Quilt Fling

Quilt Fling: An Evening with Paula Rafferty & The Quilters of Shambellie House

From: £15.00

Friday 10th May 2024

7pm Until 8.30pM

Part of our 2024 Quilt Fling – an evening of talk and conversation. Hear from quilter Paula Rafferty and some of our Quilters of Shambellie including our very own Ann Hill (BEM), while you enjoy the hospitality at Shambellie House.

**Normal price £25 – reduced to £15 thanks to a subsidy from the Quilters of Shambellie House for Quilt Fling **

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Paula is an international art quilt exhibitor, quilt judge, exhibition curator, professional longarm quilter, pattern designer and teacher who works with life prisoners at Limerick Prison in Ireland. We are delighted to be able to offer an evening with Paula to hear about her experiences.

Join us for an relaxing and informative experience hearing from Paula Rafferty plus input from a selection of our Quilters of Shambellie House including Ann Hill (BEM). Hear the stories of their quilting journeys and then enjoy the chance to ask questions, meet and share your own stories, all in the lovely atmosphere of Shambellie House, surrounded by like minded people.



Your Tutor

Your Tutor

Paula Rafferty

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Paula has been sewing since she was a small child, she was taught by her mum and started making clothes for her Sindy Doll.

Paula was born and grew up in Dundalk, Co. Louth before moving to study Fashion Design at Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) from 1987-1991 and after running her own business for a few years, specializing in stretch and sequined fabrics, she returned to college to train as an Art teacher  (1995-1996). After finishing college Paula worked with retirement groups, which taught her the value of lifelong learning. By accident Paula started working in Limerick Prison in 1998 and has been teaching there full time since. Paula has exhibited and presented lectures on Prison Art and Textiles many times here in Ireland and also in Mexico, Spain, Poland, The Netherlands, Scotland and Canada. 

Paula joined the Irish Patchwork Society in 2002 and has since made hundreds of quilts, both large and small. When asked Paula says that she makes two types of quilts: Art Quilts for exhibition and Therapy Quilts to keep her sane!

With her Art Quilts works in series, several at the same time, until she feels that she has exhausted the theme. Paula loves any messy techniques such as dyeing, printing, stamping, anything where she can get her hands dirty and revel in that childlike joy of playing with colour. Collage, fabric transfer and printing are other favoured techniques, anything that involves modern technology, what could be more fun than mixing ancient skills like hand embroidery with modern digitally printed images, right? 

Therapy Quilts are usually utilitarian in nature and composed of simple shapes like squares or strips, which are cut in large amounts and randomly sewn together. Paula finds the act of repetitive sewing calms and keeps her sane during wintertime or when going through emotional stress. Traditional patchwork and quilting techniques act as a gateway to our past and are an amazing meditative process and Paula adores the challenge of designing quilt blocks and patterns for students and groups. 

Paula exhibits her art quilts and teaches patchwork and quilted techniques internationally, both as a member of various international groups and as a solo artist. Paula’s work has been featured in many international patchwork and quilting magazines including; Quilting Arts, Quilt Modern, British Patchwork & Quilting and Patchwork Professional.

“Quilting has opened up the world to me, brought so many wonderful people into my life and taught me so much. I look forward to the wonderful techniques and skills that I have yet to learn.”

Groups Paula is a member of:

  • IPS Irish Patchwork Society 
  • Quilters Guild of Ireland
  • Quilters Guild of the British Isles (specialist groups contemporary and modern)   
  • SAQA Studio Art Quilt Associates
  • Voyage (an online textile group
  • 20Perspectives

Your Tutor

Ann Hill

Ann has been professionally teaching quilt making for 15 years. She has exhibited her work around the world, currently with an exhibition touring America and another about to start touring 40 countries. Ann is quilter in residence at Alzheimer Scotland and has been awarded a Point of Light and a British Empire medal for her services to Alzheimers, both through working with those living with dementia and raising awareness through quilting exhibitions.

Ann teaches beginners and experienced quilters in the fundamentals of quilting and progress through traditional, modern and contemporary quilting. She runs weekly classes in Dumfries and Galloway. Ann is Chair of Shambellie Quilters who are responsible for organising quilt festivals in autumn and May each year.

About the Day

The workshop will take place from 7pm to 8.30pm and refreshments will be provided.

Parking is available at the House by following the drive.


Essential Information

This workshop is on the ground floor which is wheelchair available, as are the toilets and cafe area.  Please let us know if you have any access needs and we will try our best to accommodate you.

If you have answered yes and would like to discuss your requirements then please get in touch.

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