“Hello Members and Friends
Spring has really started over the last few days of lovely weather, lets hope it continues.
The April meeting is on the 1st April, All Fools Day, though we will not be celebrating the fools bit!
We meet as usual in the Parochial Hall at the Folk Museum, doors open 10.00 a.m. and meeting starts at 10.45 a.m.”
Speaker at next meeting.
Our speaker, Gabrielle Grant whom we are very much looking forward to is from the Fennell Shed, Buncrana.
Not only is she going to be with us on Saturday, but all day Sunday 2nd when she will be taking an all day workshop on Magic Tricks which sounds interesting.
Not sure what the ‘Magic Tricks’ will consist of, but I know that this is one of Gabrielle’s latest quilts.
There may still be a couple of spaces, members contact Paula Ellis for information.
This takes place on Saturday 8 April in the Ulster Museum Stranmills Road from 11.00a.m to 4.00p.m. It is a National event organised by the BBC and the Voluntary Arts celebrating Get Creative Weekend. Should be a great day with lots of organisations taking part. There will be a Mad Hatters Drawing Party, music, poetry, The Big Sock, Kate Smeltzer with 10,000 origami doves, pottery, a chance to colour Butterflies and of course N. Ireland Patchwork Guild and much more
Eastside Arts in Belfast are holding taster music sessions and showcasing music and dance.
Big Telly Theatre Company will be hitting the streets of Coleraine, Portrush and Portstewart and asking the general public to get creative and tell their stories as part of their Trade Secrets project.
The next Friday Workshop will be on 12 May 2017.
This will be held in Orangefield Presbyterian Church, Castlereagh Road.
The tutor is our own Valerie McKeown and she will show us how to make a Dragonfly cushion.
This workshop is for those who already have basic machine quilting experience and who want to expand their skills to create colour and texture with thread. Using a line drawing of a dragonfly, you learn to create fusible pieces for the body, stabilise the fabric surface and choose the right threads for thread stitching.
See Paula Ellis for more information and to book a place.
Many moons ago, we informed our members about being offered a stall at the forthcoming Crafting Live exhibition in the Titanic Exhibition Centre. That is now just around the corner.
The show itself is open from Thursday 27 April until Saturday 29 April, and is open 10am-5pm on Thursday and Friday, and 10am-4pm on Saturday. Your entrance ticket gets you in all 3 days of the show if you feel like making a weekend of it.
Over the duration of the show you can visit a vast range of exhibitors stocking stamps, dies, decoupage, fabric, ribbon and much more. You can stock up on all of your craft essentials, as well as finding inspiration from brand new products, whilst meeting your favourite TV crafters. There are also refreshment options and areas to have a much needed sit down after all that shopping!
We want to decorate our stall with pieces made by our members, to give visitors an idea of what the Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild is all about.
No theme, but obviously with our stall being relatively small, ( 2 metres x 1 metre, and about 2 metres high, the item you submit should also be fairly small. Cushions, bags, small wall-hangings, quilts, bags, cushions, etc. it doesn’t have to be new, and may indeed have been exhibited before.
IMPORTANT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT
Please bring your chosen item to the April Meeting, with the completed form, which you will find below.
For information only, we’ve been allocated E20.