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£30.00.00 per individual session
£75.00 for 3 sessions in a block

Dates 2018
Block 1: Jan 13, Feb 10 & March 17 
Block 2: April 7, May 12 & June 9
Block 3: July 7 & Sept 8 (Block of 2 £50.00)
Block 4: Oct 20, Nov 24 & Dec 8 

Please note there will be no Sampler classes in February. However these is an additional date for anyone that may have missed a  session and want to catch up Click Here to view and book this class

Suitable for all abilities

Saturday Sampler Quilt
Students work on a variety of different blocks every month, exploring different techniques, including applique, complex piecing, curved seams, foundation piecing, etc.
Choose either:
Farmers Wife Quilt which is good for beginners or Quilters who want to brush up on their techniques. 
Urban Quilt, Starlight Quilt or the NEW Birdie Quilt. These quilts are for the more confident quilter or those that have finished the Farmers Wife Quilt!

Tutor – Gilli Theokritoff
Gilli is an experienced quilter and teacher and has won awards for her contemporary quilts. She is keen to encourage new quilters with her lively and engaging classes. Gilli teaches around the country and occasionally exhibits her work. 

General Course Requirements for all sampler quilts:
You will be provided with a Husqvarna Viking sewing machine to use during the class.
Please note we cannot guarantee specific models.

Basic Sewing equipment to include:
Rotary cutter
Quilting Ruler
Cutting mat
We do have a small amount amount of mats to for you to use but bringing your own may save you waiting. 
Fabric Marker
Please be ware you may need other supplies as your quilt progress’s 
Husqvarna green bobbin – these can be purchased individually in the shop.

Husqvarna Owners:
Green Bobbin
1/4” piecing Foot 
Open Toe Appliqué Foot
You may also need later the following:
Walking foot
Or spring free motion foot

All the above requirements plus fabrics can be purchased from Coles Sewing Centre.
Once you have booked onto the class you will get a 10% discount in the shop!

New! Row by Row

This quilt is a Quilt-As-You-Go design, with a mixture of pieced and applique blocks which will be pieced and quilted in strips before sewing together.

The quilt is 48”wide by approximately 60”long, but can be made longer by adding rows, or wider by adding blocks. The 48” width allows blocks of 3”, 4”, 6”, 8” to be easily added width-wise and small adjustments can be made for other sized blocks. You will need more basic background fabrics if altering the finished size.

If you don’t like my blocks, or want further ideas, look at the ‘Moda All-Stars All-in-a-Row’ book by Martingale Press (easily available on Amazon, etc.) I have used the size and some of the filler blocks from this book.

Fabric Requirements:

Fabric quantities vary depending on how many colours are used, but I suggest you start with:

1 metre of main background fabric

8 Fat Quarters of co-ordinating background fabrics

I used neutral whites, greys and cream, but it could look very dramatic in other colourways.

You will also need:

1mt Bondaweb

Stitch and Tear stabiliser

Wadding  90”wide - 2mt

Threads – neutral colours for piecing and colours for applique

Backing fabric

2mt if using at least 50” wide fabric

Please note if using 45” wide fabric you will need more.

The back can be made up with a variety of different fabrics on the back, joined by sashing.

If you want some suggestions of good colour combinations I always look at https://www.design-seeds.com for inspiration. Either that or find a focus fabric that has colours you like that will work with the background colour, and choose other colours to match those in the focus fabric. Fat quarters should be fine. Some should be plain-ish, i.e. Moda Grunge, or similar textured plains. Some can be patterned, but not too boldly, and you may wish to incorporate some fussy-cut fabrics as you go.

I started with a selection of Grunge fabrics is softly greyed brights – coral, yellows, greens, teal and few darker ones such as berry and deep grey. I then looked for the same colours in patterned fabrics and collected these to use with the Grunge. I am happy to help suggest colours and variations.

We will start by making a few strips of filler rows. These are the very useful narrow strips, which can be mixed colour or single, and will act as breaks between the bigger blocks and appliques. Thus you can start with a limited amount of fabrics and add as you go along.

You will need the wadding and backing at the same time as making the blocks, so you should purchase these early on. It is best to use a patterned backing fabric, so that you won’t see the applique stitching through, and you can have a mixture of fabrics if you like. You will also need a sashing fabric. On the front this will be some of the 1 metre background fabric, but you can go wild on the back if you like, or use the same patterned fabric as the backing. You can decide the sashing fabric later as we will not be using it until all the blocks are completed.

This quilt does not have a border, but you will require binding – however, it is best to wait to choose this until you see the finished quilt.

This quilt will be fun to do, and has lots of scope for personalising. If you want to have a particular theme to your blocks, we can work this out too…

Birdie Quilt 
This quilt is made using a method called Quilt-as-you-Go. We will be making each block up individually and quilting it before assembling using a special method of sashing to join the quilt together.
To begin with there are only six blocks, but it will take most people more than one session to complete each block, as we will be making up and piecing backgrounds, quilting and appliqueing our birds. More blocks may be added later.
If you wish to make up the quilt but use an alternative to birds, please look online at clip art, children’s books, stencils and applique motifs and size them up accordingly. Our blocks are 11½”, so make the image at least 8-9” to fill the space properly.

Birdie Quilt Requirements:
For the background fabrics you will need:
•    An assortment of suitable fabrics – at least 6 – 8 different shades and blends in mixed prints and textures. 
•    Fat quarters, scraps and yardage are all suitable but make sure they don’t distract from the foreground birds.
•    You may want lush foliage backgrounds, or blue skies, interpret things how you want but remember the overall quilt and how it will look.
For the foreground birds you will need:
•    Lots of scraps of bird colours – blacks, greys, browns, pinks, yellows, blues and whites – if you are going for accurate colours. Or maybe you prefer fantasy birds?
•    The current list of birds to be made include:
•    Blackbird
•    Blue Tit
•    Chaffinch
•    Sparrow
•    Magpie… + one TBA
Wadding:  15” squares for each block, either 80/20 Cotton or low-loft polyester
Backing fabric: 15” squares. Why not have fun and make each one different? They will be separated by sashing when completed and will look exciting and fun…

Starlight Quilt
This sampler quilt features lots of techniques to challenge and learn. We will deal with triangles in all their forms - foundation piecing, templates, rotary cutting, free form and applique. There will be complex techniques for those who have been through other sampler quilts, and variations for beginners, so this quilt is ideal for everyone!
This sampler quilt is available to do alongside the others on offer – Farmers Wife, Urban Folk and the Baltimore Basket, so you have lots of choice.

Starlight Requirements:
As with the other sampler quilts I encourage you to start with a rough colour scheme and a few fabrics, to which you can add and explore. I will be there to guide you and help you get your colour and fabric choices right, so don’t worry. 
•    You will need 2½ - 3 metres of background fabric and a selection of star fabrics. I have used a whole load of       different fabrics, but you can narrow this down to just a group of similar colours – e.g. creams, gold and beige,      but it is best to have a variety of values (light to dark) and a mix of plain and patterned fabric. If in doubt,            bring in what you are considering and we can discuss them and build on your choices.
•    During the sessions you will occasionally need Stitch’n’Tear, Bondaweb and card, freezer paper or template        plastic.
•    Rotary cutter and rulers – preferably one long ruler and one square. I can advise you in class if you need to          discuss your choices
•    Sewing thread, usual sewing kit, scissors and pins.
Urban Folk Sampler Quilt 
Working on several blocks in each class we will explore an improve your cutting, piecing and appliqué skills, adding some photo transfer, Trapunto, stained glass and foundation piecing as we go. Soon you will be more accurate, more accomplished and with a fabulous quilt to prove it. This quilt is full of fun techniques!

Folk Quilt Requirements:
The first sections you will tackle are the COFFEE POT, LOVE and HOME. 
Gilli can provide alternatives dog breeds and shoes if preferred, with enough notice.

•    A selection of fat quarters or half metres of a range of colours and mixed prints and textured plains. 
•    Gilli started with a basic group of colours drawn from traditional Amish quilts: 
Aubergine, Mid grey, Fuchsia, Apple green, Yellow ochre, Teal blue, Beige, plus a modern floral fabric which had all of these colours in it. She then collected variations on these colours – a lighter grey, a deeper maroon, lime green, magenta, orange, turquoise, etc. 
Any combinations will work, but keep any strong patterns to a minimum in this quilt, to show off the shapes and applique stitching 
•    Threads – rayon’s, plain cottons, etc. in a variety of colours to match and contrast. Standard weights, 40 – 50. 
•    Thread for piecing, to blend with the colour scheme, mid-grey or taupe work well. 50 – 60wt. 
•    Stitch’n’Tear 
•    Bondaweb
•    Eventually you will need wadding, border and backing materials. These measurements will be provided in class

Farmers Wife Quilt
Make a fabulous Farmers Wife quilt in simple steps, learning lots of techniques along the way. Working on several blocks in each class we will explore and improve your cutting and piecing, and adding in some appliqué, Trapunto, stained glass and foundation piecing as we go. Soon you will be more accurate, more accomplished and with a beautiful quilt to prove it!

Farmer’s Quilt Requirments:
•    4 – 5 (minimum) fat quarters or fat eighths in a selection of colours and values (light to dark). We will add to these over the next few months, but this will get you started.
•    Sewing thread – ideally 60wt, such as YLI Soft Touch or Mettler Fine Embroidery Cotton in a neutral colour to suit your chosen fabrics.
•    1.6 metres of sashing and setting triangles (in my sample these are white)
•    70cm of border fabric (in my sample, the pink floral)
•    25cm (skinny quarter) of cornerstones (little squares between the sashing – in my sample these are green) 
•    50cm of fabric for binding the edges (in my sample, the turquoise spots)
•    Backing fabric – ideally get extra wide fabric, 1.6 metres.

Baltimore & Blocks Bucket Bag
For 2014-5 we shall be exploring new techniques, appliqué and pieced blocks to make this 
delightful bag, fully lined, with interior pockets. 
Although the scale will be smaller than previous Block of the Month quilts, there will be plenty of interesting challenges to suit beginners and the more experienced! 

Basket Requirements:
To complete the bucket bag you will need: 
60cm of fabric for lining 
50cm equivalent for background fabrics – can be an assortment of several light coloured cottons or two fat quarters 
The wave pattern around the top is best cut from a single strip – therefore ideally a minimum of 10cm of background fabric and contrast. 
Lots of scraps of fabric, felt, ric-rac, assorted buttons in different sizes and colours, beads and hand-stitching threads. Colours can be random or chosen from a preferred colour scheme. 
Usual sewing kit to include scissors pins etc
Usual cutting equipment – rotary cutter and rulers (there are a limited amount of mats to borrow during the class)
Variety of threads to suit and contrast with fabrics 
Medium weight iron-on Vilene and Pelmet Vilene, to be advised 
Occasionally we will require Bondaweb or Stitch’n’Tear so it is advisable to bring these to 
each session. 

It is anticipated that this bag will take approximately 6 sessions to complete. 
Students still working on the previous BoM quilt may continue their projects in this class.