Quilt series and class.
Anna Hicks has been teaching a wide variety of creative subjects for a number of years, including cushion and bag making, dressmaking, quilting, mixed media, crochet, modern mending and hand embroidery.
She is based in Wellington, New Zealand but is happy to travel. Teaching and speaking inquiries welcome, please email:
For beginners or anyone wanting to learn about colour
The ever-popular hexagon has had a contemporary spin. Instead of hand piecing, learn an easy method to applique the hexagons which will be glue-basted and held in place with a spiral of machine quilting. This class will show you how to prepare the hexagons, help with colour planning, spiral quilting and finishing your wall hanging with a hidden facing and a hanging sleeve.
6 hours teaching time (minimum)
1 day class – Best with some prep work beforehand
Or three 2-hour sessions spread out over 3 weeks.
The story behind the HONEYCOMB SPIN quilt series...
The original Honeycomb Spin quilt (seen right) started out as a project to create a birthday present for Anna's mum, Isabel McCulloch. Isabel is an award-winning quilter who has a great love for more traditional quilts, English paper pieced hexagons and French general fabrics. With the birthday deadline looming and a lack of time to hand-piece a lot of hexagons together, Anna developed this new way of using paper piece hexagons in a glue-basted applique technique. This method makes it very easy to play around with the colour, pattern and movement of the quilt. Small changes create big effects, making his an excellent technique to learn about a few of the basic design principles such as colour, line, pattern, value, movement, and so on.
After creating the first quilt, Anna was addicted! The next quilt, Honeycomb Spin II, was created in Anna's favourite colours, mostly using leftover scraps from a quilt that Isabel (Mum) made her for Anna's 21st birthday.
HONEYCOMB SPIN IV
30 x 30cm
Chunky hand quilted Honeycomb Spin
HONEYCOMB SPIN I
71 x 110cm
Judges Choice Award - Aotearoa Quilters 'The Great NZ Quilt Show' 2016, Rotorua
HONEYCOMB SPIN III
90 x 40cm (each panel is 30 x 40cm)
Honeycomb Spin as a panel of 3
HONEYCOMB SPIN II
69 x 102cm
A contemporary spin on the traditional hand pieced hexagons, with a focus on colour, value and movement.
Currently on display at the National Quilt Symposium Christchurch, 5 - 10 Oct 2017.
WINNER of the Aotearoa Quilters: Quilts on Tour category at Quilt Symposium Christchurch, 2017. This quilt will be included in a travelling exhibition with Aotearoa Quilters for the next 12 months. Details to come on the AQ website.
Merit Award - machine quilting: Wellington Quilters Exhibition 'The Fabric of Life' 2016