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Dianne Barnden

I am passionate about quilting and all things quilting. My quilting journey began 20 years ago when I signed up for a community education class “Beginners Sampler Quilt”, little did I know just what an impact that class would have in my future. I am thrilled to be able to introduce quilting into the life of another like minded people and to see their journey unfold. Through quilting I have met the most amazing people and found a creative outlet which at times pulls us through those little humps in the road.

I am a trained Montessori Teacher and currently am the head Teacher at Tawa Montessori Preschool. I am married to the most supportive husband. We have a grown up son who now insists he has enough quilts!

PATCHWORK: Big & Bold Quilt
1 Sunday - On 25 November from 9am-4pm

Do you have a favourite fabric that you just love too much to cut up?Then this quilt is perfect to showcase it in.This quilt is based on a rectangular block so breaks away from the traditional square blocks and is a great stash buster.Suitable for all levels of quilter.

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PATCHWORK: Christmas Projects
8 Thursday nights - Starts 18 October from 7-9pm

Let’s get sorted for Christmas.In this class we will be making a Christmas wreath, a table runner and a tree skirt.Or you may wish to come along and work on your own projects.

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PATCHWORK: Circles and Squares
1 Sunday - On 15 April from 9am- 4pm

This is an ideal project to show off those themed fabrics that you may have been collecting. I have made my quilt in African themed fabrics and have taken my colour palette from nature, using earthy tones. This quilt is not limited to cultural fabrics and would look just as striking in large and small florals, New Zealand themed fabrics, leaf fabrics, and different shades of one colour

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Patchwork: Dresden Table Runner
1 Sunday - On 16 September from 9am-4pm

Dresden Plate Quilts occupy a remarkable place in quilting history because of their unique shape and their ability to use even the smallest scraps of fabric to make a balanced, orderly, eye-catching pattern. The pattern is still popular today, since all types of fabric can be combined together to produce a cheerful, pleasing quilt which brightens even the simplest of rooms. This Dresden plate is entirely machine stitched and uses a wedge template making this table runner avery quick and easy project. An ideal project to make in your favourite Christmas fabrics.

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PATCHWORK: Mystery Quilt
1 Sunday - On 8 April from 9am-4pm

This is an ideal project to dive into your stash and pull some coordinating fabrics out. This quilt really lends itself to being a scrap quilt as long as you have a consistent background colour running throughout.

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Patchwork: New Small & Finished Projects
8 Thursday nights - Starts on 9 August from 7-9pm

In this class you will make small projects that are suitable to give for gifts or to keep, they include a classy pencil class, a journal cover, scarf and small sewing kit. Or you can come along and work on a project you would like to get finished.

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PATCHWORK: Spring Sycamore
1 Sunday - On 4 November from 9am-4pm

This quilt combines piecing and appliqué and has been designed for a scrappy look to allow you to delve into your stash.You can choose to use one fabric for all the appliqués and one colour for the pieced blocks.Or you could use a jelly roll for your pieced blocks and choose a matching fabric for the appliqué blocks.In this class we cover fusible applique and needle turn applique as well as traditional piecing techniques.

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PATCHWORK: Whirly Gigs
1 Sunday - On 28 October from 9am-4pm

This small lap or cot quilt is perfect to showcase charm squares (5” x 5”). Don’t be limited to charm square collections; a variety of 5” squares cut from your stash can go a long way towards stash reduction. This quilt is the perfect place to showcase some large stitch quilting which will be covered in the class.

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