December Welcome

The birds are feasting on the holly and ivy berries …

…the white Christmas rose(Hellebore) is coming into flower …

…and the red berried Skimmia is looking very festive. 

Christmas is coming!

Our next meeting on Saturday 3rd December is in St Dorothea`s Church, Gilnahirk, 2-4 Gortland Park BT5 7NU. The car park behind the church is accessed through the gate in the hedge in Gortland Park.  [Don’t worry it’s not a matter of crawling through and will be obvious when you see it].

Refreshments: The meeting will begin, as usual, with refreshments, so please remember to bring your mug.

Refreshments: The meeting will begin, as usual, with refreshments, so please remember to bring your mug.

Competition: The Christmas competition is A Handmade Christmas Card and voting slips can be bought to support this year`s charity, which is The N.I. Children`s Hospice. ( There will be no ballot in December )

For the Secret Santa please wrap up a fat quarter of fabric ( doesn’t have to be Christmas fabric).

Charity Sales Table: There will also be a Charity Sales Table (cash only please). One of our members has donated books, fabric and accessories, so if anyone has any textile-related items that they would like to donate for rehoming please bring them along. ( I would request that any unsold items are taken home again)

Looking forward to the New Year and our meeting on 7th January 2023 is back in the Parochial Hall, Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra.  In the morning members will be demonstrating various techniques and, in the afternoon, there will be a `sewical` in the Parochial Hall when everyone is invited to come along and work on their own projects and socialise.

Curve Exhibition in May: The entry form and guidelines for `A Walk in The Park`, our exhibition in the Curve Gallery, Bangor Carnegie Library from 4th-30th May 2023 is available on the website. Remember the size is 20″x40″ portrait orientation.

Details of Gaye Grant`s workshop are also now available.

I would like to advise everyone that there will, now, not be a guild meeting on 6th May 2023 – Coronation Day.

If I don’ `t see you in December, may I take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Christmas and a Joyous New Year.


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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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