Workshops News & Reviews

Upcoming Workshops:

Click on the links below for more details of our upcoming events in 2017/2018.

  • Upcoming Workshops Please see below the workshops / Sewing Days from January through to October 2018.  Links to the tutors’ websites are included if available. Thursday January 25th Nancy Adamek will be teaching “Patchwork of the Crosses”.   www.linapatchwork.com Thursday February 15th will be an in-house workshop given by Heather Cook on “Bags”.  Come and make a bag for the ...

Recent News

News snippets of interest:

  • 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, ...
  • Family Heirloom Helen Bomford had, like so many of us, a large quilt which she started long ago but which  still, after too many years, remained unfinished. In Helen’s case the birth of grandchildren was the happy reason for this , she was year after year creating colourful quilts for new arrivals which meant her complex pink hexagonal quilt never reached ...
  • 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, ...
  • Exhibition Our tenth biennial exhibition is set to take place on Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September, 2018 at Ringmer Community College. The challenge for members this year is to produce a block on the theme of “in a garden” and it must also be quilted. The theme for the Tombola will be ...
  • Dyeing Workshop with Christine Chester 12 members attended a dyeing workshop at Christine Chester’s studio in Eastbourne. We tried several dyeing techniques – full immersion with one colour and low immersion in trays with 3 or 4 colours.  We tried tie-dyeing, pleating round a bottle, rolling sticks in a piece of fabric and just scrunching fabric. We left the workshop with lots ...

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, ...
  • Dyeing Workshop with Christine Chester 12 members attended a dyeing workshop at Christine Chester’s studio in Eastbourne. We tried several dyeing techniques – full immersion with one colour and low immersion in trays with 3 or 4 colours.  We tried tie-dyeing, pleating round a bottle, rolling sticks in a piece of fabric and just scrunching fabric. We left the workshop with lots ...
  • Hand Sewing Workshop with Sue Rhodes We were lucky to receive two reports for this workshop: I have been wanting to have a go at Kantha stitching for a number of years and couldn’t wait to do the workshop with Sue Rhodes so that I could have a go.  Our morning started with Sue having a chat with us about the tradition ...

Past Workshops

You can read about some of our past events here:

  • “Flower Garden” Workshop with Anne Weald Anne’s in-house “Flower Garden” workshop was brilliant and opened up a new path for me.  It was lovely to see my picture gradually coming together and with Anne’s patient tuition the day was so enjoyable.   It’s always good to do something new.  Maggie Gill
  • Lynne Edwards’ Workshop div.maildrop_icon {background-image: url('https://www.icloud.com/mail_resources/icloud_download.png');background-repeat: no-repeat;display: inline-block;margin: 15px 18px 13px 18px;height: 25px;width: 26px}@media(-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2),(min-resolution: 192dpi) {div.maildrop_icon {background-image: url('https://www.icloud.com/mail_resources/icloud_download@2x.png');background-size: 25px 26px;}} When I got up on the morning of the workshop, I felt like I had as a child on Christmas day. Very pleased that the day had arrived at last. It was well worth it. We all had a ...
  • In House Kaleidoscope Quilt Workshop Thursday 9th February, 2017 – In House Kaleidoscope Workshop with Meg Timms and Heather Cook We soon forgot the cold, miserable grey day outside as we got on with sorting, measuring, and pinning pattern repeats in our fabric. Soon we were layering and cutting into strips with six pattern repeats exactly on top of each other. Our ...
  • Workshop with Amanda Hall On Thursday November 24th we welcomed Amanda Hall, the designer and owner of Monkey Buttons.  Amanda gave us a talk two days prior to the workshop, exciting us with many of her patterns and lots of “yummy” fabrics. For the workshop she gave us a choice of two patterns.  A flower garden wall hanging or feather ...
  • Christine Porter Workshop July 2016 On Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st July we welcomed Christine Porter for another superb workshop. We had a talk on the Tuesday evening entitled “Tiles beneath your feet” In the workshop we started to make the Wall Hanging “ Scottish Fantasia”   Chris suggested we made one block each of the 5 designs to show us ...
  • Gail Lawther Workshop May 2016 Following Gail Lawther’s presentation last year I signed up for her workshop in May. There was the opportunity to make one of three designs from her book, Glimpses of New Zealand, which I had purchased. The majority of the group chose to do Seascape which involves making a stitch and flip background embellished with wild ...
  • Jan Hassard’s “Spirals” Colourwave Quilt It’s not often we can boast such a prestigious visitor to one of our workshops.   Okay, it was only a cardboard cut-out but that didn’t stop us raising a glass of bubbly and wishing Her Majesty a very Happy Birthday. We were, of course, all taking part in another of Jan Hassard’s marvellous workshops at ...
  • Anja Townrow – Tulip Flowers in the Round 10th March 2016 Our March workshop day dawned cold and grey, but soon Berwick hall came alive with members unpacking a profusion of wonderful bright fabrics, ready for the Anja Townrow treatment. Anja demonstrated her freezer paper foundation piecing method, and sharp points were guaranteed, providing we followed the method! We returned to our tables, traced the templates ...
  • Wendy Dolan – Free Machine Stitched Flowers 18th February 2016 I have done some free machine quilting but never tried embroidering so I looked forward to this workshop with Wendy, who produces wonderful machine embroidered pictures and flower portraits. She supplied us with drawings to work from and we transferred these onto plain calico and then dyed the areas we were to stitch. Our ...
  • Curving the Line “Curving the Line” with Sheena Norquay 5th November 2015 I love patchwork but I am not so keen on the quilting bit which is why most of my quilting is straight line, usually “in the ditch”.  This workshop showed how to draft curved quilting patterns that can be completed using both the walking foot and free ...

Members Notes

The New Workshop Book is available at all monthly meetings and all workshops with Booking Forms and details of how to book for the workshop of your your choice.

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 sight 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.