Monday, 26 June 2017

Fun Exhibition at St. Patrick's!

Morning Modern Irish Quilters.  Hope it is a sunny Monday where you are.  Our exhibition at St Patrick's has been extended for another week and finishes this Friday 30th June if you haven't had a chance to see it there is still time!

In the meantime for those not in Dublin this week here are some photos I took at our opening earlier this month.  Next week when the exhibition is closed I'll post a slideshow of all the quilts!  Thank you to those who travelled to attend the opening and to Paula for representing us in the opening speeches.

We had a lots of variation in quilts this time with 2 quilts by a 9 year old and a 12 year old in the exhibition.  Well done Cathal and Isobel!

Thank you also to Imelda who gave her time to do a tutorial of a drawstring bag.  The fabric was donated by our Modern Quilters group and out of 21 kits there were only 2 left!

We have been invited back again in 2019 and on behalf of us all I would just like to thank St. Patrick's Mental Health Services for giving us the opportunity to exhibit our quilts.  We loved taking part and hope to have more bright, happy and fun quilts to share again in two years time!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Summer Swap 2017

Sign ups open for our Summer Swap!!!!!

Sign ups are now open for our Summer Swap – Binding or handsewing kit.  I received this fabulous binding kit from Erin as an extra to the summer tote bag swap two years ago. It looks like a fun project for a summer swap!

The pattern is on the lella boutique blog found here

Extras are great fun and always welcome but shouldn't break the bank.  An extra like a nice piece of fabric, a fat quarter, a favourite sewing notion to the value of €5, a fat quarter worth of scraps or a small handmade item would be ideal.  Chocolate is always welcome but if you are going to send sugary goodies please put them in a plastic bag so as not to melt all over your beautiful creation!

The sign up form is here and as always our swaps are open to all sewing levels and is beginner friendly so don't hesitate to join up!

To participate please make a mosaic of items you like, to give your partner an idea of what to make! Our previous post How our swaps work has step by step instructions to make a mosaic using images from Pinterest.

Sign ups will be open until next Sunday, 18th June, and partners will be assigned by Wednesday 21st June latest. You'll then have all summer to make your item for your swap partner, and posting dates will be Monday 4th through to Wednesday 6th September.

You can customise your binding kit with some patchwork or play with fabric choices for a fun project for your partner!  The most important thing is to have fun!

This swap is open to members of Modern Quilters Ireland residing in and outside of Ireland. If you are not currently a member, and want to join up (membership is free) please find the information and link to the registration form here or email us at

Please post your mosaic to Instagram using the hashtag #mqisummerswap.  The sign up form is here. I hope you will sign up and enjoy making for each other this summer!

Swap Mama

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Happy National Quilting Week!

It's the 1st of June and time for National Quilting Week and also time for our Modern Irish Bee block which follows in the next below!

Don't forget our opening of our fun exhibition next Tuesday 6th June at 6pm at St. Patrick's.  We don't get the chance to get together often so please mark the date, we would love to see you there!

On now and coming up over the summer quilt exhibitions like the following:


Modern Irish Bee - June Block!

Hi everyone,

My name is Catherine and I am currently living in Belgium with my husband and 2 young children. I discovered quilting while pregnant with my first who is now 3 and I made a crib size quilt for her. Im self-taught and its only in the last 7/8 months that I discovered various Facebook quilting groups and with their discovery my blind not sure if I’m doing this right world blossomed into I really love doing this and learning basically everything from wadding, thread, needles, fabric types, not to mention the different techniques and myriad of blocks.

I chose a block by Gerri Robinson from her Quilted Living Book. Gerri kindly gave me permission to share her block with you and to resize it. It’s called Tumble and I love how light and summery it appears.
It uses 4 fabrics, 1 white background and 3 shades of one other colour in light, medium and dark to create the tumble effect. You can choose which colour youd like to use based on your stash.  

The instructions can be downloaded here!
Block Size 18" Finished.