Leslie Keating


Developed by textile enthusiast, Leslie Keating, this style of patchwork is a perfect way to use up scraps from other projects or for those extra special bits of fabric that you long to use but can’t quite settle on which pattern will work best.

The antithesis of ‘proper’ patchwork, Freeform Patchwork breaks all the rules and has no precise cutting needed, no seam allowance to follow and no seams to try to match up. Instead, it’s an exercise in letting go of preconception, of letting the fabric choose it’s mate. Like a fabric puzzle with many different solutions, each quilt top ends up completely unique.



This price includes entry to the entire Soul Craft Festival for the day of the masterclass.


This is a technique focused workshop but you will leave with a clear understanding of the principles of freeform and improvisational patchwork and the skills to continue exploring this technique at home. You will create a patchwork piece of fabric ranging in size from 50cm to 100cm square (depending on your progress during the workshop and desired outcome for your patchwork fabric) that can be expanded into a quilt, turned into a cushion cover, tote or project bag - the options are endless!


You will need to provide your own sewing machine* and basic sewing supplies (scissors, thread, seam ripper, pins and pincushion). Cutting matts and rotary cutters will be provided.

Precut Freeform Patchwork Kits in a variety of colourways will be available to purchase on the day or, if you’d like to use your exisiting stash, please bring a variety of small fabric scraps cut into random sized squares and rectangles plus a few larger scraps that can be cut down if needed. The more scraps you can bring the better, you will need roughly 200 - 250g of fabric to create a 100cm square freeform patchwork piece. Try to choose an array of different pieces of fabric.

*Some machines will be available for hire if you are unable to bring your own.


Participants must be comfortable with the basic functions of their sewing machine, including threading, bobbin replacement and straight stitch.


If you are using your own fabric, please cut it into random sized squares and rectangles before the workshop. There are no set sizes you need to cut, the more variety in sizes you have, the more interesting your freeform patchwork piece will be. Try to ensure you cut some quite small pieces, some longer, thin pieces, and lots of mid sized squares and rectangles (between 8cm and 25cm). Leave a few quite large scraps that can be used whole or cut in the workshop to complete your piece.


Advanced Beginner.