November Meeting Recap

Though our meeting was smaller than usual, my was it mighty!!

Our shop was Lismore Quilt Company.  It was their first visit to our meeting!

Jane started the meeting with some announcements.  She attended the national AGM in Galway where a new committee was elected, and the motion to start a young people’s IPS was unanimously passed.  We’re excited to see what happens!

Our tenth block for the Block of the Month was debuted, the Inverted Star:

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Our Christmas Challenge was announced.  Jane passed out three different sized circles of fabric to members.  Their Christmas Challenge is to include at least two of those circles in your Christmas decoration.  More details will be given in a blog post that will come out later in the week.  

Next was our Show and Tell.

Sara Wilson showed us her Jane Austin Block of the Month that she participated in:

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Sheila Keane showed us her Christmas Decoration using the log cabin block and some ribbon:

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Cathy Davies showed us her Owls Quilt:

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Kitty Whelan showed us some embroidered cards she made:

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After our Show and Tell, we heard from Aine Foley from Lismore Quilts.  She inspired us with some Christmas Projects, including Potholders, a Table Centre:

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Door hangings:

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Lismore Quilts will be having an open day at their shop on the 28th and 29th on November.  See their site for more details!

Here’s some more photos from our meeting.  Enjoy!

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September Block of the Month

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Is the Spools block!  Designed to look like a spool of thread, this block is easy to construct! You have a ton of choices on how to customise your block.  In the block up top, I attempted to make the spool look like it had thread wrapped around it by cutting out the scalloped fabric on the bias.

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You could have two spools appear horizontal and two appear vertical.

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Or stack the spools on top of one another!

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In our second spool block, I used improvisational piecing with several fabrics to make the fabric appear like thread wrapped around the spool.  Cut strips of varying widths (making sure it’s at least an inch longer than the 3.5 inch square called for.  Sew the strips together, varying the width and angles of the fabrics, and then trim a 3.5 inch square from this improvisational unit.

Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for inspiration!

September Meeting Recap

Apologies for the lateness of the post, I needed to leave the meeting early to catch a ferry for a holiday, and our internet in France was very slow.

On September 12, we met at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road for the first meeting of the year.

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Membership dues for the year were due at this meeting, €40 which goes to the executive board.  Due to insurance, you can only attend 2 meetings prior to paying for your membership.  After those two meetings, you won’t be covered by insurance anymore!

We’ve also increased our door fees to €4 for members, and €8 for non-members.  This increase in fees is a result of a motion passed by members at our AGM in April.

Our meeting started out with announcements from our chair, Jane.

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We showed off the eight blocks of the Block of the Month that have been created so far, in two different colorways.

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Then, Erin followed with a recap of the Block of the Month project we’ve been doing since February.  Then, using the projector, showed a step by step tutorial of this month’s block, the Spools block!

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In future meetings we’ll be doing a step by step visual tutorial for the remaining blocks!

Maeve from Limerick Quilt Centre did a demonstration.

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Photo by Susan Garde

Christmas Placemats!

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Sadly, I had to leave before the Show and Tell portion of the meeting.  Please, if you have photos I can use in a slideshow, please send them to our email address, corkips@gmail.com.

Our next meeting is scheduled for October 10 and will be our open meeting!

August Block of the Month

August has finally arrived!

We’ve been hard at work over the last few weeks preparing the materials for the block for you!

Introducing August’s Block, the Half Rectangle Triangle Star!

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You can find the downloadable materials here.

This is our first opportunity to work work templates.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  A small square has been drawn next to the Half Rectangle Triangle (HRT).  When you print out your template, be sure that your square measures 1 inch square!  This will ensure your Half Rectangle Triangles will end up the correct size.  Be sure to cut the bevels of the template.  Cutting the bevels into your half rectangle triangles will make sewing together the triangles easier.

If you’re new to working with Half Rectangle Triangles, do not fear, we’ve created a video tutorial for you!

Be sure to subscribe to our channel to ensure that you’ll be notified of any future uploads.

Be sure to check out our Pinterest page for other tutorials and inspiration!

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Enjoy!  If you have any questions or problems, feel free to message us!  Happy Sewing!

June Block of the Month

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Our June Block of the Month is the X – Plus block!  Using skills we learned in last month’s block, we create the “X” portion of the block.  Perfect for using scraps you have in your scrap bin.  Directions for this block will be uploaded to our site in December.

Check out the scrappy versions on our Pinterest page!

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We’re putting the finishing touches on the directions for July.  Be on the lookout for the instructions for these blocks on July 1st!