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Anne James posted in today’s FB: Exciting times for us! We’re gearing up for this, and hope to see you all there. We’re on Stand E20 and will be delighted to chat to you all about all things patchwork. Do come and see us! Stand E20
Brenda’s letter to us:
Hi Members 24 April 2017 22:09
Friday 12 May Orangefield Presbyterian Church
This beautiful blog posting from Jayne McClenaghan, NIPG member just had to be shared. A huge thank you to Jayne and all the other volunteers for the work you do to maintain this rich heritage and thank you for this glimpse into life with Smudge.
[Mount Stewart is a National Trust property in Northern Ireland, which, according to their website is: “one of the most inspiring and unusual gardens in the National Trust’s ownership”.
The garden reflects a rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry that was the hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry. The mild climate of Strangford Lough allows astonishing levels of planting experimentation. The formal areas exude a strong Mediterranean feel and resemble an Italian villa landscape; the wooded areas support a range of plants from all corners of the world, ensuring something to see whatever the season.
Mount Stewart House
The house has now re-opened after our 3 year long restoration project.We’ve brought back the elegance and charm of the house when it was home of the 7th Marchioness Edith, Lady Londonderry and her family in the early 20th century and we look forward to welcoming you to enjoy in all its splendour]
Despite the fact I had made an agreement with myself that I would volunteer a few hours once a fortnight which has become three days a week, I am still managing to have my regular visits with Smudge. Can’t have her getting withdrawal symptoms. The weather has allowed a few picnic days so we can…
This blog posting comes from C&T Publishing who published, Michele Hill's beautiful book entitled: 'Stitching with Beatrix Potter'. Posted by Deirdre Quirk on March 23, 2017.
Deirdre Quirk writes:
Planning a visit to Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s farmhouse, today a historic home and museum in Cumbria? Well, now when you tour the lovingly preserved home, you’ll get to see a beautiful quilt created by none other than Michele Hill, author of Stitching with Beatrix Potter! Michele tells us the whole story below:
Because of my love of the designs of William Morris, and then my William Morris in Appliqué books, in 2012 I was invited by Helen Bertram of Whitecroft Tours in the UK to accompany tours in Britain. Helen and I escorted six sold-out William Morris tours from 2012 to 2016, and it was through this association that I discovered that Helen had been a Chairman of the Beatrix Potter Society. Our mutual love of Beatrix Potter resulted in many conversations, and Helen finally persuaded me to write the book Stitching with Beatrix Potter. While I was doing my research, Helen suggested (well she actually told me I had to!!) do a version of the quilt on Beatrix Potter’s bed at Hill Top. So I emailed the National Trust to get photos and permission, but I did not hear back for quite some time. I started to worry about time and my book schedule, so after a bit of my own online research I found a photo of a simple green and pink patchwork quilt on the bed at Hill Top.
Above: 1863 wedding quilt from Hill Top.
Imagine my surprise when I finally heard back from the National Trust and the photos were of an entirely different quilt … the 1863 wedding quilt. So my task was a lot more daunting—and I only had a photo and no measurements! Not much is known about the quilt except that it belonged to Beatrix Potter’s parents, Helen Leech and Rupert Potter. It is thought that Beatrix’s mother, Helen, might have stitched this very special quilt with friends for the occasion of her marriage to Rupert in 1863. The original quilt is very fragile and is rarely seen, so I felt very blessed to have been given permission from the National Trust to reproduce it. I didn’t actually see the quilt in person until after I had completed mine, so it was a very special moment when I finally did. The quilt is made from velvets, silks, and cottons and is hand appliquéd, hand pieced, and hand embroidered.
The above photo is of me finally seeing the original last year in September. Helen put on a special Beatrix Potter tour in the UK to launch the book and that story is on my blog here.
After I finished the book, my version of the quilt was left simply sitting on a shelf. It was not something I felt I would use in my own home, and it seemed such a waste to have it stored in my wardrobe, so one evening in November 2016 I emailed Liz Hunter MacFarlane, the House & Collections Manager of the National Trust South Lakes, which manages Hill Top. The response I received from Liz was overwhelming—I did not really think they would be interested, let alone want to put it on display! Liz’s response to my email was as follows: “How can we possibly thank you for such a wonderful gift—you are so, so talented, and we are so fortunate to have the opportunity to share your work with our visitors.
“The National Trust’s strategy requires us to create experiences that ‘move, teach and inspire.’ Having this wonderful quilt will quite literally move our visitors in a way that photographs and books cannot. It can teach them that we should preserve and celebrate traditional crafts and craftspeople, and it will inspire them to help us preserve more of our heritage for future generations to enjoy.”
You can imagine how my heart burst reading that!
Although I sent the email in November, the quilt wasn’t posted to the UK until February 2017. When I made my reproduction version of the quilt I did not include the appliquéd 1863 wedding date and initials of Helen Leech and Rupert Potter as I felt this wasn’t appropriate for a wider audience. So before I sent the quilt to the UK I decided to hand appliqué the letters and date to replicate the original quilt.
I have not yet been back to the UK to see the quilt, but I am hoping to receive photos soon! I feel incredibly honored to have a piece of my work displayed at Hill Top, where it will be seen for many generations to come. I made sure I stitched a label on the back of the quilt explaining how it came about too!
(I forgot to photograph my label but the photo above is of the label that is on the bag that I made for the quilt!)
I was introduced to the wonderful world of quilting in the late 1980’s when I was looking for a diversion from my role of motherhood and part-time nursing – the rest as they say is history! This hobby has led me to amazing opportunities that I never expected and it is through my love of applique and William Morris that most of this has come about.
A raffle prize of airfares to Europe in 1997 resulted in a life-changing event. This is where I had my first William Morris ‘experience’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. When I came home to Adelaide I discovered that our Art Gallery of South Australia has one of the biggest collections of Morris furnishings outside of the UK – so I can see it whenever I like! In 2009 I retired from 35 years of nursing and took up a ‘new career’ – to keep the “genius of Morris alive”.
Opportunities to share my passion have resulted in two books, four ranges of fabrics and more recently sold out William Morris tours in the UK….who would have thought?!! I have been a proud member of the Quilters’ Guild of South Australia for over 20 years and have had the honour and thrill of winning awards at our shows, including Best of Show four times. In 2014 I received the highest accolade an Australian quilter can receive – The Rajah Award in recognition of services to Australia through quilting.
“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.
Create a Thon Organised by the BBC & Voluntary Arts
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.
This brightly coloured quilt can hardly fail to provoke a reaction. Attractive. Very bright. Fussy? Busy? Love it? Too much, perhaps?
Whatever your reaction, it might change when you read Maria Shell’s description of the quilt’s journey. The thoughtfulness involved in the construction.
Once you know exactly what it represents, it’s difficult not to see. When you learn about the meanings behind it, will you view it differently?
While I am alone during the day in my studio, I almost always listen to National Public Radio. In the fall of 2009, I was stitching on my long arm quilting machine and listening to the Democratic Party select Barrack Obama to be their candidate for the President of the United States of America, and my heart filled with joy.
I–like so many others–wanted to in some way celebrate this moment. I had just done a bang up job on cleaning my studio. I had abandoned many old projects that were never going to become quilts on their own. These half finished quilts were now officially what I call “bits”–potential filler for community quilts or kitchen sink quits.
I had an idea. What if I take all the star blocks I’d made over the years and used them to make a new version of the American flag? A version of…
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Members and Friends,Another month of grey skies, rain and storm Doris is nearly over, so great sewing weather.Although it has been mild my garden is springing into life with daffodils and camillia’s.The March meeting is next Saturday in the Folk Museum, doors open 10.00 a.m. with the meeting starting at 10.45 a.m. The speaker is Valerie Wilson who is the Museum’s Textile Curator, she will talk about the museum’s quilt collection and show us some of the quilts.Sunday’s workshop is Mad March Hare with Paula Ellis. I am not sure if there are any places left but if you are interested you could give her a ring. Her number is on the back of your membership card.
Hands Across the Border [Click for more information.]Quilts are to be handed in on Saturday. Please make sure that your quilt has a hanging sleeve and pole with eyelets. Mary McCormick will be taking them in and has asked me to remind you to have your form fully completed and you name, address, telephone no and NIPG on your carrying bag.Alex will be there with Blue Bird Fabrics. She has asked me to let you know that all Fat Quarters are £2, Remnants £3 and yardage will be 1/2 price.
Anne James is still looking for articles for the magazine.Are you interested in dressmaking; Several of us go to a class in Orangefield Presbyterian church – it’s not that we can’t sew but we need help with fitting. The teacher Pat Hughes is hoping to start a new class on a Wednesday night from September and if you are interested please speak to me on Saturday. I will give you her telephone no. so that you can find out more.Looking forward to seeing you all.
But, but, but girls we really do want to know about the projects you started, finished, or moved on to another level.
Hints have come our way, looks and sounds as if you were all industrious, with reports of great fun too.
Well, we understand that we’ll probably never hear about what you got up to outside of working hard on quilts and bags and other projects. That doesn’t stop us really, really, really wanting to get some photos of your achievements, however small or large.
A huge thank you to Adrienne for organising this great outing this year and every year.
Wondering about Glenada – set in Newcastle, County Down at the foothills of the Mournes. A great retreat and conference centre.
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!
Turning Japanese with Yvonne McAtamney of Village Fabrics
The design shown here is called
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″
- 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