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Fabrics to take us into


Meet Aunt Rosebud… space cadets

A Journey Through The Final Frontier?

Enjoy Our

Picnic In Provence FREE Competitions!

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e Quilters are a lucky bunch, we have a hobby that brings us together, attending groups, classes and shows. But our quilts bring happy reactions from non-quilters too, as my grand-daughter, Eili’s encounter with a quilt made recently from the “Sew” range illustrated. She dived head first in excitement into the middle of my quilt as I opened it out to show her, and she is not quite two years old. Perhaps it was the bright colours, the little pictures, or the buttons that look like sweeties that caught her attention, but the joy that lit up her face was a gift to behold. Most of the quilts on these pages are finished by handsewing the bindings, a job I particularly fact it is my therapy. My regular companion during these sewing interludes is my lovely Mother - Eilish. Although not a quilter herself, seeing my work regularly unlocks happy memories of her own Grandmother making quilts, using the leftovers from her tailor husband’s shop. Our quilts can open dialogues with young and old, with fellow quilters near and far, with old friends and new acquaintances alike. Welcome to Irish Quilt and Craft, and keep talking!

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to take us into


Meet Aunt Rosebud… Enjoy Our

Picnic In Provence

space cadets

A Journey Through The

Final Frontier?

3 FREE Competitions!

Colm’s Rescue Remedies a fenneL SHed p u b l i c at i o n ISSN 2009-1885

VOL. 6 ISSUE 3 2011 RRP €5.00/£4.00

Sew Good

Jammin’ With Joan

03 9 772009 188010

Karen Strachen-Morris, Fiddlesticks Fabrics Maeve Meany, Limerick Quilt Centre Anne Rickerby Rosemary Butler Nerissa Moore Margaret Bradley Rachel Doherty Westbrook House Inishowen Gateway Hotel Makower Uk Fabrics

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Shop Hop Map

Visit two or more shops, on your own or as part of an organised group and you have been on a Shop Hop - it's that simple. Always remember to phone ahead to the shops you have chosen to visit to check opening hours, quoting that you got their details from Irish Quilt & Craft Magazine!

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Fabric Shops 1. THE FENNEL SHED

Opposite Lough View, Buncrana, Co Donegal T: 087 9499070 E: W:


Croneyhorn, Carnew, Co Wicklow T: 053 9426344 or 086 8507518 E:


36A Main Street, Ballyclare, BT39 9AA T: 028 9334 9179 E: W:


22 Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin T: 01 2846282 W:


Lower Dunmore, Falcarragh, Co Donegal T: +353 (0)74 9180658 / +353 (0)87 650 8050 E: Open: Wed-Sat 12-5pm

6. LIMERICK QUILT CENTRE Winander House, Park Road, Limerick T: 061 419790 or 086 106 9068 E: W:


Windmill Business Park, Windmill Road, Saintfield, Co Down BT24 7DX T: 028 97519229 (048 from ROI) Open: Mon-Sat 9.30am - 5pm

8. THREADS OF GREEN FABRICS Purcellsinch Business Park, Dublin Road, Kilkenny T: 056 776 2514 E: W:

Open: Mon-Fri 9.30am - 6pm (closed Sat)


Thornton House, Bealnalappa, Oughterard, Co Galway T: +353 (0)91 550779 F: +353 (0)91550968 E: W:


T: 01 494 6320 (By Appointment Only) E: W:


9 Donegall Square West, Belfast or Unit 1, Longwood Road, Abbeycentre, Belfast T: 028 90326111/028 90364424 (048 from ROI) E: W:


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Cloran, Athboy, Co Meath T: 046 9430877 E: W: Open: Mon, Tues, Wed

14. GLENDOWEN CRAFT STUDIO Meetagh Glen, Clonmany, Co Donegal T: 00353 (0)74 93 76265 / (0)87 980 6948 W:

15. THE COTTONWOOD TREE Main Street, Kilcullen, Co Kildare T: 086 1528429 (00 353 86 from NI) E:


Shore Road, Buncrana, Co Donegal T: 074 93 61510


The Pier, Swilly Road, Buncrana, Co Donegal T: 074 93 61050 E: W:

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Vol 6 Issue 3 | Autumn 2011

patterns 8

Aunt Rosebud's Quilt Advanced


Milk & Honey




Zig Zag Zazzle Bag Intermediate


Space Cadets Improver




So Sew Seminole Improver


Picnic in Provence Improver


Eight Mates Improver



Pattern Difficulty Guide All our patterns are rated so you can choose a project to suit your skill level. Beginner Improver Intermediate



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Shop Hop Map


Cook with Joan


Quilt Trails & Travel Tales


Competition Results


New Fabric Collections


Book Reviews & Competition


Gardening Colm


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SIZE 60x60 ins




Please read all instructions through to the end before you begin the project

KIT €90 / £80 excluding backing & wadding

MATERIALS: ■■0.25m./10 ins Fabric # 1 Dark Beige-Green 5489V ■■0.5./20 ins Fabric # 2 Light Beige Floral 4263L ■■0.25m./ 10 ins Fabric # 3 Olive Green 4268V ■■0.25m./10 ins Fabric # 4 Pink 4264E ■■1.0 metre/40 ins Fabric # 5 Light Background 5490L ■■1.0m. / 40 ins Fabric # 6 Deep Rose Red 4265R ■■0.5. metre / 20 ins Fabric # 7 Beige-Pink Dot 5489L ■■0.75m. / 30 ins Fabric # 8 Pink-Red Floral 5490E ■■0.75m. / 30 ins Fabric # 9 Beige Star 4064N2 ■■Fabric # 10 as fabric # 6 Deep Rose Red 4265R ■■1.0 metre / 40 ins Fabric # 11 Rose Floral Outer Border 5483N

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Why not Bring the kids and book them into Planet Imagination and Planet Active.

At Seagrass Wellbeing Centre we offer healthy healing, relaxing breaks. Enjoy the secluded beaches and riverside walk, the steam-room, sauna, jacuzzi and 20m swimming pool in our Leisure Centre and the scrumptious food in the Peninsula Restaurant.

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chic-hens is based in Inishowen, Co Donegal and make a wide range of colourful, sturdy birdhouses to suit all species of common garden birds. Made from Donegal timber and reclaimed Donegal slate, chic-hens birdhouses are a beautiful addition to any garden but designed with the welfare of the birds in mind. chic-hens also make handcrafted feeding tables for the wild birds and much more besides. All of our products focus on design and quality.


What is the name of the national body that has approved chic-hens birdhouses? Answers by Post: Irish Quilt & Craft Magazine, Opp. Lough View, Buncrana, Co Donegal, Ireland. Email: Txt: ‘BIRDHOUSE’ to 00353 (0)87 9499070 Closing Date: 23rd September 2011.


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Sweet Milk Scones (Makes about 20) Pre-heat oven to 190°C fan oven, 200°C conventional oven, Gas 6

Ingredients • 1Ib self-raising flour • 6 tbsp milk • 4oz margarine • 2 eggs, beaten • 2 oz caster sugar • Extra milk to brush surface

Method 1. Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl. Add the margarine and rub into the flour. Add the sugar and stir to mix. Stir the beaten egg into the dry ingredients with a knife then the milk, a tablespoon at a time, till a soft dough is formed. 2. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and gently knead. Press the dough out with the palm of your hand and cut into 2"/5cm rounds. Place on a floured baking sheet and brush the tops with some milk, bake in the pre-heated oven for 10 minutes or until golden and well risen.

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Strawberry & Gooseberry Jam

Strawberry & Rhubarb Jam

Makes 3 1 Ib pots

Makes 3 1 Ib pots

Ingredients • 250g gooseberries, topped and tailed • 120ml water • 1kg strawberries, hulled and mashed • 1 lemon, zest and juice • 1 kg jam sugar, warmed for 5-10 minutes • Knob of butter


Method 1. Put the gooseberries in a saucepan with the water. Cook gently, over a low heat, until the fruit is tender. 2. Put the sugar into a roasting tin and warm in an oven preheated to 100°C fan oven, 110°C conventional oven for 5-10 minutes. 3. Put the prepared strawberries into the preserving pan and mash with a potato masher. When the gooseberries are cooked, add to the strawberries along with the zest and juice of a lemon. Add the warmed sugar to the fruit and heat gently, stirring until the sugar has all dissolved. Increase the heat and bring to the boil. Boil for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until setting point has been reached. 4. Remove the pan from the heat, add a knob of butter and stir until all the scum has dissolved. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before pouring into warm sterilised jars. Cover immediately.

• 600g strawberries • 600g rhubarb • 1kg jam sugar • 2 lemons, juice and zest • Knob of butter Method 1. Rinse, hull and slice the Strawberries. Wipe, trim and slice the Rhubarb into 1cm pieces. Put the fruit into a heavy based pot with the lemon juice and zest. 2. Cook gently, over a low heat, till the cooking juices cover the fruit. Simmer gently for 10 minutes until the Rhubarb is tender. Meanwhile, warm the sugar for 5 minutes in an oven preheated to 100°C fan oven, 110°C conventional oven. Stir the warmed sugar into the fruit and continue stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Increase the heat and bring the jam to the boil, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes before doing a saucer test. 3. Remove the jam from the heat, add a knob of butter and stir until all the scum has dissolved. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before pouring into warm sterilised jars and cover immediately. Turn Over for even more recipes including Meringues and Strawberry Shortbread Tarts »

Cold Saucer Test To check for setting point, drop some jam onto a cold saucer, allow to cool and push with your finger. If the jam wrinkles, setting point has been reached.

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Lemon Curd Makes 2 1Ib Pots

Ingredients • 4 unwaxed lemons, zest and juice • 226g/8oz caster sugar • 100g/3½oz butter, cubed • 3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk Method 1. Put the lemon zest, juice, sugar and butter into a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, do not allow the water to touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir the mixture until the butter has melted and the sugar dissolved. 2. Whisk the eggs and egg yolk together. Pour into the lemon mixture, whisking as you pour. Whisk the lemon mixture until thoroughly combined. Continue cooking for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the mixture is creamy and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, remove from the heat. 3. Allow to cool slightly before pouring into sterilised jars. Lemon curd is best stored in the fridge and used within a month.

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Meringues Makes approximately 30-40 small meringue shells

Ingredients • 3 egg whites • 6oz caster sugar • Double cream • Vanilla caster sugar Method 1. Preheat the oven to 115°C fan oven, 125°C conventional oven. Line 2-3 baking sheets with baking parchment. 2. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff enough to stand in peaks. Pour in half of the sugar and continue whisking until the mixture becomes very thick and shiny. Add the remaining sugar and whisk again until thick and shiny, The meringue should be firm enough that it does not fall out of the bowl when turned upside down. 3. Spoon the meringue into a piping bag fitted with a medium-sized star nozzle. Twist the end of the piping bag and squeeze till the meringue is visible at the end of the nozzle. Pipe stars of meringue onto the lined baking sheets, leaving a bit of space between each one. Bake in the preheated oven for 2 hours. Turn the oven off and leave to cool in the oven with the door ajar. 4. Whip the double cream and add vanilla sugar to sweeten slightly. Fill the piping bag fitted with the medium-sized nozzle. Assemble the meringues in pairs and sandwich together with a swirl of the whipped cream. Place the meringues in a bun case to serve. The meringues are best filled about 30 minutes before eating.

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Milk & Honey

Use our clever cutting technique - it will work with any size of square to make our elegant, small quilt in classic toast and butter tones. Size 51 x 61 ins

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Rags for Linda Thornton House, Bealnalappa, Oughterard, Co.Galway

100% cotton fabrics, notions and wadding.

Long arm Gammill quilting available -continuous line patterns and random quilting.

We can bring a shop to your meeting, or come and see us for yourself.

Please contact us for details

Classes and weekend sew-in for individuals or small groups with accommodation available.

Tel: 091 550779 Fax: 091 550968 Email:

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Quilt Trails and

Travel Tales


very so often we all need a fabric fix, a pick-me-up, a tiramisu for the textile soul. I was feeling most particularly in need of a small treat recently, when my older daughter announced that she needed (note the “needed” bit) to go shopping. She was about to start a new job and had nothing to wear, so maternal strings were being pulled. Never a great fan of clothes shopping in the conventional way, we did a deal. I would take her to the outlet village, if I got to visit a quilt shop on the way, all happy so far. Since hearing that Karen Strachen-Morris had opened her first “bricks and mortar”

shop on April 19th of this year, I have been trying to set time aside to pay a visit. Karen moved home last summer to Northern Ireland from London, where she had run her “Fiddlesticks” shop on the internet for a number of years, so she is no newcomer. Many of you will know her smiling face from encounters at Festival of Quilts and the regular Belfast shows. I was delighted that she was going to make her fabric range available to us incorrigible hands-on shoppers. On one of our few fine days in early June of this strange weather year, we set off. Climbing over the Glenshane pass, big

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“If I had to sum up Karen’s shop in a word, that word would be happy. She has shelves full of fabrics that reflect her own smiling personality, and a shop full of colour.” white fluffy clouds scudded overhead, a Paul Henry sky, worth the trip for that view alone. Down the other side and onto the M2 motorway, take a left at junction 5 for Larne, and follow the signs for Ballyclare. Travel along Main Street to the square, or to one of the other sign-posted car parks. You can risk parking on the street, but you will get a ticket after 30 minutes, and you know how fast that flies by in a quilt shop. Ballyclare is the kind of traditional market town that I love to explore. Served well by the time-honoured mix of independant shops that are disappearing from our larger towns and cities. A place where people still greet each other by name as they meet, and salute strangers too. We passed

greengrocers, drapers, gifts, hardware, seriously good butchers, and several coffee shops that looked promising. I managed to delve into an inviting looking charity shop - I am a sucker for old china, but the daughter caught me by the sleeve and dragged me back out before I could make any discoveries worthy of Antiques Roadshow dreams. Fiddlesticks sits on the Main Street at number 32, you cannot miss the colourful sign. If I had to sum up Karen’s shop in a

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word, that word would be happy. She has shelves full of fabrics that reflect her own smiling personality, and a shop full of colour. Here is a place where we do not have to take our quilting too seriously, where veteran quilter and absolute beginner are both welcomed, where our eyes are entertained by the possibility of a whole range of fun projects. I felt uplifted, and really glad to have made the trip.

Karen stocks card-making materials, ribbons, buttons, patterns and gifts, as well as fabrics she has sourced from around the world - many of which I had not previously encountered. Especially good for nursery , kids and novelty prints, her shop is a great destination if you plan to make something special for a happy new arrival. In addition I spotted some lovely, soft toned traditional floral mixes, that made me want to redecorate at least one bedroom. I found a piece of Ladybird fabric for a friend who

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had hunted high and low for black spots on red. I found gorgeous buttons for bags, and a panel to make wall hangings for my own shop. I plan to return for some of the lovely soft greens that spoke to my soul, but by this time the daughter was speaking too, and the message was “Time to go, Mama”. How had I forgotten the first rule of quilt travel-never visit a quilt shop with a nonquilter on tow. Reluctantly I had to leave, but next time I drop someone to Belfast airport, I know where my detour will take me. Yes we got to Junction One, and the daughter was suitably kitted out in several new rig-outs, not all I suspect just for work purposes. Although the L.S.H.* had not accompanied us on this trip, he was there in spirit, in the form of his credit card, which got well heated if not burned as we made our way through several shops at lightning speed. However all the possible delights of all those big stores could not for me measure up to the joy of discovering a new fabric shop on the Irish map. We quilters regularly travel distances great and small in pursuit of our passion, but none so far as intrepid voyagers Anne and Bob who came to call in the Shed recently. I thought I was seeing things when I looked out and spotted a Land Cruiser with a Queensland plate pull up outside my front door. I don’t need new glasses, this quilter, and her husband, had travelled all the way, by road and sea, from Australia to north Donegal - not just to visit me I must add! I forgot to get a surname or e-mail address, so busy was I asking about their trip and advising on roads and routes for the next leg of their journey, so Anne if you read this send me an e-mail to let me know how you got on after you left us. Readers, if you too have tales of shops, shows or characters you have discovered on your travels, send them to me so we can share the news with other quilters on the move. We love to hear from readers, and offer a fabric prize for any letter/ photo published. * L.S.H. - Long Suffering Husband

32 | Irish QUILT & Craft Magazine Quilt Tales & Travel Tales OLD SCHOOLHOUSE


Professional Long-Arm Quilting & Finishing Services Painting by Barrie


NICOLA DOHERTY-ROE Sleadrin, Buncrana, Co Donegal Tel: 00353 (0)87 7666045

A Day Out for Four Quilters Competition Answer: c) The R238 • Mrs Irene Mc Curry, Co Armagh Patchwork Garden Competition Answer: The 6A Bus • Mary Mc Clean, Co Donegal “Liberate your Logs” Competition • Cathy Boylan, Co Monaghan • Dorothy Stockdale, Co Armagh • Margaret Dunne, Co RosscoMmon “A Year with Sue” Competition • Charlette Spencer, Co Wexford

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Made from Northcott’s “Zazzle” range, so many colour combinations make this an easy accessory in any wardrobe

g a Z e Zig azzl g Z Ba 34 | Irish QUILT & Craft Magazine Zig Zag Zazzle Bag

The Fennel Shed Order Form CONTACT DETAILS

order details


Please send me a sample swatch pack


❑ SEW ❑ ZAZZLE ❑ ROSEBUD ❑ PINFEATHERS ❑ HYDE PARK ❑ OLIVES €3.50/£3.00 each + €1.00/£1.00 p&p

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payment details Please debit my credit card

Please provide the last 3 digits of the number printed on the signature strip on the reverse of your card Expiry Date

Total Cost Of Order Cheques should be made payable to The Fennel Shed

Add 10% For Postage & Packing

We accept all major credit cards.


Sterling price applicable to Cash/Cheque transaction only. Credit Card payments will be converted to Euros at the Bank’s exchange rate on the day of transaction. Postage and Package Charges 10% of total cost of order. Minimum P&P charge €1.50/£1.25

If you need more space please continue on a sheet of paper

Orders outside UK & Ireland charged at extra cost.

and attach to this order form

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Coming Soon

to a quilt shop near you…

How to order You can photocopy the form opposite or visit Completed forms should be sent to: The Fennel Shed Opposite Lough View, Buncrana, Co. Donegal, Ireland.

All featured fabrics available from The Fennel Shed

Opening Times Wed - Sat, 11.00am - 4.00pm Other times strictly by appointment



00353 (0)87 9499070


Open Mon-Fri 10.00am-1.00pm

Prices correct at the time of going to press and are inclusive of VAT @ 21%

€14/£12 per metre

Sew AT11 SW01

AT11 SW02

AT11 SW03

AT11 SW04


panel 22 x 24 €6

AT11 SW05

AT11 SW06

AT11 SW07

AT11 SW09

AT11 SW010

AT11 SW011

AT11 SW08

AT11 SW15

AT11 SW012

AT11 SW013

AT11 SW014

AT11 SW16


12" x 12" sq. 9 labels €1.50 / £1.30

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€14 / £12 PER METRE AT11 zz01

AT11 zz02

AT11 zz03

AT11 zz04

AT11 zz05

AT11 zz06

AT11 zz07

AT11 zz08

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AT11 zz15

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AT11 zz17

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AT11 zz19

AT11 zz20

AT11 zz21

€14 / £12 PER METRE

Rosebud Fayre

AT11 RB01

AT11 RB02

AT11 RB03

AT11 RB04

AT11 RB05

AT11 RB06

AT11 RB07

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€14 / £12 PER METRE

AT11 PF01

AT11 PF02

AT11 PF03

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AT11 PF14

AT11 PF15

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AT11 PF20

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at11 hp02

Hyde Park

€14 / £12 PER METRE

at11 hp03

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at11 hp05

at11 hp06

at11 hp07

at11 hp08

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All fabrics €14 / £12 PER METRE. panels individually priced AT11 OL01

AT11 OL02

AT11 OL03

AT11 OL04

AT11 OL05

AT11 OL06

AT11 OL07

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AT11 OL09

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AT11 OL11

AT11 OL12

AT11 OL13

AT11 OL14

Panel 36


x 42" €12

AT11 OL15

▲ mini-panel 12" x 12" sq. 9 labels €1.50 / £1.30


AT11 OL1

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All fabrics €14 / £12 PER METRE. panels individually priced

AT11 TS01

AT11 TS02

AT11 TS03

AT11 TS04

AT11 TS05

AT11 TS06

AT11 TS07

AT11 TS08

" €12.50/£11

Panel 36 x 42

Panel 36 x 42

" €12.50/£11

AT11 TS09


Teddy Bear Dream



AT11 TB01

AT11 TB02

AT11 TB03

AT11 TB04

AT11 TB05

AT11 TB06

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44 | Irish QUILT & Craft Magazine Book Competition

Competition Carrie Hall’s Sampler Pauline Openneer has taken “Carrie Hall’s Sampler Quilt” and made a version unique to herself, and in the process devised a series of much sought after classes. Happily she has agreed to provide these as a Block-of-the-Month at The Fennel Shed through the 2011-2012 teaching year. Following the blocks detailed in Barbara Brackman’s Book, Pauline makes and quilts each section separately, and students are offered opportunities to acquire experience in all forms of piecing, applique and quilting. Project sizes can vary from wall quilt to king size bed, you are free to choose, and anyone from beginner to expert will enjoy this course.

We have Five Copies of Barbara Brackman’s Book to give away to readers: To enter our free draw, send your name and address, and the phrase “Carrie Hall’s Sampler for me” to The Fennel Shed, Lough View, Buncrana, Co. Donegal, Ireland Entries by Post, Text or E-Mail to reach us on or before September 23rd 2011.

Classes will run once a month, second Saturday of every month, 10.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m., beginning on Saturday 10th September 2011. To book contact The Fennel Shed or e-mail your request. Places are limited so book your seat today!

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Space Cadets

A large wall hanging featuring the planets, stars and constellations that actually glow in the dark! Kit to order. A larger version made as a single bed quilt is also available.

Size 44 high x 52 ins wide finished size

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Please read all instructions through to the end before you begin the project

■■MATERIALS: ■■One “Space” Large Panel (Made by Avlyn Fabrics) ■■One Strip each of Six contrasting fabrics 4 ½ x 21 ins ■■One Strip each of Three “Star” Fabrics 4 ½ x W.O.F., cut all three into halves, 4 ½ x 21 ins. ■■Backing and Wadding 55 x 60 ins ■■15 ins x W.O.F. Binding Fabric ■■Purple Thread to “Quilt” ■■Kit Price: #32.50/£30 + pp (exc. backing & wadding)

Cut the required number of strips of contrast and star fabrics. Sew strips together in two units of six strips each, in the combinations shown. Star A Fabric 1 Star B Fabric 2 Star C Fabric 3

A 1 B 2 C 3

A 4 B 5 C 6

Cut Four Slices, all 4 ½ ins wide, from each unit - you may need to fold the unit in two if using a small board. Join slices together to form borders for the centre panel, adding or removing squares as desired in an arrangement of your choice. Sew the sections onto top, base and sides of the panel and press well. Press well. Layer, centred onto wadding and backing. Top layer right side up, then wadding, then backing, wrong side up. Pin or tack at intervals to secure.

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“Quilt” by sewing through all layers using a purple cotton thread. We suggest hand sewing this stage if you have not quilted before. This decorates and stabilises the wall hanging, preventing the layers from sagging when hung. See diagram 5 for suggestions. Complete all quilting before adding hanging sleeves.

We suggest an angular stipple effect, avoiding the constellations. Hand-sew around individual stars and planets to enhance the effect, using metallic thread if desired.

Trim away any excess from around the wall hanging edges after quilting. From the backing off-cuts, or from another material, cut two lengths 4 ins x 51 ½ ins, as hanging sleeves. Fold and press these in half lengthways, right side in.


Sew the short ends. Turn right side out and press. Place and pin the sleeves, raw edge along outer edge, onto top and base of the wall hanging on reverse side. Tack or pin 1⁄8 inch from edge to secure. Next make and sew binding onto all sides of the wall hanging, the seams will also sew the hanging sleeves securely in place. Hand sew the reverse of the binding, then slip stitch with care along the inner edges of the hanging sleeves. Inset dowel rods, with eyelets at each end on top one, to hang.

The small stars on the completed wall hanging will glow in the dark. To further decorate, why not cut star and planet shapes from leftovers, and appliqué onto star squares on the border, adding buttons, charms or other embellishments as you go. Be sure to complete this process before you hand sew the hanging sleeves inner edges.

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GARDENING with our expert Colm Grant

Rescue Remedies


ur gardens have suffered the worst two winters in living memory. To add insult to injury, this Spring and early Summer brought further trauma; an April with little or no rain, and a ferocious wind that scalded our normally temperate west coast at the end of May. We will remember Monday May 30th as the day we celebrated Barack Obama’s much anticipated and welcome visit to Ireland. Also crossing the Atlantic that day was the “Brown Wind”, not at all anticipated, and not welcome to gardeners.This wind behaved like a staggering monster with a blowlamp, lurching across the country burning indiscriminately the western side of our trees and shrubs. Magpies were blown from their nests, radio traffic reports warned of localised blizzard-like conditions caused by whitethorn blossom being blown across roads. Salt damage was, and remains dramatic, and not just confined to the coastal margins. Our trees donned and autumnal look, and it was only the beginning of summer. Can we do anything to counteract such unprecedented (sorry couldn’t resist) natural pheomena? Well to quote the afore mentioned Mr. Obama, “Is féidir Linn” - Yes we can. So what can the poor gardener do now? Go out and replace all those plants that have keeled over, and risk that the same thing might happen again? Surely it makes more sense to seek out those brave souls that are reliably hardy and stick with them.

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COLM Tough as Old Boots According to Alan Titchmarsh, these all belong to this endearingly robust category: ■■ Daffodil ■■ Japanese Anenome ■■ B  utterfly Bush (Buddlia) ■■ W  inter Flowering Cherry ■■ Holly ■■ H  ardy Fuchsia ■■ Roses

Hardy plants by definition can withstand most “normal” weather conditions, so the plants that have survived the seasonal upsets of the last two years must be tougher still.

Take a good look at your healthy survivors, and invest in more of the same, or members of the same family. Apple trees for instance seem to be as happy as ever, so it it likely that other apples are a good bet. Also in bloom, and blooming well, are hardy geraniums of all kinds - there are literally hundreds of varieties. Big splashes of one specimen make a far better impact than the “one of this and one of that” approach we often see. Climate Change Climate change is happening before our eyes. Our weather patterns ae set to remain unpredictable and more violent. As gardeners, and as plant guardians, we must adapt quickly to stay ahead of the posse. Here are some suggestions to help weather-proof your garden: ■■ Plant a hedge, or replace a lost hedge with something tougher. Let it grow taller if necessary - shelter is all important. On very exposed sites it may be necessary to use trees as a windbreak. The toughest natives we

have are Oak, Scots Pine, Rowan, Holly and Birch. Thick hedges protect and have a warming effect on house and garden. In extreme conditions a double hedge or planted shelter belt may be needed to do the trick. ■■ Use Perennials - they are protected under the ground during the winter. ■■ Apply a thick organic mulch in the Autumn. This will act as an insulation blanket, and enrich the soil. ■■ Bring plants that do need protection into the greenhouse or shed for winter protection. ■■ Remember to use lots of grit in planting holes to encourage good drainage and thereby prevent severe frost damage. ■■ If like many gardeners you have a tunnel, make sure it is sturdy with a tight skin. It is a great place to store and nurture plants in pots. ■■ Put lots of effort into improving the soil - it is a living thing. The best way to do this is to add organic

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GARDENING matter at every possible opportunity. Healthy soil produces healthy plants that are better prepared for adversity. â– â–  Never say Die, and never be too hasty to assume a plant to be dead. Plants will amaze us. Yes, it is good to remove material that is definitely defunct, but do not give up too soon. A plant may take up to a year to re-generate after a severe weather event. Make the acquaintance of some Hardy Heroes. These have proved a match for the challenges of winter chill, spring drought and summer wind this year has brought so far:

Ferns: Irish gardeners tend to think of these as bracken, and may not want to introduce such a thing to their precious plot. It pays to keep an open mind. Try varieties like the Shuttlecock Fern, or the Male Fern, they can be terrific.

Foxgloves: Both purple and white forms spread around readily.

Box: Just about the toughest little shrub you can get. Feed it well, it will reward you by always looking good.

Sweet Pea: It may look delicate, but it is very hardy, and can be sown in autumn or early spring as it is frost tolerant. Alternatively, you may prefer some self-made plants, that often thrive with little or no help:

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Alpine Strawberry: This will grow over rocks and crevices, and the birds will enjoy the fruit.

Forget-me-Not: Let them roam freely to cover the front edges of beds.

Evening Primrose: This will self-seed freely.

COLM It is tall and graceful, with flowers that open and give scent at the end of the day.

Opium Poppies: Gather a few seed heads of a colour you like, and just scatter them where you would like them to grow. They thrive in even the poorest of soils.

Lady’s Mantle: Distinctive yellow flowers, at its most attractive with fat raindrops nestled in its leaves. Remember to cut off the flower heads before it makes seed if you do not want it to spread everywhere. All of these seed easily, but any plants you don’t want

are easily uprooted. You may need to experiment with a combination of the rescue remedies we have suggested to find the winning formula to help your garden to be as happy and healthy as it can be, despite any extremes the seasons may bring. Invest your time and your budget wisely and well. Where possible buy local, from plant providers in tune with the typical weather conditions of your area, or join a local garden group, where cuttings, plant lore, wisdom and ideas are all freely shared.


Visitors to the South East will be rewarded by visiting the Garden at Mount Congreve near Kilmeaden, bequeathed to the State by Ambrose Congreve, who died in May. This generous plantsman left his house and seventy acres of extraordinary gardens to the people of Ireland. In it find 300 varieties of Magnolia, 600 of Camellia, 3000 varieties of Rhododendron, and 250 types of Acers. Stunning in Spring, but filled with treasures all year through. A life- long devotee and collector of plants, he died at the age of 104, during the week of the Chelsea Flower Show. He enjoyed good health, despite failing eyesight, right to the end of his long life. At his 100th Birthday Party he quoted a proverb: “To be happy for an hour, have a glass of wine. To be happy for a day, read a book. To be happy for a week, get married. To be happy forever, make a garden”

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Your chance to win FREE tickets to the Show… One of the highlights of the crafters’ year is the annual “Knitting and Stitching Show” held in Dublin’s RDS. This year’s show promises to be bigger and better than ever. To accommodate more stands, classes, features and exhibits than ever before, the organisers have taken the show for the first time to RDS Main Hall, which will give us all more space to meet and see, to make and to share. Check out the NEW dates for the show, November 10th 13th 2011. These dates are good news for visitors; as the show does not fall within the traditional Halloween school holiday period, hotels are easier to book, and deals are available.

Twisted Thread have given us 5 pairs of tickets to give away. To enter the draw just answer the following question:

Q. On What date does the Dublin Knitting & Stitching Show 2011 Begin?

Answers by Post, e-mail or text to

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The definitive events for anyone with a love of stitch and creative crafts. Supplies, workshops and textile art.

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Frances J. Sawaya, M.S.

During the ten years when the Lakeland Quilt Fair (now resting in peace, thank you very much), was in full sail, it was of primary importance to invite tutors who knew their stuff, knew whom they were going to stuff and knew how to stuff elegantly. In other words, the quality of the teaching was always as significant as the quality of the craftsmanship. Those who have had workshops from Katharine Guerrier are well aware that she is the ultimate patchworker as well as an inspirational teacher. During her recent teaching for Breffni and Erne Quilters, she took time to be part of a Q and A session; her ideas are shared here for those who have missed the chance to learn from her directly.

A: There are several overlapping focal points: how to take a traditional pattern or design and adapt it so that it is my own; and how to best use scraps. I guess you could say that I like my tradition with a twist. In fact, that is why I enjoy teaching as much as I do - I never stop learning from my students. Inspiration comes from many sources, and I get some from seeing how students take a technique from a workshop and adapt it for themselves.

A: As far as a design element or pattern goes, the biggest inspiration comes from the tried-and-true log cabin. There are many ways to adapt it and to apply tonal values. I like to research old quilt books or visit museums to see how previous generations have done their stitching. But then I do not stay slavishly to a pattern but I make creative changes with colour usage or with the aspect of a block. When I am working on one quilt, it invariably leads to another; this happens as I look at what I have done and imagine how it can grow into something else for another piece.

Q: Talk a bit more about this idea of inspiration. Where does it come from?

Q: Are there specific people who have influenced you?

Q: Is there is similarity between your teaching and the content of your books?

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with like-minded goals. Those aspects are very important. When I travel and teach, I always realize what a privilege it is to meet so many wonderful people. Q: People are always amazed by your sense and use of colour. Do you have a huge stash to draw from?

A: As far as patchwork goes, it began with my taking a workshop at Beamish in 1984 with Michael James. He moved me towards trusting my sense of design. Margaret Miller showed me how to be an involved and energetic teacher; my own background in education helped me to be organized and sequential. From each of them I learned the value of clear communication.

A: Not at all. I buy bits here and there if I am drawn to them, but I don’t have a big collection. Over the years I have changed in my colour use. I don’t incorporate white but prefer to work with lighter tones or shades. I think that my sense of colour is intuitive but it also comes from making sample blocks, mounting them on a design wall and then adjusting and shifting what I see. Q: A final bit of advice for us? A: Don’t bust a gut to win prizes. Make a piece that will challenge your talents but also be something you will enjoy.

Q: You have written or compiled several books for quilters. Do you have a favourite? A: Probably my most recent book, Scrap Quilt Sensations, is my favourite (ISBN 978-0715324523). It gets across my message that you are probably not getting the full enjoyment from your craft if you are not adapting and adjusting. You might be missing the opening of new doors. It’s a human thing to tinker and invent , and I try to teach to that in person or in my books. Q: As you go about teaching and meeting all kinds of quilters, are you hopeful about the future of the craft? A: Yes! Even with difficulties for families these days or the challenge that comes from not having sewn before, people seem eager to have a ‘go.’ People seem to be surviving the recession with the philosophy that “I can justify a few fat quarters but I can’t justify a trip to the Bahamas.” There is also such a social attraction to patchwork as well as the support of women

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DIARY OF EVENTS CRAFT FAIR Showcasing the best of local craftworkers Sat 30th July 11am-4pm Caiseal Mara Hotel, Moville, Co. Donegal Proceeds to Serenity House

ROISIN CROSS SILKS: Annual Sale: 25-50% OFF Mon 5th-Sat 10th Sept 9.30am-5pm (New Collection Mid Sept 2011)

GREEN ACRE QUILTS, FALCARRAGH, CO DONEGAL Summer Workshops Tues, Wed, Sat 10am-2pm Full listing of classes available on the website

QUILTERS QUEST SALE 20% off most fabrics, ÂŁ4/mtr on selected fabrics, 10% off wadding, haberdashery, threads & books etc. 5th-10th September 2011 (Closed Wed)

76TH ANNUAL TINAHELY AGRICULTURAL SHOW Monday 21st August 2011 Fairwood Park, Tinahely, Co Wicklow

STITCH AND CREATIVE CRAFT SHOWS Kings Hall Belfast 13th-15th October 2011

LIMERICK QUILT CENTRE Betina Havig Skills Workshop Sat 20th & Sun 21st August 2011

TWISTED THREAD RDS Dublin 10th-13th November 2011 IRISH PATCHWORK SOCIETY For full details of events and meetings see

Well done to all groups across this island who have continued to support the Babies with AIDS project in Malawi. This summer 150 quilts went from Belfast via container to the Livingstonia Clinic. Included were fifty blankets knit by the Active Aging group in Cavan Town. They used 100% recycled wool from donated UFOs: this meant unknitting the garments, washing the resultant wool, and then reknitting it to make the quilts and ninety caps for premature babies. If you have wool to donate for this project, please contact Marie Lynch (049 4361196) or Frances Sawaya (049 4336240). Arrangements can be made to collect the wool. Also, donations of patchworkers' cotton would be appreciated for the sew-in days held several times a year where the main purpose is to make cot quilts for the next shipment to Africa.

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NEW Classes for AUTUMN 2011 at The Fennel Shed Saturday 20th August 10.30 - 12.30

Sunbonnet Sue Goes Back to School with Anne Rickerby. Popular class - early booking recommended.

October / 4th November / 2nd December Bring whatever you are working on - all welcome, pre-booking essential. €5.00 per person, including morning tea/coffee

Class Only €12.50 Class Including Kit €20.00

Sunbonnet Sue Through the Year

Class continues 3rd Saturday every month.

Other Saturday Events: Saturday 3rd September

Second Fridays (9th Sep,14th Oct, 11th Nov, 9th Dec)

Dear Jane Quilt Club

A great class for anyone wishing to have fun AND build up Quilt and Piecing Skills. Tutor Cecile Flegg 10.30 am - 12 30 pm. €12.50 per class

Quilters’ Car Boot Sale

Rachel Gorry’s Bag Class

Fennel Shed Car Park 10 a.m. - 12 Noon €5.00 per car, all proceeds to Charity.

Second Saturday (10th Sept / 8th Oct / 12th Nov / 10th Dec.)

Carrie Hall’s Sampler Quilt

All the tips and techniques you need to make one of Rachel’s own stunning bag designs. 10.30 am - 12.30pm. €12.50 fee, excluding materials

Fourth Fridays (23rd Sept, 28th Oct, 25th Nov - December class by arrangement)

with Pauline Openneer.

10 - Month Block-of-the Month Quilt Course €150 - Can be paid in Instalments

Traditional Hand-sewn Sampler Quilts

Make a quilt the real, old-fashioned way - an heirloom to last a lifetime.

Third Saturdays

Morning “Sunbonnet Sue”

see above (17th Sept / 15th Oct / 19th Nov / 17th Dec). 10.30 am. - 12 30 pm.

Afternoon: Cook With Joan

Cookery Demonstration with Recipe Sheets and lots of Tasting Samples. 2pm - 4pm.

€12.50 per Class

Night Classes: 8pm - 10pm Tuesday

Merry Marthas

Fully booked, applications welcome.



Quilt with Nicola

17th September - Harvest Bounty 8th October - Happy Halloween 12th November - Christmas is Coming 17th December - Party

Beginner-friendly class, making a choice of quilts from pre-cut squares. 6-week course €75.00 including pattern book. Begins 7th September

Fourth Saturdays

One Day Workshops

Available for groups/reunions/Hen Parties etc. Projects include Bags, Beads & Brooches, Group Quilts or Specialist quilt classes. Friday Events: First Friday, Quilt Bee 2nd September / 7th


Rachel’s Bag Class

Learn to make your own Stylish Bags. 4-week course €50.00 including pattern of choice. Begins 8th September

Mondays Classroom available.

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Eight Mates

“EIGHT MATES” An easy Quilt, made from Fat Quarters, in any number of combinations and variations. A great user-upper, every scrap of every fat quarter can be put to work. Throw Size 40 x 50 ins

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“Scrappy Version”

Double size, made from our stash in warm tones and printed creams.

“Lilac Hill”

from the New Moda range of that name, fabrics and kit available from Maeve Meany at Limerick Quilt Centre


a variation with print border, by Margaret Bradley

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Don’t Miss

our Bumper Christmas Issue On Sale October 2011

Favourite Festive Fabrics Gifts to Make, Share and Treasure Winter Warmers from Joan’s Kitchen

Colm Pulls up his socks!

Keeping gardeners and their plants warm through winter.

Curl Up

With our Sofa Companion Set

Diamonds on a Chain A new version of our Favourite Double Irish Chain Quilt

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