January Workshop

We hope you had a very Happy Christmas this year!

After our January 14th meeting, we’re presenting a workshop by Tomomi McElwee,

Drawstring Patchwork Bags



Tomomi’s class description:

Drawstring bags are what we, Japanese had as bags to put things in and carry before Western bags came (Furoshiki, wrapping cloth is other type of item used for carrying things but they are not bag shaped).

Traditionally these small bags are made from scraps out of other sewing jobs. Also young girls made these to practice sewing skills and carried small bits and pieces.

Since they have flat bottom and wide opening, you can see what is inside very easily and they sit on well too.

They can be made in any size but the smaller the cuter, let’s make them in palm size!

Go through all your scrap collection and find nice combination of fabrics.

If you’re interested in taking this class, be sure to contact us at corkips@gmail.com, spaces are limited!  





Announcing our June Speaker and Workshop

For our meeting on June 11, we’re excited to announce Ruth Bourke as our speaker for the meeting.

Ruth is a member of the Mid-West Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society, and is a member of the Modern Quilt Guild and Modern Quilters Ireland.  You can find her personal blog here.

She’s planning on speaking to us about Modern Quilting during our June meeting.

Her workshop is entitled Traditional Blocks Made Modern.   We’ve currently set a class limit of 15 people, €35 per person.  We plan on running it 1 pm – 5 pm.  Please bring a lunch if you plan on doing both the meeting and the class.  You’ll need that fuel for all of the learning you’ll be doing!

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Ruth has created this awesome handout with more information about her class!

The sign up list will be available at our April meeting.  Be warned that sign ups are first come, first served, so if you want to sign up, please arrive to the April meeting promptly!  


Workshop Opportunity

Photo courtesy of the Irish Quilt and Design Facebook page



Saturday & Sunday, 27th & 28th February 2016

In this two-day workshop we will learn to draft, and make, Mariner’s Compass Blocks. We will also look at various types of Compass blocks, and at some of the design issues of putting them in a quilt.

This block looks complex, but just like the Feathered Star from January, it’s all about breaking it down into straightforward and do-able steps.  By going through the drafting you get a better understanding of the block, this makes it easier to develop your colour placement for the compass you want.

Learn how to get the sharp points sharp, and the curves nice and smooth.  We brake down the construction into nice easy steps.  See how to keep track of colours and placements, so that even if you are interrupted, or have to put it away, you don’t loose track of where everything goes.

We will also look at a number of methods for setting your Compass into a square block – two methods of setting into a circle, or how to piece it into a background.

As usual, we gather at 9.30 for coffee and ‘something nice’ for class to start at 10.00. We take a break at 1.00 for Emer’s famous lunches, in the dinning room.  And class finishes at 5.00, but the studio is available in the evenings and early mornings for anyone who wants to ‘sew on’!

Price: 2 day workshops, lunches and snacks €190

Bring List: You will receive a bring list on booking, anything specialised will be provided.

Questions: Contact Emer Fahy at emerfahy.quilts@gmail.com

Accommodation: There is some accommodation at the studio (on a first come, first served basis) and there is lots of accommodation nearby – happy to give recommendations.Quilters coming by bus/train/air: kits and equipment will be made available, please arrange at booking.

Class Opportunity!

Irish Quilt and Design

Double Wedding Ring

Emer Fahy

2-day Workshop

October 31st & November 1st

This beautiful old pattern is always a favourite.  It’s been around in various styles for a long time, but we will explore the wide (maybe unlimited!) possibilities of this pattern.   We will work on effects based on colour placement in the rings, the design possibilities for variations in the background, and structural variations in the rings themselves.  We will also learn how to draft your own pattern or variation in any size.  We will try a few possible techniques for stitching the pattern – and of course, we will actually make a sample set of rings!

You will have everything you need to design and make your own Double Wedding Ring project in any size and for any purpose – quilt, wall-hanging, table-runner, clothing, what ever your imagination can come up with!

Classes include Tea, Coffee, Snacks anytime, and Emer’s famous lunches.

We gather from 9.30 for tea and set-up, so that we can start at 10.00

We break at 5.00pm, but people are always welcome to stay on and sew.

Workshop €190

Questions & Bookings:  emerfahy.quilts@gmail.com   086-300 2888