Our classes are all held in the shop. They are limited to 6-8 people and sold in semesters. We do not teach classes during the summer school holidays. Prices are set at the beginning of the semester based on the number of available dates. Coffee and tea service available in all classes. Our all-day classes include a light lunch. • Payment of fees for each semester in advance.
A deposit (equal to one class fee) on the last day of semester is required to secure your place for the following term.
• The balance of class fees for a semester is due on the first class date of that semester regardless of attendance.
• Payment of class fees is non-refundable unless we cancel the class. If you cannot attend a class and you give us reasonable notice, every effort will be made to provide a make-up class if a place is available in another class.
RACHAELDAISY - Classes
We are thrilled to announce that Rachaeldaisy will be joining the Material Obsession team this year with Whizz Bang and Beyond !!!! Join Rachael, a multi award winning quilter whose awards include Best in Show at the Sydney Quilt Show 2016 and the Australian Modern Quilt Show 2015 and now 2016. Her quilts state that she is a collector, visionary and talented textile artist.
Rachael found her experience as a florist translated into patchwork as a solid approach for mixing colour, shape and form with beautiful fabrics in the place of flowers.
Rachael describes her style as traditional with a twist and is not afraid of bending the rules and trying different ways of doing things. She is a champion of folded point blocks, yoyos, denim, trims, applique and liberated piecing.
Using Rachaeldaisy’s Best In Show Whizz Bang! blocks for inspiration you’ll be led through different ways of making folded point blocks to create your own folded point sampler. You’ll get to play with trims, applique techniques, yoyos. This class is about having an adventure with fabric.
You can follow Rachaeldaisy on instagram at @bluemountaindaisy.
2nd Tuesday of each month; 10 – 1 pm, $45 per class.
4th Friday of each month; 10 – 1 pm, $45 per class.
New in 2017
KATHY DOUGHTY- Taking Shape
Free yourself from being a slave to instructions and learn to practice following your own instincts! In this workshop we will work with 60 degree shapes in a variety of scales and layouts to create individual contemporary quilt designs! Explore triangles, diamonds, hexagons and more using acrylic templates and your choice of fabric. Using templates allows us to cut accurately and then sewing accurately is easy! We will work on a design wall and watch the pattern evolve over time. The other wonderful aspect of playing with shapes is that it allows us to focus on fabric choices.
We will examine fabric in regard to color, value, print and character with a view to let the fabric do the work! Several different patterns and ideas will be presented for you to choose from but the outcome is up to you!
2nd Sunday of each month; 10 – 3 pm, $65 per class.
You can follow Kathy on instagram at @matobsgirl.
WENDY WILLIAMS - Classes
Wendy is an experienced teacher and quilter, as well as a prolific designer with many patterns available for an array of quilted products - quilts, bags and cushions...to name a few. Wendy's first book, Wild Blooms and Colorful Creatures, was published in 2014 and is in reprint.
In all of Wendy’s classes, you can start from Wendy’s technique of the moment or bring in your own ideas and patterns for guidance. Each class features a technique demonstration.
You can follow Wendy on instagram at @flyingfishkits.
Wendy offers two types of regular classes at Material Obsession:
NEW TRADITIONS – Join Wendy in her pandora’s box of tricks as she presents new and exciting ways to update the look of your quilts with simple to learn techniques. Each lesson includes a new idea that can work with or without the last but is guaranteed to inspire participants in the class. Piecing, wool embellishment, hand work and more are all options as you go adding skill upon skill and layer upon layer of interest in your projects.
2nd and 4th Monday of each month; 10 – 3 pm, $65 per class.
TECHNIQUE classes, in which you can learn and develop different piecing and quilting techniques. Technique classes include everything from squares, triangles and circles to machine or hand piecing and appliqué to foundation piecing, inset seams and curves. These classes are suitable for all quilters from beginners to experienced quilters.This class may include wool applique.
1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 10am – 1pm, $45 per class
1st and 3rd Wednesday evening of each month, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, $35 per class
2nd Thursday of each month, 10 – 1 pm, $45 per class
4th Thursday of each month, 10 – 1 pm, $45 per class
WENDY'S WOOL APPLIQUÈ
Join Wendy for this new class as she takes a step to the left and introduces a new variety of wool into her ever popular design method. In class you will explore and learn about how to mix textures and stitches to make your own designs or to follow along with Wendy’s patterns.
3rd Thursday of each month, 10 – 1 pm, $45 per class
MEGAN MANWARING - Classes
MEGAN MANWARING has taught at Material Obsession since 2013 when she started taking our weekday beginner classes. Since then, Megan has added applique and technique classes to her offering. Megan is a passionate and enthusiastic quilter with a particular love of needle-turn applique and working with bright, contemporary fabrics. Megan has had a number of patterns published in Australian quilt magazines, designed our 2014 & 2015 Kaffe Sampler and co-designed our String Along BOM. More recently, Megan has published a number of patterns under the MO brand and her Modern Sampler is currently running as a block of the month.
You can follow Megan on instagram at @meganmanwaring.
New in 2017
Saturday afternoon beginner class
In 2017, Megan will offer her popular beginner class one Saturday afternoon a month. In this class, Megan will lead first time quilters through blocks from her Kaffe Sampler quilts. Starting with basic cutting and piecing, Megan will move onto the ins and outs of half square and quarter square triangles, introduction to speciality rulers, basic needleturn applique, string piecing and then assembling the quilt top. Throughout this process, Megan will guide students on effective colour and fabric selection.
No patchwork or quilting experience necessary.
4th Saturday of each month; (1 - 4pm), $45 per class.
Megan will lead students through the foundations of cutting, piecing, sewing and appliqué, as well as effective colour and fabric selection. Megan demonstrates a different technique each month, including with student input as to the techniques to be covered from month to month.
1st Thursday of each month; (10 - 1pm), $45 per class.
Learn easy techniques using rulers and templates, try string piecing and other free form piecing methods and explore colour and fabrics to achieve strong and effective contrast in your quilts. Quilting and finishing of your quilt can also be covered. You can start from one of Megan’s patterns or work on your project with Megan’s guidance.
2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month; (10 - 1pm), $45 per class.
APPLIQUÈ SKILL BUILDING
Learn applique skills, focusing on the techniques, tips and tricks to achieve needle-turn applique.
Choose an applique pattern you've been waiting to start or work from one of Megan’s patterns and Megan will guide you through fabric choice, preparation and method.
1st Tuesday of each month; (10 - 1pm), $45 per class.
4th Tuesday of each month; (10 - 1pm), $45 per class.
BEGINNERS- Evening Classes
Join Grace for an evening of sewing, chat and skill growing. Grace has developed a skill working bits of geometry and wool into her quilts. Work with a pattern or free form on designs of your choice. A teacher by nature, Grace is there for beginners to experienced quilters to explore techniques and expand sewing horizons. Always patient and full of ideas let Grace guide you through to finishing your next project!
Evenings at MO - 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings; (7.30 – 9.30 pm), $35 per class
Join Sue Cody, a multi award winning quilt designer and very experienced teacher to study elements of fresh traditions! Explore hexagons and applique to achieve a unique style with inspired fabric choices. Work from Sue’s black and white portfolio to create your own bespoke projects.
1st Sunday of each month; 10 – 3 pm, $75 per class.
3rd Sunday of each month; 10 – 3 pm, $75 per class.
MARG GEORGE - Classes
... Take an Element
Marg George has been a leading patchwork tutor for more than 2 decades, drawing from traditional influences with a clever measured eye.
Marg has an extensive collection of original quilts. She encourages and nurtures her students to draw from the collection using her "take an element" approach to create their own quilts.
Her considered nature empowers students to find their own creative voice in a supportive and relaxed environment. Students in Marg's classes produce unique and beautiful quilts. Why not join her loyal band of followers...
3rd Tuesday of each month; 10 – 3 pm, $65 per class.
1st Friday of each month; 10 – 3 pm, $65 per class.
3rd Friday of each month; 10 – 3 pm, $65 per class.
1st Saturday of each month; 10 – 3 pm, $65 per class