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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.








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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.

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 pap…

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.
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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




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??