Patchwork: foundation paper piecing

Kennaway Centre, Exmouth

Who is this course for?

Many people have done patchwork but are put off by the cutting and fitting process that makes a quilt block. ‘Foundation Paper Piecing’ takes all the hassle out of cutting and sewing your quilt block. You can even use oddly shaped pieces of fabric without extra cutting.

It’s easy to sew acute angles with absolute precision every time; it’s so easy that it’s practically ‘patchwork by numbers’!

This course is suitable for those who have some basic sewing machine experience.

Course content

This workshop will introduce you to a completely different patchwork method – Foundation Paper Piecing. Your design is drawn on paper and then the fabric is sewn onto the paper. When the block is finished, the paper is torn away to leave a perfect quilt block every time. You will produce 1 quilt block to take home with you which you could transform into a cushion or bag or even continue the technique to make a quilt!

Support and feedback

To find out how you are getting on, you will have one-to-one discussions with your tutor.

If you feel you require any support for your learning, please talk to a tutor or centre staff who will arrange for you to receive support or talk to a learning support tutor. Any information given will be treated confidentially.

You may be eligible for a learner bursary if you can demonstrate that attending a course will improve your wellbeing. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged 19 or over on 31st August 2019 and your household income below £16.009.50 to access this fund. Contact your local centre for more details

Additional costs and requirements

We have Janome sewing machines for you to use in our workshop. A basic sewing kit will be required. Needles, threads, fabric scissors, paper scissors, embroidery scissors, a stitch ripper, pins in a pin cushion, a tape measure and a set square. Please store all items in a tin or box.

Please bring some cotton patchwork fabric with you in a few designs. If you have a cutting mat, rotary cutter and/or a patchwork ruler, please bring these along too.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?


About the tutor

Sam Brown, tutor for Learn Devon offering courses in design, crafts and employability skills. Her background is in Graphic Design, an Interior Designer and Manager in interior and fashion retail.

Sam qualifications include BA (Hons) in Design/Typography from the University of Plymouth and diplomas in Interior Design and Fashion and Textile Design.

Sam includes combining old and new technologies in her work from hand embroidery to digitally printed fabrics.

“I love teaching adults new skills – whether for pleasure or to pursue a new career, every course is unique in that friendships are formed, skills are learnt and dreams are followed.” – Sam Brown, Tutor, Learn Devon

Start date26 Feb 2020
End date26 Feb 2020
Start time10:00
End time13:00
Concessions not available