Helen Godden

Classes offered

Classes in brief

(SUPER POPULAR)    Flying Into Colours!

2 day workshop based on FREEDOM quilt

painting and free motion quilting.

also available at my 3 annual retreats - Arty Farty Weekends. go t main menu to read more

 

(NEW)  Crack Pots!

2 day workshop where students create their own simple design

with Helens assistance then we paint and stitch

advanced Free- motion Quilting designs'

 

(NEW)  TREE of LIFE 

1 day class using Liquid radiance fabric Dyes Students will create their our own vibrant sunset backdrop and then design their own Tree Of Life as individual as they are. The tree in black silhouette will be appliqued onto their backdrop and then free motion quilting will incorporate the 4 elements of Earth Fire Water and Air

 
Liberation From the Ditch!
6 hour/1 day
Free-Motion Machine Quilting Beginners class
PLEASE NOTE This class or an equvalent, is a requirement for any other of Helen's  classes.
MORE Liberation From the Ditch!  
6 hour/1 day
Free-Motion Machine Quilting Intermediate class
Go the next step
 
4 in the RAW 
6 hour/1 day
Create a simple yet stunning 4 patch design incorporating reverse applique,
the concept of + & - design and the freedom of Raw Edge applique.
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Arty Farty Sunflowers with Vincent van Godden
 
6 hour/1 day Art Quilt Class
Create your first ArtQuilt with confidence using one of Helen's designs and some inspiration form Vincent van Gogh.
We paint, we stitch we raw edge applique, embellish and paint some more!
Lots of fun whilst learning different ways with dyes/paints and Free-Motion creatiivity!
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Walk on the Wildside
 2 day workshop
Students will produce a 50 x 70cm wall hanging depicting 2 giraffes in black silhouette strolling across a colour graded, strip pieced background in glowing sunset tones of the Savannah.  .

The background is then extensively free-motion stitched to create a stunning sunset design in preparation for the simple yet elegant raw edge appliqué giraffes to be stitched in place, then finished with lots of metallic thread detail in free-motion.

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REad on for Classes in more detail

 

Liberation from the Ditch!
Free-Motion Machine Quilting with Helen Godden
5 Hour workshop
Beginners class


Understanding of how the darning foot works and adjusting your machine. Discuss the purpose and advantages of free motion quilting. Look at different styles of quilting over an entire quilt and the need for continuous line work – stippling, flames, tear drops, swirls, spirals, vines etc. Practise a range of quilting styles and discuss where they could be used.
How to create a distinct quilted image using grease proof paper for tracing. Use the free-motion sewing technique to experience the freedom of raw edge applique too.“Show and Tell” of some of Helen’s award winning quilts and lots of fun.

REQUIREMENTS

  • *Sewing machine with DARNING FOOT. Check your manual so you are prepared. You must have your machines DARNING FOOT to do this class. Please bring your machines sewing table to extend the sewing area if you have one.
  • *1m of plain calico or homespun cut into four approx 50cm. Sandwich a pair together with a layer of batting or flannel or another square of homespun. You need 2 sandwiched squares ready to quilt.
    (This workshop is learning techniques and not creating a finished product so chose fabrics that you are happy to use for just learning and practise.)
  • * 2 autumn tone on tone scraps approx 15cm square.
  • * A few bright coloured threads to stand out on your plain homespun squares.
  • * A handful of medium safety pins for sandwiching your squares.
  • * Lead pencil
  • * General sewing supplies.
  • *Enthusiasm to “give it a go!”
  • *Lunch and a drink to keep you going.

Any further questions on class requirements email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Classes are regularily held at the following venues around Canberra. Contact the business for dates and book your self a new expereince in sewing.

Hobbysew, Belconnen - 6253 0011
Sew Simple, Phillip - 6282 7144

Below is an email I received 2nd September 2005 from a student who attended my Free-Motion Quilting Skills Class at Hobbysew in Canberra.

Hi Helen,
I recently attended your “free-motion quilting” class with my sister, Wendy when I was in Canberra visiting for the weekend (12th August). I really wanted to let you know how much I got out of your class and how much I enjoyed it. I thought that your teaching methods were really inspirational and quite effective and was “blown away” by your quilts.
It was a bit of a rushed trip to Canberra for Wendy’s birthday and to attend the quilt show while I was there. Just lucky it was all on the same weekend. I really didn’t know what to expect when Wendy said she had booked us into a class but was happy to attend. I was pleasantly surprised to see the quilts “in person” that I had pawed over and admired in magazines. So much better to see them close up and in person, and lovely to meet their creator. I particulary loved the Masai quilt, the crab quilt and the peacock….ooops…. that was about all of them :-)
It was so funny to go to the quilt show in Canberra and see the Walzing Matilda quilt on Sunday prior to the class and name it as one of my favourites, then to show up at a quilt class on Monday with it’s maker!!! Glad to hear it has been another one of your successes.
Anyhow, just wanted to pass all of this on and let you know how inspirational I find your work and enthusiasm is for this craft. You really are a talented artist and teacher and I will make sure I look out for your work in the future. Great to see you in in DuQ.
Heather Badger

 

More Liberation from the Ditch.

Intermediate class for those who have completed the Beginners class.
Create a Free-Motion Machine Quilting Sampler Quilt using variety of advanced techniques
with Helen Godden5 Hour WORKSHOP

 

For students that have already attended Helen’s first Free-motion class. This workshop uses the skills from the first class and puts them into practise with more advanced styles and lots more experimenting and fun.

Students will produce a Sampler style quilt on a whole cloth. A grid of twenty-five (25), 8” x 8” squares of different techniques and styles of Free-Motion Machine quilting. Students will also go home with a reference booklet of quilting designs that they create in class.

This project explores the magic and freedom of free-motion quilting to take students so far Beyond the Ditch that they never want to turn back!

  • REQUIREMENTS
  • * Sewing machine with DARNING FOOT. Check your manual so you are prepared. You must have your machines DARNING FOOT to do this class not the walking foot.
    * Please bring your machines sewing table to extend the sewing area if you have one.
    * 2m of black homespun. Fold and sandwich this together with a layer of batting or flannel, and use about 20 safety pins.
  • NB To save precious class time, there is some preparation to be done before class. With your black homespun sandwich, use your fabric chalk and rule to create a grid of 8” x 8” squares, 5 rows by 5 columns, creating a grid of 25 squares in total. These will be the “blocks” in which we practise each different FMMQuilting technique.
  • * One, 8” x 8” large print floral or distinct design that we will use as a basis of a quilting pattern.
    * Variegated thread and a variety of coloured threads. They can all co ordinate in colour or just select a rainbow of your favourite tones.
    * A metallic thread and a metallic or topstitch needle.
  • * Fabric chalk and lead pencil and eraser.
    * Spare machine needles 80/12 or 90/14 as well as topstitch or metallic needles.
    * General sewing supplies.
    * Enthusiasm to “give it a go!”
    * Lunch and a drink.

Any further questions on class requirements email   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

4 in the Raw
 
Free-Motion Machine Quilting to create simple yet stunning raw edge applique


 5 hour class
as seen in Quilter's Companion Magazine #46
 


For students that have already attended Helen’s first Free-motion class. This workshop uses the skills from the first class and puts them into practise.

Students will produce a small wall hanging or cushion top, that incorporates free-motion machining to do raw edge applique and decorative quilting on their piece.
A choice of 7 different simple patterns which demonstrate the use of “positive and negative” design elements to create a stunning piece.
The project explores the magic of free-motion quilting to take students beyond the ditch and revealing the freedom of design opened up by raw edge applique.
Students select from 7 different designs - dragonfly, butterfly, autumn leaf, flannelflower, Christmas dove, fish or star or they can design their own block with a little help from Helen.

  • REQUIREMENTS
  • Sewing machine with DARNING FOOT. Check your manual so you are prepared. You must have your machines DARNING FOOT to do this class. Please bring your machines sewing table to extend the sewing area if you have one. Bring your normal straight sewing foot too.
  • 1/2m black homespun, cut into 2 x 20” squares. (or substitute another 20” square for the back of your project )
  • 20” square of batting or flannel.
  • 4 x Fat Quarters. The minimum you need is four, 5”x 5” charm squares. Choose 4 fabrics that tone together say 4 blues/greens, 4 pink/purples, 4 autumn tones, 4 jewel tones….choose strong colours not pale, that look good as a group on black. To help with your fabric selection, the 7 design choices include Autumn leaves, butterflies, fish, stars, flowers, Christmas/Peace dove and Helen’s favourite dragonflies.
  • Variegated thread to match your selected colours or just coloured threads to match your selected fabrics and black. Metallic thread is also an option but you must have a metallic or topstitch needle too.
  • Approx. 12” square of Vlisofix/iron-on webbing….enough to use with the four, 5” x 5” charm squares
  • An envelope to keep your cut pieces for safe keeping
  • Fabric chalk and lead pencil
  • Ruler, rotary cutter, small sharp scissors
  • A handful of medium safety pins for sandwiching your squares.
  • Spare machine needles 80/12 or 90/14.
  • General sewing supplies.
  • Enthusiasm to “give it a go!”

 

Arty Farty Sunflowers

with Vincent Van Godden

 

6 hour art quilt project with Helen Godden

A class to take you out of your boundaries and abandon strict rules - Experience freedom and fun with an art style quilt.

 

We paint, we raw-edge, we stitch and we paint some more -

all using a prepared sunflower* design, guidance, encouragement and a little inspiration from Vincent van Gogh.

Requirements:

 

  • Calico UNwashed, cheap, nasty, creasy & stiff with seizing - 50cm x 1m

(Do the water flick test to see if the water beads on the surface of the calico rather than sink in immediately. Beading is good!)

  • Your choice of backing and batting...50 x 70cm minimum

  • Sewing thread for quilting in black and cream – Rasant is good.

  • A few hand dyed / batik scraps in variety of leafy greens...olive or leafy green or blue green tones, otherwise available at the store. Say 20cm square.

  • Approx. 30cm square of Vlisofix/iron-on webbing

  • Fabric chalk and lead pencil

  • Small sharp scissors for cutting applique

  • A handful of medium safety pins for sandwiching your piece.

 

  • Sewing Machine in good working order plus extension table if you have one. DARNING FOOT Not optional...you must bring this!

  • 1 x pack, usually 500grams of Rock Salt from the supermarket (this is enough for 2 so share with a friend)

  • 2 x takeaway food containers, 1 for paint water, 1 for your salt

  • 1 x plastic ice cube tray....white cheap...should be about $2 at Go-Lo type store

  • Paint brushes. Minimum of 1 x square end shader approximately 6 to 8mm wide, and 1 x round pointed tip ..synthetic is great such as Taklon. If the venue does not have brushes to purchase, Helen will have some to purchase in class.

 

Please Note: This class is for students who have experienced some free-motion quilting before, either having completed Helen's beginners class or equivalent. There is no time in this one day class to teach an absolute “never tried free-motion” before beginner.

 At the end of class there is the opportunity to purchase a Liquid Radiance starter pack at the special price of $120

 *There will be a choice of 5 patterns for students to select one - Sunflowers, Poppies, Iris, Daffodils or Bird of Paradise. Purchase alternative design patterns at $5 each.

 

 

Walk on the Wild Side

 

 2 day workshop

Students must have completed Helen's Free-Motion Beginners class or equivalent .

Based on Helen's Canberra Quilters Challenge quilt, “African Elegance”, students will produce a 50 x 70cm wall hanging depicting 2 giraffes in black silhouette strolling across the Savannah. Students will be assisted to create a colour graded, strip pieced background in glowing sunset tones.

The background is then extensively free-motion stitched to create a stunning sunset design in preparation for the simple yet elegant raw edge appliqué giraffes to be stitched in place, then finished with lots of metallic thread detail in free-motion.

 

Fabric Requirements:

A variety of widths and colours of scrap strips to create the pieced BACKGROUND. Strips between 3 to 8cm wide (1” to 3”) and up to 50 cm (20”) long each. Left over borders and bindings are good. Fabrics should be a mix of tone-on-tone and prints that are still predominantly the one colour. If strips are shorter than 50 cm (20”) long they will be pieced and joined togther to create lengths so any strips are good*

  • Sunset Sky – colours ranging from crimson/red/ orange/orange/gold/yellow/pale yellow strips, from dark through to light, measuring from 3 to 8cm (1” to 3”) in width, minimum 20cm (8”) in length and approximately 20 in total, more if they are short lengths.*

  • Foreground – fabrics in dark to medium to light, think grassy dry yellows, sand/ fawn, add a bit of texture into these prints thru to distant hills. Again a variety of widths, minimum length 50 cm(20”) and approximately 8 in total. Scraps and strips are fine and students generally are happy to swap and share.

  • 60cm plain black homespun for applique

  • 60 x 80 cm fabric for backing.

  • 60 x 80 cm thin batting or flannel.

  • Iron-on webbing approximately 60 x 40cm

 

General Requirements

  • Sewing machine with DARNING FOOT. Check your manual so you are prepared. You must have your machinesDARNING FOOT to do this class. Please bring your machines sewing table to extend the sewing area if you have one. Bring your normal straight sewing foot and quilting gloves if required. Sewing machine with lowerable feed dogs and darning foot for free motion sewing, satin (or blanket) stitch foot and general sewing foot

  • Fabric chalk / chalk clutch pencil

  • Rotary cutter and rule and mat

  • Sharp tipped small hand scissors

  • Threads in fawn,orange red and black plus gold metallic.

  • HB Pencil

  • General Sewing Supplies such as saftey pins

 

 

 

Comments   

 
+2 #7 Hazel Roxburgh 2014-03-06 01:00
Hi Helen,
Thank you for making your DVD. It is amazing and I am totally enjoying it. I have watched it over and over. I do hope you will make more DVDs .
Regard,
Hazel
Bywong NSW
 
 
0 #6 Sue Bragg 2013-11-04 08:41
I Helen iam very interested in the Sept next year at Dorrigo ,as my son lives in Dorrigo , when you have more information can you let me know the details . Thanking you Sue Bragg
 
 
0 #5 Christie 2013-09-17 00:59
Hi Helen ! Please, please do more DVDs for people like me who live in the US. What a treasure you are !!
 
 
0 #4 Lyn Francis 2013-09-12 00:35
Hi Helen, Just finished watching the DVD you made for Quilters Companion, lovely work, Do you have classes in Queensland at all as I really would love to attend one
Regards
Lyn
 
 
0 #3 Lyn Francis 2013-09-12 00:33
Hi Helen,
I just finished watching your DVD with Quilters Companion, your inspirational, thank you so much for letting us have a sneak preview of your work and how you do things.
It has made me want to do one of your classes, I live in Queensland at Gatton and our quilt shop here is Sew Creative, in the near future would you be coming to Brisbane at all to do classes, or were abouts do you have most of your classes in Australia.
Regards
Keep up your lovely work
Lyn
 
 
0 #2 Katie Gomez 2013-08-20 19:52
Hi Helen
I have just looked through your site. Will you be coming to the West Coast of the United States anytime soon? I live in Oregon. I love what you do.
Piece, Katie Gomez
 
 
-1 #1 Rosemary Roy 2013-05-18 21:04
Hi Helen,

I have just finished watching your DVD. I am bringing home a sweet sixteen teenager to come and live with me, she is coming next week. I found her at Homesew. I am so sorry I was too late for your classes at Sewco last month. I look forward to meeting you in October for the Quilt show.

I love all your quilts and love to do your classes.........

Rosemary.
Brisbane.
 

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