September Letter from the Chair

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Greetings members!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer!  I’ve participated in many activities from taking the boys to the seaside, viewing a few exhibitions, and sewing, sewing sewing!

On September 10th, we’ll be returning to the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road for our first meeting of the year!  We’ll begin at 10 am with some social time, and begin our programming at 10:30.

Limerick Quilt Centre will be our shop for the meeting.  They’re asking our members that if they have any suggestions for items to bring.  Please message them if you’d like to request something specific.  

Our programming includes:

  • Announcements
  • Summer Challenge, “Revolutionary” results
  • September Block of the Month
  • Show and Tell – Be sure to bing the projects you’ve been working on over the summer!
  • Photography for submitting to the Knitting and Stitching show gallery
  • Raffle

As September is the beginning of our ‘year,’ be sure to bring a completed membership form and dues of €40 to this meeting.  Downloading the form and filling it out beforehand will streamline the process. DOWNLOAD THE MEMBERSHIP FORM HERE.

Tea and coffee will be supplied, we look forward to seeing what cakes and other refreshments you can provide.

The committee has been working hard over the summer planning for the upcoming year.  We’re looking forward to announcing it all at the meeting!

—Erin

corkips@gmail.com

June Letter from the Chair

 

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Greetings everyone!  I hope you’ve enjoyed the beautiful weather we’ve been having!  The boys and I have made multiple trips to the park, played in the backyard pool and while they nap to recover from the day, I’ve been busy working on sewing projects!  I should have a completed quilt to show at our Show and Tell this meeting.

I hope you’re ready for a jam packed meeting!  We’ve got a lot planned for the last meeting before the summer break.

On June 11, 2016 we’ll be meeting at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road, starting at 10 am.  

Patchwork Plus is the shop for the meeting.

— At the meeting, we’ll be announcing the Summer Challenge!  We’ve decided on a prize and hope you find it as valuable as we do!

— We’ll also be holding a brainstorming session.  The committee is hoping you’ll be coming armed with ideas for the programming you’d like to see in the upcoming year.  We’ll be taking these ideas and incorporating them in our planning for the year over the summer.

— The first block of the Block of the Month will debut.  Photocopies of the instructions will be made available at the meeting, with the directions posted to the website 3 months later.

— Ruth Bourke will be our speaker for the meeting.  She’s planning on talking about the Modern Quilting movement.

— We will have our usual raffle.

— Don’t forget to bring something to Show and Tell!  We love seeing your work!

— There will also be Tea and Coffee, and any refreshments you are kind enough to bring.

— For the members who’ve signed up, don’t forget about our workshop, “Traditional Blocks Made Modern” after the meeting.  You should have received a supply list on what you need to bring and some cutting instructions if you wish to pre cut your fabrics.

— For any members who have outstanding library books, please be sure to bring them in!  We’re planning on going through the library this summer!

Hope to see you on Saturday!  Please email us if you have any comments or concerns!

Erin Case
corkips@gmail.com

May Letter from the Chair

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Greetings everyone!  I hope May is finding you well.  On behalf of the new committee, I’d love to say we’re very excited about the upcoming year!  As I’m currently on holidays, Joanna will be taking over the duties of running our next meeting.

On May 14, 2016 we’ll be meeting at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road, starting at 10 am.  

Kilbora Quilt Shoppe will be the shop for the meeting.  Anne Marie is planning on bringing a ton of deals for you to take advantage of as the shop has closed.

Anne Marie Hobbs will also be giving a talk.

Mary Palmer will be demonstrating binding, and there will be a hands on opportunity for members to try their hand at binding!

We will have our usual raffle.

Don’t forget to bring something to Show and Tell!  We love seeing your work!

Be sure to bring a quilt for consideration for the EQA Diversity exhibition at the Festival of Quilts.  Check out our blog for more information.  The committee will be deciding on the quilt to represent our branch on May 28th.  If you’re unable to attend the meeting, but would still like to put forth a quilt, please submit a good photograph to corkips@gmail.com

There will also be Tea and Coffee, and any refreshments you are kind enough to bring.

The sign up sheet for our June workshop will be available as well.  There’s only 6 spots available for Ruth Bourke’s “Traditional Blocks Made Modern.”  Be sure to sign up before you miss out on this awesome class!  We’re running a blog series on Ruth, and her class.  Be sure to follow it!

Don’t forget about the deadline for the National Exhibition, May 31st!  Find the rules and entry form on our website.  Let’s make sure the Southern Branch is well represented!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me at the branch’s email or via Facebook.  I’m always accessible!

–Erin

 

Letter from the Retiring Chair, Announcement of New Committee

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I would like to thank everyone for my beautiful roses, and for the kind wishes I have received on finishing my 2 years as Chair of the Southern Branch.

It has been a privilege to make so many new friends.  It hasn’t just been me – I have had a great team on the committee, and I do have to say especially Tracy who’s has been an efficient, reliable and hard working member. We felt the handover to the new committee was so much easier because she had prepared things so well.

My very best wishes go to the new committee, and I know Erin  will make a great chair, and I am sure the Southern branch will continue to go from strength to strength.

Happy sewing,

Jane

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The new committee met today, and we’re happy to announce the new committee’s positions:

Erin Case – Chair
Ann Prendergast – Treasurer
Assumpta Lydon – Secretary
Susan Garde – Member
Eileen Mangan – Member
Joanna Harrington – Branch Representative

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If you’re interested in joining the committee, our next meeting is May 28th at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs at 11 am.

Letter from the Chair

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Well, my time is finally up!  This will be my last Letter from the Chair as our next meeting on

Saturday 9th April at 10am

At

Sacred Heart Church, Western Rd Cork

will be our AGM.

The bylaws state that a position on the committee can only be held for 2 years.   Tracy Wardle, our amazing secretary, Colette Casey, our membership secretary and Olivia Sullivan our Branch Representative will also be leaving their positions.  We have 3 vacancies needing to be filled, and we now have 72 members, so please think about it.

The AGM is only a small part of the morning, we are lucky to have our home shop:  Moya from Patchwork Plus, she will also be giving us an interesting demonstration.

Erin will be presenting the second Little Bits Project, a zippered patchwork bag.

We will also have our raffle.

Show and Tell will again be a highlight of the morning, when we can all enjoy the amazing work our members are doing, don’t forget it doesn’t have to be finished, or perfect, we just want to see it!

Tea & coffee, and any refreshments you are kind enough to bring.

Don’t forget that the rules of the National Exhibition, ‘Evolution’ is in the latest newsletter, as well as the entry form.  There are also articles on preparing quilt sleeves and bags for the quilts.  The deadline for entry is May 31st!

The sign up list for our June workshop will be available at the meeting!  The cost of the workshop is €35 and a €15 deposit is required to save your seat.  Ruth Bourke will be our speaker for June, talking about Modern Quilting.  After a brief lunch break, she will be running her workshop after the meeting.  Her workshop is entitled “Traditional Blocks Made Modern.”  Find more information in our blog post here.  Be warned that sign ups are first come, first served, so if you want to sign up, please arrive to the April meeting promptly!  

Please don’t be put off by the AGM, it is your chance to tell us if we are doing things right, or if you would like any changes. If you have a motion you would like discussed please let a member of the committee know as soon as possible.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday !

–Jane

Letter from the Chair, March 2016

MARCH ALREADY!

No sign of Spring but who knows what the weather will be on

                SATURDAY 12th MARCH 2016

At SACRED HEART CHURCH HALL, WESTERN ROAD

10am START

We have The Sewing Shed as our shop.

We are very pleased to welcome SANDRA JANSEN  to give us a talk on “PATTERNLESS PIECING,” a fascinating subject to interest to all level of skills.

Our popular RAFFLE

As we’re taking a two month break from our Block of the Month, Erin will be doing a presentation on how to make a CATHEDRAL WINDOW PINCUSHION.  Directions will be posted to our Demonstration Resources tab, and Erin will make a recording of the presentation after the meeting to be posted to YouTube for members unable to attend.

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Please bring all your fabulous work to SHOW AND TELL, one of the highlights of the morning for me.

SWAP YOUR STASH – This worked very well last month and do want to keep this going. Simply fill a 3 litre bag (medium sized plastic bag) with the minimum of 1 yard of scraps, no smaller that a 5 inch charm square please. Simply, bring your scraps and take home fresh fabric

BACK TO BASICS TABLE – An opportunity to see and ask questions about the tools patchworkers use.

TEA & COFFEE will again be provided by Miraed but we rely on you for the delicious cakes and goodies you never fail to bring.

As you can see we have plans for another great meeting, and we do hope you will be able to join us.

FUTURE EVENTS

In April as you know we have our AGM. We need at least 3 new members for next years committee and I do urge you to consider contributing to the society we all benefit so much from.

You will be supported all the way along. Our next committee meeting is on Sat 19th March, do come along and see how easy it is!!

Best wishes,

Jane

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Letter from the Chair

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Time for another IPS meeting!

Hope you have all had a productive month.

I think with all the workshops, sales, and groups which meet regularly, we all have a chance to sew every day.

I find as much as the learning, I enjoy the company and chat of any meeting I have with patchworking friends, so for all our new members, do take up any opportunities to go anywhere to sew, they really are great people.

I would like to invite you to our next meeting;

SATURDAY 13th FEBRUARY  2016 

At Sacred Heart Church Hall Western Rd CORK

10am start.

We thankfully have an increasing number of new members, and to this end we will be having a table of BACK TO BASICS, to include list of terms, samples of sizes of fabric, (fat quarters, long quarters etc) cutters & notions to try out.

Shop. – Patchwork Plus with MOYA

Talk. –   we are delighted that our speaker this month will be

              ARLENE SHAWCROSS   on “ STITCH TO ENRICH”

She will talk and demonstrate her techniques and bring lots of samples.

She will also be selling wonderful silk hand dyed threads.

Raffle

BOM   – Time for the reveal of the final quilt!  Erin will be presenting setting options, and tips for construction.

SWAP YOUR STASH – This worked very well last month and do want to keep this going. Simply fill a 3 litre bag (medium sized plastic bag) with the minimum of 1 yard of scraps, no smaller that a 5 inch charm square please. Simply, bring your scraps and take home fresh fabric

SHOW & TELL – bring all your great work to show us.

Tea & coffee  provided but the cakes & goodies depend on your generosity, you have never let us down yet!

We very much look forward to seeing you all !  10 am

Best wishes,

Jane

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