March 5, 2018

Utility Quilting Project with Tina McLaughlin at Void Gallery

As part of β€˜A Stitch in Time’ ACNI-funded Arts and Older People Project, during this 8 week programme participants will learn, explore, and experiment with a method called Strip Piecing. Strip piecing is an easy way for using your scraps to create interesting and lively fabric arrangements. Traditionally used to make Utility Quilts, strip piecing also lends itself to many contemporary designs.

Ireland’s long tradition of making patchwork quilts grew rapidly out of both thrift and necessity. From the late 1800s Derry had many shirt factories and their goods were exported all over the world. With the increase in production came an increase of off-cuts, and so sacks of remnants became available for purchase at the factory shop, sold by weight. The workers made patchwork in their spare time and stories were told about men on bicycles that picked them up and sold them for their makers. These quilts were often referred to as Shirt Patchwork or Derry Quilts. The early Quilts made from scraps provide a great insight into the Northern Irish Textile Industry. They are now a social historical document reminding us of a different lifetime.

Tina is a Derry-based textile artist and ex-factory worker. She has project managed the shirt factory project 2013 and has taught many community-based quilt-making workshops.

Dates: Every Thursday from 15 March – 3 May 2018
Times: 1-4pm
Fee: Admission free
Location: Void Gallery, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL
Booking: or +44 (0)28 71308080. This project is supported by the Arts and Older People Programme. It is therefore only open to participants aged 60+

Utility Quilting Project with Tina McLaughlin at Void Gallery