2020 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 or by downloading the booking form, under the Workshop Menu tab, ‘2020 Workshop Booking 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 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

• 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.

2020 Programme

  • Saturday April 25th: Liz Melville – Happy Animals  In-House Workshop

10-4 at Lower Hardres Village Hall

Make a delightful collection of animals, whether on the farm or in in the wild using fusible web and machine techniques. Make all the blocks for a child’s quilt or adapt for other projects. There are 12 blocks in each pattern (farm or wild), cost £2.50 each. Use up scraps opting for realistic or fantasy colours. One pattern will be provided on the day; the other will available for purchase. 

  • 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. Farm.
You will be given one set of patterns for a 12-block quilt, either British wild animals or Farm animals.
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. o 12 pieces 6’’ x 7’’ different coloured fabric for the ‘windows’.
o 3’’ wide white background strips. You will need 34’’ to surround each ‘window’. (or other
choice of colour)
o Fabric scraps for the animals. (can be realistic/fun/ textured)
o Bondaweb, approximately 1 meter.
o Thread to match or contrast the animal. Filled bobbins
o White and black embroidery thread and crewel needle for the eyes
o Soft pencil (2B) (also coloured pencils, felt tips if you wish to colour in your pattern)
o Sewing machine
o Scissors for paper and fabric
o Rotary cutter, mat and ruler
o Pins
o Greaseproof paper to protect iron and board
o 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 May 10th:  Anne Kelly:Recycled/Vintage Cottage Garden



10-4 at Lower Hardres Village Hall

Materials List – Vintage Cottage Garden



  • Using vintage plants and flowers as inspiration, the aim is to produce a central image and a border of small block printed fabrics in the beginning of the session. These will then be collaged and added to with lace, ribbon and stitch. 
  • Hunt through your collections to floral-inspired fabrics, old embroidered snippets of tea cloths or handkerchiefs – also any images that inspire you
  • It’s helpful to think about colours and choose some that you would like to work with on the day

Suggested items you could bring along

  • A selection of plain and printed fabrics (small pieces relevant to the theme)
  • Plain fabric (i.e. cotton mix or calico) – small pieces – no larger than A4 size
  • Ribbon or lace scraps – small buttons
  • Pritt/glue stick
  • Printing blocks
  • Acrylic or fabric paint (small amount) and small pieces of sponge
  • Sewing kit for hand stitching
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine and selection of sewing machine thread


Note from Anne: I will bring extra materials for everyone in case.

I also bring a large collection of stamps for participants to have a go with.

Extension lead/Mug/Packed Lunch


Saturday June 13th: Liz Coleman – Kaleidoscope In-House Workshop

Machine foundation piece a huge hexagon star

10-4 at Lower Hardres Village Hall

Foundation Pieced Kaleidoscope reqs


Sunday July 18th: Sandie Lush – Glorious Welsh Quilts

Hand Quilting

10 – 4 at Petham Village Hall, Church Lane, Petham, CT4 5RD


Glorious Welsh Quilts (day class)

 Sandie Lush is well known for her fine hand quilting skills and flair for design. This class with her will give you the opportunity to explore the wonderful quilting patterns traditional to South Wales. You will have the opportunity to use their infinite variety to design your very own heirloom cushion. Alternatively, you may use the time to perfect your hand quilting skills and stitch a design from a selection of patterns Sandie has already created for you!


You will require  

18” x 18” square of a plain top fabric (It helps if this is pale enough to see through)

This can be fine calico, lawn, cotton sateen, silk or a solid coloured 100% cotton.

If you plan on making the cushion back in the same fabric, you will need a strip measuring 18” x 42”

18” x 18″ square of muslin, lawn or fine calico interlining

18” x 18″ square wadding: ( Hobb’s Polydown or Hobbs organic wool are the best)

Quilting thread (Machine Quilting threads are nicer than Hand Quilting threads)

14″ quilting hoop

Thimbles (I use two!)

Tacking thread and needle


Fabric marker of your choice

Ruler (preferably a quilting ruler if you have one)

Pencil and eraser

Fine tip indelible black marker


Sunday September 20th:  Catherine Lawes – Layered Landscapes

Layered Landscape requirements list

Catherine Lawes

Photo for inspiration

A3 size piece of calico

A3 size pieces of Cotton or cotton blend wadding

A3 size of backing fabric – can be calico

Selection of fabrics – textured, furnishing, chiffons, sheers, polyesters, silks, almost anything other than cotton fabrics

Selection of ordinary sewing threads and embroidery threads in colours to match

Hand stitching needles – embroidery especially


Sewing machine for free machining optional


Saturday November 7th: UFO day  at Lower Hardres


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