Archive – 2018

8th December 2018

December meeting/Christmas Party.  We hope you can join us for tea/coffee, mince pies and lots of fun!

We will have Kris Kindle on the day – please bring a small gift (max value €5).  It can be sewing related or not, but preferably something that you have made yourself.

There will be lots of Christmas demonstrations on the day and also a Christmas Challenge for a Christmas themed project, however big or small, that you have made – there will be three prizes for the best projects voted for by the members!

There will also be a Charity Swop Shop in aid of our 2018 charity – Wicklow Hospice Foundation.

17th November 2018

The Speaker for the meeting is our member, Lois Davies.  The Shop will be provided by Terri McNeill.

Workshop – 17th/18th November (Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday): Alternative Stained Glass (no bias tape).  Two types of Kits are available for the workshop: colour kits only or full fabric kits (no backing or batting). Fusible web and freezer paper are also available.  Please make a decision on which kit when booking your place on the Workshop. Last booking for kits will be taken at the monthly meeting on 20th October.

For further information, including costs and booking, please contact Workshop Organiser, Moira Byrne,

20th October 2018
The speaker for the meeting will be member, Patricia Timmins, award winning smocking expert, who will speak to us about all things smocking.  Shop – we look forward to welcoming Wendy Huggins of Fabrics Matters who will be bringing her shop to the meeting.  There will be no workshop in October.

The Raffle for the sewing boxes and scissor set donated by John O’Donnell in aid of our charity, Wicklow Hospice Foundation, will be held during the meeting – there are three prizes.

There will be a Sit & Sew afternoon to complete the second Collaborative Quilt using the left over blocks from the first Collaborative Quilt which was raffled during the Signal Arts Centre Exhibition – we hope as many of you as possible can help!  The quilt will be raffled for charity at the November and December meetings

If you have not yet renewed your membership for the coming year, you can do so at the meeting. Membership Application Form – click here

15th September 2018

Membership Renewal Day (September 2018 – August 2019) – the membership for the coming year is €20.
Membership Application Form – click here

Evelyn Shannon will be the speaker at our September meeting and will talk to us about her work with wool.  Evelyn was due to speak at our July meeting but unfortunately was unable to attend.  We are also delighted to welcome Eilish Murphy of Sew Dublin who will be bringing her shop to the meeting.

Workshop: The Workshop will be provided by Sidella O’Brien – it is a day and a half workshop (afternoon Saturday 15th and all day Sunday 16th September) on Book Cover making.  You will learn the principles of how to make a book cover by making a printed fabric cover and end papers for a folder. Full details, including costs etc., are available from our Workshop Organiser, Moira Byrne –    ***Places still available***



18th August 2018 

Christmas in August Sewing Day – as is traditional, a sewing day will be held instead of the usual monthly meeting.  This year we are doing a Christmas themed sewing day.  There will also be a Christmas Fabric Charity Swop Shop on the day – so bring along all that unused Christmas Fabric in your stash!  There will also be demonstrations of Christmas themed items to give you plenty of ideas for making gifts and also decorating your home.  If you have Christmas items you would like to demonstrate, do let us know –


9th – 22nd July 2018

“Look What I Made” – Wicklow Patchwork Group’s Exhibition in the Signal Arts Centre,1 Albert Avenue Bray, Co. Wicklow is currently underway.  For full details about the exhibition, including opening times etc. click here

The Exhibition will be officially opened on Thursday, 12th July 2018 from 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. by Freelance Journalist and Writer, Valerie Cox.


21st July 2018

Evelyn Shannon will be the speaker at our July meeting and will talk to us about her work with wool.  She will also collect quilts for any members who wish to enter quilts into the Tinahely Show on August Bank Holiday Monday.


30th June/1st-3rd July 2018

A four day Dyeing Workshop is being provided by Moira Byrne and Lorna Lafferty in the Community Hall in Newtownmountkennedy.  For full details about the workshop click here.

Some place are still available.  If you cannot attend the full four days, you may attend for a shorter period.  Full details on this are available from Moira at


16th June 2018

The Speaker for the meeting is Cliodhna Quinlan – textile and dry point etching.
With her sister, Grainne, she is exhibiting her work in the Signal Arts Centre from 28th May to 10th June 2018.

There will be a Charity Swop Shop at the meeting in aid of the The Wicklow Hospice Foundation. There will also be a Sit & Sew Afternoon to give members an opportunity to work on their projects for our upcoming Exhibition in the Signal Arts Centre from 9th/22nd July 2018.

Wicklow Patchwork Group Exhibition

Theme: “Look What I Made”

9th – 22nd July 2018

The exhibition of the work by WPG members is currently being held in the Signal Arts Centre Bray from 9th to 22nd July 2018.

The Exhibition will be officially opened on Thursday, 12th July 2018 from 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. by Freelance Journalist and Writer, Valerie Cox. For further information about the Exhibition click here

The centrepiece at the Exhibition will be our Collaborative Quilt which will be raffled for our 2018 Charity, The Wicklow Hospice Foundation.

All welome!

19th/20th May

The Speaker for the meeting is Sidella O’Brien who will talk about painting, printing and embellishing fabric.  The shop will be provided by our neighbours, Appletree Crafts.  John O’Donnell will be at the meeting to service/repair sewing machines.  Unfortunately we are fully booked and have no more spaces for machines.  There will be a Sit & Sew Afternoon after the monthly meeting.  If you are staying, don’t forget to bring your lunch!

Sunday, 20th May – A full day workshop will be provided by Olena Pujachova.

The topic for the workshop will be Applique with Curved Piecing.

For further information contact Moira at 


14th April 2018 – Charity Collaborative Quilt Sewing Day 

A big thank you to everyone who joined us for the Sewing Day to put together our collaborative quilt on Saturday, 14th April 2018.  Thanks also to everyone who made blocks for the quilt. As you can see the top is almost completed – the border needs to be attached and it will be ready for quilting.  It will be on display at our monthly meeting in April.  The quilt will be the centre piece of our Exhibition in the Signal Arts Centre in July and will be raffled for our 2018 Charity – The Wicklow Hospice Foundation. 



21st/22nd April 2018

Gaye Grant of the Fennel Shed will be our Speaker for the meeting.  She will also be bringing her shop. Website:

Gaye will be doing a day and a half workshop based on Log Cabin with particular emphasis on her cutting method and also a Pickwick Quilt. Anyone interested in doing the workshop should contact   The cost for the day and a half is €40.00.

For anyone who has made drawstring bags, or has other supplies for students in Uganda, Helen Dodd will collect them from you at the meeting.



24th March 2018  ** Some places still available**
A full day workshop will be held on Saturday, 24th March 2018 on the popular “Panda” Clamshell quilt top or cushion cover, with member Helen Dodd.   The cost per participant is €25 + €5 for the clamshell template.  For further details contact Moira at   

Call Out For Sewing Supplies

The Honorary Consul for Uganda, Sylvia Gavigan, is assisting in setting up a school in her village in Uganda. A container is leaving Ireland after Easter and will be filled with all sorts of items, including bicycles as transport for the children.

There is a callout for sewing supplies. All sewing related items will be welcomed. WPG members are asked to assist by making some draw string sewing bags for the students. A fat quarter will make a good sized bag. It is suggested that the bag be lined to make it more robust. Basic sewing supplies, including fabric, would be great in the bag. Sewing machines would also be welcomed. Helen Dodd will be in the Community Hall in Newtownmountkennedy on Saturday 24th of March for a workshop and will collect the items then.

Thank you for your support.

10th March 2018

Our speaker for the meeting is Gabi McGrath who is a feltmaker and craft specialist.  She will also be doing a felting workshop in the afternoon when you will have a chance to learn how to make small items of felting like bowls, boxes, lamp holders etc. If you are interested in attending the workshop please contact Geraldine at for further details. Gabi’s work can be seen at

We also look forward to welcoming Lynn Naughton of Seams Sew Simple who is bringing her shop to the meeting.

St. Patrick’s Day Challenge – like the very successful Christmas Challenge, we are doing a St. Patrick’s Day Challenge.  So bring Paddy’s Day items that you have made (however big or small) and a winner will be voted by those present at the meeting!

A professional scissor/knife sharpener will be attending the meeting.  The sharpening of knives will cost between €2 and €3.  Scissors will cost between €4 and €6 depending on size. Please ensure that your scissors/knives are very clearly marked.


17th/18th February 2018
The AGM will be held immediately prior to the monthly meeting.  Our speaker for the regular monthly meeting is Sinead Byrne of Appletree Crafts.

There will be a Charity Swop Shop in aid of our new Charity at the meeting -The Wicklow Hospice.

Saturday Afternoon Session
We are having a “Sit & Sew” afternoon for anyone who has projects they would like to work on.  There will also be a “Welcome to Quilting and Patchwork” session in the afternoon for our new members and beginners.  If you are interested in attending please contact Geraldine –

Charity Collaborative Quilt  
We are doing a charity collaborative quilt again this year. Anyone interested in participating are asked to bring scrappy nine patch blocks using 2.5 inch squares to the February meeting.  Completed block size 6.5 inches.  No white or light grey in your blocks please as these colours will be used in the alternate blocks for the quilt.  A date for putting the quilt together will be advised shortly!

Workshop: Sunday, 18th February 2018 with WPG member, Terri McNeill, on Quilt-As-You-Go.   TerriStudioDesigns

Please note this workshop is now fully subscribed.  Further details from Geraldine at


20th January 2018
The speaker for our first meeting of the new year will be Gwen Murray of Celtic Fusion Fabrics, an online fabric shop based in Co. Wicklow.  She will also be bringing her shop to the meeting so hopefully you still have some cash available after Christmas to add to your fabric stash!

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