If you have always wanted to try quilting, this course is for you. This is a one-day course, including at least six hours individual (one-to-one) tuition time, for absolute beginners, to introduce you to quilting and patchwork. The course will teach you all the basics for making a quilt: choosing fabric, cutting, joining pieces to make blocks, joining blocks to make rows, adding a border, quilting, trimming and finally binding a quilt. You will leave with a small quilt as a sample and with the skills and information to go ahead with tackling a full-size quilt in the future.
The course is taught either at my home in Kent or in my studio, which is a four-minute walk away from my home.. You only need to know how to use a sewing machine before you come. This is a full, but relaxed course, which will be tailored to you (as the only learner that day), so that you get the most out of it. There will be lots of additional information, hints and tips given throughout the day.
Covid-19 information: during the day, masks are not required (but can be worn if preferred) a one-metre distance is maintained, the window is kept open (so bring an extra layer of clothing!), all surfaces and equipment are cleaned and sanitised before your arrival. There is a wash-basin available for you to wash your hands.
Tutor information: Amanda Jane Ogden is a qualified and experienced teacher of textiles, who designs fabrics and writes quilt and sewing patterns for national magazines and for sale online.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All the tools and equipment for the day are provided, including the use of a sewing machine. Materials (fabric, wadding and thread) are included. You will be asked your colour preferences before you come and a carefully curated selection of fabrics will be waiting for you when you arrive. (However, if you particularly want to bring your own fabrics, Amanda can offer advice once the booking is made.)
Coffee or tea is provided (with biscuits) mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Please bring a packed lunch.
1 day (9:30am to 5:00pm)
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1 day (9:30am to 5:00pm)
I did a one to one course with Amanda at the weekend and it is the best thing I have done in a long time. It was such fun and so rewarding as I came away with my own mini quilt! All in one day.!Amanda took me step by step and was so helpful with suggestions and expertise . So inspired have bought my own equipment and am about to start on my own project and its only Tuesday. Thankyou
Response from Amanda Jane Textiles:Dear Helen,
I thoroughly enjoyed the day spent with Amanda learning the skills of traditional quilt making. As it was one to one tuition from a very experienced quilter it was fabulous. I even managed to leave with my own quilt sampler. Couldn’t recommend the day enough.
Response from Amanda Jane Textiles:Thank you for your review Pauline. It was a pleasure to teach you yesterday in the studio. I hope your sampler quilt will be just the beginning of your quilting experience!
What a great day! Very patient teacher with a novice and full of tips and tricks. Everything planned perfectly so I went home with a great mini quilt, having tried the techniques needed to make a full size one. One to one teaching means you have someone making suggestions and sharing expertise all day and so learn quickly. Aftercare great too- follow up email with more tips and a newsletter and advice re suppliers. Feel I’ve taken a leap forward and have the confidence to get started on my own!
Response from Amanda Jane Textiles:Dear Angela,
Thoroughly enjoyed the quilt making course. Amanda is very patient and a fantastic teacher. Measures were in place to maintain a social distance for Covid. Beautiful building and a great day of learning. Would do it all again :)
Response from Amanda Jane Textiles:Dear Lynsey,
Fantastic day in a beautiful historic building quilting with Amanda. She is a patient, careful and inspiring teacher. All Covid precautions were respected and a safe environment for learning was created. I’m very pleased with my finished quilt and ready to start on my next project. Thank you so much
Response from Amanda Jane Textiles:Thank you for your review, Sue. It was good to meet you and your finished quilt was lovely. Well done. Lots of quilt-making ahead!
I spent a day with Amanda on this course and found her experience invaluable. She was patient, informative and understanding. I completed a sample quilt which I thoroughly enjoyed making. I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in quilting.
Response from Amanda Jane Textiles:Thank you for your review Tracy. I hope this will be just the start of your quiltmaking! Looking forward to seeing the photo of your finished item.
I really enjoyed my day with Amanda, her studio is in the beautiful surroundings of Ushaw college. All COVID precautions had been taken and rules observed at all times. This was my first time quilting but after Amanda’s excellent tuition I am confident in giving it a go myself. I was given lots of advice and tips to help with my future projects. The course was delivered in a comfortable atmosphere and led by my pace, as the course is one to one it could have been intense but it was amazing how quickly the day passed. I left with a completed quilt. I would totally recommend this course to anyone looking to begin quilting.
Response from Amanda Jane Textiles:Thank you for your review, Barbara. I'm glad that you enjoyed the day at Ushaw. It was nice to have fine weather, so we could eat lunch outside in the grounds. I hope you continue to enjoy quilt-making in the time ahead.
I thoroughly enjoyed my course with Amanda. I’m a first time quilter and was shown lots of good basic steps to get me started. The quilt I left with is really lovely. She followed all covid rules and made me feel very safe. Additionally the building she works from is beautiful, adding to an altogether great day.
Response from Amanda Jane Textiles:Thank you for your review Pauline. I'm glad you enjoyed the day and hope that it will be the beginning of a long and pleasurable journey into quiltmaking.