Classes with Dawn Cameron-Dick

Classes with Dawn Cameron-Dick

Dawn is a self-taught quilter/designer/author who made her first quilt in 1971, and has over 25 years of experience as a quiltmaking teacher.

Born in the USA, Dawn has lived Saudi Arabia, Belgium (where she taught patchwork and was a part owner of a shop), and now permanently resides in Portishead, near Britsol.

Dawn was runner-up for UK Teacher of the Year in 1999. She regularly hosts fun, informative classes at locations around the world – including the Festival of Quilts, Houston Quilt Festival & QuiltEuro. According to Dawn, “I strive to help students build confidence and become the very best quilters possible.”

A traditional quilter by nature, Dawn also uses modern products to produce new techniques such as her “signature” technique, Invisible Machine Appliqué. She developed this method in 1987 in response to a challenge from one of her Belgian students to teach them a way to “hand applique on the sewing machine,” using no bonding products! Dawn created Invisible Machine Applique using turned edge applique. It can be done on a machine and produces perfect, hand-done-looking appliqué. Once learned you can invisibly applique any shape, bias stem, curve or even mitre your borders!

Dawn has written 4 books and created over 10 patterns. Her design include everything from ammonites to blue birds. Her book “Pocket Tutor, The essential guide for Patchwork & Quilting”, is an indispensable guide. It advises student on the proper use of threads, needles, sewing machines, and wadding. And it is designed to fit in your pocket so that everyone can have this information easily to hand. You can enjoy a presentation of this must-have book here:

Click here to watch Dawn catch up with Jennie Rayment about her quilts and books.

Signature Technique:

Invisible Machine Appliqué

Dawn’s Top Tips:

• It’s essential to understand how your quilt’s grain works to avoid those wavy edges.
• Stenciling onto your quilt is easy and an excellent alternative to applique work.
• Patchwork should be pressed and not ironed. It makes for a better result and avoids that awful creeping of the edges.
• Use a photocopier to choose the color for your fabrics. It will help you decide between value and colour.
• Invisible Machine Appliqué allows you to create the look of handwork with your sewing machine

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Classes with Dawn Cameron-Dick
  • Stencilling onto your Quilt by Dawn Cameron-Dick

    This delightful idea has been taken from a more extended workshop that Dawn did for us called the ‘Snuggle Quilt.’ Stencilling is so easy and an excellent alternative to applique work.
    Click here if you would like to see the Snuggle Quilt video.

    Click here to learn more about Dawn ...

  • Invisible Machine Applique (IMA) with Dawn Cameron-Dick

    Invisible Machine Applique allows you to create the look of handwork with your sewing machine. In this workshop, dawn shows you how to set your device to the correct stitch. She also covers all sorts of machines and stitches, so yours is bound to be included.
    You also need to see well with an ope...

  • Squaring Up Your Blocks by Dawn Cameron-Dick

    Dawn demonstrates how to square up blocks, using the special ruler and keeping your fingers well out of harm’s way.
    This excellent technique is a must for today’s patchworkers who use the sewing machine and want precise patchwork.
    This is part of a ‘The Snuggle Quilt’ video. ‘The Snuggle Quilt’ i...

  • Colour Value with Dawn Cameron-Dick

    Taken from the much longer video workshop where Dawn talks about her Magma quilt in the background. This is a constructive little tip for helping you choose fabrics – deciding between value and color – and with the added help of the photocopier.
    If you would like to view the entire workshop, whic...

  • Dawn Cameron-Dick and Her Pocket Tutor

    This is just such a great reference book with sections on wadding, needles, threads, and machine and all in a handy tote-around size so that all the information can be with you all the time!
    We are very blessed now in the patchwork world to have a wide variety of wonderful threads to use on a wid...

  • Snuggle Quilt with Dawn Cameron-Dick

    The beauty of this lovely quilt is that you sew your blocks first and then you trim them back to size. So perfect for all sewers and no need to panic about your seam allowance!
    It also works with any colour theme. So those with a stash can raid it and those without can just choose fabrics they li...

  • Curved Drunkards Path with Dawn Cameron-Dick

    You can work a great number of designs with this simple patch. It’s not dissimilar to Log Cabin in that sense. You can make it in double quick time with Dawn’s clever idea of invisible machine applique. Valerie also likes her idea of the use of spray starch! Dawn has two books for sale. You can c...

  • Learn about Needles and Threads with Dawn Cameron-Dick

    Needles & Thread - a Marriage in Heaven or Hell?
    Dawn has learned so much about needles, threads, and fabric over the years and in this demonstration she shares this vast knowledge with us. The relationship between thread and needles on your machine is significant. Did you know that Schmetz alon...

  • Magma Quilt with Dawn Cameron-Dick

    In this workshop, Dawn shows you how to make this stunning quilt. She also gives an excellent lecture on color value, tips on pressing and use of the 45-degree our ruler, and her love of spray starch! So, as always, a great value workshop from her.
    Note: The new spray starch on the block is a Be...

  • How to Press Fabric for Patchwork with Dawn Cameron-Dick

    Patchwork should be pressed and not ironed. It makes for a better result and avoids that awful creeping of the edges.
    In this video, you get a great tip from Dawn on how to press fabric for patchwork. The clip is a part of her longer workshop video on making the snuggle quilt.
    So, you can find he...

  • Reverse Hand Applique with Dawn Cameron-Dick

    We caught up with Dawn at the Festival of Quilts back in 2011, but she was there again this year!
    Don’t worry if you can’t draw. You can find inspiration everywhere – all you need to do is be able to trace it, and for Dawn, the inspiration came from her ironing board cover.
    Dawn also liked to ‘th...

  • When the Grains Meet - Advice from Dawn Cameron-Dick

    It’s essential to understand how your quilt’s grain works to avoid those wavy edges.
    This tip from Dawn is extracted from her more extended workshop on making her Snuggle Quilt
    and there is another helpful tip from Jennie on how to check out which grain is which: Warp and Weft


  • Meet Dawn Cameron-Dick

    Dawn is a self-taught quilter who has made quilts for over 30 years. She has taught quilting for 26 years, and besides that, she was runner-up for UK Teacher of the Year in 1999.
    A very traditional quilter is Invisible Machine Appliqué. Dawn uses modern products to produce her “signature” techniq...

  • Why Quarter Square Triangles Matter from Dawn Cameron-Dick

    A useful tip
    Quarter square triangles often surround blocks set on points in this clip or within smaller blocks, such as the Ohio Star. Also, you can use it to avoid having the stretchy bias edge making your quilts all wobbly.
    This tip from Dawn is taken from a more extended workshop video entitl...