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Friday 25 March 2022: Online Workshop (Koi Carp Quilt Sewalong: JIGSAW!)

Improv-guru Nicholas Ball hosts a three-hour Online Interactive Workshop on his Koi Carp Quilt Sewalong: The JIGSAW!…

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Friday 25 March 2022: Online Workshop (Koi Carp Quilt Sewalong: JIGSAW!)
Friday 25 March 2022: Online Workshop (Koi Carp Quilt Sewalong: JIGSAW!)

Time & Location

25 Mar 2022, 18:00 – 21:00 GMT

Online Interactive Workshop

About the Event

Nicholas Ball - Friday 25 March 2022 - 6.00pm to 9.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop - Koi Carp Quilt Sewalong: The JIGSAW!

We're absolutely delighted to be hosting this Koi Carp Quilt Sewalong: The JIGSAW workshop with the wonderfully talented & hugely popular Nicholas Ball! This class complements the live sewalong Nicholas will be conducting via his Instagram account from February 2022 and will see participants learn key techniques on his latest fishy-themed offer: marvellous!

Earlier this month - Sunday 13 March 2022 from 4.00-7.00pm (GMT) - Nicholas will be running a WHOLLY SEPARATE class which complements this Koi Carp Sewalong: The JIGSAW class and the social media sewalong: this wholly separate class is entitled Koi Carp Quilt Sewalong: The TECHNIQUES, and focuses on creating all the elements that go into the Koi Carp Sewalong .


Please note that if you wish to attend this Koi Carp Quilt Sewalong: The JIGSAW class, it's advisable that you also attend the Koi Carp Sewalong: The TECHNIQUES class on Sunday 13 March 2022 (4.00-7.00pm, GMT): if you have not followed Nicholas via his Instagram sewalong sessions, you simply won't have the elements necessary for THIS class, if you haven't created them in that earlier workshop!

We hope that's all clear, but if you do have any queries at all, please email us via

Introduction by Nicholas:-

Following on from the success of the #shoalsewalong last year, I’m delighted to offer this new companion workshop to my latest #koicarpsewalong. The improv fish from my book Inspiring Improv (available via have alway been popular and it was so exciting to see the many different versions created last year. Those fish focused on two main improv techniques: triangles and freehand curves. To follow on, I wanted to design a mini-quilt that allows for progression and really helps you to improve and add to your improv piecing skill set. The Koi Carp Quilt will get you really thinking outside the box to create something truly unique. It is a challenge, and one I hope you’ll enjoying attempting with me. Alongside the information on Instagram, these CraftyMonkies workshops are timed perfectly to give you all the extra hints and tips you need to sew your very own lucky Koi Carp Quilt for the year ahead.

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This workshop will focus on joining the individual components you have made during the sewalong into a completed Koi Carp Quilt and will provide extra assistance to the instructions given on Instagram. We will also talk about quilting ideas and finishing the quilt edge. For those of you who are looking for extra tuition to make the Koi components, you may be interested in the other companion workshop, Koi Carp Quilt Sewalong: The TECHNIQUES, which Nicholas will be running with CraftyMonkies on Sunday 13 March 2022 from 4.00-7.00pm (GMT).

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

If you’ve successfully managed to make the individual components of the quilt, then you are ready to tackle joining them all together. I will be on hand to answer any and all questions.

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Whilst not essential for either the workshop of the sewalong, my book Inspiring Improv (published by Lucky Spool, 2019) will expand upon the techniques learnt and provide many more improv tips and tricks. My original Shoal Quilt is also one of the 12 projects.

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Students should have the individual elements of the Koi Carp Quilt already sewn, ready for joining together, made either by following the instructions provided on Instagram, or from participating in the other Koi Carp Sewalong companion workshop (see above).

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Sewing-Machine
  • Good quality Thread in an appropriate weight for piecing (I recommend Aurifil 50wt)
  • Rotary Cutter - with a new blade
  • Cutting-Mat
  • Patchwork Ruler (we can make any size work, but a 6” x 24” and a smaller 1" x 12" are handy sizes for this class)
  • Fabric Scissors
  • A willingness to embrace &  explore your own creativity!

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-


Additional Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

I’m so excited to offer this workshop as an add-on to my live sewalong. It’s a great way to sew with like-minded people, inspire one another and see how all the Koi Carp Quilts are progressing!

​Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! If applicable, any free pattern, or other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date. The ticket price of £30.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Greenwich MeanTime (GMT). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location! Here's a great world time zone reference:-

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

In light of the ongoing situation regards potential delays with supply of certain materials/fabrics/equipment from around the world due to the lasting impact of Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.


This class is a live Zoom Workshop ONLY! We are NOT able to offer a recorded Pay-On-Demand video for sale after this event.


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