2018 Workshops


Booking Workshops

Oast Quilters is pleased to be able to organise a variety of tutored workshops throughout the calendar year.  Hopefully, there is something to please all tastes on the programme, but if your area of interest is not covered, please contact the programme secretary (currently Mary Cunningsworth), who will endeavour to find a suitable speaker/tutor for the future.

The tutors for ‘External’ workshops are usually nationally, if not internationally, known in textile/quilting circles and we are privileged to be able to learn from their expertise at a rate which is much less than usual charges.  ‘Internal’ (or in-house) workshops are tutored by our own talented members.  External workshops cost £20.00 for the day and internal ones cost £15.00 for the day.  Workshop attendees must check the list of requirements before attending the workshop so that they can have the full benefit of the day.  The lists of requirements for each workshop can be found on the website.  The location for the workshop varies so members must check before setting out.

Booking a workshop

  • Obtain a workshop booking form from the Members’ table at each Oast Quilters meeting or by downloading from the website.
  • A paper copy must be completed and submitted with the full payment for the workshop(s) booked. No deposits are required/accepted.
  • Verbal booking is not accepted. The only way to book a workshop is by submitting a booking form.
  • Members may book individual workshops throughout the year or book all that they wish to attend in a single submission.
  • Although immediately bankable payment (cash, or a cheque made payable to ‘Oast Quilters’) is much preferred administratively, post-dated cheques will be accepted. Any such post-dated cheques must be dated a month before the pertinent workshop.
  • Place the completed form with the payment into an envelope provided and post into the black box on the Members’ table or contact the workshop organiser (email: oastworkshops@gmail.com ) to obtain a postal address for submission.
  • If a member requires the workshop details and requirements to be sent to them by post, this will only be done if the member puts a stamped addressed envelope in the booking envelope.

Confirmation of a place on a workshop

  • An acknowledgement/receipt will be sent by email unless an SAE is provided.
  • Members should contact the workshop organiser (oastworkshops@gmail.com ) if they have not received a receipt within two weeks of submitting their booking.
  • Members should assume they have a place on the workshop(s), unless they hear to the contrary.
  • The list of confirmed attendees will be available on the Oast Facebook (Events) page (a ‘closed’ group for members only) with the names of any on the waiting list.
  • The list of confirmed attendees with the names of any on the waiting list will also be available at the workshop booking table at Oast Meetings.
  • Confirmed attendees will also receive an email reminder two weeks before the workshop, which will also confirm the location of the workshop.
  • The Oast website and the Facebook page will also update members with the status of the workshop alongside the requirement details indicating whether spaces are still available.

If a workshop is over-subscribed

  • In the event that a workshop is oversubscribed, Oast will endeavour to arrange additional dates that members may be offered.
  • If that is not possible, then places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
  • If a member is informed that they do not have a place, their name will be retained on the waiting list (in order of booking) in case there are any cancellations.
  • Ultimately if a member is not successful in securing a place then the fee will be refunded in full.

Cancelling a place on a workshop

  • If you have to cancel your place on a workshop, Oast will endeavour to sell the place, in which case you get your fee back.
  • The place will be sold to the next name on the waiting list.
  • If there is no one on the waiting list and you have a friend who would like to take the place, please let the workshop organiser know. It is vital that the change of name is notified to the workshop organiser.
  • If Oast is unable to sell the place, you will not have your workshop fee refunded.
  • However, if there are exceptional reasons for your cancellation, please contact the workshop organiser who will liaise with the Committee regarding a refund of the fee.



Saturday 9 June 2018 – UFO DAY


Venue: Chartham Village Hall, Station Road, Canterbury, CT4 7JA

Time: 10-4



Sunday 22 July 2018

Monday 23 July 2018


Gillian Travis – Interchange Appliqué Technique 


Sunday:  Lower Hardres Village Hall, 1 Faussett Hill, Canterbury, CT4 7AH

Monday: Littlebourne Village Hall, Littlebourne, CT3 1ST

Time: 10-4

Interchange Appliqué Canterbury

A new and very effective way of making bonded appliqué quilted items based on a taking a basic shape.
The design work is simple; the placing of the colours and patterns can be the key to making a successful piece of textile art that can be a cushion, wall hanging or set of table mats.
It works best using Batik fabrics but other fabrics can be used.
There are many images of the quilts I have made on my website and face book page: www.gilliantravis.co.uk

Click Interchange-Applique-1.pdf to download requirements as a PDF.

Design Work
We will start by doing some drawings / design work. You could take your drawings from Google (so remember your ipad etc if you have one) or carry out some observational drawings from an item that you bring in e.g. a mug, jug, piece of fruit, toy elephant – something that has a simple shape.
You could come prepared with a print out of a shape that is about 10cm size

Glue stick e.g. Pritt stick or similar
Paper Scissors (small)
Sketch book – this is just to stick your design work into

Fabric Samples
Bondaweb – Transfer Adhesive
Fabric scissors (small and large)
Batik fabric or similar weight cotton fabric. I like to use this type of fabric as it is closely woven, does not fray and is available in lovely bright colours.
Make sure you bring contrasting colours and ones that are not too patterned.
Backing fabric e.g. light weight white or cream cotton, non iron on interfacing also works well
505 spray. (A temporary adhesive spray) You will only use a small amount so it is not necessary to go out and buy some if you do not have any already Wadding

Iron, ironing board /Rotary Cutter/ Board /Ruler

Sewing machine capable of free machining and zig zag. You may also like to use a walking foot if you have one. You may not get to this stage it depends on how ambitious your project is and how fast you work.


Sunday 23 September 2018

Judith Barker – 

Judith’s photos show ‘ideas’; you will be creating your own design.

Venue: Chatham Village Hall, Station Road, Canterbury, CT4 7JA

Time: 10 – 4

Click Folk-Art-Applique.pdf to download requirements as a PDF.


Folk Art workshop Requirements list
We will be working on a smallish piece, no more than 12 x 16 inches, so you don’t need huge pieces of fabric.
plain coloured cotton or wool (several of my pieces are made from recycled wool – old skirts from charity shops) Felt is fine too.
Be sure to include some dark colours.
Thin wadding
Bondaweb or similar
Backing fabric, maybe a bright and cheerful print
Sewing kit:
Pins, scissors, ruler, needles
Embroidery thread (for hand or machine sewing)
Sewing machine, extension lead.
Ric-rac, large beads, braid – but only if you have them already. I will show you how to add these extras to your work.
Patterns / templates:
Pencil and notebook or paper to doodle on.
Thin card if you want to make templates (cereal boxes are fine)
I will bring plenty of templates for you to mix and match to make your own design.
The workshop will need 2 or 3 irons / ironing boards too.
I always have spare fabric and other supplies with me, don’t worry if you forget something.
Please contact me if you have any questions:   judithabarker@btinternet.com



Sunday 27 January 2019

Rosie James – Stitch – Draw


Sunday 10 March 2019

Sara Cook – Pojagi

UFO days

A UFO day is held periodically throughout the year when you can bring your unfinished pieces to work on may be get some advice or to just share a sewing day with like minded people. Coffee and tea provided, but please bring your own lunch. the day is held at Lower Hardres Village Hall

We strongly recommend that all electrical equipment brought to workshops (sewing machines, irons, extension cables) should be PAT tested annually.

Tea and coffee is provided throughout the day of a workshop, but members should bring their own mug, a packed lunch and an extension cable.


For further help, please contact the workshop organisers using the form below.

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