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.


  • 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.



The techniques used in this project are:

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





A variety of coloured tweed combinations can work for this project



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The NIPG, as we are affectionately known, welcomes anyone interested in any aspect of patchwork and/or quilting, in whatever form. Beginner, advanced or in between. The Guild usually meets on the first Saturday of the month in the Parochial Hall of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Co Down, Northern Ireland. Contact us for more information. Meetings open around 10.30 am with tea/coffee for which we charge a small visitor's fee. This is quite informal. The meeting proper begins with 'housekeeping' - various announcements relevant to our members. Often we will have engaged a speaker of note, which is sometimes followed by a workshop/ sew-in. Full day workshops are held on Sundays. We have had speakers and teachers from USA, Germany, Holland, England, not forgetting the excellent people who are locally based. Contact us or Facebook for further information.

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