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Event Series Event Series: Beginner Quilting Workshops

Quilting for Beginners Course – Thursday Evenings – Week 1

5 October 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Have you ever thought it would be fun to learn how to quilt but you’re not sure where to start?  Join us for this interactive, fun Quilting for Beginners Course and learn all of the basics of how to make a quilt.

This course is taught by the lovely Patricia King who is an experienced quilter and is a fabulous teacher.  It’s perfect for beginner sewers who want to learn the basics of quilting along with some great sewing techniques that can be transferred to other sewing and quilting projects.

The course will take place over 4 consecutive weeks on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm.  The dates for the course are as follows:

1.  Thursday, 5th October 2023 from 7-9pm
2. Thursday, 12th October 2023 from 7-9pm
3. Thursday, 19th October 2023 from 7-9pm
4. Thursday, 26th October 2023 from 7-9pm

Meet Patricia King

Meet Patricia King

Our Lovely Teacher for This Course

I have been sewing from a young age. For the last 20 years I have worked in fabric retail, and have been teaching patchwork and quilting to beginners and experienced sewers. I relax by sewing quilts, and love to make personalised quilts for significant events for my family and friends. 

What Will the Course Cover?

The 4 week course will cover making a square block quilt using 2 fabrics using techniques that you can use to make other quilts in the future using different colour fabrics and patterns.

Week 1

Learn how to use a rotary cutter, mat and ruler to cut accurately.
Cut pieces for quilt.

Week 3

Preparation for quilting-pinning the layers, avoiding wrinkles. Quilting on the machine.

Week 2

Set up sewing machine for piecing. Learn how to stitch pieces together, including individual patches, chain piecing, accurate seams, matching seams.

Week 4

Binding the quilt   Learn how to achieve a professional finish to your work.

What Tools & Supplies Do You Need?

Tools You’ll Need

If there are any items you don’t have already, let me know and I can help source them for you.  Some items like needles and scissors I will have on hand but others I may need to order in like feet for machines etc.

  • Sewing machine
  • Walking foot
  • Quarter inch foot (optional but very useful)
  • Topstitch or quilting machine needles, sizes 12/80 and 14/90
  • Self healing mat
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Quilting pins or small safety pins
  • Binding clips (optional)
  • Sewing kit- scissors, pins, needles

Fabric Requirements

Two fabrics that contrast are needed for this quilt. Please use pure cotton fabrics, pre washed and ironed.

Fabric 1.     1.6m with a large pattern. This includes the large squares so needs something interesting

Fabric 2.     1.0m with small pattern or solid colour.

Backing      1.9m

Batting        1.3m cotton or poly/cotton mix or bamboo batting are suitable (I’m going to look at ordering a bulk lot of backing for those who need so we can hopefully get a bulk discount so let me know if you would like to be part of this)

Thread.    Choose one to blend with fabrics for piecing. A colour to be used for quilting will be chosen later.

At the end of the course…

You will have made a quilt that looks something like this (but in your own choice of colours of course):

Here are a couple more examples of the quilt style we will me making during the course, the black and white coloured one (above) is the one we will be making and the other pictures are examples of other ways you can use this style of quilting using the skills you’ll learn during the course.

All the Details

Dates and Times

The course will take place over 4 consecutive weeks on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm.

The dates for the course are as follows:

5th October 2023
12th October 2023
19th October 2023
26th October 2023


The course will be held at Mandy Chamberlin HQ – Home of Echidna Sewing NZ

2/239 Moore Street, Howick, Auckland


The course is $150 incl GST ($37.50 per session)


5 October 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mandy Chamberlin
021 226 8654
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Mandy Chamberlin HQ – Home of Echidna Sewing NZ
2/239 Moore Street, Howick
Auckland, Auckland 2014 New Zealand
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