Exploring Patchwork and Quilting £600

If you’ve always fancied having a go at patchwork and/or quilting, but have no idea where to start, this is the course for you… If you want to try out a range of different techniques such as Kantha and Trapunto, come along and learn some new skills to inspire your creativity…

This holiday is 7 nights/6 days long, with approximately 4.5 days in the Studio.

COST: £600 or

            £550 each if you bring one friend, £450 each if you bring two…

The holiday will run on:

                                         21st – 28th April 2018


                                         22nd – 29th September 2018

      If neither of these dates is convenient for you, please contact me at: info@lejardinduberger.com” 

This holiday assumes some knowledge of – or experience in –  using a sewing machine. 


  • simple patchwork using triangles
  • Log cabin quilt-as-you-go patchwork
  • Trapunto
  • Italian quilting
  • Kantha
  • English quilting


  • patchwork cushion cover
  • doorstop (which you’ll need to stuff at home because of the weight!)
  • lined Tote bag
  • eye mask and storage pouch

ITINERARY: If you wish to have more free time and less tuition/guided time, that is perfectly fine – the holiday can be adapted.

INTRODUCTION: The focus of this holiday is experiencing a range of different types of patchwork and quilting, from different cultures, from different eras… Quilting – we will cover English, Italian, Trapunto and Kantha… Patchwork using triangles and quilt-as-you-go Log cabin.

ARRIVAL DAY: Arriving at Bordeaux Airport. We will meet the Saturday Ryanair flight from Stansted, arriving at 15:20 and the Easyjet Bristol flight arriving at 16:05.

DAY 1 – The day will begin with a trip to a French supermarket, where you can enjoy browsing and then buying some delicious French food. Afterwards, in the studio, you will start to make a patchwork cushion cover, using 4 different fabrics cut into triangles. It’s a fun project, and there’s a great sense of achievement when it comes together.

DAY 2 – In the morning, you will assemble and finish your cushion cover. In the afternoon I’ll introduce Log Cabin patchwork, and you’ll make a door-stop (to be stuffed at home because of the weight!). You will start to design a tote bag, which will be made later in the week.

DAY 3 – Today you will start to make the lined tote bag, which will include 3 different quilting techniques: Trapunto, Kantha and Italian. Part of today may be unsupervised, while you work on the various decorative sections of your bag.

DAY 4 – This will be a whole day off, with a visit to a nearby town such as Saintes, Angouleme or Cognac where you can explore a Cognac house, or the Abbaye aux Dames and wander around the streets of a typical French town. You could walk by the river, have lunch, just enjoy the atmosphere. If you prefer, you can relax, go for a walk, use the studio… It’s really your day.

DAY 5 – You will finish the tote bag – assembling the various sections, adding the lining and the straps, plus any final decoration such as beading or hand embroidery.

DAY 6 – The final day focuses on English quilting – you’ll make a quilted storage pouch and scented eye mask.

DAY 7 – Departure. You will be taken to Bordeaux airport for your flight back to the UK for the BRISTOL (Easyjet) flight leaving at 16:30, or the STANSTED (Ryanair) flight leaving at 15:45.

THE HOLIDAY: This is a Textiles holiday, where you have space to relax and enjoy yourself as well as spend time in the studio learning new skills. The location is wonderful for sitting quietly with a book ( I have a very good Textiles book library – you could try out a few new skills independently!) or a walk in countryside. You might, though, like to bring your own Textiles project to work on in the studio, in your spare time. It’s so lovely to have some time away from other distractions, to focus on something you enjoy. You could bring knitting, tapestry, another dressmaking project, or perhaps watercolours or pen and ink.


  1. Transport to and from Bordeaux airport meeting the Stansted and Bristol afternoon flights – see below*. Please travel with one small suitcase and a (hand)bag only.
  2. Studio times – please see the detailed description for an explanation. The supervised studio times are usually 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm, but some days may finish a little earlier. Obviously, you can have tea/coffee breaks when you wish! You’re very welcome to use the studio yourself out of these times.
  3. Days/ half days out – on certain holidays full or half day trips out are included – please see the ITINERARY above for a more detailed explanation. These are of course optional – you can stay “home” and relax or use the studio instead if you prefer.
  4. Some fabrics/threads etc will be provided, others you will need to bring with you – please email me for further information.
  5. Accommodation will be single occupancy of a double room with private/en-suite shower room/wc*. Please see the “Accommodation” tab for details, but we have two ground floor rooms ( Ouessant and Merino) and one first floor room (Rambouillet). If you take up the special offer and bring two friends, you will each have single occupancy of a double room but will share 2 shower rooms/toilets. (The 3rd room is our lovely large room “Jacob”).
  6. Meals – The holiday is self-catering – there is a large, open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting room and full cooking facilities. We will take you to the supermarket and/or local markets (depending on the availability) when you arrive/ at your convenience during your stay so you can enjoy buying exactly what you like.
  7. Numbers – We can accommodate 3 residential guests in single occupancy double rooms. However, if you are travelling with a friend or partner – participating or not – we can of course accommodate them too. Please contact me directly to discuss your requirements. Non-residential “students” may also join the group, but the max. numbers on this course is 6.


  1. Flights to and from the UK.
  2. Meals.
  3. Holiday insurance.

Arriving at Bordeaux Airport:

We will meet the Saturday Ryanair flight from Stansted, arriving at 15:20 and

the Easyjet Bristol flight arriving at 16:05.

Please contact me for further information: info@lejardinduberger.com

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