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Sunday 13 February 2022: Online Workshop (Improv Borders)

Nicholas Ball hosts an EXTRA DATE for his three-hour Online Interactive Workshop on Improv Borders!…

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Sunday 13 February 2022: Online Workshop (Improv Borders)
Sunday 13 February 2022: Online Workshop (Improv Borders)

Time & Location

13 Feb 2022, 16:00 – 19:00 GMT

Online Interactive Workshop

About the Event

Nicholas Ball - Sunday 13 February 2022 - 4.00pm to 7.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop: Improv Borders!

We're delighted to announce an EXTRA DATE for improv-guru-extraordinaire Nicholas Ball and his unique improv-flavoured workshops, in this case: Improv Borders! The first date for this class - Saturday 12 February 2022 - has already Sold Out and tickets fopr this extra date are likely to whizz off the shelves FAST too, so please don't wait until after 'mince-pie season' - if you want to be a part of the Improv Borders fun, be sure to book today!...

Introduction by Nicholas:-

I’ve always loved the look of medallion quilts! I remember being awestruck when I saw an exhibition of antique Welsh flannel quilts a few years back. These nineteenth century quilts were obviously made in a time before rotary-cutters and rulers and the handwork of their construction was evident in the wonky borders and 'not-quite-matching' points. After the exhibition, I was inspired to create my own medallion quilt and used improvised piecing to create a series of borders to surround a central shape. I was inspired too by Seminole patchwork and the use of strip sets, adapting the technique to better-fit my liberated style of sewing.

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

In this workshop we’ll explore several different border options. The aim of the class is to see how these improvised borders can be sewn with little measuring and can easily be made longer or wider by the addition of extra fabric. We will begin by looking at simple Strip Sets and how varying the components of these sets can create a multitude of different border options. We will then look at Herringbone and Curved Borders, introducing variation through fabric selection and sashing. The class is designed to free you from precision and allow for a more organic quilt as a result. We will aim to make samples of each of the border types, which you can then add to a central unit to make a medallion quilt, or join the borders together to make a smaller project. It's going to be a lot of fun and I really hope you'll be able to join us!...

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Beginner - These techniques are a useful additional to the improv tool box and are great for adding liberated interest to your quilts. The use of strips sets and smaller scraps, without any precise cutting, makes the techniques perfect for quilters of all abilities, whether you have done improv piecing before or not.

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Whilst not essential for the workshop, my book Inspiring Improv (published by Lucky Spool, 2019) provides six improv piecing techniques which you can use to make a centre unit for your medallion project or incorporate into some of your borders.

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Rather than making a finished quilt, we will be looking at the techniques used to make the borders. You may wish to use scrap fabric to practice before committing to your stash’s best.

For the Strip Set borders:-

Long strips in various widths, ranging from 1” to 4” approximately. There is no one correct size. Since it is these widths that will add the most variation to your borders, ensure you have a variety. You can use oddments from a jelly roll, or cut WOF strips from yardage or fat quarters.

For the Herringbones:-

Scraps! The width of the herringbone border is determined by the first scrap we sew, so bring along a variety. You’ll also need some narrow 3/4” strips in a contrasting or complimentary sold.

For the second herringbone technique, bring along some thinner strips, 1” to 2” wide.

Please don’t stress about these requirements! They are simply a guide and I’ve yet to teach a class where something couldn’t be made because of the wrong fabric pieces. If in doubt, gather up a selection of prints and colours you like and you can cut during the workshop. Accuracy at the cutting stage is not so important using my techniques, so it won’t take long at all if you want to cut your pieces along with me. There is no right or wrong size!

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-


Good quality thread in an appropriate weight for piecing (I recommend Aurifil 50wt)

Rotary-Cutter (with a new blade!)


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

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-


​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!

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 the Covid pandemic, 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! As such we are NOT able to offer a recorded Pay-On-Demand video for sale after this event.


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