SOME INSPIRATIONS AND IDEAS TO GET YOU STARTED
On this page I’ve included some small projects and a suppliers list to help get you started. If you are a complete beginner please check out my courses page, the best place to start would be on a ‘Learn to Use your Sewing Machine’ one day course. Then after progressing if you really want to take your skills to the next level, i’d love to have you come join me on the in-depth City and Guilds Level 3 Patchwork and Quilting course, which I run through Brighton Fashion and Textile School. We have achieved some amazing results in the last year, with one of our students being awarded a medal of excellence you can see her work here.
I’ve also included the details here of other artists and makers who run courses in the Brighton area and if you are interested in furthering your knowledge of quilts and quilting history please see the link at the bottom of the page to the Quilters Guild.
I draw inspiration for my quilts from far and wide, a scrap of fabric or a pattern in nature and I keep an eye on magazines like Selvedge etc to see what’s happening in the world of Textiles.
My only advice would be to make a start and enjoy!
If you are interested in viewing some of my patterns a number of my own quilts have been featured in QuiltEssential book by Erin Burke Harris and I was delighted to have my string pieced quilt featured on the front cover of the American edition.
PROJECT: BABY OWL
Have a go at making this sweet little owl. All the instructions are on this pdf this is a beginner level project so get stuck in! Baby Owl Instructions
PROJECT: MINI BUNTING
This mini bunting is great for a kid’s party or anywhere that needs brightening up. Also it’s a great way to use up your scraps of fabric. Here are the instructions.
Quilty Pleasures is a fresh modern on line quilt shop. Liz has oodles of supplies for your quilting projects. She often pops into the classes I run with her fabrics and equipment and you will see her at shows and events when she is not busy devloping her own gorgeous applique work.
I’ve included here a list of all the suppliers both local and online that I use regularly. I hope that the list is useful to you. It covers most everything you could need from equipment to material suppliers so i’m sure you’ll find what you are looking for! If not be sure to ask them and they’ll point you in the right direction, Suppliers List.
Wendy Ward runs MIY Workshop in the Brighton Laines and provides courses in Dressmaking and Patten Cutting. You can also take City and Guilds courses in these subjects as well, MIY Workshop.
Is a print maker who has many years of experience of teaching all age groups. Working from a studio in Brighton she regulary exhibits her work in Galleries check out Cath’s website here.
Find out out about all things Quilty as well Britains only Museum dedicated to quilts and quilt making, have a look around their website here.