A couple of months ago a small number of beginner sewers decided to start their patchwork and quilting journey through Ripley Sewing Centre. For this program we focussed on using a newly published book titled Jump into Patchwork and Quilting by Sarah Ashford for C&T Publishing, Inc.
Sarah is a qualified educationalist, modern quilter, pattern designer and freelance writer who lives in an area of South West England. Sarah has also written a second book titled Rotary Cutting Basics and is the founder of the Great British Quilter, an online community championing British quilters and designers.
Thanks to Zoom, Sarah will be joining our group on Saturday 27th November for a chat during which all participants will share with Sarah their beginner quilt journey to date. The attached photo of three participant’s blocks so far shows their individual colour preferences.
With each block they have made we have seen “light bulbs” come on. They have learnt new skills, improve on the ones they had already learned, and more importantly gained confidence with every step. Overarching all of this learning journey has been laughter and fleeting times of heartache with developing the skill of “how to unpick!” S-e-w from just a fleeting interest in what patchwork and quilting is all about has led to becoming totally addicted. In the words of Sarah “There really is something so alluring about sewing with beautiful fabrics and rich, bright-coloured threads, and ultimately creating handmade pieces that you can call your own”. Through Sarah’s journey in the written form of her book, our participant’s world of patchwork and quilting has evolved and will continue to develop through their new found passion.