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!

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!