October Block of the Month

Members who attended our October Open Meeting had the opportunity to see the construction of the October Block, Wyoming Beauty!


If you weren’t able to attend the meeting, have no fear!  I’ve recorded the slideshow for you!

In the slideshow are several quilt variations that you can make with this block, just by rotating the block!


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October Meeting Recap


October 8 was our annual open meeting and we had an excellent turn out!

During the extended social time, we had three demonstrations:  a patchwork bag by Sheila, the AccuCutter by Assumpta, and the Block of the Month, Wyoming Beauty.


We started the meeting with a few announcements.  These included:

  • The Knitting and Stitching Show is happening October 20-23 in Dublin.  You can find out more information and buy tickets from the website.
  • The Open European Quilt Championships are happening the same weekend in Maastricht.  You can find more information from the website.
  • Members should have received their latest newsletters.  Deadline for the next issue is October 20th.
  • Our November meeting will be a joint meeting between the Southern branch and the Mid-Western Branch.  Two shops will also be joining us for the meeting,  Lismore Quilts and Sew Crafty Fabrics.  We’ll also be having an open sew afternoon!

Next, John O’Donnell from Singer Sewing Centre in Waterford gave us talk and answered questions from the members.


Next, our members gave us a spectacular Show and Tell.  Look at all of the amazing work!

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We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting happening November 19th!

Below is a slideshow some of the snapshots Susan took at our meeting:

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Book Sale Preview


Here’s a list of the titles available at the book sale tomorrow!  They’ll be available for €2 per book.  Arrive early for the best selection!

Beaded Elegance
American Quilts
The Twentieth Century’s Best American Quilts
Art Quilts:  A Celebration
Batik – Introduction
Beyond Boundaries
Birds of a Feather
The Contemporary Irish Textile Art
Creating Scrapbook Quilts
Cotton and Wool, Miss Jump’s Farewell
Creating Sketchbooks for Embroiders and Textile Artists
Free Stuff for Quilters on the Internet
Fantasy Fabrics
Folk Quilts
Hand-Dyed Fabric Made Easy
The Irish Linen Industry
Loving Stitches, a Quite to Fine Hand Quilting
Magic Patch
Needlepoint Designs from American Indian Art
Patchwork Duet
Plain and Fancy:  Country Quilts of the Pennsylvania-Germans
Prints and Printmaking
Kaffe Fassett, Glorious Knitting
Vogue Guide to Patchwork and Quilting
The Quilting and Patchwork Project Book
The Art and Technique of Creating Medallion Quilts
Nancy Crow
Quilts from Europe
Quick and Easy Crazy Quilt Patchwork
Quilts, Quilts, Quilts
Quilting with Style
Mastering Quilt Marking
Quilting Workshops
Serging for Softies
Summertime Quilts
Strip Patchwork
The Uncommon Quilter
Thread Play
Thread Magic
Threads of Time
The Contemporary Quilt
The Pieced Quilt, and American Design Tradition
The World of Carpets
Where Love Resides:  Reflections on Love and Life

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October Letter from the Chair


Greetings members!  October is here, and that means it is time for our annual open meeting!

On October 8th, 2016 we’ll be at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road for our Annual

Open Meeting at 10:00 am.

We’ve got a lot of activities planned for the meeting for your enjoyment.

  • John O’Donnell will again be joining us at this meeting, giving a talk and servicing your machines.  If you’d like your machine to be serviced, please send a note to corkips@gmail.com to be put on the list.  Price is €45.
  • Patchwork Plus will be our shop, and will bring lots of lovely fabrics and supplies to choose from.
  • We’ll have ongoing demos including the Block of the Month, Patchwork Shoulder Bag, and Accu Cutter.
  • Bring your latest quilts to show off in the Show and Tell.  We love being inspired by all of your work.
  • Our usual Raffle.
  • Some special events going on at the meeting also include the sale of the library books that have been culled from the Library.  All books will be €2.  Come early for the best selection!

Also happening after the meeting is an Open Sew Afternoon!  This is a great opportunity to bring your latest work in project, or begin working on your entry for the Southern Branch Exhibition, “Community,” happening in March!  Be sure to bring all the supplies you need to sew, including extension leads.

Tea and coffee will be supplied, we look forward to seeing what cakes and other refreshments you can provide.

Note:  If you’re planning on staying for the open sew afternoon, I’d also recommend bringing a lunch along as well.

I’m looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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2016 National AGM

On October 1st, I had the pleasure to attend the National AGM in the Kilkenny Ormond Hotel.  The AGM is your opportunity to have a vote and voice in how the national organisation is run over the next year, so participation is vital.

The South Midlands Branch was in charge of organising the meeting, and I have to congratulate them for doing such an amazing job!  There were so many quilts hanging, and the site was very welcoming!

Below is a slideshow of all the amazing work presented.

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The business of the meeting began with a welcome from Linda, the Chair of the South Midlands Branch.

Next, the Chair of the Executive Committee, Kelly, opened up the meeting with apologies and read the previous meeting’s minutes.

The Chair Report and Treasurer’s report were presented, followed by a report from the Membership Secretary.

The Craft Council of Ireland Representative, Valerie, then gave her report.  It was encouraged that all members of the Irish Patchwork Society become members of the Craft Council of Ireland as well.  Membership is free, and lasts a lifetime!  You can find the membership form here.

Paula, the EQA Representative, then gave her report.  Highlights included encouragement to show your works at the many exhibition opportunities.  Your branch representative should have access to application forms for the next two years worth of international exhibition opportunities.  An Grianan has also been booked for 2018, and suggestions for programming were asked for.

Next, the election of new committee occurred.  There were not enough volunteers to occupy vacated seats at the AGM, so volunteers are needed from the rest of the membership in order for the Executive Committee to run smoothly.

Two motions were then presented.

Motion 1 was “That future AGMs be held in Dublin creating a central venue that is convenient for travel from all parts of the country.  Each branch being responsible in turn for organising the event as at present.”  Motion was discussed and defeated.

Motion 2 was “That the IPS website be updated regularly, in particular that all exhibitions, workshops and other events of interest to members be flagged well in advance as notice of such events in the Newsletter is often received too late to be acted upon.”  Motion was discussed and passed.

After the business of the meeting, the challenge results were announced.  The challenge this year was “Witches and Castles” and by Viewer’s Choice, Linda was declared the winner.


Below is a slideshow of all of the entries.

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All in all, a successful meeting!  I wholeheartedly encourage members to attend next year’s  meeting.

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September Block of the Month

Is the Coffin Star!


A good introduction to placing a block on point!

I’ve uploaded the slideshow tutorial with quilt variations to YouTube.

Instructions will be uploaded to our website in December.



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September Meeting Recap


On September 10th, our branch met for the first meeting after the summer break!

We began with announcements.  They included:

  • Congratulations to Cathy Davis for representing Ireland in the Diversity Exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.
  • The National AGM is happening October 1st and 2nd.  Quilt challenge is “Witches and Castles”
  • The Knitting and Stitching show is happening October 20-23.  If you’re interested in submitting to one of the IPS Galleries, check out our blog post here.
  • We’re going to have a Branch Exhibition in March!  Theme is “Community.”  More information to come.

We also announced the programming for the Branch that the committee has been planning over the summer.  These include:

  • Open Sew afternoon after the October open meeting!  Bring your current work in project and a lunch!
  • November’s meeting is going to be a joint branch meeting!  We’ll also have two shops attending the meeting as well!  We’ve also booked the hall for an open sew afternoon.
  • Tomomi McElwee will be giving a talk and workshop in January, more information to come as we get closer.
  • Ruth Bourke will be giving a talk and workshop in March, more information to come as we get closer.

We also had the pleasure to host the Chair of the National Committee, Kelly Fogarty at our meeting.


Susan then debuted the September Block of the Month, the Coffin Star:


Maeve Meany from Limerick Quilt Centre then gave a demonstration on constructing a Christmas tree block:



We also had an amazing Show and Tell.  Just look at these quilts!

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Tracy Wardle was also the winner of the Summer Challenge!  Sadly, I don’t have a proper photograph.  If a member has one and is willing to share, please send it along to our email address, corkips@gmail.com.

Our next meeting is October 8th, and is our traditional open meeting.  See you there!

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