Freehand Halo Applique

Jo Avery

Free yourself from tiresome patterns and accuracy with this relaxed approach to needle-turn applique. We will be freehand cutting circles and rings and then stitching them to a background using a simple turned edge applique technique. Mix and match fabrics from nine mini blocks to make an 18” cushion cover. Jo will show you how to use hand quilting and embroidery embellishments to add more texture to your cushion. Alternatively you can make just one block and finish it as a cute coaster.

Fold Over Pouch

Karen Lewis

This is a great little pouch that you can make using anything from a favourite piece of fabric to precious blocks that you have saved for something special. We are going to make ours this weekend by piecing a feature row of eight Flying Geese made using the four-at-a-time method. The pouch itself is a useful size for keeping supplies together, an EPP project whilst on the move or even as a pouch for pens or make up. It’s so versatile! The ribbon tie lets you alter the size too, folding less over to make room for more.

HST Pincushion

Lynne Goldsworthy

In this class we will make sixteen 1" finished half square triangle units (HSTs) using the paper method where you sew through paper templates to create the HSTs in batches of eight.  You can have fun creating a design with these HSTs for the top of your pincushion - there are so many different block designs you can make using sixteen HSTs.  We will make the back of the pincushion in two pieces so that the hand sewn closing is hidden underneath and fill with your choice of contents.

3D Felt Flower Corsage

Jo Avery

Using wool felt and embroidery thread Jo will show you how to make these sculptural felt flowers and leaves and turn them into a beautiful corsage.  Learn a number of different embroidery stitches such as blanket stitch and colonial knots and how to stitch tiny felt circles with star stitches for extra cute details. Wear your corsage as an impressive brooch or to cheer up a handbag. Stitch to an embroidery hoop for a 3D felt picture or use them to make a mobile for a child’s room. They also make fabulous name badges!

Pimp Your Denim Jacket

Karen Lewis

Ever wanted to add some pzazz to your everyday denim jacket? In this workshop we will do just that! We will look at making a Courthouse Steps block and how to attach it to the back of your jacket. If you prefer to use a favourite orphan block then that works equally well too. We will look at all types of different blocks from pieced to EPP that will look fantastic on the back of your jacket. I will also be showing you how to use bias binding as a repair to fraying cuffs or simply to add additional decoration.

Union Jack Mug Rug

Lynne Goldsworthy

Over here in the UK, it's the year of the coronation and union jacks will be on bunting, t-shirts, mugs and everything else you can think of.  Whether or not you're interested in the British royal family, the union jack is an iconic design that is used across all sorts of items including cushions, handbags, beach towels and more.  Quilting fabrics with small scale prints are ideal to create this mini flags - play around with the colours and the prints for fun designs.  These mug rugs make a great little gift for friends of family.

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