New Patchwork Classes for 2018

Yesterday we had a fantastic patchwork class with Mandy Munroe using the fantastic Sew and Slash technique; just look how pleased these ladies are with their new quilt tops!

They all had a brilliant day and are now raring to go on more of Mandy’s fabulous workshops, so this week we thought we’d showcase all of her classes so that you can see just what we get up to when she’s in the shop for the day.


Beginner’s Patchwork – £75.00
Learn the basic elements of patchwork piecing in this simple class that promises to get you hooked on patchworking. Mandy will help you choose appropriate colours and patterns for your project which will see you get to grips with sewing both squares and triangles.
10.30am – 3.30pm 8th March 2018


Sew and Slash Patchwork – £75.00
Create an unusual quilt top with this clever take on traditional patchworking. Again Mandy will help you with choosing your prints and get you started on making a fantastic looking project.
10.30am – 3.30pm 29th March 2018

Quilting and Binding Workshop – £50.00
Bring a small project to this class, such as a lap quilt, runner or cushion front and learn how to quilt. Mandy will show you how to straight line quilt, trim and apply binding, giving your piece a properly finished look. Machines with walking feet will be provided in the class.
10.30am – 3.30pm 1st February 2018


Abstract Free Form Cutting – £75.00
Have you seen the February issue of Popular Patchwork Magazine? Mandy will be teaching the cutting and sewing technique used for this quilt. This academy workshop was a sell out at Festival of Quilts three years running!
10.30am – 3.30pm 26th April 2018

All classes include fabric (excluding the Quilting and Binding class); for more information, please pop into the shop or call 01233 612278. Places must be booked in advance, and can be secured with a 50% deposit.


New Classes for 2016


Christmas 2015 is nearly upon us – presents have (mostly) been bought, gifts have been lovingly created, the trees are up and the lights are making everything feel festive, Christmas songs are on the radio and it’s the last day of school before the kids are released and the holiday starts to feel more like a holiday. So what better way to spend those frantic last few days before the Big Day itself than by contemplating which lovely, calm and soothing workshops you can undertake in the new year!

We’ve got a whole host of classes, new and old, which will inspire your creativity and keep you sewing well into 2016 – take a look at the list of highlights below or click on the Classes page to scruntenise the whole shebang. And there.s still time to add in a few more sessions, so if there’s something you’d really like to see on our schedule, do get in touch and let us know – we might be able to make your crafty wishes come true!


Clair’s Designs
So many people have asked for the patterns to Clair’s gorgeous little girl’s dresses that we’re introducing both the Reversible Dress and the Amelie Dress as workshops this year. The reversible dress is suitable for beginner’s due to it’s very simple but effective design, while the Amelie dress might be best for those with a little experience. However, both can be made from any of our beautiful and funky fabrics to create something special for a very lucky little girl. The classes cost £45.00 per person and take place on Wednesday 20th January (reversible) and Saturday 12th March (Amelie).


Mandy Munroe
Renowned patchwork designer Mandy is back at Emporia for a whole host of different classes in 2016, from beginners (16th January) through to more advanced sessions later on. Give yourself the chance to learn new skills with the intermediate session on Free Form Cutting (9th March), or try out a variety of applique techniques, both free hand and on the machine in a bunting workshop (23rd January). There’s also the traditional Log Cabin class (17th February) and the contemporary Sew and Slash class (12th March), and a chance to make a very trendy slouchy patchwork bag (27th March). All Mandy’s classes cost £60.00 per person – for more details on dates and times, take a look at the Classes page.


Aye Aye
Melissa of Aye Aye clothing is also coming back for the beginning of 2016 with two Circle Skirt classes on Saturday 30th January and Saturday 12th March, so you can make yourself a super swishy retro style skirt. And if you’d like to learn the basics of various sewing techniques then her Beginners Sessions will see you get to grips with the likes of zip insertion, buttons holes and other tricks on Saturday 13th February.


There’s more knitting to be done in 2016 as the tide of newbie knitters carries on sweeping across the nation with their passion for chunky yarn and cables. Beginners sessions (£25.00 per person) take place on 30th January, 27th February and 5th March, with solo sessions available to book on weekdays by appointment. Fancy getting to grips with cables? Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll attempt to schedule in a cable class where you can make a cable cowl or a super soft merino headband – email for more info and potential dates.

All classes require a 50% deposit to book a place – phone us on 01233 612278 or email for more information.

Summer Patchwork Classes with Mandy Munroe


This July sees the return of renowned quilter Mandy Munroe as she heads back to Emporia once more to take a series of patchwork quilt classes. Having had her quilts shown in exhibitions around the world and her designs published in the likes of Popular Patchwork, Mandy has become a big name in the quilting arena, making her classes extremely popular with learners and more experienced sewers alike. So if you’ve ever fancied learning to quilt or upping your patchwork game, now is the time!

Kicking off a whole month of patchwork fun, the first class to take place is the Beginner’s Patchwork on Saturday 11th July. Here’s your chance to learn the basics from a professional and tackle cutting simple squares with a rotary cutter before you discover how to build your first four blocks. Taking place over four hours, this is an ideal way to get comfy with the basic construction and sewing principles involved in creating your first quilt – ideal for complete newbies and perfect as a refresher for those who may not have undertake any quilting in a while. The class costs £50.00 per person and includes four fat quarters of fabric from our huge selection.


The second class run by Mandy over the summer is her Log Cabin Birds session. Here you can expand on your knowledge of basic piecing by creating simple birds using Log Cabin style construction. A chance to learn a brand new approach, this class is suitable for novice quilters and those with a little more experience. The session takes place on Tuesday 21st July 2015, and costs £50.00 per person, which includes fabrics.

Rounding off our patchwork and quilter’s month on Thursday 30th July, the final class is the Sew and Slash session which is a much freer version of patchwork than using the standard blocks. This creative class is perfect for intermediate level patchworkers or ambitious beginners who have some experience of quilting, as it involves being confident with your fabric placement and sewing without a pattern. On the day you will have enough time to create a fantastic quilt top, measuring around 40″ x 54″. The class costs £50.00 per person and includes fabric.


The dates for the classes are:
Beginner’s Patchwork – 10am – 3pm Saturday 11th July 2015
Only two spaces left!

Log Cabin Birds – 10am – 3pm Tuesday 21st July 2015
Three spaces left for this class.

Sew and Slash – 10am – 3pm Thursday 30th July 2015.
Three spaces left for this class.

If you would like to book a place on any of Mandy Munroe patchwork and quilting classes, give us a ring on 01233 612278 for more information.

And to celebrate our three fantastic quilting classes and the return of the lovely Mandy to the shop, we’ll be offering quilters a special discount throughout July – keep your eyes peeled for more information nearer the time.