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Sew North 2014 Class Programme / Timetable


Thursday 11th September: Registration open 2.00 - 5.00 p.m. IGH

Quilters’ Arcade

A suite of Twelve assorted quilty Shops, in the Swilly Suite, Inishowen Gateway Hotel. OPEN 4p.m - 8.00 p.m.

Evening Presentation “The Dynamics and Dilemmas of Group Quilts” by Deborah Stockdale,

Inishowen Gateway Hotel Time: 7.30 p.m. Admission: €5.00

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Friday 12th September Class 1 Frances Sawaya “The Italians are Coming”

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A workshop, derived from bargello tapestries, for those who have basic stitching and rotary cutting skills and who are eager to learn about colour placement and design. This patchwork technique can be used for a table runner, carry bag, full-size quilt, table mats, garments and garment insets. Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 Level: Suitable for beginners and all skill levels

Class 2 Yvonne Mc Atamney Elegant Wall Hangings

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“Turning Japanese” OR “Lotus Flower Moon” -using Japanese style fabrics Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 including kit Level: Intermediate Level/ some sewing experience required.

Class 3 Judi Mendelssohn “New York Beauty”

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Intermediate level / “Specialised Skill” Tackle and master those points and curves, and have a lot of Big Apple fun on the way (Also available Sat 13th) Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 Including Materials pack


Ballyliffin Golf Club

Evening Activity Quilters’ Quiz

Friday p.m. Inishowen Gateway Hotel (IGH) 8.30 p.m. til not too late €5.00 per head / €20.00 per team (Max 6 per team) This event will be run in aid of a selected local charity, no advance payment required but booking essential in order that the venue can accommodate all those wishing to attend. Great fun, lots of prizes. Sponsored by The Quilters Arcade

Alternative Daytime activity for Friday: Guided Historical walk of Buncrana town and coastline OR

A Round of Golf in Buncrana, The North West or Ballyliffin (Local golf guides / teams can be arranged)

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Saturday 13th September Class 1 Pic of Project

Judi Mendelssohn “New York Beauty”

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Another Chance to catch this great class. Intermediate level / “Specialised Skill” Tackle and master those points and curves, and have a lot of Big Apple fun on the way Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00

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Yvonne Mc Atamney Folded Sashico

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Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 including kit Level: Intermediate Level/ some sewing experience required.

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Mary Kennedy “St Aengus’ Window”

“Specialised Skill” Inspired by the Stained Glass windows in St Aengus Church, Burt, Mary’s technique creates stunning visual effects. Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Some will want to continue / complete the work next day - space will be made available) Cost: €45.00 Including starter kit

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Nicola Doherty-Roe “Six Inch Squares”

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Lots of easy blocks, all end up being 6 x 6 inch square. Specially for beginners, guaranteed fun, nothing too tricky, learning loads. The blocks will combine to make a small, scrappy quilt top/centre. Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 Including starter kit

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Evening Activity The Big Bobbin Banquet Party Time

Start with a specially concocted Quilter’s Cocktail (Choose a wicked one or an innocent one), be seated for a Four-course Dinner with all the tutors and the Sew North team, open your goody bag of Quilty Secret Treats, and join fellow quilters and guests for live music and entertainment in the Bar/Foyer after dinner. ₏39.50 per person / Booking Essential

Alternative Daytime activity for Saturday: Gotta see those quilts.

Get there on your own steam, or pick up one of our mini-tours. Visit Fuji Centre / Dunree / Clonmany / Sliabh Sneacht / Buncrana Quilt Trail Allow at least three hours for this one - or make a day of it, our guide map will show suggested stops and eating places along the way. Seriously good scenery, bring the camera and wear comfy shoes.

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Sunday 14th September

Sunday Morning at Leisure Class 1 Pic of Tutor

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Jan Blair Make, paint and embellish your own unique brooch, using the most unusual of basic materials - you will never guess! Time: 2.00 - 5.00 p.m. Cost: €25.00 including kit Level: No sewing skills required, so open to all.

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Lynda’s Feltworks Working on beautiful Wool Felt with the ever popular Lynda from The Cotton Shed. Here you can make a lovely Candlemat, 10” in diameter. You can have your choice of four designs, strawberries, honeybees, flowers or patchwork blocks. You will learn how to applique with the wool and experiment with different stitches using beautiful wool threads. Lighthearted, fun workshop. Time: Cost: €45.00

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Glenevin Waterfall, Clonmany

Evening Activity Sunday Night - Quiet Night, but those who wish to can Drift Away. Music and Craic in The Drift Inn, possibly the best bar in Ireland. Railway Road, Buncrana, two minutes walk from Inishowen Gateway Hotel.

Alternative Daytime activity for Sunday: Take a short drive out to The Glen Waterfall, a pleasant 1 km walk from the roadside car park. Stop for Afternoon Tea at The Glen House, then stop to shop at Crafty Anne’s “Glendowen Crafts” on your return trip back to Buncrana. Allow 2 - 3 hours min.

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Monday 15th September Class 1 Pic of Tutor

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Nicola Doherty-Roe Beginners Blocks

Make the first easy blocks for the “Vintage Fairground” Quilt. This can be part 1 of a five-day course, where the complete quilt top will be assembled in the week, or a stand-alone one-day class on how these ever-useful block elements are made. Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 including Kit (Pre-Cut if requested) Level: Suitable for beginners and all skill levels

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Anne Rickersby Sunbonnet Sue & her Beautiful Borders

Many Quilts you see featuring our favourite Sue, are literally made by their borders. Learn how to create, fit and embellish beautiful appliqué style borders - a fitting frame for any quilt top. ( design will fit a quilt up to 1.0 metre square). Border fabric (1.0 metre required) not included Time: Cost: €45.00 including materials for appliqué, fusible web and embellishments. Level: Intermediate Level

Class 3 Stephanie Green Lotus Flower

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Specialist Skill Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 Inc Starter Kit


The Peace Bridge, Derry City

Evening Activity Movie Night

A specially selected movie in house for all to enjoy, Inishowen Gateway Hotel

Alternative Daytime activity for Monday: Shopping trip to Derry / Walk the City Walls

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Tuesday 16th September Class 1 Pic of Tutor

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Gaye Grant Beginners Blocks Part 2

Log Cabins - two ways. Learn how classic Log cabin is made, then make a second version, square in a square. Two more 12 x 12 inch blocks for your first sampler quilt. This can be part 2 of a five-day course, where the complete quilt top will be assembled in the week, or a stand-alone one-day class on how these everuseful block elements are made

Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 inc Kit (Pre-cut on request) Level: Beginner

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Class 2 Karen Maxwell Bags of Style

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Create this attractive shopper, and add your own distinctive finish Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 including kit Level: Intermediate

Class 3 Stephanie Green

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Glenveagh National Park

Evening Activity Dinner in The Firebox Grill, Fahan The Old Railway Station, by the water’s edge in Fahan, a real treat. Steaks cooked on an open fire, great seafood and veggie dishes too.

Alternative Daytime activity for Tuesday: Visit Glenveigh Castle OR tour the Inishowen 100 route

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Wednesday 17th September Class 1 Pic of Project

Sandra Montgomery Beginners Blocks 3

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Four more really useful blocks, 12 x 12 ins sq., for your first sampler. Half-square Triangles and Flying geese / 8-pointed star Skill level Beginner (Preferably having completed part 1 and 2 also) - intermediate. This can be part 3 of a five-day course, where the complete quilt top will be assembled in the week, or a standalone one-day class on how these ever-useful block elements are made Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 including Kit ( can be pre-cut by request)

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Karen Maxwell Cushion

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Emer Fahy Hand Piece, Sew in Peace, Anyplace!

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A great technique, hand sewing that allows you to make up perfect blocks, anywhere, anytime. Easy on the joints (your elbows and wrists that is), a great skill to master, can be used in conjunction with machine piecing*. “The most relaxing, informative class I have ever attended”, according to one happy past pupil. Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 including fabrics, templates and needle. *No sewing machine required

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There will be a menu of extra classes on Wednesday 17th, to be confirmed later in the Spring. Check in for more details.

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“The Owl and the Pussycat” Hand-Knitted Figure / toy

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Debbie designs and makes her gorgeous creations here in Inishowen, but uses the finest Merino wool from New Zealand. Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 including Kit

Evening Activity Cookery Demonstration hosted by Harry’s, award winning restaurant, showcasing the best of local fresh produce, followed by dinner.

Alternative Daytime activity for Wednesday: Grianan Aileach. Visit the 3.000 year old Hilltop fort, then stop in and marvel at the

Building of the Millennium, St Aengus’ Church, Burt. Then detour to the Bird Sanctuary, walk along the waters edge by Inch Lake, almost as far as the castle ruins - a fabulous day out. Detour back to The Gap in Bridgend (or Doherty’s Cafe or Harry’s) if all that walking has worked up a healthy appetite

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Thursday 18th September Class 1 Pic of Tutor

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Anne Rickerby Beginners Blocks - Appliqué with Anne

Just for beginners, four sweet’n’simple shapes - a daisy, a heart , a star and hoot the owl. All can be combined or incorporated to make two or more blocks for your first sampler Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 Including Kit (Can be pre-cut on request) This can be part 4 of a five-day course, where the complete quilt top will be assembled in the week, or a stand-alone one-day class on how these ever-useful block elements are made

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Class 2 Orna Doherty Donegal Seascape

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Combining all kinds of skills and techniques, this local textile artist will show you how to create your own version of her dramatic wall hanging, a reprise of her very popular class in 2013 Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 including Surface Kit (Not inc Backing & Wadding) Level: Intermediate

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Class 3 Aran Knitting Masterclass

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Inishowen is justifiably famous for it’s tradition of weaving and knitting. Learn some new stitches, and lots of handy hints from one of the foremost exponents of this craft which is almost an art form. Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 including Wool & Needles Level: Specialist Skill


Evening Activity Gala Dinner

6.30 - 8.00 p.m A special chance to meet and welcome our international and trans-Atlantic Visitors.

Antique Irish Quilts with Rosalind Shaw

Rosalind shares the best of her unique collection, gathered with dedication over many years, some originating from the Inishowen / North Donegal area. An informal Show - and - Tell format, where we can marvel. ask questions, and learn for the experts. 8.30 p.m. followed by music and entertainment later. €5.00 per person Winners Announced - The “Hands across the Water”

Alternative Daytime activity for Thursday: Visit Malin Head, Ireland’s most Northerly point. Take the left turn after Lagg Church, and stop at the viewing Car Park on the Knockamany Bends road, where all the North Atlantic tries to break its way into the shelter of the Five Fingers Strand below. Enjoy one of the best cups of Coffee in ireland from Dominic, the Barista on wheels at Banba’s crown. Stop by the Seaview tavern for food and craic.

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Friday 19th September Class 1

Gaye Grant

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Pic of Tutor Beginners Blocks, how to build your quilt to last for lifetimes. Like a building, the foundations and integral structure the sashes and posts that form the skeleton, and the borders that frame, secure and enhance the quilt centre. Strong sashes that fit, posts framed with star points, borders that work. Learn how to calculate, cut and fit them all, to complete your first sampler, ready for quilting. Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 including fabrics for sashes, posts and star points on a 12-block quilt. (Not main Border, to be personally selected)

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Terri MacNeill Mariner’s Compass

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Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 including kit Level: Specialist Skill

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Sheila Tinsley Scrappy, foundation-pieced Cushion/Block

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Beginner friendly, fast and fun Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Some will want to continue / complete the work next day - space will be made available) Cost: €45.00 including Kit (All the materials for cushion top and lining, backing not included - 0.5 metre required)

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Hand Quilting with Emer Fahy Keep me in the Loop

Quilt your work any size - by hand, with a traditional Quilting Hoop. Time: 1.00p.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: â‚Ź45.00 Including starter kit. Hoops will also be available to borrow / purchase

Evening Activity - NEW for 2014 Quilters’ Bingo

[sponsored by Moda and Gutermann] 8.30pm Great fun, lovely prizes - little treats if you complete a line, bigger ones if you win a full house. Charity event, no advance payment required, but booking essential.

Alternative Daytime activity for Friday: See the east Coast of Inishowen, travel to Muff then North to Moville, Greencastle, Shrove Lighthouse and walk to Inishowen Head, on a clear day you will see clearly past the North Antrim coastline to Rathlin Island and beyond to the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.

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Saturday 20th September Class 1 Pic of Project

Frances Sawaya “Confetti”

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A workshop that you will teach you a scrap technique for making full sized quilts or to use in borders or garment insets, table runners or cushion covers. Patternless! Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 including starter kit Level: Beginner

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Terri MacNeill Pinwheel Parade

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Terri’s own design and technique, creates dazzling, spinning pinwheels full of colour and movement. Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 including starter kit Level: Intermediate

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Sheila Tinsley Beaded Candlewick Cushion

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“Specialised Skill” A delightful, cream-on-cream hand-worked Candlewick Cushion front, subtly embellished with seed-pearl beads. Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 Including kit

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Emer Fahy “You’ve been Framed”

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Hand quilting in a group, in the traditional way, around a floor-mounted frame maybe this is the way to go? See how a simple frame can be made and assembled to suit your own home. Relaxing and enjoyable. Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost: €45.00 - Needles, thimbles and threads all provided. Level: All Skill Levels


The Red Door, Fahan

Evening Activity 8.00 p.m.

Sunset on the Swilly Dinner at The Red Door, Fahan

Alternative Daytime activity for Saturday: Gotta see those quilts.

Visit the Quilts, take our mini tour, relax & enjoy.

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Sunday 21st September

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Finale Lunch At the Inishowen Gateway Hotel Time: 1pm

Kick-Off for the All ireland Football Final, and we put the finishing touches to our quilt -“All About Sam”. As the final whistle blows, we fit the block representing the winning team into the centre, and so ends Sew North 2014 Time: 3pm -


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