Cuilteáil – Quilting

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Have you ever wondered what was involved in making a traditional quilt? – Find out at Scoil Acla!

In essence, quilting is the process of sewing multiple layers of material together to form a thicker, warmer structure. A quilt is divided into three layers: the Quilt Top, the Wadding and the Backing. Quilters often like to use a ‘quilt sandwich’ analogy when describing this combination – as a sandwich is divided into three main layers, so is a quilt in a similar sense. The Quilt Top features the main design of the quilt, while the Wadding is used as padding and the Backing is usually cotton fabric to help hold the Wadding in.

To stitch the quilt layers together, there are several common stitches used for both functionality and decoration – the most common being a basic running stitch. Generally speaking, creating a quilt involves a variety of other techniques alongside sewing the layers together. The Quilt Top can be created from bespoke patchwork patterns or different forms of applique, and embroidery can be added as embellishment. On many quilts, a combination of these techniques is used.

Sheila Mangan is from Achill and has a long held interest in crafts. Her classes will consist of the following:

Class 1: Foundation piecing is a traditional patchwork technique. We will use this to make a mug rug  taking inspration from the beauty of the Achill landscape.

Class 2: There are many beautiful items associated with Christmas but one of the nicest is the sight of a gorgeous Christmas bobble that you created on the tree. In this class you will learn this precise but fun technique and create a Christmas tree ornament to take home.

Her classes are suitable for any level and must be booked in advance.

Seo seans duit rud nua a fhoghlaim a bhaineann leis ár n-oidhreacht.

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