In the Beginning...
Islay Quilters was formed after a very
well attended patchwork and quilting demonstration organised by Islay
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."
Shop opening times are Monday to Friday 2.00pm - 4.00pm and Saturdays 11.00am - 4.30pm.
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.
"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!
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.
Islay Quilters Charity Raffle 2014
available from committee or from the shop - £1 per book of four
tickets. The draw will take place at the Islay Show in August.
Quilters present an Exhibition of work done by members and friends
every two years and the next exhibition will be held this year from 16th to 23rd July in
As well as
the exhibits of work completed, there are also challenges
open to all. There
are two open
competitions ‑ one for miniatures (A4 size) with the title "Small is
Beautiful" and one for larger quilts (each side must be at least 1
the title "Flower of Scotland".
There is also a competition for those
aged 16 or under which can be
individual or group work. There
restriction on size and the title is "Scotland". The Scotland
titles have been chosen
because of the Commonwealth Games, the Independence Vote and the 700th
Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn but these themes do not have
this year there will
be a Cushion Competition ‑ the entrant can choose the design as long as
size is 18" by 18". Entry forms can be obtained from the Workshop in Islay House
any Committee Member or can be downloaded from our website ‑ see below
Exhibition there will be
lots to see and buy ‑ quilts, cushions,
fabrics and haberdashery from
our own shop as well as from The Wool and Needlecraft Centre from Oban. The entry charge of ,3 for
adults and ,1 for
Charity Quilt is now finished (pictured to the right) and can be seen in our workshop and
will be raffled at the Islay Show in August.
we are looking for Sponsors to help us with the costs involved
and if you are interested in helping us please contact us in the first
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
information about the Quilters as well as photographs are
available on our website ‑ www.islayquilters.org.uk.
2014 Exhibition Entry Forms
*Closing date for enties is Monday 30th
We now have a newsletter, which will
hopefully be produced three times a year. You can download a
Contact the Islay Quilters at email@example.com