In the Beginning...
hope you can
find everything you need. Islay Quilters is focused on providing
high-quality service and customer satisfaction - we will do everything
we can to meet your expectations.
The Islay Quilters was formed after a very
well attended patchwork and quilting demonstration organised by Islay
Arts Association. The two speakers were Kay Cruden and Audrey
MacDougal from Calico Threads in Dunoon. Their enthusiasm
about their subject was so great it inspired a group of ladies to get
together to form their own quilting group. The very first
meeting, organised by Sally Taylor, was held on 16 January 1992, in the
Harbour Inn, Bowmore.
Approximately 24 people came to the first
meeting. It was agreed that there were to be three main aims
of the group:
- To generate an interest in quilting and
associated needlework by pooling ideas, experience and resources.
- To make quilts as a group to raise money
for various charities, as well as making our own individual items.
- To enjoy ourselves.
Although the numbers of the group have
varied, due to members leaving the island and new members joining, the
group has now over 30 members. The aims are still met; the
third one especially!
The group makes a quilt to raffle every
year and donates the money to local charities in Islay and Jura.
have also been
involved in making quilts for and with local Primary schools and have
made the magnificent wall hanging that hangs in the Columba
Centre. We hope you will be able to go and see it!
We have a workshop in Islay House Square
where we also have a shop which sells haberdashery, materials, craft
equipment and, of course, quilts and hand made items made by
quilters. All this is run by volunteer members and the
are channelled back into the “Islay Quilters”.
Activities now include card making,
knitting club and beginners' patchwork. Our charity quilt
keeps us busy - look out for the latest!. Among our recent
projects is a hanging for the “Finlaggan Visitor Centre” which is well
worth a visit.
"Visiting Islay? Bring your
quilting with you and come along to our workshop for a cup of tea and
a chat. We welcome the opportunity to meet fellow quilters
and exchange ideas."
Islay Quilters Charity Raffle 2013
charity raffle was drawn at the Islay show on August 8th. We
are grateful to everyone who supported us by buying tickets and
particularly to all those who generously donated the other prizes.
The quilt was won by Karen Harbison and it
has been safely delivered to Kirkliston. A full list of
prize winners can be obtained from our Secretary.
The shop in Islay House Square is open
Monday to Friday from 2 to 4.30pm and Saturday from 11am to
4.30pm. The shop is open until Christmas Eve and
then closed during January, February and March.
"We welcome all commissions, large or
small. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements."
various workshops throughout the year, to which everyone is
welcome. Watch this space for details of forthcoming
events,and come and join us and have fun trying something new!
There will be a workshop every month
throughout the Winter run by members of the group. The
November workshop will be held on Tuesday 26th November at
2pm in the Workshop and the topic will be 3D Fabric.
In December on Tuesday 3rd at 2pm by
popular request we will be learning to Crochet. All are welcome.
The Workshop will be open every Tuesday
from 2 to 4.30pm throughout the winter for members, those
interested and visitors. Purchases can be made from the shop
at this time.
Our next exhibition will be held in
Ballygrant Hall from Wednesday 16th July to Wednesday 23rd of July
next year. We hope it will be our best ever.
and downloadable entry forms for the competitions will appear here in
the near future. Watch this space!.
We now have a newsletter, which will
hopefully be produced three times a year. You can download a