Quilt Fling

Quilting Stained Glass Effect: Featuring Finbar the Kingfisher with Paula Rafferty

From: £60.00

Saturday 11th  May 2024

10.00AM to 4.00PM

Finbar the Fisher King is a Quilting workshop where you will create a fused quilt giving a beautiful stained glass effect with this modern design.

**Normal price £80 – reduced to £60 thanks to a subsidy from the Quilters of Shambellie House for Quilt Fling **

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The fused glass effect Quilting Workshop is suitable for intermediate level quilters.
You will create a stained glass effect modern design. You will learn how to transfer drawings into wonderful fabric creations, best practice for handling fuseibles and create your own fusible bias tape. These new skills can be used alongside many patchwork and quilting techniques. The finished quilt will measure approximately 16.5” x 23.5”
Fully bound and illustrated pattern included in class fee for each student (retail value £20 each plus A2 black and white pattern template)

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

About the Day

The workshop will take place from 10am to 4pm and refreshments will be provided throughout the day including tea/coffee and freshly prepared lunch by our partners at Cloverglen.

Parking is available at the House by following the drive.

This workshop is in the Gallery which is on the second floor.

This is only accessible via stairs with no lift access available. If you have any access needs and would like to attend please let us know and we will accommodate you.

Kit and Requirements

Fabric & Materials list:
Background: 1 x fat quarter
Wadding: 1 x fat quarter
Backing: 1 x fat quarter
Bondaweb: 20” x 18” piece
Brown fabric (eye & claws): 4” x 2.5”
Branch: 4” x 20”
Orange fabric: 8” x 5.5”
Blue fabric: 5” x 17”
White fabric: 3.5” x 2”
Black fabric for bias strips: 10” or 12” square
Black thread

Tools & Equipment list:
Sewing machine
Iron & ironing pad/surface
Paper & fabric scissors
Water soluble marker
Sharpie permanent marker (medium tip)
Teflon pressing sheet
Small cutting mat and rotary cutter

Kits can be provided at an extra cost of £20  and you can borrow a sewing machine from Shambellie House. 

Essential Information

This workshop is in the  gallery which is on the second floor.
This is only accessible via stairs with no lift access available. Please let us know if you have any access needs and we will try our best to accommodate you.

Please note there are kit requirements or the option to purchase what is needed from your tutor and borrow a machine from Shambellie House. Please see the kit and requirements tab.

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

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