September Meeting Report

It was good to be back for our September meeting. Many gathered by the entrance to renew their membership.

Avril brought her shop “Memories Forever by Avril” to the meeting, with some lovely fabrics and tools.

And Ailbhe O’Callaghan gave us a demo, showing a lovely pattern to use with scraps.

With Chair Frances’ absence, it fell to Sandra to welcome those attending. Kathryn reported on the upcoming IPS Challenge for the Knitting & Stitching Show at the RDS in November.

Our speaker was Kathryn Bennett who treated us to her many photographs of her visit to the Festival of Quilts in August. It was clear that there were an overwhelming number of wonderful quilts present in many categories. There definitely was something for everyone, and much inspiration, too.

This was followed by Show & Tell:

Next meeting is on 12 October, and this will be our open meeting.

September branch meeting

We hope you have had a great summer, and that we can welcome you back for a new creative year. Our first branch meeting of the year will be on Saturday 14 September, at the Sacred Heart church hall, Cork, from 10 am.

Shop: MemoriesforeverbyAvril
Demo: to be confirmed
Speaker: Kathryn Bennett – Festival of Quilts
Show & Tell: Please bring your quilts (and other makes) to show us all

Coffee and tea will be available, contributions of cake/biscuits and other snacks will be gratefully received!

MEMBERSHIP:

Since this is the start of a new membership year, the membership fees are due. To renew (or to become a member):

Please fill out the membership form and bring (together with the appropriate membership fee) to the branch meeting. If you can fill out the form in advance of the meeting we hope to avoid delays on the day as much as possible. You will receive your membership card on the day.

Alternatively, the form can be sent (with payment) to the Membership Secretary of the IPS. Details on the form itself.

The form was included in the recent IPS Newsletter (Autumn 2019), or it can be found on the IPS website. I have also attached it to this email so you can print it off yourself if you prefer. We will also have some membership forms available at the meeting.

General membership is €50 for the year (discounts for Student and Young Quilter (under 18) membership).

PLEASE NOTE:

If you send the membership form to the Membership Secretary directly, the branch will not receive your details. In this case, please also email your details to us, or approach a branch committee member to pass on your details. If we do not receive your details, as well as your permission for us to contact you, we will not be able to send you emails, or contact you regarding meetings, workshops, etc.

We hope to see you on Saturday!

Sandra
Secretary IPS Southern Branch

IPS Activities this Summer

The exhibition for Hands Across the Border – Ruby Serendipity had its official opening on Thursday July 6th, in Louth County Library, Dundalk. The exhibition will continue in Dundalk until July 12th, library opening hours.

The Hands Across the Border exhibition then moves to the Chapter Room, St Mary’s Cathedral, St James’s Road, Kilkenny from 17th to 21st of July.

The IPS will be present at the European Quilt Association stand at Festival of Quilts in Birmingham from July 31st to August 4th.

Challenges:

– Knitting and Stitching: The challenge for all members is to make a quilt measuring A2 (16.5″x23.4″) (420mm x 594mm) ‘portrait’ and the theme is “There is always one!” Quilts to be brought to your September meeting. Forms will be available shortly. 

– For those of you who like a challenge there is an open call for art work for Westival Music and Arts Festival in Westport in October. The closing date for the visual arts call out is August 16th 2019. The theme is Brittle/Fragile – what suits this theme better than textiles? – have a go, the more we present textiles for exhibition the more acceptable it will become and we all know that we can hold our against any other art medium. More information on https://westival.ie/pages/visual-arts-open-call

 

April Meeting Recap

Greetings members!

On April 8th, we met for our yearly AGM.

We started with announcements.  These included:

  • The South Eastern Branch is having an Exhibition in the City Centre Library, Waterford from April 10th through the 22nd.
  • The River of Dreams 2017 in the Limerick School of Art and Design is from the 23rd of June to the 30th of June, 10:00 – 17:00
  • Deborah O’Hare will be visiting the Eastern Branch the 28th and 29th of May.  Class information is available on the Eastern Branch’s website.

After announcements, we then commenced with our AGM.

We started with the Chair’s Report.  This is the abridged version:

On behalf of the committee, I’d like to extend another warm welcome to our members, visitors, shop.

It’s been a fantastic year for the Southern Branch of the IPS.  We’ve increased our membership to 74 members, and average 40 members attending the monthly meetings.  As of Friday, we have 198 likes on Facebook (when someone likes a page, the activity of the page is seen in their timeline).  When we post on Facebook, we also average about 400 people seeing that post through page likes and post shares.  Since the creation of the website just a year and a half ago, we’ve also had (as of Friday) 7,063 individual visitors to the website.  These visitors have been viewing our pages 20,444 times. We also established a presence on YouTube and have 140 subscribers and over 8,300 views!  Having a strong web presence is now essential to having a successful organization now.

Now, to recap the year:

In May I had the pleasure of being elected Chair at the handover meeting.  At that meeting, we decided to use two focus words to guide the committee in programming.  These words were “Education” and “Community”  The committee put forth a Cathy Davis’s quilt, Rainbow Rings for consideration to represent Ireland in the Festival of Quilts Diversity Exhibition.  I’m proud to say that Cathy’s quilt was selected to represent the country.  Our meeting was education focused, with a binding demonstration and quilting with rulers demonstration.

In June, we had the pleasure to host Ruth Bourke for a Tradtional Blocks Made Modern workshop, and talk on the modern quilting movement.  Ruth’s talk was exceptional and everyone enjoyed participating in the workshop.  We debuted the summer challenge theme, Revolutionary, to be interpreted as members were inspired.  We also began our second Block of the Month series.  We also hosted a brainstorming session at this meeting, giving members an opportunity to weigh in on what kind of programming they’d like to have and participate in.

Though we had a break off from our meetings over the summer, the members of the Southern Branch were quite active.  Several members participated in the National Exhibition, Evolution in Limerick.  We continued the Block of the Month series, and members worked hard on their Revolutionary entries.

In September we began our monthly meetings again.  Maeve gave us a Christmas demonstration, Tracy Wardle was the winner of the Summer Challenge, and the Executive Chair, Kelly Fogarty joined us at our meeting.

In October, it was our annual open meeting.  We had three demonstrations going on during the extended social time, and John O’Donnell gave us an excellent presentation.  In order to make things easier for our librarians, we had our used book sale at this meeting, earning over €60 and making the lifting a little easier for the librarians.  After this meeting we had our first Open Sew Afternoon, with about 15 members participating.

I also had the opportunity to represent the branch at the National AGM in October.  On Friday, Assumpta and I attended the outreach meeting for Branch leadership and was able to contribute to the discussion about the website.  They gave Cork much praise in regards to our efforts on the website.

The Southern Branch was then selected to organize the 2017 National AGM in Cork.  The committee has taken steps to organize this, from selecting the site, The Kingsley and the instructor, Janice Gunner.

The committee organized quite a busy November meeting.  We invited the Mid-Western IPS Branch from Limerick to join us, as well as inviting two shops to exhibit at the meeting, Lismore Quilts and Sew Crafty Fabrics.  After the meeting, we had an open sew afternoon and treated the Mid-Western Branch members to lunch.

In December, had our usual Christmas festivities.  Ann hosted the Table Quiz and did a fantastic job coming up with challenging questions.  We then had our Christmas challenge, a Mug Rug.  Patricia O’Brien was decided the winner and the members who wanted to, swapped their Mug Rugs.  We had two Blocks of the Month, and  Moya gave us a talk on Christmas and Patchwork projects.

In January, we had a fantastic demonstration on the importance of labelling your quilts.  Tomomi McElwee was our guest speaker, giving a history of her quilting journey.  After the meeting, Tomomi presented her challenging Patchwork Bag workshop.

In February, we met and hosted another swap, a pincushion swap.  Emer Fahy also gave us a detailed talk on Color Theory.  February was also the deadline for Nine Patches from members.

These nine patches were then used to make a quilt for the Community Exhibition held in the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh.  This quilt was given in thanks to the Sirius for hosting the exhibition from the 2nd of March to the 26th of March.  We had the opening for the exhibition on the 2nd of March with Seamus McGrath in attendance.

At our March meeting We invited Ruth Bourke, now Chair of the Executive committee to the branch for another talk.  This time it was about trends in online quilting.  Following the meeting, Ruth led a workshop about making a ticker tape quilt.

Which brings us to today.  Quite a successful year.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank you for your organization.  When I first arrived here 3 years ago, I found it was quite an isolating experience.  My boys were young, and I hadn’t really found my people.  I hated being away from my family and friends.  It was a chance trip to Dingle, and a trip to the Sewing Shed on the way that helped me find out about the branch.  When I arrived, Tracy made a point of being very welcome to me because of that, when a month or two later volunteers were asked to step forward to help Tracy out, I volunteered.  Because of that, I found my place here and Ireland and grew to love it here.  I’d like to thank every one of you for that.  In particular, I’d like to thank the ladies I’ve had the pleasure of serving on this committee with.

The minutes of the previous AGM were then read and accepted.

Ann gave us her Treasurer’s report, letting members know that the Branch has healthy finances.

Joanna gave us her Executive Representative Report.

One motion was put forth and approved.  The motion was to take any monies earned yearly by the library and reinvest it in buying new books.  Volunteers stepped forward to come up with a suggestion for books to buy for this year.

Finally, we requested members to step forward to join the new committee, as Ann, Erin and Susan had to step down this year.  Many thanks to Mary, Áine and Frances for stepping forward.  We’re meeting on the 29th for a handover meeting if there are any other members interested in stepping forward.

Once the AGM was completed, we had a fantastic Show and Tell:

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Many thanks to members for showing off all of their fantastic work.

Our next meeting is happening the 13th of May.   See you then!

April Letter from the Chair

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Greetings members!

With our AGM happening this month, this is going to be one of my last opportunities to write to you on behalf of the committee.  It’s been an honor to serve as the chair, and I’ve learned and grown so much though my experience here at the Southern Branch.

On April 8th, 2017 we’ll be meeting at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road at 10:00 am.

Patchwork Plus will be our shop.

The agenda of the meeting includes:

  • Social Time
  • Welcome and Announcements
  • Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Block of the Month
  • Needle Book Swap
  • Show and Tell
  • And our Raffle

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

A few notes for you about the AGM.  This is the yearly meeting where the formal business of the organization is performed.  During the meeting, we’ll have the Chair’s Report, Minutes of the last AGM, Treasurer’s Report, Executive Representative’s report, Motions, election of new committee, and any new business.  Please see the attached file for the Agenda.   I’d recommend printing your own for taking any notes as we’ll only have a limited amount of copies.

The committee has decided that visitors are welcome to sit in the meeting, however only paid up members are allowed to vote on any business presented.

A note about any motions that you’d like to put forward—motions presented at the Southern Branch’s AGM should only be actionable for the Southern Branch.  If you’re interested in putting forth a motion for Executive level business, that should be done at the National AGM that is happening October 7th at the Kingsley here in Cork.  Remember that any motions presented at the local or national level need to be specific and actionable to be accepted.

I’d also like to invite all members of the branch to join the committee!  It’s essential for the branch to run smoothly to have 5-6 members on the committee.  With three members stepping down, the branch will need three more to take their place.  The current committee has focused on making the transition as easy as possible by having plans in place for all of the meetings up to June.

Did you get a chance to see the Community Exhibition at the Sirius Arts Centre?  Wasn’t it a fantastic exhibition?  If you submitted a quilt, you can pick it up at our meeting on Saturday.  If you aren’t able to attend our meeting on Saturday, you can arrange a time to get your quilt from Assumpta.  You can email her at skipper.assumpta@gmail.com or phone her at (087) 224 1540.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

–Erin

March Meeting Recap

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The Nine-Patch Community Quilt hanging at the Sirius Arts Centre

Greetings members!

On March 11th, we met for our general meeting.

We began the meeting with a few announcements.  These included:

  • The Southern Branch Exhibition, “Community” is running at the Sirius Arts centre in Cobh until the 26th of March.  Hours of the Sirius are Tuesday through Friday, 11 – 5; Saturday and Sunday 13 – 5; Closed Mondays.
  • Deadline for Hands Across the Border is the 31st of March.  Theme is “Aurora”.  The exhibition opening takes place on Tuesday 16th May and our guest speaker is Leo Enright.  Location is the IFSC Custom House Quay, Dublin
  • EQA Challenge, “Inspired by New York Beauty” is due the 30th to Paula Rafferty.
  • EQA Diversity quilt due on the 30th of April.
  • All entry forms are available under the downloads tab on the website.
  • OEQC, theme is “Illuminate.”  Deadline is 31st of May.  Information and entry form is in the Newsletter.
  • Next newsletter deadline is the 20th of April.

Next, we announced the swap for the month of April:  Needle Booklets!

You can find a great tutorial here for making one.

Then, we debuted the next Block of the Month, the Medallion Centre:

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Next, our guest speaker, Ruth Bourke spoke about the trends in online quilting.

Highlights of her talk included hearing about the different swaps she has participated in, including the Economy block swap where she made this cushion cover from the blocks received.

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And this Big Bad Wolf Binding kit:  (You can find the free pattern here)

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And the large quilt she made from her mini quilt she designed for the Modern Quilt Guild Mini swap.

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Some quilts she has received by participating in these swaps include this mini, inspired by her dogs:

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and the mini received in the MQG Min quilt swap:

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Quilty highlights of the rest of the meeting:

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Our next meeting is April 8th and will be our Annual General Meeting (AGM).  More information about that upcoming!

March Letter from the Chair

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Exhibition Opening with Cork County Mayor Seamus McGrath

Greetings members!

Have you had a chance to check out the Community Exhibition going on at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh?  The exhibition continues until the 26th of March.  The hours at the Sirius are Tuesday through Friday 11:00 – 17:00 and Saturday and Sunday 13:00 – 17:00.  Closed on Mondays.

The Sirius Arts Centre is holding a five week event, This Must Be the Place | The Great Island from the 22nd of February to the 26th of March.  This includes daily activities.  On the 8th of March, Ailbhe O’Callaghan is presenting a talk, “30,000 Years of Quilting, Where is it Going in Ireland.”  This talk begins at 13:oo on a first come, first served basis.  To see the full schedule of events, click on this link.

Don’t forget:

On Saturday, March 11 at 10:00am we’ll be meeting at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road for our monthly meeting.

Limerick Quilt Centre will be our shop.

The Agenda for the meeting will include:

  • Welcome and announcements
  • Information about April’s AGM
  • Block of the Month
  • April Swap announcement
  • Guest Speaker: Ruth Bourke
  • Show and Tell
  • Social Time
  • Raffle
  • Demonstration

 

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Directly after the meeting, we’ll be running the Ticker Tape Class with Ruth Bourke.  Ticker Tape is a technique using fabric scraps to make a larger picture.  We have open spots for the class, so if you’re interested, be sure to message corkips@gmail.com

Remember if you are planning on staying over for the class, bring a lunch as one will not be provided. 

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!

–Erin