Here's what I do and where...

I'm trying to be more regular with my updates to this page. Please bear with me, I'm not very technically minded and tend to wipe out whole pages rather than input information!



Wednesday morning patchwork classes, term time 10 - 12

Venue: Radcliffe Hall, Radcliffe on Trent, Nottingham

Weekly sessions where students may work on their own project or on a collectively decided series of techniques or blocks. All abilities, supportive and friendly atmosphere.


Sampler Quilt class, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, monthly

Venue: Coles Sewing Centre (formerly Husqvarna Studio), 90 Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 1EH  Tel: 0115 988 1550

Extremely popular, there are four possible sampler quilts to work on, with a new one joining every year. Each one has a different emphasis and new things to learn, opportunities to personalise and experiment with colours and fabrics.


Thursday Projects session, weekly

3 hours away from everything to distract you, a chance to sew and join other quilters; you will work on your own project with Gilli on hand to give ideas and advice.

Venue: Coles Sewing Centre (see above for details or go to the Links page)


Living Threads Spring/Summer, Autumn/Winter Schools  

These are day workshops run by members of the Living Threads Group and feature embroidery, quilting, lacemaking, goldwork, textile art techniques, knitting and weaving. Gilli's classes vary but currently SS 2016 will feature Walk The Line, Floribunda and Kantha.

Venue: Risley Village Hall, Risley Derbyshire DE72 3SU.

Contact: Pauline Barke: or phone 0115 939 7112                        or visit the website for further information on current workshops available.



Fabulous Ferns & Tantalising Teasels


Using strong organic shapes we will make a mini quilt, A3 size, featuring a variety of foiling techniques and machine stitching, to produce a charming mini quilt, which can be canvas mounted. This workshop explores the use of freezer paper as a stencil and template and different glues and foils to create strong shapes with depth and glittering character. These can be enhanced with straight or free machine stitching, suitable for beginners and more experienced stitchers.

Little Kantha 



         Mini Mosaics 



         Wonky Stars 



         Hidden Stars



         Tessellating Pinwheels 



Pinwheel Kaleidoscope Quilt


A very popular workshop. Try out this exciting block and see how the fabric you choose has so much variety. You won't believe how much fun it is, as you don't know what it will look like until you get sewing! Two layout options, so it could be a lap quilt or a square tablecloth.

Suitable for all abilities, although beginners may need further guidance with putting-together after the blocks are completed.

Zigzag Quilt



Wonky Squares Quilt


Walk The Line


Line Dancing




"Please Don't Look at the Back!" - an entertaining and humorous talk about my quilts and my journey from shaky novice to confident pro, with lots of quilts to handle and inspect 

Please check back regularly to see what is going on.

For further information on rates and availability please email