A traditional Rail Fence quilt, created by April Lahoda. 

A traditional Rail Fence quilt, created by April Lahoda. 

Course Information


9 weeks - One 3-hour session per week


Sewing machine basics // Overview of basic sewing supplies // Measuring and cutting using a rotary cutter // Making patchwork blocks // Making colour and pattern choices // Machine assembling the quilt top layer // Quilt wadding and layering-up // Machine quilting // Making and applying a binding (edging) // Hand-finishing techniques


Each student will make a Rail Fence Quilt (as shown) in fabrics of their choice.


Do I Need To Bring a Sewing Machine?

No, but you are welcome to if you wish. We have a Janome CXL301 sewing machine available for each student to use.

Although not essential, having a sewing machine at home is helpful for this course. If you don't own one already, we sell a range of Janome machines, and offer discounts on these to our students. Contact us for more details.

The Janome CXL301 - We have 10 of these in our studio for student use. 

The Janome CXL301 - We have 10 of these in our studio for student use. 

If you're planning on bringing your own machine, please contact us and let us know the make and model. 

How Do I Pay My Balance?

If you booked your place with a deposit, you're balance is due no less than 14 days before your course begins. For instructions on how to pay please visit our balance payments page.

If you're thinking of cancelling your booking, for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible, so that we can offer your place to someone on the waiting list. And also please have a look at our Cancellations & Refunds Policy on the FAQs page before doing this. Thanks.

Basic Supplies

In this section we explain some of the basic supplies you'll need for the course. 


All of the items in this list are available for purchase at The Stitchery:

  • 100% cotton thread - We sell Gutterman brand. 
  • Fabric scissors - Fiskars are a brand that we recommend and sell.
  • Size 80/12 sewing machine needles (size chart)
  • Embroidery scissors or clippers 
  • Seam ripper 
  • Seam gauge 
  • Bobbins (Janome compatible to work with our machines)
Tools of the trade for quilting. 

Tools of the trade for quilting. 


The pins and needles used for quilting are often longer than standard, due to the amount of layers being sewn through. Here are our recommendations:


These are common tools of the trade for quilting. We have a small supply of them handy at our studio, which students are welcome to use. If you would prefer to have your own, you can order them through us in week one, or at any point during the course:

  • A rotary cutter - These are like pizza cutters for fabric and very handy! 
  • A quilting ruler - a useful transparent ruler, with a gripped surface on the underside. 
  • A self healing cutting mat - For quilting, a mid-sized version around 45x30cm (17x11inches) is good.

Fabrics & Haberdashery

In this section we've given you a breakdown of the fabric and haberdashery items you'll need for your course. We highly recommend NOT purchasing all of them before the course begins. Some of them may require further explanation by your tutor, and this way you can also spread the cost.


In week one of your course, you'll need to bring solid colour (plain) fabric, plus a Layer Cake. 


A Layer Cake is a pack of 42 assorted fabrics, conveniently pre-cut into 10" x 10" squares, and specifically chosen to work well together. Online retailers of layer cakes include Plush AddictThe Cotton PatchQuilters Haven and Sleeping Bear Crafts.

You will need to purchase one Layer Cake to bring to your first lesson as well as your solid fabric - see opposite.

An example of a layer cake. Aspen Frost collection by Moda, available at  SleepingBearCrafts.com

An example of a layer cake. Aspen Frost collection by Moda, available at SleepingBearCrafts.com


This fabric will be used as the background colour to your quilt, so it should compliment your Layer Cake. You will need 3 metres of fabrics (white or pale coloured for maximum effect)

We recommend 100% cotton for this. If you're not sure what to buy, take your Layer Cake your fabric shop and ask to see their 'quilting fabrics' or 'craft fabrics. 

If you have any strong or vibrant colours in your fabric (such as reds), we recommend pre-washing them before adding them to your quilt. This will avoid the colours running at a later date.

Please bring this solid fabric to your first lesson.


Please feel free to pick up your fabric from wherever you like, but we do have some recommendations:


Somewhere around weeks 4-5, you will be taught how to create the 3 core layers of your quilt. For this you will need the items below. Again, we advise not to purchase these items at the start of the course, since your instructor will be explaining them. 

  • 1.8 to 2 metres (70" to 80") of 90" wide quilting wadding (100% Cotton or 80/20 cotton blend). This will be available to purchase from your instructor at a competitive price. 
  • 2-metres of extra wide backing fabric - or 4m of standard 45" quilting fabric.
  • 1 roll of masking tape
100% Cotton Wadding 

100% Cotton Wadding 

80/20 Cotton blend wadding

80/20 Cotton blend wadding


Around week 8 or 9 you will add the binding to your quilt, giving it a quality finished look and protecting the edges from fraying. For this you will need 1/2 metre of quilting or 'craft' cotton. This will be explained in the weeks that precede, so don't worry about buying it at the start. 

Grey striped binding on the edges of a quilt. 

Grey striped binding on the edges of a quilt.