Newsletter from the Chair about our June Meeting

Dear members,

June has finally arrived, and we are coming up to the last meeting before the summer break. Not that we intend to let you rest! We have an exciting summer challenge for you, with a twist!
The B O M will continue oIMG_4948ver the summer and all instructions will be on Facebook and the blog.

This is THE Irene MacWilliams  weekend we have all been so looking forward to all year.

She will be speaking at our meeting on Saturday morning . There is a workshop in the afternoon, and a whole day workshop on Sunday. All places are filled , but everyone will get a chance to meet her on Saturday.

Our shop will be  Moya , with Patchwork Plus,

There will be the usual raffle

Erin will be demonstrating Block of the Month number 5.

The summer challenge will be launched

Tea & coffee will be provided, but once again, cakes and biscuits depend on your  generosity.

We couldn’t have a meeting without ” show & tell” please bring your gems and leave them at the door with the committee.

As you can see – a fun filled meeting really not to be missed, so please be prompt,

 10 AM ON SATURDAY 13th JUNE 2015

Look forward to seeing you there

Best wishes,

May 9th Meeting

Letter from the chair of the Southern branch of the Irish Patchwork Society

Dear members,
I hope you have all had a productive month and made the most of the very mixed weather. I feel guilty being out on Sunny days but it is soon made up for on the wet ones.


Following the AGM, the new committee is as follows;
Jane Horner -chair.
Tracy Wardle- secretary
Ann Prendagast- treasurer
Erin Case- PRO, Ed rep
Collette Carey- Membership Sec
Olivia O’Sullivan- exec rep

Thank you again to Eilish who gave a brilliant handover. If anyone is willing to serve on the committee, please contact a committee member.

Please note the following;
~The door payment for each meeting will increase to €4 for paid up members  and €8 for guests.
~Any stalls, works for charity or items for display must be discussed at a meeting of the committee.

May’s meeting will be on  SATURDAY 9th MAY at 10am We have called it a SOCIAL MEETING, we aim to give folks more time to chat and welcome the many new members we have. This will be a day for some ‘Social quilting’ so bring along whatever handwork project you’re working on. We also intend to have a bit more time for SHOW AND TELL this month and give your brilliant quilts their proper accolade.  So bring them on!!!!

BOM – as we ran out of time for this last month , Erin will give us a catch up, can you believe it’s MONTH 4 already?

Killbora Quilt Shoppe and Ann Marie Hobbs will give a TALK on her quilting journey.

There will be the usual RAFFLE,

TEA & COFFEE will be provided but the cakes and biscuits are dependent on your generosity, and you have never let us down yet!

I do hope you are all watching Facebook, Erin does a great job in keeping us abreast of all the forthcoming events
PHEW! After all that…….. See you SATURDAY

Jane Horner

Next Meeting, April 11th!

From our chair:

IMG_0263Dear members

Happy Easter!

We are gearing up for next meeting on SATURDAY 11th APRIL  at 10 am.  Please do not let the fact that this is also our AGM fool you into thinking that this meeting will be less than fun!  It still has lots to offer with a Speaker, Block of the month, Raffle and more!  – see below.  And don’t forget to sign up for the Irene MacWilliams workshop(s) in June; spaces are limited and filling up fast.

Two of our committee members have served their term and we would love to welcome new members onto the committee – no pressure! – we’re a lovely bunch and the more the merrier.

We have been so fortunate this month with many courses, workshops and weekends away in the Cork ‘Quiltiverse’, that I hope we have lots to Show and Tell!  If, God forbid, any of these masterpieces are not quite finished, panic not….we are having a ‘Social Meeting’ in May with extended Show and Tell.


Our SHOP will be Moya Geraghty of Patchwork Plus

This month is our AGM.  This will only be part of the meeting, so please do come along.  Anyone wishing to stand for the committee, or nominate someone to stand will be most welcome.

Our SPEAKER will be Sandra Jansen, who will give a talk on Improvisational Piecing 

Erin will demonstrate the third instalment of the BLOCK OF THE MONTH

There will be our usual SHOW AND TELL – please log your quilts with Eilish.

We will have our RAFFLE

As usual we can all help ourselves to tea and coffee – please put away your own mugs……oh yes, and bring cake!

Notices and Upcoming Events

  • European Quilt Association Exhibition at Festival of Quilts 2015, “MUSIC… with a touch of red”.  Details and application form in the Autumn Newsletter.
  • May 9th Meeting : Social Meeting
  • June 13th Meeting : Irene MacWilliam comes to the Southern Branch!  Irene will be our speaker in June and will also be giving not ONE but TWO workshops that weekend. Information and signup sheets available at the meeting.
  • Summer Challenge will be unveiled at the May meeting…watch this space!

I say this every month, but without you the meeting would not happen, so do come along.  See you on Saturday!                                                                                                                                                     Jane Horner

Meeting this Saturday, March 14th!

From our chair, Jane Horner:

Dear members

Can it be meeting time already?  How time flies when you’re enjoying yourself.  There is a plethora of really interesting workshops and classes for all of us at the moment.  We hope we can compete with a tempting meeting next Saturday 14th March at 10 am in the Sacred Heart Hall.  But there is no meeting without you!  So see you on…….

SATURDAY 14th MARCH at 10 am.


Our SHOP will be Maeve Meany of the Limerick Quilt Centre

Our SPEAKER will be Arlene Shawcross, who will give a talk about her own work and hand stitching and embellishment – leading into her afternoon workshop “Stitch to Enrich”

There will be our usual SHOW AND TELL – please log your quilts with Eilish.

We will have our RAFFLE

Erin will demonstrate the second instalment of the 2015 BLOCK OF THE MONTH

Please Note : at the time of sending this email there is only one place left on our afternoon workshop with Arlene Shawcross.  Congrats to those who are signed up.  We will be sending out copies of the bring list this week – apologies if you already have one.

Notices and Upcoming Events

Executive : Applications are requested for the posts of International Representative and Crafts Council of Ireland Representative by 31st March to IPS Secretary, PO Box 45, Blackrock, Dublin.  Details in the Newsletter.

Hands Across the Border Exhibition, ‘Reflections’. Details and application form in Autumn Newsletter.  Note : These need to go up to Dublin by the 21st March so if you have an entry for this bring it along on to the meeting on 14th March.

European Quilt Association Exhibition at Festival of Quilts 2015, “MUSIC… with a touch of red”.  Details and application form in the Autumn Newsletter.

April 11th Meeting : Southern Branch AGM.  Speaker Sandra Jansen on “Improvisational Piecing”
May 9th Meeting : Social Meeting
June 13th Meeting : Irene MacWilliam comes to the Southern Branch!  Irene will be our speaker in June and will also be giving not ONE but TWO workshops that weekend. Information and signup sheets will be available at the March meeting.

Reminder for our February Meeting

Here’s Jane’s information to everyone about the meeting:

Our SHOP will be Moya with Patchwork Plus

Moya will also be our SPEAKER and will give a DEMO on ‘Bewitching Valentine Stitchery’, which will include a number of different techniques for you to try your hand at, including ‘appliquilting’…all will be revealed on Saturday!  Fabric kits will be available from Moya.  Bring your hand sewing kit if you’d like to start stitching at the meeting.

There will be SHOW AND TELL – please log your quilts with Eilish – I’m sure there will be dozens of HEXIE projects made since last month!

We will have our usual RAFFLE

Thanks to the hard work of Erin, our wonderful Editorial Rep and PRO we are launching our 2015 BLOCK OF THE MONTH : Scrap Happy!  A brand new quilt, perfect for both beginners and experienced quilters alike.

Erin will also be giving us a TECHNOLOGICAL UPDATE about our new Website, Facebook Page and ……get this…..Pinterest account!