2021 Workshops

 Booking Workshops

Workshop Listings are described below:

 Oast Quilters is pleased to be able to organise a variety of tutored workshops throughout the year. Hopefully there is something to please all tastes on the programme, but if your area of interest is not covered then 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. ‘In-house’ workshops are tutored by our own talented members. External workshops cost £25 for the day and in-house ones cost £20 for the day.

Requirements for each workshop are given below, and attendees should check them in advance so that they can have the full benefit of the day.

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

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

All workshops run from 10am to 4pm.

Booking a Workshop 

• You can obtain a workshop booking form from the Members’ table at each Oast Quilters meeting, access via the 2021 Workshop Booking Form tab, or downloading the booking form below: (click on the link)  

2021 workshop bookings

• A paper copy of the form must be completed and submitted with 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. Please note on your booking form if your cheque is post-dated. 

 • Place the completed form with the payment into an envelope and put it into the black box on the Members’ table, or post it to the address on the form.

• If you require the workshop details and requirements to be sent to you by post, please include a stamped addressed envelope in the booking envelope.

• If you would like to know whether a particular workshop still has spaces, please email the workshop organiser oastworkshops@gmail.com  or check on the Oast Facebook page.

• Non-members may attend workshops provided that the workshop is not over-subscribed. Please email the workshop organiser oastworkshops@gmail.com for more information.

Confirmation of a Place on a Workshop

* Refunds have been issued for cancelled workshops

• Confirmation 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 confirmation 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 and people on the waiting list will be available at the Members’ table at Oast Meetings.

• Confirmed attendees will also receive an email reminder shortly before the workshop.

If a Workshop is Over-subscribed

• In the event that a workshop is over-subscribed, 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.

• 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 on your behalf. If there is a waiting list for the workshop, the place will be ‘sold’ to the next name on the list and your fee will be refunded.

• 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.

2021 Programme – subject to Government restrictions 

All workshops at Lower Hardres unless otherwise stated

Sunday Jan 31: sorry but this workshop has been cancelled. however a Virtual UFO DAY (10 – 4) is planned. Please contact Liz or Lynne  (23/01/21)

Sunday March 7:

  • Liz Coleman -Virtual Bag Making
  • 10 – 4

Liz Coleman will show ideas for bags we can make for the bag tombola at the Showcase or for ourselves.


  • Liz Coleman’s in-house workshop will not now take place. Instead members are invited to a Sewcial.
When you receive the link from your Rep (group members) or Lynne Newell (independents)  notify Lynne if you wish to attend.

Sunday May 9:

  • Sarah Humphreys – Modern Quilting: Log Cabin Variations

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Explore 3 variations of the traditional log cabin block, starting with a wonky log cabin and then simple curves for a wavy block. The final variation introduces improvisation techniques widely used in modern quilting. The session ends by looking at what to do with left over scraps.

Modern Quilting Log Cabin Requirements (1)

Saturday June 12: In-House Workshop

Liz Melville – Happy Animals  

Make a delightful collection of animals, whether on the farm or wild, for the young/young at heart, using fusible web  applique and machine techniques. Use up scraps opting for realistic or fantasy colours. One pattern will be provided on the day; the other will available for purchase, by preordering, £2:50.

  • Members need to chose which one they wish to do and also they need to decide if they wish to buy the other one.

Happy Animals Patchwork. *******
You will be given one pattern of choice 
They make up to 31 x 37 inches without borders. Cost £2.50 with the alternative one also available
for purchase if required.

I have not included fabric requirements for the border, backing, batting nor binding
Requirements for quilt top. 

*12 pieces 6’’ x 7’’ different coloured fabric for the ‘windows’.
*3’’ wide white background strips. You will need 34’’ to surround each ‘window’. (or other
choice of colour)
*Fabric scraps for the animals. (can be realistic/fun/ textured)
* Bondaweb, approximately 1 meter.
* Thread to match or contrast the animal. Filled bobbins
* White and black embroidery thread and crewel needle for the eyes
* Soft pencil (2B) (also coloured pencils, felt tips if you wish to colour in your pattern)
* Sewing machine
* Scissors for paper and fabric
* Rotary cutter, mat and ruler
* Pins
* Greaseproof paper to protect iron and board
* Iron and small ironing-board ( Can be shared also provided by Oast)
Light box for tracing patterns: Liz will bring hers for you to use.
Mug and packed lunch
Extension lead

Sunday July  11: Petham Village Hall, Canterbury 

  • Julia Gahagan – Miniature Seaside Quilts

Create a miniature seaside themed quilt using a combination of quick and easy techniques.


Sunday September 26:

  • Moira Neal – Creative Machine Piecing 



A fun day working loose and free to achieve a lively look. For all levels of skill, from beginners to those more experienced, alike. Moira will bring plenty of samples to inspire and teach. Make either a 20″ cushion front or several smaller pieces.

M Neal Creative Free Machining day reqs sheet (1)

Saturday November 6:

  • UFO day


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