Make a Hand Sewn Mini-Quilt



Join textile artist Deborah Manson in this one-day workshop to make a unique 40cms x 40cms hand sewn patchwork quilt.

Deborah will begin by talking about her own practice and showing you examples inspiring you to design your own unique patchwork composition using colour and shape, a selection of Deborah’s naturally dyed fabrics, and your own fabric scraps.

Using a basic hand stitch technique, you’ll learn to piece your fabrics together using both straight and curved lines then add texture with hand quilting using Japanese sashiko threads and finishing your piece off with a simple binding.

During this workshop you will develop the following creative skills and techniques:

- Design
- Hand pieced patchwork
- Colour and texture relationships
- Hand quilting
- Binding

Your mini quilt could be the starting point for something bigger, or a way to explore these traditional techniques in a modern way.

Suitable for all levels. This course runs on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th January, 10am to 4pm on both days.

Deborah works from her studio in Sussex where she makes textiles and works on paper. Her garden is an extension of the studio where she grows and processes plants for natural dyeing.

Her practice engages deeply with the act of making, an exploration of materials and the natural world.

Her aesthetic – lo-fi, handmade, imperfect – evolves from her interest in age old craft techniques and the cross overs between art, design and craft.

Whether working with paper or cloth she explores colour relationships, placement and composition and the juxtaposition of materials and textures.

Deborah studied Visual Communication at Central St Martins and Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art. She exhibits her work in museums and galleries and runs workshops and courses for people of all ages and abilities.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Refreshments and lunch will be provided during the class. The price of the workshop includes wool wadding, hand dyed fabrics, sewing equipment, and an illustrated booklet of instructions.

Participants must bring along:

- A good pair of fabric scissors.
- A selection of plain and patterned fabric scraps.
- 60 cms x 60 cms piece of plain or patterned fabric suitable for the back of your hanging and your edge binding.

All the better if your fabrics are second hand, unpicked garments with a personal story or something you’ve found in a market or charity shop.


Jon Tutton at Atelier Beside the Sea


165 Kings Road Arches
East Sussex

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Suitable for beginners


12 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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