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Thread: A very small exhibition in Ireland

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    The Yeats Country Quilters number between 10 and 12 most years, and generally try to have a small exhibition each year. We are lucky to be able to show our quilts in the Banqueting Hall of a small local castle, built on the shores of Lough Gill, near Sligo, but actually in Leitrim County.

    View of the castle from across the Lough
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    Parkes Castle as approached from the road
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    This Castle was rebuilt from a ruin some years ago, and is now open to the public throughout the summer months.
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    How wonderful - I wish I had a castle!

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    How wonderful!!

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    Some of the quilts on display - I couldn't photograph quite a few, because of the lighting problems. There is minimal artiificial lighting, to try and be in keeping with the original use of the castle. Windows are fairly small, walls about 2ft thick.

    This one you will recognise, because part of it forms my avatar. I called it 'Cold Comfort'.
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    Some of our Project Linus quilts, destined for Sligo Hospital. The quilt, top left is double sided, embroidered with teddies, on blue and pink
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    A Willow Pattern quilt, made from panels designed by Gail Lawthor (UK author)
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    More exhibits

    More Project Linus quilts on one of the windowsills (sorry about the light on this one)
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    The same stars were used in this one, but with a different arrangement, and sashing fabric was the same as background, so stars appear to float
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    A Sampler quilt, all different stars
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    And some more...

    Half in shadow, and half in light doesn't make a good pic, sorry.
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    Detail of above quilt
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    There has to be a Sunbonnet Sue included, doesn't there?
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    I love all of the quilts!!!
    And who of us don't dream of owning a castle? I love it!!!

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    Had enough yet?

    A fun quilt, with hob nail booted spider, knitting its own web
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    Celtic knotwork (hand applied bias tape, in this case, it was multicoloured)
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    Detail of above, I hope it is not too fuzzy to see properly
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    Nearly the end!

    Dancer
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    Nativity
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    some smaller pieces
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    Last few.

    Celtic knotwork quilt, all designed by the quilter (still a work in progress, this one, but she promises to finish it soon)
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    Large sampler quilt
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    What beautiful quilts!! The castle is so cool looking!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    How wonderful - I wish I had a castle!
    I love it right by the lake, Moonpi, but I would find it impossible to live there, because the midges eat me alive, even if the setting is magical. BTW, it is from the jetty here that there is a boat to take you to see the Isle of Inishfree, (immortalised in one of Yeats' poems)

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    Thank you, these were wonderful to see. The castle is so marvelous. Wih I had one. <sigh>

    Your snowflake quilt was the absolute best! My other faves were the nativity quilt and the large sampler.

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    Thanks for sharing
    I agree with Lisanne, Yours is the BEST!

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    What beautiful pictures!! :D It
    would be so fun to get the chance
    to see these castles, for real. I
    am glad you have shared with us.
    The quilts are even more exquisite!!
    :D :D :D :D

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    Those quilts are beautiful and the pictures of the castle are just awesome. I love old history like that. :D :D :D


    Thank you so much for sharing you pictures. They were great. :D :D :D

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    Thanks for sharing. I just love to see what others are doing and these are all lovely - especially yours. I had to look County Sligo up on the map. We spent a wonderful week in Connemara about 4 years ago - near Clifden - but never made it up your way. Rented a house and used it as a base. My husband wanted to see the "real Ireland" not the touristy area in the south. I want to go back someday.

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    Oh, my gosh, didn't you just want to curl up in one of those beautiful quilts and sit for days? They are all wonderful works of art. YOURS truly was the most outstanding!

    Midgies? Like our misquitoes? Bite and leave big whelps?

    Thanks so much for sharing the pictures of the Emerald Lands! The castle would be fun to visit but don't think I would like the housekeeping bit, do you?

    Hugs,
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    Quote Originally Posted by mimisharon
    Oh, my gosh, didn't you just want to curl up in one of those beautiful quilts and sit for days? They are all wonderful works of art. YOURS truly was the most outstanding!

    Midgies? Like our misquitoes? Bite and leave big whelps?

    Thanks so much for sharing the pictures of the Emerald Lands! The castle would be fun to visit but don't think I would like the housekeeping bit, do you?

    Hugs,
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    Midges, Mozzies, you've got it Sharon, they eat me for supper, and I itch like crazy for days. And no, I wouldn't want the housekeeping, or the electricty bills for that matter, but it is truly picturesque, even with my poor versions of photos. You should have come up further, we have plenty of history in this area too.

    Thanks everyone for the nice comments - I will pass them on as they all do nice work, it probably doesn't show quite so well, as I had problems with trying to get nice pics. Between us, we generally manage to make 30 - 40 quilts for Project Linus each year, so I am really proud of our little group.

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    What wonderful beautiful quilts! You surely have talented people in your group! I love the variety of styles of quilting too!

    Thank you so much Lesley for sharing this with us!!

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    Do you have a spare room? I want to come and visit you along with my IRR2 quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by collettakay
    Do you have a spare room? I want to come and visit you along with my IRR2 quilt!
    I've got two, Colleta, (though one isn't very tidy). Just let me know what flight you will be on.

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    WOW Those are some awesome pictures!!! That castle is very impressive as well as the quilts :D :D :D I have to say that your's is also my favorite 8) 8) 8) thank you for sharing this with us!!!!

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    Love them - love the lore too.

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    What a talented group! My favorite is the large sampler. How unique to have them displayed in a castle no less!

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