The ISLAY QUILTERS have been involved with the WW100 commemoration preparations for next year. Part of this involves making Flags of all the states in America that lost soldiers in the tragic sinking of the 2 ships – the TUSCANIA and the OTRANTO.
if you would like to be involved even in a small way in making or helping to make one of the flags please come along to the ISLAY QUILTERS, THE WORKSHOP, BRIDGEND on 9 SEPT – we will be open from 11am til 4pm
for more information on this event use our Contact page or message us on Facebook.
Islay Quilters had a successful day at the Agricultural Show, benefitting from the pleasant dry calm weather. Our annual Grand Raffle was drawn that afternoon, the proceeds going to Ella Edgar’s Highland Dancers, Islay and Jura Scouts, and a small portion to Islay Quilters. It was drawn by Dr. Catriona Davis who is in charge of Islay Scouts.
The winner of the first prize was Margaret Russell, a regular visitor to Islay who lives in Matching, near Harlow in Essex, and who plans to collect the hanging during her next visit to Islay in September. This piece of work features two symbols used by quilters – the Mariner’s Compass, and flying Geese, plus a centrally placed map of Islay.
We quilters wish to thank the kind donors of our other prizes, Loganair, Calmac, Port Charlotte Hotel, and the following distilleries, Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Jura, Kilchoman, Lagavulin, and Laphroaig. We are always grateful for this support which is regular and generous.
Our Charity Quilt is ready and looking fantastic for this year's Islay Show. As yet unnamed, the design features Islay at its heart surrounded by representations of flying geese and mariners compass points.
To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic piece of Islay craft, you just need to get yourself a ticket for the Grand Raffle, or several! Don't forget there are also a fantastic range of other prizes, including Islay and Jura Malt Whiskies up for grabs. Tickets can be purchased from our Shop in Islay House Square, from members, or from our stall on Show Day. The Charities this year are Ella Edgar's Highland Dancers and the Islay and Jura Scouts. We've raised over £12,000 for local causes with our Charity Quilts, thank you for your support and we hope you can do us and Islay proud this year too.
After a long wait, our new website is here! Over the next few weeks and months we aim to add more photos, blog posts and social media links. We'll also keep you up to date with all of our new designs and the exciting work we're doing with the schools on the WW100 commemorations. Keep checking back for news and updates, and hope to see you at the shop soon!