SWQ hold workshops in the four counties. Click on a county to see which workshops are on in your area:

General Information

Please note that the prices of the workshops will vary according to circumstances, which include the cost of the tutor, their travel expenses and hire of the hall.
If there is only one price for a workshop this is for members, non-members are £3 extra unless otherwise stated.

Please fill out and send a copy of the Workshop Booking Form available in pdf to print then fill out or Word format to fill out then print.

Please date the cheques the day of the workshop and ensure that there are sufficient funds available to cover it. If booking more than one workshop please send separate cheques. For administrative reasons cheques are not banked until after the workshop.

Please supply a DL size stamped addressed envelope for the return of the workshop supply list (ie envelope 4” x 8 ½ with a 1st class stamp) UNLESS you request the list by email.

If requesting the workshop list by email please ensure your e-mail address is CLEARLY written on the appropriate section of the booking form. We will only send lists to the address shown on the individual forms, so please make sure that it is written correctly and any ‘dots’ are in the right place. We cannot go searching around if your address is not correct. Please fill in each form individually and not put ‘as above’ as these forms become separated. In order that the person sending the list knows that you have received it and been able to open the list. PLEASE can you reply to the sender as well.

Refunds: If the tutor cancels a workshop then a full refund will be given, probably in the form of the original cheque. If a student cancels and no replacement can be found then they will be charged the workshop fee except in extraordinary circumstances.

The Sunset Trust which was set up by Audrey Dean, will help members with the cost of workshops we hold. Please contact Rep Joan Collings, Fairway, Brook Lane, Shaldon TQ14 0HL - 01626 873503 or via the contact page.

Please note the different addresses to send booking forms.

Booking Workshops

I would like to remind you that you may book workshops from our pdf booking form on our web site under the 'Workshops' heading. Please print off the form and post it to me or the Chairman of South West Quilters along with a SAE and it will be directed to the relevant course organiser.
Thank you. Bee Barford

Devon Workshops - Exeter


11th March

Jean Bartlett - Confetti Landscape. in Awliscombe Village Hall Nr. Honiton EX14 3PJ
One of Jean’s popular workshops using snippets of fabric to create a picture - imaginary or from a photo.
Contact Gill Jackson

23rd April

Messenger bag with Jonathan Dymond. Sunday 23rd April. St Andrew’s Church hall, Exton, near Exeter. Cost £20 members £23 non members. [photo inside back page]
Jonathan is offering a workshop on making a messenger bag. His choice of fabric show off the bag well and the bag is a good way of showing off your favourite fabrics. The size of the bag is a useful size for a folder or taking to a show to stash some important buys. Come and join Jonathan for a fun day sewing.
Please book with Jenny Crossland

5th May

Essentials of Hand Quilting with Barbara Chainey Awliscombe Village Hall Nr. Honiton EX14 3PJ 10 – 4pm. Cost £23 & £25 for non members.
This is a kitted workshop - £3 per student - payable on the day. The kit is pre marked top fabric, batting & backing fabric.
Barbara will show us all the essential steps for hand quilting, with a cushion sized design, basting the layers together to then begin quilting. Lots of information on markers & methods, basting & of course the quilting stitch itself. Tips galore & a great class for anyone who lacks confidence in their hand quilting or wants the opportunity to try it out. Suitable for beginners & improvers alike!
Book with Gill Jackson

18th June

“Curvy Workshop” with Janette Chilver., at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Exton. Cost £25 members, £28 non-members, 10 to 4pm
Lost your rotary cutting ruler? No problems, come and learn from Janette how to sew a curvy line, make it into a block, find your ruler and make them into a quilt. So easily said but as we know, takes a bit longer to do.

Please book with Jenny Crossland

21st Oct

Bouquet Appliqué wall hanging with Marlene Chaffey. Awliscombe Village Hall Nr. Honiton EX14 3PJ.
Contact Gill Jackson

Devon Workshops - Plymouth


All workshops are held at Plymouth Highbury Trust 207 Outland Road Plymouth PL2 3PF Members £22.00 Non Members £25.00
For more information please contact Pat King 01752 240560


none scheduled

Devon Workshops - Okehampton


6th May

Antique Rose Star with Barbara Chainey Meldon Village Hall, Near Okehampton. 10.0 a.m. to 4.0 p.m [
Discover how easy and fast hand piecing (without papers) can be and enjoy planning your first examples of this traditional favourite. One kite shaped pattern piece is all that you need to make this block which is perfect for using lots of small pieces of different fabrics.
Bookings for this Workshop should be sent to:
Contact: Jenny Bealing—07513 781841
By e-mail

8th May

Stitched and Stuffed with Barbara Chainey, Filleigh Village Hall, nr. Barnstaple
Members £23 non-members £26.
Trapunto, cording, Italian quilting, boutis – there are many different names for simple hand stitching techniques which can magically raise plain cloth to create a wonderfully rich texture. Experience this exciting transformation for yourself as you try out a selection of traditional methods in this absorbing class.
Details contact Lynda Shinner-Booth.

22nd June

Gail Lawther with Art Deco Filleigh Village Hall, nr. Barnstaple
Members £25.00 non-members £28.00
details contact Lynda Shinner-Booth.

24th June

Twilight Silhouettes with Gail Lawther Meldon Village Hall, Near Okehampton 10.0 a.m. to 4.0 p.m.
“As the light of the sun fades, the silhouettes of different birds appear against the twilight landscapes. All the dark motifs are fused onto backgrounds pieced from strips of fabric; your background can be quite detailed (eg using jelly roll strips), or created from three or four much deeper pieces. You can even use a single piece of dramatically-shaded fabric. (On the day, I’ll bring a few different pieces of shaded fabric with me that would make good backgrounds, either for the design you’re doing that day or others you might want to do in the future!)
You can copy one of the four designs I’ve created, or design your own version on the day by mixing and matching the bird and plant motifs I’ll supply. And during the workshop we’ll explore lots of different methods of simple machine-quilting.”
Cost £23 for members £25 for non-members
Book with Jenny Bealing—01837 811792 By e-mail

20th July

Val Thomas with Feathers
Filleigh Village Hall, nr. Barnstaple
This class will be suitable for beginners and the more experienced
Members £18.00 non-members £21.00
Details contact Lynda Shinner-Booth.

Devon Workshops - Axmouth




Somerset Workshops


25th March

Twisted Log Cabin with Katherine Chambers at Odcombe Village Hall, Higher Odcombe Somerset, BA22 8XP 10 am - 4 pm. Members £22 non-members £25.
The twisted log cabin is a fascinating variation on log cabin and you can either make a cushion cover or be more ambitious and make a quilt small or large.  These can be made with scraps - using colour values - light one side dark the other."  
Book with Margaret Clotworthy.

6th May

Workshop with Catherine Millar entitled French Prairie Braid at Trent Village Hall, Trent DT9 4SW between Sherborne and Yeovil.
Contact. Jenny Dart

20th May

Jennie Rayment - workshop - 'Pzzazz' at Odcombe Village Hall, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8XP - 10am - 4pm
Members £25 non-members £28.
is a workshop using colour variations and folded techniques to make a fascinating block. Scrabble in your fabric stash and fish out oddments of material! A most excellent way to combine a series of coloured scraps or memorable materials into an attractive hanging/table runner/small quilt. Design from Jennie’s latest book ‘Foldy rolly Patchwork Pzzazz’
Book with Margaret Clotworthy

24th July

Val Farne - Farne Designs - Workshop - Waistcoats at Odcombe Village Hall, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8XP
Members £25 non-members £28
This is crazy patchwork - the waistcoats fit all sizes and are great fun.
Book with Margaret Clotworthy

Cornwall Workshops


Meetings will start at 10 a.m. unless otherwise stated.

TRESILLIAN VILLAGE HALL unless otherwise stated

19th March

Workshop with Steph Short – Heirloom Techniques with a Sewing Machine
PLEASE NOTE – Fraddon Village Hall, Fraddon, St Columb, TR9 6NT
Beautiful effects can be obtained with just an ordinary sewing machine and different speciality needles. Different fabrics, such as calico and silk can be combined to make a cushion or small quilt/hanging. We will make a range of samples showing decorative stitching methods. These replicate the delicate work seen on antique Victorian clothes. Techniques covered will include pin tucks, mock drawn thread work using twin, triple wing and twin wing needles, lace insertion, scalloped edges and cut work.
Cost £20 SWQ members/£23 non-members
Book with Sue Chapman

7th May

Barbara Chainey - Antique Rose Star
Tresillian Village Hall, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 4AW. Cost £20 SWQ members/£23 non-members
Discover how easy and fast hand piecing (without papers) can be and enjoy planning your first examples of this traditional favourite. One kite shaped pattern piece is all that you need to make this block which is perfect for using lots of small pieces of different fabrics.
Book with Sue Chapman

10th June

Cowslip workshop Newhouse Farm, St.Stephens Launceston Cornwall PL15 8JX. The tutor will be Jo Colwill and the theme will be chosen by Jo nearer the time.
It will be held in the barn which can hold up to 20 people.
You will have to make your own way there but it will be a unique opportunity to shop, sew and have lunch in idyllic surroundings.
The cost will be £25.00 made payable to SWQ with the 10th June on the cheque.
If you are interested please contact me, please use a SWQ application form
Pat King, 21 Stenlake Terrace Plymouth Devon PL4 9JZ
tel 01752 240560

1st July

Gail Lawther - Twilight Silhouettes
Tresillian Village Hall, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 4AW. Cost £20 SWQ members/£23 non-members
Gail will be leading a workshop for a wall hanging (either pieced or whole piece of fabric) with dark coloured appliquéd bird silhouettes - a stunning effect. Gail will also have books and fabric available.
Book with Sue Chapman

Dorset Workshops

All held at Portesham Village Hall, Dorset unless otherwise noted. 10am-4pm

Portesham Village Hall, Malthouse Meadow, Portesham, DT3 4ES is a bright and airy venue situated between Bridport and Weymouth (postcode ). It's on the main coast road so very easy to find. We can comfortably take 14 students with machines for our Dorset workshops.


6th May

Catherine Millar: French Prairie Braid at Trent Village Hall, Trent DT9 4SW between Sherborne and Yeovil.
Contact: Jenny Dart

17th (maybe 18th) Nov

Jennie Rayment the queen of fabric manipulation will be doing a workshop of fabric manipulation.
Venue Martinstown Village
Cost and materials to be advised.
Please contact either Terry Summerfield or Steve Lockie.