Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Closure of Modern Quilters Ireland

As you may know, Modern Quilters Ireland was originally set up in 2012 to bring together like minded quilters in Ireland for the exchange of ideas and inspiration and to create a community of people interested in the Modern Quilting movement which was becoming more popular in other countries around the world at this time also.

We are entirely grateful for the time, energy and effort that members have put into Modern Quilters Ireland.  You have participated in swaps, bees, meetups and created wonderful quilts, and through this a strong modern quilting aesthetic has developed among our community.  Some of the most important highlights for us were the exhibitions hosted in St Patrick's Hospital in Dublin. The first one took place in 2015 (gallery here) and a second took place this year, you can find a lovely slideshow Ruth has put together below.
 

I hope through each of those activities you have met some wonderful like-minded people as we have, have found friendships and can take the time to nurture those relationships as time moves on.

Unfortunately, as our lives have all become busier we have now made the decision to close the MQI as it seems the majority of members have decided to focus their precious time and energy on other activities and the numbers participating in various activities have dwindled.  

We very much hope that the spirit of the group moves on and that we reconvene in another way if/when the opportunity presents itself.

In the meantime, from a practical perspective, the remaining ongoing activities will continue elsewhere - the Bee will continue via the Facebook page (link here), and the swap will conclude as planned. 

We would like to thank, in particular, Ruth who has taken responsibility for running and maintaining the MQI group, activities, blog and social media for the last number of years and has done a fantastic job re: same, and also Fiona and Anna who also participated in managing the MQI for a period when we stepped back from same a few years ago.

With the best of wishes to all our quilting friends,

Cindy and Sarah.

2 comments:

  1. I would like to thank cindy Sarah Fiona Anna and Ruth for all their hard work. It was joining the mqi that really opened up the world of online quilting and i have loved all the swaps I have participated in , including the current one . Unfortunately I didn't get to any of the meet ups though I always intended to . All the best and hope to see you all on the Fb page and Instagram .

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  2. Yes, many thanks for all the hard work and diligence that went into this fine blog

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