Our Regular Patchwork and Quilting Classes

General 8-session patchwork and quilting classes (day and evening) for beginning and intermediate quilters and Quilty Pleasure groups.

Tutors: Diane Smyth and Sue Everett


Photo of a quilt made at The Peacock and the Tortoise, draped over a statue in Perth's High StreetStart Quilting and Patchwork class

Cost: £70.

Day classes are 10.30am till 12.30pm, afternoon classes from 2pm to 4pm and evening classes are 7pm till 9pm.

  • Monday Evening: 20 Aug, 3 Sept, 17 Sept, 1 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct, 12 Nov, 26 Nov.
  • Tuesday morning: 21 Aug, 4 Sept, 18 Sept, 2 Oct, 16 Oct, 30 Oct, 13 Nov, 27 Nov
  • Wednesday evening: 22 Aug, 5 Sept, 19 Sept, 3 Oct, 17 Oct, 31 Oct, 14 Nov, 28 Nov.
  • Thursday Morning: 23 Aug, 6 Sept, 20 Sept, 4 Oct, 18 Oct, 1 Nov, 15 Nov, 29 Nov.

This class takes a longer look at the art of patchwork and quilting, fortnightly, through the construction of patchwork blocks using classic techniques. This course will include how to assemble the blocks into a throw, lap quilt, table runner or a double-bed-sized quilt.

Each session you will be given colour copies of patterns of 3 blocks (payable to the tutor £1 per session). The amount of fabric you will need depends on how many blocks you make. The fabric is best bought at the first class as Diane or Sue will teach you about colour, tone and shade. Count on at least eight fat quarters or 2 metres of fabric and 2m for the background with an extra 1m later in the session for the sashing and border. (ie 5m) Please bring a general sewing kit: small sharp pointed scissors, pins and a notebook to take notes. Be prepared to do sewing homework! If these classes fill up we may open up further classes so please do ask.

How to book

Simply call 01738 717009, email info@peacockandthetortoise.co.uk, message us on Facebook or pop into our shop at 29 George Street, Perth! We look forward to welcoming you onto our course.


Saturday Start Quilting Class

Photo of a quilt made at The Peacock and the Tortoise, draped over a decorative gate in PerthCome along and try your hand at making a patchwork quilt in our Saturday Sessions.

You will learn patchwork basics including various 9-patch, 16-patch and log cabin blocks, as well as how to add sashing and borders and how to complete your quilt with quilting and binding.

These sessions will run from 11 until 3.30pm with four hours in class being both tutored and supervised as you crack on with the sewing in our workroom. Options to make a wall hanging, lap quilt, single bed quilt or bed runner. Hand out available so you can come along with your materials ready to start.

Saturdays: 27 Oct, 10 Nov, 24 Nov, 8 Dec., from 11.00 till 3.30 pm, with a 30 mins lunch break. Cost for this course is the same as the 8-week course: £70.

How to book

Simply call 01738 717009, email info@peacockandthetortoise.co.uk, message us on Facebook or pop into our shop at 29 George Street, Perth! We look forward to welcoming you onto our course.


Carry-on Quilting & Patchwork class

Cost: £70

  • Tuesday morning: 28 Aug, 11 Sep, 25 Sep, 9 Oct, 23 Oct, 6 Nov, 20 Nov, 4 Dec.
  • Thursday evening: 30 Aug, 13 Sep, 27 Sep, 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 8 Nov, 22 Nov, 6 Dec.

This is for those who can already do patchwork and quilting and are familiar with all the common blocks and quilting techniques. This class will teach more advanced techniques, share tips and will include curves and blocks that give secondary designs. Count on 8FQs and 2m of background fabric.  Every session there will be colour copies of the patterns taught (£1 payable to the tutor). We have class haberdashery including rotary cutters and mats.

How to book

Simply call 01738 717009, email info@peacockandthetortoise.co.uk, message us on Facebook or pop into our shop at 29 George Street, Perth! We look forward to welcoming you onto our course.


Quilty Pleasures Groups

Cost: £60

  • Tuesday evening: 21 Aug, 4 Sept, 18 Sept, 2 Oct, 16 Oct, 30 Oct, 13 Nov, 27 Nov
  • Wednesday morning: : 22 Aug, 5 Sept, 19 Sept, 3 Oct, 17 Oct, 31 Oct, 14 Nov, 28 Nov.
  • Tuesday evening: 28 Aug, 11 Sep, 25 Sep, 9 Oct, 23 Oct, 6 Nov, 20 Nov, 4 Dec.
  • Thursday morning: 30 Aug, 13 Sep, 27 Sep, 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 8 Nov, 22 Nov, 6 Dec.

This group is for people who want to meet up and sew in a creative environment with an expert tutor on hand and an open shop for supplies! These groups were born from previous or current students of classes who want to carry on quilting on their own projects and get on top of their unfinished projects. Come along and finish your own projects, go back over previous blocks or techniques with help or troubleshoot your weak points. There will also be a teaching curriculum in place that Diane will run which you can opt in/out when and if you choose.

How to book

Simply call 01738 717009, email info@peacockandthetortoise.co.uk, message us on Facebook or pop into our shop at 29 George Street, Perth! We look forward to welcoming you onto our course.


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*New* this autumn – Memory Quilt techniques with Sue Everett

Tuesday afternoons, 1.15 – 4.15 pm.

Dates: 4 and 18 September, 2 and 16 October.

Take a walk down Memory Lane. Four afternoons looking into the techniques required to make your own memory quilt. We will cover design, stabilising fabrics, photo printing, embellishment and more. A handout will be available for the items you will need for each session.

So whether you choose to make a quilt, wall hanging or cushion at the end of the classes, the finished item will be completely unique!

How to book

Simply call 01738 717009, email info@peacockandthetortoise.co.uk, message us on Facebook or pop into our shop at 29 George Street, Perth! We look forward to welcoming you onto our course.

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