19 September, 2009

Vikki Pignatelli Workshop, 19th September, 2009

Professional quilt-artist, international teacher and author, Vikki Pignatelli came to Galway on 19th September, to teach a workshop on creating curves and openings in quilts. More information on her work can be found at http://www.vikkipignatelli.com/.

For those of us attending the workshop we were treated to a stunning display of her quilts and an insight into the methods she uses to create such stunning effects.

Vikki demonstrated her simple method of drafting a pattern, cutting the fabric, placing the pieces correctly and stitching them in place.

We were then given a pattern to try the method for ourselves, with Vikki on hand to guide us through any difficulties.

Vikki is an excellent teacher and explained how to solve any problems we might encounter. Her method is so adaptable that it is easy to improvise and adapt the pattern as you go. Check out her website for details of her DVD and books.

12 September, 2009

September meeting

The Western IPS got off to a great start after the summer break. 'Rags for Linda' (www.ragsforlinda.com) provided the shop with a great range of fabrics and supplies. Loretta O'Brien was our guest speaker with a suitcase full of quilts and wall-hangings charting her journey as a quilter. Jan Adams was presented with the Western Challenge trophy for her wall-hanging in the Volvo Ocean Race exhibition in St. Nicholas' Church in May. There was a wonderful display of member's work in our 'Show & Tell'. We look forward to our workshop on 19th September with Vikki Pignatelli. The National AGM is in Tralee on 3rd October. Our next branch meeting is on 10th October in Galway.