Christmas Challenge 2016

As mentioned in our November meeting recap post, the Christmas challenge for this year is

MUG RUGS!

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Mug Rug I received from Tomomi McElwee during a 2015 Christmas Swap

What is a mug rug exactly?  Think of it as a cross between a mini quilt and a coaster.  It needs to be large enough to accommodate a cup of tea and a biscuit, or piece of cake.

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Making a mug rug is a great way to use up scraps!  A small finished size means that you can use those smaller scraps to make yours!

Use this as an opportunity to try a technique or style of quilt you’ve always wanted to try out!

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When I participated in a mug rug swap, I decided to make an Irish Chain mug rug.  I took this as an opportunity to practice free motion quilting swirls.

If you need some inspiration for this challenge, I’ve created a Pinterest board of different tutorials, you can find it here.

Don’t feel like you have to make yours Christmas themed!  Make whatever suits you!

December Meeting Recap

First, the Southern Branch of the IPS would love to wish you and your family a Happy Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Now, to the recap!

Jane started with a few announcements.  These included:

  • There will be a need for committee members in April, as over half of the current committee will have to step down.
  • Olivia O’Sullivan is now on the national committee, there is a need for a new branch representative to the national committee.  Please let Jane know if you’re interested.
  • In January we’ll be introducing a beginners table, where members new to quilting can learn the basics.  We’re also planning some more YouTube videos to include with this focus!

Erin then did a recap of the past and current block of the month.

This month’s block is the Flying Dutchman!

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The Christmas sale that happened on December 3 went very well!  It was announced that nearly €1,500 was raised for ACT!  Congratulations ladies.

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Next, we had our Show and Tell.  Here are some of the projects shared by our members:

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Then, Moya showed us an easy little-sew project – a Christmas Wreath!

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Thank you Moya for your fantastic demonstration!

Next, the Christmas Challenge winner was announced:  Sandra Jansen!  Our members were given a few circles of fabric, and were challenged to make anything they wanted, as long as they used at least two of the circles of fabric.

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Sandra told us she was inspired at our last meeting where Aine Foley from Lismore Quilts demonstrated a table centre.

Here’s a slideshow of all of the entries.  Great job everyone!!

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Everyone had a fantastic time with the Table Quiz!  Thank you Ann for your hard work in creating it!

On a personal note, I’d like to thank everyone at the meeting for being patient with my boys (and the little bit of noise they created).  We had a last minute issue with lack of childcare, and I had to bring my toddler twin boys to the meeting.  I did my best to keep them occupied and quiet!

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See you at our January meeting on January 9, 2016!

Letter from the Chair

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Are we really sure Christmas only comes once a year? Or is it just a vicious rumour started by retailers !?

Anyway, it’s Christmas once again! HoHoHo!

We hope to see lots of you on SATURDAY 12 th DECEMBER 10am Church of Sacred Heart, Western Road, Cork.

As always, we have a busy fun filled programme!
Our shop will be Patchwork Plus and Moya will be giving us a demo of a fabric wreath, no needle or thread required!

The judging of the Christmas Challenge will take place.  ANYTHING made from at least 2 of the circles issued last month.  All is on the website!  Moya will be our judge.

We will be having our usual, Santa Surprise or Bran Tub, as some of us blow ins like to call them.  Please spend a maximum of €10. You will be given a raffle ticket on receipt of your gift and gifts will be selected later.

The Show and Tell for this meeting should be full of inspiration from all of your handmade Christmas gifts!

We will be having the fun, difficult & thoughtful QUIZ again the year, written by Ann!

Erin will demonstrate the latest Block of the Month.
We will have our usual RAFFLE.

We are very sad to hear of the passing of Bernadette Falvey.

There are still members who have not paid up their fees from September‐ €40.  If you have, please remember to collect your card at the desk.

Cakes and goodies are still required to drink with the free cup of tea or coffee, bring your signature piece to celebrate Christmas!  Thank you for your generosity.

We hope to hear of the grand total made at the sale of goods work on 3rd December, well done all!

This all sounds so much, but whatever else you don’t bring…………come yourself!!! WE NEED YOU!

Best wishes, Jane 0879853046

 

 

2015 Christmas Challenge

At our November meeting, Jane issued our 2015 Christmas Challenge!

Some fabrics were provided, but don’t worry if you weren’t able to attend the meeting!  It will be easy to participate!

Three circles were provided to members cut out of assorted Christmas themed fabrics.  Their diameters were 5 inches, 3 inches and 2 inches.  Didn’t get any fabric from the meeting?  No problem!  Just measure some of the objects around your home to use for a template.

Circles

Your challenge is to use at least two different sizes of the circles to create any sort of Christmas themed project.  

Some ideas include a tree skirt, stocking, mug rug, mini quilt, large quilt, ornament and a table centrepiece.

How about a Santa ornament?

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I’ve been scouring Pinterest for our branch to create a board to inspire you!

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Find our challenge board here. 

Good Luck!