Workshops and a bit of trumpet blowing

I’m just getting back to running in-person patchwork workshops.

Most recently I taught a class of four the process of patchwork Bargello. I won’t lie, driving to the the workshop with a car load of equipment and samples, my stomach butterflies were all aflutter! Once I’d caught the enthusiastic vibes from the class participants I was able to settle and think beyond my flutterers. I mean, what’s not to enjoy about a day spent learning/teaching and sewing in like-minded company? 🙂  I find so much satisfaction seeing individuals gaining confidence and skills through the day and knowing they’ll be able to carry those forward into future patchwork-quilting projects. And if I don’t know the answers to all the questions then participants are happy to share their knowledge and experience to help each other along!

I asked for feedback (I want to improve!) and here’s what I received in answer to questions about the content of my workshop:

Achieved my quilt front, and I’m very happy with how it looks. Instructions easy to understand. Presentation excellent. Good pace. Shattered and happy!

Very good instructions and printed pattern. The right amount of work for the 6 hour session.

Enjoyed it all. Excellent. All expectations and more achieved.


I’m so encouraged!

Now on to the next challenge. I’ll be teaching in the same venue on Saturday 30th July. This time I’m using my I-Spy Shadow Quilt pattern to teach quick piecing techniques. The aim is to complete the quilt top in a day. The class fee includes a pack of 42 novelty fabrics and a copy of the pattern with bonus instructions for making a smaller quilt. Contact me at for details and booking information.

Incidentally the novelty fabric packs are available to UK customers via my Etsy and Folksy shops and the I-Spy Shadow Quilt is available to purchase and download worldwide from 🙂

Feedback left by purchasers of my patterns and fabric packs:

Great selection of different fun prints! Using for an I-Spy quilt and there’ll be plenty to spot 🙂

This was my first EVER quilt, and I understood everything clearly. I don’t even know how to read a patter and just sew “creatively.” I did learn that I need to be more careful when cutting my fabric because being off 1/8” can go wrong! Thanks for this wonderful pattern!

Great! Just what I wanted. Lots of different prints. Will definitely use again. Packaged well.

In the Autumn I’m returning to Purple Stitches to teach the Patchwork Beginners Course. Over three Saturday mornings (1st, 15th & 29th October) I’ll teach rotary cutting, patchwork piecing and quilting techniques to complete a lap size quilt. To find out more about the Course and to book go to

Feedback given by participants of the Patchwork Beginners Course:

The guides to cutting fabric, sewing accurately were brill.

Good demonstrations and plenty of time to practise…

I am impressed to have made a quilt in the time. Excellent instructions and presentation.

I really appreciated all the calm encouragement and quiet correction!

I’m also mulling over requests for skill-building workshops – 60º triangles, foundation paper piecing, curved piecing…. Watch this space!

Well! That was all a bit awkward for an introvert like me BUT I really do enjoy teaching patchwork so I have to put myself ‘out there’ don’t I? Hope to meet you in-person some day soon 🙂



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