February meeting recap

Our meeting in February started with Kat opening the meeting with a few announcements in the absence of Frances.

The executive is working on a programme of exhibitions, mostly focusing on our anniversary year of 2021. It is hoped there will be exhibitions in all parts of the country. Details of upcoming calls can be found in the latest IPS Newsletter.

Our own Southern Branch committee is starting to look towards our branch AGM which is taking place in April, and we are looking for a couple of new committee members since some of us will be stepping down. Committee members contribute to the organising of the meetings, and keep the branch working. We meet about once a month to discuss whatever needs doing (speakers, meeting dates, issues from the executive, etc.) and to chat, drink tea/coffee, eat cake… We are a friendly bunch, really!

If you feel that this year you may be able to help us, either in the committee or in any other way, please have a chat with any of our committee members. It is really not as much of a commitment as many seem to think.

Remember, without a committee there will be no branch and no meetings. This has recently happened to two branches, don’t let it happen to us…!

After Kat’s introduction it was time for our speaker, Ethelda Ellis Erasmus. Ethelda is a doctor and quilter from the Midlands, and she told us of her journey in quilt making, her inspirations, and she showed us an absolutely stunning selection of her quilts.

The photos below really don’t do her quilts justice, but it shows you a flavour of them, and you may get an impression of her passion for her quilt making, and her style of quilts. She often takes part in challenges and exhibitions, so look out for her work.

If you want to find out more about Ethelda Ellis, and see more of her work, she can be found on Facebook and she has her own website, too.

Show and tell was low in numbers, but great quilts were shown:

We hope to see you all at our next meeting, which will be on the 14th of March.

Lastly, proof that digital cameras are not foolproof! This was found between my photos of Ethelda’s talk…

February meeting

This Saturday, 8 February, we have our monthly meeting at our usual venue of the Sacred Heart Church in Cork.

Doors open at 10 am.

Talented quilter Ethelda Ellis will be visiting and she will show us her work in “My Quilting Journey”:

Artist Statement:  Ethelda Ellis

My journey as a textile artist started in my beautiful diverse homeland, South Africa. In 2010 I was privileged to move to Ireland, much smaller in size but a country with so many new places and landscapes to see and explore. This led to new inspiration to continue with my passion: using fabric and threads to make works of art.
I love creating especially landscapes, portraying locations that have special meaning and memories to me. Through my quilts I share my love of nature with others and attempt to take viewers on a journey to known or unknown places.
I also like to work to a theme and explore new horizons through research and then sharing the knowledge and telling the story in fabric and thread.
My style is representational with detailed focal points which are done with small scraps of fabric, fused together into designs and then thread sketched with my sewing machine. These are then appliquéd on a background pieced from blocks or strips patched together or sometimes even small snippets of fabric trapped behind black tulle. The fun part is the actual free-motion quilting of all the layers together, to create dimension and texture.
Textile art combines my love of sewing and quilting with my love of creating art. I attempt to promote it as a visual art.
I exhibit my work nationally and internationally and won prizes in Ireland, Europe and South Africa.
I was one of the founders of Laois Quilters, a group that meets once a month in Portlaoise.
More information:  ethelda.blogspot.com

Also at the meeting:

  • Shop: Patchwork Plus
  • Show & Tell: Please bring your work to show
  • Coffee and tea available, contributions of cake/biscuits or other snacks much appreciated as always!

In the afternoon we will have a hand applique workshop with myself (Sandra Jansen). If you have signed up for the workshop and you haven’t received further information and the list of requirements, please let us know as soon as possible.

January recap

The new year started off with a very well-attended meeting. We even had to set out extra chairs to accommodate everyone!

Our demonstrator Sheila was happy to be folding old books into three-dimensional pieces, and talking about it:

Books folded into 3D items, Sheila Devereux shows how it is done.

If you would like to be working on your own project and chatting about it at a future meeting, please get in touch…!

Frances reminded us of closing dates for upcoming exhibitions from the IPS. Details came with your latest IPS Newsletter.

Also, the dates for upcoming meetings later in the year are not on the 2nd Saturday, because of hall availability. Please keep an eye on our Upcoming Events page. We also email those members (that have allowed us to) a reminder in advance of each meeting.

Appletree Crafts brought their shop down from Newtownmountkennedy, and it was colourful!

Our speaker this month was Helen O’Shea. Helen is an artist from Cork who uses stitch and plastic waste to make art pieces. She gave a brilliant talk on her journey from training as a chef to the work she now makes. And she was very happy to answer our questions about the way her pieces were made, and what you can and can’t do when using plastic bags instead of fabrics.

Plastic bags are heated and shaped, then stitched into this vessel by Helen O'Shea

If you missed it, or you want to know more about her and her work, check out her website: Helen O’Shea

Show & Tell was started off by Helen, too, showing two quilts she has made:

Helen O'Shea's first quilt made from waste curtain fabrics.
Improvisational quilt by Helen O'Shea

Followed by members’ quilts:

  • Mary Palmer - top with pieced snowflake, inspired by online snowflake quilts.
  • Eilis Watson showed what a larg print can do with the kaleidoscope pattern. The centre kaleidoscopes are all cut from the same large print used for the border!
  • Strip quilt in blues by Mary Palmer
  • Frances is extremely pleased to find Cora's quilt is labelled!
  • Tina Hawkes showing a baby quilt with rainbow elephants, appliqued with a narrow edge of Bondaweb
  • Cora Quinlan made this triangles quilt.
  • Mary Plamer's batik snowball quilt. It will be bound soon...

Next month we are meeting on the 8th of February as usual from 10 am in the hall of the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork.

In the afternoon we will have a hand applique workshop by Sandra Jansen. Learn different methods for needleturn applique and work on either a Baltimore style or a Hawaiian style block. If you want to join us for the afternoon, email us at corkips@gmail.com, and we can send you the details.

November meeting

This month our meeting will be on 16th November (THIRD Saturday!) at the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork, from 10 am.

Shop: Lismore Quilt Co. (Áine Foley)

Speaker: Loretta O’Brien – Loretta will be showing her beautiful work

Demo: Frances McCarthy has something to show

Show & Tell: Show us your work

Coffee and tea available, contributions of cake/biscuits or other snacks much appreciated as always!

WORKSHOP
In the afternoon there will be a Christmas workshop with Tracy Wardle. We will be making patchwork ornaments, using FPP techniques. There are still a couple of places, so do contact us as soon as possible if you want a place. We will be sending out a list of requirements to confirm. Cost €20 for members.
If you are doing the workshop, don’t forget to bring some lunch!

MEMBERSHIP
If you haven’t renewed your membership, we will no longer contact you. Also, IPS Newsletters will no longer be sent unless you have paid your membership. So if you want to renew, please do so as soon as possible.
If you have paid your membership by another method than at the Southern Branch, please let us know if you like to keep receiving our email announcements. We will otherwise not know that we can use your details.

IN THE COMING MONTHS:
* December Challenge: Make a table decoration. Any size, any technique. As long as you would put it on your table, it can be entered. A prize will be awarded by random draw, so no reason not to enter!
* December Quiz: We hope to be having our usual quiz master test our quilt-related knowledge at the December meeting.
* Sewing Machine Servicing: We often have John O’Donnell from Waterford Sewing Centre visit our branch in autumn. This year John will be at the branch meeting in January 2020. We will have a sign-up list at our meeting in December, so John knows what machines to expect.

October meeting recap

We had a well-attended meeting on the 12th of October, which was our open meeting. As well as many familiar faces, there were a good few visitors, some of whom decided to join the IPS on the day.

Several demos, and a well-stocked shop (thank you, Moya) had us inspired.

Jane Horner amused us with her tales of travelling around the world in a catamaran. Her sewing set-up on board was well organised, and she had many textile-related encounters on the way as well as interesting cultural experiences. She also brought some beautiful Mola work from the San Blas Islands, where they originate.

The Christmas Challenge was announced: Make a Christmas table decoration. Any size, any method. As long as you would have on your Christmas table, it is eligible for the challenge.

Our Show and Tell was fantastic as ever! We finished with the presentation of a bouquet to Mary Palmer to congratulate her on winning three(!!) prizes together with Anne Kiely at the recent Festival of Quilts.

Please note: Our next meeting date has been changed. The November meeting will take place on the 16th.

Wild Threads

Wild Threads West Cork are a group of textile artists, who meet to share, support and stimulate each other to create stunning pieces of hand stitched art. Some of them are our own members, too. They take inspiration from the flora, fauna, land and seascapes of West Cork.

exhib SCHULL

The group have an exhibition at the Blue House Gallery in Schull, from 26 July to 7 August. So take a trip this summer, support them and check out their work!

For more information click on the links in the text.

EQA Boundaries quilts in Limerick

The IPS is exhibiting 152 EQA Boundaries quilts at the Limerick School of Art and Design. “Boundaries” was the theme for the 2018 EQA challenge, and the quilts were displayed last year in Birmingham.

The exhibition is open from 16-19 July and 22-26 July in the LSAD Cathedral Gallery, from 10 am to 5 pm. Not open at weekends.