Colors Unfurled

This brightly coloured quilt can hardly fail to provoke a reaction. Attractive. Very bright. Fussy? Busy? Love it? Too much, perhaps?

Whatever your reaction,  it might change when you  read how Maria Shell’s description of the quilt’s journey.  The thoughtfulness  involved in the construction.

Once you know exactly what it represents, it’s difficult not to see. When you learn about the meanings behind it, will you view it differently?

 

 

Maria Shell

While I am alone during the day in my studio, I almost always listen to National Public Radio. In the fall of 2009,  I was stitching on my long arm quilting machine and listening to the Democratic Party select Barrack Obama to be their candidate for the President of the United States of America, and my heart filled with joy.

I–like so many others–wanted to in some way celebrate this moment. I had just done a bang up job on cleaning my studio. I had abandoned many old projects that were never going to become quilts on their own. These half finished quilts were now officially what I call “bits”–potential filler for community quilts or kitchen sink quits.

I had an idea. What if I take all the star blocks I’d made over the years and used them to make a new version of the American flag? A version of…

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Brenda’s letter about Cultra and things

Members and Friends, 
I am afraid I am rather late with the follow up of last weeks meeting.
If you missed the meeting you missed a treat. Valerie Wilson gave a talk about the Museums textile collection accompanied by pictures. She them showed us a quilters dozen of the most extraordinary quilts from the Museum’s collection.
There was one made from shirt fabric and ties by some of the workers from the shirt factories in Londonderry and one made from pyjama material. There were contemporary designs, a beautiful wall hanging that had been made specially for the museum, a fabulous very old plain one coloured quilt that was hand quilted and corded.
The last quilt she showed us was a large quilt that had been hand appliqued with flowers that were stitched on with tiny blanket stitches and must have taken a very long time to make.
Lastly she showed a small suitcase that had been donated which contained hexagons that had been hand sewn into larger hexagons, you could still read some of the printing on the papers.
Hopefully you will have seen the pictures posted on facebook, including this one – sampler made by a former NIPG member.
I am sure you are all aware that Roma had a fall at the guild and had to go to hospital. Well she has a fractured pelvis and is on crutches. I spoke to her during the week and she sounded cheerful although she is in a lot of pain. I have sent her the guilds best wishes and hope we will see her at the April meeting.
 
There will be another Friday Workshop on the 12 May 2017 in Orangefield Presbyterian Church. The tutor this time will be Valerie McKeown who will show us how to make an appliqued dragonfly with free machined wings. (Photo shows Valerie delighted to win at the Clogher Valley show in 2014. Paula will have a picture and the requirements list at the April meeting.
My thanks to everyone who has made cuddlies for the Neo Natal unit at the Royal hospital.  To date we have 177 hopefully we could reach 200 by June when we will hand them over.
See you all in April
Brenda

Brenda’s March Letter

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 Members and Friends,

Another month of grey skies, rain and storm Doris is nearly over, so great sewing weather.
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Although it has been mild my garden is springing into life with daffodils and camillia’s.
The March meeting is next Saturday in the Folk Museum, doors open 10.00 a.m. with the meeting starting at 10.45 a.m. The speaker is Valerie Wilson who is the Museum’s Textile Curator, she will talk about the museum’s quilt collection and show us some of the quilts.
Sunday’s workshop is Mad March Hare with Paula Ellis. I am not sure if there are any places left but if you are interested you could give her a ring. Her number is on the back of your membership card.

Hands Across the Border [Click for more information.]

Quilts are to be handed in on Saturday. Please make sure that your quilt has a hanging sleeve and pole with eyelets. Mary McCormick will be taking them in and has asked me to remind you to have your form fully completed and you name, address, telephone no and NIPG on your carrying bag.
Alex will be there with Blue Bird Fabrics. She has asked me to let you know that all Fat Quarters are £2, Remnants £3 and yardage will be 1/2 price.

Anne James is still looking for articles for the magazine.

Are you interested in dressmaking; Several of us  go to a class in Orangefield Presbyterian church – it’s not that we can’t sew but we need help with fitting. The teacher Pat Hughes is hoping to start a new class on a Wednesday night from September and if you are interested please speak to me on Saturday. I will give you her telephone no. so that you can find out more.
Looking forward to seeing you all.

Brenda

 

Glenada 2017

“What goes on in Glenada stays in Glenada”

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But, but, but girls we really do want to know about the projects you started, finished, or moved on to another level.

Hints have come our way, looks and sounds as if you were all industrious, with reports of great fun too.

Well, we understand that we’ll probably never hear about what you got up to outside of working hard on quilts and bags and other projects. That doesn’t stop us really, really, really wanting to get some photos of your achievements, however small or large.

A huge thank you to Adrienne for organising this great outing this year and every year.

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Ruth’s machine almost has steam coming out of it. No time to look out the window.
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Jayne’s bag just makes you feel happy. Very practical too.
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Linda Hamilton says: “Wonderful weekend at Glenada, meeting new friends, getting lots of tips and help from the lovely Guild ladies. Thank you. See you soon!”

 

 

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Quilt by Mary McCormick. 
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Sparks flying from Anne’s machine, while Esme uses a beautiful quilt as an ironing board cover!

Wondering about Glenada – set in Newcastle, County Down at the foothills of the Mournes. A great retreat and conference centre.

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Brenda’s letter about the February and March Workshops.

Dear Members and Friends

The January meeting was so successful and busy that we did not have time to mention workshops!  Here are details of the next 2 workshops. If you are interested or want to know more, please contact us.  Visitors welcome!

February Turning Japanese

Turning Japanese with Yvonne McAtamney of Village Fabrics

 

The design shown here is called

‘Autumn Blossom’. 

Techniques used in the workshop are- machine piecing

  • 3D prairie points
  • needle turn
  • machine stitched appliqué
  • sashiko stitching.

Requirements:

  • Two contrasting fabrics for background 6½” x 22″and they really do need to contrast
  • Another contrasting fabric for the circle. The fabric for the circle needs to be 10″ square and also contrast with background fabric.
  • The appliqué uses three co- ordinating fabrics -10″squares enough 5″ width of fabric for binding Backing 12″ x 22″
  • Wadding 12″ x 22″
  • Bondaweb
  • Sewing machine and bobbins
  • Threads to match fabrics
  • Also embroidery threads
  • Usual sewing kit pins, hand sewing needles, small sharp scissors
  • Cutting mat, 6½” x 24½” ruler
  • Don’t forget your glasses!

March – Mad March Hare with our own Paula Ellis

The photographs show the project in two different colourways.

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The techniques used in this project are:

  • machine appliqué
  • machine satin stitch
  • the use of light boxes.

 

 

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A variety of coloured tweed combinations can work for this project

 

 

Greetings to NIPG from Brenda in California

imageHappy New Year to you all!

Dear Members and Friends,

I am writing this in Long Beach, California in 80F heat so I don’t know what the weather is like in Northern Ireland!

I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and are looking forward to a new quilting year.
The next meeting is on the 7th January in the Parochial Hall. We will have four
demonstrations by members and two get-to-know-you tables.

There will also be a charity table in aid of the Chairman’s charity ‘Reconnect’. There will be lots of books, some fabric and ribbons etc. Please bring any fabric etc you no longer want. It helps whoever is managing the table if you price your articles for sale.

A Big Reminder –

Hands Across the Border

We are hoping for lots of new Quilts for this exhibition which will be on show in Northern Ireland in June 2017 in the Island Centre, Lisburn. The theme this year is Aurora. The quilts should be no larger than one metre square. Quilts need to be ready for the March meeting. We will post the information and form on the web site.

Best wishes,

Brenda

December Letter from our Chair, Brenda Richardson

Dear Friends

 

Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

 

Thanks to all who attended our Christmas meeting in Ballygilbert.

We had a great time and everyone enjoyed the games, Stand Up Bingo and the

handbag game.

Many thanks to Jean Openshaw and Joanna Warwick and their volunteer helpers

for the lovely mince pies, shortbread and mulled punch.

There was a good entry for the Christmas challenge, lots of ballot prises and the Secret Santa.

 

The show and tell was brilliant with so many new items. There were several items from Jennie Raymond’s workshops, several new quilts that are being made for family members and celebrations

and lots of other beautiful items. Well done ladies you never fail to show your skills and delight our members.

 

The entries for the Christmas challenge showed a great variety of interpretations on the theme ‘Winters Tale.’

First prize went to Gillian Barr  gillians-piece

 

and the second to Valerie McKeown. Well done.

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Our next meeting is on Saturday the 7th January in our usual venue at the folk Museum. There will be 4 demonstrations and conversation. We always enjoy the demos and craic as well as benefitting from sharing techniques and sparking ideas and inspiration! Hope to see you all there.

 

Don’t forget that the programme for the meetings and the workshops for the year are listed in your membership cards.

 

Best wishes to you all.

 

Brenda

 

Christmas Letter from Brenda Richardson & Post from La Ruche des Quilteuses on Une Lune grosse, ronde et brillante.

Letter from our Chair, Brenda. Sunday 27th November 2016.

Members and Friends

December is nearly upon us and that means that Christmas is just around the corner. How the year has flown.

I am sure you are all getting ready for Christmas, I am getting ready for another trip to America and sunny California. So why not have a break from the shopping and come to the December meeting.

The December Meeting is in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church on Saturday the 3rd December.

We will have non-alcoholic mulled wine, mince pies and shortbread. Please bring your own cup. There will be the usual show and tell when we hope to see lots of new work especially things from the workshops. Also bring your PHD’s and UFO’s.

There will be the usual Secret Santa. Please bring a wrapped sewing-related present to the value of £7.

Don’t forget your Christmas challenge. You still have time to make something if you haven’t already done so. The challenge is any article depicting ‘Winters Tale’. Prizes for 1st and 2nd.

There will be the usual ballot, however as I told you in last month’s notice, Denman will not be providing a hamper so are appealing for items for our hamper. Please let me have any contributions as soon as you arrive.

Directions to Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church. The church is on the main A2  Bangor Road between Ballyrobert and Clandeboye  going in the direction of Bangor. It is on the left hand side shortly after entering the dual carriageway and has a large carpark.

Hope to see you all at the Christmas meeting.

Brenda

Here’s the link to La Ruche des Quilteuses site…

Une Lune grosse, ronde et brillante — La Ruche des Quilteuses

“A big moon, round and shiny”.

Great ideas on how to portray that exceptional moon that we witnessed recently.

[Written in French, if viewing from our Post, use the right click of the mouse to access Translate. Or go straight to their website and click on Translate in the menu on the righthand side.]

 

Si vous avez la chance de ne pas avoir de nuage ce soir, où que vous soyez dans le monde, regardez par le ciel : la Lune sera pleine et extraordinairement grosse et brillante ! Des explications sur Sciences & Avenir. Les plus belles beautés sont dans la Nature, nous l’oublions trop souvent ! Je […]

via Une Lune grosse, ronde et brillante — La Ruche des Quilteuses

Letter from Brenda & link to Jayne McClenagh’s report on the Jennie Rayment Visit

First the letter from Brenda…

Hello Members and Friendscapture
It was lovely to see so many of you at the November meeting we had over 60 people to here Jennie Rayment.
Jennie is full of life and gave us a very informative and entertaining talk. I was particularly interested in her microwave dying and am definitely going to try it. I was able to attend both her workshops on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. On Saturday everyone went home with 2 cushion panels of different designs all we had to do at home was add the bindings and backs. On Sunday we were all were all able to complete a ‘Scrappy Zappy Do’ wall hanging perhaps you have already scene the photographs on facebook.
The competition for a new Guild Banner is still open. The idea of a new banner is to bring the Guild a bit more into the 21 century and have something to display at exhibitions etc. Please keep your entries coming and it would be helpful if you coloured them in. Lets have some more for the December meeting.
Just a couple of reminders;
The Christmas challenge is any article depicting ‘A Winters Tale’
We are still looking for contributions for the Christmas Hamper please bring them to the December meeting.
Secret Santa this has been a long tradition in the Guild when everyone brings a wrapped present to the value of about £7 these are then put in Santa’s Sack and you get to pick something. It should ideally be connected to sewing and something you would like to receive yourself.
That’s all for now see you in December.
Brenda

 

Now here’s a  link to an excellent report on Jennie Rayment’s visit to the NIPG by Jayne McClenaghan from her blog  “One day at a time” Jennie Rayment- Fabulous Folding Fanatic — one day at a time.  Lots of photos demonstrating how its done.

We were very fortunate to have Jennie at the NIPG such a treat to have he entertain us as she showed off her quilts which you can see to the let and below. I thoroughly enjoyed her afternoon workshop which was a change to machine sewing and piecing large pieces of fabric.It felt very therapeutic to…

Thank you Jayne, your post really gives a flavour of the day and Jennie’s infectious and fun personality. Gorgeous photos too.

 

Bits and Bobs

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Looking forward to the Stack ‘n Whack workshop being given by Ann Blachford on Friday 18th November.

Our next meeting is on Saturday 3rd  December.  Please get in touch if you’re interested in joining us for the first time.

 

imagesWe’ve joined Pinterest,  our name is  nipatchwork, you can find us at NI Patchwork. We have created  lots of boards already with suggestions for seasonal projects and recipes.  As we’re coming up to Christmas, we’re adding a section called ‘Notions: what I’d like for Christmas’.  Hope you can find us if you’re a Pinterest user. If not try it out. Any ideas on the best use of Pinterest would be very welcome. Not just welcome, but very welcome. 🙂

bits-and-bobsAlso, we’ve changed the menu somewhat. Home is still home, but we’ve added a section about ‘Hands Across the Border‘ and would love to hear how you’re getting on.

Another new section is ‘Current Projects’.

Find out what Brenda has chosen for her Charity this year.

Get the pattern for the Cuddly blanket, a project for the babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This is a wonderful project instigated by our Chair, Brenda Richardson to give back to the Community.

Please get in touch if you have anything you’d like to add, suggest etc. Would love to hear from you.