Diversity in Europe Quilt Exhibition Opportunity

Do you want a chance to exhibit a fantastic quilt of yours at the Festival of Quilts in 2016?  The Irish Patchwork Society will be putting a quilt forward for the Diversity in Europe EQA Quilt Gallery at the Festival of Quilts.

This gallery will showcase the work of artists from 17 countries.  Because only one quilt will be representing Ireland, this will be quite the honour!

The process of choosing a quilt is this:  Each branch will nominate a quilt to represent the branch and submit it to the Executive Committee for consideration.

Do you have a quilt you’d like to nominate?  If so, bring it to our meeting on May 14th to show it for consideration, or if you’re unable to attend the meeting, send a good quality photograph to our email address at corkips@gmail.com.  See the rules below for guidelines for submission.

The quilt to represent our branch will be chosen by the committee at the committee meeting on May 28th.  

RULES:

— Size of Quilt:

  • Maximum height 2.5 m, maximum width 2.5 m
  • Minimum height 1 m, minimum width 1 m
  • Maximum perimeter (all the way around the quilt) 9 meters
  • Minimum perimeter (all the way around the quilt) 4 meters

— All quilts must have a 10 cm (4 inch) having sleeve with extra fullness to accommodate the rod) sewn 1 cm below the top of the quilt and stopping 2 cm at each side

— All quilts must include the following information at the bottom of the quilt, either on a fabric label securely attached to the back of the quilt or written directly on the back of the quilt – owner’s name, and full postal address (including country), Name of the quilt.

— All quilts must have a quilt maker’s statement.

For more information, see the article in the Winter Newsletter on page 8.

IPS National Exhibition

From July 12 to the 22nd, the Midwestern Branch is hosting the National Exhibition at the Limerick School of Art and Design in Limerick City.

This year’s theme is “Evolution”

Have you been working on your entry?  Be sure to follow the following rules:

  1.  The quilt must consist of a minimum of two layers, although any technique may be used.
  2. Size:  Quilts can be made to a maximum of 1.25 meters (approx. 50 inches) on any one side.
  3. The quilt has a free choice of edging treatments.
  4. No glass fronted, framed, mounted quilts or quilts made from kits will be allowed.
  5. The work should have been completed in the last two years.
  6. The quilt must have a 10 cm (4 inch) hanging sleeve, (with sufficient fullness to accommodate the hanging rod).
  7. Please ensure that your quilt has a stitched fabric label on the back at the bottom edge with the following information: Name of the Quilt, Name of Quilter, Postal Address, Telephone number
  8. The quilt should not have been exhibited prior to submission to this exhibition.
  9. Quilts made by more than one person at any stage of the construction should identify all of those involved.
  10. Quilts are not for sale during the exhibition.
  11. All IPS members are eligible to enter and there is a €10 entry fee per quilt to defray the costs of holding the exhibition.
  12. This is a juried exhibition.  The judging panel’s decision will be final.
  13. The quilts are covered by the IPS insurance once the quilt is received by the hosting branch.
  14. By entering your quilt, you agree to have it photographed for publicity purposes and the catalogue of the exhibition.
  15. Each quilt must have its own bag labelled with both the name of the quilt, the name of the maker and your branch.
  16. Quilts will be released at the end of the exhibition period and not before that time.
  17. Deadline for quilts to be received is the 31st of May 2016.  No late entries will be accepted due to cataloguing and photographing of quilts.

 

Do you need an entry form?

Download the entry form here!

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We’re looking forward to seeing the exhibition!  I’ve been hard at work on mine!

Letter from the Retiring Chair, Announcement of New Committee

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I would like to thank everyone for my beautiful roses, and for the kind wishes I have received on finishing my 2 years as Chair of the Southern Branch.

It has been a privilege to make so many new friends.  It hasn’t just been me – I have had a great team on the committee, and I do have to say especially Tracy who’s has been an efficient, reliable and hard working member. We felt the handover to the new committee was so much easier because she had prepared things so well.

My very best wishes go to the new committee, and I know Erin  will make a great chair, and I am sure the Southern branch will continue to go from strength to strength.

Happy sewing,

Jane

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The new committee met today, and we’re happy to announce the new committee’s positions:

Erin Case – Chair
Ann Prendergast – Treasurer
Assumpta Lydon – Secretary
Susan Garde – Member
Eileen Mangan – Member
Joanna Harrington – Branch Representative

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If you’re interested in joining the committee, our next meeting is May 28th at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs at 11 am.

Back To Basics – Quarter Inch Seam Test

After a bit of a break, our Back to Basics video series has returned!

Have you ever wondered why your quilt blocks have come out short, despite accurate measurements of your cutting?  It may be that your quarter inch seam is not a quarter inch!

This video outlines a simple test you can perform with some fabric scraps.

Fabric scraps should measure 2.5 inches wide, length does not matter.  Sew your three scraps together, and the middle piece should measure exactly 2 inches wide!

April Meeting Recap

On April 9, we met for our monthly meeting.

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It was a very good meeting, full of lively discussion!

One topic discussed was our Library.  Since it is not an option to store the books at the church, options were discussed to decrease the physical labor for our amazing librarians to bring the library to meetings.  The next committee will focus on making the library the best it can be and an excellent resource for members.  (We’ll be putting a post on the website with the list of the titles we have in the library in the upcoming month.)

Jane gave her Chair’s report, followed by Ann’s Treasurer’s report.

Olive gave an Executive Representative’s report as well.  Highlights of her report included the discussion of plans for the IPS gallery at the Knitting and Stitching Show, the National Exhibition, the National AGM in October, and the creation of a Young IPS website by Paula Rafferty.

Also discussed was the EQA Diversity in Europe Exhibition.  This is an opportunity for our branch to nominate a quilt to be exhibited in the European Quilt Association Diversity in Europe Gallery at the Festival of Quilts 2016.  For more information, there is a short article on page 8 in the latest newsletter.

Our branch is to nominate a quilt by May 31st, so bring your quilt for consideration to our next meeting!

Also during our AGM, we formed a small subcommittee in order to draft a motion for the National AGM happening on October 1, 2016 in Kilkenny.

We also had some new committee members step forward.  Assumpta Lydon, Eileen Mangan and Joanna Harrington will be joining Ann Prendergast, Susan Garde, and Erin Case for the next year.

Following the AGM, Erin gave a presentation on Zippered Patchwork bags:

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You can download the the instructions for the bag here.

After that, we had our fantastic Show and Tell!

Susan showed off her Block of the Month Quilt Top:

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Stephanie showed off a block she made using Lynne Edwards Sampler Blocks:

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Then Fionnuala showed us a baby quilt she made which also included a matching Christmas stocking:

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Then Tracy showed us a Kissing Fish quilt:

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A baby quilt:

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and a pillow cover made from a Mariner’s Compass:

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Assumpta showed us a quilt she made using some Tumbler blocks:

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Siobhan showed us her quilt:

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followed by Joanna’s Log cabin quilt:

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and disappearing nine patch:

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Mary showed us her quilt made for a motorcycling friend:

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Frances showed us a quilt for Effy:

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Eilís then showed us a quilt made using inserting 1 inch strips:

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and Anne showed us some of her quilts made during workshops:

Here’s some snapshots from the meeting:

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We’ll see you on May 14th for our next meeting!

Letter from the Chair

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Well, my time is finally up!  This will be my last Letter from the Chair as our next meeting on

Saturday 9th April at 10am

At

Sacred Heart Church, Western Rd Cork

will be our AGM.

The bylaws state that a position on the committee can only be held for 2 years.   Tracy Wardle, our amazing secretary, Colette Casey, our membership secretary and Olivia Sullivan our Branch Representative will also be leaving their positions.  We have 3 vacancies needing to be filled, and we now have 72 members, so please think about it.

The AGM is only a small part of the morning, we are lucky to have our home shop:  Moya from Patchwork Plus, she will also be giving us an interesting demonstration.

Erin will be presenting the second Little Bits Project, a zippered patchwork bag.

We will also have our raffle.

Show and Tell will again be a highlight of the morning, when we can all enjoy the amazing work our members are doing, don’t forget it doesn’t have to be finished, or perfect, we just want to see it!

Tea & coffee, and any refreshments you are kind enough to bring.

Don’t forget that the rules of the National Exhibition, ‘Evolution’ is in the latest newsletter, as well as the entry form.  There are also articles on preparing quilt sleeves and bags for the quilts.  The deadline for entry is May 31st!

The sign up list for our June workshop will be available at the meeting!  The cost of the workshop is €35 and a €15 deposit is required to save your seat.  Ruth Bourke will be our speaker for June, talking about Modern Quilting.  After a brief lunch break, she will be running her workshop after the meeting.  Her workshop is entitled “Traditional Blocks Made Modern.”  Find more information in our blog post here.  Be warned that sign ups are first come, first served, so if you want to sign up, please arrive to the April meeting promptly!  

Please don’t be put off by the AGM, it is your chance to tell us if we are doing things right, or if you would like any changes. If you have a motion you would like discussed please let a member of the committee know as soon as possible.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday !

–Jane