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Quilting & Patchwork course timetables

Brief description

Learn basic technique using different styles of quilting & patchwork. You will then work towards making your own piece of work such as a blanket or pillow case.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

People wanting to develop skills and build self confidence to join other higher level accredited courses.

Unemployed people (adults +19)

People with literacy & numeracy needs

People who are under represented in education, including black and minority ethnic group, disabled people, lone parents and older adults (+60)

People in low paid and unskilled work,

part time and temporary workers

New learners

Course description in brief

In the course you will start to make a small quilt of a simple design,

to gain an understanding of the processes involved in creating a quilt i.e. equipment required, choice of design and materials, basic techniques for measuring and cutting (use of templates, scissors and/or rotary cutter, ruler), machine construction techniques (seam allowances and pressing), quilt assembly (layering top, wadding and backing) and basic techniques, securing the layers with machine quilting or ties, completing the quilt with a bound edge, labelling and aftercare.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    Students will have learnt how to make a small quilt of a simple design and gained basic understanding of the processes involved in creating a quilt.


    By the end of the course the learner will have

    Increased sewing skills,build confidance,gain knowledge of quilting

    Learnt how to make a useable quilt

    employing simple design and construction techniques.

    Learnt to recognise different styles of quilts

    Become familiar with the use of pattern templates to create quilt blocks

    Learnt to use a modern sewing machine for piecing and quilting.

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

no previous experience or qualifications are needed to join. All you need is to want to ‘have a go’ and willingness to help create a supportive learning environment for all participants

What equipment will I need for the course?

Students need to bring:

Cotton fabric (2 colours)

Fabric colours thread

Embroidery threads

Sewing needles

Wadding and backing material

Centre will provide:

Sewing machines

Rotary cutter and rulers

Measuring tapes

Scissors and chalks

What materials will I need for the course?

If you want to make something special then its up to you how much you want to spent.

For basic course needs it should be no more than £10

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

Become familiar with the fabric and basic equipment of quiltmaking.

Gain experience, choosing appropriate fabric for quilt, you will be learn different techniques of quilting and produce small sample.

Learner will be taught how to assemble a quilt and become familiar with material which is

used for wadding a quilt and also learn

how to create the quilt “sandwich” ready for quilting by machine or hand.

Students will also learn Finishing techniques

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

We hope that you are able to attend all sessions. We ask that you commit to arriving on time for each session to allow the tutor to plan demonstrations and learning activities. As well as creating practical Art and Craftwork you will be encouraged to keep a simple log of learning and project sheets to demonstrate your learning and development. To help each other to learn.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

You will take part in discussions with your tutor and class members/group throughout the course to continually review and assess your progress. You will be produce small samples and your tutor will assess your progress and achievement during the course and at the end of the course with consideration for other possible progression opportuinties.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

The tutor will give information about progression opportunities near the end of the course, or an appointment with an advice and guidance worker can be made.

How will I say what I think about the course?

You will have the opportunity to feed back what you think about the course at several points during the course.

You will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form during the course and you can ask your tutor questions throughout the sessions.

If at any point you have a problem that you would like to discuss that isn’t appropriate for the tutor, make an appointment to see the programme manager.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
L554c 2.5 Monday 1pm – 3:30pm 23 Apr to 25 Jun 2018 (8 weeks) Full rate £66.00; R rate £22.00; A rate £6.00 (funder_code:L)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

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