• More Patchwork Skills - Tutor Lis Binns
    09/01/2020 - 02/04/2020
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Booking Information: Please book your place online. Payments are taken securely via PayPal – you do not need to have a Paypal account. Please call the shop asap if you prefer not to pay online to guarantee your place on 01995 603363. Please be aware that your place is not guaranteed until payment is received.
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About Your Workshop:
Develop your patchwork skills by learning how to make a number of traditional blocks using both traditional straight edged and curved piecing and Foundation piecing. Your blocks can be expanded and combined to create a cushion cover, lap quilt or even a bed quilt!

Dates and Times:

Thurs 9 January
Thurs 6 February
Thurs 5 March
Thurs 2 April
10.30am – 3.30pm

Learning Curve:
Starting with the basics you will learn how to accurately cut fabrics using patchwork rulers and a rotary cutter. A variety of sewing techniques will then be covered over the four weeks including:
Flying Geese: Learn how to sew triangles together to create the traditional Flying Geese block. The ability to cut and sew along the bias will stand you in good stead for creating further blocks based on triangles including windmills and stars!
Foundation Piecing: By using a paper or fabric base on which to sew your fabrics together it allows you to accurately create unusual shapes and even join very small pieces of fabric together.
Curved Piecing: Add movement and flow to your patchwork by introducing curved pieces. You will be shown how to accurately cut your fabrics to ensure you have the correct seam allowances and then to fit the fabrics together to allow for a smooth continuous curve when you come to sew them together.
Part Sewn Seams: This technique allows for a seemingly continuous flow of a pattern by only sewing partial seams that will subsequently be completed later once additional fabric pieces have been added.

Skill level: Suitable for those with some basic patchwork understanding (machine sewing experience is required).

About Lis:
Lis has been sewing for as long as she can remember – her mother taught needlework and Lis would be given fabric scraps to play with which lead to her creating her own dolls clothes. Lis’s love of all things needlework continued and she enjoyed cross stitch, dress making and soft furnishing. Then in 2006 Lis started patchwork and quilting after spending many years wondering why you would cut fabrics up just to sew them back together again! Since then Lis has completed qualifications in Advanced Patchwork and Quilting, a City and Guild Certificate in Patchwork and Quilting and a City and Guild Diploma. Lis enjoys all aspects of patchwork and quilting including traditional, contemporary, piecing and quilting.

Please bring with you:

  • Every Session:
    • Sewing kit (pins, scissors (large & small), replacement needles (sharp/microtex 70/10), thread (cotton 60 or 50 weight))
    • Sewing Machine (including power lead, foot control and instruction book)
  • For Flying Geese:
    • Three fat quarters of fabric
  • For Foundation Piecing:
    • Two contrasting fat quarters of fabric
    • Pencil
    • An add-a-quarter ruler (not essential but very useful)
    • A postcard (or similar sized piece of card)
  • For Curved Piecing:
    • Two or more fat quarters of fabric (contrasting or complimentary)
    • An old cereal packet
    • Pencil
    • Pair of compasses
  • For Part Sewn Seams:
    • Three fat quarters of fabric

What’s Included?

  • Tea, coffee and biscuits


68b Church Street, Garstang, Lancashire, PR3 1YA, United Kingdom


Our Creative Thread Studio sits above our new shop, at 68b Church Street. We opened on the 21st July 2018,

The studio space offers excellent light to work and air conditioning, comfy chairs and two work surfaces for you. We have ample plug sockets and ironing surfaces, facilities to provide refreshments, a microwave.

However the studio is on the first floor. We can offer to carry your machines and bags up stairs for you.