Saturday, 24 December 2016

2017 Annual Quilt Retreat

The booklet with details is now available, you will have received it by post if you are a current member, but you can download it here. Non--members may attend, you will have to pay an administration charge as part of your fee.

Hope to see you in March!

Tutors this year include

Dörte Bach, Janet Clare, Robyn Fahy and Cathy Lyttle.

Dates: 24 to 27 March, 2017

Book your space with a €50 /£45 deposit,  balance of payment due by 20 January 2017. We must confirm and pay for accomodation with the Hotel on 16 February 2017, accomodation cannot be held after this date without full payment.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

2017 Quilt Retreat: Save the Date

Details for next year's Annual Quilt Retreat are nearly confirmed! We have four tutors booked, just awaiting confirmation of which workshop will be offered on which day.

Venue: The Glen Royal Hotel, Maynooth.
This hotel is located on the outskirts of Maynooth, just off the M4 with easy access from Dublin. Workrooms are bright and spacious and there is a pool!! Bring your swimsuits ladies!!!
More details of the hotel at their website.

Dates: Friday 24 - Monday 27 March, 2017
A two-day master class will run on Sunday and Monday, with a wide choice of one-day workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The basic weekend package will include two nights accommodation and a one-day workshop, additional nights and workshops can be added. Prices are being finalised, but with the support of the Craft Council of Ireland's grant we hope to keep them low.

Who: tutors include Cathy Little, Dorte Bach, Janet Clare and Robyn Fahy - more details of the workshops to follow.

Reminder: The Retreat is open to members of the QGI only, our annual membership renewal date is October 1. Look for your retreat package online and by post in the very near future.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Blues Exhibition

The Blues Exhibition is now open at Bishopstown Library, Cork

WHAT: An Exhibition of Textile Art and Quilts
WHO: Moya Geraghty, Ailbhe O'Callaghan, Kay O'Sullivan, Mary Palmer and Margret Walsh (Members of the Oddities Group)
WHEN: June 1 - 30, 2016
WHERE: Bishopstown Library (see location here)

Friday, 5 February 2016

2016 Retreat Update

A quick update on Retreat 2016 (March 11 - 13, 2016)

A NEW workshop has been added on Saturday.

What: Pieced Skinny Lines
Explore a versatile piecing technique with narrow lines.
Who: Ailbhe O Callaghan
Ailbhe is an experienced and prize winning quilter who has tutored at previous QGI retreats.
Pictures: 80 by 85 cm

There are still a few places left in some workshops, please contact our Retreat Co-ordinator Moya directly if you would still like to attend.
She can be reached at patchworkplus "@"

Sunday, 10 January 2016

QGI Weekend Retreat 2016

Conference information was mailed in December 2015 to paid up members. 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 each day's workshops can be downloaded at the links below.  Application forms with prices for different packages can be downloaded here.
When: 11 to 13 March 2016
Where: Clayton's Airport Hotel, Stockhole Lane, Dublin (formerly Bewley's Airport Hotel)
Who: We have three renowned teachers: Philippa Naylor, Joosje Drapers and Mary McIntosh. Teacher profiles are here.

As usual we have endeavoured to offer a diverse set of classes to keep our traditional and contemporary quilters happy. We are offering classes to perfect your techniques with workshops from Internationally renowned teacher Philippa Naylor on how to finish your quilts with style and
how to get the best from your machine applique. Philippa will also do a beautiful project class on curved piecing.

If you enjoy doing handwork Joosje is doing a fabulous sashiko block where you learn to draw it out yourself and then you are taught how to get the perfect stitch! If you like the idea of making a project in a day Joosje is also doing a really beautiful miniature quilt on the Friday and doing a mystery jelly quilt on the Sunday.

For our contemporary quilters or for those who would like to try something completely new we have two very different workshops with Mary McIntosh. You will be creating a piece that is full of texture using lots of different types of fabrics, dyes and soldering irons! Sounds like fun!

As usual we are asking you to please bring along finished projects from our last QGI retreat. We love to see the finished results and it is always good to have a deadline to work towards. We are going to offer prizes to the top three. Every participant at the weekend will get to cast a vote and
prizes will be awarded on the Saturday night.
We will also have our very popular Housekeepers Choice competition. This involves bringing a quilt that you love and leave it on your bed on the Saturday morning and the house keeping staff will choose their favourite three.

Programme for the Weekend
Registration and teas/coffee at 10.30am
choice of three workshops which run from 11.00am to 5.00pm
7.00pm for later registration
7.30pm AGM
8.30pm Talk with Mary McIntosh
Show and Tell

A choice of three workshops from 10.00am to 4.30pm
7.30pm Banquet Dinner
Followed by talk from Philippa Naylor
Announcement of winners of Housekeepers Choice and Challenge Quilts

Choice of two workshops (the Mystery Quilt is down as a workshop, but is free of charge - if you want to do the Mystery, sign up for it so we know numbers, but pay for package 2 or 4) or Free sewing 10.00am to ­4.30pm

The BASIC WEEKEND will include Friday and Saturday Night accommodation on a twinshare basis including breakfast, Saturday workshop with lunch, teas and coffees, Saturday Dinner with After Dinner talk with Philippa Naylor. (PACKAGE 1).

PACKAGE 2 ­ BASIC weekend with Sunday lunch, teas, coffees and space to sew on your own project/ Mystery Quilt

PACKAGE 3 ­ BASIC weekend with a second workshop on either Friday or Sunday. Lunch, teas and coffees on that day

PACKAGE 4 ­ BASIC weekend with Friday workshop and space to sew/ Mystery Quilt on Sunday. Lunch, teas and coffees on both days

PACKAGE 5 ­ BASIC weekend with workshops on Friday and Sunday. Lunch, teas and coffees included.

Workshops can be booked without accommodation and include lunch, teas and coffee.
Application forms with prices for different packages can be downloaded here.

Education Officer: Moya Geraghty