January 21: Oast Sewing Bee: Colour Theory and ‘Disappearing Four Patch’ at Petham VH, 10-4pm,

£10 member/£15 non-member

An introduction to Colour Theory and using it to make a Disappearing 4 patch

January 27 & 28: Kerry Keeble

27th Talk:  2pm ‘Ramblings of a Quilter’

28th Workshop: ‘Let’s get fussy with EPP ‘at Lower Hardres 10-4pm

£30 member/£45 non-member

Learn the concept of fussy cutting – the intentional cutting of a specific part of a fabric to highlight a motif or section of design. This versatile technique is simple to use but can elevate a project by making it look more complicated than it is due to clever use of fabric placement.



February 3: UFO Day at Lower Hardres VH 10-4pm

£10 member/£15 non-member


March 2 & 3 : Valerie Nesbitt

2nd Talk:  2pm ‘My Quilting Life – There’s more to patchwork than squares and puffy wadding!’

3rd Workshop: ‘Two Strip Mix Up’  at Lower Hardres VH 10-4pm

£30 member/£45 non-member +£7 for the ruler.

Jelly Roll friendly; great for beginners and accomplished sewers alike.  Choose from two very different designs. You will need to purchase on the day a set of 4” Thangles to work on this project.

March 17: Oast Sewing Bee –

‘Quilting with a Walking Foot’ at Petham VH 10-4pm

£10 member/£15 non-member

Bring along your unquilted blocks and learn the joys of quickly finishing them using your walking foot.



May 4 & 5 : Janet Clare

4th Talk: 2pm ‘Moda and Me’

5th Workshop: ‘Quilted Memories to Cherish – Applique’ at Lower Hardres VH 10-4pm

£30member/£45 non-member

You will learn layer techniques such as fusible applique, free-motion stitching, hand quilting, embroidery and quilt-as-you-go and begin to create unique pieces inspired by your favourite sayings, stories, animals, birds, holiday, song or other memories!

May 19: Oast Sewing Bee – Zipped pouch/purse/bag at Petham VH 10-4pm

£10 member/£15 non-member

Make a variety of zipped pouches or purses or bags in preparation for the ‘Zippadidodah’ Region 2 Tombola at the Festival of Quilts.




June 2: In house workshop Jan Bevan: Free Form Design Class at Lower Hardres 10-4pm

£25 member/£40 non-member

Focusing on the design process. How to get from idea/photo/sketch to planning a quilt.


July 13 & 14: Shree Desai

13th Talk: ‘Batik  – A Resist Painting Process’ 2pm

14th Workshop: Batik Workshop at Littlebourne 10-4pm

£55 member/£70 non-member

Create your own batik design and fabric. Everything provided in the kit included.

July 28: Oast Sewing Bee –

Strip Piecing at Petham VH 10-4pm

£10 member/£15 non-member

Learn how versatile strip piecing can be.



September 22: Oast Sewing Bee – ‘Flying Geese’ at Petham VH 10-4pm

£10 member/£15 non-member

Master the Flying Geese block   – a technique found in many blocks

September 28 & 29 : Oast Open Day

28th Morning: 10am Deborah McGuire

Talk: ‘Emotional Quilts – New Quilts from Old Ideas’

Afternoon: Joy Harber

Talk : 1pm ‘An Obsession with Log Cabin’

29th Workshop: ‘Miniature Log Cabin’ with Joy Harber at Lower Hardres VH 10-4pm

£30 member/£45 non-member

Create your very own miniature log cabin quilt using a quick strip piecing method. These can be adapted into needle cases, bags and lots of other fun projects.



October 25 & 26: Oast Mini Showcase (as part of ‘Canterbury Festival 2024’)

St. Andrew’s Church, Watling St, Canterbury,    CT1 2UA 9am – 6pm



November 2: UFO Day at Lower Hardres VH 10-4pm

£10 member/£15 non-member

November 23: AGM and Challenge Vote 2pm


December 1: Oast Sewing Bee – Father Christmas at Petham VH 10-4pm

£10 member/£15 non-member

The last meeting of the year  – make Father Christmas decorations using Log Cabin blocks. They make lovely gifts as well.


Booking Workshops

Booking Workshops in 2023

Oast Quilters is pleased to organise a variety of tutored workshops throughout the year. Hopefully there is something to please all tastes on the programme, but if your area of interest is not covered then please contact the programme secretary, Julia Freeland, email: who will endeavour to find a suitable speaker/tutor for the future. 

The guest tutors for workshops are often nationally, if not internationally, known in textile/quilting circles and we are privileged to be able to learn from their expertise at a rate which is much less than other workshop charges.

Our ‘In-house’ workshops are tutored by our own talented members. Guest tutored workshops cost £25 for the day and in-house ones cost £20 for the day. (non-members £40 and £30 respectively).

The workshops tutored by invited Speakers take place on the Sunday after the Oast meeting (sometimes if the subject is especially popular more than one workshop is organised with a second usually taking place on the Monday). The workshops tutored by an Oast member take place during in April and June on a Saturday. 

Requirements lists will be sent to attendees by email. 

We strongly recommend that all electrical equipment brought to workshops (sewing machines, irons, extension cables, etc) should be PAT tested annually. 

Tea and coffee is available throughout the day of a workshop, but members should bring their own mug and a packed lunch. 

All workshops run from 10am to 4pm but arrive by 9.30 to set up. 

If you would like to know whether a particular workshop still has spaces available, please email the workshop organiser or enquire on the Oast Facebook page. 

Non-members may attend workshops provided that the workshop is not over-subscribed. Please email the workshop organiser for more information. 

Booking a place on a Workshop 

Members may request a place on a workshop (first come, first served basis) at any time up to the Oast meeting before the workshop by completing a Workshop booking form (2024)

You can obtain a workshop booking form from the Members’ table at each Oast Quilters meeting; via the Workshop Booking Form on the website or downloading the booking form below: (click on the link) 

Verbal booking is not accepted. The only way to book a workshop is by submitting a booking form, either electronic or paper. 

Members may book individual workshops throughout the year or book all that they wish to attend in a single submission. 

Booking electronically Members are asked to email the completed form as an attachment to 

Once a place has been confirmed the requirements list will be email to the attendee. 

Booking using paper forms. Paper copies to be placed in an envelope in the ‘Workshops’ box at the meeting or posted to the Workshop Organiser. 

Members who want to have the requirements list posted to them must also include a stamped self-addressed envelope (left unsealed) with the completed form. A separate stamped SAE must be provided for each workshop. 

Paying for the Workshop

No deposits are required/accepted. Members wishing to attend a workshop must pay the full cost on booking, preferably by BACS.

Full details on how to pay for a workshop are contained in the Booking Form (See link under Booking a Place on a Workshop).

Confirmation of a place on a Workshop

A place on the workshop will be confirmed by email/telephone after receipt of payment by BACS is confirmed.

Members should contact the workshop organiser if they have not received a confirmation within two weeks of submitting their booking form and payment.

The list of confirmed attendees and people on the waiting list will be available at the Members’ table at Oast Meetings.

If a Workshop is over-subscribed

In the event that a workshop is over-subscribed, Oast will endeavour to arrange additional dates that members may be offered.

If that is not possible, then places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

If a member is informed that they do not have a place, their name will be retained on the waiting list (in order of booking) in case there are any cancellations.

If a member is not successful in securing a place, then the fee will be refunded in full.

Cancelling a place on a Workshop

If you must cancel your place on a workshop, Oast will endeavour to ‘sell’ the place on your behalf. If there is a waiting list for the workshop, the place will be ‘sold’ to the next name on the list and your fee will be refunded.

If there is no one on the waiting list and you have a friend who would like to take the place, please let the Workshop Organiser know. It is vital that the change of name is notified to the Workshop Organiser.

If Oast is unable to sell the place, you will not have your workshop fee refunded. However, if there are exceptional reasons for your cancellation, please contact the Workshop Organiser who will liaise with the Committee regarding a refund of the fee.

Cancelled Workshops

If Oast has to cancel a workshop, then full refunds will be issued

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