Milestone anniversary for 'crazy quilters'
A group of artistically creative women from south Wexford has celebrated a milestone anniversary while at the same time remembering some of their friends who have passed away.
Twenty-one years ago a group of women decided to set up a quilting group in the New Ross area as a result of a bond forged between them through their common love of sewing.
They decided to call themselves the New Ross Crazy Quilters group and little did they realise back then that they would still be going strong 21 years later.
However, that's exactly the case and the members celebrated their 21st anniversary with a lovely celebratory dinner in the Aldridge Lodge Hotel, Duncannon, which they all thoroughly enjoyed.
The members' love of the art of needlework has brought them to Amsterdam, England and all over Ireland and the women also travel to An Grianan in Co Meath and the Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS every year.
As well as their shared love and talent for artistic creativity through patchwork and quilting the group members have also built up very strong friendships down through the years; friendships that have strengthened with the passage of time.
The members also enjoy participating in other activities outside of their regular stitching and quilting endeavours.
As one member pointed out to this newspaper: 'Although the group initially started as a sewing-based initiative the women have also covered workshops in many other different artistic disciplines including stained glass, basketry, photography, pottery, millinery, and jewellery making.'
Unfortunately, in 2015 they lost one of their very dear members, Rita Bailey. Formally from London but settled in Knockmullen, New Ross, Rita was a much valued member of the Crazy Quilters group.
Last year the group lost another dear friend with the passing of May Keith from Ballykelly.
New Ross Standard