Sunday, 3rd, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th November 2019
Guest Tutor – Ruth Jarman (UK). Website – http://www.ruthjarmantuition.co.uk/
Workshop – “How To Use Your Sewing Machine / Mastering Your Sewing Machine”. Full Day Workshop 10am to 4pm will be repeated over 3 days to allow members to attend the workshop. The 1 day workshop will teach how to thread your machine correctly, how to set the tension correctly and when to adjust for a perfect stitch. Learn all about different needles, straight stitches, how to seam and neaten woven and stretch fabrics, blind and decorative hems, buttonholes, a basic introduction to embroidery, cleaning, oiling and lots of problem solving. More details and to book a place contact Moira Byrne (WPG Workshop Organiser) – firstname.lastname@example.org
19th October 2019
Roisin McManus of Quilt Yarn Stitch (QYS) in Tuam will be paying her first visit to WPG. She will be our speaker for the meeting and will also be bringing her shop. She will be providing a workshop for members – full details will be circulated when they are finalised. For more details and to book a place, contact Workshop Organiser, Moira Byrne – email@example.com
Raffle – there will be a raffle for our charity (Lakers) for the two sewing boxes donated by John O’Donnell for Sewing Machines Ireland (Waterford).
Renewal of Membership for the year will take place at the meeting. The membership fee will remain at €20 for the year. Membership Application Form – click here. Please download, complete and bring to the meeting.
27th – 29th September 2019
All quilts must have a hanging sleeve and be in a clearly marked cloth bag – no paper bags please! Entry Forms – click here for an entry form to submit your entries for the exhibition. Click here for Exhibition Flyer. We are looking for Volunteers for the exhibition – can you spare a few hours to help? If you can volunteer please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, 27th September – 12.00 noon to 5.00 p.m.
Saturday, 28th September – 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Sunday , 29th September – 12.00 noon to 5.00 p.m.
WPG Autumn Exhibition
27th, 28th & 29th September 2019
Our biennial Quilt Exhibition will be held in St. Matthew’s Church of Ireland Church, Newtownmountkennedy on 27th, 28th and 29th September 2019.
Friday, 27th September – 12.00 noon to 5.00 p.m.
Saturday, 28th September – 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Sunday, 29th September – 12.00 noon to 5.00 p.m.
The theme of the exhibition is “Harvest”. The Exhibition will showcase the work of our members from large quilts to small quilted items.
Members may submit quilts, or quilt/craft related items, at the meetings on 14th and 21st September 2019. All quilts must have a hanging sleeve. There will be a demonstration on how to make a hanging sleeve to attach to your quilt at the Sewing Day on 21st September 2019. Entry Forms – Click here for an Entry Form to submit your entries for the exhibition. Click here for Exhibition Flyer.
2019 Collaborative Quilt
Tiny House Block by the Missouri Star Quilt Company
Update about our collaborative quilt for 2019. The quilt has now been quilted and is ready to be raffled!
A big thank you to everyone who stayed behind for the Sit & Sew Afternoons to help put the Collaborative Quilt together!
Saturday, 21st September 2019
Members will also be able to submit their items for the WPG Biennial Quilt Exhibition which is being held in St. Matthew’s Church, Newtownmountkennedy, on 27th, 28th & 29th September 2019. The theme for the Exhibition is “Harvest” but all items welcome! Entry Forms – click here for an entry form to submit your entries for the exhibition.
All quilts for the exhibition must have a hanging sleeve and be in a clearly marked cloth bag -no paper bags please. Moira Byrne has kindly agreed to demonstrate how to make a hanging sleeve to attach it to your quilt.
Guest Shop – member Terri McNeill of Terri Studio Designs will be bringing her shop to the meeting.
Special Offers on some fabrics:
Batiks €13.00 per metre; All Fat Quarters €2.50 each or 5 for €10.00; Special prices on fabric bundles and kits. More information about Terri via her website – https://www.
17th August 2019
Christmas in August Sewing Day – as is traditional, a sewing morning 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, patchwork fabric and craft/quilt magazine Charity Swop Shop on the day – so bring along all that unused/unloved Christmas and other Fabrics 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 – email@example.com
There will also be a Sit & Sew Afternoon – so stay to work on your Christmas or other projects for the afternoon. And don’t forget to bring your lunch! Tea/Coffee an biscuits will be provided. The charge for the afternoon is €5.00.
20th July 2019
The speakers for the meeting are Lorna Lafferty and Moira Byrne on the topic of Printed Textiles. Wendy Huggins of Fabric Matters will be bringing her shop to the meeting.
20th/22nd July 2019 (two and a half days)
After a successful workshop with members in Summer 2018, Moira Byrne and Lorna Lafferty are back to do another workshop with WPG members. The workshop is for members to create hand dyed fabrics and print designs to the fabrics that you have dyed over 1.5 days. A number of techniques will be demonstrated and everyone will be given an opportunity to try out these during the workshop. The workshop is suitable for all levels.
Dates and times of Workshop
Saturday, 20th July 2019 – 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Sunday, 21st July 2019 – 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Monday, 22nd July 2019 – 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Note: It is not necessary to attend on all days. Monday, 22nd July is an optional extra.
Venue: Newtownmountkennedy Community Centre
For further information as to materials, costs, etc., contact Moira Byrne, Workshop Organiser, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tinahely Show If you are entering a quilt for the 2019 Tinahely Show, Tomomi McElwee will be at the meeting on 20th July and will collect entries. She will also have entry forms available on the day. Please ensure that your quilt has a hanging sleeve. For more details check the Facebook Page –https://www.facebook.com/tinahelyquiltmarquee/ You can also log your entry online – https://tinahelyshow.ie/agricultural-show/enter-online/
Details about the show can be seen on their website by clicking here
There will be a Sit & Sew Afternoon on the day for personal projects and/or to help complete the collaborative quilt which will be raffled at our Exhibition in September in aid of Lakers.
The blocks are now ready to be put together, however, we are still 36 blocks short so it would be much appreciated if more blocks can be brought to the meeting!
15th June 2019
We look forward to welcoming back Mary Palmer. She will be our speaker for the June meeting and will also be doing a day and a half workshop. The theme of the workshop is a Kaleidoscope Quilt with another easier alternative using a jelly roll – called Stella.
Note: There are still some places available on the workshop. For full details, click here. If you are interested in attending her workshop, please contact Workshop Organiser, Moira Byrne at email@example.com http://www.marimudesigns.com/
There will be a Charity Swop Shop for Lakers, so have a look at your unwanted books, fabrics and other sewing items and bring them to the meeting. Your rejects may be someone else’s treasures!
NOTE: the scissor sharpening van will be at the meeting. So bring your scissors, pinking shears, knives etc. clearly labelled and in a bag. The cost depends on the items to be sharpened.
ALSO– don’t forget to bring your Tiny House blocks for our Collaborative Quilt – we are 50 short!
18th May 2019
John O’Donnell will also be doing his annual sewing machine service/repairs at the meeting. If you are interested in having your machine serviced please contact Emma Hogsett at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking.
NOTE: Unfortunately, due to a family bereavement, the scissor sharpening van will not be at the meeting as planned. However, it will be at the June meeting instead when you can bring your scissors, pinking shears, knives etc. clearly labelled and in a bag. The cost depends on the items to be sharpened.
There will be a Sit & Sew Afternoon on the day for personal projects and/or to work on the collaborative quilt.
13th April 2019
NOTE: the April meeting is being held on the 2nd Saturday of the month due to the Easter Holiday.
The speaker for the meeting is Mel Bradley of Mel Bradley Silks. Take a look at her website to see her beautiful work. We look forward to welcoming her.
Lynn Naughten of Seams Sew Simple will be bringing her shop to the meeting. There will be no workshop in April.
Collaborative Quilt – Don’t forget to bring your Tiny House blocks for our Collaborative Quilt!
9th March 2019
NOTE: the March meeting is being held on the 2nd Saturday of the month due to St. Patrick’s Day.
We are really pleased that Anne O’Rafferty has agreed to be our speaker for the meeting. We will also have a Charity Swop Shop in aid of our new 2019 charity Lakers – so bring along all those unloved fabrics and other sewing items!
2019 Collaborative Quilt – Full details will be available at the meeting. The pattern for the Quilt, which will be raffled at our Summer Exhibition for our 2019 Charity, Lakers, is the Tiny House Block by the Missouri Star Quilt Company. For a PDF of the pattern click here. For the YouTube link click here
There will also be a Sit & Sew Afternoon – use the opportunity to finish those UFO’s! If you are attending, don’t forget to bring your lunch.
16th February 2019
AGM – our AGM will be held immediately prior to the monthly meeting at 10.30 a.m.
Following the AGM, we are delighted that Moya Geraghty of Patchwork Plus will be returning to WPG for our February meeting. Moya has very kindly agreed to be our Speaker for the meeting. She will also be bringing her Shop and will be doing a day and a half workshop.
The theme of the workshop is “Circles in a Square”. Bookings can be made by contacting our Workshop Organiser, Moira Byrne at email@example.com Limited places still available.
Check out Moya’s website – http://patchworkplus.ie/
19th January 2019
Shop – Knitting Dock Bray (between 5% and 10% discounts available).
Sit and Sew Afternoon – bring along all those unfinished projects and get sewing!
8th December 2018
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com ***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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: thefennelshed.ie
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com for further details. Gabi’s work can be seen at www.facebook.com/CRAFTabilitybyGabiMcGrath
We also look forward to welcoming Lynn Naughton of Seams Sew Simple who is bringing her shop to the meeting. seamsewsimple.ie
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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! celticfusionfabrics.com
9th December 2017
December meeting/Christmas Party. We hope you can join us for tea/coffee, mince pies and some fun!
We will have Kris Kindle on the day – please bring a small gift (max value €5). It can be sewing related or not, or perhaps something that you have made.
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 a prize for the best project voted for by the members!
18th/19th November 2017
Our speaker for the meeting is Olena Pugachoval from Ukraine, now living in Dublin. Olena has exhibited at CHQ, Limerick, RDS and Birmingham this year. http://lenapugacheva.blogspot.ie/
Stay behind after the meeting for the afternoon and help us make covers for our new book stands. Fabric will be provided for this collaborative effort!
On Sunday, 19th November a full day workshop will be conducted by our girl from Wicklow. Helen Dodd’s workshop will be based on the Clamshell design. She will show us how to make this design with a slight difference and will send us home with a panda cushion, or maybe you would like to do a different animal. Could be a Christmas or baby gift!
The workshop will run from 10:00 a.m.to 4.45 p.m.
If you are interested in attending the Workshop contact Geraldine at firstname.lastname@example.org
26th/27th August 2017
A Dyeing Workshop will be provided by Moira Byrne and Lorna Lafferty in Newtownmountkennedy Community Hall on Saturday, 26th August 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
If there is sufficient interest a further half day workshop will be held on Sunday morning, 27th August, on sewing or embellishing
the dyed fabric from the previous day.
The cost of attending both days is €40.00.
If you are interested in attending these workshops please contact Geraldine – email@example.com or sign on with at the next meeting.
30th September 2017 – “Sit and Sew”
Sewing day in the Community Hall in Newtownmountkennedy from 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Bring any project you are working on, stretch a quilt, enjoy a chat, etc.
As well as bringing your sewing equipment, extension leads, etc., don’t forget to bring your lunch as well! Tea/coffee/biscuits will be provided on the day.
If you are interested in attending contact Geraldine – firstname.lastname@example.org
16th September 2017
Our September workshop will be conducted by Sandra Montgomery of Sandy Quilts. Web: www.sandyquilts.co.uk/
The technique is reverse applique called “Circling the Square” which involves reverse applique with circles, satin stitch or other fancy stitches with machine and either straight line or free motion quilting.
Bookings are now being taken for the Workshop – email@example.com
21st October 2017
The Speaker for the meeting will be Emer Fahy. http://quiltanddesign.com/
Emer will also be providing a Workshop on “Colour for Quilters” on Saturday afternoon 21st October and all day Sunday 22nd October, 2017 using colour in quilts, the colour wheel, and value.
Saturday 21st (afternoon)
Mini-workshop – Exercises in colour wheel, value, scale and proportion. Design a cushion, based on the exercises and your fabric collection.
All-day workshop – Further exercises in the power of colour and value. Design and make a small quilt, using these exercises as an inspiration.
If you are interested in attending the Workshop contact Geraldine at firstname.lastname@example.org