Heather Breeze Quilting - Mayo

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Heather Breeze Quilting - Mayo
 
Heather Breeze Quilting is based in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, and I will cater orders to cover all nationwide. I make quilted products and my list of beautifully crafted items is endless, I also give quilting classes at my studio and monthly workshops. 
 
After 25 years of married life on a farm and raising 4 children, many calves and numerous chickens....you would think i would have enough to occupy my "spare" time. And maybe I had, until I met a lovely lady called Samantha from the USA who introduced me to the addictive craft of Quilting.
 
Samantha had been quilting for years in America and came to reside in Ballyhaunis, and I attended classes with Samantha, but after a year she decided to return to USA. I was in a panic as i thought that would be the end of quilting for me and indeed all the ladies in the group. By now I was making all sorts of quilted products, bags, table runners, memory photo quilts, table mats, cot quilts etc etc., you name it, I made it.
 
Addictive is an understatement and I would sleep, dream and wake up with many new ideas and lots of enthusiasm. 

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Quilted Products that I make

  • Bed quilts.
  • Throws. 
  • Table runners.
  • Place mats. Bags.
  • Baby quilts. 
  • Cot quilts.
  • Cushion covers. 
  • I also print photos on fabric and make memory quilts and wall hangings.

I have exhibited in several venues, for example the NEC (The National Exhibition Centre) in Birmingham, England and last year I exhibited in the St Pats Hospital, Dublin, where 2 of my quilts were sold. I am a member of the Irish Patchwork Society and also The Quilters Guild of Ireland and I take part in various competitions and attend monthly meetings to keep up to date and to get new ideas. 

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My Journey to Teaching

By the time my 4 children had left the nest and moved to brighter lights, I converted one of the bedrooms into a Sewing Room, my quilting group then persuaded me to carry on from where Samantha had left off, and to start giving classes. Not being too confident in teaching, I arranged a teaching course in quilting plus attended several weekend workshops to learn more designs and techniques.

For 3 years I gave classes in a venue in Ballyhaunis, but as the cost of rent and insurance was quite high, it was not benefiting for myself. Having giving it a lot of thought (and convincing my darling husband) I decided to borrow a few quid and erected a Studio at home on the farm. I then advertised classes and 3 years on the classes are a great success.

As a group we have produced a quilt a year which we raffle and give the money to charity. My passion for quilting continues to grow and I enjoy passing on this beautiful craft, not a bad achievement for a City girl .... turned farmers wife!

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