October recap

We had a good turnout yesterday, and everyone was very happy listening to Irene MacWilliam. She showed us a wide variety of her quilts and had many, many stories to tell. A very inspiring and interesting lady!

She uses a lot of free machine appliqué and stitching as well as other decorative techniques. She also uses techniques like fabric dyeing, screen printing, stamping, sun printing, etc. Her work is greatly varied: Some of her work deals with conflict and the effects of it on children and families, other pieces show a brilliant sense of humour. She has also made numerous “year quilts” depicting world events, and journal quilts.

If you missed the talk, or if you want to see more of Irene’s work, find her website at http://www.irenemacwilliam.co.uk/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/irenetextiles/ . Searching her name online and going to images also gives a lot of photos of her work…

Our own (short) show and tell was lovely, too. See the photos here:

In the afternoon, Tracy gave a workshop to a good few of our branch members. We all got a little bit in the Christmas spirit…! I think everyone ended up with a finished item, and I am probably not the only one intending to make more of these versatile trays as gifts and for use around the house, and not just for Christmas.

Our next meeting is planned for 13 November. Since government guidelines will most likely have changed by then, we will update everyone by email what form that meeting will have…

To receive updates of the branch, please renew your membership so that we can keep sending you emails (tick that box), and keep an eye on your inbox!

September recap

Our new year started today with a lovely meeting, even if it had to be online.

We had Suzanne Pass give us a personal tour of last month’s Festival of Quilts. Lots of photos of quilts and much background information. Suzanne sent four quilts to the show which were very personal to her, and they looked wonderful.

There were also a few photos sent in for our Show & Tell:

Assumpta made this quilt for a friend’s son who had a baby girl in Australia

Lastly, Tracy announced that she will be having a Row-by-Row sampler class, which will start in October. Anyone interested can find more details on her website, or contact her directly (or contact us and we’ll pass you on):

We will be announcing our plans for the coming months to our members by email. Information on renewals will be sent, as well as plans for future meetings.

Anyone who would like to (re-)join the Irish Patchwork Society can contact us for information (see About Us page or find us on Facebook). You can also leave a comment here so we can respond to you (comments will not automatically be published so they will not appear publicly if they are not meant to). You can also find more information on the Society’s main website at https://irishpatchworksociety.wildapricot.org/.

Members, keep an eye on your emails…

September again

Suddenly it is September, and there is an autumnal feel to the day… How did that happen so suddenly?!

After a lovely summer with (for me) not all that much sewing, we are looking forward to evenings with a quilt again!

The recent news on the upcoming lifting of restrictions is promising for in-person meetings, so we may be organising “real” meetings soon. Unfortunately, that time has not come quite yet so the committee has had to decide to have our monthly meeting online again. I suppose we all have to have a little more patience.

We are meeting this Saturday 11 September using Zoom. Members will have been sent the link by email, contact us if you are a member and you haven’t received it.

PROGRAMME:

  • 9.30 AM – start of the meeting and a short branch update.
  • 10 AM – SPEAKER: Suzanne Pass will give us a talk on her recent visit to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. Expect lots of quilt photos to inspire!!
  • Afterwards – SHOW & TELL – send us your photos in advance so we can share what you’ve been up to!

June meeting recap

This morning we had our last meeting for the summer and everyone was in good spirits.

All members should now have received your fat quarter (get in touch if you haven’t), and hopefully it will inspire some projects to keep us busy over the coming months.

We are planning a sewing meeting (socially distanced) outside in the Regional Park in Ballincollig. We hope some of you may join us there to work on your own hand project, or to help with sewing bindings to some of the quilts of the “Keep Well” project. We hope to be in touch with details (and directions) about this in a few weeks time, and dependent on the weather of course.

Also, a reminder that the national AGM for the IPS will be held on Saturday 19 June online. Check your emails for details and to register. This is the opportunity for all members to find out what is going on at national level and to make your voice heard if there is anything you want to discuss.

We do not know yet what September will look like regarding meetings, so we will be in contact about that nearer the time.

Below some lovely work that was shared with us from Tracy, Assumpta and Sandra. Wishing you all a lovely summer!

June meeting

This coming Saturday, June 12, we will be holding our June branch meeting, starting at 10AM. The link to the meeting has been sent to our members by email.

This will be a “Sit and Chat” meeting, to catch up with each other and have a get-together before we have a break over the summer.

While we will not be having a meeting in the coming months, we hope you will keep sewing. To encourage everyone we are setting you a challenge. Our members will be receiving a small surprise in the post, and we hope that you all will be inspired to make something with it. In the hope that we will be able to see your makes in person, we have set the finish time for this challenge for our November meeting.

As we are almost at the end of our patchwork year, I also would like to say thank you to all the members who have stayed with us and tried to make the best of a year (and more) of meeting online and sharing your quilting with us via photos. You have been brilliant!

We hope to see you all at our meeting this Saturday at 10AM, so grab a drink, find your meeting link email and connect with us!

May meeting recap

Thank you to all who joined us for today’s meeting. We were happy to welcome Frances Gamble from New Zealand for a talk on how she documents her work.

After a false start caused by me (twice!! – I’ve sat on my hands the rest of the time), Frances treated us to a lovely talk. She showed us how she keeps track of how projects are made (pattern, fabrics, and all kind of information). Of course this included lots of photos of her quilts and other makes, which was most inspiring. In preparation for the talk she had gone through her older records as well, and found it most interesting to see how her style has changed over time, too.

Another inspiring theme was Frances’ use of textiles like old table clothes or embroidered blocks into her quilts. Sometimes they were used as a frame around the label, other times as blocks in a quilt, or as pieces into the back.

We all came away with ideas and inspiration. And in discussion it was concluded that it is never too late to start keeping a record of your own, even if it is just to look back on what you’ve made, or to easily find that pattern that you want to make again.

Colette send us some photos of her quilts to share:

Our next meeting will be on Saturday 12 June, so be on the lookout for the link in your emails a few days before that.

Sandra

May meeting

Good morning everyone,

This Saturday, 8 May, we will hold our monthly branch meeting. This month we will have a special guest from the other side of the world, thanks to the wonders of the internet! Frances Gamble moved several years ago from Cork to New Zealand, and she has agreed to stay up late to give us a talk.

To make sure she isn’t missing too much of her “beauty sleep”, we have decided to start somewhat earlier than usual due to the time difference with NZ: Our meeting will be starting from 9 AM, with Frances’ talk starting at 9.30.

We hope you will al join us at this earlier time!

April’s Branch Meeting

This morning we had a brilliant meeting, with a record number of attendees. Thank you to members of “other” branches of the IPS who attended, I hope you enjoyed your visit “down South”!

The highlight of our meeting was the talk by our visitor Judith Hollies, from Belfast. Judith spoke about her personal journey from sewing on a treadle machine for many years, making clothes and other items, followed by doing a City & Guilds course in patchwork and quilting, and finally to teaching and having her own premises to teach in.

This introduction was followed by Judith’s extensive Show & Tell of the many items she has made in different fabrics, many of which are repurposed. Vintage sheets, denim, tweed and many other fabrics are used, and the explanations of the specific techniques used for each showed Judith’s expertise and experience. The talk was very much enjoyed, and many of us felt inspired to give our “non-patchwork” fabrics a try in a future project. On behalf of everyone, thank you Judith!!

If anyone wants to know more about Judith and her work, find her website at https://justjude-designs.com/ or look her up on social media:

Other links can also be found on her website, as well as (free) tutorials and patterns.

During the meeting other companies/websites also got a mention:

Our own members have also been active, and have sent these pictures of their own work:

Assumpta made this quilt top from a pattern from quilts.com found on Pinterest:

She also made this “Trip around the World” quilt which has just come back after Mary worked her quilting magic on it:

Colette made these journal quilts, “Curves and Discord”::

Moya sent this picture of an Easter altar cloth that she made for her Mom’s parish:

And finally, Sandra finished this wall hanging “Against the Current” which was made following a “sew-along” organised by Nicholas Ball on Instagram (@quiltsfromtheattic) making improvised fish. It was a great way to make it up as I went along, and trying a facing on non-straight edges:

Next month we will have a visit from Frances Gamble from New Zealand, so mark your diaries for the 8th of May.

April meeting

We will have our April meeting this Saturday, the link has been emailed to our members. Check your email inbox…

We are very happy to say we have secured a speaker for our meeting! Judith Hollies is a very experienced quilter, making quilts and smaller items. She often uses repurposed fabrics in her sewing.

We hope that you will all attend, it would be good to have many people showing we appreciate a visitor!!

On another note, we are looking for members to help out in the committee. It isn’t much work and the current committee members are staying, but we could do with some extra pairs of hands! Please seriously consider if it could be your turn to give your support to the branch in this way.

We hope we will see you all there! We start at 10.30, with our speaker scheduled for 11.00.