Monday, 27 April 2015

Our First Exhibition

Mark your diaries and spread the word!  Our first exhibition is being held by St. Patrick's Hospital, Dublin from the 25th May to the 26th June. 

St Patrick's Hospital is a 5 minute walk from Heuston Station.   It is situated on Steeven’s Lane, between Heuston Station and St. James’s Hospital, with bus and Luas services all within a 5-10 minute walk.  There is limited paid parking also available for visitors travelling by car.

The official launch is being held on the 4th June @ 4pm to coincide with National Quilting week.  Hope to see you all there!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Finishing a Hoop!

I’ve always liked embroidery but it never occurred to me to make a wall hanging in a hoop with patchwork fabrics.  When I saw Fiona’s inspiration links for our exhibition in Dublin here on Pinterest, I was immediately taken by the hedgehog and bicycles and thought I had to try this.  I decided to give a patchwork balloon a go and have something to use for a tutorial to show how to finish the back of the hoop. 
Balloon design based on a Machine embroidery pattern from Embroidery

When you have your art work completed remove it from the hoop and place the back of the hoop down on some fabric or felt that you want to use as backing.  Felt is great as it does not require turning an edge under.  I used some fabric I had on hand for my backing as I didn’t have a piece of felt big enough for my hoop.

Draw a circle around the inside of the hoop and if using cotton cut about 0.5” outside this line.  If using felt cut your circle on the line.

Press the edge under and label your work.  I wrote directly onto the back with a permanent fabric pen.  Put this backing aside while we prepare the top.

Remove any markings (pencil/water soluble pen) and press your top flat.  Place in the hoop and tighten the top screw.  Make sure you have eased out all puckers at the edges until your piece is lying flat.


Trim the fabric around the hoop to about 1” to 1.5” all around.  Take a needle and thread, secure your starting point with a knot or double stitches and sew some tacking stitches all along the circumference. 

When you get all the way around the hoop pull the thread tightly and secure.  It will pull all the excess fabric to the back and leave a clean circular shape at the front.

Place your backing fabric over the back and glue or stitch in place.  Stitching will allow you to remove it later if you wish to make a change or re-use your hoop.  A glue gun is much quicker though!

Slip stitch the backing in place all along the edge and you are done!

I won't lie to you, this was a bit fiddly and I could have done a better job!  If you want to hang up your hoop or hide the top screw just add some ribbon!  These are really fun quick projects and I hope you might give it a go too.  Just the thing to brighten up your sewing space! 

If any member wants to enter a hoop (an inspirational word!) into our exhibition please drops us a line and we will send out the entry forms.  Deadline for items to be in Dublin by May 8th so there is still time!


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Bee Blessed update!

Four years ago, Sarah and Judith got together and created Bee Blessed with the intention of bringing like minded people together, to make blocks & donation quilts. Bee Blessed is wrapping up in June and we would like to send a big thank you to them both for allowing us to be a part of this effort.

If you have any blocks made or would like to make, can you please send these to Judith and Sarah as soon as you can? The Bee Blessed group will be finishing the final quilts over the next few months with the last quilts being completed in June.

Thank you ladies for all your beautiful work and sharing your blocks every month with us.


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Modern Irish Bee 2015 - April Block

Hello fellow bees. I am delighted and excited to be a bee. I have been thinking about my block since January and I have had one in mind since then. And then changed my mind a dozen times. Anyhow I have decided on this block.
I saw one similar on Pinterest made with a background of low volume squares and really bright triangles which works amazingly. However I am a nosey bee and want to see all your pretty bright or not so bright fabrics.
I have teamed each square with a cream / off white triangle.
When all the blocks come together there are various patterns that can be formed. Squares as above or one directional lines as below.
Its exceptionally quick and easy to do and a great eater of scraps.

Each nine square block measures 9.5 by 9.5 unfinished. So 9 by 9 finished.

So I would like two blocks please, made with 'pretty' colours like purples, pinks, yellows, blues. Mostly patterned with a plain or two if you like. I would like the triangle to be cream or a soft white. But not a bright white.

And this is how it's made.

Two blocks need 18 squares measuring 3.5 by 3.5. Then 18 smaller cream squares measuring 2.5 by 2.5.

Chain piecing is the way to go here and it will be sewn up in no time.
Draw a diagonal line through all the cream squares before you start.
Place the cream square onto the coloured square and sew down the marked line. I sew a needle width below the line.
Take all the squares to the iron and press them open.
Then trim off the bottom two triangles underneath and square up each block as you go to 3.5.
Now all you need to do is arrange them in order and sew them together.

Then decide whether you love your little pile of triangles enough to make something with them or chuck them in the bin without a care.