Sunday, 22 December 2013

QGI Annual Conference and Retreat 2014

Look out for the Conference information coming through your letter box. If you haven't received your copy please contact us at ASAP and we can send you on another copy. Which workshop(s) are you planning on doing? Details of all workshops can be seen here (6.9Mb word file) and on this blog. Application forms can be downloaded here (1.8Mb word file).
When: 21st to 25th March 2014
Where: Bewleys Airport Hotel, Stockhole Lane, Dublin
Who:  We have four fabulous and diverse teachers in Sheena Norquay, Gill Turley, Mary Palmer and Pauline Openeer.  There is something for all abilities and interests. We have made every effort to keep the costs down and make it as accessible to as many people as possible. Our Friday class will start at 11.00am allowing people to travel that morning and saving them an extra nights accommodation.

For Conference 2014, the BASIC weekend package will include Friday and Saturday Nights Accommodation on a twin share basis including breakfast. Saturday Workshop with lunch and teas, Saturday Dinner with after dinner talk by Sheena J.  Norquay.  Sunday morning “Show and tell” and morning tea.  Optional are the Sunday afternoon Mystery Quilt with Frances McCarthy with Free Sewing space available for those who just want to sew their own projects.

Sunday Lunch is NOT included.  We have removed this, as we are aware that some members not staying on would like to leave to travel home as soon as possible.  Lunch will be available at your own cost.

If you purchase the Basic weekend package, we are offering the Friday  class and the Monday/Tuesday class at a reduced rate. 

Single room supplement is also available, along with extra nights accommodation if required.

Parking will cost €8 per day, so I would suggest travelling with a friend to share this cost. Note that if you are leaving your car in the carpark for the weekend, you can pre-book and save some money.

Sunday morning will be the Annual General Meeting.  This meeting will take place at 10.00am just before Show and Tell. Please note that this meeting is important, and we will forward an AGM notification with Motions the Committee propose to put to the meeting.

The Conference/Retreat is to be held at Bewleys Hotel, the same venue we used for Retreat 2013.  Looking at the figures that attended the retreat over the years we noticed the numbers were up when the venue was equally accessible to our Northern and Southern attendees. All major roads and public transport lead to Dublin and there is the added advantage of being next to the airport. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Conference 2014. Please remember that each class has a limited capacity and that it is on a first come basis.

Conference 2014 Workshop: Pauline Openeer

Pauline Openeer is a Patchworker, Quilter and teacher who founded Irish Country Quilting in 2001.

Pauline is from Holland but is now living in Donegal. In recent years Pauline has been designing and making quilts from tweeds and wools which are readily available in Donegal. Pauline has exhibited these quilts both nationally and internationally.

Saturday March 22. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm FRUIT FOR THE BIRD.

Size: approx. 40cm x 100cm / 16” x 40”. A delightful runner or wall-hanging with tweed applique.
At this workshop we will follow all the steps for a raw edge applique project, but now with tweed. Wool is a lovely medium for both quilts and craft projects. You will love it. All levels.

Conference 2014 Workshop: Mary Palmer

Mary Palmer: Teacher, Patchworker and Quilter
Mary is a founder member of the QGI, and is living in Cork. Mary, a native of America, is well known for both traditional and contemporary quilts and for her love of colour and texture. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally.

Friday 21st March 11.00am to 5.00pm

Snail's Trail.
Learn how to put together and cut for this complex looking block. I will show you how to cut from fat quarters and how to piece it on foundation or without foundation. You can make a wall hanging on the day or opt to work towards something larger.
Kit available.


Saturday 22nd March 10.00am to 4.00pm 
Mariners Compass

Learn how to make this impressive looking 32 point split compass. We will cover color selections, paper piecing, and curved piecing (setting your compass into the background fabric). We'll also look at ways to use this fabulous centerpiece, either as part of a large project or something smaller.

You should finish a quarter of the compass during the day, and the remaining three quarters will go together very quickly.

Kit available.

Conference 2014 Workshop: Gill Turley

Gill Turley: Patchworker, Quilter, Teacher and Writer.

Gill lives in the UK and shares her time between her home in Surrey and in the Charente-Maritime, France. Gill has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is best known for her country quilts. She has a great passion for simple quilts from the past.

Friday 11.00 am to 5.00pm
Take Ten Shirts

At this class students will be shown how to work with shirting/dress materials, plains, stripes and checks. You may like to work on just one project or you can try a variety of techniques to see what can be created from these everyday fabrics.


Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm 
A Thousand Pyramids Design using equilateral triangles

Working with these triangles can sometimes be difficult. At this workshop you will be shown some quick and easy ways to cut and piece the triangles resulting in a streamlined look with perfectly matched points.

You will make a wall-hanging or small quilt measuring 94cm x 96cm (36.5"x 37.5") 

Conference 2014 Workshop: Sheena J. Norquay

Sheena J. Norquay: Teacher and Quilter

Sheena J Norquay was born in the Orkney Islands and has been exhibiting locally, nationally and internationally since 1981. Sheena uses quilted lines to create graceful movement, sculptural shapes and decorative patterns. Some of her work combines printing and stenciling or piecing and applique with free machine quilting.

Friday Workshop 11.00 to 5.00pm
Hand Quilted, Ridged Winter Landscape  

Create a small A5 or A4 winter landscape using running, whipped and single/double whipped/laced running stitches. You will be shown how to draw contour and radiating lines on the pattern provided and how to use the stitches to create ridges and outlines on your landscape. The border can be quilted using a basketweave pattern or you can add a patterned fabric. For the sky and loch you can use transparent fabric.

Saturday Workshop 10.00 to 4.00pm 
Fantasy Birds, Printing and Free Motion Quilting

From a menu of drawing of heads, bodies, tails and feet, students will create their own fantasy bird outline which will then be transferred onto a fabric ready for printing using fabric paints and a variety of objects such as tops of pens, rubbers in propelling pencils, wooden dowelling, nails, screws, old credit cards, thin bits of wood etc. Printed borders in the same piece of fabric are optional. Students may prefer to piece strips of plain or patterned fabric which can be printed or left as they are. Suggested size minimum 14", Maximum 18"

After drying the paint the printed shapes are outlined with free machine quilting onto a piece of wadding which is then trimmed before the top is tacked to another piece of wadding and backing. The bird shape can be then outlined and the background and borders quilted. Beads and sequins can be added for a 'bling' bird but this would be done at home.  

Monday and Tuesday Workshop 10.00 to 4.00 pm
Going Around in Circles Two Day Workshop. All Levels.

Students will create a long skinny or square wall hanging with several sizes of appliqued and quilted circles and rings in a variety of symmetrical or asymmetrical compositions within 6" blocks. Hand and Machine techniques may be used and will include:
  • Stitching machine appliqued circles with and without fusible materials
  • Using templates and needle turn applique to create smooth edges on single and multilayered circles or rings
  • Using a variety of quilted lines to decorate the circles with hand embroidery and free machine trapunto
  • Using a variety of hand and free machine quilted lines and marks to decorate the backgrounds of the blocks