Classes with Claire Campion

Classes with Claire Campion

Claire is a modern quilt designer and teacher, based in Stratford Upon Avon in the UK.

Claire has always had a love for sewing which was reignited when her children were born and needed a creative outlet for herself. It wasn’t long before quilts were the only thing she wanted to sew.

In 2020, during the pandemic, when Claire was stuck between never ending on-line lessons with her kids home-schooling, she designed her first quilt pattern, the Retro Metro Quilt. It was a way she could still channel her creativity when life wouldn’t allow much time behind the sewing machine. Since then, Claire has immersed herself into the quilt designing world and has had her work featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine and videos.

Claire’s designs are Inspired by modern geometric designs and repeated patterns – – wherever she finds them – – including toilet tiles and the front covers of books. Claire is the designer behind Made Just Sew. You can see many of her bright, colourful

Though not formally educated in art or teaching, Claire has excelled as a quilting teacher – – winning the Big Janome Skill Share in 2021. What makes her unique is her passion for quilting and a passion for sharing what she has learned.

Signature Technique:

Quilting with a Walking Foot

Top Tips:

- Pick your backing fabric first, then match your front colours to your backing. This works really well for those of us who love colourful printed fabrics for our backing.
- If you’ve struggled with quilting, use the walking foot. It makes quilting so much easier.
- Don’t be afraid to quilt straight lines across your patchwork. It gives your project enhanced depth and texture.
- Marking quilting lines with a hera marker provides a useful guide for your straight line quilting.
- Don’t worry about mistakes. We all do it! Remember, you can always unpick stitches and come at it fresh tomorrow.
- Use quilting gloves to help you guide your quilt under the walking foot. The sticky tips of the glove give you a little extra grip.
- If you want your quilting to stand out, choose good quality colour thread to contrast the top. Colour thread can look dominating when on the spool, less so when on your quilt.

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Classes with Claire Campion
  • Don't Be Afraid to Quilt Over Your Patchwork with Claire Campion


    Claire believes that the quilting should compliment the patchwork design. Unquestionably dispelling the myth that quilting around the piecing is essential.

    Quilting over the piecing can often enhance the patchwork and make the piecing pop. Thus giving the quilter confidence to experiment ...

  • Using Backing Fabric as Colour Inspiration with Claire Campion

    Ever had trouble choosing your fabric colours? Claire Campion shares her tip for making colour choices.

    Selecting the backing fabric first will give a full colour pallet for the fabrics for your quilt top.

    Indeed this means you can choose a fantastic fabric for you quilt back and it will al...

  • Collider Quilt with Claire Campion

    Making this beautiful Collider Quilt couldn't be simpler with Claire Campions comprehensive workshop.

    Half Square Triangles, Quarter Square Triangles and Half Rectangle Triangles are the basis of the quilt. Claire demonstrates how to make them all.

    Starting with two methods of making Half S...

  • Show and Tell with Claire Campion and Valerie Nesbitt

    Claire Campion discusses how she quilts her inspirational quilts on a domestic sewing machine. Particularly how using a grid pattern builds a spectacular all over effect.

    She shows us a variety of quilts and how her straight forward walking foot quilting produces modern patterns.

    The techni...

  • Use A Backing Fabric to Help Colour Choice for Your Quilt with Claire Campion

    Falling in love with a patterned fabric can subsequently inspire the colour choices for your patchwork.

    Claire Campion discusses the process of choosing fabrics that specifically match the backing.

    It can be difficult to select coloured fabrics that work well together.

    By utilising a mul...

  • Why A Walking Foot Is A Must Have with Claire Campion

    Claire Campion shows how A Walking Foot enhances your stitching. Designed to go in one direction this dual feed foot gives an even stitch, supporting multi layer sewing.

    The most used of any additional feet in your tool box. Claire explains how it is worth the investment if it doesn't come wit...

  • Why an Extension Table and a Wide Throat Machine is Essential by Claire Campion

    Having a wider throat machine means more space when quilting a quilt. The advantages of the larger throat come into play when quilting a bigger quilt. It enables the quilt to be easily fed through the machine.

    Combined with an extension table, the quilting area is more stable and easier to man...

  • Using Video To Help You Learn with Claire Campion

    Claire describes how having a recording has enabled students to rewatch tips and techniques.

    This is particularly relevant when embarking on more complex techniques.

    Additionally has a vast library of videos to suit all levels of sewing. From beginner to those of us that nee...

  • You Won't Ruin Your Patchwork Top When You Quilt with Claire Campion

    Claire talks to Valerie and Jayne about overcoming the mind block of quilting your top.

    She describes how to follow straight lines using your Walking Foot. The resulting quilt patterns are more forgiving than you realise. Giving an even quilting pattern that easily fills negative space.


  • Using a Quilting Guide Bar with Claire Campion

    A quilting bar is a handy addition to a walking foot. It allows you to sew wider lines in your quilting.

    Claire reminds us to look at the guide bar as it follows the lines for accurate quilting.

    An ideal tool to support crosshatching with the bonus of only having to draw the first line.


  • Basics of the Walking Foot with Claire Campion

    Claire Campion describes how the walking foot supports quilting as a result of its dual feed aspect. This foot simply replaces the standard foot on your machine to give an even feed.
    In the video she explains the how the walking foot feeds the fabric through the machine evenly, significantly redu...

  • The Makers Studio with Claire Campion, Quilter

    In this episode of The Makers Studio, we meet Claire Campion. She is an incredibly talented quilter and winner of The Big Janome Skillshare.
    Claire will inspire you as she shares her walking foot quilting techniques.
    You’ll learn how to use the walking foot to create a range of patterns and textu...

  • Meet Claire Campion – Quilt Pattern Designer

    Valerie interviews Claire Campion amongst her wonderful quilt and cushion designs.
    Her designs use half square triangles, roman strips, and repeated patterns to produce fresh looking blocks. The secondary patterns created from the combined blocks show the beauty of the patterns.  Quilting all ove...