18 November, 2014


A fabric exchange exhibition to take place at the 2015 Festival of Quilts.
This is a collaborative exhibition between three European Guilds, Austria, Latvia and Ireland (the Irish Patchwork Society).

If you would like to be part of this exhibition, please contact the International Rep Loretta O'Brien. 
Information about the challenge:

  • 20 persons from each guild will take part.
  • Each participant to make one quilt in Portrait orientation (30cms wide by 50cms long).
  • Each participant to put together a fabric park of 1 fat quarter and 2 fat eighths for exchange with other guild, this pack has to be with the International Rep (EQA Rep.) no later than the 24th November 2014.
  • Each participant will receive one fabric pack no later than their January branch meeting.
  • Each participant to use the fabric in the pack and can add up to three additional fabrics.
  • Each participant has total freedom to use any techniques to interpret the theme.
  • Each participant to keep a 3cm square of each fabric used in the quilt (this will be used in conjunction with their "Artist Statement" for the exhibition (what your thoughts of Distance are and why you partook in the event).
  • The quilt to be with the Rep. by 29th May 2015.
  • Each quilt to be of three layers and the binding can be shown if the maker likes.
  • Each quilt to have a sleeve fully across and to be 2cms from the top of the quilt and 2cms in from each edge.
  • The sleeve should not be visible on the right side.
  • A name address and contact number label on the back lower left as you look at the quilt.

A downloadable version of this form is available if you look under the "Retreat Weekends, Competition and Exhibition Entry Forms" Heading on the right-hand side of the blog page.
EQA Challenge 2015

Here is the information regarding the European Quilter's Association Exhibition 2015. You can contact Loretta O Brien if you have any queries. Contact details at the end of the form.

Athlone Schoolhouse Quilters Exhibition

The Athlone Schoolhouse Quilters are holding a quilt exhibition to mark their 20th Anniversary. 
The exhibition opening will be on Friday 21st Nov. at 7.30pm. Venue: St. Mary's National School, Fair Green, Athlone. 

Venue also open Saturday 22nd Nov. 11-5pm.  Sunday 23rd Nov. 11-4pm. 

All welcome - admission free.
September Branch Meeting

It was great to see such a fantastic turnout for our first meeting back after the Summer break. The new committee are settling in already and have a great year planned for our guild. We had the pleasure of hosting Kilbora Quilt Shop, and a lovely demonstration and Show and Tell from the owner Anne Marie Hobbs, ably assisted by her daughter. We also had Paula Rafferty and her daughter visiting and showing us some of their work. It is lovely to see the joy of patchwork and quilting being passed down the generations. We had a busy Show and Tell session from our members, here are a few photos from the meeting..

20 August, 2014

Galway Heritage Festival 2014

In conjunction with National Heritage Week, Dúchas Na Gaillimhe – Galway Civic Trust, would like to invite you to our 2014 Heritage Festival. We have a varied programme of guided walks, craft demonstrations, talks and exhibitions which explore and promote the heritage of Galway.

This year we have made a special effort to ensure that all the family have some fun! We have a family tour of Renmore Military Barracks Museum and our Beach Exploration will teach us all about the shellfish and creepy crawlies that make the beach their home! Or visit the Zoology Museum, at NUI, Galway and take part in our mystery Quiz.

Come and see us at the Hall of the Red Earl to learn more about our traditional crafts with demonstrations and enjoy the sound of the harp echoing through the heart of medieval Galway.

Members of the Irish Patchwork Society, Western Branch will be giving demonstrations of how to do patchwork and quilting in the Hall of the Red Earl, opposite the Druid Theatre, on Tuesday August 26th from 10am -12 noon and from 2pm - 4pm.

In addition there will be a small exhibition of members' work.

We invite you to come along and see what we do and how we do it!"

16 August, 2014

U.S. Visitors at The Pillo Hotel

On June 8th members from the branch took part in a Show and tell with some American visitors at the Pillo Hotel. It is always lovely to link up with quilters from other parts of the world and we had a lovely afternoon with these amazing ladies. We brought a variety of pieces, bed-quilts, hangings and managed to put togethersix of the Cú na Mara panels. Thanks to Mari Moran, Bernadette Falvey, Carmel Togher, Agnes Warren,Isabelle Foyle, Margaret Cunnane, Bernadette Street, Ester Kiely who showed the pieces.

The American visitors also showed some small pieces (including some of the cutest little dolls I have ever seen!). We enjoyed a cup of tea and a chat before leaving the group to continue on their tour of Ireland. Thanks to craftours.com for inviting us and to Dana and the group for making us feel so welcome

06 July, 2014

The Octagon Quilters Westport will be holding an exhibition

Retrospective – New Work

in The Custom House Gallery Westport Quays

The Exhibition will be opened on Thursday 31st July at 7.30pm by Anne Marie Horan,

 and will run until the 24th August 2014

No Entrance Fee .

The gallery will be open daily from 10am

11 April, 2014

March Meeting Show and Tell

Anne Marie Horan
Quilts made from Terri McNeill workshop
Liz Nolan
Madeleine Jordan
Margaret Cunnane
Cushion with embroidery
Margaret Cunnane
Dolly quilt
Margaret Cunnane
Purple Sampler
Lynn Naughton


Agnes Warren
VW Retro babyquilt for Jasmine.
Agnes Warren
Have VW will Travel- Wallhanging for Cheryl.

February Branch Meeting- Show and Tell

Ethelda with her Buffalo quilt
Linda McMulkin with a colourful bag
Linda McMulkin
Family Tree panel
Loretta O Brien
Sir Walter Raleigh
Loretta O Brien
Flight of The Bumble Bee
Loretta O Brien
Madeleine Jordan
Cushion cover from curtain samples
Madeleine Jordan
Wedding quilt for her son
Marian O Brien
Nessa McMahon
Nessa McMahon
Bunnies and Stars
Nessa McMahon
Peter McMulkin
Foundation pieced Animals
Peter McMulkin
Log Cabin Variation
Peter McMulkin
Sally Marrable and Ester Kiely
Wallhging made by Ester
Sally Marrable
Baby Quilt made from left over chevrons
Sally Marrable
Flying Geese and Four Patch