I've been quilting (after a fashion) for about 12 years, but it's only in the last few years that I've found out what I've been doing wrong with my teach-myself-feel-my-way-through quilting. I've improved and gained confidnce over the last few years, and now have an ever growing pile of UFO projects, (of every type). I want to explore and improve my applique skills to do a really differient/contemporary top. Added to which I've rediscovered knitting and crochet, plus I've begun to explore and invest in spinning, dyeing and want to start weaving. So there are even more UFO's building up in corners around tour home.
Our Irish family was Loghry (American spelling - old documents say Loughry) and is pronounced "Lah-thry". Not sure how it was/is pronounced in Ireland.
My 20-year old daughter likes to knit and is learning to crochet. She would be fascinated by spinning. She would also like to learn how to weave - like they do the wool plaids in your part of the world. We don't have access to wool fibers close at hand. (No goats or sheep in this area.) It is good to keep those traditions alive.
We are ranchers - we know all about bad media representation! :0) There are many places I'd like to see in my lifetime, your homeland and the Scottish highlands being among them, but we are just not travelers. We'd not make typical tourists, because we'd rather avoid the cities and see the rural areas. I've heard there is no green so lovely as the grass in Ireland.
Is quilting/crafting popular in the UK? Before I became a quilter, I was a counted cross-stitcher and crocheter. My favorite cross-stitch cloth to work with was 36 count Edinborough linen, but it was hard to come by. (Those were before the days of internet.) I also tried my hand at crocheting Irish lace. Beautiful!
I haven't had much quilting time lately. I'm either getting poorer at managing my time as I get older or I'm just getting slower. I have projects lined up that I'm itching to start on.
I'm not sure what part of Ireland my ancestors came from, but from our research my Scottish ancestors, Welsh, and Irish ancestors all came to the colonies prior to the Revoluntionary War (1700's). They were either criminals or adventurers! (Were they kicked out of their homelands or did they leave voluntarily?) :0)
She would love to visit Northern Ireland. You probably hear this all the time from Americans, but we have a strong Irish heritage in our family. My cousin has traveled extensively in Ireland and absolutely loves it there. She took her mom with her on one trip.
Happy Birthday, Ethne! Lovely quilt projects. There is so much good information on this site. My daughter visited Scotland very briefly (2 very short days) last summer with a university group. She would have liked to have spent many more days exploring your lovely country and wants to return someday. I'm off to check out your blog. Doreen Wales is another Scottish quilter on this web site. She's from Glasgow.