Wednesday, 9 August 2017

What goes on at No.55

Well as I only work part time I have got heaps of spare time. I have recently been on the embroidery team for the game of thrones tapestry which is voluntary through National Museums Ireland. I also volunteer for Mountstewart National Trust property. I guess it's all these other things that keep me sane as a nurse. However there is still free time for some coffee and craft.

I will make room for more craft shortly as most of the time has been spent with my new Patchwork class. Four ladies who could use a sewing machine but not  really familiar with quilt design and piecing. 

They have done an amazing job learning new blocks, hand embroidery, appliqué and so it goes on. I was so delighted when they agreed to doing a quilt for an orphanage through Alice Caroline

The quilt is ready to quilt and bind and we will have no difficulty meeting the timeline

Then there is precept Bible study. Our summer study will finish next week and we look forward to studying Jonah in September

Monday, 31 July 2017

Game of Thrones Tapestry

Many friends and colleagues have wondered what I had been doing for almost three weeks as so top secret. I was working with a team of 30 embroiderers on the Game of thrones tapestry. I can't blog as much as I may choose as not authorised but do please check out the link 

Even if you are not a game of thrones fan call in and see this piece of art in The Ulster Museum. The weaving is incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed embellishing it with embroidery.

Season seven is in process so if you call at the museum on a Saturday or Sunday you will get to see some of the team at work embroidering the most recent episode. My favourite piece to stitch so far was this dragon above.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

My patchwork Ladies

Having recently finished City&Guilds Level 2 in design and Patchwork with the school of stitched textiles I wanted to out all I had learned into practice. I had four willing volunteers to be my guinea pigs. I am delighted to say they have came on in leaps and bounds.

They were doing so well I suggested we make the Alice Caroline charity quilt.  This quilt is made from liberty fabric which is a delight to work with. I designed the quilt and gave each of the ladies a part to complete after I cut out the pieces.

I did the middle section.

We are now ready for the wadding and backing but the ladies are continuing to learn new blocks.
Most evenings they complete two new blocks
The crazy quilt caused a little concern for those who like things perfect.

And a fidget quilt Linda completed

Hands Across the border- Aurora part 7

We are almost there but I am sure already you can see the variation in quilts from hand dyed and hand printed to commercial prints. Not to mention the different sizes and various interpretations of "Aurora"

By Irene MacWilliam
By Therese Roche

By Ann Hardcastle
By Margaret McCrory
By Anna Campbell
By Valerie McKeown

By Margaret Mehaffey

By Suzanne pass

By Dearbhla O'Reillyby Kelly Fogarty

By Gillian Killick

By Paula Ellis

By Ann E Campbell