Friday, 9 November 2012

Join us for our Annual Retreat 2013

 8th  to  12th March 2013

Bewleys Airport Hotel, Stockhole Lane . Dublin

The Quilters Guild of Ireland invite you to join us at our annual retreat and conference!

 If you are a current or past member of the Quilters Guild of Ireland you should hopefully have received a letter from us inviting you to attend our annual retreat in Dublin next March. If not, don't worry, you can find details by clicking on our dedicated retreat webpage here.

This year we are delighted to tell you the Crafts Council of Ireland are supporting our retreat with a generous grant. This is wonderful news for us and means we can offer classes and workshops at a much reduced cost.  Robyn, our retreat coordinator, has put together a magnificant weekend package for us at an amazing price so we do hope you will join us. 

Our teachers this year are :

Marsha McCloskey
Jenni Rayment
Alicia Merret
Tracey Pereira

Click on our dedicated retreat webpage for more details of these teachers.

Not a past or current member?  No worries can apply for places too. 
Click on our webpage here for more details.

Not sure what classes to pick?  Click here for more details

Can't find your application form?  Click here to download

All classes are booked on a first come first serve basis so be sure to send your application form in asap!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Cork Textiles presents Mary Palmer

The QGI wishes member Mary Palmer well with her exhibition of work at Bishopstown Library.

We also congratulate Mary as the 2012 RDS winner of the 
William Smith O'Brien Perpetual Challenge Cup 2012. 

Mary is a very talented textiles artist so please go and visit the exhibiton and show her your support.

Good Luck Mary with the show.

Exhibition runs Wednesday 10th - Saturday 27th October 
Opening Hours : Monday-Saturday 10.00am - 5.30pm / Thursday 10.00am - 8.00pm

Sunday, 23 September 2012

The QGI Northern Lights Diary Dates

QGI  Northern Lights
Detail of Strippy Quilt by Doreen Moffat

The QGI Northern Lights group meets at Bleary Farmers` Hall, Upper Ballydougan Road, off the B3 between Lurgan and Gilford. Map and directions below.

We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7.00 - 9.30 p.m. from September to May, excluding December and January. We organise all-day Saturday workshops, usually one in autumn and one in spring and have `Sewing Saturdays`, where members bring their own projects to get on with, in January and then usually a week or so after the QGI Conference so we can go on with what we started there. The February meeting is a `Come & Try` night when 5 or 6 members demonstrate a technique or hold quick mini workshops. 3rd Tuesdays might shift if Easter or other holiday gets in the way.

In November 2011 we had our 10th Anniversary Supper and were delighted to welcome Frances Sawaya and her husband to our festivities. Frances has written an article about us which has appeared in the June 2012 edition of  Gaye Grant`s Irish Quilt & Craft magazine.

Programme, September 2012 - May 2013

September, Tuesday 18th: 
   Pauline Russell talks about her quilts and other craft creations.

October, Tuesday 16th: 
   Quilts for Linus: make Disappearing 9-Patch blocks with Sheila Tinsley

November, Saturday 10th - all day: 
   Circles Wallhanging workshop with Clare Loughrey

November, Tuesday 20th:
   Valerie Wilson from the Folk Museum talks about antique quilts

January 19th: Sewing Saturday:
   Sew your Linus quilts or your own projects.

February, Tuesday 19th: 
   Come & Try, Again! Demos, ideas, mini-mini workshops.

March, Tuesday 19th: 
   Betty Fiddes talks about Linus and receives our quilts

March 23rd: Sewing Saturday: 
   Another day to sew your own projects.

April, Tuesday 16th: 
   Karen Strachan from Fiddlesticks Fabrics: mini-(hand)workshop + kit.

April, Saturday 27th - all day: 
   Easy-cut Log Cabin Workshop with Gaye Grant.

May, Tuesday 21st:
   Visit to Lynda Jackson`s Cotton Shed - tea, chat, demo, shopping.

Meet at Bleary Farmers`Hall, Upper Ballydougan Road, near Gilford
Tuesdays 7.00 for 7.30 p.m., Saturdays 10.00 a.m.

Jane Winters: 028 9269 3225

Doreen Moffett: 028 3883 1470
Barbara Annett: 028 4372 4152

QGI Membership Secretary: 
Monica Bodmer: 028 4483 0700

QGI Conference 8th, 9th & 10th March 2013 in Dublin, see

Contacts: Jane Winters: 028 9269 3225   Email:

Directions: (from Belfast direction)   Come off A1 at first turn-off into Banbridge.
At first major set of lights, (big church on corner diagonally opposite), turn right up the Lurgan Road, on out through Seapatrick and Laurencetown and follow the signs to Gilford.
Now you are onto my map! It is about 2 miles from Gilford to the Upper Ballydougan Road. 
or –
From Lurgan  take the road towards Banbridge (A26) and at the first roundabout follow the sign for Gilford (B3). If coming from the M1, come in through the town centre and keep going until you see sign for Banbridge.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

The Gazette Summer 2012

Bert by Ann Sheehan

Our new look Gazette launches today and we are pleased as punch with it!

 In this issue we have news of our Annual Retreat and Conference returning to Dublin in April 2013. Laura gives us more of her web wanderings and 'we get to know' our chair Ann Sheehan in a new series of light hearted interviews.

Kieran's Quilt by Ann Sheehan
Green HST's by Ann Sheehan

Ann is doing a sterling job as the current chair, has a very busy family life and still manages to produce some delightful quilts and projects.

Anthonys Quilt by Ann Sheehan
 Ann works in a variety of styles and likes to try many techniques. Her comical look at the traditional Aussie BBQ is just lovely. Now if only we had the weather to do the northern hemisphere at the moment! 

 Do open the newsletter and have a look at our new format then drop a comment below to let us know what you think.

Our next issue will be Autumn 2012 and as ever we are looking for content so please do let the editor know if you have a story or pictures you would like to contribute. 
We'd love to hear from you!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Welcome to our new Blog

Our new blog is currently under construction.
In the meantime please take a look at some of the wonderful work from our members!