Blue Quilt

Workshops/full day classes:

Essentials of hand quilting

hand quilting

All the essential steps for hand quilting. Begin a cushion-sized design, baste layers together and begin quilting– lots of information on markers, marking methods, basting and, of course, the quilting stitch itself from start to finish. With tips galore, perhaps some old quilts to examine, this is a great class for anyone who lacks confidence in their hand quilting, or wants the opportunity to try it out.

Suitable for beginners and improvers alike.

Please note that this class is only available with kits provided at a small additional charge per student.  


Hand quilting refresher






Brush up your hand quilting skills, however rusty they may be, from start to finish.  Maybe try big stitch, perle cotton or just revisit some basics and beyond.

Please note that this class is only available with kits provided at a small additional charge per student.

Stitch it and stuff it

trapunto example

Trapunto, cording, Italian quilting, boutis – there are many different names for simple handstitching techniques which can magically raise plain cloth to create a wonderfully rich texture. Experience this exciting transformation for yourself as you try out a selection of traditional methods in this absorbing class.


Eastern promise

Tentmaker style applique

On the Street of the Tentmakers in Cairo stunning applique hangings have been produced for hundreds of years.  Enjoy working with a comfortably sized Tentmaker-style design and traditional needleturn applique methods as Barbara shows you how to stitch points and curves with confidence.


Strippy style


Wholecloth strippy quilts are the unsung beauties of our British quilting tradition.  They are amazingly quick and rewarding to stitch whether you work by hand or machine.  Learn how to draft and combine motifs and plan your own stylish strippy to make and quilt after class.


Antique Rose Star

Antique Rose Star in progress

Discover how easy and fast hand piecing (without papers) can be and enjoy planning your first examples of this traditional favourite.  One kite shaped pattern piece is all that you need to make this block which is perfect for using lots of small pieces of different fabrics.


Whigs Defeat

Whigs Defeat example

This is a classic block that is much faster and easier to achieve than you might imagine.  Classic hand piecing (without papers), curved seams and straightforward needleturn applique are all included.



Quilt down the Nile

Inspiration from the Street of the Tentmakers in Cairo – lots of these amazing applique pieces from Barbara’s personal collection to admire & handle.

 Quilts from The Cupboard

This talk is based on Barbara’s personal collection of vintage and other quilts which are kept in the infamous Cupboard.  Some tattered, some masterpiece, some old, some not – the selection may be slightly different each time.


Pink Quilt