Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Closure of Modern Quilters Ireland

As you may know, Modern Quilters Ireland was originally set up in 2012 to bring together like minded quilters in Ireland for the exchange of ideas and inspiration and to create a community of people interested in the Modern Quilting movement which was becoming more popular in other countries around the world at this time also.

We are entirely grateful for the time, energy and effort that members have put into Modern Quilters Ireland.  You have participated in swaps, bees, meetups and created wonderful quilts, and through this a strong modern quilting aesthetic has developed among our community.  Some of the most important highlights for us were the exhibitions hosted in St Patrick's Hospital in Dublin. The first one took place in 2015 (gallery here) and a second took place this year, you can find a lovely slideshow Ruth has put together below.

I hope through each of those activities you have met some wonderful like-minded people as we have, have found friendships and can take the time to nurture those relationships as time moves on.

Unfortunately, as our lives have all become busier we have now made the decision to close the MQI as it seems the majority of members have decided to focus their precious time and energy on other activities and the numbers participating in various activities have dwindled.  

We very much hope that the spirit of the group moves on and that we reconvene in another way if/when the opportunity presents itself.

In the meantime, from a practical perspective, the remaining ongoing activities will continue elsewhere - the Bee will continue via the Facebook page (link here), and the swap will conclude as planned. 

We would like to thank, in particular, Ruth who has taken responsibility for running and maintaining the MQI group, activities, blog and social media for the last number of years and has done a fantastic job re: same, and also Fiona and Anna who also participated in managing the MQI for a period when we stepped back from same a few years ago.

With the best of wishes to all our quilting friends,

Cindy and Sarah.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Modern Irish Bee – July block for Leda!


Hi everyone! My name is Leda and I live in Dublin... I studied fine art years ago but since learning how to sew I have become obsessed with quilting! I have changed my mind a million times when deciding what block to make and almost drove myself up the walls, but have finally settled on this one. This block is actually similar to the carpenter star we made previously, it's the same amount of pieces in the same size (2.75”) just laid out differently. I'm sending white fabric to you all – 3 cuts in a small, a medium strip and a large square which was easier for me than a fat quarter because the amount needed was more than fat quarter size and I was bungling my numbers on fabric amounts. Math is absolutely not my strong point! Colour wise I'm attaching two quilt pics for the colour combos I like, I keep changing my mind on colours too but blues, green, pinks and corals I love. I think it looks best to put the darker colour as the outside star but see what you think. No yellows or purples please, I love them but they just don't seem to suit our flat. And call me crazy but I hope to hand quilt each block to batting then use the quilt-as-you-go method to attach them all. Thanks a million & can't wait to see how they turn out!


Fabric amounts:

Col A (outer star): 3 x 6.5” squares
Col B (star points): 1 x 6.5” square
Col C (inner star): 1 x 5.5” square


- Trim largest square to 13” then cut into 4 x 6.5” squares
- Cut rectangle strip into 4 x 7.25 x 2.75”
- Cut 11” square into 4 squares of 5.5”. Place 3 of these squares on top of each other &
cut into 4 equal squares of 2.75” and place the other 5.5” one aside. You will have 12 x
2.75” squares plus 5.5” one.

- Cut 3 x 6.5 squares
- Cut 4 x 2.75” squares

1. Pair 3 x 6.5 Col A squares with 3 white of same size to make 8 HST's from each using method in diagram. You will have 24 HST's of Colour A.
2. Pair Colour B square with white & repeat as above
3. Pair Colour C with 5.5” white and make 4 HST'S using method below

Assemble in this order