March Meeting Recap

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The Nine-Patch Community Quilt hanging at the Sirius Arts Centre

Greetings members!

On March 11th, we met for our general meeting.

We began the meeting with a few announcements.  These included:

  • The Southern Branch Exhibition, “Community” is running at the Sirius Arts centre in Cobh until the 26th of March.  Hours of the Sirius are Tuesday through Friday, 11 – 5; Saturday and Sunday 13 – 5; Closed Mondays.
  • Deadline for Hands Across the Border is the 31st of March.  Theme is “Aurora”.  The exhibition opening takes place on Tuesday 16th May and our guest speaker is Leo Enright.  Location is the IFSC Custom House Quay, Dublin
  • EQA Challenge, “Inspired by New York Beauty” is due the 30th to Paula Rafferty.
  • EQA Diversity quilt due on the 30th of April.
  • All entry forms are available under the downloads tab on the website.
  • OEQC, theme is “Illuminate.”  Deadline is 31st of May.  Information and entry form is in the Newsletter.
  • Next newsletter deadline is the 20th of April.

Next, we announced the swap for the month of April:  Needle Booklets!

You can find a great tutorial here for making one.

Then, we debuted the next Block of the Month, the Medallion Centre:

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Next, our guest speaker, Ruth Bourke spoke about the trends in online quilting.

Highlights of her talk included hearing about the different swaps she has participated in, including the Economy block swap where she made this cushion cover from the blocks received.

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And this Big Bad Wolf Binding kit:  (You can find the free pattern here)

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And the large quilt she made from her mini quilt she designed for the Modern Quilt Guild Mini swap.

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Some quilts she has received by participating in these swaps include this mini, inspired by her dogs:

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and the mini received in the MQG Min quilt swap:

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Quilty highlights of the rest of the meeting:

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Our next meeting is April 8th and will be our Annual General Meeting (AGM).  More information about that upcoming!

February Meeting Recap

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On February 11 we met for our most recent meeting.

We started the meeting with announcements.  These included:

Our upcoming exhibition, “Community” important information:

  • Final date of quilt submissions is February 20th.  Connect with one of the committee members to submit your quilt.
  • The committee is having a meeting on February 18th at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs from 11 am until 1 pm.  You can drop your quilt off here as well.
  • Be sure to have a hanging sleeve, quilt label and filled out submission form.  You can download the form here.
  • Opening reception is at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh on the 2nd of March at 6:30 pm.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

“Fun”
Modern Quilters Ireland second exhibition at St.Patricks Hospital, Dublin May 2nd to June 23rd.

Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
An exhibition that will be held this summer by Tracy Watson and Joke Buursma.  12th May and 23rd June.  Gallery website is theCourthouseGallery.com for details of opening times

Hands across the Border “ Aurora”
Official Opening Tuesday 16th May 2017 in CHQ Custom House Quarter, IFSC, Custom House Quay, Dublin Northside, Dublin.  Exhibition will run until the 26 th May.  Northern venue is Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, June 2017

The Spike Quilters
Exhibition in Thurles Source Library centre from Tuesday May 2nd toTue May 30th. Library hours. (9.30 to5 pm week days and10 to 5pm Sat. Closes 1pm to 2pm for Lunch.

Third Irish Quilters’ Showcase Exhibition 
May-June 2017   The Mitchel Hall, Spike Island

The Kniting and Stitching show 2017
Simmonscourt, RDS, Dublin 9-12th November

Upcoming Exhibition Opportunities:

Hands Across the Border – theme is Aurora due 31st March, maximum 1m square

EQA annual challenge for exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham – theme is Inspired by New York Beauty, also due end of march, 30th March, 25cm x 35cm in Landscape format

EQA Diversity in Europe – no theme but showcasing the best example of quilt making, due 30th April, size is minimum 1m x 1m to a maximum of 2.5m x 2.5m

Open European Quilt Championships – theme is Illuminate due 31st May. 20″ x 40″ portrait format

 

After the announcements, our block of the month was debuted, the Eight Pointed Star.

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After the block of the month, we had the pleasure of having Emer Fahy present a talk on colour theory.

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Emer Fahy begins her talk
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Example of colour interaction using tissue paper and light.
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Example of high to low contrast.
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Example of a high contrast quilt.  
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Log Cabin sample
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Eight pointed star quilt with high contrast, and half square triangles creating a secondary design.  
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Nine patch quilt with high contrast.
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Quilt made with scrappy fabrics
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Example of high contrast fabrics being “chopped” up, which tones down the high contrast.
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Scrappy quilt made with fabrics from City and Guild participants.
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Low contrast quilt example.  
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High contrast Shoo Fly quilt.

Next, we had our Show and Tell.

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Assumpta’s Fairy Door quilt
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Assumpta’s Community quilt entry 
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The first of Mary’s three quilts. 
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She made all of these in the last week!
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Mary’s third quilt in a week.

 

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Using 10 inch blocks for a quilt backing.
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Mary’s Drunkard’s Path baby quilt
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Susan’s quilt made with Blocks from this year’s Block of the Month
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Cora’s Panel quilt.
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Cora’s son’s girlfriend’s quilt.  
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Fionnouala’s personalised tractor fabric pillowcase.  

 

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Anne’s Fairy house quilt top

January Meeting Recap

On January 14th we met for the first meeting of the New Year.

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We started the meeting with thanks to Apple Tree Crafts for being our shop for the meeting and to Frances for giving us a demonstration on quilt labels.

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After that, a few announcements were given.  These included:

  • Entry forms for the following exhibitions have been added to the website under the “Downloads” tab:  Hands Across the Border, EQA Challenge, “Inspired by New York Beauty,” and Open European Quilt Championships, “Illuminate.”
  • The IPS gallery at the Knitting and Stitching show will be similar this year, with galleries of the following themes, Traditional, Modern, Young Quilters and Art quilts.  The submission process will change slightly, with one email to submit photographs.  More information from Executive to come.
  • Cork Branch Exhibition “Community” Entry forms are currently available.  You can find them on the downloads tab or at our February meeting.  FIRM DEADLINE for submitting quilts is February 20th.  A separate blog post on this is to come.
  • Nine Patches for Community Quilt are due at our February meeting.

 

After the success of our Mug Rug swap, we decided to host another swap in February.  We’re challenging members to make pincushions to swap.  Feel free to make any sort of pincushion you desire to swap.  We’d like to make this a blind swap, so please bring your pincushion in an opaque bag.  If you’re looking for inspiration, check out our Pinterest site!

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We also announced our March speaker and workshop.  Ruth Bourke will be presenting the talk “Trends in Online Quilting” and the Ticker Tape Quilt Workshop:

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After the announcements, the Block of the Month was presented, the Greek Cross.

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Then Tomomi McElwee presented a talk of her history of work:

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Below is a slideshow of her amazing quilts:

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Next was our Show and Tell:

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After our meeting, we then had our Patchwork Bag workshop:

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All in all, it was a fantastic meeting!  See you at our next meeting, on February 11!

December Meeting Recap

On December 10, the Southern Branch met for our annual Christmas meeting!

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We began the meeting with a few announcements.  They included:

  • Any members who haven’t received their newsletter, please let Joanna know!
  • Cork Textile Network’s exhibition at the School of Music is going on until the 22nd.
  • The Southern Branch Exhibition “Community” is happening the week of March 6th.  Finalising details, including opening reception.  We’ll have entry form available at January meeting.  There will be an entry fee of €5 to cover cost of hanging rails, etc.  Members will have the ability to sell their quilt, Sirius Art Centre takes 30% commission.

 

Ann then ran our annual holiday table quiz.  Great job Ann!

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After the table quiz, we then viewed the Mug Rugs entered into the challenge:

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After judging, Patricia O’Brien was declared the winner of the challenge:

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Congratulations Patricia!

For members who wanted to participate, we then swapped mug rugs.

We also debuted the next blocks in the Block of the Month, the Double Friendship Star:

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and the Ohio Star:

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Moya gave us a talk on Christmas and other patchwork projects:

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We ended the meeting with an amazing show and tell:

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Our next meeting will happen on the 14th of January.  Be sure to sign up for the workshop! Space is limited!

November Meeting Recap

Hello members!

What an amazing turnout we had at our November 19th meeting!

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We had the opportunity to host two shops at this meeting, Lismore Quilts and Sew Crafty Fabrics!  Our members enjoyed all the shopping available.

We also invited the members of the Mid-Western Branch of the IPS to join us at our meeting.

We had two demonstrations going on, Slow Stitching:

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and disappearing Nine Patch:

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We started out the meeting with announcements.  These included an announcement from member, Bernie Kelly:

A Christmas Market will be held in the hall of the Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane on Sunday 4th December. This is a great opportunity for crafters to sell their wares in advance of the Christmas rush!

Tables for vendors are available priced at €25.00 each. All proceeds go to school fundraising.

Email admin@presballyphehane.com

It would be great to get some of our enterprising members to participate!”

Second was the announcement of the January workshop, Drawstring Patchwork Bags, lead by Tomomi McElwee:

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The sign up sheet will be available at our December meeting!

Our December Challenge was announced as well.  Members are challenged to create a Mug Rug.

What is a Mug Rug exactly?  It’s a small sized quilt, around 6 to 9 inches large.  Large enough to set a cup of tea and a biscuit on.  We’ll be doing a blog post in a few days about this.

After our raffle, we began the Southern Branch Show and Tell.  Here’s a slideshow of all of the amazing work our members showed off:

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Next, the Mid-Western Branch Members began their part of the Show and Tell:

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After our meeting, the Mid-Western Branch members joined us for an open sew afternoon.

It was a great meeting!

See you at our next meeting, December 10th!

 

October Meeting Recap

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October 8 was our annual open meeting and we had an excellent turn out!

During the extended social time, we had three demonstrations:  a patchwork bag by Sheila, the AccuCutter by Assumpta, and the Block of the Month, Wyoming Beauty.

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We started the meeting with a few announcements.  These included:

  • The Knitting and Stitching Show is happening October 20-23 in Dublin.  You can find out more information and buy tickets from the website.
  • The Open European Quilt Championships are happening the same weekend in Maastricht.  You can find more information from the website.
  • Members should have received their latest newsletters.  Deadline for the next issue is October 20th.
  • Our November meeting will be a joint meeting between the Southern branch and the Mid-Western Branch.  Two shops will also be joining us for the meeting,  Lismore Quilts and Sew Crafty Fabrics.  We’ll also be having an open sew afternoon!

Next, John O’Donnell from Singer Sewing Centre in Waterford gave us talk and answered questions from the members.

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Next, our members gave us a spectacular Show and Tell.  Look at all of the amazing work!

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We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting happening November 19th!

Below is a slideshow some of the snapshots Susan took at our meeting:

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2016 National AGM

On October 1st, I had the pleasure to attend the National AGM in the Kilkenny Ormond Hotel.  The AGM is your opportunity to have a vote and voice in how the national organisation is run over the next year, so participation is vital.

The South Midlands Branch was in charge of organising the meeting, and I have to congratulate them for doing such an amazing job!  There were so many quilts hanging, and the site was very welcoming!

Below is a slideshow of all the amazing work presented.

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The business of the meeting began with a welcome from Linda, the Chair of the South Midlands Branch.

Next, the Chair of the Executive Committee, Kelly, opened up the meeting with apologies and read the previous meeting’s minutes.

The Chair Report and Treasurer’s report were presented, followed by a report from the Membership Secretary.

The Craft Council of Ireland Representative, Valerie, then gave her report.  It was encouraged that all members of the Irish Patchwork Society become members of the Craft Council of Ireland as well.  Membership is free, and lasts a lifetime!  You can find the membership form here.

Paula, the EQA Representative, then gave her report.  Highlights included encouragement to show your works at the many exhibition opportunities.  Your branch representative should have access to application forms for the next two years worth of international exhibition opportunities.  An Grianan has also been booked for 2018, and suggestions for programming were asked for.

Next, the election of new committee occurred.  There were not enough volunteers to occupy vacated seats at the AGM, so volunteers are needed from the rest of the membership in order for the Executive Committee to run smoothly.

Two motions were then presented.

Motion 1 was “That future AGMs be held in Dublin creating a central venue that is convenient for travel from all parts of the country.  Each branch being responsible in turn for organising the event as at present.”  Motion was discussed and defeated.

Motion 2 was “That the IPS website be updated regularly, in particular that all exhibitions, workshops and other events of interest to members be flagged well in advance as notice of such events in the Newsletter is often received too late to be acted upon.”  Motion was discussed and passed.

After the business of the meeting, the challenge results were announced.  The challenge this year was “Witches and Castles” and by Viewer’s Choice, Linda was declared the winner.

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Below is a slideshow of all of the entries.

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All in all, a successful meeting!  I wholeheartedly encourage members to attend next year’s  meeting.