January 2022 recap

Today’s meeting was well attended, thank you to everyone who joined us! It was lovely to see several IPS members from other branches, too. There are some advantages to online meetings!

Our speaker was Mary Palmer, and she told us the story of the quilts made as part of the government’s “Keep Well” campaign. The Quilters Guild of Ireland (QGI) together with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCI) initiated the project on the theme of “Home”. Many people from all over Ireland, members and non-members, joined in, making blocks and putting them together into tops, then quilting them. Initially it was thought that maybe they could make 3 quilts, but the interest was overwhelming and in the end there will be 22 quilts made!! Two quilts are still in the process of being finished, with some late blocks.

The quilts will be used to benefit women’s shelters and mental health services, either directly or by using them in raffles etc. This may still take a few years to get the most funds from the quilts.

Before that, it is envisaged to display the quilts around Ireland in exhibitions, and give some attention to this successful project. We will let you know when there is more information on this.

Below an example of one of the quilt tops before quilting. This is the only one I have a photo of since this is the one I joined together for the project. Obviously, many, many people were involved in this project!!

If you are inspired to make similar blocks for yourself, find more information on the Quilters Guild of Ireland (QGI) website as well as the free patterns (scroll down on the page), which are accompanied by videos on the QGI YouTube channel.

For Show & Tell not many photos were sent in, but we had a few lovely ones:

Tracy has been busy machine quilting for cards and small wall hangings:

She also took part in the IPS Christmas postcard swap. She made a red card with swirls and holly leaves and berries, and received a card made by Christina Merrick, with an appliquéd mouse holding a teddy on Christmas morning:

If you’d like to try and make a fabric postcard yourself, find a tutorial on the IPS website.

We also got talking about quilt settings and from that several books were mentioned: Though not new books, these two were loved and used: “Quilting Makes the Quilt” by Lee Cleland and “Setting Solutions” by Sharyn Craig:

If you would love to be inspired by Christmas quilts, have a look at the Dutch Quilters Guild’s YouTube channel (Quiltersgilde Nederland). There are two videos (slide shows) available with galleries of Christmas quilts by members. A feast for the eyes and language independent. Look for the image below, literally translated “Presentation Christmas Quilts” part 1 and part 2:

Lastly, a couple of announcements from our local teachers/shops:

Tracy (tracedesign.ie) has new classes planned for spring, contact her directly (0872379682 or twaddle1164 <at> gmail.com) or let us know and we pass it on:

* Wed 16 February: The language of flowers (one day zoom class). Full day free motion workshop including kit.
* Wed 9 March: Easy machine trapunto (one day zoom class). Full day workshop.
* Wed 4 May – 1 June: Feathering the nest (5 weekly mornings – in person or zoom, TBC). Learn to machine quilt all kinds of feathers.

Moya (Patchwork Plus) gave us details of her upcoming sale in the shop. The sale will be on for four days with booked slots, from 29 January till 1 February. Please book a one hour slot (max. 4 people per slot) by contacting her directly (0877986872).

Our next meeting will be held on 12 February, Annie Hogg will be our speaker, she is an engaging speaker with a wide knowledge on natural dyes and inks, and their uses. The committee will be looking at the situation in advance of the next meeting, before we decide whether we will be having our meeting mixed (online + in person) or online only. As usual, keep an eye on your emails, or follow us on Facebook or here on the website.

December meeting recap

Our meeting yesterday had everything: in person, online, quilts, shop, quiz, Christmas outfits….

Thanks to Frances for putting the quiz together, there were some groans, but not too many 😉

Below photos of the Show & Tell, both from online and in person contributions. I hope you are inspired:

Marie’s Christmas tree panel, finally quilted and finished as a wall hanging
Trish made this waistcoat for a friend.
Tracy stitched this little Hen-rietta. She is a 9″ square mini quilt, a hen free-motion quilted on silk. It’s attached to mount board ready to give to a friend as a birthday card.
Heidi took part in the EQA Picture Swap Challenge, these wall hangings are her own and her partner’s, inspired by two halves of one photo.

Leaving you with wishes from all in the committee for a joyful Christmas and a very happy and creative New Year!

Our next meeting is planned for 8 January. Members, keep an eye on your email for details.

November meeting recap

For the first time we organised our meeting in person as well as online, and we even managed (imperfectly) to connect the two!

It was lovely to see so many attending the church hall this morning, even if the facilities were limited… I’m sure to see the quilts in Show & Tell “for real” must have been quite a treat, as well as shopping for fabric, of course.

Online we had about 10 people, and it was greatly appreciated that we offered this option too.

Assumpta spoke about the Passage West Creates shop, that she found herself manager of, with great enthusiasm. By the looks of the display tables they have a lovely selection of handmade items for sale in the shop, as well as brilliant community activities. Definitely worthwhile to check out if you are in the area, or if you are too far, visit their online shop: https://passagewestcreates.ie/

Our summer challenge, using a fat quarter that was sent to our members at the start of summer, had quite a few entries. We will be drawing a winner from all entries and will announce the winner in an email. Some were shown in the hall, others sent to our email address. And the Show & Tell had a wonderful array of quilts, cushions and other items:

Many of us have been making for Christmas, too:

Some links that you may want to have a look at:

Our next meeting will be the Christmas meeting, planned for 11 December. Keep an eye on your emails to find the details nearer the time. In the mean time the committee will be scratching their heads over quiz questions and other festivities…

October recap

We had a good turnout yesterday, and everyone was very happy listening to Irene MacWilliam. She showed us a wide variety of her quilts and had many, many stories to tell. A very inspiring and interesting lady!

She uses a lot of free machine appliqué and stitching as well as other decorative techniques. She also uses techniques like fabric dyeing, screen printing, stamping, sun printing, etc. Her work is greatly varied: Some of her work deals with conflict and the effects of it on children and families, other pieces show a brilliant sense of humour. She has also made numerous “year quilts” depicting world events, and journal quilts.

If you missed the talk, or if you want to see more of Irene’s work, find her website at http://www.irenemacwilliam.co.uk/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/irenetextiles/ . Searching her name online and going to images also gives a lot of photos of her work…

Our own (short) show and tell was lovely, too. See the photos here:

In the afternoon, Tracy gave a workshop to a good few of our branch members. We all got a little bit in the Christmas spirit…! I think everyone ended up with a finished item, and I am probably not the only one intending to make more of these versatile trays as gifts and for use around the house, and not just for Christmas.

Our next meeting is planned for 13 November. Since government guidelines will most likely have changed by then, we will update everyone by email what form that meeting will have…

To receive updates of the branch, please renew your membership so that we can keep sending you emails (tick that box), and keep an eye on your inbox!

September recap

Our new year started today with a lovely meeting, even if it had to be online.

We had Suzanne Pass give us a personal tour of last month’s Festival of Quilts. Lots of photos of quilts and much background information. Suzanne sent four quilts to the show which were very personal to her, and they looked wonderful.

There were also a few photos sent in for our Show & Tell:

Assumpta made this quilt for a friend’s son who had a baby girl in Australia

Lastly, Tracy announced that she will be having a Row-by-Row sampler class, which will start in October. Anyone interested can find more details on her website, or contact her directly (or contact us and we’ll pass you on):

We will be announcing our plans for the coming months to our members by email. Information on renewals will be sent, as well as plans for future meetings.

Anyone who would like to (re-)join the Irish Patchwork Society can contact us for information (see About Us page or find us on Facebook). You can also leave a comment here so we can respond to you (comments will not automatically be published so they will not appear publicly if they are not meant to). You can also find more information on the Society’s main website at https://irishpatchworksociety.wildapricot.org/.

Members, keep an eye on your emails…

June meeting recap

This morning we had our last meeting for the summer and everyone was in good spirits.

All members should now have received your fat quarter (get in touch if you haven’t), and hopefully it will inspire some projects to keep us busy over the coming months.

We are planning a sewing meeting (socially distanced) outside in the Regional Park in Ballincollig. We hope some of you may join us there to work on your own hand project, or to help with sewing bindings to some of the quilts of the “Keep Well” project. We hope to be in touch with details (and directions) about this in a few weeks time, and dependent on the weather of course.

Also, a reminder that the national AGM for the IPS will be held on Saturday 19 June online. Check your emails for details and to register. This is the opportunity for all members to find out what is going on at national level and to make your voice heard if there is anything you want to discuss.

We do not know yet what September will look like regarding meetings, so we will be in contact about that nearer the time.

Below some lovely work that was shared with us from Tracy, Assumpta and Sandra. Wishing you all a lovely summer!

May meeting recap

Thank you to all who joined us for today’s meeting. We were happy to welcome Frances Gamble from New Zealand for a talk on how she documents her work.

After a false start caused by me (twice!! – I’ve sat on my hands the rest of the time), Frances treated us to a lovely talk. She showed us how she keeps track of how projects are made (pattern, fabrics, and all kind of information). Of course this included lots of photos of her quilts and other makes, which was most inspiring. In preparation for the talk she had gone through her older records as well, and found it most interesting to see how her style has changed over time, too.

Another inspiring theme was Frances’ use of textiles like old table clothes or embroidered blocks into her quilts. Sometimes they were used as a frame around the label, other times as blocks in a quilt, or as pieces into the back.

We all came away with ideas and inspiration. And in discussion it was concluded that it is never too late to start keeping a record of your own, even if it is just to look back on what you’ve made, or to easily find that pattern that you want to make again.

Colette send us some photos of her quilts to share:

Our next meeting will be on Saturday 12 June, so be on the lookout for the link in your emails a few days before that.

Sandra

April’s Branch Meeting

This morning we had a brilliant meeting, with a record number of attendees. Thank you to members of “other” branches of the IPS who attended, I hope you enjoyed your visit “down South”!

The highlight of our meeting was the talk by our visitor Judith Hollies, from Belfast. Judith spoke about her personal journey from sewing on a treadle machine for many years, making clothes and other items, followed by doing a City & Guilds course in patchwork and quilting, and finally to teaching and having her own premises to teach in.

This introduction was followed by Judith’s extensive Show & Tell of the many items she has made in different fabrics, many of which are repurposed. Vintage sheets, denim, tweed and many other fabrics are used, and the explanations of the specific techniques used for each showed Judith’s expertise and experience. The talk was very much enjoyed, and many of us felt inspired to give our “non-patchwork” fabrics a try in a future project. On behalf of everyone, thank you Judith!!

If anyone wants to know more about Judith and her work, find her website at https://justjude-designs.com/ or look her up on social media:

Other links can also be found on her website, as well as (free) tutorials and patterns.

During the meeting other companies/websites also got a mention:

Our own members have also been active, and have sent these pictures of their own work:

Assumpta made this quilt top from a pattern from quilts.com found on Pinterest:

She also made this “Trip around the World” quilt which has just come back after Mary worked her quilting magic on it:

Colette made these journal quilts, “Curves and Discord”::

Moya sent this picture of an Easter altar cloth that she made for her Mom’s parish:

And finally, Sandra finished this wall hanging “Against the Current” which was made following a “sew-along” organised by Nicholas Ball on Instagram (@quiltsfromtheattic) making improvised fish. It was a great way to make it up as I went along, and trying a facing on non-straight edges:

Next month we will have a visit from Frances Gamble from New Zealand, so mark your diaries for the 8th of May.

March meeting

We had a wonderful meeting yesterday, thank you to those who joined us for it!

First Anne Marie Horan visited us to outline changes that the Executive propose to make to the constitution of the IPS to make it more logically organised, and to remove duplications. All members will be sent the proposed changes by email (or by post if they do not have email), and there will be a vote organised.

Then Mary Palmer outlined a project that is organised by the Quilter’s Guild of Ireland, with support from the government’s Keep Well campaign via the DCCI. The theme of the project is “Home”: The idea is that people make blocks on the theme of home (house, trees, or paths & gardens) and send them to the QGI, they will then make them into quilts. The quilts will be used to benefit women’s shelters and mental health services. They have asked that people use batiks if possible, but if they don’t have those they can use whatever they have to hand. 
Everyone who takes part will have their name go into a draw (once for each block) and they will be raffling 50 prizes in honour of the Design and Crafts Council’s 50th anniversary. Because so many children are taking part, a special junior raffle will be held for them. The aim is to get the blocks sent in by the end of the month.

For more information you can contact Mary, or contact us and we will pass on the info.

Last month we challenged everyone to show us their (oldest) UFO (unfinished object), and at this meeting we had quite a few shown. It was great to hear how we ended up not finishing these projects, and when and where they were started. There was encouragement for some projects to call them finished right now. And other projects were suddenly back in favour to be finished after having been hidden away for a long time. I think the oldest project was from the late 1980s…! And one of us admitted to have thrown out some projects that were never going to get finished!

Of course, there were some recent projects to show as well, see photos at the end of this post.

After this, we had a lovely chat and a lively discussion about quilting, the society and the branch. If you want to join our meeting online next month, look out for our emails (check your spam/social folder if you don’t find it, or contact us to ask about it or to find out about other ways to stay in touch). It is possible to attend from a computer/laptop/phone or tablet, and as was discussed yesterday, someone without camera or microphone was still enjoying the experience (and was able to join the discussion using the chat function…).

Next month we will have a speaker from Northern Ireland. Jude (Judith Hollies) is a prolific quilter and sewist, and a teacher both online and (when possible) in person. Find out more on her website: Just Jude Designs or if you like find her on Facebook or Instagram. We will have more details on her visit when we announce next month’s meeting.

Lastly, of course, a post should have photos!

Tracy’s not quite finished quilt.
Tracy made this for the Cork Textiles Network “comfort” challenge

Marie showed several project in various states of being finished (or not even started, but planned):

Marie showed also this finished quilt
Colette made these three blocks as part of a year-long block of the month
Colette also finished this machine appliqué quilt after a class with Tracy
Bernie had this as an unfinished quilt, but finished it in the past few weeks
Assumpta made this top recently, light borders are planned for it

February meeting recap

It was lovely to see everyone at the meeting this morning. Thanks go to Tracy Watson, who gave a wonderful talk. She spoke about making a series of quilts for an exhibition in The Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon (Co. Clare) a few years ago. Starting with how she came to make quilts for an exhibition, she spoke of her inspiration, photos, samples and sketchbooks. Showing lots of photos of her quilts she spoke of the colour choices, curved piecing, trapunto, couching and quilting. Afterwards more explanations followed, especially on the techniques she used. A very inspiring talk, the only disappointment being that we can’t touch the quilts through our screens, or even see their texture close up…! We will have to invite Tracy again when we are able to meet in person once more…

Frances McCarthy showed us some older projects that were never finished, and there was much discussion about how long ago they may have been started. There was some discussion on old projects and why they weren’t finished. So next month’s challenge is to show your old(est) UFO (quilt top, blocks, etc.) at our next meeting. It will be great to see that (probably) all of us have unfinished items that did not get finished for one reason or another… Please send photos in advance so we can make a little slide show!

This month Tracy Wardle sent us a photo of a quilt she made from the instructions for the 2020 Mystery Quilt by Mary Palmer. About 40 mystery quilts were made in the IPS, all very different due to the colour choices. Tracy chose a dark background:

For anyone who would like to do their own version of this mystery (though no longer a complete mystery now you’ve seen this photo…), the instructions can still be found on the IPS website, under Resources – 2020 Patterns. You will need to log into the site since this part of the site is only visible to members.

Some weeks ago Colette Carey sent us some photos, too. The first two are baby quilts made for her two granddaughters born in 2020:

She also sent photos of two small journal quilts, that which were completed in an ongoing course with Nikki Foley:

Our next meeting will be held on 13 March. It would be great if we could receive photos of your finished projects, and of your (old) unfinished quilts, in advance of the meeting. We will gather them in a slide show for the meeting.

Look out for the link which will be emailed as usual. A reminder will be posted nearer the time, here and on our Facebook page, too.