Beginners Patchwork Class


Things have been a bit quiet on the classes front for a while, but fear not avid craft learners! Coming up this August we have the super crafty and amazingly talented Mandy Munroe taking a one day workshop right here at Emporia. For anyone who hasn’t heard of Mandy, she is a renowned patchwork designer who regularly creates beautiful pieces for Popular Patchwork magazine, and she will also be teaching at the NEC’s Festival of Quilts over the summer too. And if you take a peak in our window at the moment, you can see an example of her brilliant patchwork (see photo above), which she has kindly lent us to advertise the course. So we are really chuffed that she has chosen to come and share her quilting and patchwork secrets with us in this one off class.

Taking place on Saturday 2nd August 2014, the Beginners Patchwork is the ideal class for anyone who is interested in learning how to sew quilted items and isn’t quite sure how to make those very first steps. Here you will learn basic patchwork techniques including how to choose and match colours, getting to grips with rotary cutters, and sewing blocks using modern construction methods. On the day itself, you will sew four quilt blocks and gain confidence in carrying on with your square or triangle patchwork at home. All necessary equipment will be provided on the day and the course fee includes your choice of four fat quarters from our ever expanding range.

Interested? Well, give us a ring or pop into the shop for more information and to book your place. We are sure there are bound to be plenty of newbie quilters out there wanting to learn from the best, so make sure you get your place booked soon!

In the meantime, Mandy has got us all thinking about quilting and patchwork, so we’ve been inspired to make up some fat quarter bundles that could be the perfect selection for her course. What do you think of these lovelies?


¬†Blues, purples, paisley and florals – very grown up and quite sophisticated looking. We’re thinking Indian inspired and summery.


Pale pinks, turquoise, greys and faded yellows – quirky prints and softer tones make for an eye catching selection that doesn’t require you to put on shades.


Brights – oranges, greens, vibrant blues and geometric prints. Great for livening up natural tones and perfect for kids.

But don’t let us tell you what goes with what – we’re keen to hear and see your patchwork matching skills in action; if you’ve got an opinion to share or some advice to give on anything patchwork or quilting related, drop us a line via the Contact Us page or pop a comment in the box below. We’d love to hear from you!