Community Quilts

Just a reminder that Saturday is the Committee meeting where you can drop your quilts off for our Community Exhibition in Cobh.

We meet at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs from 11:00 to 13:00:

If you can’t make it to the committee meeting, be sure to connect with a Committee member to submit your quilt!

We usually meet in the restaurant area to the right of reception.

Joanna and I met on Tuesday to work on the Branch Community quilt made from nine patches you submitted:

Don’t worry, we fixed the error in the top left!

We can’t wait for you to see it finished!

Remember, your final FIRM deadline for quilt submittal is the 20th of February!

February Meeting Recap


On February 11 we met for our most recent meeting.

We started the meeting with announcements.  These included:

Our upcoming exhibition, “Community” important information:

  • Final date of quilt submissions is February 20th.  Connect with one of the committee members to submit your quilt.
  • The committee is having a meeting on February 18th at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs from 11 am until 1 pm.  You can drop your quilt off here as well.
  • Be sure to have a hanging sleeve, quilt label and filled out submission form.  You can download the form here.
  • Opening reception is at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh on the 2nd of March at 6:30 pm.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Modern Quilters Ireland second exhibition at St.Patricks Hospital, Dublin May 2nd to June 23rd.

Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
An exhibition that will be held this summer by Tracy Watson and Joke Buursma.  12th May and 23rd June.  Gallery website is for details of opening times

Hands across the Border “ Aurora”
Official Opening Tuesday 16th May 2017 in CHQ Custom House Quarter, IFSC, Custom House Quay, Dublin Northside, Dublin.  Exhibition will run until the 26 th May.  Northern venue is Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, June 2017

The Spike Quilters
Exhibition in Thurles Source Library centre from Tuesday May 2nd toTue May 30th. Library hours. (9.30 to5 pm week days and10 to 5pm Sat. Closes 1pm to 2pm for Lunch.

Third Irish Quilters’ Showcase Exhibition 
May-June 2017   The Mitchel Hall, Spike Island

The Kniting and Stitching show 2017
Simmonscourt, RDS, Dublin 9-12th November

Upcoming Exhibition Opportunities:

Hands Across the Border – theme is Aurora due 31st March, maximum 1m square

EQA annual challenge for exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham – theme is Inspired by New York Beauty, also due end of march, 30th March, 25cm x 35cm in Landscape format

EQA Diversity in Europe – no theme but showcasing the best example of quilt making, due 30th April, size is minimum 1m x 1m to a maximum of 2.5m x 2.5m

Open European Quilt Championships – theme is Illuminate due 31st May. 20″ x 40″ portrait format


After the announcements, our block of the month was debuted, the Eight Pointed Star.


After the block of the month, we had the pleasure of having Emer Fahy present a talk on colour theory.

Emer Fahy begins her talk
Example of colour interaction using tissue paper and light.
Example of high to low contrast.
Example of a high contrast quilt.  
Log Cabin sample
Eight pointed star quilt with high contrast, and half square triangles creating a secondary design.  
Nine patch quilt with high contrast.
Quilt made with scrappy fabrics
Example of high contrast fabrics being “chopped” up, which tones down the high contrast.
Scrappy quilt made with fabrics from City and Guild participants.
Low contrast quilt example.  
High contrast Shoo Fly quilt.

Next, we had our Show and Tell.

Assumpta’s Fairy Door quilt
Assumpta’s Community quilt entry 
The first of Mary’s three quilts. 
She made all of these in the last week!
Mary’s third quilt in a week.


Using 10 inch blocks for a quilt backing.
Mary’s Drunkard’s Path baby quilt
Susan’s quilt made with Blocks from this year’s Block of the Month
Cora’s Panel quilt.
Cora’s son’s girlfriend’s quilt.  
Fionnouala’s personalised tractor fabric pillowcase.  


Anne’s Fairy house quilt top

February Letter from the Chair



Greetings Members!

I’ve finally pulled out my Community Exhibition quilt to hand sew the binding on so it will be ready for our deadline for submission on the 20th of February.  (The binding has been on since before the holidays!)  If you’re planning to submit, don’t forget to sew a hanging sleeve and quilt label on!

As I’ve been talking about the Exhibition, some members have had questions about what type of quilts they can submit.  You are free to exhibit any quilt you’ve ever made!  In your artist’s statement, just be sure to tie it into our theme of “Community.”  Our deadline for submittal is the 20th of February.  You have the following options to submit quilts:

  • Connect with me via the Branch email or by my phone number, 0871438506. I live in Ballincollig, and can take your quilts.
  • Submit your quilt at our February meeting on the 11th
  • Submit your quilt at the next committee meeting, February 18th at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, from 11:00-13:00.

Be sure to include the entry form and €5 entry fee.  You can download the entry form on our website under the “downloads” folder or fill it out at our next meeting.  Or download the form here.  We will do our best to hang all quilts received.

The opening reception will occur on the 2nd of March, at 18:30 at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh.

The 11th of February meeting is also your last opportunity to submit a 6.5 inch nine patch with blue centre for the group Community Quilt Joanna is sewing together!  The video tutorial for a nine patch can be found on our website.

Don’t forget, next week, the 11th of February, we’ll be meeting at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road in Cork for our February meeting.

Patchwork Plus will be our shop.

The Agenda of the meeting will include:

  • Welcome and announcements
  • Block of the Month
  • Emer Fahy will be our guest speaker
  • Pincushion swap
  • Show and Tell
  • And social time!

If you’re bringing a pincushion to swap, please bring it in an opaque/brown paper bag, so we can have a blind swap.

You’ll  also have the opportunity to sign up for our March workshop with Ruth Bourke, the Ticker Tape quilt.

Tea and coffee is provided, other refreshments depend on your generosity.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

See you on Saturday!