17 hours ago
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Last sashiko sessions at Kaleidoscope and Edinburgh Patchwork - for now!
The final sessions of the sashiko courses at Kaleidoscope and Edinburgh Patchwork were on Thursday and Saturday respectively. We looked at a few more patterns and then started arranging blocks to get ideas for the sampler quilts that the students will be making up in their own time.
These are some of the blocks from the Kaleidoscope group. Mixing in some patchwork blocks is also very effective. Some of these samplers will be wall hangings, table runners etc., but there are a few that may be ending up as bed quilts.
At Edinburgh on Saturday, we had a little celebration for the end of the course with a (very small!) glass of cava each at lunchtime, which certainly made the start of the afternoon a bit lively! The finished sampler on the side wall is Rhona's, from the first Loch Lomond course.
Here are some of the block selections from Edinburgh. The workshop space has flannel design walls on either side, so it makes arranging blocks easy.
The samplers in the photo below are by Maureen's from the second Loch Lomond course and two that Fiona has made on her own (using some of the samples from the one hour workshops at the Edinburgh shows too).
I will be running these courses again, with the Edinburgh course starting in October 2016 and the one at Kaleidoscope starting at the end of January 2017. Contact me if you are interested in Edinburgh and contact Kaleidoscope direct if you want to join the course there. Everyone says how much they have enjoyed the courses and they are now at the stage where they can continue sashiko on their own or with friends. The Edinburgh group are going to meet up regularly at one member's house too and continue as a group. A selection of sampler quilts from all four courses I have taught will be touring to the Spring Quilt Festivals with Grosvenor Shows, so you may have a chance to see them in spring 2017.