2015 Block of the Month Quilt

Well, our 2015 Block of the Month project has come to a close!

At our February Meeting, we debuted the finished quilt:



We’ve uploaded all of the directions for each block to our Block of the Month page here.

You can find the reveal directions here.

Here’s a recording of the presentation given at our meeting.

Any suggestions for our next Block of the Month?  Please email them to me!


February Meeting Recap

To begin, Happy Valentines Day!


We had a great meeting today!  Moya from Patchwork Plus was our shop for the meeting.  Jane started off with a few announcements which included a request for members to join the committee in April, as only two members are continuing on.

Mary O’Conner briefly spoke about Quilts for Crumlin, hoping to reintroduce it as a charity our branch can focus on.  Quilts for Crumlin gives quilts to seriously ill children aged 0-17in hopes to provide comfort to them during a challenging time.  Ms. O’Conner challenges our members to create any sized quilt and show and donate it at our June meeting.

Erin then debuted the Block of the Month Quilt:


It features sashing, diamond cornerstones, and two borders!  Watch our blog in the next week for the directions to complete your Block of the Month quilt!


Arlene Shawcross then did her presentation, “Stitch to Enrich” which featured these beautiful works from various artists:


Thank you Arlene for your amazing presentation!

We then had an inspiring show and tell!

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Enjoy some snapshots from the meeting:

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Our next meeting is March 12, 2016!  We hope to see you there!



Workshop Opportunity

Photo courtesy of the Irish Quilt and Design Facebook page



Saturday & Sunday, 27th & 28th February 2016

In this two-day workshop we will learn to draft, and make, Mariner’s Compass Blocks. We will also look at various types of Compass blocks, and at some of the design issues of putting them in a quilt.

This block looks complex, but just like the Feathered Star from January, it’s all about breaking it down into straightforward and do-able steps.  By going through the drafting you get a better understanding of the block, this makes it easier to develop your colour placement for the compass you want.

Learn how to get the sharp points sharp, and the curves nice and smooth.  We brake down the construction into nice easy steps.  See how to keep track of colours and placements, so that even if you are interrupted, or have to put it away, you don’t loose track of where everything goes.

We will also look at a number of methods for setting your Compass into a square block – two methods of setting into a circle, or how to piece it into a background.

As usual, we gather at 9.30 for coffee and ‘something nice’ for class to start at 10.00. We take a break at 1.00 for Emer’s famous lunches, in the dinning room.  And class finishes at 5.00, but the studio is available in the evenings and early mornings for anyone who wants to ‘sew on’!

Price: 2 day workshops, lunches and snacks €190

Bring List: You will receive a bring list on booking, anything specialised will be provided.

Questions: Contact Emer Fahy at emerfahy.quilts@gmail.com

Accommodation: There is some accommodation at the studio (on a first come, first served basis) and there is lots of accommodation nearby – happy to give recommendations.Quilters coming by bus/train/air: kits and equipment will be made available, please arrange at booking.

Letter from the Chair


Time for another IPS meeting!

Hope you have all had a productive month.

I think with all the workshops, sales, and groups which meet regularly, we all have a chance to sew every day.

I find as much as the learning, I enjoy the company and chat of any meeting I have with patchworking friends, so for all our new members, do take up any opportunities to go anywhere to sew, they really are great people.

I would like to invite you to our next meeting;


At Sacred Heart Church Hall Western Rd CORK

10am start.

We thankfully have an increasing number of new members, and to this end we will be having a table of BACK TO BASICS, to include list of terms, samples of sizes of fabric, (fat quarters, long quarters etc) cutters & notions to try out.

Shop. – Patchwork Plus with MOYA

Talk. –   we are delighted that our speaker this month will be


She will talk and demonstrate her techniques and bring lots of samples.

She will also be selling wonderful silk hand dyed threads.


BOM   – Time for the reveal of the final quilt!  Erin will be presenting setting options, and tips for construction.

SWAP YOUR STASH – This worked very well last month and do want to keep this going. Simply fill a 3 litre bag (medium sized plastic bag) with the minimum of 1 yard of scraps, no smaller that a 5 inch charm square please. Simply, bring your scraps and take home fresh fabric

SHOW & TELL – bring all your great work to show us.

Tea & coffee  provided but the cakes & goodies depend on your generosity, you have never let us down yet!

We very much look forward to seeing you all !  10 am

Best wishes,