This course has concessions available


Learn the craft of patchwork and quilting through making samples and completing personal projects including both hand and machine stitching. All levels of experience are welcome.
If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

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Who is this course for

This course is aimed at people with no previous knowledge of patchwork and quilt making and for those wanting to broaden their skills and techniques.

What does this course cover

At the beginning of the course you will develop your skills and knowledge of quilt making techniques through making several small projects, considering both traditional and contemporary ideas for patchwork. These will include choosing and making a simple block quilt design, learning and experimenting with both hand and machine stitched techniques and completing textile work using backing fabrics, wadding and stitch.

Once you have learnt some quilt making techniques you will have the opportunity to work on your own personal project. You will learn how to use research to develop your design ideas and the importance of colour and pattern for textile projects to produce unique, beautiful and exciting quilted projects, for example your project may be a wall piece, quilt, purse, bag or cushion etc. Quilt making is a great technique for recycling materials, using small pieces of fabrics from previous projects or loved clothing & textile pieces which can be given a new life.

The course will include looking at work by other designers and makers of quilts as well as visiting an appropriate textile exhibition or textile collection as a group.

What students should be able to do by the end of the course.

1.Have good research skills and the ability to develop designs for patchwork and quilting.
2.Use materials and techniques creatively.
3.Understand basic colour theory and its importance to patchwork and quilting.
4.Have evaluative skills in relation to their own and others' work.

What will it be like

Teaching methods:
- Visual demonstration and verbal explanation.
- Written handouts with visual diagrams.
- One-to-one teaching.
- Group discussions.

Learning methods:
- Hands on practical experience.
- Reading handouts and following instructions.
- One-to-one and group discussion.

How we assess students' progress on the course.

Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives.
Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Gather visual research to inspire personal projects. Visit relevant galleries, exhibitions and retail places for research and inspiration. Source materials for personal projects (list of suppliers will be provided). Continue and complete work as required.

What this course could lead to

Various art and craft courses at Mary Ward or elsewhere.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’