Patchwork and Quilting.

Patchwork and Quilting workshops and courses

I deliver patchwork and quilting workshops and courses to students. I travel widely to deliver workshops and lectures to Quilting groups. Individuals can have ‘one to one’ quilting workshops with me.
In late spring I run a short season of one and two day patchwork and quilting workshops in North Wales, teaching a variety of practical skills.

Beginners’ Course in Patchwork and Quilting: 2016 to 2017

My current Beginners’ Course in Patchwork and Quilting started on the 8th September. email me or call 07941102185 or 01248716316.

Scroll down the page for Course Dates.

Sample beginners Quilt for September 2016 course

During this course, students will be learning all the processes required to make a quilt like the one in this image.

The Patchwork and Quilting Course is made up of twelve sessions

Sessions run on alternate Thursdays from 10:00 until 16:00.
Students don’t need to have any experience in patchwork, quilting or even sewing; they simply want to learn.
Usually, piecing is done on a sewing machine, but it is possible to make most of the quilt by hand.
Each week students will make one Quilt block during the session and the second at home. The timetable gives at least two weeks to complete ‘homework’.

Sample Beginners Quilt detail, by Dorothy Russell Course sessions are on Thursdays
and run from 10:00 to 16:00
Course Dates 2016 – 2017:-
  • Thursday 8 September 2016
  • Thursday 22 September 2016
  • Thursday 6 October 2016
  • Thursday 20 October 2016
  • Thursday 10 November 2016
  • Thursday 24 November 2016
  • Thursday 8 December 2016
  • Thursday 12 January 2017
  • Thursday 26 January 2017
  • Thursday 9 February 2017
  • Thursday 2 March 2017
  • Thursday 16 March 2017

All classes are held at:
Talgai Hall,
Llandygai Village
nr Bangor.
LL57 4HU

During the first session I teach how to use a rotary cutter, quilting ruler and cutting mat. Students discover how to piece (sew together) quilt blocks accurately. Sample Beginners Quilt detail by Dorothy Russell

The second session built on the first by introducing Half Square Triangles.

sample Beginners Quilt detail by Dorothy Russell

Similarly, the third session adds Quarter Square Triangles, which are a little more complex.

During the fourth session a totally different method is introduced. This is called Foundation Piecing. Blocks made using the Foundation Piecing method are designed to be sewn on a machine rather than by hand. They give accurate points, which can be challenging when made by traditional methods.

The fifth session introduces Applique and the use of Transfer Adhesive (eg Bondaweb). Applique can be done by machine or hand.

By the sixth session students will have made all their blocks, but there’s still a lot to learn to complete the quilt. This session concentrates on making sashing and borders to go between and around the blocks. These joining pieces are important to the look of your quilt.

At session seven it’s time to assemble the quilt top, putting all the blocks, sashing and borders together. Students complete this work during the long break for Christmas and bring their quilt tops back in the New Year.

Sample Beginners Quilt detail by Dorothy Russell

The eighth session includes marking and layering a quilt ready for hand quilting.

The ninth session is dedicated to hand quilting, beginning with quilting-in-the-ditch. This holds all the layers together and prepares for more intricate, decorative quilting.

The tenth session continues the process of quilting, concentrating on the more visible quilting which will decorate individual blocks.

At the eleventh session, students learn how to tidy and bind the edges of the quilt.

Then at the twelfth session, a label and a hanger is added. Students will have gone through all the processes necessary to make the quilt shown above. Students will be competent and confident in the world of Patchwork and Quilting. and may progress to my Intermediate Course.

contact me or call 01248 716316 or 07941 102185 if you want to know more.

Dorothy. Quilt Artist.

I am a Quilt artist

The art I exhibit is usually produced by painting, printing, piecing and quilting textiles. My work as a textile artist has gained me recognition and awards. Some of this work can be seen on my Portfolio page. As a Quilt artist, I take inspiration from many sources, including the natural world, politics, news and history.

My exhibition of Textile Art -‘Textiles in Transition’

My exhibition ran from April to June 2015 at Oriel Ynys Mon, our beautiful Anglesey Art Gallery and Exhibition Centre – and was very well received. Numerous pieces sold. In my exhibition were a series of hangings based on studies of wooded landscape:-

Beyond the Wall

Beyond the Wall 2. Art Quilt by Dorothy Russell


Beyond the Wall 3. Art Quilt by Dorothy Russell


Beyond the Wall 1. Art Quilt by Dorothy Russell


Beyond the Wall 4. Art Quilt by Dorothy Russell


contact me or call 01248 716316 or 07941 102185 if you want to know more.

Dorothy. Quilt Artist.