The Patchwork Diaries

We go on a patchwork adventure with our new columnist Aine Foley of Lismore Quilt Co.

Summer has arrived at the studio and we’re ready to go with lots of new projects.

This super easy quilt was a joy to make, helped along by cute bunnies and buzzing bees. I added a hint of orange in the border, which I think really lifts the design. One of the best things about this project is that it’s ideal for using up all those fat quarters.

Following on from our scrap quilt in the last issue, I decided that scrap bags would be a good idea. When I started getting the bags together I was amazed at how much I had stored away and lying around!

So, I got working with the iron and the weighing scales (each bag contains approximately a yard of fabric by weight). Each bag provides a great variety of fabric in various sizes to get you started on your scrap and applique projects.

Just last week I had a delivery of this new range of fabric from Moda and I couldn’t wait to start cutting. The collection is called Tree House and it includes a fabric with full instructions on how to build your own tree house. One of the designs is of cute little swing tyres and the colours are so bright and summery.

After some thought I’ve decided to start planning a simple quilt with 6” blocks, using stars and triangles… watch this space for the completed project!

Right now I’m really looking forward to my studio’s first exhibition. I’ve been working hard on getting quilt stands organised to display the many quilts (I’m hoping for over 40!). All the quilts have been made at our classes and workshops, along with other quilters’ work.

I just wanted to tell you a little bit about the quilt stands; I got the quilt display stands from the Irish Patchwork Society, Cork Branch. They have a number of stands that are available to hire by members.

The quilt is put on the stand by a hanging sleeve attached to the back of the quilt. The top pole of the stand slots through the hanging sleeve and the quilt hangs down. The stands are fully adjustable to accommodate different quilt sizes (length and width)

The exhibition will take place in the historic St. Carthage’s Cathedral in Lismore on the 17th and 18th June. Do come along if you’re in the area and see the quilts in this beautiful setting.


Aine Foley has been quilting for more than 20 years. She has completed the City and Guilds Certificate in Patchwork and Design, and in 2013 she established the Lismore Quilt Co. She runs a range of quilting and patchwork classes for all levels from her purpose-built studio, where you will also find everything you need – fabrics, wadding and notions – to complete your quilts. She has a particular interest in quilt history and finds her inspiration in antique quilts.