Classes & Workshops

All classes and workshops are suspended until further notice - please email us for further details info @quiltingsmiles.co.uk. Keep checking back for further updates.

Classes and Workshops 2020

We are delighted to offer some exciting new classes in 2020 from our brand new studio in Farnley near Otley, Yorkshire. Our friendly workshops and classes cover a range of sewing, patchwork and quilting techniques and projects for both the beginner and intermediate levels. Click on the enquire button for more information or feel free to contact us





Beginners' Classes                                                   
These classes will introduce to you lots of different patchwork techniques and get you started on a beginner’s sampler quilt or table runner. It is suitable for beginners with little or no experience. You can expect to learn how to make blocks such as Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps, Shoo Fly, Sawtooth Star, Rail Fence and Crazy Patch. We will use the Quilt-As-You-Go method to quilt each block so that when you join it all together it is already quilted. Learn lots of little tips and tricks along the way to make your stitching the best it can be. Sewing machines can be provided.

When:                          Fridays 9.30am to 12.15pm
Where:                         Quilting Smiles, Farnley Business Park, Otley, Yorkshire LS21 2QF
Dates:                          Jan 17th, 31st Feb 14th, 28th Mar 13th, 27th
Cost:                            £108 for 6 classes (+£9 optional machine hire)
Included:                      Tuition, printed handouts, hot drinks and refreshments 
You need to bring:        Full details about what to bring will be emailed to you.





Intermediate/Advanced Level Classes                   
Our regular studio based classes on Wednesdays and Thursday cater for those who have some experience of patchwork and quilting and wish to develop their techniques. They are based at our new studio at Farnley Business Park, Otley, Yorkshire LS21 2QF and dates are as follows for 2020:

Sew Lovely (Intermediate A)          Thursdays 9:30am-12:30pm: Jan 16th, 30th Feb 13th, 27th Mar 12th, 26th       
Threducation (Intermediate B)       Thursdays 9:30am-12:30pm: Jan 9th, 23rd Feb 6th, 20th Mar 5th, 19th
Advanced Class                             Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm: Jan 15th, 29th Feb 12th, 26th Mar 11th, 25th

Please contact us or press the enquire button and we will be in touch to discuss a class to suit you.





Quilting Workshop                                            
A two-part quilting workshop to explore different quilting techniques. 
A course of two, all-day sessions to introduce a variety of quilting techniques including free-motion, using templates, stencils, walking foot, decorative stitches and twin needle quilting. Learn how to mark your quilting patterns and how the Quilt-as-you-go method works. Suitable for those with some patchwork / machine sewing experience.

When:                         Saturdays 10.00 am to 3.00pm 
Dates                          January 25th and February 1st
Cost:                            £65
Where:                         Quilting Smiles, Farnley Business Park, Otley, Yorkshire LS21 2QF
Level:                          Improvers - some patchwork / machine sewing experience
Included:                     Tuition, printed handouts, hot drinks and refreshments
You need to bring:       A selection of 12 inch quilt sandwiches (three layers, cotton fabric for the top and bottom layers
                                    and wadding in the middle. Threads, including variegated. Quilting gloves if you like them.
                                    Safety pins. Packed lunch. Sewing machine (or hire one of ours).





Sewing Machine Mats
A one-day workshop to make a handy mat for your sewing machine to sit on.
These cheerful sewing machine mats have plenty of pockets to keep all your sewing notions to hand and help to soften vibrations from your machine. Suitable for those with some experience of machine sewing.

When:                         Tuesday 11th February 10.00 am to 3.30pm 
Cost:                            £40
Level:                          Improvers - some patchwork / machine sewing experience
Included:                     Tuition, printed handouts, hot drinks and refreshments
You need to bring:       A list of fabric requirements will be emailed to all participants, or kits available on the day.
                                    Packed lunch. Sewing machine (or hire one of ours).

 

 

 

 

Sew Slow                                                          
Come and discover the delights of mindful hand-stitching! A course of five, 2 hour sessions to introduce a variety of handstitching techniques including traditional embroidery, English paper piecing, Kantha, and Sashiko. Relax over a cuppa and enjoy stitching a beautiful set of coasters or small pictures. Suitable for beginners or improvers in hand-stitching.

When:                         Wednesdays 1.15pm to 3.15pm
Dates                          February 12, 26, March 11,25, April 8
Cost:                           £
Where:                        Quilting Smiles, Farnley Business Park, Otley, Yorkshire LS21 2QF
Level:                          Beginners or Improvers - the activities will be tailored to suit your skill level
Included:                     Advice, patterns, hot drinks and refreshments 
You need to bring:       Details will be given upon booking or kits will be available to purchase.





Saturday Sewing Days                                    
Escape the weekend chores and head to our friendly, relaxing workshop space for an indulgent day of sewing!
Bring your own project or work on one of our unique Quilting Smiles patterns and enjoy a day of dedicated sewing in our fully equipped studio, knowing that help is on hand should you need it. Book on as many as you like! Suitable for beginners.

When:                         Saturdays 10.00am to 3:30pm
Dates                          February 22, March 28, April 25, May 30, June 20
Cost:                           £25 per day
Where:                        Quilting Smiles, Farnley Business Park, Otley, Yorkshire LS21 2QF
Level:                          Beginners or Improvers - the activities will be tailored to suit your skill level
Included:                     Advice, patterns, hot drinks and refreshments 
You need to bring:       Your own project, or choose one of our patterns or kits. Packed lunch.
                                    Sewing machine (or hire one of ours).

 

 

 

 

Sewing Roll Workshop                                  
A two-day workshop to make a personalized roll-up sewing case, in which to keep all your sewing notions – a great way to transport the essentials to class.
The quilted outer of the case is decorated with bonded appliqué letters spelling your name or initials and sewing notions and the inner has pockets for scissors, marking pens, tweezers, threads, needles, pins etc. Suitable for those with some experience of machine sewing.

When:                         Saturdays 10.00am to 3.30pm
Dates:                         February 29th and March 7th
Cost:                           £65
Where:                        Quilting Smiles, Farnley Business Park, Otley, Yorkshire LS21 2QF
Level:                          Beginners or Improvers
Included:                     Tuition, printed handouts, hot drinks and refreshments
You need to bring:       A list of fabric requirements will be emailed to you nearer the date or you can purchase
                                    a kit on the day. Bring a packed lunch. Sewing machine (or hire one of ours).

 

 

 

 

Beginners' Patchwork Cushion                    
Start your patchwork journey here! If you have ever wondered about trying patchwork – now’s your chance!
A course of three Tuesday morning workshops to get you started on patchwork with a cheerful, appliquéd and quilted cushion cover. Learn to use a rotary cutter, sew quarter inch seams, appliqué a motif, join squares, quilt the background and then make your panel into a cushion cover. Suitable for beginners.

When:                         Tuesdays 9.30am to 12.30pm
Dates:                         March 3rd, 10th and 17th
Cost:                           £55
Where:                        Quilting Smiles, Farnley Business Park, Otley, Yorkshire LS21 2QF
Level:                          Beginners or Improvers
Included:                     Tuition, printed handouts, hot drinks and refreshments
You need to bring:       A list of fabric requirements will be emailed to you nearer the date or you can purchase
                                    a kit on the day. Sewing machine (or hire one of ours).

 

 

 

 

Stitched Landscape Workshop                            
A two-day workshop to make a stitched picture using your favourite landscape photograph, using appliqué and thread-painting techniques.
Learn how to transfer your photo to fabric, pick out the main features, match different fabrics to the colours in the picture, machine appliqué, thread paint with a darning foot and then handstitch highlights to create a lasting memento of your favourite place.  Suitable for those with some experience of machine sewing.

When:                         Tuesdays 10.00am to 3.30pm
Dates:                         31st March, 7th April
Cost:                           £65
Where:                        Quilting Smiles, Farnley Business Park, Otley, Yorkshire LS21 2QF
Level:                          Improvers - some machine sewing experience
Included:                     Tuition, printed handouts, hot drinks and refreshments
You need to bring:       You will need to bring a photo of a landscape (at least 5 x 7 inches). A list of further
                                    requirements will be emailed to all participants.
                                    Bring a packed lunch. Sewing machine (or hire one of ours)
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Easter Table Runner/Wallhanging                
one-day workshop to make a cheery Easter Bunny panel that would make a lovely table runner or wall hanging.
Dig out your pretty pastel fabrics, fancy ribbons and ricrac and bring them along to make a pieced and appliquéd panel, featuring a cheeky bunny and some jazzy Easter eggs. Suitable for those with some experience of machine sewing.

When:                         Tuesday 14th April 10.00am to 3.30pm
Cost:                           £40
Level:                          Improvers - some machine sewing experience
Included:                     Tuition, printed handouts, hot drinks and refreshments
You need to bring:       A list of fabric requirements will be emailed to you nearer the date or you can purchase
                                    a kit on the day. Bring a packed lunch. Sewing machine (or hire one of ours).