SMQG Beginners Quilting Class

Due to COVID-19 we have had to reschedule this class. We will update this when a new date is set.

Do you know someone who quilts and wish you could do that? Or have you seen examples of beautiful quilts either in people’s homes or in exhibitions and want one of your own?

We are offering the opportunity for anyone to come to one of our Sydney Modern Quilt Guild Sew Days and be shown the basics of patchwork quilting in an informal and friendly way. Even better, it’s free of charge!

You do not need to have any prior experience of sewing to come along for the day. This class is designed for participants who have limited (or even no) experience of using a sewing machine, or for those who can sew but are new to quilting.

This session will be ran by Natalie Dolan, our events coordinator. Natalie taught herself how to quilt 3 years ago using YouTube videos and learning from lots of mistakes before joining the guild and being guided further from its members. There will also be other members of the guild on hand for anyone who could require extra assistance throughout the day.

In this class, Natalie will guide you through selecting the design for your quilt, precision cutting techniques using a quilting ruler and rotary cutter, preparing your fabrics and the best practises for arranging and sewing up the fabrics on your quilt.

The class will run from 11:00 until 3:00 on Sunday the 12th of July at Dooley’s Waterview Club in Silverwater.

What you need to bring:
* Sewing machine
– if you do not own a sewing machine, let us know as we should be able to find a friendly member who is willing to lend you one.
* A layer cake of fabric with 42 x 10” squares of quilting cotton
– These can be purchased from your local quilt/fabric store or you can purchase one on the day from our pop up shop hosted by Fabric Garden.
* Sewing machine thread.
* 2B pencil, or similar

Very useful but not essential:

  • Fabric Scissors and/or snips
  • Seam ripper
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Sewing pins
  • 1/4” sewing machine foot

This class is limited to 10 participants. Should you wish to attend – Click to book!.

Should you have any questions about the day, please contact us at

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    • admin

      We have postponed our beginners sewing class due to COVID-19. But certainly when it resumes we can organise that you borrow one on the day.

    • admin

      We had to postpone the beginners sewing class as the venue wasn’t open due to COVID-19. We have postponed until 2021 until we have some certainty. We meet once a month for a sit and sew. You are welcome to come along and meet us all. Our next meeting is this Sunday at a new venue – the Ashfield RSL. You will need to let us know if you are coming as we have a limit of 20 people in the room. Sue

      • admin

        We are looking to restart these beginner classes sometime in 2021. We will discuss further at our next meeting on Sunday, 9th May 2021. You are welcome to come along and meet us. We meet at the Ashfield RSL from 11am – 4pm. Sue

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