February newsletter

New courses/classes in Billingshurst

Hi folks – My classes in Billingshurst are really going well.  We have had 2 Make a Quilt in a Day classes as well a Beginner patchwork and quilting and are half-way through a 2nd level Beginner class which will simply put the icing on the cake for those who have sequed from the Beginner class into the Level II class.

The classes are held at CC’s Emporium at 10 Jengers Mead, Billingshurst and have worked out really well.  The classes are small which means everyone gets a really good grounding and attention for patchwork and quilting.  I am really excited about this opportunity and those of you living there in that neck of the woods will find it easier to get to them.

What is coming up next –

An evening Beginner patchwork and Quilting class.

Starting Monday evening,  8th April at CCs Emporium from 6.30 pm – 9 pm for 9 sessions – 8/4, 29/4; 13/5, 20/5; 3/6, 17/6; 1/7. 15/7, and 29/7. 

This class will start you off on your patchwork journey by making blocks which are increasingly more challenging while you are learning the basic techniques to make you a patchworker.  Over the nine  2 1/2 hour sessions you will make six patchwork blocks for you to make a samplar quilt.  We will be working on traditional styles as well as  modern patchwork.  Emphasis is always on accuracy, cutting and measuring carefully and sewing with care as well.

  • Tutor: Ann Till,
  • Venue: 10 Jengers Mead, Billingshurst RH14 9PB, 01403 785724
  • Cost: £200

Make a Quilt in a Day – 30th April – 11 am – 5 pm using pre-cut fabrics – Jelly Roll or charm pack.

 This workshop really produces results. With a Jelly Roll, you have 1600 feet of fabric to sew! Fun and fast – the charm pack quilts gives you a sort of I Spy type of quilt.  Fun for all and if you haven’t made a quilt before – you get the idea of how it all works – fun!  You choose your fabrics and I am happy to advise where to buy. You bring your sewing machine, sewing kit and in 6 hours you will have the core of your quilt.

  • Tutor: Ann Till,
  • Venue: 10 Jengers Mead, Billingshurst RH14 9PB,
  • Cost: £55

Putting your quilt together   Bring your quilt top, wadding and backing and let’s help you to have your quilt sandwiched and either ready to quilt, or even started to be quilted!  A fun and rewarding class for those of you with those spare quilt tops that you have made but really couldn’t face putting into a sandwich.  I will show you how to do it so that you can do it with confidence for your future quilts.  You will need your sewing machine, a walking foot for it, sewing kit and some other things that I tell you about, when you book your class.

  • Tutor: Ann Till,
  • Venue: 10 Jengers Mead, Billingshurst RH14 9PB Tel  01403 785724
  • Cost: £55

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New Year classes coming up


Level II Beginner starting 25th January 2019

Nine sessions starting 25th/01; 8th/02; 22nd/02; 8th/03; 22nd/03; 5th/04; 19th/04; 3rd/05; 17th/05

10.30 – 1.30 pm

This is a course that takes students to a more secure level in piecing and techniques which include log cabin, foundation piecing, fusible applique, reverse applique and internal connective borders patchwork and quilting. You will be making a quilt similar to the one to the right.  The fabric you 88chose will determine what your quilt will look like.

 

The target audience for this course is for people who wish to broaden their knowledge of different blocks commonly used for quilts and needing more knowledge of techniques in piecing and applique.  Both beginners who are comfortable with a sewing machine as well as those who just wish to improve their skills and know more about quilting are the target group of learners.  Total beginners are also welcome but they would require a 2 hour introduction session – to learn terminology, cutting fabric and ensuring good piecing sewing skills. The ‘Sewing Machine Essentials course’ is also strongly recommended if you are not comfortable with your sewing machine.

COST:     £230      

Deposit of £30 to confirm your place please – balance 2 weeks prior to class beginning. – spaces available

Venue: CCs Emporium, 10 Jengers Mead, Billingshurst RH14 9PB. 01403 785724

Teacher: Ann Till

Course Schedule

Across the weeks you will learn the following:

  1. Starting where we left off! Looking at last term’s quilt:  Introduction to course – discussion of quilting knowledge. Planning which fabric goes where!  Theme for your quilt and introduction of first block
  2. Introduction of Log Cabin block and its variations and different ways of making them. Making the extra borders for each block!
  3. Introduction to foundation piecing – simple block – foundation pieced
    1. foundation pieced log cabin
    2. More foundation piecing –crazy block
  4. Introduction to appliqué – fusible appliqué block – machine sewn – stitches, Introduction to the importance of stabilisers. Adjusting length and width of sewing machine to ensure smooth running satin stitch; rules for machining satin stitch/blanket stitch.
  5. Reverse appliqué, shadow applique and/or Using Charlottes Fusible Thread
  6. Sewing curves and set in piecing. Drunkard’s path block and other curved blocks.
  7. Putting your quilt together with your borders and extra bits
  8. Making your sandwich
  9. A 3 hour session devoted to quilting with your walking foot –-
    For more information, contact: CCs Emporium, 10 Jengers Mead, Billingshurst RH14 9PB. 01403 785724

or me anntill64@gmail.com or 01903 745625



 

9th February 2019 Make a Quilt in a Day!

 

 

New spring workshop/class dates

Course

Beginner patchwork and quilting.  9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Mar 23rd; April 13th, 20th, 27th; May 4th plus 3 more dates

Eight fast and fun classes which introduce you to the basics of patchwork and quilting.

 


Day classes

17th March – Sewing machine essentials* – 9.30 – 1.30 pm

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New machine or do you just want to know more about your machine that you

need to get up and running with your sewing machine? This class will get you  there in its 4 hours – promise!  £30

 

 


14th April – Make a quilt in a day*  9.30 am – 4 pm

Yes folks – that’s right – take a pre-cut jelly roll or charm pack and sew together a quilt top in a day!  It is possible, honest!  £50

 

 


12th May – Kaleidescope – one block wonder! 9.30 am – – 5 pm

Make a whole quilt from one fabric – every block is different.  Such a joy to make! Experienced patchworkers only! £60


14th July – Let’s put your quilt together* 9.30 am – 1.30 pm

Have you managed to get your quilt top made, but don’t know what to do next?  Let me take you through the steps and help you put your quilt together with wadding and backing and how to bind in the end.£30


* Great for beginners to patchwork.


Winter 2018 Courses

Winter 2018 Courses from the

South Downs Quilter

(Click the title to be taken to the course description.)

Level 1 Beginner patchwork and quilting course*

January 22nd, 29th; Feb 5th, 19th, 26th; Mar 5th, 19th, 26th.       8 sessions

9.30 – 12.30 pm

Eight fast and fun classes which introduce the basics of patchwork and quilting.              £150 

 

 


Level 2 beginner patchwork and quilting course**

January 16th, 30th; February 6th, 27th; March 13th, 27th; and

April 10th, 24th; May 8th  9.15 am – 12.15 pm

Once you finish the nine sessions you will be a confident and competent patchworker.

** last session focuses on quilting with your walking foot!  £150

 

 


Intermediate patchwork and quilting course

3rd Saturday of every month starting  Jan. 19; Feb 16th; March 16th; April 20th; May 18th; June 15th; July 20th September 21st; October 19th;; November 16th

9.30 am – 1.30 pm                                                                  £200

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


Day classes

13th January – Sewing Machine Essentials*  Image result for sewing machine pictures

New machine? Just need to know more about the running of your sewing machine? (tension, needles, stitches, bobbins, etc.)

This class will get you there in its 4 hours – promise!

9.30 – 1.30 pm                                                                                              £25


10th February – Putting a quilt sandwich together*

Have you made a quilt but haven’t put it together yet? – let’s put it together – bring the top with wadding and backing and get it ready to quilt.  Ideas for how to quilt as well  9.30 am – 1.30 pm           £25

 


17th March Make a Quilt in a day

Yes folks – that’s right – take a pre-cut jelly roll or charm pack and put together a quilt top in a day! It is possible, honest!   9.30 am – 4 pm                                                                                                                        £50


14th & 21st April – Kaleidoscope quilt – one block wonder

Make a whole quilt from one fabric – every block is different, 2 sessions. Such a joy to make!  9.30 am – 1.30 pm   £50

 


All classes have a link to their descriptions.  Enquiries can be made to Ann Till – anntill64@gmail.com or by phone 01903 745625.  The venue is The Old School, School Lane, Storrington  RH20 4LL.

 

2017 Autumn and 2018 Winter Courses

New classes are coming up to take you to the level you want for your quilting and sewing.

Make a Quilt in a day!* 

9th September 2017  Yes folks – that’s right – take a pre-cut jelly roll or charm pack and put together a quilt top in a day!    It is possible – honest!

9.30 – 4pm   £40

 

 

Beginner patchwork and quilting courses

Saturday class

30th Sept, 7th, 21st Oct, 4th,  25th Nov. 2nd Dec. 6th, 20th January  9.30 – 12.30.

Eight fun and fast classes which introduce the basic of patchwork and quilting. £140

While you make a simple sampler quilt, you will learn the core skills 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.


Day Beginner patchwork and quilting class –

22nd January 2018 – Starting Monday mornings -22nd, 29th  Jan. 2018; 5th, 12th, 26th Feb, 5th, 12th, 26th March – 8 sessions – 9.30 – 12.30 pm

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


Level II Beginner patchwork and quilter

bb-finished-quilt

 18th /25th Sept; 9th, 16th, 23rd Oct; 6th, 27th Nov; 6th Dec; 15th Jan** 9.30 – 12.30 pm

Cost: £150

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.


Intermediate patchwork and quilting course

2nd Tuesday of  each month! -10 sessions 10th Oct; 7th Nov*; 12th Dec; 16th Jan; 13th Feb; 13th Mar; 10th April; 8th May; 12th June; 10th July. – 9.30 am – 1.30 pm.  £200

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

 


Learn to applique

and make a Christmas wall hanging

4th November – 9.30 am – 4.00 pm £40.  A class to introduce fusible applique to you and how to sew it on the backing.  Then you make a wall hanging

 

 

 

 


Make a Quilt in a day!

30th September 2017 Yes folks – that’s right – take a pre-cut jelly roll or charm pack and put together a quilt top in a day!    It is possible – honest!

9.30 – 4pm   £40

 

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.

Sewing machine essentials

24th June – – 10 am – 2 pm

Cost: £30

Get the best out of your sewing machine!  This class takes you through the basic core knowledge 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!

Time out for a long break –

14th May 2017

Sorry for this long break from entering a new post.  In January I was told that it was time to have my aortic valve replaced and it would be soon – my valve had been deteriorating over 10 years and I had always known I would need this operation.  My heart was still in excellent shape and my consultant wanted the op to happen before my heart became affected by the faulty valve.  So all thoughts of delivering new classes or  doing some quilting or other crafts were put on hold and I awaited an appointment date.  This date finally arrived to attend the Royal Brompton Hospital on the 22nd February where I would have a series of tests and speak with the consultant, Mr Moat.

So following that day I soon received the date for my operation – April 6th.  What was clear was that I would have a surgical aortic valve replacement.  I was told  that I would be in hospital for 10 days and that it would take my body 3-4 months to return to normal.

Well it has all happened but the great news that for some reason, my body has been outstanding at repairing itself and that I am as well, nay even better than expected, 5 + weeks on.  I was let out of the hospital 4 days early, my wound has healed very well, I respond well to drugs and exercising and long may it continue – I don’t know why – but am just pleased with myself that it has all worked out that way.

This means that I can now plan new classes -as I also have had inquiries for classes as well so have started to put them in the diary for you to join them!

Sewing Machine Essentials – 24th June – 10 am – 2 pm

Beginner Evening Class – 3rd, 10th, 17th,  31st July; 7th, 14th, 21st August; 4th, 11th, 18th September  – 7 pm – 9.30 pm

Level II Beginner  –

21st*; 28th Aug; 9th, 16th, 23rd Oct; 6th, 27th Nov; 6th Dec; 15th Jan

9.30 – 12.30 pm) No dates in September

 

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

 

jelly roll quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!