Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Bee Blessed update!

Hi guys, the Bee Blessed Charity group we love to support is back up and running. 

Bee Blessed meets in Belfast at the Christian Fellowship church on the first Saturday of the month and times and dates are listed on their new blog.  If you are in the area and want to contribute to the bee in person you can find details on their blog or follow on Instagram @beeblessedquilts.

Bee Blessed will be choosing quilt blocks and putting the instructions to make them online.   They will be assembling the blocks made into finished quilts and would love to receive donations so even if you are not local to Belfast you can contribute by making blocks and posting them!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Summer Swap Show & Tell

Our summer swap was a great success. We've been making tote bags for each other and it's been tons of fun watching the photos appear on Flickr and Instagram and the happy thank you messages showing how generous our group has been with time spent on making and adding in some fun extras too!
Thanks everyone who took part, all bags have been shipped and I am delighted  we had such a great swap!  Remember send in your ideas for our annual Christmas swap which will be announced after Halloween!

In the meantime, hope everyone enjoys their tote bags (I'm using mine already!).  Thank you all who took part and made this an easy going, creative and successful swap!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Book Reviews

Morning all, I'm looking for book reviews!  Would you like to share a favourite quilting book or a new purchase you think is well worth a read?  Let's share some recommendations!

If you could pull a book from your shelf, snap a quick photo of the cover if you can (optional!) and send me a reply to this or leave a comment below on the blog with a line or two of why you like this book and why you think we should click to purchase, that would be great!  We'd love to know what inspires you guys and share the inspiration between us!

A book I keep picking up and leafing through is Quilting with a Modern Slant.  It is a mix of quilters and projects focusing on different aspects of Modern Quilting like improv, color, or scale and is a really fun read. 
Hand Quilted with Love by Sarah Fielke is another book I keep picking up.  I've not made anything from it but it is a really pretty book and I keep reaching for it on the bookshelf! One of these days I'm going to make this giant star but scrappy in all colours and a low volume background!
Whats on your wish list to make?

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Modern Irish Bee September Block for Louise

Hello fellow Bees!

My name is Louise and I live in Limerick with my husband and two children. I am originally from Dublin but followed my man to Limerick in 2003 and have stayed ever since.

I met Ruth at my first Mid-West IPS meeting and she introduced me to the MQI. That was the beginning of 2014, where I had only sewn curtains and cushions previously but now I am happily branching out to patchwork and quilting.

I have chosen “the wheel of time” block for September, which I came across on Pinterest in multiple colours (thanks Ruth for putting a name on it for me!!).

I would prefer my blocks to use medium/steel grey as the base colour with one 12.5” block in grey and aquas and the second 12.5” block in grey and oranges. This is the selection that I picked.

The blocks are made up using half square triangles and I used Ruth’s cheat sheet to make 4 HST quickly.

8 no. 5 ¾” Medium/Steel Grey squares
4 different 5 ¾” Aqua squares
4 different 5 ¾” oranges

Place one grey square and one aqua square right sides facing and sew ¼” all the way around the outside edge
· Cut the square on the diagonal to make 4 HST

· Press the seams open
· Repeat for the remaining 3 aqua and grey squares
UPDATE:  Remember to trim the blocks to 3 1/2" square before sewing together for a 12 1/2" finished block
· Place the HSTs in the block layout and sew together

· Repeat the same process for the grey and orange block
· Both blocks should be 12 ½” square.


Morning Modern Quilters!  Just a quick reminder to post your summer swap items and add a photo to our Flickr group and Instagram if you like #mqisummerswap #modernquiltersireland

This is on the way partner!

I can't wait to see your tote bags and do a round up Show and Tell post for everyone! 

For those that missed out we will be having our annual Christmas swap in November, swap suggestions welcome - please tell us what you would like to do this year (mug rugs, place mats, wall hanging etc.) 

If you get the chance keep an eye out for British Patchwork & Quilting.  I picked up the last copy in Easons in Limerick.  Nikki Foley has written about our first National Quilting Week in Ireland and we are in it! 

Our first exhibition in St. Patrick's Hospital in Dublin was a great success and pictured are those that attended the opening.  If you missed the exhibition check out this post and follow the links to our Flickr page and to Cindy's blog where she shared her opening speech.  It was a brilliant day and great to get to put names to real faces!

Our September Bee block will follow shortly!