Friday, 15 May 2009

European Quilting Day 20th June (EU-QUiP Day)

For the past few years there has been a Worldwide "Knit in Public Day" - day meant to encourage knitters to go out and knit in public.

Following on from this, the European Quilting Association (EQA) is trying to start a similar event for quilters:
The European-wide quilting in public day
This will take place on the 3rd Saturday in June - that's the 20th of June in 2009.

The 20th June is also the longest Saturday of the year - so there's plenty of daylight hours with which to quilt and sew in the open air (weather permitting of course!).

It's quite simple - all you need to do is to arrange to meet up with some other quilters in a public place and take something convenient to work on.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

May Meeting

May meant that it was time again for the annual AGM. Various reports were given by members of the committee i.e. treasurers, membership reports etc. Nomination were taken for new committee members - the positions they will take up will be announced at the June meeting. A presentation of flowers was made to Gwen Cottiss for her hard work as chairperson throughout the year.

The challenge for May was to make something using the A4-sized piece of the large-scale floral fabric that was given out to members a few months ago.
Tracey Waton made this bag using the challenge fabric.

Meg Kenny's samples made using the challenge fabric.

Anita Mahon used the fabric to make this needlework organiser - most of the challenge fabric was used on the outside of the organiser of which I didnt get a picture.

Claire Lynch was voted the winner with her pin-cushion organiser - photo to follow.
A number of items were brought in for Show & Tell:

Anne-Marie Nugent brought in her newborn baby son on the night.

A member of the Kerry Branch brought in this fabulous picnic blanket with matching bag which was made in a Nikki Foley workshop. The quilt was beautiful and was way too nice to use as a picnic blanket!

Alison Bingham brought in two very cute baby quilts that she recently finished. The 2nd quilt shown made for baby Cillian was the first log cabin quilt that Alison has made.

Wallhanging made using small nine-patch blocks made by Claire Lynch.
This quilt was made by Maria Hibbard.

This seaside themed quilt was made by Gillian Sheehan - made using the quilt-as-you-go method.

Theresa Riordan showed some table mats that she made. She also brought in an appliqued cushion that she made on a quilting holiday in Bordeaux.

Meg Kenny gave a talk on a number of her quilts and she brought two of them in for display. She also discussed how the quilts were made, the inspiration behind them and construction method. The 2nd quilt shown is based on the chakra's and has been commissioned for an office space in the USA.

As well as giving a talk, Meg also gave a demo on turning patchwork blocks into small bags.