Hands Across the Border 2017

The Irish Patchwork Society 

and The Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild present:

“Hands Across the Border 2017”


Southern venue to be confirmed

Northern venue is Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, June 2017

Exhibition Rules and Conditions;

All Irish Patchwork Society and Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild Members are eligible to enter

  1. The quilt must consist of a minimum of two layers, although any technique may be       used.
  2. Size: quilts can be made to a maximum of 1 metre square.
  3. The quilt has a free choice of edging treatments.
  4. No glass fronted, framed, mounted quilts or quilts made from kits will be allowed.
  5. The work should have been completed in the last two years.
  6. The quilt must have a 10 cm (4 inch) hanging sleeve, (with sufficient fullness to accommodate the hanging rod).
  7. Please ensure that your quilt is labelled on the back at the bottom edge with the following information:  Name of the Quilt, Name of Quilter, Postal Address.
  8. The quilt should not have been exhibited prior to submission to this exhibition.
  9. Quilts made by more than one person at any stage of construction should identify all of those involved.
  10. Quilts are not for sale during the exhibition.
  11. The decision on which quilts may be hung rests with the exhibition centres, whose decision will be final.
  12. The quilts are covered by the IPS insurance once the quilt is received by the hosting branch.
  13. By entering your quilt you agree to have it photographed for publicity purposes and the catalogue of the exhibition.
  14. Each quilt must have its own bag labelled with the name of the quilt, the name of the maker and your branch / guild.
  15. Quilts will be released at the end of the exhibition period and not before that time.
  16. Deadline for quilts to be received is Saturday 4th March 2017. No late entries will be accepted due to cataloguing and photographing of quilts.

Find the entry form here.

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Summer Challenge 2016


As we’re about a month to go before our September meeting, I thought we’d do a bit of a check in on the Summer Challenge.

You’ll remember that this year’s theme is:


We’ve left this open to interpretation for our members.  This means you can create a quilt using circles, drawing inspiration from the 1916 Rising, or even using a patchwork technique you’ve never done before.  We’re looking forward to seeing what you create!

Feel free to make anything you’d like–a bag, a quilt or a mug rug.  There’s no limit but your imagination.

Like last year, we’ve decided that this year’s prize for the challenge is a sewing machine service to be performed during our October meeting by John O’Donnell.

I’ve set up a Pinterest board with some images to spark your inspiration.  Find it here.


August 2016 Block of the Month

It’s time to debut our next block!  I’m excited to show you how to make the Sister’s Choice Block!


Originally designed to be a 10 inch block, I changed the design a little bit in order to work out to a 12 inch block, and make it easy to cut out the pieces.

Download the instructions here. 

I’ve also created a step by step slideshow of how to construct the block, that you can see here: