September Recap

Well, what a start to the year we had! We welcomed so many members back after the Summer break and we were all clearly raring to go. Lots of people renewed their membership – yes, it’s that time of year again! But if you haven’t yet and you’d like to there’s still time. You can join online on the website or you can bring along your completed form (available to print on the website) and subscription fee of €50 to the next meeting on Saturday 8th October. Contact us if you need more details, we love to see you.

We welcomed the very talented Lena Pugachova who gave us a wonderful Show and Tell of her wide ranging and beautiful work. From traditional to modern, full size to mini and all the colours of the rainbow. We were all transfixed by her inspiring work and we hope to have her back soon. Take a peek at just a small selection of her wonderful work in the gallery below.

Lena with her Improv Curves baby quilt

It was a pretty difficult act to follow but we then had Show and Tell from the members….

We started with a classic Irish Chain quilt from Assumpta, made as a raffle quilt – tickets anyone? Next was a fabulous EPP quilt from Sheila, hand pieced AND hand quilted. This was followed by a stunning quilt from Michelle, with origami flowers, made for her brother. Clare wowed us all with a beautiful applique row by row quilt in tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. Next Joanna showed us a gorgeous blue and white zig zag quilt made for a friend’s grandchild. Then we had an amazing memory quilt from Louise, made from her mother’s friend’s scarves as a special gift. Finally, Heidi delighted us with three pieces – two of which had just returned from their travels in various exhibitions – first an amazing rose quilt, then a piece made for Old Roots New Shoots and finally, a wall-hanging called One Sky.

And the day wasn’t over yet for some lucky campers. After the meeting, Lena ran a fantastic workshop on Improv Curves. All participants were thrilled with the results. Thank you, Lena xxx

Lots of happy faces after Lena’s Improv Curves workshop

Are you impressed by Lena’s designs? She has a new pattern out now in her Etsy Shop, just in time for Halloween…..Spooky!

Coming Up: September Meeting

Lena Pugacheva – Improv Curved Piecing

After our sultry summer break it is time to break out the needles and pins again! Our first Branch Meeting of the year is this coming Saturday 10th September.

Venue: Sacred Heart Church Hall

Door open: 10am

Shop: Lismore Quilt Company

Speaker: Lena Pugachova

Show and Tell: Bring along your most recent work for us to coo over

Coffee and Tea: Provided. Bring along some sweet treats to share

Library: A small selection from the library will be available for your perusal

Please note that if you haven’t already renewed or joined online via the website, that you can renew your membership at the meeting. Please bring along your printed and completed forms with the subscription fee of €50 (cash only if paying at the meeting). Forms will also be available at the meeting.

We welcome Lena Pugachova to our first meeting of the year. Lena will be our speaker and is also giving a workshop on Improv Curved Piecing in the afternoon. Workshop was full as of June 2022 but enquiries can be made via our email

See you there!

President’s garden party

Last Friday a group from Cork travelled up to Dublin to Áras an Uachtaráin. They were invited to attend a gospel concert as part of the garden party season at the president’s residence.

Assumpta made the president a lovely little quilt as well, which was handed to him personally. The wall hanging depicts a Galway Hooker (pattern unknown):

(photo from the president’s website)

In the photo: Marie Sprott, President Michael D. Higgins, Assumpta Lydon, Siobhán Miller Stone, Margaret Twomey, Ellis Watson and Nora Healy. Frances McCarthy enjoyed the evening too, but missed the photo opportunity.

More photos from the event can be found on the president’s website:

The ladies made the president’s social media accounts, too:

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter!

June recap

Our last meeting before the summer was extremely enjoyable.

Our speaker was Heidi Wieshniewski, who took us on a very interesting journey through her textile history.

She has made different items at different phases of her life and she showed many of them: from an exquisite jacket and lovely dresses to miniature embroidered landscapes, from quilts to appliqué portraits and many more.

Looking at her lovely work was a real treat:

See more photos in this slide show. From her first quilt to lockdown projects, and appliqué landscapes inspired by the views around her, and much more:

Members’ Show and Tell followed:

Marie showed us her double wedding ring quilt. Stitched mostly during occasional travels over many years, she recently finished the top. Mary Palmer’s quilting magic finished it off brilliantly.

Our next meeting will be held in September, with a visiting speaker and a workshop in the afternoon! And with a refreshed committee there are quite a few things planned for the following months… So keep an eye on your emails for news from your branch.

And don’t forget that next Saturday is the national AGM in Dublin! Please let them know if you want to attend (see emails), they would like to know numbers as soon as possible…

Wishing you all a sunny and creative summer!

Coming up: June meeting

This Saturday, 11 June, we will hold our last meeting before the summer break:

Door open: 10 AM (Sacred Heart Church)
Shop: Patchwork Plus
Speaker: Heidi Krug-Wischniewski
Show & Tell: Bring your creative works to share!!!
Coffee & Tea: Provided, bring any biscuits/ cakes to share
Library: We hope to have the library back in action

Also, sign up for a workshop with Lena Pugachova in September (see your email for details) or sign up your machine for a spa day (=service) in October with John O’Donnell.

We hope to see many of you there!

May 2022 recap

We had another great meeting in May and it was well attended. Thank you to those who came along!

Áine brought her well-stocked shop, the Lismore Quilt Co. and many had a lovely time browsing and buying some of the fabrics, threads and notions.

The AGM went without any hiccups. With the chairperson we had a short look back on the previous period and we can all agree that it has been a very strange time! Months of “only” Show & Tell, and online at that! Followed by quite a few online monthly meetings, which had the advantage that visitors from anywhere in the world could be invited. We are very happy to be able to meet in person once more, though.

There were heartfelt “thank you”s and a plant for the committee members, and the outgoing chair was surprised with a quilt especially made for her.

Have a look below at the photos from the meeting and the projects shown by our members, starting with some of the outgoing committee with the chairperson’s quilt:

Next month we will be meeting again, keep an eye on your emails!

May meeting and AGM

Don’t miss our AGM this month, it has been too long…! We will meet this Saturday, May 14, from 10 AM, in the hall of the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork.

Members, see your email inbox for details, agenda and plans for this meeting.

And don’t forget to bring your wonderful Show & Tell items!!
Tea and coffee will be available, we’ll have something to go with it of course as well.

Shop: Lismore Quilt Co.

Speaker: To be confirmed

April recap

Yesterday we met with a lovely group of ladies (as always).

Our speaker Clare Newell introduced us to the Crisp Packet Project, and her involvement with it. The project make emergency “blankets” out of (you guessed!) crisp packets. These emergency covers are handed out to homeless people to provide them an extra insulating cover to keep them warm and dry. Clare is in touch with a Cork charity who hand them to the people needing them.

Crisp packets (OPENED, WASHED AND DRIED) are joined together into large sheets by pressing them briefly with an iron, using a sheet of baking paper. Then polythene is added on both sides (more pressing). This “fabric” can also be used to create duffel bags or toiletry pouches. Such valuable items from waste products!

Clare is happy to accept help, but if you are saving your crisp packets for her, please wash and dry them or she cannot use them!

Find more about the project on Clare’s social media pages: Facebook Instagram

Show & Tell:

Mairead showed us covers she is making for covers for baby incubators for CUH. She is using any dark (heavy) material for these, so if you have any dark flannel or upholstery fabric, let her know. Several “penny rugs” were shown off, everyone has been very inventive with those wool scraps! Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos of them!!

Next meeting, May 14, is our AGM, please all come and support our branch. We will be in touch by email with details.

March meeting recap

Last week 34 people attended our meeting, and it was lovely to see you all together.

Our speaker was MaryAnn Browne who spoke about her stitching life, illustrated by some of her lovely work.

MaryAnn’s appliqué quilt relating to her family and family history
Mystery quilt

Show & Tell had some more treasures:

Our next meeting will be on 9 April, details will be emailed nearer the time.