Ref: C2342417

The course is aimed at teaching the art of quilting and applique. Quilting is the process of sewing two or more layers of fabric together to make a thicker padded material, usually to create a quilt or quilted garment. Typically, quilting is done with three layers: the top fabric or quilt top, batting or insulating material and backing material, but many different styles are adopted. Appliqué is a sewing technique in which fabric patches are layered on a foundation fabric, then stitched in place by hand or machine with the raw edges turned under or covered with decorative stitching. From the French appliquer, “to put on,” appliqué is sometimes used to embellish clothing or can be used in Textile Art. Over the next 6 weeks we will achieve to cover most of these techniques.

Course aim

To provide an introduction into the wonderful world of quilting and applique. With a view to making quilted items for the home.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Use a sewing machine along with the various different feet used in the process of quilting and applique.
  • Cut fabric safely using a rotary cutter and board to the measurements required for the appropriate block, sashing or binding.
  • Sew the corect 1/4" seam allowance to achieve perfect points.
  • Make a quilt sandwich with fabric and wadding,batting.
  • To embelish with applique

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • We may organise trips to some sewing and quilting fairs that are available at the time outside of class time e.g NEC, Harrogate, The Quilt Village ( Uttoxeter Racecourse). Tickets to the shows are to be paid

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • There may be an opportunity to visit sewing and quilting fairs that are available outside of class time e.g NEC in November, The Quilt & Stitch Village In April ( Uttoxeter Racecourse). Tickets to the shows are to be paid by the students. Shared transport to these venues are available.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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