Bits and Bobs

We know that not everyone does Facebook, so here’s what has been happening over there.

[Reminder that if you’re interested in attending one of the workshops at the Retreat in Maynooth in May, register as soon as possible. There are several packages to choose from. You don’t have to stay in the Hotel, there are other options – AirBnb/ B&B/ University Accomodation etc. etc.  All members have been posted a booklet, but you can also find it here.   Our next blog will talk about the courses. ]

Firstly a really exciting quilt which claimed 1st Prize in Houston 2018, in addition to prizes in Canada and elsewhere.

Ice Fishing Village

Brigitte Villeneuve, Diane Côté and Doris Boivin., Jonquiere, QC

Dimensions: 68″ x 42″

Materials: Cotton, organza and hand-dyed cotton.

Techniques: Hand embroidery and hand, raw-edge appliqué. Home-machine and longarm quilting with a stitch regulator.

Credits: All artists participated in every step of realization.

Artist’s Statement:
When fall is over and cruise ships are long gone, La Baie, Saguenay, faces a deep freeze, but it does not prevent people from enjoying life. The Ice Fishing Village rises in a matter of days. More than just fishing, this is a place for social gathering and is full of activity.


YouTube is a great source for nearly everything patchwork related and here are a couple suggested by our members:


Jacquelynne Steve’s Sorting and Letting Go of UFOs

This is a lovely wee blog from a New Jersey quilter, whose mission it is to help you to let go of some of your precious UFOs. Or indeed to try to finish them.

By now you will surely have heard that the Great British Sewing Bee 2019 is about to be shown on BBC 2, but just in case you hadn’t, here is a trailer. Airs on Tuesday 12th February 2019 on BBC2 and continues weekly, no time available yet, but likely to be 8:00.


Also published on our Social Media …

… was a link to the workshop given by Ann Marie Horan at the Western Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society. 


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