Sunday, November 25, 2012

International Quilt Festival of Ireland, Here I Come!

If you hadn't already noticed, there is a button on the right in the sidebar, that invites you to come to Ireland with me!

This is my story.

I've been a subscriber to Quiltposium Magazine  for a few years now.  Sew Many Places offers all sorts of trips around the world, specifically for Quilters, and I would drool and dream over them, as I read through this excellant free online publication.  Not to mention the interesting people featured, quilt patterns and recipes that were shared.  With most issues being around 200 pages, it often took me days to get through all the information!
the Quilter's Castle!

Anyways, in last Winter's issue, I learned about Jim West's latest project, the International Quilt Festival of Ireland, and there was an advertisement, asking if anyone was interested in being a tour escort.  It lit a fire in me, and I couldn't get it out of my mind and I finally decided "oh, what the heck" and I sent them an email.

I promptly forgot all about it till I received an email from them this summer, after the first Festival had been ruled a success, (even with the few glitches experienced, being their first year).  After a week of deliberation, I decided to join the team of escorts to my first visit to Ireland in June 2013!
Cliffs of Moher
My tour is a 9-day one, which includes 2 days at the 3-day International Quilt Festival, where we will view several different Quilting Exhibits, and have the opportunity to take classes from some high-profile quilters and shopping at the Quilter's Market!  How exciting is that!  That is my idea of fun!

But the fun just begins when we start touring around Ireland, seeing some of the historical sights and castles we've only heard about, the wonderful landscapes and experiencing the Irish hospitality.

A perfect trip to combine our love of quilting with that of travelling, and meeting like-minded people from all over the world.
Kylemore Abbey

To learn more, just "click" on the link in the sidebar, and it will take you to the International Quilt Festival website.

Let me know if you have any questions!

I'm counting down the days!

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