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Elvis

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 I'm currently doing a 6-week Fabric Portrait Class with Luke Haynes.  For the 2nd class, we were sent a template of Elvis Presley to make. We were advised to use solid fabrics for his portraits (I'd already done a Dolly Parton portrait using patterned fabric) so thought I'd follow the rules a little bit this time and use some solid fabrics.  After completing it, I think I still prefer using patterned fabric, I think it adds a bit more interest and texture to the piece (But it does depend on what scale of fabrics are used - need to use small scale prints here)  Have had the portrait applique ready for a few weeks while deciding on what background to use. Finally decided the other night to go for high contrast - had a look through all my yellow fat quarters and cut out 5 1/2 inch squares to use for the background.  Now to finish off quilting the background and then adding the applique section. 

Portrait Class with Luke Haynes

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Oops, I knew I had neglected my blog but didn't realise that it was so long since I last posted (July 2020).  Anyways 2020 and 2021 have not been normal years for anyone, so I'm going to try and post a bit more regularly. Thanks to Covid, there has been no sewing meet-ups or workshops apart from online ones. I saw that Luke Haynes was running an online Portrait class last month and signed up. A few days before the workshop, all the participants were emailed the pattern (which was a portrait of Dolly Parton!) I really enjoyed this workshop, with lots of information provided. Luke Haynes uses glue to affix his fabric pieces but I used the old reliable bondaweb! The technique itself is fairly labour intensive, each section has to be cut out of the paper pattern and then cut out of the fabric - so not a fast process but the results are great. You had to use four fabrics for this portrait - dark going to light. I used a dark green solid and the rest of the fabrics were 1980 flower p

Lockdown

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Thought I would have loads of time to be posting during lock-down but it hasn't worked out like that. Have been going into work since this whole crisis started (but just 2 or 3 days a week since May as the aviation industry has been badly affected by Covid-19). I have been working away on lots of different projects, but they're all mostly long-term projects so nothing has been finished yet. Like the quilt below, I have it all basted but no time yet to quilt it.  One project that I have been making progress on is a string quilt (to use up some of my fabric scraps), have this one nearly done just a few more blocks to make! As well as working on all different projects, I have also been spending lots of time working in my sketchbooks and journals - a great way to pass the time and work on new ideas for future projects.

Quilters Guild Region 17 Meeting

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I'm a member of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles - previously an International member as Region 17 used to just cover Northern Ireland. At the last AGM, this was changed so Region 17 now covers all of Ireland. The Quilters Guild are celebrating 40 years in existence this year, and wanted all branches etc. to host a party. So, Region 17 had their own party last week in Margaret McCrory's house in Co. Down. There was lots of cake and numerous rounds of tea and coffee.     There was a good turnout for the meeting, 6 of us came from the South, and the rest from all over Northern Ireland. We had all agreed to bring two quilts for show and tell, some members brought their first quilt, so it was lovely hearing the stories related to the quilts. As well as the food, we also got through some guild/business related matters and I'm now on the committee of Region 17.

Loughrea Medieval Festival

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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. straw weaving    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).  steam punk milk  churn steam-punk bicycle 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

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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

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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 25mi