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.

 

June 2019 – meeting recap

We met at the Sacred Heart Church on Saturday 8 June.

Jane Horner gave a wonderful demo of her (almost) singing and dancing overlocker machine (serger in US). She uses it very effectively and fast(!!) for patchwork, and showed us all how it is done – thank you, Jane!

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Moya brought her shop Patchwork Plus.

Frances McCarthy told us with great enthusiasm about “#52blocks52weeks – Experiences of a weekly Block Party” that she is participating in.

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This refers to a programme of 6″ quilt block patterns that are published online each week for a year (52 weeks, that’s why). Participants post photos of their weekly block on the dedicated Facebook group page, which is also where they get into contact with each other. If you go to the #52blocks52weeks website, you will find some more explanation how it works. The programme is run by the Canadian Quilters’ Association.

Frances showed us images of blocks that have been produced so far, halfway into the year, as well as her own blocks. What was especially striking, was the difference in blocks depending on colour choices, placement of dark and light, and the scale of the prints chosen for each block. Some blocks were fantastic, others just didn’t seem to work. We look forward to see what quilts will be produced from the project!

For our show and tell again some great work was shown off:

Bernie Kelly and Tina Hawkes showed their work from last month’s mystery block workshop:

Other beautiful works included some that travelled all the way from New Zealand with Frances Gamble who visited:

Many more showed off their inspiring projects, from panels to blocks, from small to large:

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And Mary Palmer brought her award winning quilt that has come home from its travels:

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We hope you all have a great summer, hopefully with some sunshine and a little stitching thrown in.

See you in September!

June meeting

Our June meeting, the last before we break up for the summer, will take place this Saturday, June 8th from 10 am.

Shop: Patchwork Plus – Moya Geraghty
Library: check out our books
Demonstrator: Jane Horner – using an overlocker for fast patchwork
Speaker: Frances McCarthy

#52blocks52weeks – Experiences of a weekly Block Party

Frances will talk about and show the blocks created as part of the Canadian Quilters’ Association/Association canadienne de la courtepointe’s social media Block of the Week.

Show & Tell: please bring us your latest work (complete or WIP)
Coffee and tea will be available, offerings of cake/biscuits and other snacks will be gratefully received…

May 18th Meeting

We gathered for a great meeting on Saturday 18 May.
A wonderful group of quilters visited us from the Mid West branch, and Nikki from the Sewing Shed brought her goodies from County Kerry.

We started by introducing the new branch committee:

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Sandra, Katryn, Heidi, Marie, and Frances of the new committee

At the start of a new year for the committee, we wanted to give everyone the opportunity to let us know what you want from our meetings and our branch. Suggestion slips were available at the meeting in the hope of receiving feedback from our members. Let us know what you like, what you don’t like, who or what you’d like to see at the meetings, etc. If you missed them, they will be available again next month. Or get in touch with anyone of the committee to pass on your views…

Frances announced we have been invited to attend the opening of the exhibition “Colours of my Mind”, featuring work from Joke Buursma and Ethelda Ellis. The exhibition will be open in Mountmellick until the 27th of June.

Exhibition announcement

Suzanne Pass from the Mid West branch then showed us slides of the 15 quilts she and others in the branch made for the Heart Children Ireland (also known as Henry Bear), a charity that provides quilts for children in Crumlin. they had just been handed over the previous week, but Suzanne also made a heart quilt for herself which she showed.

After that, all visitors from the Mid West branch showed us some of their individual work. From their wonderfully varied quilts:

To bags, wall hanging and cushion:

And a great reversible quilt:

Then it was time for our own show and tell:

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And Marie and Mai showed some quilts they had made for the Cork Cancer care Centre (formerly the Girls Club) who are looking for lap quilts.

In the afternoon Frances had an enthusiastic group (including the Mid West members) to do a mystery quilt, which was greatly enjoyed by all accounts.

We hope you will all be coming to our next meeting on June 8th, which will be the last before the summer.