Exhibition Opening this Thursday, May 26th

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You are invited to the opening of two Textile Exhibitions in The Mitchel Hall on Spike Island on Thursday the 26th of May 2016.

 “Devil in a Dress” is by Kevin Dinan and “Freedom “ the 2nd Irish Quilters’ Showcase exhibition features quilters from all over Ireland. 

A boat will leave from Kennedy Pier, Cobh at 1pm and return at 3pm.

Spike Island will be closed the week starting the 30th of May and will reopen on the 6th of June. 

The exhibitions will run until the 13th of June.

Please rsvp Paula (087 7699200  astrocatty@yahoo.co.uk) so that we will know numbers for the boat.

Postcards for Open European Quilt Championships

From October 20-23, 2016, the twentieth edition of the Open European Quilt Championships takes place in MECC Maastricht.  This is a milestone to celebrate!  We’ve been invited to celebrate by sending in a fiber postcard on the theme of “Twenty.”

From their website:

What do you have to do?
Below you can find the instructions for making a fibercard. This instruction was made available to us by Dineke Ugen. Design your own fibercard with the theme ‘Twenty’ and make it according to the instructions below. You can send us the fibercard by mail. In honor of the twentieth anniversary of OEQC a special jubilee exhibition is composed of all submitted fibercards. You want to exhibit with your fibercard at OEQC 2016 too, don’t you?

Instructions for making a fibercard
Special thanks to Dineke Ugen.

You need:
• A piece of adhesive batting, slightly larger than 15 x 15 cm.
• A post card, a larger piece of heavy paper or thin cardboard. Keep the weight of the card in mind with regards to the number of required stamps.
• Cotton ticking or a piece of unbleached cotton.
• Glue stick.

• Make a small “quilt” on the adhesive batting without backing. Or use thin cotton.
• Attach the cotton to the post card with your glue stick. Cut the cotton to size of the card.
• Iron the “quilt” on the card side. This is only possible if you have used adhesive batting. In case you used thin cotton you glue the cotton to the card. Cut the card to size (= 15 x 15 cm).
• Zigzag the postcard with colored yarn . Min 1.0 stitch length, stitch width 2.5 -. 3.0 / 0.4 / 0.5.
• Please note! Do not use black background fabric or black yarn to zigzag your fibercard. The fibercards will be presented on a dark wall. This will lead dark fibercards or dark details to fade into the background.

Additional information:
A fibercard can be sent as a regular post card, without an envelope. Cut out a square at the corner for the postmark. This way the mail man can enjoy your card too. Wrap your card in plastic if you used beads or other embellishment. Tape on the front side of the card, otherwise the address is not clearly visible. You can also send the card in a regular envelope. Please note! Fibercards are not returned after the show.

Please send the fibercard to our office address before September 1, 2016
You can send the card to the following address:

Textile Festivals
With reference to: 20 years OEQC
Rondven 42a
NL-6026 PX Maarheeze
The Netherlands

Good luck on behalf of Textile Festivals and Dineke Ugen.


National Exhibition Quilt Delivery

My Quilt all bagged up and ready to go!

With the May 31st deadline coming up, the committee is working on arranging a delivery of our branch’s quilts.  This way, you don’t have to worry about the Post misplacing your precious package.

If you have a quilt ready for submittal, feel free to bring it to this Saturday’s meeting!  Don’t worry if you still have some steps to go.  Joanna will be announcing more details this Saturday at our meeting.   The deadline for having your quilt in the delivery will be May 25th.

Diversity in Europe Quilt Exhibition Opportunity

Do you want a chance to exhibit a fantastic quilt of yours at the Festival of Quilts in 2016?  The Irish Patchwork Society will be putting a quilt forward for the Diversity in Europe EQA Quilt Gallery at the Festival of Quilts.

This gallery will showcase the work of artists from 17 countries.  Because only one quilt will be representing Ireland, this will be quite the honour!

The process of choosing a quilt is this:  Each branch will nominate a quilt to represent the branch and submit it to the Executive Committee for consideration.

Do you have a quilt you’d like to nominate?  If so, bring it to our meeting on May 14th to show it for consideration, or if you’re unable to attend the meeting, send a good quality photograph to our email address at corkips@gmail.com.  See the rules below for guidelines for submission.

The quilt to represent our branch will be chosen by the committee at the committee meeting on May 28th.  


— Size of Quilt:

  • Maximum height 2.5 m, maximum width 2.5 m
  • Minimum height 1 m, minimum width 1 m
  • Maximum perimeter (all the way around the quilt) 9 meters
  • Minimum perimeter (all the way around the quilt) 4 meters

— All quilts must have a 10 cm (4 inch) having sleeve with extra fullness to accommodate the rod) sewn 1 cm below the top of the quilt and stopping 2 cm at each side

— All quilts must include the following information at the bottom of the quilt, either on a fabric label securely attached to the back of the quilt or written directly on the back of the quilt – owner’s name, and full postal address (including country), Name of the quilt.

— All quilts must have a quilt maker’s statement.

For more information, see the article in the Winter Newsletter on page 8.

IPS National Exhibition

From July 12 to the 22nd, the Midwestern Branch is hosting the National Exhibition at the Limerick School of Art and Design in Limerick City.

This year’s theme is “Evolution”

Have you been working on your entry?  Be sure to follow the following rules:

  1.  The quilt must consist of a minimum of two layers, although any technique may be used.
  2. Size:  Quilts can be made to a maximum of 1.25 meters (approx. 50 inches) on any one side.
  3. The quilt has a free choice of edging treatments.
  4. No glass fronted, framed, mounted quilts or quilts made from kits will be allowed.
  5. The work should have been completed in the last two years.
  6. The quilt must have a 10 cm (4 inch) hanging sleeve, (with sufficient fullness to accommodate the hanging rod).
  7. Please ensure that your quilt has a stitched fabric label on the back at the bottom edge with the following information: Name of the Quilt, Name of Quilter, Postal Address, Telephone number
  8. The quilt should not have been exhibited prior to submission to this exhibition.
  9. Quilts made by more than one person at any stage of the construction should identify all of those involved.
  10. Quilts are not for sale during the exhibition.
  11. All IPS members are eligible to enter and there is a €10 entry fee per quilt to defray the costs of holding the exhibition.
  12. This is a juried exhibition.  The judging panel’s decision will be final.
  13. The quilts are covered by the IPS insurance once the quilt is received by the hosting branch.
  14. By entering your quilt, you agree to have it photographed for publicity purposes and the catalogue of the exhibition.
  15. Each quilt must have its own bag labelled with both the name of the quilt, the name of the maker and your branch.
  16. Quilts will be released at the end of the exhibition period and not before that time.
  17. Deadline for quilts to be received is the 31st of May 2016.  No late entries will be accepted due to cataloguing and photographing of quilts.


Do you need an entry form?

Download the entry form here!

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We’re looking forward to seeing the exhibition!  I’ve been hard at work on mine!