We opened with a welcome to everyone and a Congratulations to Mary Palmer and Anne Kiely on their win at the Birmingham Festival of Quilts in the two person category and of course Mary herself getting third in the Art category. Fantastic achievement.
Mary Hynes gave a Demo of a Christmas tree Block and will continue until December with a Christmas theme. Snowflakes and stars to come!!
We were delighted to welcome The Four Winds Group to speak on their work on Gee’s Bend Quilts. The Four Winds meet weekly in each other’s houses and have been together for 27 years!
They displayed their interpretation of a range of Gee’s Bend -style quilts. They also showed us the first Quilt they made as a group. We then got to see some of their Round Robin results, it was great to see how different and what fantastic work was produced.
The summer challenge ‘Try a Triangle’ had over 15 entries and the prize was a service of a machine with John O’Donnell. Mary Hynes was given a ticket for her BOM as it was triangle Christmas trees and what do you know….. unlucky no.13 and she won!!
We continued with ‘our normal’ show and tell which was anything but! Fantastic as always Ladies. We have the pictures to prove it!
Big congratulations are extended to Southern Branch member Mary Palmer for her winning quilt ‘Tidings’ in the 2-people category at Festival of Quilts. Mary has worked with Anne Kiely on several pieces in the past, including:
‘Eroded Prospects’ winner of the William Smith O’Brien Perpetual Challenge Cup and Crafts Council of Ireland Purchase Award at the RDS National Crafts Competition 2013
‘Literary Landscape’ winner of the William Smith O’Brien Perpetual Challenge Cup at the RDS National Crafts Competition 2017
IPS Southern Branch met on 10 June, with main speaker Tina Sullivan Hawkes on “A Quilter’s Journey,” Patchwork Plus shop in attendance and a great show and tell from our members. Assumpta opened with a moment of remembrance for Kate O Kelly, who died 4 May 2017. Kate attended our meetings with her mother Hilary and we ask you keep the family in your thoughts.
Erin, our previous chair, presented the last part of the 2016 -2017 block of the month – how to put it all together! Find the instructions here.
Tina willingly shared her quilting story, from “only wanting to ‘collect’ nice fabric!” to running quilting groups in Knockavilla and at Colaiste Choilm.
Gallery of Tina’s Quilts:
She shared this top tip: “When working with flannel – wash on the rinse cycle and tumble dry before use – this will deal with any shrinkage.”
Show and Tell: 11 members brought work to show:
Reminder: September meeting is 9 September 10:00 – 13:00 at Sacred Heart, bring your membership renewal money, your summer challenge and show and tell.
IPS Southern Branch met on 13 May, with main speaker Moya Geraghty on “Big Prints and how to use them,” the Sewing Shed shop in attendance and a great show and tell from our members. Erin, our outgoing chair, presented the latest block of the month and was in turn presented with a quilt made by members of Southern Branch in gratitude for her work for the branch during her time in Cork. 40 shades of green to take back to the USA!
Hazel Armstrong brought a display of the items she makes for “Days for Girls” – a day in June is being organised, come to sew, or donate the makings. Contact Mary O Regan for more information (see separate post about this).
2 June, 2017: Deadline for River of Dreams show. Any baby quilts shown can then be donated for Henry Bear Quilts. Further details and entry form here.
17 & 18 June, 2017: Lismore Quilts – Quilts in the Cathedral (more information here)
Month of June, 2017: Exhibition of Current “and Older” Patchwork Quilts by Christine M. Sawyer in Fermoy Library
On Big Prints:
Let the big print tell you what colours to use – and use the print for the centre or the border
Slash and lattice the big print
Combine with small prints in a disappearing nine-patch
Gallery of Big Print Quilts:
Show and Tell: 7 members brought work to show
Reminder: June meeting is 10 June, 10:00 – 13:00 at Sacred Heart,