Workshops News & Reviews

Upcoming Workshops:

Click on the links below for more details of our upcoming events in 2016/2017.

  • Workshops Upcoming workshops for the next three months are as follows: Thursday February 9th we have an in house workshop with Meg Timms entitled “Kaleidoscope” Thursday March 30th sees Lynne Edwards giving a workshop entitled “Cathedral Windows“.  Again, if you would like to click on the title you will get some idea of what the class is about. Thursday ...

Recent News

News snippets of interest:

  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • Exhibition The 9th biennial exhibition of the Ouse Valley Quilters, was held at Ringmer Community College on the 26th and 27th August 2016. Over 100 quilts made by members were displayed alongside our Challenge, which this year was to make a sensory quilt. 15 members rose to the Challenge
  • Workshops Upcoming workshops for the next three months are as follows: Thursday February 9th we have an in house workshop with Meg Timms entitled “Kaleidoscope” Thursday March 30th sees Lynne Edwards giving a workshop entitled “Cathedral Windows“.  Again, if you would like to click on the title you will get some idea of what the class is about. Thursday ...
  • 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 ...

Workshop Reviews

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

  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...

Past Workshops

You can read about some of our past events here:

  • Scrap Quilt Workshop This in-house workshop, led by Helen Attree, was well attended. Helen spent a good part of the day showing us how to use scraps and sort them by size and colour. She inspired us all with her quilts (the one shown here consists of 324 2″ blocks with a 2″ border)and many ideas from books ...
  • Christine Porter This well known teacher and author came to Ouse Valley Quilters in the summer to give a talk and also a workshop.  Christine showed loads of beautiful quilts at the talk and all those who attended the workshop had a great time and there were some stunning results.  We look forward to Christine’s return visit.
  • Day & Night Quilt On 26th June 13 of us had a very enjoyable workshop led by one of our members Suzanne Fisher. We all got on well with our projects and it was amazing how different they all looked with the variety of colours and fabrics used.
  • Spinning New York Beauty Thursday 20th February 2014 LORNA DAKIN SPINNING NEW YORK BEAUTY By all accounts this was a well attended and very enjoyable workshop. The picture shows work in progress of those who attended and the beautiful variety of colours chosen.
  • Christmas Workshop xmas patterns workshopIn House Christmas Workshop, Thursday November 21st, 2013 This is a project you can complete before the Christmas rush! We have obtained from Lynette Harris a specially reduced rate of £4 each for her Christmas Patterns.

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.