Patchwork and Quilting
Suitable for enthusiastic beginners with a basic sewing knowledge, as well as those with more experience, we will cover the patchwork technique of “Foundation Piecing” – known in America as Paper Piecing, but not to be confused with English Paper Piecing. The technique uses a Foundation to stitch to which may be paper or Vilene, on which the design has been drawn and the fabrics are stitched to it. The technique allows complex pieced patchwork which would be difficult to accurately achieve with standard ¼” machine piecing.
In the 3 days we will explore the fundamentals of Foundation Piecing and how it works. We will produce several patchwork blocks, from relatively straight forward designs to complex, to experience the versatility this technique allows.
At the end of the retreat you should have a collection of individual quilt blocks created through Foundation Piecing with ideas about how to finish them into items or incorporate them into larger pieces of work.
Kits and Foundation Fabrics/Papers will be provided for the first few projects and a requirements list will be provided for a final project, so students can choose to bring their own choice of fabrics. Students will be required to bring their own sewing machines, cutting and sewing equipment.