Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Thread Song Exhibition - Glor Theatre, Ennis

Thread Song - An Exhibition of Textiles by members of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Glor Theatre in Ennis is currently showing a textile exhibition which commemorates the life and work of Nobel Prize-winning poet, William Butler Yeats, one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature.

The artists were asked to respond to The Song of Wandering Aengus. Work in this exhibition is a celebration of Ireland, through the prism of one of its most renowned literary icons. Featured artists include Frances Crowe, Patricia Cox, Frances Leach and Lesley Stothers.
The exhibition is free of charge to visit and runs until 29th July. There's lot of interesting pieces to see in this exhibit, including textile pieces by Mary Palmer and Ann Kiely.
 Glor is also running a few workshops in conjunction with this exhibition. I've signed up for a half-day weaving workshop run by Frances Crowe later on in July. I've never tried weaving, so this could be a good place to start.

Foundation piecing with freezer paper

I've recently started making a quilt using "Bright Lights, Big City" pattern from Double Wedding Ring Quilts book by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

I've only 1 block made so far (8 more to go) so it's probably going to be a long-term project. On the plus side, each block is really large (about 30") and it does look good so far.

I need to cut 72 foundation pieced arcs for the quilt, but got very sick of tracing the pattern pieces after making 8 units and thought I'd give foundation piecing using freezer paper a try. I did a bit of googling to find different ways to use freezer paper when foundation piecing. I was a bit dubious and thought this method wouldn't work or be as precise, but it does work and I haven't found any difference between the traditional foundation piecing method (which means sewing through the papers) and the foundation-piecing using the freezer paper method.

Best thing about this method is you don't sew through the freezer paper block, just use it as a guideline and can keep reusing it.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Freedom 2nd Irish Quilters Showcase Exhibition

One of my quilts "In the Shadows" will be on display in Spike Island later on this week as part of "Freedom" the 2nd Irish Quilters Showcase exhibition.

The opening of the exhibition is in The Mitchel Hall on Spike Island on Thursday the 26th of May 2016.

There will be two exhibitions opening on that date.

“Devil in a Dress” is by Kevin Dinan and “Freedom “ the 2nd Irish Quilters’ Showcase exhibition features quilters from all over Ireland.

A boat will leave from Kennedy Pier, Cobh at 1pm and return at 3pm.
Spike Island will be closed the week starting the 30th of May and will reopen on the 6th of June.

The exhibitions will run until the 13th of June


Monday, September 7, 2015

Summer Tote Bag swap

The Modern Quilters of Ireland group (MQI) regularly hold swaps. The swap this summer was to make a tote bag for each other and add a gift. Bags had to be posted last week so should be arriving to everyone involved this week.

Everyone involved in the swap had to make a mosiac of what of bags they liked, list of likes and dislikes etc. 

This is the bag recently finished for the modern quilters of Ireland tote swap. Just put it in the post today, so hopefully my swap partner will have it tomorrow. Hope she likes it!

When I got home from work this evening, a parcel was waiting for me - which contained my tote bag from the swap. Thanks a million to Irena for making me such a fabulous bag and the very generous gifts.

I have to try to get a photo of the bag in daylight tomorrow

Wonder what the next MQI swap will be??

Sunday, August 16, 2015

early start to Christmas

I've almost finished a new Christmas quilt. It feels a bit weird working on a Christmas quilt so early,but at least this way the quilt will be finished in time. The pattern was adapted from a Christmas quilt in Quilt Now magazine.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Irish Quilters Showcase

The 1st ever National Quilting Week of Ireland takes place from 1st-7th June. There will be various quilting exhibitions taking place throughout Ireland for this event, including the Irish Quilters Showcase.

This exhibition will be opening on 22nd May in the Blasket Centre, Dingle, Co. Kerry. I have an quilt in this exhibit titled "Stone Walls of the West".