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.

 

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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!

 

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.

susanafterwright

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