Dawn Cameron-Dick : Quilter, Author, Teacher


2020 is unfolding as a very "interesting" year!

30th July is the opening day of the very first VIRTUAL FESTIVAL OF QUILTS which, this year replaces the physical festival we have all come to know and love.

I was honoured to be selected as a judge for the Traditional category and was delighted to see our first place choice was chosen as BEST OF SHOW! 


I was also asked to present two workshops, DRUNKARDS PATH WITH IMA and BORDERS AND BINDINGS! Both of which you can watch, for free, on the Beyond Festival of Quilts web site! How great is that?


In addition I filmed a short version of my popular "Needles and Thread" lecture which I hope you will find informative and entertaining.


During the Lockdown John and I had to completely rethink our daily life. All of our teaching, lectures and studio days were postponed until 2021.

The positive side was I had time to finish 12 UFO's (some from the 1980's!), begin some new ones and also design some new patterns and products! 


If you've watched my DRUNKARDS PATCH WITH INVISIBLE MACHINE APPLIQUE you will have seen a few blocks from a Lockdown quilt I was making called..

"BLUE BIRDS OVER..." The quilt is now finished and the pattern & an acrylic template for the Drunkards Path is available. 


I am also in the process of turning my most popular quilt patterns into PDF downloadable formats and they will be appearing on my PATTERNS page soon.


So, lots of new things happening...


All being well...John and I plan to return to teaching/travel in 2021...so, if you are interested in workshops, lectures or studio days, feel free to get in touch and hopefully we will see you soon!




Lockdown Quilt "Bluebirds Over..."                                       

BLUE BIRDS OVER....is my newest quilt designed for my workshop on the Beyond Festival of Quilts 2020.


When I heard Dame Vera Lynn had died this idea seemed a perfect tribute to her and the times we were now living in.


This is an EASY, STRESS FREE design based on the traditional Drunkards Path but my version does not require any curved piecing! Magic!


I also have designed an acrylic template that will make the preparation and cutting out a breeze. Both will be available on my web site by 8 August.


And remember..this 39" X 45" childs/baby quilt/wallhanging can also be made using lots of bright colours! I'm making a parakeet one right now! Watch this space..


New and improved......

Flying Geese in the Log Cabin




An easy no hassle way to make this fantastic quilt.

More info on workshop page.


Available as a pattern and foundation papers available for purchase. Please contact me for costs at quilterdawn1@gmail.com













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in beautiful Somerset.


Why not consider a week long residential course?

Or even just a  FEW DAYS?


Limited number of students provides a nearly one on one teaching experience with lots of time to sew.  


Yummy lunches and cakes... near the Clarks Village Outlet and several patchwork shops including Midsomer Quilts!


Make new friends, have lots of laughs, unwind and learn!




2020 dates





2021 dates


April 12 - 16


July 12 - 16


October 11 - 15



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I am a self taught quilter/author and I made my first quilt in 1971. 


Born in the USA I moved to Saudi Arabia in the early 1970's then back to Colorado where I opened a quilt shop in the '80's.  In 1988 I moved to Belgium where I taught patchwork and was part owner of a shop.


In 1995 I came to the UK.  I now permanently reside in Portishead, near Bristol. You are welcome to visit my wonderful quilt studio in the garden!


Travel is a huge part of my life so John & I are always happy to accept teaching offers anywhere in the world.


I am known for fun, informative workshops that help quilters build good foundation skills. I strive to help students build confidence and become the very best quilters possible.


Invisible Machine Appliqe is a technique I developed in 1987.  I adore doing hand applique but many people don't, so I developed a method of turned edge applique that could be done on the sewing machine and yet look hand done.


I have written three books and teach many different workshops.

(see Workshop page)


Probably the most popular is my Pocket Tutor. It advises students on the proper use of needles, threads, sewing machines and wadding.

I designed my Pocket Tutor so everyone could have this information easily to hand.


Many groups have welcomed John and I as we travel across the UK and the world. Perhaps you'd like us to plan a visit to you?


Let's book a date!



Filming for Beyond the Festival of Quilts 2020