Jayne has posted a great summary of what’s been happening with NIPG, so here’s a link to her blog. You might want to see what she’s up to in Mount Stewart. Would love to know how she finds the time to do all that she does?
The Guild had a demonstration and display at the Create a thon in the Ulster Museum in April. Yet again we discovered how many ladies can’t/ won’t sew, majority being under 40 years old.The display demonstrated the variations in patchwork as well as the process. Examples from the past up to modern day. There were many…
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.
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.
[If anyone is willing to take a few photos and provide an update of our events, please contact us.]
The September meeting was called ‘Reaching Out’, referring to our interaction with communities.
Lydia Black, who is taking her A-levels this year, talked about her trip to a village and school in Uganda to help local girls. Lydia’s group provided the Ugandan girls with with much needed clothes. She also brought with her reusable sanitary protection, which Brenda Richardson and I had helped to make.
Angela McCormick and Pat Pauley facilitated the making of the Belfast WAVE quilt.
Instead of making one large quilt, they decided that a triptych worked much better. Each panel shows the thoughts and concerns from the women who took part.
Each year the current Chair can nominate a Charity of their choice. At every meeting we have a Ballot, and the money is collected at the end of the season.
So, this year we were delighted to present a cheque for £650 to Elizabeth DIckson, Chair of the Board of Quaker Service to be given to the Quaker Cottage, a cross-community family day care centre in North and West Belfast.
–Show and Tell, was the usual riot of colour and quilts! Sadly we weren’t able to take any photos, but if anyone would like to submit photos of recently finished quilts, we’d be delighted to post them here.
Folk Museum’s Craft and Skills Sunday.
On the Sunday, Jan Kirkwood and I demonstrated patchwork at the Folk and Transport Museum. We were busy all day and really enjoyed showing the visitors what we do.
Jan had brought a hand-operated Singer sewing machine with her, which proved very popular with children!
Here’s a message from our Chair, Brenda Richardson.
Well the summer is almost over and I noticed the other day that the nights are also drawing in.
I hope you have all had a good summer and got lots of sewing done.
The new Guild year starts on Saturday 3rd September in the Parochial Hall at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.
Following some of last year’s comments, the committee have decided to have an earlier start to our meetings. Doors open 10.00 a.m. and the meeting will start at 10.45a.m. with the speaker being introduced at 11.00 a.m.
The theme for our first meeting is Reaching Out. We will hear from:-
Lydia Black about reaching out in Uganda
Angela McCormick and Patricia Pauley will talk about helping with the Belfast WAVE quilt.
There will be the ever popular Show and Tell, so please bring along your new work to show.
We will be presenting a cheque to Quaker Cottage in respect of last year’s charity collection.
You will hear about the workshops up until Christmas.
So come along early to catch up, pay your fees (still only £30) and see what’s new about the 2016 / 2017 year. The membership form is attached
Don’t forget to bring your cup and wear your name badge. If you haven’t already made one you have a few days before the meeting!
Looking forward to seeing everyone,
NB This form is an image, so you can’t complete it online. However, you can print it. Using the right click on your mouse select, “Save Image as”…. whatever you like. Current members will have received the form in the email which Brenda has sent everyone. If you haven’t got that email, or if you have a question, please get in touch.
An exciting announcement was made at our AGM, Joy McCormick’s grandson, Patrick Huston had just been selected to represent Team GB in Archery at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Patrick, born in Belfast, attended Campbell College and was a founding member of the East Belfast Archery Club. He now lives in Shropshire where he coaches while training full time with the Olympic Squad at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. Patrick began archery in 2004 and made his international debut in 2012. [For those who know about these things, he is right handed and his arrows are 29.25″ long and his draw weight is 50 lbs.]
Click here for a BBC interview with Patrick made just after he had qualified for Rio, in which Patrick describes his achievement as ‘amazing’. He also admits to being a bit of a “show off”.
However, we think that he’s entitled to be that and more.
As if being three time world champion archer at junior level wasn’t enough, he’s a former Festival of Quilts prize winner, ca 2006.
Here’s what his proud Granny says:
“In his younger days he enjoyed sewing – was quite good on the sewing machine. I am attaching two photos of a quilt he and I worked on together which was exhibited at the NIPG summer exhibition at the Folk Museum, in the days when they used to mount a craft exhibition.
One is of young Patrick hand- piecing the quilt. The other is of the quilt hanging at Cultra with him, his older brother and myself. I see by my PC they are dated 2003, so Patrick would have been 7.
I believe it was in 2006, when he turned 10 that he made a small wall-hanging which I put into the junior competition at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. The topic was “The Northwest Passage”. Patrick created his hanging out of re-cycled materials. It won second prize.
Patrick came home to see his parents just after our AGM, as he trains full-time in England. I told him I had mentioned his early career as a quilter at the Patchwork Guild. He was really amused to hear his achievements had been mentioned at the NIPG meeting and laughed.
In fact he was trying to bully me into making him an “Olympic” quilt to celebrate his getting an Olympic place.
NO PRESSURE! “
When asked if Patrick would mind us writing about his quilting career and posting photos of him quilting, Joy said:
“I know Patrick won’t mind. He has had to put up with his mother putting on Facebook a photo of him aged about 4 trying his hand at archery at a fun day in Stormont grounds.”
“Yesterday (Wednesday 29th June), he was kitted out with his Stella McCartney designer gear to wear in Rio. Three suitcases full! This photo is hot off the press” Joy McCormick, June 2016.
Patrick, we’ll all be glued to the television, supporting you and willing you on. Most importantly, enjoy every second of the experience.
Here’s a wee bit about the sport of archery, taken from the official Rio spectator guide.
Considering that hunting is an activity strongly connected to the beginning of our civilisation, archery can be considered one of the oldest sports in history. The practice was made official in the 16th century with the organisation of tournaments in England. Its debut in the Olympic programme was in Paris 1900. In St. Louis 1904, the sport became one of the first to allow women to participate.
ABOUT THE COMPETITION The distance between the archer and the target (1.22m of diameter) is 70m. The target score varies from 1 to 10, according to the proximity to the inner circle. The archer has 40 seconds to shoot each of their six arrows. In the finals, the archer has 20 seconds to shoot each of their three arrows. In the air, the arrow can travel at more than 240km per hour. In the knockout system, any mistake can rule the athlete out of the competition. In individual events, archers with the best results after five series of three arrows go through to the next phase. The same rule applies to team events, but the best teams after four series of six arrows go through.
Irene MacWilliam – Quilter and embroiderer – freelance lecturer and teacher – talented artist and invaluable member of the Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild, which is only one of the many groups Irene belongs and contributes to.
**** Updating this post to highlight Irene’s ‘new’ website. ****
Her website showcases some of her work and talents. Irene created and ran our website for ten years, providing a forum for NIPG to share events and showcase some of the exceptional work produced by NIPG members.
Irene MacWilliam with Margaret McCrory
The NIPG is indeed fortunate to have someone with her international reputation on our doorstep. Her work has been exhibited all over the world.
In addition to delivering a talk at the October Meeting, Irene delivered an afternoon workshop on ‘Making Your Own Fabric’. This was great fun, as Irene’s classes invariably are – lots to learn combined with a few laughs on the way. Irene is a great teacher, delivering clear instructions with infinite patience, making difficult techniques seem straightforward.
All samples on this page have been made by Irene.
On Sunday there was a superb workshop on manipulated fabrics. This is such a fun technique, consisting of folded patchwork. The possibilities with this technique are endless and and could be a fun way of using up those pesky scraps which are much to lovely to throw out.
Here’s just a few samples of what is possible.
Maybe those who attended and by all accounts thoroughly enjoyed the workshops, could send in some photos of finished objects.
Last year we opened our 2014-15 season with our very own members. Our Guild is packed with industrious and talented people and we wanted an opportunity to highlight some of our members’ pieces. We left it entirely up to each speaker as to what they want to ‘share’ within a ten to fifteen minute slot.
‘Here come the girls’, this year’s theme…. intriguing!
Last year it was “Favourite Things”. The four people who stepped up were Esme Edwards, Anne James, Paula Ellis and Helen Heron. It was absolutely fantastic, one of our best meetings!
Esme Edwards, began by placing a funny wee black box on the table, puzzling us all at what it contained. What was her favourite thing? Having started her talk by revealing some of her history with sewing and in particular patchwork, we were wondering what could be in this little box. To our delight, she opened the box to reveal the most gorgeous sewing machine. One which she has until recently, used regularly.
How to follow Esme’s opening? Anne James, our present Chairperson, bravely stood forth and enchanted everyone with her manipulated fabric piece, which she had constructed for her City and Guilds.
We were on a roll – how could our meeting get any better?
However, Paula Ellis captivated everyone before she even spoke with her gorgeous cushions. The variety and skill which she used to create them, had everyone listening to every word and trying to take it all in to replicate at home. The cushion which had been commissioned by proud pet owners, was beautiful.
[After the meeting there were demands that Paula give us a workshop on creating these adorable cushions.
You asked, we answered!
Paula is taking an all day workshop on Sunday 8th November.
Lastly, and by no means least, Helen Heron treated everyone to a riveting talk, on how she came to create her piece which celebrating renowned poet, Michael Longley’s poem ‘The Leveret’ written for his grandson.
Helen Heron’s handpieced appliqued cushion
That was a glimpse into last year….
This year is a mystery, so you’ve got to be there to experience it.