Autumn Quilting Retreat Workshops

By Judith on September 16, 2019
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It was a milestone weekend in the Hollies’ household!



I dropped my baby off at University of Liverpool to start her 3 year degree, and came back to an empty nest.



I’ve had children at home for the past 24 years, so not having ‘on hand’ mummy duties and living alone for the first time (ever) will be quite an adjustment. But I know that once the grieving ends I will learn how to grow a new set of wings and step into new rhythms and adventures.


In the meantime I have lots of exciting work ventures to focus on, one being our inaugural Quilting Retreat next month.


In addition to oodles of time to sew, chat and relax, there are also 2 optional workshops to choose from.


Saturday Afternoon: Sashiko Cushion


Sashiko Cushion


The Japanese sashiko stitching trend has swept through the quilting world in recent years.


Sashiko Cushion


This is my simplified take on what can be beautifully intricate hand stitched Japanese designs, often based on themes of nature and geometric patterns.


Sashiko Cushion


At this workshop you will learn how to trace patterns onto traditional indigo backgrounds and how to make the sashiko stitches and designs.


Sashiko Cushion


Sunday Morning: Selvedge Projects

Quilters are a frugal lot, and we don’t like throwing away even small pieces of fabric!




So when it comes to selvedges, the edges of fabric that prevent it from fraying, to me they aren’t the pieces you trim off and throw in the bin, but rather the unsung treasures of your yardage!


Selvedge Basket


Selvedges not only display the colourful dye shades used in the print, but also the manufacturer and designer’s names and the name of the pattern.


Selvedge Basket


It can take a while to save up enough selvedges to make something from them, but don’t worry, at this workshop I will have lots of selvedges available.


Selvedge Pencil Case


At the workshop you will learn how to cut and sew selvedges with finished edges and how to stabilise them into a new piece of fabric for project making.


Selvedge Pouch


And you can choose to make a small basket, pencil case or project pouch.


So start looking at those selvedges differently and hoard them like precious treasure!


Those are the workshops taking place at our Quilting Retreat in October.  It’s going to be one fun and creative weekend!


Happy quilting!


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