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Sarah Soward

About Sarah

After leaving school, Sarah worked as a baker for several years and then took up the offer of joining the family business (Pauline’s Patchwork), selling fabric and gadgets to quilters.  She was soon hooked on quilting and gradually started teaching, which she absolutely loves.

She is now an accomplished quilter and regularly teaches classes and workshops at Pauline’s Patchwork in Dorchester, Festival of Quilts and venues across the south of England.  She also gives talks to quilt groups, showing off her extensive collection of quilts.

Sarah’s work has been displayed at national quilt shows, where she has been asked to judge competitions.  Her work has also appeared in quilting magazines and in a book called Jelly Roll Inspirations.


Signature Technique

Bargello and Jelly Roll Quilts

Sarah’s Top Tips

  • Life’s too short … use pre-cuts like jelly rolls and layer cakes and charm packs.
  • The hardest part of making a jelly roll quilt is opening the jelly roll.
  • Never struggle with an old blade in your cutter, you will get a crisper cut with a sharp blade.
  • A 1/4” foot on your sewing machine makes machine piecing a dream.
  • When piecing a quilt, use a pale grey thread. Grey thread is much more forgiving if seams pull.



A Patchwork Weekend in Hampshire, October 2021

Date: 2 -3 October 2021
Location: Langstone Quays Resort, Hayling Island
Price: £380 Early Bird Special before 3 April 2021 / £405 after this

Come along for two days of Patchwork and Quilting inspiration at this popular weekend retreat. Three great tutors - Sarah Soward, Pauline Bolt and Valerie Nesbitt - with great quilts to choose from.


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