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!* 

16th 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, 11th, 25th Nov. 2nd, 9th Dec.  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

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 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!

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!

 

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.

New Beginners’ Patchwork and Quilting Course starting soon

A New Beginner’s Patchwork and Quilting  Course

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Starting:

Monday, 24th February 2014

9.30 – 12.30 pm

The Old School, School Lane

Storrington RH20 4LL

See the course descriptions under Workshop heading.  You will learn the terminology and the techniques that you need to know, to start on the road to quilting.  At the end of the course, you will be comfortable with cutting fabrics, piecing them together into blocks by using your sewing machine in class.

You will make a Sampler quilt and learn how to put a quilt together.  8 sessions of 3 hours on alternate Monday mornings.

Contact me on anntill2@tiscali.co.uk for further information.

What’s the difference? Traditional, modern and contemporary quilting

cissy's quilt

So what’s the difference and is there a difference?  There certainly is a trend towards Modern Quilting and possibly away from traditional quilting.   I understand there has been a marked reduction of traditional quilts of entries to both the Festival of Quilts and National Quilt Championships and certainly at Ardingly last month most of the quilts were either arty or modern with a few traditional from Sandy Lush .

Why is that?  Today – a traditional quilt tends to be a series of same blocks or a couuple of blocks, which work together, made with same or different fabrics which together make a quilt.  The blocks are quite often standard blocks and occasionally is often a series of repetitive tasks to make it with the key to being a very wonderful quilt is the workmanship in making it AND the quilting – be it hand or machine – is outstanding.

So what is Modern Quilting?

Really difficult to answer.  Over the last few years, manufacturers and designers are creating fabrics that are modern and inspiring by being very different from traditional fabric patterns.  Such designers as Kaffe Fassett,  Amy Butler, David Butler and  Aneela Hoey have brought fabrics into the 21st century and about time to.

Here is what the Modern Quilt Guild says:

“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. . . .The growth of the movement was facilitated by four factors: the cultural shift of quality design being recognized by the general public, affordable digital cameras, the changing fabric industry and the rise of social media.”

What I do know, is that some modern quilts are inspiring as are some traditional quilts are.  I personally do not like to use solid colour fabrics, only when I make a modern quilt while I believe the solids have a very important roll to play in all quilts.  Above is the quilt I made for my granddaughter – which gave me great joy to make.  It is called a Wonky Circle of Stars

Contemporary Quilting

Comtemporary quilts tend to be Art Quilts, I believe and often contain other media besides fabric (Lutrador and other fabric like items).  I believe they are made for show or for sale and why not!  Most good quilters traditional or otherwise, would like to sell their work and make a decent amount, given the amount of time it takes to make any quilt.

Would love to hear any ideas and comments are welcome!  Hope to hear from you!