Introduction to patchwork and quilting

Course overview

The world of quilting offers so many possibilities to use your creativity on a range of projects and make beautiful items that will be treasured. You’ll learn everything you need, explore the many styles, and have fun with fabric!

You’ll learn all the techniques you will need to make a beautiful quilted project.
This includes choosing fabric, measuring and cutting with a rotary cutter, machine piecing, pressing, straight line quilting and binding.

You’ll complete a small guided project, such as a cushion, wall hanging, or a mini-quilt, and you will also have the opportunity to work on a project of your choice.

We ask that you have some basic experience, and are comfortable using a sewing machine to sew straight lines. This course is ideal if you have completed ‘Simply Sewing’ and are ready to explore quilting, or if you have some sewing/quilting experience and want to build your confidence.

Come and begin your quilting journey!


During this course you’ll cover the following:

  • Choosing your fabric and calculating how much material you need for your project
  • Measuring and cutting using a rotary cutter and mat
  • Machine piecing of traditional blocks, including half square triangles, log cabin blocks, flying geese and the sawtooth star
  • Straight line quilting using a walking foot
  • Layering your quilt using wadding and backing fabric
  • Binding and finishing your quilt

Over the first five weeks, you will complete a whole project, from beginning to end. This will follow a pattern of your choice that is traditionally pieced by a machine. For example, you could make a quilted cushion, a wall hanging, or a mini quilt. There will be lots of scope for creativity!

During the second half of the term, you will focus on a project of your choice, with support and individual tuition to answer any questions. The tutor will also demonstrate a different technique each week, such as English paper piecing, needle-turn applique, foundation paper piecing, or hand quilting.

Sewing machines are provided, although you may bring along your own if you prefer.

Please bring the following to your classes: 

  • Rotary cutter and quilting ruler, in inches
  • Fabric you would like to use: 4 fat quarters of quilting cotton for the pieced side of your project, and 50 cm of fabric on the bolt, for the back of your project
  • High-quality matching thread for machine sewing, such as 50 wt 100% cotton e.g. Gutterman
  • A basic sewing kit: pins, un-picker, small scissors, pen, and paper

For the second half of the course, you will need materials for a project of your choice. Your tutor will help you make a plan for this and draw a list of materials.

City of Oxford College offers other sewing and textile courses. Please explore the options and develop your skills further, in a supportive and welcoming environment.

Tutor Profile – Sara Fernandez

Sara learned to quilt as a teenager and has spent the last twenty years exploring different techniques and accumulating a very large collection of fabric! She loves modern quilting and intricate patterns with lots of detail. Her focus is machine piecing and needle-turn applique, but also enjoys English and foundation paper piecing.

She is a member of the Oxfordshire Modern Quilters Guild and her work has been recognised internationally in sew-along competitions hosted by different quilt designers.

You can find out more about her work on instagram:

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