Saturday, 11th December 2021 – 11.00 a.m.
Christmas Zoom Meeting

The Christmas meeting will be held via Zoom on Saturday, 11th December 2021.

As is now traditional, there will be a Christmas Challenge again this year.  The Judge for this year’s Challenge will be Sarane Brennan, Quayside Quilting, Wicklow Town – https://www.quayside-quilting.com/    As usual, three prizes will be awarded!

You may enter Christmas craft items such as table runners/centre, wall hangings etc. with the following size limits: 15″ x 15″ square, 15″ x 25″ rectangle or 15″ diameter (circle). More than one entry may be submitted by members.

If you would like to enter the Challenge, please send photographs of your Christmas themed item(s) to webminder@wicklowpatchwork.ie   The deadline for receiving entries is Wednesday, 8th December 2021.

All entries will be uploaded to the Gallery section of the website.  To facilitate judging, entries will only be given a number and will be displayed without names.

We look forward to receiving a wide variety of entries for the Challenge.

2021 Speakers/Shops
All Speakers/Shops who joined us at our Zoom meetings throughout the year have been invited to join in our Christmas Meeting festivities. We look forward to meeting up with them again, albeit virtually!

So have your mince pies, mulled wine, tea/coffee etc. at the ready and enjoy the meeting!

Quayside Quilting – Offer for WPG Members


Sarane Brennan of Quayside Quilting based in Wicklow Town is offering very good discounts to WPG members and also has a No Sew Christmas Bauble Kit Offer.

Contact:
Quayside Quilting, Mall Mews, South Quay, Wicklow Town. Wicklow, A67 PW95
Telephone  – 089 441 3118 to book a quilting slot(s) or kits. Full details of the services being offered are available from Sarane . Please mention that you are a member to avail of the discounts.

Sarane is at Quayside Quilting everyday except Mondays. You may also contact her via the website www.quayside-quilting.com

 

 

Wednesday, 24th November 2021
Online Zoom Demonstration at 7.30 p.m.

This month’s Zoom Demonstration will be held on Wednesday, 24th November 2021 at 7.30 p.m.  The demonstration will be given by Mairead Hutchinson who will be showing us how to make Christmas Tree Napkins.

 

Saturday, 20th November 2021 – 11.00 a.m.
Monthly Zoom Meeting

The next monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on Saturday, 20th November 2021.   We are delighted to welcome Mary Palmer back as our guest speaker for the meeting.  Mary will be telling us all about her 2019 trip to Azerbaijan.  She will also show members how to resize quilt blocks.  Check out Mary’s website https://marimudesigns.com/

 

RAFFLE in Aid of Wicklow Dementia Support Group
Prize
: Quilt made by Members of Wicklow Patchwork Group

And the winner is…….

WPG Chair, Moira Byrne and Orla Flynn of Wicklow Dementia Support Group

The raffle for the Quilt made by WPG members in aid of Wicklow Dementia Support Group was held on 31st October 2021 at 4.00 p.m.  The winning ticket was picked by Orla Flynn of Wicklow Dementia Support Group.

And the winner of the Quilt is Joan Jones.  Congratulations Joan!

Thank you to everyone who purchased a raffle ticket and also helped to sell raffle tickets (WPG Members and Quilt/Fabric Shops).

The WPG Committee would also like to thank WPG Committee member Anne Fannin for all her work with organising ticket sales and collection of the raffle money.

 

                                 

This beautiful Tulip and PinWheel Quilt was made by WPG members to assist with the fund raising efforts of Wicklow Dementia Support who are currently our designated Charity.  Wicklow Dementia Support Group.

Members collaborated by making the blocks which were then assembled by member Gwen Gould. We would like to thank Gwen for all her work in putting the blocks together. A big thank you also to all our members who made the blocks. A special word of thanks also to Nikki Foley of The Sewing Shed who very kindly did the wonderful quilting for us.

To purchase raffle tickets contact Wicklow Patchwork Group by email –  admin@wicklowpatchwork.ie

 



 

Saturday, 13th November 2021 – 10.30 a.m.
Sit & Sew Zoom Morning

Our next Sit & Sew Morning will be held via Zoom on Saturday, 13th November  2021 at 10.30 a.m. (Zoom Session opens at 10.20 a.m.)    Why not join in and have a chat while you work on your current project or one of your UFOs which is calling out for attention!

 

Big Barn Art & Antiques Exhibition, Bridgetown, Co. Wexford
19th – 31st October 2021

The exhibition at Big Barn Art & Antiques features one of our own WPG Members/Committee Members – Josephine Whitmore:

“Big Barn Art and Antiques are delighted to announce that we have 2 festival exhibitions here at Big Barn Art & Antiques from 19th – 31st Oct 2021. Josephine Whitmore, international patchwork quilter & textile artist & Tracey Kehoe, emerging artist. Open everyday from 19th -31st Oct from 1pm – 5 pm. Eircode Y35 VH05. All Welcome”

Congratulations to Josephine from all at Wicklow Patchwork Group.

Address details: Big Barn Art & Antiques, Bridgetown, Co. Wexford Y35 VH05

 

 

Wednesday, 27th October 2021 – Zoom Demonstration
7.30 p.m.

Our next WPG Demonstration will be held on Wednesday, 27th October 2021 at 7.30 p.m. with Emma Hogsett.  Emma will demonstrate how to make a useful vinyl bag/pouch for all those bits and pieces etc.

Watch Emma’s demonstration here    Link to pattern –  https://sewcanshe.com/sew-vinyl-zipper-pouches-with-a-cute-dumpling-shape-free-tutorial/ 

 

Saturday, 9th October 2021 – 10.30 a.m.
Sit & Sew Zoom Morning

Our next Sit & Sew Morning will be held via Zoom on Saturday, 9th October 2021 at 10.30 a.m. (Zoom Session opens at 10.20 a.m.)    Why not join in and have a chat while you work on your current project or one of your UFOs which is calling out for attention!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday morning.

 

Saturday, 16th October 2021 – 11.00 a.m.
Monthly Zoon Meeting

             

Our next monthly meeting will be held via Zoom at 11.00 a.m. on Saturday, 16th October 2021.  The Crafty Fox from Drogheda will be our Guest Shop for the meeting.  They will also do an online demonstration.  We look forward to welcoming them to the meeting which will be their first visit to WPG.

 

 

Sewing Kits for Syrian Refugees in South Lebanon

Thank you to everyone who made Sewing Kits for Syrian Refugees in South Lebanon. Over 200 Kits were made and are now on their way to Syria.  The whole effort was organised by Committee Member, Joan Jones who has provided us with a video of the kits!  To view the video click here

We have a new challenge for members!

We are asking you to make a simple sewing/mending kit that will be sent to a school for Syrian refugees in South Lebanon to help their parents make life better with some simple sewing tools to do basic mending for their families.

 

Fr. William Stuart runs the school and he describes the school as follows:
“Our school in Tyre South Lebanon exists to provide basic education to the poorest of refugees from Syria. The majority of our pupils from age 7 are working on the streets. We provide the very basics in Arabic, English and Maths.

In addition we feed them, cloth them and provide food parcels to their families and financially intervene when eviction is threatened.

Without the support from Ireland we could only look on. With your support we make their lives tolerable.”

We would like you to make a simple small bag with a zip or drawstring closure that can hold some sewing essentials.  The dimensions should be about 7” or 8” –   rectangular or square – for the zippered bag and maybe a bit bigger for the drawstring version – 7” x 10” perhaps. Either way it could then contain a selection of basic sewing tools, for example a few spools of thread, needles, a selection of buttons of different sizes and colours, a small scissors, elastic, safety pins, Velcro or whatever you feel would be good or you have to spare.

Here are a couple of free online pattern websites:
https://www.sewcanshe.com/free-bag-patterns
https://missdaisypatterns.com/sewing-kit-projects-bag-patterns/

But of course there are lots more on the internet or in your books and magazines.  Whatever takes your fancy but remember to keep it small and relatively simple.

We will collect the Kits from you at our Car Park Meeting at the Community Hall in Newtownmountkennedy on the 18th September 2021.

If you have any queries contact a member of the committee.

 

Fabric/Craft Shops 

Shops our list of fabric/craft shops has been updated.   

 

 

Wednesday, 22nd September 2021 – Zoom Demonstration
7.30 p.m.

Our next WPG Demonstration will be held on Wednesday, 22nd September 2021 at 7.30 p.m.  The demonstration will be given by member Gwen Gould who will be showing us how to make an Iron Caddy Tote Bag.   Click here for the bag pattern.

Just join in the event, watch and learn, and ask any questions that occur to you.

 

 

Saturday, 18th September 2021 at 11.00 a.m.
Car Park  Meeting

The September monthly Meeting will be an outdoor Car Park Meeting held in Newtownmountkennedy Community Centre.  It will be wonderful for us all to meet again in person and display all the quilts and other items we have been working on since our last Car Park Meeting in August 2020.

The holding of the meeting will be in line with Government Covid-19 Guidelines.

Shop – Friends of Terri McNeill will be providing a shop of her fabric and all things patchwork at the meeting.  Please bring cash for your purchases.

Book of Condolences – A book of condolences will also be available for signing at the meeting to mark Terri’s involvement with WPG and all that she taught us in her workshops and classes.

Syrian Refugees in South Lebanon – don’t forget to bring your drawstring sewing bags for collection!

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

 

Saturday, 11th September 2021 – 10.30 a.m.
Sit & Sew Zoom Morning

Our next Sit & Sew Morning will be held via Zoom on Saturday, 11th September 2021 at 10.30 a.m. (Zoom Session opens at 10.20 a.m.)    Why not join in and have a chat while you work on your current project or one of your UFOs which is calling out for attention!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday morning.

 

Saturday, 21st August 2021 – Monthly Zoom Meeting
11.00 a.m. – Sit & Sew Session

As is traditional our August monthly meeting will be a Sit & Sew Session.  There will also be an update on upcoming events for the autumn, and Show & Tell.  Also included will be an online demonstration by Sarane Brennan of Quayside Quilting. Take the opportunity to show other members what you have been working on over the summer months!

 

Wednesday, 25th August 2021 – Zoom Demonstration
7.30 p.m.

Our next WPG Demonstration will be held on Wednesday, 25th August 2021 at 7.30 p.m.  The demonstration will be given by member Mairead Hutchinson.  She will be showing us how to make a Nappy Hanger which hangs from the ceiling.  It can hold nappies or indeed any other items you wish to place in it!  For instructions on how to make the Nappy Hanger click here

Just join in the event, watch and learn, and ask any questions that occur to you.

 

 

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):

https://www.thewi.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/189651/FIDGET-QUILT-for-website-And-members-who-request-via-email.pdf   
https://www.with-heart-and-hands.com/2015/08/making-fidget-quilts-for-alzheimers.html
https://www.crossroadshospice.com/hospice-palliative-care-blog/2019/january/31/using-fidget-blankets-for-alzheimer-s-or-dementia/

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!
http://wicklowpatchwork.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/WPG-Fidget-Instructions.pdf

Please share with us any photos that you take of the Fidget or Fiddle items you make by emailing them to webminder@wicklowpatchwork.ie

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!

 


 

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