Venn School of sewing held their first patchwork and quilting class this week. Aimed at beginners, we had guest tutor Nicholas Ball take charge of the proceedings, while I popped my head in from time to time to soak up the atmosphere and enthusiasm from the students. The beginners class run for 4 hours when the keen sewers learned about  the  anatomy of a quilt, before getting to grips with the the tools they would use to make their Wonky Log Cabin Table Mat.

Using a combination of  4 different fabrics, all 100% cotton, they cut their strips and after a demonstration by Nick, sewed their top quilt fabric together., pressing each seam as they went .Tea break was next then returning to the studio for a demonstration of basting all the layers together. Nick prefers to use spray glue when he’s making his quilts and so did the students. I have to say, I probably would, seems like a much speedier alternative to pinning. layers all snugly together, their log cabins were squared off to a perfect 10″ x 10″

So far all students had created very individual designs with relative ease . All that was left to do was apply the self made binding to the edges. This  proved to be the most difficult for them as it requires a higher level of accuracy, but with extra care and attention they sewed their binding on successfully. The students started to hand stitch the back of the binding then took them home to complete in their own time.

A really good afternoon was had by all and both Nick and I are looking forward to the next class, which i am afraid to say is already full. This has however prompted us to add a 6 week by week course to the calendar. We will be working out the details in the next couple of days then adding it to the website. if you are interested in learning how to make your first quilt, the new course could be for you.