May meeting recap

What a great meeting we had last Saturday despite a few hiccups ! We had to cancel our
afternoon workshop with Sandra Noonan of the Sewing Shed due to Covid. I hope that you are
making a good recovery Sandra. Nikki sent her shop under the care of her twin sons James and
John. They were run off their feet because the shop was so busy. They gave us a really
interesting talk about their mother’s quilting journey and what it was like to grow up surrounded by
all things patchwork and quilting! They had wonderful stories to tell which kept us enthralled and
especially during the lockdown when she launched the Sewing Project Sewcial Distancing By
Then we had our Show and Tell . Lesley showed us two colour ways of her hand dyed fabric. Heidi
had her blocks for the River of Dreams quilt . Mary Palmer had a very striking New York Beauty.
Noreen Brazier had some Appliqué. Hillary had beautiful baby quilts. Simona had her amazing
South African quilts. Next we had the raffle with the lads generously donating additional prizes so everyone won something and went home fired up with ideas for even more sewing!

**PLEASE NOTE** our next meeting has been moved forward to Saturday 3rd June. Moya is confirmed as the shop and Mary Palmer will be our speaker on “The good, bad and sometimes ugly; a retrospective”

Please remember to bring any items which you are contributing for the exhibition in Skibbereen. These should be labelled with your name and telephone number and should have a hanging sleeve.


Has it really been almost a month since we saw each other last? Only two more meetings till the summer and our May meeting is almost upon us.

Here are the meeting details :

Date: Saturday 13th May

Venue: Sacred Heart Church Hall

Door opens: 10am

Door fee for members: €4

Door fee for non-members: €8 (you are welcome to attend two meetings as a non-member)

Shop: The Sewing Shed

Speaker: Sarah Noonan, of The Sewing Shed

Show and Tell: Please bring your creations to inspire us

Raffle: Only €1 euro per ticket

Coffee and Tea: Provided. Please bring along some sweet treats to share

Library: Please return your books at this meeting or the June meeting as we will be doing a ‘stock check’ over the summer. Thank you.

Afternoon Workshop: After the meeting, Sarah from The Sewing Shed will give a workshop on how to “Design and Make your own basic Foundation Paper Pieced Block” – many of us will know Sarah, an experienced and helpful teacher, who puts the emphasis on fun! Cost: €20  NB due to insurance restrictions, only members of the IPS can attend workshops.

Contact us at this email address to book one of the few remaining places. The Bring list is attached.

Southern Branch Exhibition, July 2023: If you have quilt(s) for our upcoming exhibition, you can bring them to the May or June meetings for collection by Heidi.

Please make sure that each quilt has a standard hanging sleeve, a label with the name and contact details of the maker and a protective bag labelled with the same details. More information will be available at the meeting.

See you there!

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National website Please remember to be mindful of others as we get back together after Covid. Hand sanitiser is available at the door, wear a mask if you wish and give people the space they require. Thank you.