2017 Annual Quilt Retreat 24th December 2016
The booklet with details is now available, you will have received it by post if you are a current member, but you can download it here. Non–members may attend, you will have to pay an administration charge as part of your fee.
Hope to see you in March!
Tutors this year include
Dates: 24 to 27 March, 2017
Book your space with a €50 /£45 deposit, balance of payment due by 20 January 2017. We must confirm and pay for accomodation with the Hotel on 16 February 2017, accomodation cannot be held after this date without full payment.
2017 Quilt Retreat: Save the Date 31st August 2016
Details for next year’s Annual Quilt Retreat are nearly confirmed! We have four tutors booked, just awaiting confirmation of which workshop will be offered on which day.
Venue: The Glen Royal Hotel, Maynooth.
This hotel is located on the outskirts of Maynooth, just off the M4 with easy access from Dublin. Workrooms are bright and spacious and there is a pool!! Bring your swimsuits ladies!!!
More details of the hotel at their website.
Dates: Friday 24 – Monday 27 March, 2017
A two-day master class will run on Sunday and Monday, with a wide choice of one-day workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The basic weekend package will include two nights accommodation and a one-day workshop, additional nights and workshops can be added. Prices are being finalised, but with the support of the Craft Council of Ireland’s grant we hope to keep them low.
Who: tutors include Cathy Little, Dorte Bach, Janet Clare and Robyn Fahy – more details of the workshops to follow.
Reminder: The Retreat is open to members of the QGI only, our annual membership renewal date is October 1. Look for your retreat package online and by post in the very near future.
Blues Exhibition 1st June 2016
The Blues Exhibition is now open at Bishopstown Library, Cork
WHAT: An Exhibition of Textile Art and Quilts
WHO: Moya Geraghty, Ailbhe O’Callaghan, Kay O’Sullivan, Mary Palmer and Margret Walsh (Members of the Oddities Group)
WHEN: June 1 – 30, 2016
WHERE: Bishopstown Library (see location here)
2016 Retreat Update 5th February 2016
A quick update on Retreat 2016 (March 11 – 13, 2016)
A NEW workshop has been added on Saturday.
What: Pieced Skinny Lines
Explore a versatile piecing technique with narrow lines.
Who: Ailbhe O Callaghan
Ailbhe is an experienced and prize winning quilter who has tutored at previous QGI retreats.
Pictures: 80 by 85 cm
There are still a few places left in some workshops, please contact our Retreat Co-ordinator Moya directly if you would still like to attend.
She can be reached at patchworkplus “@” gmail.com
QGI Weekend Retreat 2016 10th January 2016
Conference information was mailed in December 2015 to paid up members. If you haven’t received your copy please contact us at email@example.com ASAP and we can send you on another copy. Which workshop(s) are you planning on doing? Details of each day’s workshops can be downloaded at the links below. Application forms with prices for different packages can be downloaded here.
When: 11 to 13 March 2016
Where: Clayton’s Airport Hotel, Stockhole Lane, Dublin (formerly Bewley’s Airport Hotel)
Who: We have three renowned teachers: Philippa Naylor, Joosje Drapers and Mary McIntosh. Teacher profiles are here.
As usual we have endeavoured to offer a diverse set of classes to keep our traditional and contemporary quilters happy. We are offering classes to perfect your techniques with workshops from Internationally renowned teacher Philippa Naylor on how to finish your quilts with style and
how to get the best from your machine applique. Philippa will also do a beautiful project class on curved piecing.
If you enjoy doing handwork Joosje is doing a fabulous sashiko block where you learn to draw it out yourself and then you are taught how to get the perfect stitch! If you like the idea of making a project in a day Joosje is also doing a really beautiful miniature quilt on the Friday and doing a mystery jelly quilt on the Sunday.
For our contemporary quilters or for those who would like to try something completely new we have two very different workshops with Mary McIntosh. You will be creating a piece that is full of texture using lots of different types of fabrics, dyes and soldering irons! Sounds like fun!
As usual we are asking you to please bring along finished projects from our last QGI retreat. We love to see the finished results and it is always good to have a deadline to work towards. We are going to offer prizes to the top three. Every participant at the weekend will get to cast a vote and
prizes will be awarded on the Saturday night.
We will also have our very popular Housekeepers Choice competition. This involves bringing a quilt that you love and leave it on your bed on the Saturday morning and the house keeping staff will choose their favourite three.
Programme for the Weekend
Registration and teas/coffee at 10.30am
choice of three workshops which run from 11.00am to 5.00pm
7.00pm for later registration
8.30pm Talk with Mary McIntosh
Show and Tell
A choice of three workshops from 10.00am to 4.30pm
7.30pm Banquet Dinner
Followed by talk from Philippa Naylor
Announcement of winners of Housekeepers Choice and Challenge Quilts
Choice of two workshops (the Mystery Quilt is down as a workshop, but is free of charge – if you want to do the Mystery, sign up for it so we know numbers, but pay for package 2 or 4) or Free sewing 10.00am to 4.30pm
The BASIC WEEKEND will include Friday and Saturday Night accommodation on a twinshare basis including breakfast, Saturday workshop with lunch, teas and coffees, Saturday Dinner with After Dinner talk with Philippa Naylor. (PACKAGE 1).
PACKAGE 2 BASIC weekend with Sunday lunch, teas, coffees and space to sew on your own project/ Mystery Quilt
PACKAGE 3 BASIC weekend with a second workshop on either Friday or Sunday. Lunch, teas and coffees on that day
PACKAGE 4 BASIC weekend with Friday workshop and space to sew/ Mystery Quilt on Sunday. Lunch, teas and coffees on both days
PACKAGE 5 BASIC weekend with workshops on Friday and Sunday. Lunch, teas and coffees included.
Workshops can be booked without accommodation and include lunch, teas and coffee.
Application forms with prices for different packages can be downloaded here.
Education Officer: Moya Geraghty
Exhibition Notice: Newtownmountkennedy Quilt and Craft Fest 7th June 2015
Wicklow Patchwork Group are participating in the Newtownmountkennedy Quilt and Craft Fest
Look for quilts on display at St Matthew’s CofI on June 13 and 14, 2015, 12 – 5 each day.
QGI National Exhibition 2015 5th December 2015
Quilts are invited for the 2015 QGI National Exhibition opening Saturday May 30, 2015 at 14:30.
“Hi Everybody,Education Officer Moya says:
Hope all is well with you and that you enjoyed our retreat in March.
You may remember us talking about having a National Exhibition this June, so now I am on the hunt for quilts.
Small and large quilts welcome. It would be nice if it could be a quilt that was inspired by one of the classes held at any of the retreats we have had over the years.
I need to have the quilts by Wednesday 27th May.
The exhibition will open on Saturday 30th May at 2.30pm and run until 10th June.
The venue is The Courtyard, Midleton, Co. Cork.
The quilts can be sent directly to the Courtyard, 8 Main Street, Midleton, Co. Cork or can be dropped off to the following people/venues:
Pauline Openneer pcquilt *at* eircom.net
Yvonne Mckee at Quilters’ Quest, Belfast yvonne.mckee *at* btopenworld.com
Jane Winters jane.winters1 *at* btopenworld.com
Moya Geraghty patchworkplus*at* gmail.com
Please fill out the form at this link and include it with your quilt.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Show & Tell from Retreat 2015 22nd March 2015
The following quilts were shown 20 March 2015 at the QGI Retreat 2015.
Thanks to Mary Palmer for taking the photographs.
Please respect copyright of the makers and do not copy these images / designs.
This link was tested in August 2018 and found to be working. Some lovely quilts.
2015 Annual Conference and Retreat 11th January 2015
Conference information was mailed in December 2014. If you haven’t received your copy please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP and we can send you on another copy. Which workshop(s) are you planning on doing? Details of all workshops can be seen here(1Mb pdf). Application forms with prices for different packages can be downloaded here (1.8Mb word file).
When: 20 to 22 March 2015
Where: Bewleys Airport Hotel, Stockhole Lane, Dublin
Who: We have four renowned and creative teachers in Janice Gunner (England), Ana Buzzalino (Canada), Dawn Cameron Dick (England and America) and Sheila Tuilsey (Northern Ireland)
To keep the costs down and get the best value for our money we are now offering three full days of workshops running from Friday to Sunday. We are not offering a Monday and Tuesday option.
Our Friday class will start at 11.00am allowing people to travel that morning and saving them an extra night’s accommodation.
Timetable for the weekend
10.30am Registration with tea/coffee
11.00am to 5.30pm 3 class options
7.30pm AGM followed by a show and tell and a meeting with Ana Buzzalino
10.00am to 4.30pm 4 class options
7.30pm Gala dinner and After Dinner Speech with Janice Gunner
Announcement of winners of challenge and Housekeepers Choice
10.00am to 4.30pm 2 class options
Room for Free Sewing with our optional Surprise Project
I hope that you will be as excited as I am by the workshops we have on offer and I encourage you to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Places are offered on a first come first served basis.
Booking forms and deposit are due by January 16, 2015. Full payment is due by February 12, 2015.
Education Officer: Moya Geraghty
Upcoming Quilt and Craft Exhibitions 21st September 2014
2014 RDS Craft Competition Award Winners Travelling Exhibition
Who: Selected Winners of the RDS Craft Competition
Where: Hunt Museum, Limerick
When: Until October 4, 2014, Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm , Sunday and Bank Holidays: 2 pm to 5 pm
Exhibition of Quilts
Who: West Cork Quilts Group
Where: Old Skeagh Creamery Cottage, near Skibbereen, Co Cork
When: October 7 – 12, 2014, 10:30 to 4:30 daily
Exhibition to Celebrate 20 years of Quilting
Who: Schoolhouse Quilters
Where: St. Mary’s National School, Fair Green, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
When: November 21 2014, 7:30 pm to 9 pm, November 22 & 23, 11 am to 5 pm
Upcoming Quilt and Craft Exhibitions 26th July 2014
Each year during the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show, works from Ireland’s leading crafts people and talented art students are on display in the RDS Concert Hall. This prestigious competition is run by the RDS every year and offers an opportunity for entrants to have their work assessed by an expert panel of judges. Previous winners for Patchwork and Quilting include members of the QGI.
Admission is free on July 30, 31 and August 1, an admission fee applies during the Dublin Horse Show (August 6 – 11).
TINAHELY AGRICULTURAL SHOW SOCIETY
ALL IRELAND “OPEN QUILT COMPETITION”
See nearly 100 quilts at the Quilt Marquee at the Tinahely Show. Quilts are entered in eight categories, including groups quilts, best wall hanging, best lap quilt, best large quilt for a bed. There is also the Millett & Matthews Trophy for the “Viewers Choice of Quilt” and the Lakeland Quilts Fair Trophy designed by Catherine Wilcoxson for the with the best use of Colour.
Tickets are available online or at the gate.
River of Dreams Quilt Exhibition 21st April 2014
The Limerick Quilt Centre are delighted to announce that their 9th Annual River of Dreams Quilt Exhibition will be held in the Franciscan Church, Henry St., Limerick from the 9th to the 15th of June 2014.
All quilt entries are welcome (although quilts must not have been exhibited in Limerick before).
- €10.00 entry fee
- Completed entry form
- 4″ hanging sleeve must be attached to each quilt
- Identifying label on each quilt
The closing date for all quilt entries is 20th May 2014 to enable production of a catalogue of all entered quilts. Quilts are to be sent to Limerick Quilt Centre, Park Road, Limerick.
Contact them directly for an entry form at www.limerickquiltcentre.ie .
Phone – 061 419790.
Northern Lights Update 8th February 2014
QGI Northern Lights group held a `Sewing Saturday` on January 18, 2014 when members brought their own projects to sew. No snow this year so we had 16 members sewing. It was a good day with plenty of chat, help to layer quilts, consult on colours, sort out problems etc. Another Sewing Saturday is planned for April: if you are a QGI member and in the area feel free to come and join us – see Northern Lights` programme on the website for dates and contact info, and email/phone Jane to check last minute details.
|Building lattice-work panels|
|Building lattice-work panels|
|Diane’s completed panel|
|Marion’s flying geese|
|Sheila’s Appliqué cushion|
Special Offer Tickets for Under My Bed 1st January 2014
If you want a chance to see our work in person, there is an offer on for tickets for Under My Bed. The organisers have contacted us to say:
“As the show is a charity event, we are not in a position to offer any complementary tickets – not even to ourselves! – but we do have a special offer rate that we wanted to make sure your members were made aware of. It represents about a 20% discount and it’s really all we can do to thank them so much for all the wonderful work you all did. The tickets are €30 but €23 with the offer.”
Contact me via email@example.com for details of the promo code.
The show is on at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, 16th – 18th January 2014 @ 7:30pm
QGI Annual Conference and Retreat 2014 22nd December 2013
Look out for the Conference information coming through your letter box. If you haven’t received your copy please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP and we can send you on another copy. Which workshop(s) are you planning on doing? Details of all workshops can be seen here (6.9Mb word file) and on this blog. Application forms can be downloaded here (1.8Mb word file).
When: 21st to 25th March 2014
Where: Bewleys Airport Hotel, Stockhole Lane, Dublin
Who: We have four fabulous and diverse teachers in Sheena Norquay, Gill Turley, Mary Palmer and Pauline Openeer. There is something for all abilities and interests. We have made every effort to keep the costs down and make it as accessible to as many people as possible. Our Friday class will start at 11.00am allowing people to travel that morning and saving them an extra nights accommodation.
For Conference 2014, the BASIC weekend package will include Friday and Saturday Nights Accommodation on a twin share basis including breakfast. Saturday Workshop with lunch and teas, Saturday Dinner with after dinner talk by Sheena J. Norquay. Sunday morning “Show and tell” and morning tea. Optional are the Sunday afternoon Mystery Quilt with Frances McCarthy with Free Sewing space available for those who just want to sew their own projects.
Sunday Lunch is NOT included. We have removed this, as we are aware that some members not staying on would like to leave to travel home as soon as possible. Lunch will be available at your own cost.
If you purchase the Basic weekend package, we are offering the Friday class and the Monday/Tuesday class at a reduced rate.
Single room supplement is also available, along with extra nights accommodation if required.
Parking will cost €8 per day, so I would suggest travelling with a friend to share this cost. Note that if you are leaving your car in the carpark for the weekend, you can pre-book and save some money.
Sunday morning will be the Annual General Meeting. This meeting will take place at 10.00am just before Show and Tell. Please note that this meeting is important, and we will forward an AGM notification with Motions the Committee propose to put to the meeting.
The Conference/Retreat is to be held at Bewleys Hotel, the same venue we used for Retreat 2013. Looking at the figures that attended the retreat over the years we noticed the numbers were up when the venue was equally accessible to our Northern and Southern attendees. All major roads and public transport lead to Dublin and there is the added advantage of being next to the airport. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Conference 2014. Please remember that each class has a limited capacity and that it is on a first come basis.
Conference 2014 Workshop: Pauline Openeer 22nd December 2013
Pauline Openeer is a Patchworker, Quilter and teacher who founded Irish Country Quilting in 2001.
Pauline is from Holland but is now living in Donegal. In recent years Pauline has been designing and making quilts from tweeds and wools which are readily available in Donegal. Pauline has exhibited these quilts both nationally and internationally.
Saturday March 22. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm FRUIT FOR THE BIRD.
Size: approx. 40cm x 100cm / 16” x 40”. A delightful runner or wall-hanging with tweed applique.
At this workshop we will follow all the steps for a raw edge applique project, but now with tweed. Wool is a lovely medium for both quilts and craft projects. You will love it. All levels.
Conference 2014 Workshop: Mary Palmer 22nd December 2013
Mary Palmer: Teacher, Patchworker and Quilter
Mary is a founder member of the QGI, and is living in Cork. Mary, a native of America, is well known for both traditional and contemporary quilts and for her love of colour and texture. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally.
Learn how to put together and cut for this complex looking block. I will show you how to cut from fat quarters and how to piece it on foundation or without foundation. You can make a wall hanging on the day or opt to work towards something larger.
Saturday 22nd March 10.00am to 4.00pm
Learn how to make this impressive looking 32 point split compass. We will cover color selections, paper piecing, and curved piecing (setting your compass into the background fabric). We’ll also look at ways to use this fabulous centerpiece, either as part of a large project or something smaller.
You should finish a quarter of the compass during the day, and the remaining three quarters will go together very quickly.
Conference 2014 Workshop: Gill Turley 22nd December 2013
Gill Turley: Patchworker, Quilter, Teacher and Writer.
Gill lives in the UK and shares her time between her home in Surrey and in the Charente-Maritime, France. Gill has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is best known for her country quilts. She has a great passion for simple quilts from the past.
Take Ten Shirts
At this class students will be shown how to work with shirting/dress materials, plains, stripes and checks. You may like to work on just one project or you can try a variety of techniques to see what can be created from these everyday fabrics.
Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm
A Thousand Pyramids Design using equilateral triangles
Working with these triangles can sometimes be difficult. At this workshop you will be shown some quick and easy ways to cut and piece the triangles resulting in a streamlined look with perfectly matched points.
You will make a wall-hanging or small quilt measuring 94cm x 96cm (36.5″x 37.5″)
Conference 2014 Workshop: Sheena J. Norquay 22nd December 2013
Sheena J. Norquay: Teacher and Quilter
Sheena J Norquay was born in the Orkney Islands and has been exhibiting locally, nationally and internationally since 1981. Sheena uses quilted lines to create graceful movement, sculptural shapes and decorative patterns. Some of her work combines printing and stenciling or piecing and applique with free machine quilting.
Create a small A5 or A4 winter landscape using running, whipped and single/double whipped/laced running stitches. You will be shown how to draw contour and radiating lines on the pattern provided and how to use the stitches to create ridges and outlines on your landscape. The border can be quilted using a basketweave pattern or you can add a patterned fabric. For the sky and loch you can use transparent fabric.
Fantasy Birds, Printing and Free Motion Quilting
From a menu of drawing of heads, bodies, tails and feet, students will create their own fantasy bird outline which will then be transferred onto a fabric ready for printing using fabric paints and a variety of objects such as tops of pens, rubbers in propelling pencils, wooden dowelling, nails, screws, old credit cards, thin bits of wood etc. Printed borders in the same piece of fabric are optional. Students may prefer to piece strips of plain or patterned fabric which can be printed or left as they are. Suggested size minimum 14″, Maximum 18″
After drying the paint the printed shapes are outlined with free machine quilting onto a piece of wadding which is then trimmed before the top is tacked to another piece of wadding and backing. The bird shape can be then outlined and the background and borders quilted. Beads and sequins can be added for a ‘bling’ bird but this would be done at home.
Going Around in Circles Two Day Workshop. All Levels.
Students will create a long skinny or square wall hanging with several sizes of appliqued and quilted circles and rings in a variety of symmetrical or asymmetrical compositions within 6″ blocks. Hand and Machine techniques may be used and will include:
- Stitching machine appliqued circles with and without fusible materials
- Using templates and needle turn applique to create smooth edges on single and multilayered circles or rings
- Using a variety of quilted lines to decorate the circles with hand embroidery and free machine trapunto
- Using a variety of hand and free machine quilted lines and marks to decorate the backgrounds of the blocks
Applications Invited for 2014 Golden Fleece Award January 1st 2013
The Golden Fleece Award aims to support and promote the diversity of contemporary Irish creativity in the arts and crafts. Its mission is to help artists of innovative talent, needing support at strategic stages of their careers.
Applicants will normally have been born on the island of Ireland and must maintain a strong connection with Ireland. They should be artists or researchers working in the area of figurative visual art or of the traditional crafts.
This substantial Award is an artistic fund established as a charitable bequest by the late Lillias Mitchell. Previous recipients have included textile artists.
Closing date for applications: Friday 22nd November 2013
Full details of submission requirements and procedures can be found at www.goldenfleeceaward.com.
Big Quilt for Barnados on Display 19th Oct 2013
A huge THANK YOU to our many members who sewed up a 12 inch block and posted it in. Chairwoman Jane with Membership Secretary Monica assembled them into this massive 12 foot by 12 foot quilt. It will travel down to Dublin for a photoshoot before being quilted in Cork. Look for it on stage on the set of Under My Bed, at Smock Alley Theatre of 1662, Temple Bar from 13th to 18th January 2014.
Christmas Table Runner Workshop in West Cork 1st October 2013
what: “Christmas Table Runner”
who: with Moya Geraghty
where: at Caseys Hotel, Baltimore, West Cork (their website is here)
when: on Sat 16th November, 2013 from 10am to 5pm.
how much?: Cost €30.
It is being hosted by Marie Sprott’s group and all enquiries to Marie at 086 3774686. There are some spaces available, but please book in advance!
Please note you must be a member of the QGI to attend this workshop.
Bags, Bags and More Bags October Workshop Tues day, 10 September 2013
what: “Bags, bags and more bags”
who: with Moya Geraghty
where: at the Be Creative Centre, The Estuary Ind. Est, Carrigaline, Cork
when: on Sat 5th Oct from 10am to 5pm.
how much?: Cost €30.
It is being hosted by the Crosshaven group and all enquiries to Moya at 087 7986872 or email@example.com.
Please note you must be a member of the QGI to attend this workshop and memberships need to be renewed October 1, 2013
Northern Lights Group Programme September 2013 – May 2014 Sunday, 8 September 2013
Quilters’ Guild of Ireland, Northern Lights Group
|Central medallion of Blended Quilt from Marsha McCloskey`s workshop at QGI Retreat 2013,
Jane Winters’s version.
2013 September, Tuesday 17th:
Embroiderer Yvonne Williams: talk and demo
October, Tuesday 15th:
Jane Winters: mini crazy journal quilt workshop
November, Saturday 9th – all day:
Workshop with Yvonne McKee – Triangle Gems
November, Tuesday 19th:
Christmas Ideas with Sheila Tinsley
January 18th: Sewing Saturday
Sew your own projects
February, Tuesday 18th:
Come & Try, Again! Demos, ideas, mini-mini workshops
March, Tuesday 18th:
Lynne McCauley from Love Stitching: shows us her quilts
April 12th: Sewing Saturday.
Finish your projects from the Retreat!
April, Tuesday 15th:
Early ‘End of Term’! Show & Tell, Buns & Fun !
May, Tuesday 20th:
Irene MacWillliam talks about her work and shows us her quilts
Meet at Bleary Farmers’ Hall, Upper Ballydougan Road, near Gilford
Tuesdays 7.00 for 7.30 p.m., Saturdays 10.00 a.m.
Contacts: Jane Winters: 028 9269 3225 firstname.lastname@example.org
Doreen Moffett: 028 3883 1470, Barbara Annett: 028 4372 4152
QGI Membership Secretary: Monica Bodmer: 028 4483 0700 email@example.com
QGI Retreat 21st – 23/25th March 2014 in Dublin
Saturday, 31 August 2013 Help to make a Charity Quilt for “Under my Bed” for Barnardos
We have been asked by the producers of the stage show “Under my Bed” to make a quilt. This oversized covering will appear on stage in the January 2014 production at the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. On your behalf, we have accepted the challenge! The final quilt will be auctioned after the production, with all proceeds from both the auction and the stage show going to Barnardos. We’d like to have it finished in time for a press release photo shoot in early November.
The producers have asked for a “colourful” finished product and it will be used on stage as a cover for an oversized bed. We are asking for 12 inch finished (12 1/2 inch with seam allowances included) square in square blocks. Blocks should be posted to Jane Winters or dropped in to any committee member. Email us if you need her address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The exact size of the centre square isn’t too important. If you want to use up jelly rolls then make multiple rounds of the squares. Let’s go for colour and contrast, avoiding Christmas or baby fabrics. The overall effect should be like this quilt, (although we don’t have to use this colour scheme):
We are still waiting for the final dimensions of the finished quilt, so aren’t quite sure how many squares we will need. As a start, lets go for a 9 by 9 setting of the blocks, meaning 81 blocks need to be made. Moya Geraghty has offered to quilt the finished monster- thank you Moya.
Any questions? – drop us a line or leave a comment.