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!