17 April, 2011
Jim West tells the group about the International Quilt Festival of Ireland in 2012
Jim West moved to Ireland a year ago and now lives in Oughterard. He joined the IPS and attends the South Western Branch meetings. Jim has been working with Failte Ireland and NUI Galway to fulfil his plans to host 'The International Quilt Festival of Ireland' in Galway in June 2012. The festival programme opens with a gala dinner at the Radison and then the NUI campus will turn into the 'Quilter's Village' for the weekend hosting workshops with International and Irish tutors, a number of open and juried exhibitions, quilt-supply shops, craft and food market, flea-market, restaurants, cafes, pub, cinema, music and dance displays and lots more. Jim welcomed questions from all members and hoped everyone would participate by submitting quilts to the many exhibitions planned. Jim also invited the Western Branch committee to meet him at NUI during the week for a tour of the campus to get a greater understanding of the scale of the event. The committee will report back to the members on how we propose to get involved. In the meantime please see www.iqfoi.com for more information. Further details on how to book your place at the workshops or submit quilts to the exhibitions will be available on the website on June 7th 2011.