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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January Letter from the Chair

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Happy New Year!

I do hope the floods have not affected too many of you, although I know from experience how worrying it all is .

To brighten and cheer, our next meeting will be on

SATURDAY 9th JANUARY 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 term, samples of sizes of fabric, (fat quarters, long quarters etc) cutters & notions to try out. We realise that some of our members have forgotten more than we will ever know about quilting, but we have to keep this wonderful, addictive, ever changing, skilful hobby alive for the future!

Shop. –  Apple Tree Quilts

Talk. –   Sinead from Apple Tree Crafts

Raffle

BOM   –Erin will again professionally demonstrate this months block. I can only tell you it involves foundation paper piecing.

SWAP YOUR STASH – This is a new idea to kick start the New Year. 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.

Put a bag in …. Take a bag home

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

Definitely a meeting not to be missed.

Please be prompt.  The hall is hired from 0930 to 1330 and it makes it very difficult for the committee if we run late.If  you have and comments or suggestions, please feel free to speak to a member of the committee.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes

Jane

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!

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Letter from the Chair

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Dear Members,

November is upon us. I love this time of year; I think it’s ages until Christmas and I have loads of time to finish all of last years projects, make all the promised gifts, and make my own Christmas cards. If the last 20 years are anything to go by, very little of this will get done. But I live in hope!

We are still reeling after the wonderful Open Meeting in October. We had 72 visitors and members. Thank you again to everyone who made this possible.

Our next meeting is on SATURDAY 14th NOVEMBER 2015 at 10am.

Aine Foley  is bringing her shop from Lismore , and will give us a talk and demonstration.

We will have our usual Raffle, Show & Tell and Block of the Month.

The Christmas Challenge this year gives us plenty of chances to use our imagination.

As our meeting clashes with the Knit & Stitch show in Dublin,  we have a very small but enthusiastic committee. We would appreciate any help you can offer to help with tea and setting up etc.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday to enjoy our usual chat ,inspiration and ideas.

With Best Wishes

Jane

Letter from the Chair

OCTOBER OPEN MEETING 

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This is our big, free meeting where we welcome everyone who has any interest in Patchwork, to come along and enjoy a morning of demonstrations to entice, inspire, and generally get together with like minded people.

The whole morning is FREE

That includes:

  •       Free entrance
  •       Bumper FREE raffle
  •       Demonstrations, of techniques,blocks, new ideas
  •       A BIG show and tell–bring anything you think will interest others
  •       Patchwork Plus shop, with lots of goodies you just can’t resist.
  •       Demonstration of our Block of the Month.
  •       Tea , coffee & cakes….. And lots more!

That’s SATURDAY 10th OCTOBER from 10am to 12.30

Sacred Heart Church Hall, Western Rd Cork  (see our map on the About page)

Everyone welcome!

Letter from the Chair

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Letter from the chair.
September is here already!  Time to get out all those projects we put away in June, thinking it was ages before we had to think about them again.  I am thinking in particular of a Name Tag–our summer challenge.  Erin has given us lots of support on the internet all summer, so we have no excuse.  We have a new committee member, Susan Garde – welcome!- she has already proved very useful as our ‘local knowledge’  Colette has taken on the roll of membership secretary.

Our next meeting will be this Saturday 12th September at 10am.

It will be a great chance to catch up, show off all the summer work and get inspired for the winter.

Our shop will be Limerick Quilt Centre, and Maeve will be giving us a demo.

Please show your summer challenge with pride! The great prize will be a lucky dip, so everyone has a chance of winning.

The block of the month will be demonstrated by Erin, and we will do a recap of the blocks so far.

We hope to have a great  Show & Tell, please leave all your works of art at the front desk.

It is subscription time again, the annual subscription which goes straight to the executive is €40 .

Eilis (has stepped in again for us) will have a separate table for subscriptions.  PLEASE remember to bring this as it helps so much with administration.

It was agreed at our AGM in April that our door price would be increased to €4 and €8 for visitors. Still excellent value for a great morning of inspiration.

Tea and coffee will be provided, but again cakes etc depend on your generosity, and you have never let us down yet!

There will be our usual raffle.

Phew! Just in case you have given up the will to live, here it is in a nutshell:

Saturday 12th September 10am

Subscription € 40

Show & Tell

Summer challenge – name tag

Raffle

Limerick quilt Centre will be our shop

Maeve will give a talk/ demo

Entrance fee € 4 , visitors € 8 .

Cakes required

Block of the month demo,& recap.

We are really looking forward to seeing you there

Jane

Chair Southern Branch IPS