04 September, 2012

Paula Rafferty Stained Glass Workshop

As a novice patch-worker I love doing workshops to learn new techniques.  The stained glass effect  intrigued me so I really  looked forward to Paula Rafferty’s workshop on Sunday at the International Quilt Festival of Ireland.  We had received a list of materials needed in advance but not everyone came prepared! Just as well  Paula was, with lots of ‘kits’ ready for us.

The group decided to do a simple tulip design –the pattern was well numbered showing the positioning of the basic pieces followed by the fusible bias.  Once I got the hang of the technique it was easy to get it done. Paula’s relaxed presentation made it all seem so simple. I also got to use a new ‘gadget’ – the mini iron, just brilliant for ironing on the bias strips.  Two of us headed over to the hall afterwards to buy one!

We finished up early and Paula spent the last hour teaching us foundation piecing as some of the group had missed this workshop in the morning.  We then had two workshops  for the afternoon.  I learned loads and really enjoyed chatting to the others in the group. Hope to see Paula back for next year’s Quilt festival.

Mary O’Brien

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