Patchwork and quilting week with Dawn Cameron Dick



Patchwork and quilting week with Dawn Cameron Dick.

Dawn has already taught this workshop around the world so we are delighted that she is returning to Lilac Barn.

This course is perfect for all levels of quilter. It covers all aspects of Patchwork & Quilting with lots of ideas and tips for easy and successful quilts.

Students also learn Dawn Cameron Dick's signature techniques; 'threaducation' and 'invisible machine appliqué', hand and machine quilting, borders, bindings - ultimately learning how to create a unique quilt done completely to your own tastes.

Dawn is well known to Lilac Barn and is a patchworker, quilter and author. Her brilliant new book the 'Pocket Tutor' has just been published.

Come and enjoy the company of other quilters and enjoy a crafts based holiday, have expert tuition in the studio and eat home cooked lunches. What could be more idyllic!

Free parking, no hectic airport queues, no lost luggage!

Students will be able to sew as much or as little as they please - you are here to enjoy yourself and take in the ambience of the Somerset Levels and all that it offers.

Outings can be made to quilting shops, or local attractions; Wells Cathedral, Street factory outlets, Glastonbury and its Abbey, or the local Willow and Basket Centre.

Places are limited which allows plenty of room for cutting, design, and ironing boards.

A great way to make new friends. Enrol soon as this course is always popular!

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?

The price includes home made lunch, tea, coffee, but please come equipped with the following:
- Sewing machine
- Sewing kit (to include tape measure and sharp scissors)
- Fabric (contact Dawn or Cherry if you need advice on this).


Cherry Dobson at Lilac Barn

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Mother Hubbard, Curload
Stoke St Gregory

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


5 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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Chris Roberts - - #38443

Dawn is very knowledgeable and imparts this clearly. She went through some very basic information about needles and thread that de-mystified issues that had bugged me for over 40 years. Although I was unable to stay for the whole week I feel confident that I can continue due to the clarity of the instruction. Delicious food and cake throughout. I highly recommend this course.

Response from Lilac Barn:

Thank you , I am so pleased that you enjoyed the course and sorry that you had to leave early. I hope to see you again gin the future. Cherry

Glynis Hillier - - #31244

Just come back from a lovely week at Lilac Barn with Cherry and Dawn. Lots of useful tips to get the best out of my "old" sewing machine, great help and encouragement for a relative beginner from everyone. I've now got lots of ideas and different techniques to try. I enjoyed everyone's company and the lunches and cakes were delicious, thank you Cherry!
I look forward to the opportunity to come again.

Response from Lilac Barn:

Dear Glynis
Thank you for taking the time to do the excellent review. What you achieved was amazing from not having any idea of how the blocks would work to making a star! Well done.
I look forward to seeing you again, maybe next year

Helen= B-S - - #31218

A fantastic relaxed week at Lilac Barn with Dawn, in the bright airy spacious studio at Lilac Barn.

Lots of one on and one and group tuition, a relaxed atmosphere and an open hours policy meant you can spend as much time sewing as you wanted.

I learnt lots, and have come away brimming with new techniques and inspiration.

Cherry is an excellent host, providing delicious homemade lunches and hands on help (she unpicked lots of seams for me as well as helped make a pressing mat) and has a wealth of local knowledge to help you get the most out of your time

Will be rebooking for next year!

Response from Lilac Barn:

Dear Helen
Thank you for the excellent review, your work was inspirational.
It is always good for Dawn and I to hear that the week works well and that the students leave having achieved their goals and more.
We look forward to seeing you again
Take care

Rosie - - #17480

Hi Dawn
Just to thank you once again for a wonderful week. I learned so much and it was a lovely group where everyone was so generous not only in sharing their knowledge but constantly offering words of encouragement. I loved listening to all your tips and learning different techniques. The only downside was the week went too quickly. What a wonderful place Lilac Barn is. Cherry is such a wonderful host and a lovely person. So thank you once again for an inspiring week

Chris - - #17479

We both benefited from Dawn's course and returned with information overload thankfully we have made notes for reference. It was wonderful to start off with basics, needles and threads it has made an enormous difference to my machine which is very OLD. Thankfully I hadn't purchased a new model before the course, I certainly know what I should be looking for now.

Patricia - - #8942

A great thank you Cherry for your kind and warm welcome and all the delicious meals you prepared for us as well as the special treats every afternoon. It was lovely to meet you and I could not have hoped for more from this 5 day retreat.
Our group got on very well and we all learnt from each other. The studio was bright and very spacious and ideal for spreading our fabrics and equipment. Dawn provided me with many new skills and very good refreshers. Her extensive knowledge and passion are fascinating and very addictive.
I have returned home refreshed but also with many new goals and ideas for my patchwork.
Thank you.

Sally - - #8858

Thank you very much for arranging last week's course and for all your hospitality during it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt so much - but also very much appreciated your delicious lunches and refreshments throughout the day and the relaxed and friendly environment that you provide at Lilac Barn.

Pam and Helen - - #293

We are relatively inexperienced quilters who went on the course with an idea of what we wanted to learn. We were not disappointed as we had achieved our aims over the week and more. Lovely welcome from both Cherry and Dawn. Delicious lunches. Dawn's instruction was flexible and each of us within the group worked to our own level. We would recommend this week to anyone wishing to enjoy and learn valuable skills in an ideal environment.

November 2012

Lorraine - - #291

I did this course in November 2012 and really enjoyed the whole week. I knew very little about patchwork and quilting and was bowled over by Dawn's knowledge. She was very flexible and allowed me to do what I needed to do rather than making me work to her programme. I learned a huge amount and am inspired to really have a go. Cherry was very welcoming and her lunches were delicious! There was a lovely atmosphere altogether with the students sometimes coming together (eg on the appliqué day) and sometimes working on their own. I thoroughly recommend the course and am hoping to repeat it myself!

Sally Rouse - - #277

I had a very enjoyable week with Cherry and Dawn. I was made very welcome and the lunches which Cherry provided were delicious. Dawn is, without doubt an excellent teacher but as I am an experienced quilter, I did not feel that I really got value for money as on two complete days, I just sewed on my own and had no tuition. I was happy with that in that I wanted to get on with my work, but on reflection I am not sure that paying for Dawn's input was a good idea. I was interested to see Dawn demonstrate her excellent technique Invisible Machine Appliqué so I did gain from having her available on that particular day.

For someone wanting an intensive week of tuition, it is an excellent course.

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