more confident and competent.  £135

* last session concentrates on quilting with your walking foot!


Intermediate Beginner Patchwork and Quilting Course

Second Saturday monthly! -10 sessions: 10th Oct; 14th Nov; 10th Dec; 14th Jan; 11th Feb; 11th Mar; 8th April; 13th May; 10th June. – 9.30 am– 1.30.  £200

40 hours of classes. Taking you further into this wonderful craft, the course explores and introduces you to new techniques and challenges.  You must be a confident beginner and understand basics of piecing, cutting and how to put a quilt together.


Make a Christmas Wall hanging using fusible applique*

5th November – 9.30 am – 4.00 pm  £40
Jolly up your home with a super Christmas wall hanging or table runner

 

Check out these course where they are listed to your right!

 

New ‘Make a Quilt in a Day’ date set

So many of you are keen on my

‘Make a Quilt in a Day’

class, that I have decided to run another in June!

The date: 10th September 2016.  From 9.30 – 4 pm

at The Old School, Storrington  RH20 4LL.

What are you going to make? – well the choice is super and fun!  You will need to decide on whether you want to use a charm pack (40 x 5 inch squares from a range of fabrics), which usually calls for extra fabric or a Jelly Roll (40 x 2 1/2 inch strips by width of fabric from a fabric range).  The Jelly Roll is the easier to make but perhaps the Charm Square is the more fun.

The Charm Pack is an easy peasy quilt that everyone should be able to complete in a day.  I have just finished the top if I can get my camera to work – (having come back from Italy with lots of photos, it decided it needed a break or something!) Phone comes to the rescue!  Here it is and it is only Thursday – not finished but the core and shape is – just waiting for the border and the sandwich.  I’ve called it Autumn Charm having used really sweet autumnal fabrics called Turning Leaves by Moda.  There are stags and bears, and lots of leaves of course.  Quite a manly quilt, I think, this one. You could use any fabrics – floral, baby, modern, traditional and so on.

Autumn Charm Quilt (2)

 

In the meantime below is the photo of the last charm pack quilt they made at the Make a Quilt in a Day class in September 2015.  It really is cute, but no one finished in a day, so that is why I am coming up with another pattern for you.finished boxes quilt

I have also made a quick, charm quilt that I just love – quick for me, but not for the beginners I’m afraid .  The fabric is called Little Black Dress I by Basic Grey for Moda.  The pattern is sweet and ever so easy to do – just takes a bit of time. I am happy to point you in the direction of how to make this quilt – after the class of course!

ziooer quilt

On the other hand if you wish to make a Jelly Roll quilt – here is one that we really love and you can definitely make it in a day.  So if that is the one you want pop out to your nearest quilt shop or go on line and buy yourself a Jelly Roll.

jelly roll quilt

Local shops to me who sell Jelly Rolls or Charm Packs are:

Chalk Hill Blue, South Farm Road, Worthing.

Eclectic Maker, West Worthing Station, West Worthing.

More Sewing, Tarring Road, Worthing.

And on-line – Cotton Patch in Birmingham.  Lady Sew and Sew in Marlow/Henley. And many others  – just type jelly roll or charm squares in Google.

Jelly Roll quilt!

If you are making the Jelly Roll quilt – then for the quilt itself,  you need at least 40 strips and no extra fabric, unless you want a border and a binding.  You do need wadding and backing to make the quilt, and think you might get to that stage on the day- it all depends how fast/accurate you sew!!!  If you want a border then the quilt will finish at 58” x 72” quilt or so

1 full (42 strips) jelly roll, scissors; 60 cm for 4.5” border, optional(pick one of the fabrics from you roll and use that for the border and another for the binding.

50 cm for binding

Wadding for quilt 60”x 74 – get a pack that has a minimum of those dimensions.

2 metres backing for quilt      – Ikea has some good light weight fabrics that are 60” wide – super for this quilt.  I also bought 2 fat quarters to make my irregular circles on top for quilting.

 

Charm pack quilt:

If you want to make the Charm Square quilt –  Then to make your quilt you need 45 five inch charm squares- 3 more than are usually in a normal charm pack which have 40-42 – so either acquire a small bit of that fabric range for the extra squares you need OR from your stash that still has the feel and colours of your charm pack. You will also need to go with the fabrics an extra fabric neutral colour of 3/4 yard– now I bought a quiet beige fabric with quiet dots on it – to give some movement to the quilt. You could buy a solid or we call these fabrics ‘blenders’ which work with the fabric.
The quilt finishes about 40” square – if you want to add a  4” border you will need .60 metre. Binding slightly less – .50  to make 180” strips.
So it is up to you which you do. Wadding needs include – 52” square if you’ve added a border. (Wadding varies when it comes time to quilt the wadding. Some require quilt every 4” and others go as far as 10”. I would recommend that you buy a cotton/polyester wadding – with a quilting distance of 8” or so. Heirloom, Warm and Super Soft all do that. The store should give you a sheet about the wadding when you buy it. If they don’t, ask them about the quilting distance.

Costs?  £45 for the day with a short break for lunch – bring a sandwich or have a walkabout Storrington for a sandwich. You need a sewing machine and know how to use it.  I also suggest you buy yourself a 1/4″ foot for your sewing machine – generic for current Singers, Janomes and Brothers is fine.  Otherwise, probably buy for your own sewing machine.  Cost – £5-£12.

Keen?  Drop me an email – anntill64@gmail.com.  Give me a ring: 01903 745625

 

Storrington Quilters 2016 Block of the month –

lynette anderson bom002Above is the Block of the month we will be making in Storrington Quilters over 2016.  It is fun, full of applique and I hope everyone will be able to meet the challenge.  It is called Welcome Sampler and is designed by Lynette Anderson-O’Rourke.  Lynette’s work is featured in a book, The Quiltmakers, compiled by Pam Lintott of The Quilt Room in Dorking.  I will also be teaching the centre panel for my 3 x 3 hour applique class in February.  Hope you out there might join us – I already have several people interested. So come along – 1st, 15th and 29th of February – 10 am – 2 pm at The Old School in Storrington

So it has been ages since I written a post – most sorry everyone.  I have been busy – have made 4 quilts – 3 for may classes and 1 for our nephew’s wedding.  Today I taught a Bargello class for my Skill Builder/Intermediate group.  Hard to do and understand at first, but once on the road to making it, each were very pleased with their progress and result, I know.

bargello block
I would love to offer a one day Bargello class to make a super cushion – 26″ wide – so if anyone is interested in taking it, let me know and I will be delighted to run it.

I did post my course dates the other day and they can be accesses from the right here.

We were in the U.S for a couple of weeks for Thanksgiving.  Such a great time – our hosts were super, the children

ELSA ADVENT@home ADVENT CALENDARS TWINSeach received an advent calendar.  Both of the girls sang with their dad at a school assembly to celebrate their school receiving a national improvement award – I really did enjoy making the calendars and I hope their mom was able to top up the gifts for them.  Great family – lots of fun and great food.

 

Christmas is coming – hope you all have a wonderful season and a great 2016.

Merry Christmas – Ann Till

Festival of Quilts and Modern Quilt/quilting

finished boxes quiltOh what joy The Festival of Quilts was!  I was so glad I went on Saturday.  It was a lovely day. I drove over to Birmingham with my daughter-in-law, Nicola from Market Harborough – and easy drive.  So many gorgeous quilts – although by the time we left and now that I have had a chance to see some coment about it, I obviously missed some super ones that were in special areas.  Not good news for the punters but it didn’t seem that busy, either.  I came across some of my previous students.  What did I like best?  The Tentmakers of Cairo – such gorgeous work and so meticulously done and a delight to speak with the men making them.

Some months/a year ago I wrote about What is Modern Quilting and did struggle a bit to define it – other than saying that is an approach to quilting that includes traditional blocks but maybe with tweeks to them (improv); often using solid fabrics; simple approaches; not necessarily symmetrical; and in some way easier without the discipline traditional patchwork/quilting requires.  Many would argue with me on that but the British is what I know – Many of the quilts at the Festival, I felt were modern or/and arty.  There were fewer traditionally blocked quilts but many with gorgeous free-motion quilting.  Most of them I really enjoyed.

I thought you would be interested in the comments by Luana Lubin – who is a well-known fabric designer and quilt shop owner (www.equilter.com).  I find her newsletter really informative when it comes to discussions about fabric and  like their sales as well.  Sign up for a newsletter and you also will be bitten.  In any event, she came to The Festival of Quilts last week and here is what she said about modern quilting!

“Tonight I am at a hotel near the Birmingham UK airport, and when you read this I’ll be flying home after my week as a sponsor and speaker at the Festival of Quilts. I am thinking about trends in quilting – UK/Europe compared to the US.

When I speak to quilters here, most of them really don’t understand the Modern Quilt movement yet. The few that have seen the modern quilts – mostly in magazines – are interested but not clear what it’s all about. In the exhibit there were lots of traditional quilts, lots of embellished quilts, and several with 3-dimensional elements or painterly treatments pointing toward more of a fine arts perspective.

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In the image above I’ve created a collage, with Susan Atkinson’s graphic “After Wright” quilt (from the Festival of Quilts) which is obviously inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, with several modern geometric fabrics that we have in stock right now. In case you have a hard time distinguishing the difference – her quilt detail photo is in the lower right hand corner of the collage above.

Although I did not see a clear quilt design trend emerging from this show, I did get a sense that it was a boiling pot of energy, looking for a new direction. Maybe a European version of modern quilting will emerge. Perhaps the painterly/abstract/geometric contemporary fiber arts will develop more and emerge as more of a mainstream quilt trend. There was a lot of interest in Luke Haynes giant portrait quilts, and Lea McComas’ threadpainting techniques. Whatever happens, I would say that it is a very pregnant time for the creative quilters of the UK and European quilt scene! I can’t wait to see what happens next! (Photos coming in the next week.) ”

But I would like to know what she thinks Modern Quilting is – her link sends us to geometrically designed fabrics, not to quilts but they are asmall part of what Modern Quilting is.

Below is what the Modern Quilt Guild, U.S. says they are:

“We define modern quilts as quilts that are functional, include bold colors, and are inspired by modern design. Minimalism, asymmetry expansive negative space, and alternate grid work are often a part of modern quilt compositions, as are improvisational piecing and solid fabrics.”

But I really think they are more than that!

Here is a quote from Angela Pingel who went through a similar questioning about Modern Quilting two years ago (I’m a slow learner):

Modern quilting is a new twist on the traditional art of quilting. This may mean something as simple as using a traditional quilt block and updating it in a fresh, fun new way. That includes using modern fabrics, modifying the block arrangement or even the scale of the block. The piecing could be improvisational and wonky, or it could be very exact and measured, following a pattern or creating your won. The quilting could be traditional stippling, clean straight lines, or a very “free” have fun and quilt-as-you-go style. Fabrics could be upcycled vintage sheets, custom digital printed fabric, a yummy selection from one of the new modern fabric designers, or an old fabric from an ever growing stash.

Modern quilting is sometimes difficult to define because in many ways the definition is as individual as the quilter – changing from quilter to quilter. In addition to reflecting the individual personality and personal style of the quilter, it also reflects the current aesthetic of the day. 

Modern quilting is also about the attitude and the approach that modern quilters take. It respects the amazing artistry and talent of the tradition of quilting, while allowing the quilter to challenge the “rules”. In fact, if there were one rule in modern quilting, it would be that there are no rules.

The concept of modern quilting is not meant to divide or segregate. It is meant to welcome new quilters, of all ages, to the world of quilting in a style that they can relate to. In many ways, modern quilting takes us back to the basics of the early quilters, when women of the day used the colors and styles of their time to express themselves creatively”

So I can feel comfortable about the above but it is Not the official definition – it is an old definition from 2011.  So where do we go from here?  Your turn:

 

 

So many things going on in my head!

Do you have that problem – I really do have a butterfly mind – I sit down at the computer – to check emails, or surf for something specific and something catches my eye and away I go.  Tutorials, bags, lessons – I belong to several sites which require payment – The Quilt Show and QNTTV or something like that.  I love watching and learning AND stretching myself and my knowledge. I keep learning new things AND keep buying things as well.  My friend from the U.S brought me so many goodies that I had bought and sent to her to bring over here.  – oh such a wonderful mixture of everything!! The best – a bag of 1 pound of hand dyed scraps from Ricky Timms and the fabrics are so beautiful – a total of 3 yards of fabric strips – minimum 4.5″ x WOF.  Any suggestions as to what I could make with it?  I will come up with something.

It has been a while since I wrote and really life has been hectic.  I have been trying to decide if I am a Modern Quilter or a Traditional Quilter.  Between my teaching and my quilting – I really love spreading the word about the joys of quilting.  Therapeutic is the word for quilting.  Recently read on Missouri Star of a woman who was born with a serious birth defect which required her to spend 2 months in hospital every year for her whole life, which was predicted to be early 20s.  She learned to sew as a teenager and started around 17 to sew while she was in hospital.  Well she has been making quilts ever since – particularly in the hospital – the sewing distracts from the pain she suffers – but she is now 62 – what a star – and she blames the quilting and the joy of both distracting but also so much happiness in what she is doing.

Back to my subject —

  • Well I prefer quilts which are NOT regimented into the same block in the same colours across the entire  quilt.
  • I prefer patterned fabrics – traditional or modern or reproduction or whatever – all fabrics attract me –
  • I think I prefer blenders which have been printed in a tone on tone way to solid colours – but also
  • I see the virtue in the dullness of solid colours to liven up the other fabrics in a print.
  • I have the feeling that modern quilting seems to choose the easy patterns BUT
  • I really enjoy some of the short cuts to make life easier – and different – well you know – nine patch to disappearing nine-patch and so on.
  • Other than matching point detail and my strict quarter-inch seam, I tend to do my own thing but still follow either a pattern or an idea. – Is that modern or me?

Over to you –

Ann

New classes for spring – let’s make a quilt!

Spring quilt classes – bookings now open!

2015 Southdown’s Quilter Workshops
Patchwork/Quilting Classes

 

Beginner Patchwork & Quilting class*

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Fridays, 8th/ 15th/ 22nd May; 5th/ 12th/19th June; 3rd/ 17th July. 8 x 3 hour sessions 9.30 – 12.30 pm £140

In this class you learn the relevant and necessary skills for you to begin your journey into quilt making.  Check out the course description to the right.
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Skill Builder Courses

meeting the last Friday of every month except August – finishing 30th October 2015.

A challenging group of classes covering a technique each month. Each block challenges you. – £25 per class. 3 classes for £70. Intermediate level

27th Mar – Bargello                               24th April – Lone Star
29th May – Sashiko                                26th June – New York Beauty
31st July – Friendship Bouquet            25th Sept – Applique

30th Oct – Butterfly box

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One day classes!
Monday, 11th May 2015  – Getting to know your sewing machine.
1 – 5 pm – £30
Tuesday, 5th May – Fusible applique: make a wall hanging 1 – 5 pm. £30
Saturday, 16th May– Make a quilt in a day!* –using pre-cut fabric! You supply the fabric. (advice given)9.30–4.30pm £40
Wednesday, 3rd June – Storrington Quilters’ Bag Day* – choose one of our patterns and your fabrics, make a bag in a day! – 9.30 – 4 pm. £15 for visitors who are welcome.- places limited!
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Venue: All courses are delivered at The Old School, School Lane, Storrington RH20 4LL.
Tutor: Ann Till, 01903 745625; Email: anntill2@tiscali.co.uk.
Blog: http://www.southdownsquilter.wordpress.com for detailed information about the courses.
All courses require sewing machines.
*Suitable for beginners to quilting.
Date for September classes will be announced shortly. Interested?, please let me know.

Sorted – Intermediate Quilting Class 2015

Well I really have to get better at WordPress – but it takes so much time to make a page – I know, if I were better, gosh, I could do a class – I would be faster at page making.  So I haven’t cracked how to text wrap around photos – or for that matter how to make a gallery, yet, because that would be really useful when it comes to my classes:  just open a gallery and put their work in- how super would that be?

So today I have re-written the Intermediate class description – yet again and this time I managed to get photos of all nine blocks they make in the class downloaded – but text wrap – no;  gallery – no; same size – no – but at least they are there and look almost decent – don’t you think?    So check out the description of the Intermediate quilt under my workshops and tell me what you think!  Here is the best photo of four of the blocks:

Four Intermediate blocks

Four Intermediate blocks

These are the Bouquet block, Lone star block, my applique block(unfinished as yet) and the New York Beauty block.  I love my fabrics – Australian (and by the way, it is an Australian turtle as well);  They are all 12 1/2″ blocks and we will be assembling the quilt after the October class.  I think I will keep to the same techniques/blocks  – strip piecing; foundation piecing; inset seams; applique; stars and circles, etc. unless at the end, the present students recommend otherwise!    Each one of the class, is using such fun fabrics and taking advantage of them as well.

Busy week – madly trying to finish my Becolourful quilt by Jacqueline De Jonge,How To Make A Becolourful Quilt and it is coming along but not fast enough.

I have also been getting ready for two classes – Beyond Beginners and particularly the Beginner class that started on Tuesday – they have so much to learn in that first session, it is amazing they can stay the 3 hour pace.  In Storrington Quilters we are making a Winter quilt with penguin appliques – and real penguin appligues, not childish ones – there are 17 different kinds of penguins, and we hope to include them all.

I am off to Cyprus for a week for sun, swimming, reading and relaxation. I will need it since the week I get back is just as busy.

Happy quilting

Ann