Update to local Hove classes

97-Sampling The Quilt

Sampling The Quilt , 1 © Louise Mabbs 1997


House –                       Repeat Blocks, machine
Flower –                      Hand appliqué
Star –                           American style hand or machine patchwork blocks
Crazy Patchwork –  Hand appliqué and embroidery
Random shape –      Machine appliqué
Tumbling Blocks –  English template Patchwork, hand (youngsters call it English Paper Piecing)

Sadly we nearly made it to a class actually running but the class was pulled just before the 6th person signed up. So frustrating.

However it was the final impetus for me to finally give my studio and dining room a massive reorganisation, so I am able to teach from home again after there years in this new house of not being able to (husband’s employers moved us to a less useful, smaller house).  I have two new students starting a beginners cot quilt/lap quilt project on Monday evenings normally from 7pm – 9pm. We’ve only had one class and as we’re almost into half term and one of them is away, we are having our second session on 23rd, but it & the 30th will be 3 hour classes to make up for the break as the course started much later than the school terms.

It works out at £10 a class (so £15 for the 3hrs) which includes worksheets and coffee/tea. Please contact me through the reply button below if you would like to come. you can drop into it later or come to occasional class for £12.

I hope my second level Quilt As You Go beginners course will run in January, if not I’ll run something at home again. The lack of funding for Community Learning courses, lack of daytime classrooms and the difficulties of advertising things efficiently have hampered things for a long time so I am looking for alternative options so please sign up for occasional updates here so you know when things are happening.

I’m also getting a new website done and probably going on instagram and other things so hopefully my own publicity will be more efficient by then!

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


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


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


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)



New classes at Portslade Academy Adult Education coming up

17-18 PACA Louise Mabbs Patchwork course flyers

Please click on the link to the document. The first three pages are of classes coming up this term, so please sign up soon otherwise they might not run

The flyers for later in the year follow afterwards. While they build on one another, they are also stand alone if you only want to do one or two terms.

Hope to see some of you again soon!


3 days of teaching at The Royal Bridlington Hotel, Yorkshire

I am really looking forward to having a full  3 day teaching opportunity at this new venue for me and I’m getting to teach three of my favourite techniques which I’ve developed over the years – my Square & Triangular Fabric Origami Windmills and Pinwheels and my Fibonacci In The Round collages. Still a few more spaces left

Royal Bridlington – Louise Mabbs classes

I hope these links work for you

Forthcoming Shows

I will be exhibiting and teaching at the following shows

30 April – 12 June 2016 Press & Release – Technology and the Evolution of the Artist’s Book

An exhibition of boundary-breaking bookworks within a stunning, specially designed space. The exhibition features the work of notable contemporary artists from across the world who approach the book as an art form. Details at  http://www.phoenixbrighton.org/events/press-release-2016/

Open Wednesday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Preview: Friday 29 April, 6 – 8 pmPress & Release

My work will be in the SOUTH GALLERY EXHIBITION

‘Stories About Stories’

Artists from locally-based groups Fabula, Sussex Book Art Collective and Phoenix Brighton present new work that embodies the rich and diverse world of the artist’s book and the associated fields of illustration, narrative and animation.

Exhibitors include: Richard Clarke, Louise Dennis, Ruby Hermon, Dagmara Rudkin, Mags Swift, Somin Ahn , Pip Carter, Richard Clarke, Louise Dennis, Ottilie Hainsworth, Ruby Hermon, Jay Eunji Lee, Louise Mabbs, Vanessa Marr, Katherine Perret, Warren Pleece, Dagmara Rudkin, Emmi Smid, Mags Swift, Mariya Ustymenko & Che Kevliln, Russell Webb, Louise Wishhart and Jo Wonder

11- 14 August 2016 – Festival Of Quilts – NEC, Birmingham 

  • Demonstration stall – in teachers area between the two halls
    • Kits & Instructions
    • Cards and other images
    • Display of current work and kit related items
  • Teaching 4 classes
    • Fri 12th – Quick & Easy – 13.00 -14.00 Fabric Origami – Pinwheels from Triangles
      A new development from Louise’s lacy square based folded fabric Pinwheel and Windmill units this was originally from her book The Quilter’s Guide To Twists & Tucks (UK)/Origami Quilts in USA) (2006 OP). Come and see what happens when you start with a triangle instead. Starting with a semi sewn unit, we will make at least one type of unit up plus discuss several other ways of folding triangular pinwheels and how to join them into interesting structures. A particularly interesting effect happens when you use striped fabrics The kit will include instructions & enough fabric pieces to make 3 units approximately 4” diameter around a ‘hole’, making a piece of varied size depending on the layout and particular fold
    • Sat 13th – Academy Twilight – 17.00- 20.00 Not Trapped: Trapped Celtic Knots
    • We will take a Celtic Knot design and trap it between two different layers of transparent material, then use decorative stitches to hold it in place. A modern take on Shadow Quilting. My photo image is based on the Lindisfarne Gospel’s St Matthew’s knot The kit priced £5, to be collected on the day by the tutor, includes Knot designs, instructions and pre-bonded fabric, (enough for a 25cm finished sample) plus lots of ideas for other developments. Suitable for any level. You will be using Janome sewing machines. To see more of Louise’s work visit: http://www.louisemabbs.co.uk
    • Sun 14th – Quick & Easy – 11.45-12.45 When Fibonacci Meets Vasarely
    • What happens when the Fibonacci Sequence proportions meet Vasarely like ‘bulge’ grids? Well beautiful distorted optical effects for a start, which you can work into later with free machine embroidery or use as a sample to plan a larger quilt The kit will include prebonded fabrics plus grids and instructions for you to play with later on.
    • Sun 14th – Quick & Easy – 15.30 – 16.30 Fabric Origami: Windmills from Triangles
    • As Pinwheel class but making Windmill shapes instead

10 – 12 November 2016 – West Country Quilt Show – UWE (University of The West of England) Bristol

  • Artist gallery
  • Classes twice a day subjects to be confirmed

What I teach and where

I am a textile artist based in Hove, East Sussex.

I teach patchwork, quilting, embroidery, origami and other paper/fibre techniques

My own work is very eclectic in style an influence , you can read more about it on my blog faithfullfibres.wordpress.com (will link asap)

I am currently teaching at PACA – Portslade Academy at Foredown Tower on Tuesday mornings. I hope to resume my home classes when my new house’s studio is functional and will expand this page when I’m able to offer specialist classes again

New classes & upcoming shows

After a hiatus of a year due to loads of family crisis’ (see faithfullfibres.wordpress.com *(*I will add links when I can) my home class didn’t run during 2014.

I did however have a brilliant time as a guest artist at the West Country Quilt * show , which I’ll write about with photos when I can.

I’m due at the ICHF Stitching Sewing & Hobbycrafts *  show

at Event City in Manchester 6-8 February

and Excel in London 27 – 29 March

and The Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham In August

Back home in Brighton & Hove I am now teaching a beginners quilting class at PACA – Portslade Academy Adult Education’s Foredown Tower centre which also hosts a Camera Obscura, on Tuesdays 10 – 12, for two terms, there is currently one place available on the course.

We hope to re-establish the accredited course in September and run a full year beginners course too. There are also ‘Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine’ courses in February and June. Please google the college for info & I’ll add a link when I can get it to work!

I hope to establish more specialist home classes later in the year but my new studio isn’t likely to be properly sorted out for a month or so!

Please sign up for updates & alerts for when I do get them going

Saturday classes Scrap Value 26th Oct and other classes coming up

Louise Mabbs – Saturday classes 2013/2014

Scrap Value

Saturday October 26th 10am – 4pm – near Hove Park (max 6/7 students)

We will cover many ways to use up scraps – from small scale patchwork techniques to random, textured surfaces such as those used in  Sea Breezes & Rough Seas:


Sea Breezes – Rough Seas © Louise Mabbs 2008

Photo: Janine Boyer, Brighton

Including fun with applique, couching, random patchwork, weaving, strip piecing and free machine embroidery techniques

Bring all those tiddly bits of fabric and thread that are too small for other projects, threads of all sorts and some backing fabric in the colourways you want to work in. 

Vilene/interfacing/tear-away fabrics if you have them, or buy from me 

We will make several small samples with Christmas gifts in mind

Bring your sewing machine or use one of mine

Please contact me at louise.mabbs.textiles@btinternet.com as soon as possible to confirm interest and venue details

Louise Mabbs – Saturday classes 2014

Starting Saturday January 11th 10.00am- 4.00pm – near Hove Park (max 6/7 students)

Sampling the quilt

6 basic patchwork & appliqué blocks plus putting together & quilting techniques

Make a cot quilt or lap quilt , in your own colour scheme, and a design of your choice in the pineapple like block, while learning basic quiltmaking techniques in small, friendly classes

January 11th,  February 24th,  March 14th,  April 26th  & 2 further in May & June to be confirmed (all dates will be confirmed to suit all interested parties)

£26 per full day class (6 sessions)

  1. Piecing – English Template (hand) & American Block (machine)
  2. Applique – Hearts and flowers (hand & machine)
  3. Patchwork – Repeat Blocks & Crazy Patchwork (applique/embroidery)
  4. Putting a quilt top together – trimming blocks, sashing, cornerstones, borders
  5. Layering, tacking or pinning
  6. Quilting techniques hand running stitch, stab stitch, tying, machine quilting


Sampling the Quilt © Louise Mabbs 1997

Photo: Robert Claxton 

 £26 per full day class

Please contact me at louise.mabbs.textiles@btinternet.com as soon as possible to register interest

New Wednesday Classes from January 2014


Fun with Fibonacci – an A-Z of quilting techniques

26 techniques in Fibonacci* grid block settings

Starting 8th January 2014 – near Hove Park (max 6/7 students)

Wednesday evenings 7pm to 9pm

& possibly Wednesday mornings 9.30am – 11.30am  – subject to students preferences we will either do this, or a simpler square block version of the techniques or one of the series options mentioned in the 2014 class provisional schedule programme blog

£8 per class per half term – see programme schedule for term lengths


Bright’n’Breezy – Fibonacci A-Z

Quilt top pieced 2005-2011. Finished quilt ©Louise Mabbs 2011

Photo Lynda Kelley, Hove

2014 class provisional schedule

2014 class provisional schedule

We will be starting some new series in the New Year. I have had several requests to run the Fibonacci A-Z one again but in the evening, so I have put those details in the schedule below.

However there are several options for the morning sessions:

1)    A-Z Fibonacci – morning session

2)    A-Z of Quilting – 26 Patchwork/Quilting/Applique techniques

3)    A-Z of Quilting & Embroidery (26 Patchwork/Applique & 26 alternating stitch based classes) the whole course will take two years

4)    More 3D folding techniques (following on from the 2012/13 class where we looked at different types of fabric origami and manipulation, smocking, pleats and more – doing a different type each half-term)

5)    A Quilting Trip Around The World (focussing on a different countries techniques each week)


  • A – Applique
  • P – Patchwork
  • Q – Quilting
  • 3DP – Three Dimensional Patchwork technique

Apologies for bad line edges – haven’t found how to do columns or tabs on the blog site yet

Wednesday Mornings 9.30 – 11.30am             Wednesday evenings 7.00-9.00pm

 Spring term A (6 weeks @ £8 = £48)                              Spring term A (6 weeks @ £8 = £48)

  • 8th January 2014     1          Series options      1          American Block (P)
  • 15th                                                 2          see notes                2          Broderie Perse (A)
  • 22nd                                                 3          above                        3          Cathedral Window (FP)
  • 29th                                                  4          D                                  4          (Drunkard’s Path (P)
  • 5th February               5          E                                   5          English Template (P)
  • 12th                                  6          F                                   6          Flying Geese (3DP)
  • 19th                                 HALF TERM – no class    HALF TERM – no class

Spring Term B (6 weeks @ £8 = £48)                             Spring Term B (6 weeks @ £8 = £48)

  • 26th February             7                                                G 7      German-Dresden Plate (P)
  • 5th March                       8                                                H 8      Hawaiian-One Piece (A)
  • 12th                                                    9                                                 I 9        Italian Corded (A)
  • 19th                                                   10                                               J 10    Japanese Sashiko (Q)
  • 26th                                                   11                                               K  11   ‘Keltic’ (A)
  • 2nd April                                2                                                 L 12    Log Cabin (P)
  • 9th                                                       EASTER – no class             EASTER HOLIDAYS – no class
  • 16th                                  EASTER – no class              EASTER HOLIDAYS – no class

Summer Term A (5 weeks @ £8 = £40)                          Summer Term A (5 weeks @ £8 = £40)

  • 23rd April                      13       M                                     13       Mariners Compass (P)
  • 30th                                                  14       N                                      14       Nuptials-Double wedding Ring (P)
  • 7th May                          15       O                                      15       Origami-folded techniques (3DP)
  • 14th                                                  16       P                                       16       Puff (3DP)
  • 21st                                                   17       Q                                      17       Quadruples (P)
  • 28th                                 HALF TERM – no class       HALF TERM – no class

Summer Term B (8½ weeks @ £8 = £66)                       Summer Term B (8½ weeks @ £8 = £66)

  • 4th June                        18       R                                        18       Reverse (A)
  • 11th                                                 19       S                                         19       Somerset (3DP)
  • 18th                                 20       T                                         20       Thai-Hmong (A)
  • 25th                                 21       U                                        21       USA-Seminole (P)
  • 2nd July                        22       V                                         22       Victorian-Crazy (A/P)
  • 9th                                   23       W                                        23       Windows- Stained Glass (A)
  • 16th                                24       X                                          24       Xtra layers-Chenille (3DP)
  • 23rd                               25       Y                                          25       Yoyos/Suffolk Puffs (3
  • 23rd                               26*       Z                                       26*      eZy Bow Ties (3DP)

* extended class


  • Classes are a maximum of 6 or 7 students
  • Please contact me on louise.mabbs.textiles@btinternet.com


  • £8 per class – payable per half term (unless you join partway through the term)
  • Includes tea/coffee, & worksheets when appropriate.
  • If you miss a class you can slot into the same technique next time, as long as you have paid for the whole half term
  • Or tap into another time slot if we can get the evening course up & running
  • Taster classes or one off classes £10