On a very very frosty Saturday morning in November, my husband Peter bravely drove two mad quilting women from Galway to Headford, to do a workshop with Mogs Mc Donnell.
Mogs lives in a cosy thatched cottage and has converted her out-houses to a lovely studio. The stove was blazing; the kettle on when we arrived and Mary had brought hot scones just out of the oven. So after a cuppa and a delicious scone we were ready to go .Pencils sharpened, we traced the pattern of the Christmas Crib onto bondaweb. We bonded the pattern onto our black fabric and carefully cut out background shapes and bonded the black outline onto our piece of batik. This left us with a positive and negative pattern so we have two wall hangings. As we sat in the warm heat of the stove, carefully cutting away the pattern, we could see the fog rising off the lake and the sun struggling to come through, but it was still freezing.
Mogs provided us with a beautiful lunch of homemade soup, brown bread and apple tart, great food to keep us going for the afternoon.
We cut and bonded for the rest of the afternoon and had our two wall hangings ready for quilting. Mine is still in the process of being quilted so it will be ready for Christmas 2011. Thank you Mogs, for a great day.
For more information about Mogs see her listing on the Crafts Council of Ireland’s website (http://www.ccoi.ie/).
By Margaret Cunnane and Mary O’Brien