Walk with me

We had a fantastic Walking Foot Quilting workshop on Saturday led by Sarah Ashford . Sarah is a talented quilter, writer and teacher, and the mastermind behind the Great British Quilter instagram challenge. And she is the founder of our Guild!

The aim of this workshop was to teach us how to make interesting quilting patterns using a walking foot. Many of us find free motion quilting difficult, especially on larger quilts, but we’d like to achieve something more than straight lines.

Sarah started by talking us through how she stitched her sample blocks.

We then fired up our sewing machines and had a go at the first block. This is Penny’s – the contrast thread shows the stitching beautifully.

We were able to move at the pace we wanted, with Sarah showing different groups how to make patterns as they were ready. Some members wanted to finish a block completely, others preferred to part stitch a block to get comfortable with a technique then move to another one.

Some members had brought printed panels with them to stitch, and we were so interested to see how the quilting enhanced the print. This is one of Kate’s Cotton and Steel panels

And this is Kerry’s – the quilting echos the image beautifully

Sarah produced a stop-motion video which gives an idea of the day – we’re working so hard! I can’t upload the file here, but do visit our instagram account to view it

It was a wonderful day and it will be interesting to see how we use our new skills. We’ll all be looking closely at how Show & Tell quilts have been quilted at future meetings!

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