Workshops & Requirements

Ethelda Ellis  Workshop Sunday 3rd February  2019

Confetti Landscapes

 We will use our own photographs of nature and create small wall hangings in impressionistic style by recycling all those small colourful off-cuts of fabric that usually land in the bin.

There will be absolutely no piecing done and it is a good technique to get confident in free motion quilting.

This workshop is a full day of playing, using fabric as paint and adding details with threads using our sewing machines.

Here are two class examples:-

Confetti Landscape: Requirements

These look extensive, but read through them and you’ll find that they aren’t as daunting as they might seem on first glance. You do have most of this in your stash.

Prepare the following :

  • a layer of cotton backing fabric ( I usually use a busy print*) FOUR inches  larger than the finished quilt
  • thin polyester or cotton batting, TWO inches larger than the finished size of the quilt.
    ( I suggest that we do not attempt a very large quilt in order to try to complete the whole process during the workshop.) A good size would be : Backing: 12.5 x 16.5 ” & Thin Polyester or cotton wadding: 10.5 x 14.5″. (*The back of the quilt will not be visible in the final piece of art).
  • Pictures of landscapes with trees. We can swop and choose suitable ones to demonstrate the technique. I will bring examples too. I have many photos of spring ( blue bells) and autumn that I know works well, to learn the technique, that I will bring along.
  • Scraps of fabric sorted more or less by colour in Zip Seal bags. Don’t cut every piece into confetti yet. Fabric does not need to be necessarily cotton. Think about colours found in nature during the different seasons of the year.
  • This workshop is about ‘recycling’ scraps of fabric. The more scraps and different colours available, the more there is to share. Please bring any green fabric that you have in your stash as well as light blue, white, light grey for the sky, light brown.
  • Bigger pieces of dark to very dark colours that will be used for trees, rocks and other accents. Black, dark grey or dark brown works well. These can also be solids.
  • Scissors to cut fabric.
  • Cutting mat and rotary cutter.
  • Sewing machine, cleaned and in good working order. Free-motion foot (darning and/or open toe) is a must.
  • If you have a free-standing thread spool holder, bring it along. No straight stitching will be done in this workshop. (I suggest that the free-motion foot should be fitted at home and some free-motion stitching should be done before the workshop to sort out tension problems.)
  • YLI invisible thread in SMOKE colour. Bobbin thread (bobbin fill used by embroidery machines) or a 60 weight (or thinner) thread. PLEASE BRING EXTRA BOBBINS FOR YOUR MACHINE. I will bring bobbin thread that you can wind on your bobbin. I will also bring YLI thread that you can buy if you find it difficult to get some.
  • Quilting, ordinary cotton, polyester, or embroidery thread in different colours of nature. (Also light colours for highlights and black.) Again: it is about COLOURS found in Nature. All thicknesses could work.
  • Quilters safety pins.
  • Universal machine needles size 70 and 90. Large eye needles good for embroidery threads. Topstitch needles usually have large eyes for thick threads.
  • Sewing notions as usual. Fabric Marking pens. Pencil and black permanent marker.
  • Zip seal bags ( small) to keep colours of confetti scraps organised.
  • Sandwiched scrap to check tension on.

Please feel free to email Ethelda  for more information:

Saturday March 2nd 2019

Time: 16:00

Kaffe Fassett   “Colour and Inspiration”

Where: Ulster Museum for The NIPG

Members £ 10.00  Non-members £ 20.00


Sunday March 3rd 2019 Workshop

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm



Windmill Fabrics, Windmill Business Park, Windmill Rd, Saintfield, Ballynahinch BT24 7DX

Kaffe Fassett & Brandon Mably

“Snowballs Quilt Workshop: Concentrate on Complex Colour Development”


The purpose of this workshop is to encourage participants to use their instincts and develop their own skills as colourists

Supported by: Windmill Fabrics, Windmill Business Park, Windmill Rd, Saintfield, Ballynahinch BT24 7DX

  • Windmill Fabrics stock Kaffe Fassett along with several other ranges. These will be available for purchse during the workshop. Kaffe & Brandon are prepared to help with selection.

Costs: £ 80.00

Deposit is non-refundable.

[You’ll find lots of information  on this page and here, but if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, oor have a specific query regarding tickets, contact: 

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Snowballs Quilt Workshop with Kaffe Fassett & Brandon Mably

In ‘Kaffe Fassett’s V&A Quilts’ book, Kaffe has taken a traditional snowball patchwork and made it fabulous simply by the use of colour, creating the Leafy Snowball Quilt and the Wedding Snowball Quilt.

In his book Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts, Kaffe took this further with the Floral Snowball Quilt and then developed it as a medallion in Contrast Brassica Snowballs in Quilts in Ireland.

Further examples are in Quilts in Morocco and Quilt Grandeur.

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The Snowball Workshop is suitable for beginners who already know how to sew a seam and how to use a rotary cutter.

It is also for more advanced quilt makers who wish to concentrate on complex colour development.


SUPPLIES TO BRING TO CLASS & Further Explanation

PLEASE NOTE: No sewing takes place during the workshop.

Kaffe will also be happy to sign books at the end of the class and there will be a selection of his books available to purchase, such as Bold Blooms, Dreaming in Colour, Quilts in
Italy, Quilts in Ireland and Quilts in America.

• Rotary cutter, cutting mat (at least 12” x 18”) and rotary ruler (6” x 12”)
Kaffe Fassett flannel design wall – at least 40” x 72” – VERY IMPORTANT – more information below. 
• Fabric scissors
• Pencil
• Pins
• Optional: reducing glass or peephole





Some participants prefer that we tell them beforehand exactly what fabrics to bring, but the principle of this class is to inspire creativity and work instinctively.  We don’t have a theory or work from a planned recipe.

We all like different fabrics and colours for different reasons and so we should! We love people to use other fabrics than just ours in the class, such as designs from Amy Butler, Anna Marie Horner or novelty and so on. It adds spice and variety, which we love.

The best suggestion we could give participants is to bring a wide selection large scale prints in either  bright/light colours or dark/richer colours. It is much easier to have more fabrics to play with in the class and to be able to eliminate.

Choose your own colour palette and your own theme: flowers, graphics, etc. for example: a  range of reds from magenta to tomato, or a range of greens, or a range of blues, or yellows, or browns, or greys.

 The prints can be multicoloured as long as they are mostly in your preferred colour
range. They should be medium to large scale prints, similar in tone and pattern and sit harmoniously together.

It could be a range of black and whites or a range of other contrasting prints, but nothing in small scale.

If not sure, be prepared to shop at the workshop. Kaffe and Brandon will help participants shop in the class, so leave some choices to them

Please do not cut the fabrics before the class.

The Snowball corner fabrics are small-scale prints or solids – bring to class an assortment of 1⁄4 yard pieces of possible corner choices. This corner fabric can be a bit of a mystery until the Snowball fabrics have been worked out so bring a nice range of possibilities.

On the day of the workshop, you will be able to buy from a whole range of fabrics through the host shop supplier. Kaffe & Brandon will be able to assist participants in choosing different fabrics to use in their quilt.

Come to class prepared to buy your accent colors. You will be buying about 10 quarter yards as we shall be developing ideas about accent colours throughout the workshop.  So unless you have some very  definite preferences for accents, don’t bring these fabrics with you.

  • Cutting  
    This quilt is quite scrappy and as long as fabrics are in a similar contrast to one another they will look  wonderful.
    Do all of your cutting during the workshop – NOT BEFORE.
    Snowball squares are cut 6” x 6”
    Snowball corners are cut 2 1⁄4” x 2 1⁄4”
  • Workshop space
    On the day you will have table space for cutting and wall
    space for laying out your quilt. Remember to bring or buy your
    mat, ruler and rotary cutter as well as your design wall flannel.


  • Design Wall   

CaptureKaffe Fassett uses a design wall which is a piece of flannel fabric at least 40 inches by 72 inches. Each participant should have a design wall which will be attached to the wall at the workshop. Fabrics are then  pinned to the  fabric wall.  This is then folded up with fabrics in place to take home.

It should be a neutral colour (not white) grey, taupe, cocoa coloured flannel.  Kaffe Fassett design wall fabric is available from Amazon  and The Cotton Patch.  (Windmill Fabrics  are researching this fabric and may have it in stock soon.) Fons and Porter also produce a design wall.

A flannelette sheet dyed an appropriate colour  with  a 2 inch grid marked on will also  work.