IPS - Eastern Branch & Other Patchwork Related Organisations - Exhibitions/Competitions/Shows/Talks Dates for 2017

Current/Upcoming IPS Events events: 

  • Hands Across the Border 2017The IPS and The Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild present: “Hands Across the Border 2017” “Aurora”. Southern venue - the official opening of the exhibition will take place in Dublin on Tuesday 16th May 2017 in CHQ Custom House Quarter, IFSC, Custom House Quay, Dublin Northside, Dublin. Exhibition will run until Friday 26th May 2017. Northern venue is Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, June 2017. If you are a member of either groups you can enter a quilt into this exhibition that will take in 2017 - details and entry form can be found on the following website.

National Exhibitions:

  • Crafting Live Belfast -  The Crafting Live Belfast show will be packed full of paper craft exhibitors, quilting and sewing exhibitors and more, including free make and takes! Dates:27th to 29 Aprilth 2017. Venue: The Titanic Exhibition Centre, 17 Queens Road, Belfast, BT3 9DU. Opening Hours:Tickets allow entrance on all 3 days, and the show runs from 10am - 5pm each day. Further Information through their website.
  • "Fun" Modern Quilters Ireland second exhibition at St. Patricks Hospital, Dublin 2nd May 2017 to 23rd June 2017.

  • The Spike Quilters Exhibition 2017 in Thurles Source Library centre from Tuesday, 2nd May 2017 to Tuesday 30th May 2017. Library hours. (9.30 to5 pm week days and 10am to 5pm Sat. Closes 1pm to 2pm for Lunch.

  • "3rd Irish Quilters' Showcase Exhibition" - May/June 2017. Will take place at "The Mitchell Hall", Spike Island, Cork. More details to follow.

  • Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon, Co. Clare - An exhibition that will be held this summer by Tracy Watson and Joke Buursma, 12th May 2017 and 23rd June 2017.  Gallery website is theCourthouseGallery.com for details of opening times.

  • The River of Dreams 12th Annual Quilt Exhibition 2017 in the Limerick School of Art and Design, Clare St, Limerick. From Friday 23rd June to Friday 30th June 10am to 5pm. They have a Facebook Page to keep up with information.

  • The Knitting & Stitching Show 2017 - will take place 9th to 12th November 2017 at Simmonscourt, RDS, Dublin 4.

International Exhibitions/Competitions:

  • The Knitting & Stitching Show - 27th until 30th April 2017 at the Royal Highland Centre, Endindburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Festival of Quilts 2017 -  will take place in the NEC, Birmingham, UK between 10th until 13th August 2017.

Other Patchwork News:

  • Irish Share Jane Quit - Collaborative Quilt Project 2016 - Organiser: Paula Rafferty; Email: astrocatty@yahoo.co.uk. Background Information: The idea for this Irish version of the project came about during a discussion in a Scottish Hotel bar during Celtic Quilt Tours visit to Scotland. Kim Caskey was telling a few of us about her exciting new project - an international collaborative quilt project called "Share Jane" which Jeltie Van Essen and she had started. The idea is that we make some "Irish Dear Jane Quilts" for the exhibition, the first one being in Frane in September 2016 - so we need to get working! The project is based on the "Dear Jane Quilt" - all the information you will ever need can be viewed at www.dearjane.com. There is a wonderful blog www.thatquilt.blogspot.com, a brilliant resource to have a look before you start. Paula Rafferty is very excited about this project and can't wait to see the results. The process:

Step 1: Paula Rafferty has set up a Facebook Group Page and put out the call for entries and fabric donations from quilt shops.

Step 2: Three quilts are already designed, and Paula Rafferty is in the process of printing patterns and block images.

Step 3: Fabric kits will be assembled and posted to interested parties. Detailed instructions will be included.

Step 4: Blocks are made up, using any construction technique, e.g.: machine or hand pieced, English paper piece, foundation piece or appliqué, or a combination of the above!

Step 5: Blocks are returned to Paula Rafferty, so she can assemble them and quilt the quilts.

Step 6: The amazing quilts will be exhibited internationally starting with France in September 2016!