Events and Classes

Beyond the curve – Designing Blocks and Borders with Rulers

Thursday 21 March 2019 – day one

Friday 22 March 2019 – day two

Suitable for both longarm and domestic machine quilters.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to create those beautiful block and border designs with your rulers/templates?  Does it all look far too complicated to even think about?  Do you have a domestic machine and a ruler foot and now you really don’t know how to use it to its best effect? Then this is the class for you.

Over two days you will learn how to create simple stand-alone block and border designs, right through to complex blocks, borders and individual designs.  You will be able to create designs to fit specific blocks as well as designs to fit those large areas of ‘white space’.

There will be designs that stand on their own, and designs that you can use beautiful fills with creating many different looks from the same base design.

Learn how to use just two grid stencils to create unique and beautiful designs that will set your quilts apart from others.   

Day one

Using a limited amount of rulers you will learn how to create :-

Simple borders and sashings– create simple but beautiful and effective borders and sashings that can be used at different sizes.

Find out how using different fills can give your creations a totally different look.

Introduction to using just two of Cindy Needhams stencils (Circle/Square) to create large and small block designs.  Find out how using different fills and motifs can change the look completely and take your design to the next level.

You will leave the class with so many ideas and samples.

Day two

Advanced Border treatments.  – expand on the knowledge you gained on day one, taking them to the next level entirely expanding on their complexity

Learn how to create designs to fit when your borders are different lengths.

Create designs for the blocks in your quilt and break them down for the minimum of stops and starts

Expand on the knowledge you gained on day one and create stunning and complex blocks with the minimum of starting points. 

Create beautiful block designs, not only squares and circles, but for triangles, half circles etc, for all those spaces that seem to be big blank areas at the sides of the quilts.

You will learn how to expand the block sizes and create your own mini-wholecloths.

You will leave the course with the skills to go home and create your own designs, using rulers of different shapes and styles and take your quilting to the next level and stun your friends. 

Cost if £60 per day or book both days for £110

A Non-refundable deposit of £30 will be required at the time of booking to secure your place.

To book your place, please email me at