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I'm Heather, the hand that holds The Patchwork Quill. Welcome to my little corner of the interwebz, dedicated to culture, crafting and creativity. I'm a word nerd and a former journalist now working in digital marketing.


 I love having a job that revolves around content and communication, however the Quill is my place to write and publish purely for the love of it. Good content takes work, so trust me - I've nothing but respect for creators earning a living through advertising, but the PQ is editorially independent. 

That said - discovering and sharing all things creative, crafty, fun, thrifty, kooky and spooky is what this blog is here for. So give me a shout if you make, do or sell cool stuff! If I like it, I'll write about it; I just do it for free because I'm weird like that. 


Please have a wee explore, tell me what you think and what you'd like to see more of.​


Why I picked up my Patchwork Quill

I adore the beautiful diversity of arts and culture we enjoy in Northern Ireland. I also love reading, watching or listening to content that teaches or inspires me to make things and to be creative.

I searched for a website with all my favourite things in one place – there wasn’t one, so I made it.


Some of the patches are cultural, some are crafty, and they’re all sewn together with a sparkly thread of creativity.


As well as a regularly-updated events calendar and a weekly ‘What’s On’ guide, there's coverage of festivals, exhibitions, shows and fairs, plus previews and reviews of magazines, books, blogs and more.

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As well as my own adventures in making and mending, enjoy guest posts from skilled professionals and amateur craftspeople, plus I'll be sharing any little tips, tricks and resources I find along the way.

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Talking to artists, writers, creative businesses and projects, about their lives, work, motivations and creative processes. I love finding new uses for old things, so sustainability and thriftiness is a recurring theme here.

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Def: patchwork; n

1. Needlework consisting of varicoloured patches of material sewn together.

2. A thing composed of many different elements so as to appear variegated.

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