2022 Workshops

 Booking Workshops

 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 form  

• 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 enquire 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 will be 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.

• 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.

 

 


Saturday November 6:

  • UFO day

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2022 

23 January – Sunday -10.00 – 16.00

Carolyn Forster – Big Stitch and Utility Quilting

 

Lower Hardres Village Hall

Street End, Lower Hardres, Canterbury, CT4 5NP

Tired of fine hand quilting but not comfortable with machine quilting? Then you are ready to try Big Stitch Quilting and its variations. These are quick ways to quilt your tops by hand using such stitches as Crows foot and Mennonite Tacks along with buttoning and tying.

Bring a pre-made quilt sandwich or use the pattern Carolyn supplies (given below) you will stitch all the different stitches and try your hand at Amish wave or elbow quilting. We will also look at how women in years past quilted quilts quickly with utility type quilting designs.

Hand work. This promises to be an enjoyable relaxing day opening the door to some new and different ways to finish your quilts.

Alternative Quilting Methods and Utility Quilting

Tired of fine hand quilting but not comfortable with machine quilting? Then you are ready to try Big Stitch Quilting and its variations. These are quick ways to quilt your tops by hand using such stitches as Crows foot and Mennonite Tacks along with buttoning and tying.

On a pre-made top (pattern supplied) you will stitch all the different stitches and try your hand at Amish wave or elbow quilting. We will also look at how women in years past quilted quilts quickly with utility type quilting designs.

Hand work.  Please bring to the class:

A4 sheets template plastic or card (remember a glue stick), fine line permanent marker with which to draw on it (these are available from stationary departments and are also known as OHP pens).

Ruler and pencils/chalk/Hera marker to draw on the fabric of the quilt

Threads:

Anchor Coton A Broder no16

DMC Perle no8 (these also come in variegated colours!)

Linen threads, and anything you might want to experiment with.

Choose colours to contrast or blend, you might want one colour for the whole quilt, or experiment with different ones for each stitch.

Needles:

Clover Golden Eye Embroidery needles (no 3-9)

Clover Sashiko needles

John James Cotton Darners (size 1/5)

John James Chenille (size 18/24)

All of these are examples of the type of needle that is the most comfortable to use. Ultimately the needle you use will depend on a combination of the fabric, wadding and the thickness of thread that you choose, so have a selection available!

Thimbles

Hoop, if you use it

Rubber needle grabber, optional

Buttons:

A selection of sizes and colours, or all the same for uniformity, I use about 20 for the strip on the quilt. Or you could just use 4, one on each corner.

Felt:

Kunin or plain, to cut circles from for texture (think mattresses here)

Pinking shears to crinkle the edges

One pre sewn, layered and basted quilt top!

The pattern attached is the quilt you will need to sew ready for the class. It is very quick to sew and by making it will allow you to test out various different stitches in an organized and unified manner. It will give you a small lap quilt 46”x 52”/54” (approx) finished size.

You could use strips from a ‘jelly roll’, or cut strips from the full width of the fabric you have in your stash! These will then all be unified and framed by the border.

Carolyn Forster 2008

www.carolynforster.co.uk

Email: Carolynforster@hotmail.co.uk