April Meeting Recap

The April meeting was our AGM. Before this there were lovely treats and coffee and we helped Frances to lay out her sparkling quilt blocks that she demoed last month.

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There were announcements and the minutes from last year were read and approved. The Treasurer’s report was approved.  New members were proposed and approved. There was applause for all the hard work of the committee and the fun time had at our Christmas meeting in December.

Once the AGM finished, we had a wonderful show and tell:

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Finnoula’s Peter Rabbit quilt
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Sheila’s Tumbling Blocks with stars

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Tracy took the image from her larger quilt and made a miniature of it.IMG_0031

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Stephanie’s bag

 

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Mai and Anne showed quilts made with the same block and very different results!

 

Anne had more quilts to show.

Quilts by Siobhán

And finally, some beauties from Moya

 

Sept 2017 Meeting Recap

We opened with a welcome to everyone and a Congratulations to Mary Palmer and Anne Kiely on their win at the Birmingham Festival of Quilts in the two person category and of course Mary herself getting third in the Art category. Fantastic achievement.

Mary Hynes gave a Demo of a Christmas tree Block and will continue until December with a Christmas theme. Snowflakes and stars to come!!

We were delighted to welcome The Four Winds Group to speak on their work on Gee’s Bend Quilts. The Four Winds meet weekly in each other’s houses and have been together for 27 years!

They displayed their interpretation of a range of Gee’s Bend -style quilts. They also showed us the first Quilt they made as a group. We then got to see some of their Round Robin results, it was great to see how different and what fantastic work was produced.

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The summer challenge ‘Try a Triangle’ had over 15 entries and the prize was a service of a machine with John O’Donnell. Mary Hynes was given a ticket for her BOM as it was triangle Christmas trees and what do you know….. unlucky no.13 and she won!!

We continued with ‘our normal’ show and tell which was anything but! Fantastic as always Ladies. We have the pictures to prove it!

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June Meeting Recap

IPS Southern Branch met on 10 June, with main speaker Tina Sullivan Hawkes on “A Quilter’s Journey,” Patchwork Plus shop in attendance and a great show and tell from our members.  Assumpta opened with a moment of remembrance for Kate O Kelly, who died 4 May 2017. Kate attended our meetings with her mother Hilary and we ask you keep the family in your thoughts.

Erin, our previous chair, presented the last part of the 2016 -2017 block of the month  – how to put it all together! Find the instructions here.

Completed Block of the Month

Tina willingly shared her quilting story, from “only wanting to ‘collect’ nice fabric!” to running quilting groups in Knockavilla and at Colaiste Choilm.

Gallery of Tina’s Quilts:

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She shared this top tip: “When working with flannel – wash on the rinse cycle and tumble dry before use – this will deal with any shrinkage.”

Show and Tell: 11 members brought work to show:

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Reminder: September meeting is 9 September 10:00 – 13:00 at Sacred Heart, bring your membership renewal money, your summer challenge and show and tell.

May Meeting Recap

IPS Southern Branch met on 13 May, with main speaker Moya Geraghty on “Big Prints and how to use them,” the Sewing Shed shop in attendance and a great show and tell from our members. Erin, our outgoing chair, presented the latest block of the month and was in turn presented with a quilt made by members of Southern Branch in gratitude for her work for the branch during her time in Cork. 40 shades of green to take back to the USA!

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She likes it!

 

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Can you find the 9-patch you made?

Hazel Armstrong brought a display of the items she makes for “Days for Girls” – a day in June is being organised, come to sew, or donate the makings. Contact Mary O Regan for more information (see separate post about this).

Announcements:

2 June, 2017: Deadline for River of Dreams show. Any baby quilts shown can then be donated for Henry Bear Quilts. Further details and entry form here.

17 & 18 June, 2017: Lismore Quilts – Quilts in the Cathedral (more information here)

Month of June, 2017: Exhibition of Current “and Older” Patchwork Quilts by Christine M. Sawyer in Fermoy Library

On Big Prints:

  • Let the big print tell you what colours to use – and use the print for the centre  or the border
  • Slash and lattice the big print
  • Combine with small prints in a disappearing nine-patch

Gallery of Big Print Quilts:

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Show and Tell: 7 members brought work to show

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Reminder: June meeting is 10 June, 10:00 – 13:00 at Sacred Heart,

April Meeting Recap

Greetings members!

On April 8th, we met for our yearly AGM.

We started with announcements.  These included:

  • The South Eastern Branch is having an Exhibition in the City Centre Library, Waterford from April 10th through the 22nd.
  • The River of Dreams 2017 in the Limerick School of Art and Design is from the 23rd of June to the 30th of June, 10:00 – 17:00
  • Deborah O’Hare will be visiting the Eastern Branch the 28th and 29th of May.  Class information is available on the Eastern Branch’s website.

After announcements, we then commenced with our AGM.

We started with the Chair’s Report.  This is the abridged version:

On behalf of the committee, I’d like to extend another warm welcome to our members, visitors, shop.

It’s been a fantastic year for the Southern Branch of the IPS.  We’ve increased our membership to 74 members, and average 40 members attending the monthly meetings.  As of Friday, we have 198 likes on Facebook (when someone likes a page, the activity of the page is seen in their timeline).  When we post on Facebook, we also average about 400 people seeing that post through page likes and post shares.  Since the creation of the website just a year and a half ago, we’ve also had (as of Friday) 7,063 individual visitors to the website.  These visitors have been viewing our pages 20,444 times. We also established a presence on YouTube and have 140 subscribers and over 8,300 views!  Having a strong web presence is now essential to having a successful organization now.

Now, to recap the year:

In May I had the pleasure of being elected Chair at the handover meeting.  At that meeting, we decided to use two focus words to guide the committee in programming.  These words were “Education” and “Community”  The committee put forth a Cathy Davis’s quilt, Rainbow Rings for consideration to represent Ireland in the Festival of Quilts Diversity Exhibition.  I’m proud to say that Cathy’s quilt was selected to represent the country.  Our meeting was education focused, with a binding demonstration and quilting with rulers demonstration.

In June, we had the pleasure to host Ruth Bourke for a Tradtional Blocks Made Modern workshop, and talk on the modern quilting movement.  Ruth’s talk was exceptional and everyone enjoyed participating in the workshop.  We debuted the summer challenge theme, Revolutionary, to be interpreted as members were inspired.  We also began our second Block of the Month series.  We also hosted a brainstorming session at this meeting, giving members an opportunity to weigh in on what kind of programming they’d like to have and participate in.

Though we had a break off from our meetings over the summer, the members of the Southern Branch were quite active.  Several members participated in the National Exhibition, Evolution in Limerick.  We continued the Block of the Month series, and members worked hard on their Revolutionary entries.

In September we began our monthly meetings again.  Maeve gave us a Christmas demonstration, Tracy Wardle was the winner of the Summer Challenge, and the Executive Chair, Kelly Fogarty joined us at our meeting.

In October, it was our annual open meeting.  We had three demonstrations going on during the extended social time, and John O’Donnell gave us an excellent presentation.  In order to make things easier for our librarians, we had our used book sale at this meeting, earning over €60 and making the lifting a little easier for the librarians.  After this meeting we had our first Open Sew Afternoon, with about 15 members participating.

I also had the opportunity to represent the branch at the National AGM in October.  On Friday, Assumpta and I attended the outreach meeting for Branch leadership and was able to contribute to the discussion about the website.  They gave Cork much praise in regards to our efforts on the website.

The Southern Branch was then selected to organize the 2017 National AGM in Cork.  The committee has taken steps to organize this, from selecting the site, The Kingsley and the instructor, Janice Gunner.

The committee organized quite a busy November meeting.  We invited the Mid-Western IPS Branch from Limerick to join us, as well as inviting two shops to exhibit at the meeting, Lismore Quilts and Sew Crafty Fabrics.  After the meeting, we had an open sew afternoon and treated the Mid-Western Branch members to lunch.

In December, had our usual Christmas festivities.  Ann hosted the Table Quiz and did a fantastic job coming up with challenging questions.  We then had our Christmas challenge, a Mug Rug.  Patricia O’Brien was decided the winner and the members who wanted to, swapped their Mug Rugs.  We had two Blocks of the Month, and  Moya gave us a talk on Christmas and Patchwork projects.

In January, we had a fantastic demonstration on the importance of labelling your quilts.  Tomomi McElwee was our guest speaker, giving a history of her quilting journey.  After the meeting, Tomomi presented her challenging Patchwork Bag workshop.

In February, we met and hosted another swap, a pincushion swap.  Emer Fahy also gave us a detailed talk on Color Theory.  February was also the deadline for Nine Patches from members.

These nine patches were then used to make a quilt for the Community Exhibition held in the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh.  This quilt was given in thanks to the Sirius for hosting the exhibition from the 2nd of March to the 26th of March.  We had the opening for the exhibition on the 2nd of March with Seamus McGrath in attendance.

At our March meeting We invited Ruth Bourke, now Chair of the Executive committee to the branch for another talk.  This time it was about trends in online quilting.  Following the meeting, Ruth led a workshop about making a ticker tape quilt.

Which brings us to today.  Quite a successful year.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank you for your organization.  When I first arrived here 3 years ago, I found it was quite an isolating experience.  My boys were young, and I hadn’t really found my people.  I hated being away from my family and friends.  It was a chance trip to Dingle, and a trip to the Sewing Shed on the way that helped me find out about the branch.  When I arrived, Tracy made a point of being very welcome to me because of that, when a month or two later volunteers were asked to step forward to help Tracy out, I volunteered.  Because of that, I found my place here and Ireland and grew to love it here.  I’d like to thank every one of you for that.  In particular, I’d like to thank the ladies I’ve had the pleasure of serving on this committee with.

The minutes of the previous AGM were then read and accepted.

Ann gave us her Treasurer’s report, letting members know that the Branch has healthy finances.

Joanna gave us her Executive Representative Report.

One motion was put forth and approved.  The motion was to take any monies earned yearly by the library and reinvest it in buying new books.  Volunteers stepped forward to come up with a suggestion for books to buy for this year.

Finally, we requested members to step forward to join the new committee, as Ann, Erin and Susan had to step down this year.  Many thanks to Mary, Áine and Frances for stepping forward.  We’re meeting on the 29th for a handover meeting if there are any other members interested in stepping forward.

Once the AGM was completed, we had a fantastic Show and Tell:

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Many thanks to members for showing off all of their fantastic work.

Our next meeting is happening the 13th of May.   See you then!