The QGI Northern Lights Diary Dates 2012 – 13

Detail of Strippy Quilt by Doreen Moffat

The QGI Northern Lights group meets at Bleary Farmers` Hall, Upper Ballydougan Road, off the B3 between Lurgan and Gilford. Map and directions below.


We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7.00 – 9.30 p.m. from September to May, excluding December and January. We organise all-day Saturday workshops, usually one in autumn and one in spring and have Sewing Saturdays, where members bring their own projects to get on with, in January and then usually a week or so after the QGI Conference so we can go on with what we started there. The February meeting is a Come & Try night when 5 or 6 members demonstrate a technique or hold quick mini workshops. 3rd Tuesdays might shift if Easter or other holiday gets in the way.


In November 2011 we had our 10th Anniversary Supper and were delighted to welcome Frances Sawaya and her husband to our festivities. Frances has written an article about us which has appeared in the June 2012 edition of  Gaye Grant`s Irish Quilt & Craft magazine.

Programme, September 2012 – May 2013



September, Tuesday 18th:

   Pauline Russell talks about her quilts and other craft creations.


October, Tuesday 16th:

   Quilts for Linus: make Disappearing 9-Patch blocks with Sheila Tinsley


November, Saturday 10th – all day:

   Circles Wallhanging workshop with Clare Loughrey


November, Tuesday 20th:

   Valerie Wilson from the Folk Museum talks about antique quilts



January 19th: Sewing Saturday:

   Sew your Linus quilts or your own projects.


February, Tuesday 19th:

   Come & Try, Again! Demos, ideas, mini-mini workshops.


March, Tuesday 19th:

   Betty Fiddes talks about Linus and receives our quilts


March 23rd: Sewing Saturday:

   Another day to sew your own projects.


April, Tuesday 16th:

   Karen Strachan from Fiddlesticks Fabrics: mini-(hand)workshop + kit.


April, Saturday 27th – all day:

   Easy-cut Log Cabin Workshop with Gaye Grant.


May, Tuesday 21st:

   Visit to Lynda Jackson`s Cotton Shed – tea, chat, demo, shopping.



Meet at Bleary Farmers`Hall, Upper Ballydougan Road, near Gilford

Tuesdays 7.00 for 7.30 p.m., Saturdays 10.00 a.m.




Jane Winters: 028 9269 3225


Doreen Moffett: 028 3883 1470

Barbara Annett: 028 4372 4152
QGI Membership Secretary:

Monica Bodmer: 028 4483 0700


QGI Conference 8th, 9th & 10th March 2013 in Dublin, see






Contacts: Jane Winters: 028 9269 3225   Email:


Directions: (from Belfast direction)   Come off A1 at first turn-off into Banbridge.

At first major set of lights, (big church on corner diagonally opposite), turn right up the Lurgan Road, on out through Seapatrick and Laurencetown and follow the signs to Gilford.

Now you are onto my map! It is about 2 miles from Gilford to the Upper Ballydougan Road.

or –

From Lurgan  take the road towards Banbridge (A26) and at the first roundabout follow the sign for Gilford (B3). If coming from the M1, come in through the town centre and keep going until you see sign for Banbridge.