March branch meeting cancelled

With the ever evolving covid-19 situation, the committee has decided not to proceed with the meeting this Saturday, 14 March. It’ll be hard to be 1m apart when looking at fabric!

Our April meeting is planned for 18 April (3rd Saturday because of Easter). We’ll monitor the situation over Easter and let you know about the April meeting nearer the time.

If you know anyone who might not get our emails (or read the website or follow our Facebook), please pass on the message.

We’d rather be very cautious now, given that there does seem to be community transmission in the Cork area.

February meeting

This Saturday, 8 February, we have our monthly meeting at our usual venue of the Sacred Heart Church in Cork.

Doors open at 10 am.

Talented quilter Ethelda Ellis will be visiting and she will show us her work in “My Quilting Journey”:

Artist Statement:  Ethelda Ellis

My journey as a textile artist started in my beautiful diverse homeland, South Africa. In 2010 I was privileged to move to Ireland, much smaller in size but a country with so many new places and landscapes to see and explore. This led to new inspiration to continue with my passion: using fabric and threads to make works of art.
I love creating especially landscapes, portraying locations that have special meaning and memories to me. Through my quilts I share my love of nature with others and attempt to take viewers on a journey to known or unknown places.
I also like to work to a theme and explore new horizons through research and then sharing the knowledge and telling the story in fabric and thread.
My style is representational with detailed focal points which are done with small scraps of fabric, fused together into designs and then thread sketched with my sewing machine. These are then appliquéd on a background pieced from blocks or strips patched together or sometimes even small snippets of fabric trapped behind black tulle. The fun part is the actual free-motion quilting of all the layers together, to create dimension and texture.
Textile art combines my love of sewing and quilting with my love of creating art. I attempt to promote it as a visual art.
I exhibit my work nationally and internationally and won prizes in Ireland, Europe and South Africa.
I was one of the founders of Laois Quilters, a group that meets once a month in Portlaoise.
More information:  ethelda.blogspot.com

Also at the meeting:

  • Shop: Patchwork Plus
  • Show & Tell: Please bring your work to show
  • Coffee and tea available, contributions of cake/biscuits or other snacks much appreciated as always!

In the afternoon we will have a hand applique workshop with myself (Sandra Jansen). If you have signed up for the workshop and you haven’t received further information and the list of requirements, please let us know as soon as possible.

January meeting

Happy New Year, everyone!

We will have our next meeting this Saturday, 11 January, at the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork, from 10 am.

Shop: Appletree Crafts

Speaker: Helen O’Shea – “Pathways in Textiles”

Show & Tell: Show us what you’ve been making recently

We will also have John O’Donnell from the Waterford Sewing Centre to service machines during the meeting. PLEASE let us know as soon as possible if you want your machine serviced, so John will know what to expect.

December meeting

This Saturday, December 14, we are having our most festive meeting to round off the year. Coming up:

  • Shop: Patchwork Plus (Moya Geraghty)
  • Show & Tell: Please bring your quilts to show us all
  • Coffee and tea will be available, and the committee will be bringing in some festive treats. Contributions of cake/biscuits and other snacks will be gratefully received as usual

Christmas challenge: Don’t forget to bring your entries for the challenge to the meeting. Anything for your Christmas table qualifies.

And of course, we have a Christmas quiz for us all to enjoy, our talented quiz master Anne Prendergast has been busy these last weeks!

Looking forward to seeing you all!

November meeting

This month our meeting will be on 16th November (THIRD Saturday!) at the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork, from 10 am.

Shop: Lismore Quilt Co. (Áine Foley)

Speaker: Loretta O’Brien – Loretta will be showing her beautiful work

Demo: Frances McCarthy has something to show

Show & Tell: Show us your work

Coffee and tea available, contributions of cake/biscuits or other snacks much appreciated as always!

WORKSHOP
In the afternoon there will be a Christmas workshop with Tracy Wardle. We will be making patchwork ornaments, using FPP techniques. There are still a couple of places, so do contact us as soon as possible if you want a place. We will be sending out a list of requirements to confirm. Cost €20 for members.
If you are doing the workshop, don’t forget to bring some lunch!

MEMBERSHIP
If you haven’t renewed your membership, we will no longer contact you. Also, IPS Newsletters will no longer be sent unless you have paid your membership. So if you want to renew, please do so as soon as possible.
If you have paid your membership by another method than at the Southern Branch, please let us know if you like to keep receiving our email announcements. We will otherwise not know that we can use your details.

IN THE COMING MONTHS:
* December Challenge: Make a table decoration. Any size, any technique. As long as you would put it on your table, it can be entered. A prize will be awarded by random draw, so no reason not to enter!
* December Quiz: We hope to be having our usual quiz master test our quilt-related knowledge at the December meeting.
* Sewing Machine Servicing: We often have John O’Donnell from Waterford Sewing Centre visit our branch in autumn. This year John will be at the branch meeting in January 2020. We will have a sign-up list at our meeting in December, so John knows what machines to expect.