Friday, 4 November 2016

Sign ups are now open for our annual Christmas swap!

It's that time of year again!  Welcome to sign ups for our annual Christmas swap.

We're keeping it small again this year to avoid any extra stress at this busy time of the year.  We've chosen to swap a covered notebook! 

Cindy has kindly allowed us to use her tutorial  and you can find it here on our tutorials page or directly on Cindy's blog @ Fluffy Sheep Quilting here!

It could be a blank sketchbook for your swap partner to save all those quilt ideas, a lined notebook to list all the lovley projects we want to make or a 2017 diary to plan and keep track of big events!  Whatever size notebook you have, Cindy's tutorial is flexible and adaptable. 

To sign up please fill in this form!  I love the Christmas swap and we always make such lovely things.  The postal date is 19th December so it will have time to arrive for those in between days, after Christmas and before New years.

This swap is limited to MQI members resident in Ireland so as to avoid any issues with post at this busy postal time of year.  Sign up close Friday 11th and partners will be assigned over the weekend.  I hope you will join us for our 4th Christmas swap!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Giveaway - pack of 100 EPP paper templates family pack by Tales of Cloth

Hand sewing is back in a big way. You may have noticed the popularity of EPP (English Paper Piecing) patterns over the past few years.  Willyne Hammerstein's Book Millefiori Quilts sold out everywhere due to the popularity of the La Passacaglia Quilt on the cover.    A quick look on Pinterest will show you just how good this quilt can look in modern styled fabrics .
Paper pieces has a starter and a full set if you don't feel like making your own templates and they also have kits to go along with Katja Mareks New Hexagon.  The paper templates for the New Hexagon are much bigger than the tiny La Passacaglia templates and make it easier to sew with a running stitch rather than the EPP method of folding fabric over a paper template.  The gripping movement required to hold the pieces and whip stitch sew them together can be tough on the hands!  Tracing around the template and sewing with a running stitch is apparently what Willyne uses to make her tiny pieces!

On Katya's blog there were quilt a longs in 2015and 2016 using blocks from her book and she is doing another using her perpetual calendar of 365 Hexagon blocks.  I think this would make a brilliant 365 project and could be fun to attempt to make one a day!

Jodi at Tales of Cloth has also created a set of shapes that all work together and hosted a challenge on instagram #shapefamilychallenge and it is really cool to see what people have come up with.

And we have 1 packet of family shapes to giveaway here on the blog!

To win this pack of 100 shapes just leave us a comment telling us if you have ever tried EPP before and what would you make with this set?

Entries close at 5pm next Thursday, 13th October, when Random number generator will pick the winner !

Friday, 9 September 2016

Summer Swap Update

Our summer swap is in the post! By now all those signed up for the swap should have posted their #onehourbasket (free pattern by @kelbysews)! 

This is just a sample of the photographs posted to Instagram #mqisummerswap. Click on the link to see more and join in the conversations we've been having!  Aren't they fabulous?
Thanks a million to all who took part in our summer swap and a big thank you to Aideen and Cindy for looking after us all so well!

Monday, 8 August 2016

Modern Irish Bee

After the busy few weeks with our Rainbow Rose quilt a long and 1 hour basket swap, it's time to get back to our Modern Irish Bee.  This year we are doing a round robin style bee, each person adding a bit to the quilt they receive in the post and passing it on.  There are quilts in various stages but I think we are on officially on Round 4!

For those playing along please link up your progress on Round Robin or Medallion Quilts to be in the draw to win a 20€ voucher from Fluffy Sheep Quilting by clicking on the blue button below.

The link up will remain open until next Monday August 15th when random number generator will pick a winner!

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

We have winners!

Congratulations Lisa, Lena and Kathy who linked up to our final Rainbow Rose linky party!
Lisa's beautiful quilt top wins the fabric bundle from!
Lena's value study version wins the bundle of magazines from Fluffy Sheep Quilting!
And last but not least, Kathy's colourful pinwheel version wins the prize specially collated in Japan by Tomomi of Slaney Handcraft!

Congratulations to our winners and thanks again for all who took part in our Rainbow Rose QAL!   big thanks again to our sponsors!

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Rainbow Rose QAL - Final Link up and Giveaways!

Welcome to our final link up of our Rainbow Rose Quilt-A-Long!  We have been exploring the colour wheel by making this block the Rainbow Rose based on the traditional Dutch Rose block!

For all our posts on the color wheel and with complete instructions to make this block in 2 sizes for a baby quilt or a bed quilt see our QAL tab at the top of this blog or follow the links below:

June 8th: Cutting & Piecing the middles, Warm & Cool Colours
June 15th: Piecing the corners, Tints, Shades & Tones
June 22nd: Piecing the centre star, Complimentary Colour Schemes
June 29th: Assembly & optional Applique borders, Analgous, Monochromatic & Achromatic Colour Schemes

Now its time for the Prizes!

We have three prizes for our final link up party:

a fat quarter bundle to the value of €20 from

3 month's of Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine from Fluffy Sheep Quilting

And a prize all the way from Japan from Slaney Handcraft.  Tomomi has collected some patchwork related items while on her recent trip for us to giveaway in our final linkup!

To win our prizes, link up a photo, instagram or flickr image, or a blog post of your finished quilt top or finished quilt of the Rainbow Rose by clicking the blue linky button below.

The linky party is open until the 30th July so there is still time to finish up some quilting and piecing!  Random number generator will choose a winner to be announced on August 1st!

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016


Congratulations Abigail @Cut and Alter who won last weeks prize of 30 Euro voucher sponsored by Just Sew Now!  Abigail was the first to link up this beautiful version of the Rainbow Rose and won the 5th prize of our Quilt-A-Long!

To review past instructions to make your own Rainbow Rose block see the Quilt-A-Long tab at the top of the blog page and remember to come back on the 20th for our final link up party!

We will have three more prizes to giveaway.  The link up will be open until the 30th of July so there is lots of time to catch up and finish your quilt top if you need to!  Random number generator will choose 3 people who have linked up finished quilt tops and finished quilts to win prizes from Fluffy Sheep Quilting, Slaney Handcraft and Love  Mark it in your diaries and see you at the final linky party!

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