Vistors flock to former Franciscan Church for quilt expo

Daniel Tighe

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Daniel Tighe

Eilish Willis, Shelbourne Park with the quilt she made for her granddaughter Maeve who lives in Ohio. The quilt is made of T-shirts from Maeve's Irish dancing days. Picture: Adrian Butler
The eighth annual River of Dreams Quilt Exhibition is currently taking place in the former Franciscan church on Henry Street.

The eighth annual River of Dreams Quilt Exhibition is currently taking place in the former Franciscan church on Henry Street.

The exhibition runs until Saturday, June 15 and displays 56 bespoke quilts featuring the most intricate and unique designs. Maeve Meaney, founder of the Limerick Quilt Centre, is largely responsible for the success and longevity of the showcase.

“We’ll be in existence 10 years next year. Our biggest difficulty is being sure of a venue for next year,. We’ve been all over,” said Maeve.

“This is the culmination of a year’s work. These quilts are mostly first time quilts,” she added.

Maeve got the quilting bug some years ago, “In the early 90’s I joined the Irish Patchwork Society and then became a founder member of the Quilters Guild of Ireland,” she said. Maeve believes arts and crafts are making a resurgence in Ireland. A recent survey put the age profile of quilters at 54 but she believes that is changing with the proliferation of arts and crafts shows on TV.

The satisfaction of creating your own quilt is unparalleled as far as Maeve is concerned. “You have no idea,” she laughed. “And it’s a great community to be part of,” she added. Her centre just off the Dublin Road is always open to aspiring quilters with a beginners’ programme running throughout the year.

Also exhibiting her quilt at the former church ids Shelbourne park native Eilish Willis. Eilish made her quilt from Irish dancing competition T-shirts that her granddaughter wore. Her granddaughter, Maeve now lives in Ohio and is eagerly anticipating the arrival of the quilt, lovingly made by her grandmother.