Irene Blanck Workshops May 2017

I am excited to announce that the Australian designer IRENE BLANCK has accepted my invitation to comr over to the UK to teach at my workshop in The Barn in Reading, Berkshire. 




Irene will be teaching two 1 day workshops on 9th and 10th May 2017.


Irene is the author of the Quiltmania book " Focus on Applique " which I have sold lots of copies.


9th May 2017 workshop -  Clamshell quilt

This is a fun 1 day class where students will learn easy peasy ways to make a clamshell quilt WITHOUT papers, grids, lines or background fabrics.

There is no set size for this quilt - students make it as big or as small as you like

10th May 2017 workshop - Eva Grace quilt

Eva Grace is a medallion style quilt with a vase of flowers surrounded by two applique borders, one a dogtooth border and a wide border of appliqued melon shapes and finished of with another appliqued dogtooth border. Finished size approx 50" x 50" 

In this fun 1 day workshop we will learn techniques how to:

Prepare applique shapes using a lightbox

Glue all pieces to the background block

Needleturn techniques including reverse applique and circles

Correctly use your Clover bias maker for stems


A little information about Irene 

" Irene started quilting about 18 years ago after seeing a quilt in a magazine. She tackled her first quilt on her own and made every mistake in the book!!  She enjoyed machine piecing for a long time until she got the taste for needle-turn appliqué.

Irene started out making  quilts using patterns produced by others and eventually decided to try her hand at making her own – for herself.  Annette Blake, from Fragrant Cottage saw this quilt and asked if Irene would teach it.  Since then Irene has found that there are so many quilts “in her head” that need to come out that Irene doesn't have time for anything else but designing and making class samples.  Now if only she could give up her day job!

Irene mostly teach needle-turn appliqué, reverse appliqué, the use of glue – NO pins, and preparing and making hexagons.  Irene encourage quilters to prepare a complete block so that it is portable and can be completed anywhere, any time.

One of the main things Irene found when teaching is that people can be very hesitant about choosing fabric.  Irene enjoys this aspect of her designing and tries and instil confidence in her students about choosing colour – and particularly NOT stressing out with this process.

Irene likes to think of her classes as “sit and sew” sessions – or “mini quilt-ins” – where we have a fun and relaxing day, chatting to friends as well as learning a new technique or perfecting on techniques. "