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Busy Bees In The North-west
Although there is no formal chapter in the northwest there are very active quilters! From Dungloe to Derry there are well over 200 women meeting together in small groups and doing spectacular work.
I started quilting in 2006 and opened Green Acres Quilt shop in 2009 – having no idea what I was undertaking, nor the tremendous satisfaction I would get! Having classes here 4 – 5 times a week, bees weekly, workshops, exhibitions, guild meetings, charity quilts – meeting the most wonderful people and seeing the most incredible quilts produced has kept me inspired!
Together we have made over 60 children’s quilts sent to Africa to an orphanage, a quilt for the wheelchair association, a quilt for brother Kevin in Dublin, and this summer had a ‘quilt pink’ day in June where over 60 women came together and made a basket block for a basket of hope quilt in memory of someone with cancer – either in honor of a survivor or in memory of a lost one. We made four quilts out of all those blocks that were raffled off – with the money going to the Letterkenny cancer center. One chance winner happened to be a survivor herself!! How special!
Bees are especially active with each group sharing their new finds and patterns with each other. Sometimes working on their own projects, othertime all doing the same – usually taught by one of the members! Our group, here at green acres we recently completed ‘the flower festival’ quilt, each choosing their own colors and creating completely different quilts.
Our guild is the sheephaven patchwork and quilters guild which has been in exsistence for the past 12 years. Meeting every month we do workshops, make charity quilts, learn new techniques, share patterns and generally have a delightful day with great crack. We try to plan a trip each year = a great one was to the cultra folk park in co. Down, where we had a private showing of their antique quilts! How special is that – and inspiring!! And we always travel to dublin to the kniting and stitching show – with a ltlle shopping and a lovely dinner to follow.
So keep tuned and if your ever in the falcarragh co. Donegal area stop in and visit green acres and join us or join us for one of our guild workshops. The coffee ,tea, goodies and crack are all readily available!
March 8th – Fabric dying – at green acres quilts with Stephanie green
April 2nd – Folded patchwork book (Jenny Rayment’s) at coi hall in dunfanaghy – with Harriet Duffin
April 5th – Fabric painted flowers with Henny aarts at green acres quilts
May 7th – New bag design with phyllis lyttle
May 17th – Fabric landschapes with henny aarts
June 4th – Hen wall hanging with margarey mcginley
July 5th – Saturday 5 hr workshop – sashiko with joosje drapers from holland at the c.O.I. Hall in dunfanaghy
That should keep us all busy for the next few months!