CULTURE

Spring into Colour: Festival of Colours 2013

Tomorrow ArtsEkta brings one of their flagship events back to Belfast - the traditional Indian festival of Holi, or as it's more widely known, The Festival of Colours.Most people are familiar with the iconic imagery of the colour powder party element of the festival - people transformed into walking, giggling rainbows, with starbursts of vibrant… Continue reading Spring into Colour: Festival of Colours 2013

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Read of The Month

Magazine of the Month: Homemaker

April's Magazine of the Month is Homemaker - a newcomer to the market, this is just the fourth issue of the monthly magazine promising "creative ideas for your home". If you like the look of it, make sure to enter the competition at the end of the post to win issues 4 and 5 of… Continue reading Magazine of the Month: Homemaker

Read of The Month

Magazine of the Month: Homemaker

April's Magazine of the Month is Homemaker - a newcomer to the market, this is just the fourth issue of the monthly magazine promising "creative ideas for your home".If you like the look of it, make sure to enter the competition at the end of the post to win issues 4 and 5 of Homemaker,… Continue reading Magazine of the Month: Homemaker

CULTURE, visiting hours

Goodbye Patrick; time for Luke.

  TO ANY DWELLER IN LEWIS STREET And do you know a man was born in your short street of brick and slate who made his life a simple chart that he might keep inviolate the clear precision of his sight for curve of hill and field and tree that he might set their colours… Continue reading Goodbye Patrick; time for Luke.

Read of The Month

Magazine of the Month: Homes & Antiques

For those of you who actually remember the first (and last) Magazine of the Month, it has indeed been seven months since I launched my new so-called 'monthly' feature. Sorry to leave you waiting so long for the second installment, but I can assure you MotM is back to stay, and what better way to… Continue reading Magazine of the Month: Homes & Antiques

CULTURE, visiting hours

Flax of Life

I'm so cross at myself for not posting this a few weeks ago! Three Saturdays ago, my mum, granny, sister and I drove to the Flax Gallery in Newtownabbey's Mossley Mill to see Aspects of the Lough; an exhibition by East Antrim Artists celebrating the Belfast Lough which they all live near in Whitehead. Unfortunately, I just… Continue reading Flax of Life

CRAFTING

Merry Christmas!

I did a lot of research before starting up The Patchwork Quill. So I know that 'blogging 101' dictates posts should be original, timely and topical to keep your readership interested. Sod that - I still haven't shown off about what I got for Christmas. Happy New Year!

CULTURE

Diwali and Samhain

Sadly, as I write this, there are only a few days left of ArtsEkta's Indo-Celtic festival, however I would still like to share the parts of Diwali and Samhain I have been a part of. The celebrations aren't over until this Sunday, so please check out the programme to see what's on. I really recommend the… Continue reading Diwali and Samhain

CRAFTING, CULTURE, visiting hours

Monday, Monday – more than I hoped it would be…

I have mentioned her once or twice in previous posts, but I'm delighted to finally be featuring my lovely grandmother, and the artist group she has been part of for many years, the Lisnagarvey Art Society. Since her teens, my Granny (Marie Hiddleston, if any of you bump in to her and don't fancy addressing her… Continue reading Monday, Monday – more than I hoped it would be…