Sunday 7th March 2020 Workshops & Requirements for Janet McCallum

Loosen Up!
A quick piecing, machine sewn, scrap quilt technique suitable for all level of expertise and ideal for using up leftover strips and sample squares.


In a day, you should be able to produce enough blocks for a cushion cover or cot quilt. Either bring as many scraps as you can carry and swap or make the quilt in one kind of fabric, for instance, Amish plains or Bali batiks.
A relaxed method with no templates, no measuring and hardly any rules!

Requirements List

Fabric Assorted scraps – as many as you wish to carry. Bring all those strips left over from other projects and those 4 or 5 inch sample squares, if you have them.

You may wish to bring some fabrics which you are willing to swap or you may want to bring all of one kind e.g. batiks or hand dyed fabric. Mix plains and patterns but all cotton.

Fabric amounts depend on your final size but bring a fat 18th of at least 10 different fabrics and ½ -1 yard of an accent or unifying fabric. This will appear more often than any other. If you decide on a bright colour scheme, you might choose a black or navy print or even bright red. Or, if you have a pastel scheme, then a pale blue could work well.

  • cutting mat
  • rotary cutter
  • ruler – square rulers are
  • useful
  • sewing machine (check you
  • have the foot pedal)
  • full bobbins
  • extension lead
  • neutral coloured thread eg
  • mid-grey, fawn, pale blue

Saturday 1st February 2020 & Sunday 2nd February 2020

Workshops with Ruth Brown (Stone Creek Textiles)

The only requirement for Ruth Brown’s workshop is a cutting mat – at least A4 and preferably bigger.

Rosie James Requirements List

City Street

Saturday workshop Stitch Draw – Black and White

  • Sewing machine with a free machine foot.
  • Embroidery hoop (about 8inches)
  • Black thread
  • White cotton fabric (sheeting type fabric is fine)
  • Small scissors, pencil to draw with
  • I will bring some images to draw from, but if you have some you would like to
  • use please bring them. They need to be about A4 size.

Stitch Draw – Colour and surfaces. – Sunday workshop

  • Sewing machine with a free machine foot
  • Embroidery hoop
  • A selection of coloured sewing machine threads including black
  • White cotton fabric and any coloured printed fabric scraps you may have.
  • Bondaweb (you will need about an A4 sheet)
  • Iron and surface to Iron on.
  • Small scissors, pencil to draw with

I will bring a selection of fabrics and papers to stitch on and also images to draw from, but if you have your own photos you would like to use please bring them. (A4 size is good, not too small)

Saturday 5th October

Delighted to have Tomomi McElwee of Slaney Quilting Studio

Tomomi McElwee of Slaney Quilting Studio

Saturday, 5th October!

Delighted to have Tomomi McElwee of Slaney Quilting Studio

Saturday afternoon – Small Japanese drawstring bags; the Sunday workshop is the Illusion table runner.

Contact Mary Walker marywalker42@hotmail.com to book a place on either workshop.

Scrap drawstring bag workshop
Drawstring bags or Kinchaku bags are what the Japanese had as bags to put things in and carry before Western bags came (Furoshiki, wrapping cloth is other type of item used for carrying things but they are not bag shaped).


Traditionally these small bags are made from scraps out of other sewing jobs. Also young girls made these to practice sewing skills and carried small bits and pieces.


Since they have a flat bottom and wide opening, you can see what is inside very easily and they sit easily.
They can be made in any size but the smaller the cuter, let’s make them in palm size! Go through all your scrap collection and find nice combination of fabrics.

Tools you need,
Sewing machine and sewing tools
Hand sewing needle
Bodkin or any tool to feed strings
Tweezers to reach tiny corners

Four piece bag
For finished size: 4 1/4” by 4 1/4”H approx..
You need, Two or four different fabric for main parts, four of 2 1/2” by 4 1/2”
One fabric for top parts (orange in picture) , two of 2 7/8” by 2 7/8”
Opening/drawstring tubes, two of 6 3/4” by 1 1/2 – 2”
Lining, one of 12” by 5 1/2” or two of 6 1/4” by 5 1/2”
Two of 25” long draw strings
Tiny scraps for drawstring ends and poly cushion filler.
You may use light weight fusible stabiliser (optional).

Eight piece bag
For finished size: 5” by 3 1/2” H approx..
You need,
For the bottom (blue in the picture), eight of 2” by 3 1/2”
For the middle (white in the picture), eight of 2” by 3 1/2”
For above two parts, you can mix two, four or eight different fabrics
One fabric for top parts (pink in the picture), four of 2 3/8” by 2 3/8”
Opening/drawstring tubes, two of 10” by 1 1/2 – 2”
Lining, two of 9 1/2” by 6” or one of 18 1/2” by 6”
Two of 30 – 40” long draw strings
Tiny scraps for drawstring ends and belly button and poly cushion filler.
Small card board for belly button.
You may use light weight fusible stabiliser (optional).