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



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,


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.



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.




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.


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

Former Quilter’s Road to Rio 2016. Update.

Quick note to add to this post. Patrick’s Olympics didn’t end with a medal; only a few may win medals, but Patrick certainly won our hearts and we are tremendously proud of his achievements.

Summer’s nearly over and joyfully our 2016 -17 season will kick off on Saturday 3rd September.  Post will follow soon.


Time to update you on Joy McCormick’s Grandson, Patrick Huston, and his  Road to Rio. Map 2

Patrick,  a former award winning quilter, (albeit achieved when he was ten),  definitely has our support.  Wishing you every success in Rio, but most of all enjoy this experience for which you have worked so hard.

Belfast to Sambódromo 5,879 miles 

Sambodromo is the traditional venue for carnival samba school parades, but is opening its doors to archery and the marathon during Rio 2016.

First up for TeamGB will be Patrick and fellow archer Naomi Folkard.  Their ranking rounds are scheduled for 5 August, the day of the opening ceremony.

Aim of the game

Rio 2016 Archery Cat
Rio 2016 Archery Cat.

Archery has a simple but far from easy objective: to hit the bull’s eye on a target from a distance of 70m.

Why is it important ?

From Robin Hood to Legolas, there have been many iconic archers in literature and film: at the Olympic Games you can see all this skill and heroism in real life

Here’s  a new email from Joy, Patrick’s Granny:-

I don’t know if you get the Belfast Telegraph, but I’ve sent you a link to a long article on Patrick going to Rio.  
In it you may notice that the NIPG has been transmogrified into
” granny’s knitting group” !
Just wanted to say that is not what Patrick would have told them. He knows better! I suspect it is the work of some ignorant male sports reporter who probably thought it sounded more comic. Joy
An interesting and fact packed article,  containing the following sentence:
I’ve had messages of support from my granny’s knitting group

One little sentence,  sadly incorrect.  Calling us ‘granny’s knitting group’ creates an impression of a group composed of grandmothers, though some of us are.

  Love how Joy says, referring to Patrick ‘He knows better!’

Perhaps  ‘Patrick’s Granny’s Knitting Group’  would have scanned better and eradicted false impressions.  What do you think? Of course, it should have read ‘Patrick’s Granny’s Quilting Group’. 

In spite of our fabric souls being transmogrified into wool, it is wonderful to have main stream media taking note of Patrick and hard-won achievements.

NB   Images are courtesy of  Rio 2016 where you’ll find everything you would want to know about the Olympics 2016, including the Olympic torch journey.

Memories Exhibition and AGM by Anne James

The ‘Memories’ exhibition at the Flax Gallery, Mossley Mill was wonderful!  Our members did us proud producing 38 beautiful quilts.  [Check out the Memories Quilt Page on our site] . The theme obviously sparked inspiration in so many directions – the variety of quilts and the diversity of techniques was phenomenal, and the quality of the work was tremendous.

The exhibition was very well received by the visitors, whose comments in the book were very complimentary indeed!  I visited the exhibition three times, with various friends, and I found it a very great pleasure on each occasion.  Well done to everyone who produced a quilt for the exhibition.  The quilt voted favourite by the visitors was Clare Taggart’s ‘Rathlin Island’.  Congratulations, Clare!

Brian McKennaAnd finally, a special thanks to Brian McKenna for photographing the quilts for us, you’ve done us proud!

On Saturday 4th June we will hold our Annual General meeting at the Folk Museum.  The Chairman and the Treasurer will present their reports for the year and the arrangements for next year’s committee will be finalised.  Then we will have the patchwork postcards, the apple pie and the chat!

We are asking members to bring along two fabric postcards – 6” by 4” – in any design they choose.  We will display the postcards, then members will receive two postcards from the collection.  Esmé suggests creating the postcard on wadding or wadded curtain lining, then sewing it on to a card backing.  Good luck and we’re looking forward to seeing all the cards!   Anne James.

Ideas for Postcards with links to interesting sites. 

Here’s a link to  Postmark’d Art a great site all about Fabric Postcards,

Fabric Postcard from Sue Reno
Sue Reno’s Postcard and link to her Blog

from a group inspired by an article in Quilting Arts about a group who were making 4″x6″ fabric postcards and mailing them to each other!

Fabric Postcard from Carol Logan Newbill
Fabric Postcard from Carol Logan Newbill



These little art treasures were being sent to complete strangers just for the thrill of sharing art.  There was an invite for  those who interested to “click here” to join a round of card trading. Enough people clicked that Postmark’d Art was born and a new group of people were “stalking the mailman!” Today the group consists of  close to 50 fiber arts junkies from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, The Netherlands, United States, Wales, England, Denmark, and Singapore, all happily experimenting with new techniques and products, sharing ideas, and their art.

Another site worth a visit is Art2Mail  which predates Postmark’d Art and was found through them.  It began on the  Quilt Art Mailing List  with  Kathy Loomis’s request to receive postcards from all 50 states sparked Jackie Moravcik’s idea of making the actual postcards – mini pieces of art where the messages and stamps were part of the art itself.  Thirty-eight people from 21 different states and 5 different countries were intrigued and eager to experiment with the idea.  Within a couple weeks, small works of art began arriving in mailboxes across the country. That was in 2004 and is still going strong.

Lastly, for anyone not sure how to start to creat your postcard. Here’s  one of many ‘how to’ sites you’ll find on the web by Marelize Ries from South Africa. 

Spring Meeting with Rosemary Little

We are very excited to have Rosemary Little as  our speaker for the March meeting [Sat 5th in our usual venue],  on the topic of  ‘Indian inspiration’, sounds intriguing.

In the afternoon, after our monthly meeting, we have the opportunity to attend a  half-day workshop with Rose [that’s Sat afternoon 5th Mar –  from 2:00 in the Slemish Room.] The cost of the workshop will be £12.50.  There are places if you want to attend.

The topic will be Kantha Embroidery, though you may find  the term ‘Embroidery’ slightly misleading.   There are  similarities to Japanese quilting and kantha makes for a very decorative and interesting fabric. Originating in Bangladesh, it is a traditional technique of embroidered quilting, constructed with several layers of recycled white cotton fabric and simple embroidery stitches to create a graphic, richly textured surface.

More examples of Rosemary’s work can be found at
cream beige tropical kantha Kantha Rose 1

Happy New Year 2016

Message from Anne James, Chairperson

A happy and peaceful New Year to you all. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that Father Christmas filled your stockings with lots of goodies.

The first meeting of the new year is on Saturday 2nd, and I hope everyone will be fit and well for it. There will be a lull in the storms on Saturday, though it may be wet – a good opportunity to get out and about while staying dry!

Sharon Mount and Irene McKee are looking after the catering. The meeting will be demonstrations, as is now traditional for January. There will be four covering a wide range of techniques:-

Lindsey will guide us through a novel method of attaching a flanged binding;

Anna will shown us how to make a corsage;

Irene will demonstrate screen printing and the making of the screens; and

I will demonstrate how to make some 3-D rose-like fabric flowers.

Do come along, it will be good fun. If you have a name badge, please remember to wear it! Again, Happy New Year,