Sorry to say that Kim Thittichai Will Not Be At Our 2019 Conference Retreat

Firstly, if you’d like more information about any of our classes, click on the following link:  _Conference Booklet with prices etc.

As all of you who organise events know, we have to cover our considerable costs of getting a speaker and having workshops.  We were disappointed to have had so few people taking up the opportunity to take Kim’s workshops, and disappointed to have to announce that we have had to cancel Kim’s appearance at our Conference. All those involved have been informed. We are indeed sad that there wasn’t better uptake.

The good news for those of you who are, like us, disappointed is that Kim does offer weekend classes in Ireland, click here for more information.  Alternatively she offers online classes too, click here for a link to her online classes.

Kim Thittichai lives on the West Coast of County Clare and gave a lovely interview published on the   Textile Artist website.  Discover how Kim’s process has, and is evolving.

Her original training was in Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics, through which she was taught how  to use each material, prior to embarking on the design element. This is the bedrock of her career as an artist.

Her work is split roughly into three areas – 3D & experimental textiles, wall pieces and photography.  Kim travels internationally to lecture about her work and deliver various workshops and summer schools.

She is renown for breaking boundaries and helping students to think outside of the box! Here’s the latest video, made in Jaipur, India.


“Be inspired. Take a journey, imaginary or otherwise with Kim Thittichai on her two day workshop with the QGI.

Learn how to create your own designs and printing blocks.

Working though several formulas for creating original designs, discussing the use of colour and materials.

Using paper, paints and pencils you will generate enough designs on this day to last you for years to come.”



Here are some images from Kim’s amazing trip to Jaipur, of which she says:

Well that’s it for the #jaipurjouney 2019. This has been a wonderful experience. To be able to teach my own design exercise in such a beautiful place, has been a great privilege. To work with such a great group of girls was the icing on the cake. Harmony, laughter and of course, cheekiness from certain individuals!!! I hope you can get some idea of what fun we have had and what the group have achieved on this holiday. Thank you girls, it has been a blast.

My last afternoon in Jaipur. Whilst I am excited to get to Ireland to finish my new teaching studio, I will be sad to leave this beautiful place and this lovely group of girls. This has been a very special time. One of my best teaching experiences. 🙏🏽

And more images



Kim has published 4 books in total, all of which are available on Amazon.

Hot Textiles: inspiration and Techniques with Heat Tools












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. 


Amongst the Christmas Post

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So excited. It’s the QGI Annual Conference Programme.

Hello QGI Members

Well? Were you as excited as Spongebob Squarepants, upon receipt of your QGI Annual Conference Programme? At least a few of you were, response has been really positive so far.

Our Education Officer, Clare Loughrey has done us proud, it’s a beautiful booklet and has exciting classes for quilters of all kinds, with high quality tutors.

Quilter’s Guild of Ireland Annual Conference 2019

When: Friday 5th April to Sunday 7th April

Where: Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth, Co Kildare.

What:    QGI Annual Conference Booklet

Who:   Open to QGI members only

How:   Places are allocated on a first come basis to FULLY PAID UP members.

WARNING:   We have more members at present than we have had in the past few years. So be warned, if you leave it too late, you may not get the class you want. In fact you may not get a class at all. We hope that won’t be the case and we don’t want you to be disappointed.

Meanwhile, enjoy your Christmas, however or where ever you spend it.

A wee challenge or two may come to you in the New Year … not saying anything more yet…


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If you haven’t received your booklet and you’re a paid up member, please get in touch.

You can access it from here, but we want to make sure our details are up-to-date.

So, don’t just say to your friends, tell us.

Any queries –  get in touch.





Happy Hallow’een: Getting ready for Athlone




Hold On! Here comes Mrs Quilt with a few projects for the weekend.



When:  Friday 23 – Sunday lunchtime 25 November 2018

Where:  Sheraton Hotel Athlone   

Who:  QGI Members only. [Insurance demands this to be adhered to].








  • Two nights Bed and Breakfast with one evening meal.
  • Use of suite for sewing all day Saturday and Sunday morning.  [Maximum 40 persons sewing]
  •  Free car park for residents
  • Non-residents meal costs Euro 21

Cost:  Euro 159  Sharing / Euro 179  Single


  • Individual booking with card details Telephone 0906451000
  • Payment on arrival. Cancellation up to 48 hours before the event without charge.
  • Special price for QGI closes 2nd November. 

Why:   A whole weekend with like-minded people, exchanging ideas and getting inspiration.  New people and old friends.

Transport: Coming by bike, VW or 4-wheel drive ?

If you haven’t got transport, contact us, can’t promise, but we’ll try to find a carshare.