Academy Programme

Aimed at the more ‘experienced’ quilter; subjects include layered surfaces, eco-printing, pattern drafting, improvisational Longarm quilting, textile art using Tyvek.  Fantastic for those wanting more intensive learning, these workshops are held in quiet air-conditioned spaces off the main show floor.

This year we have a variety of Academy classes starting on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th prior to the show, offering 1 and 2 day classes for those wishing to spend a fabulous day learning followed by full days at the show.

Tutors in 2021 include Angela Walters from The Midnight Quilt Show, Kaffe Fassett, Nicholas Ball, Jo Avery, Jude Kingshott and Brunhilde Scheidmeir amongst many others.

Popular sessions sell fast – so make sure you plan your day and book early to avoid disappointment.

Click below to download the Academy, Talks and Lectures Programme.


Academy class highlights

Reclaimed Landscapes, Stitch, Paper & Cloth with Cas Holmes

Thursday 29th July 9:30am (1/2 day)

Using a mixture of paper and cloth, textile artist and author, Cas Holmes will teach how to create improvised landscape inspired samples using variations of hand stitch. Processes are based on Cas’s latest book ‘Textile Landscapes’ which explores the meeting points between painting and textiles.

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Orange Peel Quilts with Invisible Machine Applique Dawn Cameron-Dick

Thursday 28th July 9:00am (1/2 day)

Has the thought of all that curved piecing putting you off making an Orange Peel quilt? Dawn will show you a way to make it is using a technique she developed in 1984…Invisible Machine Applique (IMA)! Use your machine to create a “turned edge” applique, using NO bonding products. you will produce a soft appliqué that is hard to distinguish from hand applique. She will advise you on setting up your machine, creating the stitch, and teach you a clever way to turn under your seam allowances. You will also see how to use IMA to mitre borders, sew bias binding and avoid the need for curved piecing! Suitable for all abilities.

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Sew an African Wax Print Skirt
with Adaku Parker

Friday 30th July 6:30pm (2 hours)

Join Adaku, author of ‘Sewing with African Wax Print Fabric’ for this 2-hour twilight class and learn to sew an A-line skirt with an elasticated waistband and in-seam pockets. During the workshop you will cut out your skirt pieces, finish raw edges of the side seams and attach in-seam pockets, stitch the seams make the waistband, insert elastic and hem. However, if not finished, clear instructions will be provided to take home on how to finish any final steps not completed in the workshop. Suitable for intermediate level – those with some basic knowledge of dressmaking and using a sewing machine. Adaku is also teaching another twilight class – Ankara Patchwork – on Saturday 31st July.

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Commodious Travel Bag with Sukhbeer Dryden

Saturday 31st July 9:30am (1/2 day)

Learn how to make this stylish and durable duffle bag with tutor Sukhbeer Dryden. In this workshop you’ll learn different techniques including quilting with wadding and stabilizer, inserting in a zip with tabs and lining and making a box shape, complete with adding strapping for handles. 

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COVID safety measures in the Academy Workshops

For your safety the following measures will be taken:  

  • We have been working closely with the NEC to ensure the spaces used for Academy workshops are more spacious than usual. Some Suites will be opened up to double their size, and additional, larger suites (not normally used for FoQ) will host some classes this year.  
  • Numbers will be capped based on classroom size, in line with current guidelines 
  • Tables will be laid out ‘classroom style’ with gaps between each table.  
  • Fully equipped cleaning stations will be available in every classroom to allow for surface cleaning between sessions 
  • All participants will be required to bring their own basic sewing kit (pins, needles, scissors) to minimise sharing of equipment.  

*Page last updated on 4th May 2021. Safety measures are being continually updated are subject to change. Should Government guidelines change closer to the show, the above measures may be altered in line with them.