The Quilt Museum and Gallery provides the perfect setting for an introduction to patchwork and quilting and new quilters joining the Beginners Patchwork Basics courses can take the opportunity to see some of the wonderful examples of heritage and contemporary quilts on display in the Museum and Gallery. Students will be able to visit the Quilt Museum and Gallery shop which is bursting full of unique quilting gifts, threads, kits, accessories and much more.

"Creating opportunities for people to learn is extremely important to us and we are very excited about this new programme of courses, particularly when patchwork and quilting, and indeed crafting, is experiencing such a revival in the UK."

"We will use this pilot to help us create a long-term programme of learning opportunities that can be rolled out to all our Regions", said Liz Whitehouse, Chief Executive.

Students are encouraged to book up quickly as there are limited places on each course. Contact 01904 613242 or email admin@quiltersguild.org.uk for further information.

The pilot programme includes:

Beginners Patchwork Basics

From fabric choices through to finishing techniques – students can attend all three or select a class for the stage they have reached. Cost per class is £20 for Quilters’ Guild members and £30 for non-members.

27th February 2013 13:00 – 16:00pm.  Fabric choices, cutting and an introduction to construction methods

6th March 2013 13:00 – 16:00pm. Assembly of a quilt top by machine and by hand

13th March 2013 13:00 – 16:00pm. Layering, quilting and finishing techniques

Beginners Techniques

Be inspired to develop further with this range of workshops. Cost per workshop is £40 for Quilters’ Guild members and £60 for non-members.

17th April 2013 10:00 – 16:00pm. Block patchwork – how to introduce geometric shapes into your patchwork

8th May 2013 10:00 – 16:00pm. Foundation piecing – helping you to accurately make patterns

22nd May 2013 10:00 – 16:00pm. Appliqué – introducing paper, machine and raw edge methods