Workshops News & Reviews

Upcoming Workshops:

Click on the links below for more details of our upcoming events in 2019.

  • Upcoming Workshops Please see below the workshops / Sewing Days from May through to October 2019.  Links to the tutors’ websites are included if available.  Please remember that if you wish to attend the workshops and sewing days please contact the programme organisers. Thursday May 30th Deborah O’Hare will teach “Moon Gazing Hare”.  Deborah is “a contemporary quilter ...

Recent News

News snippets of interest:

  • Exhibition 2018 Our tenth biennial exhibition took place on Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September, 2018 at King’s Academy Ringmer (formerly Ringmer Community College), Lewes Road, Ringmer, BN8 5RB.  The challenge for members this year was to produce a block on the theme of “in the garden” and it also had to be quilted.  The theme ...
  • Lynne Edwards’ Workshop On April 12th sixteen ladies enjoyed an inspiring and encouraging ‘Curved Piecing’ workshop tutored by the ever humorous and talented Lynne Edwards who was always on hand to offer advice and help to anyone who needed it. It was a great day and not without its challenges as the ladies enthusiastically stitched away at their ‘curves’ ...
  • Lara Sparks’ Workshop Our day with Lara was the best day ever, with one of the best tutors we have been lucky enough to have with us. Lara began by demonstrating her techniques, leaving us breathless with wonder at her skill, speed and accuracy. She had hand drawn a practice piece for us all, and we set off nervously, ...
  • Another Quilt for Charity Our Patchdean Sub-Group have recently completed a quilt made from fabric left by a neighbour of one of the members.  It was a “block of the month” she bought and never made.  It will eventually go to the Dogs’ Trust for their annual raffle, but may be on view at our Quilt Show later in ...
  • Project Linus Quilts Just to report that, back in December 2017, we passed more than twenty quilts on to Chris, our Project Linus Representative.  Pictures show one of these quilts being handed on together with a picture of that actual quilt and two more from the pile!  
  • Patchwork Of The Crosses with Nancy Adamek   Nancy Adamek of Lina Patchwork came to Ouse Valley to give her very interesting talk on her journey into paper piecing. She mostly credits her mother for getting her interested in patchwork by refusing to make her a quilt when she was quite young. First this seemed to be quite sad, but in fact  it ...
  • Geese in a Storm Workshop with Karin Hellaby An interesting and challenging workshop that started off with Karin giving a tutorial on speed cutting.  This was particularly useful since the pattern required 224 2.5″ squares! Most of those attending soon got into the swing of making small geese, eight of which were needed for each block.  There was an interesting variety of chosen materials, ...

Workshop Reviews

You can read reviews of some of our past workshops here:

  • Lynne Edwards’ Workshop On April 12th sixteen ladies enjoyed an inspiring and encouraging ‘Curved Piecing’ workshop tutored by the ever humorous and talented Lynne Edwards who was always on hand to offer advice and help to anyone who needed it. It was a great day and not without its challenges as the ladies enthusiastically stitched away at their ‘curves’ ...
  • Lara Sparks’ Workshop Our day with Lara was the best day ever, with one of the best tutors we have been lucky enough to have with us. Lara began by demonstrating her techniques, leaving us breathless with wonder at her skill, speed and accuracy. She had hand drawn a practice piece for us all, and we set off nervously, ...
  • Patchwork Of The Crosses with Nancy Adamek   Nancy Adamek of Lina Patchwork came to Ouse Valley to give her very interesting talk on her journey into paper piecing. She mostly credits her mother for getting her interested in patchwork by refusing to make her a quilt when she was quite young. First this seemed to be quite sad, but in fact  it ...
  • Geese in a Storm Workshop with Karin Hellaby An interesting and challenging workshop that started off with Karin giving a tutorial on speed cutting.  This was particularly useful since the pattern required 224 2.5″ squares! Most of those attending soon got into the swing of making small geese, eight of which were needed for each block.  There was an interesting variety of chosen materials, ...

Members Notes

The Workshop Book is available at all monthly meetings. A link to download the booking forms is at the end of the emailed Newsletters.  Those without email will be sent one by post, which should be copied and used throughout the year.

Hints & Tips

The hints & tips have been collected by our members and may have originated from magazine articles or tutors.

Swatch Holders – idea taken from a magazine

How many times have you gone to a quilt show or the local shop, seen a fabric that might be just right for an idea in the pipeline, but didn’t take any samples with you?
The solution is to use a small photo album to keep swatches of all ongoing projects or those you haven’t started yet, in one place . Pin snippets to a piece of paper and slip into the plastic holders.
Remove when project complete.

Wadding

If you have odd pieces of wadding, measure them, label, then wrap them tightly in cling film (they take up less space) and you do not need to un-wrap them to see the size.

Quick Threading Machine Needles

Maybe there are some ladies who have difficulty in threading their machine needles because of poor sight or arthritis in their fingers.  The eye of the Schmetz quick threading machine needle is slightly different and it has a slot in the side.  All you do once the machine is threaded up is take the top thread in both hands with the end in your right hand.  Keeping the thread a bit taut pass it down the righthand side of the needle and it drops through the slot, et voila a threaded needle.

Diary Dates

For all things patchwork – check out our Diary Dates page; there are events that are truly unmissable.