Saturday, 15th August 2020 – “Car Park Exhibition”
11.00 a.m.- 1.00 p.m.
A Car Park Exhibition is being held for members to show the quilts and other items they have made during lockdown. It is being held from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. at the Community Centre in Newtownmountkennedy.
It is a great opportunity for members to meet again while observing Covid-19 guidelines. Both members and their cars will be socially distanced. Members are asked to wear face coverings/visors. A contact list will be taken of all those attending.
Quilts can be displayed on cars, clothes horses, folding chairs, step ladders etc.
Picnic – It is suggested that you bring a picnic lunch with you so that members can have a socially distant lunch/chat after the exhibition!
Raffle – a quilt made by member, Jennifer Cribben, will be raffled in aid of our 2020 charity, Wicklow Dementia Support- https://wicklowdementiasupport.org/ Tickets are €5.00 each.
Collaborative Quilt – a box will be available for members to bring the flower/pinwheel blocks they have made for our 2020 Collaborative Quilt. Also, if you have any “orphan blocks” you no longer want, please bring some with you as one of our members would like to make a quilt with them for charity.
Looking forward to seeing you at the Car Park Exhibition!
Saturday, 8th August 2020 – “Zoom” Meeting
11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Following the very successful “Zoom” meeting held on Saturday, 18th July 2020 the Committee has decided to hold another meeting via “Zoom” on Saturday, 8th August 2020 starting at 11.00 a.m. The meeting is being held to update/inform members on the proposed Car Park Exhibition on Saturday, 15th August 2020 at the Community Centre in Newtownmountkennedy.
An email will be issued to members with details about the meeting including login details.
The Committee would also like to send a special word of thanks to all those who attended our first “Zoom” meeting on 18th July 2020 and for making it such a success.
Saturday 18th July 2020 – “Zoom” Meeting!
10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
While the WPG Committee has been meeting regularly online to maintain the good work of WPG it realises that we may be unable to meet up with all members until the autumn time or when it is safe to do so.
The Committee are proposing to hold a Pilot WPG Members Meeting online via “Zoom” application – https://zoom.us on Saturday, 18th July 2020 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. for what would be our July meeting.
The agenda for the WPG Online Meeting is: (a) Welcome; (b) Provide WPG Information/Updates and (c) Show and Tell.
The login details for the “Zoom” Meeting will be sent to members via email before the meeting.
We know that some members will already have a “Zoom” account, but for those who don’t, below is information on how to download the “Zoom” application to your smartphone, iPad, laptop or computer.
What you will need for the WPG Pilot “Zoom” Meeting
* Access to a laptop or device e.g. iPad or Smartphone with microphone/speakers. Make sure your device is fully charged and you have access to Wi-Fi.
* Download Zoom in advance (we can help you with this). https://zoom.us/
* How to use Zoom – https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials?_ga=2.204401296.1046380018.1589878784-1102756507.1587129604
* A quiet space to use for the meeting.
We want to give you as much notice as possible to allow you to familiarise yourself with “Zoom”. We know not everyone may be able to use or avail of it. This will be a pilot meeting to see how it will work for WPG members.
The Committee appreciate everyone’s support and co-operation and look forward to hearing/seeing from you soon!
Looking forward to seeing you at our pilot “Zoom” meeting!
Sensory Items – Fiddle/Fidget Items
As we continue to follow the Covid-19 guidelines and therefore are unable to hold our monthly meetings for the moment, the Committee is suggesting that members, or their family members/friends, may be interested in making sensory blankets/cushions – Fiddle/Fidget items. They are suitable for young children, those with disabilities or with dementia. Our 2020 Charity – Wicklow Dementia Support – https://wicklowdementiasupport.org/
Attached are some photos of a fidget/fiddle cushion that one of our WPG Committee members made in autumn 2018 for a charity group for the Irish Patchwork Society (IPS) Eastern Branch. The branch asks members regularly to make these items for local dementia care homes.
Below are some links to websites and information that you might find useful: (we could not find any Irish information):
Instructions – here is a link with instructions for making a Fidget/Fiddle Item – hopefully you will find it useful and it helps to get you on your way!
Please share with us any photos that you take of the Fidget or Fiddle items you make by emailing them to email@example.com
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 we are unable to collect any items for the Charity. However, we thought it might be nice to keep the Wicklow Dementia Support Group in mind!
Happy Sewing/Quilting/Crafting and Keep Safe!
Due to the on-going Covid-19 measures, it looks very unlikely that we will be able to hold our monthly meetings again before the Autumn. When we do meet again we will be required to exercise social distancing. We will keep you notified of any changes as they occur and also bring you up to date with any WPG News.
In the meantime, while we are all staying at home, why not continue to send us photographs of all the projects you are working on so they can be shared online in our Quarantine Quilts Virtual Show & Tell – firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay safe and well!
“Quarantine Quilts” – Virtual Show & Tell
In the meantime, please stay safe and well. Enjoy sewing and hopefully we will have a wonderful Show & Tell when this dreadful virus is finally behind us.
Cancelled Workshops – It is hoped that the Emmaline Retreat Bag workshops will be rescheduled at a future date.
We will keep you updated on developments and any other news relating to Wicklow Patchwork Group
The Quilting and Knitting Fayre due to be held in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast from 26th – 28th March 2020 has been rescheduled to 25th-27th March 2021. Website: https://www.quiltfayre.com/
In line with the restrictions and measures announced by Government to limit the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) the April meeting and workshop will not now take place.
Saturday 21st March 2020 – Cancelled
Workshop – Postponed
Anyone who was due to attend the workshop will be advised by the Workshop Organisers regarding the revised date. The original Workshop information is below:
“There will be an afternoon workshop with Emma Hogsett and Moira Byrne. They will be making a “Emmaline Retreat Bag” – website: https://emmalinebags.com/products/the-retreat-bag-pdf. If you are interested in attending the workshop and for further details please contact Workshop Organiser, Moira Byrne – email@example.com
As the March workshop is now fully subscribed, a second workshop is being held after the meeting on 18th April, 2020.”
Saturday, 28th March 2020 – WPG Outing – Postponed to September 2020
WPG Outing – WPG is organising an outing to the Quilting and knitting Fayre, Belfast for members. A coach will be leaving from Newtownmountkennedy Community Centre at 7.30 a.m. on 28th March 2020 with a pickup point at Whelehan’s Wine Bar in Loughlinstown. The coach will leave Belfast at approximately 4.30 p.m. on the day. There is a €20 deposit to secure your place! For those interested in attending, please contact Moira Byrne on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Quilting and Knitting Fayre due to be held in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast from 26th – 28th March 2020 has been postponed until 3rd – 5th September 2020. Website: https://www.quiltfayre.com/