Hand-Sewn Quilting Primer Series: Embroidered Quilt Block

A Virtual Class with Ekta Kaul

Applique, the art of stitching shapes to the surface of a fabric foundation, has been used throughout the world for thousands of years as way to embellish and add meaning to tcloth. This workshop will consider appliqué’s use throughout history in various textile traditions and introduce students to the ways that the technique can be used to create their own unique blocks. Focusing on hand appliqué, students will learn traditional needle turning as well as various “tricks” that will help them to master a series of simple shapes and perfect their technique.

Thursday, November 11th, 2021


12pm – 2:30pm ET*

Zoom, a link will be send to participants the day before class

$50 for the individual class, $325 for the series

*This session will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all those who register following the live session. This link is live for one month for you to watch at your convenience.


  • 2 pieces of 11”x11” medium weight cotton – Ekta suggests using discarded cloth (e.g. an old pillowcase or garment) and repurposing it with embroidery
  • Needles- Sharps, Milliners
  • Threads- Cotton Floss, Pearle No. 8 
  • Sharp pair of scissors
  • Hoop- 6”
  • FriXion Erasable Pen
  • Pencil
  • notebook

This class is part of the Hand-Sewing Quilter Primer Series.

Perfect for the beginner, our Quilting Primer series aims to demystify the act of hand sewing a quilt block through a sequence of diverse forays into block constructing. While rooted in quilting’s history of using scrap fabrics to make beautiful coverlets, this series gathers contemporary voices and techniques to give the new sewist a set of skills and the confidence to take on an existing pattern or personal composition.

Exposure to six unique teachers affords any sewist, seasoned or novice, the opportunity to witness varied approaches even within the same technique. Experiencing the series as whole is sure to provide a comprehensive foundation and will get you well on your way in a joyful practice of hand-sewn quilting.

The blocks from each class can then be assembled together in any way you like to represent a sampler of skills. They would also make great pillows or patches for another textile.

We hope you will join us for all six of our quilting classes to increase your confidence and skill in hand sewing quilt blocks. You can sign up for the entire series here.

Ekta Kaul

Ekta Kaul is an award winning London based artist. Her artistic practice is focused on creating narrative maps that explore places, history and belonging through stitch. A pared back aesthetic coupled with a highly considered use of graphic marks and lines form the core elements of her work. These are underpinned by a thoughtful approach to making with meaning, a deep interest in heritage and a firm commitment to sustainability. “I am drawn to maps not only because they are beautiful objects in their own right but also because they are repositories for meaning. A map can reveal so many stories and can become a portal to places that are significant in personal narratives.”, says Ekta. 

Ekta works on public and private commissions taking inspiration from the history, architecture and personal narratives of place. Her work is held in several collections including Crafts Council, Liberty’s of London, the Gunnersbury Museum and Chiswick Library. Her recent projects include an artist residency at Chinatown London exploring its hidden stories and an interactive public art commission from Waterman’s London. Ekta exhibits her work at a select group of galleries in the UK and internationally including The New Craftsmen, Contemporary Applied Arts, Museum of Art and Design NYC, Conran Shop Tokyo among others. She has received awards from the Crafts Council and the Arts Council, England & was the finalist in Jerwood Makers Open 2019. Ekta teaches Masterclasses at institutions internationally including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge. She works from her studio at Cockpit Arts, Bloomsbury London.

www.ektakaul.com | Instagram @ekta_kaul

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