Loughrea Medieval Festival

Two weeks ago I went to the Loughrea Medieval Festival, the festival has been running for a good few years but it was the 1st time I'd gone to it.

Have to say, I really enjoyed the day, the weather was glorious and picked up loads of interesting facts and tid-bits at the fair. One woman was demonstrating bobbin lace and had folders full of samples and notes showing how it was constructed.

There was lots of people (mostly men) dressed in Medieval armour, having sword-fights etc. but there was also stands with straw-weaving, wood-carving etc.

 There was a blacksmith from Mountshannon I think who was making copper keychains with children (who had a steam-punk bicycle and other interesting objects). 

One stand had a woman showing natural dyed yarns, so she had used lichens, onions and nettles to create some lovely subtle shades.

Quilt Exhibition Tuam

A few weeks ago I went up to see the 12th Annual Patchwork and Quilting Exhibition run by Quilt Yarn Stitch (quilt shop in Tuam, Co. Galway).

I've gone up for the last few years to see this exhibit as it's always interesting. Thanks to the new motorway between Gort and Tuam, going up to Tuam is now even faster.

I really liked seeing the quilts made by children, they had great ideas and their quilts were really well made. One girl made a quilt for her grandmother which was really lovely. This quilt was made by a 12 year old boy.

Quilt by Naomi Wynne-Collins 
This was a fun bear quilt (didn't get the makers name unfortunately).

Quilters Guild of the British Isles AGM

Last weekend I went to Nottingham for the Quilters Guild of the British Isles AGM. Being in Ireland, means that I've never attended any of the Quilter's Guild AGM's - too far and expensive to travel.

However, I had a very good reason to attend this particular AGM - as I received my certificate for completing the Quilters Guild Judging Course. It was nice to get a certificate after all the work and study involved in the course.
And, very conveniently there was direct flights from Shannon Airport to East Midlands Airport, meaning that I could get there easily.

The AGM itself was very well organised and quick with computer presentations for each speaker. All the new Quilt Judges received their judging certificates during the AGM.

After lunch I'd signed for a Concourse (which to be honest I wasn't sure what was involved). As it turned out this concourse, was a variety of different demo's and talks. The demos which were run on a strict timetable of 25mins, after…

Catenary Wall-hanging

Yet again, I've neglected to update my blog. Didn't realise I last updated it in September 2018, so I will definitely have to try and update it more often.

I have a load of quilting projects on the go, very few of them finished at the moment though....

I finished this Carolyn Friedlander Catenary pattern wall-hanging back in November. I did a big clear out of photos on my phone recently and seem to have deleted the finished photo of the quilt, so here's on of the quilt being blocked. I really enjoyed this project, got carried away with the hand applique and had them done in a few days.

I finished another Carolyn Friedlander pattern Aerial Grove last month, so must get a few decent photographs of it. I'm off to the Nottingham in the UK this evening, going to attend the Quilters Guild of the British Isles AGM tomorrow, which should be interesting.

Festival of Quilts 2018 Modern Quilts

Had a very busy time at this year's Festival of Quilts. It all went by in flash, which was funny seeing as I was there for 5 days!

There was lots of exhibitions and quilts to see, more than last year I though. And the standard of the entered quilts was extremely high this year.

I finally get my act together to post some of my favourites from the show. I still have lots more photographs to upload, but thought I'd make a start on getting back to regular blogging.

The Modern Quilt Category was interesting this year, with some really intriguing quilts. Like last year, there were a large number of quilts wrongly entered in this category, but I did enjoy these entrants much more than last year.

Laois Quilters Exhibition July 2018

About two weeks ago, I stopped off in Mountmellick on the way home from Dublin Airport. The Laois Quilters were having an exhibition "A Medley of Quilts" in Mountmellick Library from the 3-28th July 2018.

I have to say I was impressed with the quilting standard on display at this exhibition. Every piece of work was beautifully finished, hanging correctly etc.

There were some fun quilts like this one - Quilt Diva by Mary McLoughlin.

And there were a number of bags on display including this really detailed embroidered and appliqued bag.

There was a beautiful string quilt as a raffle prize.

Some of the pieces that caught my eye were "Dad's Land Rover" by Lizl Grobler, which was raw-edge appliqued and free-motion quilted.

I also loved Ethelda Ellis's piece "Vidi" about her beloved Labrador Vidi. For this piece, Ethelda used her realistic applique technique wit raw-edges enhanced with free-motion quilting and embroidery.

IPS National AGM

The IPS National AGM was on in Cork on Saturday 7th October.
UK textile artist Janice Gunner was the guest speaker after the talk.