Patchwork and Quilting

Location Coleridge Community College

Day Monday

Start Date 23 April 2018

Time 12.45pm-3.15pm

Weeks 4 weeks

Price £53 (£35 concession)

Brief Description:

This course will introduce the beginner to the world of patchwork and quilting. Working through some traditional and non-traditional blocks, learners will gain in confidence to be able to design and make their own quilt or similar patchwork and quilted items.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

Some basic experience in using a sewing machine will be beneficial.  This course will suit many who would like to use their sewing skills for something creative.

Learning Outcomes:

The 25 week course (over 3 terms) will be organised in the following way:
Term 1
• Introduction to patchwork techniques and sewing a ¼” seam
• Traditional patchwork blocks including log cabin, pineapple, flying geese, the half square and quarter  square  triangles,
various star blocks and the disappearing nine patch
• Basic paper piecing
• Raw edge appliqué
Term 2
• With ideas gained from making basic blocks, learners will be guided to develop designs for a personal project.  This is likely to be a small lap quilt or even a table runner, bag, cushion or wall hanging
• Alongside assisting with personal projects, the tutor will cover quilting methods, both  free motion and straight line binding and finishing methods
Term 3
• Extension work including ‘stack and whack’ blocks, and string piecing
• Quick method using pre-cut fabrics such as charm squares, layer cakes and jelly rolls

About Your Tutor:

Marion Curtis has interests in many forms of textiles including weaving and bobbin lace. She taught art and design technology for over 30 years and more recently concentrating on her own design work and working to commission. Marion would describe herself as a ‘Modern Quilter’ where old designs are invigorated with contemporary fabrics. Opening her studio to the public every year through Cambridge Open Studios, Marion is an active member of Cambridge Quilters and often gives talks and runs workshops. With her art and design background Marion feels very confident she can draw out the ‘designer’ in you.

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:

1. Basic sewing equipment such as needles, pins, fabric scissors
2. Ideally learners, in time, will need their own rotary cutter, mat and acrylic ruler.
3. Whilst not essential, more progress will be made if learners have access to a sewing machine at home.
4. Patchwork weight fabric will be required but advice will be available on what to purchase.

For the first session you will need to bring:

Fabric scissors and a notebook and some cotton fabric scraps. The tutor is keen for you not to rush out and spend a lot of money on special tools and equipment. This will come in time depending on your needs and pocket.

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

An improver’s course could look at making larger or more complex designs. In this coming academic year, Saturday classes are on offer for those who would like an extended time to learn and create.  Speak to the tutor.
The Learn and Train office is able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.



  • For full course information:
  • We are able to accept bookings over the phone, please have your credit/debit card to hand.
  • Places on any courses are only secure upon receipt of the FULL payment.
  • Loyal Learners receive 5% discount towards the cost of any course in the 2017/18 academic year, to qualify for the discount full payment must be received before the enrolment deadline. For full terms and conditions contact the office.
  • Postal enrolments with fees are welcome (please DO NOT send cash), make cheques payable to Parkside Federation Academies.
  • Enrolments via email MUST NOT contain card payment details.
  • Enrolments are welcome throughout the year.
  • Courses with fewer than the relevant number of learners may have the option of continuing on payment of supplementary fees or the length of the course reducing.
  • Upon enrolment you will receive learner information about college support and signposts to policies and regulations. If you do not have an email address please pick up a copy of the terms and conditions from the Adult Learn & Train office.


  • Fees are payable in full when you enrol. We accept all major debit and *credit cards (*we do not accept American Express), cheques (made payable to Parkside Federation Academies), or cash (in person).
  • Please note should you choose to withdraw from the course you will still be liable to pay any outstanding instalments.
  • Refunds will only be paid in full when a class is closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment at least two weeks before the course starts. If you decide to cancel less than two weeks before the course starts you will receive a 50% refund. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund if a course has already started.
  • Concessionary fees are available if you: are in receipt of the “Guaranteed Credit” element of the Pension Credit / have an income equivalent to the Government low income threshold, are in receipt of a means tested benefit or who are unemployed. Proof must be shown at enrolment, otherwise the full fee will be charged.

Learner Information:

  • If you have supplied your email address, you will receive a confirmation email following your enrolment. If you have not received this, please contact the Adult Learn & Train team on 01223 712340 or If the course is cancelled, we will contact you to offer an alternative or a full refund.
  • Free Parking is available in the evening at all centres on a first come first serve basis. During the day spaces are extremely limited in the car park – street parking is available a short walk away. If you require accessible parking please contact the centre concerned to reserve a space.
  • All college premises are strictly NO SMOKING sites, any learners wishing to smoke are asked to do so away from the immediate vicinity of the college.
  • In the event of severe weather conditions that result in school closure: please check the website or tune into local radio for up-to-date information.

Some courses are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency

Equalities and Diversity Statement: We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and welcome enrolments from everyone.

We positively encourage all learners with any concerns about specific needs which might affect their learning to discuss their requirements with us in confidence. We believe that everyone is entitled to learn in an environment that is free from discriminatory behaviour so that we build a community based on mutual trust and respect.

We will ensure that resources and equipment are accessible to all and make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all learners can access activities.

Safeguarding Statement: Arrangements have been made to make sure that you are safe in this centre. If you feel you are not safe for any reason, for example through verbal or physical abuse or you have been discriminated against, please tell your tutor or the centre manager, who will investigate to ensure your safety.

Adult Learn and Train reserve the right to withdraw tuition and exam entries in the event of verbal, physical or intimidating behaviour to other learners, tutor or staff.

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