New classes at Portslade Academy

For the full posters with images click below (haven’t worked out how to get images on this page yet)

17 Sep PACA Louise Mabbs Patchwork course flyers

Understanding Your Sewing Machine

CL043               at the Boundary Road Centre

DATE: Starts 00/00/17      When we have enough people       DURATION: 1 day

TIME: Sat 11am – 4pm                              TUTOR: Louise Mabbs

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The course will cover the basics of

  • Basics – your machine’s own
  • Maintenance – cleaning & oiling
  • Threading – basic rules
  • Tension – what affects it
  • Needles – sizes, uses, positioning, problems
  • Threads – types, uses, effects
  • Stitches – straight & zigzag
  • Decorative stitches – & buttonholes
  • Presser feet – & their uses
  • Dropping feed dogs – for free machine embroidery
  • Health and safety – important issues

 

Patchwork & Quilting – Sampling The Quilt Part 1

CL030A at the Boundary Road Centre

DATE: Starts 02/10/17                              DURATION: 10 weeks

TIME: Mons 7pm – 9pm                          TUTOR: Louise Mabbs

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The course will cover the basics of

  • Choosing – shapes, fabrics, colours and waddings, marking and cutting skills
  • Piecing – English Template Patchwork, American Block by hand and machine
  • Appliquéing – hand and machine techniques
  • Joining – adding sashings, borders, squared and mitred corners
  • Quilting – by hand and machine
  • Finishing – binding, labelling and hanging methods

Make your own version of this lap quilt, including different shapes, layout and choosing your own colours and fabrics.

 You will probably need to do a couple of hours of sewing at home each week.

See the college website for the Course Description and full programme.

 

Patchwork – Focus on Log Cabin techniques

CL028A                at the Boundary Road Centre

DATE: Starts 05/10/17                       DURATION: 10 weeks

TIME: Thurs 7.00pm – 9pm                       TUTOR: Louise Mabbs

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The course will cover the basics of

  • Choosing – colours and cutting fabrics
  • Foundation and chain piecing methods – mostly by machine
  • Advice on joining blocks – quilting, sashings and borders
  • Finishing – quilt edges, labelling and hanging methods

Sunshine & Shadow –darker colours placed on adjacent sides

Courthouse Steps – darker colours placed on opposite sides

Folded strips – using length-wise folded logs, for extra texture

Pineapple – octagonal designs with diagonal logs laid across the corners

Twisted blocks -blocks creating spiralling designs

Chaining method -stitching multiple blocks in one go

Variable widths – using different log widths in the same lop-sided blocks

Random shapes – using wedges and unusual shapes for the logs

Foundation bases –stitching the logs to a base fabric

Whole fabric logs –a log cabin effect from folding larger fabrics into pleated shapes

 

Other courses you could do:

See the college website for the Course Description and full programme.

Sampling The Quilt:

Autumn – Part 1 – 6 basic patchwork and appliqué techniques, then quilted as a whole piece (02/10/17)

Spring – Part 2 – 6 more basic techniques with ‘Quilt As You Go’ construction (08/01/18)

Summer – Part 3 – Design your own quilt from scratch (16/04/18)

 

Focus On Techniques:

Autumn – Part 1 – Log Cabin, 10 variations (02/10/17)

Spring – Part 2 – Cathedral Window 10 versions (11/01/18)

Summer – Part 3 – Quilt As You Go-20 types (26/04/18)

 

 

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