February workshop

For those who are attending the afternoon workshop in February, find the list of requirements below.

For members who would like to join us for the workshop (and who haven’t already done so) please send us a message so we can add you to the list.

Hand Appliqué – afternoon workshop (Sandra Jansen)

We will be working on a block of your choice similar to these:

I will bring patterns and instructions. I will be showing different techniques used in the making of appliqué blocks. We will make a start on the blocks, but they will probably not be finished in the afternoon. However, you should have enough skill to finish them in your own time.

If you rather come and work on your own appliqué project, you’re welcome, and I am happy to help and advise where needed.

PLEASE BRING:

Fabrics: Good quality cotton quilting fabrics (lesser quality may fray too easily)

For a Baltimore style block:

  • One square background fabric minimum 14” x 14”, or a FQ
  • Small pieces (5” minimum) or FQs in greens, pinks, reds, maybe some accent yellow or purple (for traditional Baltimore colouring), or in colours of your choice.
  • A FQ in green for stems (I will also bring some to share, but you may prefer your own green)
  • A piece 6” x 6” minimum for the vase (if making the vase block)

For the Hawaiian style block:

  • One square background fabric 14” x 14” minimum, or a FQ
  • One appliqué fabric same size as the background piece

AND for all blocks (Don’t buy anything if you don’t have it. Most things can be shared, and I will bring a selection of items needed for us to use on the day!):

  • Sewing threads in colours close to your appliqué fabrics. The colours don’t have to match exactly. If you need to choose, take a slightly darker rather than a lighter thread. Often a light, medium or dark neutral will be okay. The finer your thread the easier to make (almost) invisible stitches. Polyester, cotton, silk sewing threads can all be used.
  • Tacking thread, white if you have it. Any slightly stronger thread will do. I will be bringing for those who don’t have any.
  • Pencil, also (if you have it) white/light pencil if using dark appliqué fabric.
  • Sharp sewing needles: The thinner the needle, the easier to make small stitches. But you will want to be able to thread it! Bring a needle threader if you want.
  • Pins
  • Scissors for fabric AND scissors for paper, also small (embroidery) scissors that cuts well at the tip (only if you have it)
  • Thimble (if you want to use it)
  • Reading (sewing) glasses. If you need to use glasses, I won’t be able to bring those…
  • Iron and (small) ironing surface (can be shared)

January recap

The new year started off with a very well-attended meeting. We even had to set out extra chairs to accommodate everyone!

Our demonstrator Sheila was happy to be folding old books into three-dimensional pieces, and talking about it:

Books folded into 3D items, Sheila Devereux shows how it is done.

If you would like to be working on your own project and chatting about it at a future meeting, please get in touch…!

Frances reminded us of closing dates for upcoming exhibitions from the IPS. Details came with your latest IPS Newsletter.

Also, the dates for upcoming meetings later in the year are not on the 2nd Saturday, because of hall availability. Please keep an eye on our Upcoming Events page. We also email those members (that have allowed us to) a reminder in advance of each meeting.

Appletree Crafts brought their shop down from Newtownmountkennedy, and it was colourful!

Our speaker this month was Helen O’Shea. Helen is an artist from Cork who uses stitch and plastic waste to make art pieces. She gave a brilliant talk on her journey from training as a chef to the work she now makes. And she was very happy to answer our questions about the way her pieces were made, and what you can and can’t do when using plastic bags instead of fabrics.

Plastic bags are heated and shaped, then stitched into this vessel by Helen O'Shea

If you missed it, or you want to know more about her and her work, check out her website: Helen O’Shea

Show & Tell was started off by Helen, too, showing two quilts she has made:

Helen O'Shea's first quilt made from waste curtain fabrics.
Improvisational quilt by Helen O'Shea

Followed by members’ quilts:

  • Mary Palmer - top with pieced snowflake, inspired by online snowflake quilts.
  • Eilis Watson showed what a larg print can do with the kaleidoscope pattern. The centre kaleidoscopes are all cut from the same large print used for the border!
  • Strip quilt in blues by Mary Palmer
  • Frances is extremely pleased to find Cora's quilt is labelled!
  • Tina Hawkes showing a baby quilt with rainbow elephants, appliqued with a narrow edge of Bondaweb
  • Cora Quinlan made this triangles quilt.
  • Mary Plamer's batik snowball quilt. It will be bound soon...

Next month we are meeting on the 8th of February as usual from 10 am in the hall of the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork.

In the afternoon we will have a hand applique workshop by Sandra Jansen. Learn different methods for needleturn applique and work on either a Baltimore style or a Hawaiian style block. If you want to join us for the afternoon, email us at corkips@gmail.com, and we can send you the details.

January meeting

Happy New Year, everyone!

We will have our next meeting this Saturday, 11 January, at the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork, from 10 am.

Shop: Appletree Crafts

Speaker: Helen O’Shea – “Pathways in Textiles”

Show & Tell: Show us what you’ve been making recently

We will also have John O’Donnell from the Waterford Sewing Centre to service machines during the meeting. PLEASE let us know as soon as possible if you want your machine serviced, so John will know what to expect.

December meeting recap

Last week a great number of members turned up for our festive Christmas meeting.

First of all we have to say thanks to Ann Prendergast for all her hard work in making the quiz!! It was great fun, and you had many of us stumped at some point! Most of us joined in, and no-one got ALL the questions right… The winners got to share a bundle of fabrics.

The festive raffle kept on giving with a record number of prizes, so we had many winners there, too.

The challenge had about eight entries of wonderful Christmas table items, and the (random) winner received a sewing machine service.

And then a large number of quilts were shown off at our Show & Tell. Many quilts were Christmas themed, as we would expect at this time of year, but many others were shown off, too. And of course, all lovingly made! Some have been sprinkled throughout this post, all can be found below:

Thanks go to Moya for bringing Patchwork Plus to the meeting.

Lastly, thanks to all those that had been baking or buying festive snacks for us to enjoy, to Mai for manning the coffee/tea, to Cora for manning the library, and to the committee for organising the meeting, adding the picture round to the quiz and bringing in the (non-alcoholic) spiced wine to add to the Christmas atmosphere.

Wishing you all a very happy time at Christmas whichever way you will be celebrating this time of year, and we hope to see you all again in the New Year. Our January meeting will be on the 11th.

December meeting

This Saturday, December 14, we are having our most festive meeting to round off the year. Coming up:

  • Shop: Patchwork Plus (Moya Geraghty)
  • Show & Tell: Please bring your quilts to show us all
  • Coffee and tea will be available, and the committee will be bringing in some festive treats. Contributions of cake/biscuits and other snacks will be gratefully received as usual

Christmas challenge: Don’t forget to bring your entries for the challenge to the meeting. Anything for your Christmas table qualifies.

And of course, we have a Christmas quiz for us all to enjoy, our talented quiz master Anne Prendergast has been busy these last weeks!

Looking forward to seeing you all!

November meeting recap

Our November meeting was very well attended. We welcomed Áine with her lovely selection from The Lismore Quilt Co., below at a quiet moment during our speaker:

After a short introduction from our Chair, we had a great time listening to the stories of Loretta O’Brien from Limerick, and watched as she showed us one amazing quilt after another. Loretta is a long-time quilter who loves to take part in challenges and exhibitions. She often uses appliqué, and is very fond of triangles…

Our Show and Tell had lovely quilts from many of our members:

After the meeting Tracy Wardle hosted a brilliant workshop for about ten of us. She had us all making Christmas decorations using foundation paper piecing. I don’t think anyone finished the six patterns on the day, but several of us made at least three, and we were well instructed how to finish them at home. Tracy even showed us how to make a little pocket on the back for a sweet or chocolate!

Our next meeting will be on 14 December.

November meeting

This month our meeting will be on 16th November (THIRD Saturday!) at the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork, from 10 am.

Shop: Lismore Quilt Co. (Áine Foley)

Speaker: Loretta O’Brien – Loretta will be showing her beautiful work

Demo: Frances McCarthy has something to show

Show & Tell: Show us your work

Coffee and tea available, contributions of cake/biscuits or other snacks much appreciated as always!

WORKSHOP
In the afternoon there will be a Christmas workshop with Tracy Wardle. We will be making patchwork ornaments, using FPP techniques. There are still a couple of places, so do contact us as soon as possible if you want a place. We will be sending out a list of requirements to confirm. Cost €20 for members.
If you are doing the workshop, don’t forget to bring some lunch!

MEMBERSHIP
If you haven’t renewed your membership, we will no longer contact you. Also, IPS Newsletters will no longer be sent unless you have paid your membership. So if you want to renew, please do so as soon as possible.
If you have paid your membership by another method than at the Southern Branch, please let us know if you like to keep receiving our email announcements. We will otherwise not know that we can use your details.

IN THE COMING MONTHS:
* December Challenge: Make a table decoration. Any size, any technique. As long as you would put it on your table, it can be entered. A prize will be awarded by random draw, so no reason not to enter!
* December Quiz: We hope to be having our usual quiz master test our quilt-related knowledge at the December meeting.
* Sewing Machine Servicing: We often have John O’Donnell from Waterford Sewing Centre visit our branch in autumn. This year John will be at the branch meeting in January 2020. We will have a sign-up list at our meeting in December, so John knows what machines to expect.