Branch meeting June

Today would be our June IPS Southern Branch meeting, and again we are having a virtual gathering of ladies, showing what they have been up to in the past few weeks. Before we start, a few announcement that may be of interest:

First of all, keep our shops in mind when you are looking for supplies. Many shops have a website, or they can be contacted by phone or email. With the travel limits and shop opening rules relaxing, shops should be getting more accessible, too.
Moya from Patchwork Plus let’s us know that she is open for business by arrangement. She will also be running workshops during the summer, contact her by phone or email. Find her contact details as well as for other shops on our Helpful Links page.

Cork Textiles Network have organised an online exhibition of member’s work. The Exhibition is called “The Abandoned Project” and can be found from their website: http://www.corktextiles.com/Events/the-abandoned-project.html. The works shown are projects that were left unfinished for one reason or another, and finished in lockdown. And the virtual gallery looks amazingly realistic!

Lastly, the River of Dreams are usually holding their annual quilt show in Limerick around now, but they have gone online, too. The “show” will be open from Monday 22 June on Facebook. I am not sure how that will work if you are not on Facebook yourself, but do visit if you can access it.

I have had some lovely feedback on our online “meetings” and if I receive any Show & Tell photos over the summer I am more than happy to put together a post or two. If nothing else, I am inspired so much myself! Since we have no dates set for meetings in July and August, I will aim for the second Saturday of each month, but if life gets busy I may move the date somewhat. I will let you all know by email and here on the website. However, feel free to email me photos at any time. I will keep them until I can make a post anyway.

So, a bit later in the day than our real meeting would have been, but here is finally our June Show & Tell, in the order that I received your emails:

Ber Higgins is sending these photos. “Pattern was “Have your cake ” from Love Quilting magazine. It’s quilted to within an inch of its life as I’m trying to improve my free motion quilting skills”.

Assumpta Lydon: “Would you recognize me!! Trying to finish a project started with Mary Murphy, Carrigaline.Baby Quilt was request from a friend and I love the pattern.”

Next I’m showing you a sneak peak of Frances McCarthy’s project. She showed me a preview of her work in progress, but didn’t want to share it here before it was further along. So I am not showing you all the detail until Frances is ready to show it off, but here is a taster… (hope you don’t mind, Frances)!

Maura Warren is showing off her first string quilt. “I really enjoyed it, now it needs backing and quilting. All to come hopefully during summer.”

Louise O’Hanlon has finished a baby quilt made for her daughter-in-law’s sister. An easy quilt made from a panel. Added borders and hand quilted. Her husband loves dinosaurs.

Rosemary Murphy sent us the photo below. “Some placemats I have made for my daughter and a special one for my two year old grandson.”

Carol Cave is showing this wonderful collection of quilts:
– Baby “I spy” quilt for my new grandson Marcus
– Another Corona quilt
– Maddison star
– Autumn colours
– Loved the design Tracy had made last month so made a blue version
– Blue wave wall hanging

Tracy Wardle writes: “The white quilt is called “Dancing Stars” and is currently part of CTN’s online and exhibition “The Abandoned Project”. I had this quilt designed and all of the fabrics for it set aside and then left in a box for…..about 8 years …and finally picked it up again during Lockdown. The detail gives a better view of the quilting and some of the Trapunto stars.” Anyone interested to see more of this exhibition, follow the link at the beginning of the page.

Tracy also sent this blue quilt top, which “is from a workshop organised by the lovely Apple Tree Crafts ladies in March last year with Kaffe Fassett. These fabrics also languished in a box until I rediscovered them about a week and a half ago and fell right back in love with the gorgeous colours. I plan to finish it with a Chinese Coins border. Happy sewing, everyone!”

Heidi Wischniewski is next: “I finally finished my Grandmother’s Garden Wallhanging after nearly two years.
The hexagons leaves and tendrils are all handstitched.
I did free motion quilting in the end.”

Mary Barry says: “The attached picture is the quilt top that I’m working on at the moment, stars and pinwheels (Missouri Star Quilt Co pattern).”

Moya Geraghty sends a photo of this colourful quilt:

Sheila O’Sullivan is currently working on two cushions:

And lastly we have this lap/baby quilt from myself. I started it more than a year ago, but I finally finished sewing on the binding in the last couple of days. Machine pieced with hand and machine quilting. The pattern is based on a Log Cabin variation (I love Log Cabins!) and I am finishing up the pattern for it at the moment…

Again, I hope you have enjoyed

Branch meeting April

“Welcome everyone, to our 2020 Southern Branch AGM…”

Probably in very different words, but something like this is what Frances would have said this morning if we had our meeting as planned!

Instead, we are all at home, and by the looks of things we are keeping busy. Before my last post (and email) I was afraid that we would be showing you just a couple of photos today. But in the past couple of days lots of members have sent us photos of their projects, so grab a cuppa and make yourselves comfortable for our “Show & Tell”:

Assumpta Lydon has made this version of Jack’s Chain since in isolation:

Ann Prendergast has finished four table mats and a quilt:

Ann also has two projects in progress that she shares here:

Joanna Harrington made this baby quilt recently, the second photo shows the quilting from the back:

Joanna is also finishing up two more
baby quilts, and is sewing face masks:

Joanna is also having several new Works-in-Progress. The first is a wedding quilt for her son, who is married two years this May. It is an adaptation of the Mochi quilt pattern: linens, Oakshott cottons, some Liberty fabric from Kitty Whelan’s stash and from her own stash. The other three photos are from her first online quilt-along with Denyse Schmidt – #theproverbialquiltalong:

And lastly Joanna is showing us two large throw size quilts made from layer cakes:

Ann Walsh is showing us her quilt in progress below. She says: “… here is what I’m working on during “The Emergency“. I’ve only been quilting for about 5 years, but I realised recently that I had only made one quilt for myself… any others have gone to raffles, friends and relatives. So this one is for me. I love these colours, and had built up enough of them to get cracking. Hope my fellow quilters are making good use of their enforced sewing time….”

The quilts below are from Eilís Watson. The first is a baby quilt 42” x 48”. Made from a charm pack, with a few squares added to make up the numbers. It is machine pieced and machine quilted:

Second picture is still at the ‘top’ stage. A bookcase/bookshelf quilt made from an Alison Glass layer cake with 5 green strips added, to dilute the pink, girly look. It’s a “big boy” quilt for my nephew, who is an avid reader.

Eilís is also taking part in Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt. This can be found at the Quiltville blogspot. We are currently stitching Part 3. The third photo shows my quilt after the first two parts. (edit: see our sew at home page)

Maura Warren wrote: “I can’t seem to concentrate on sewing but I have gone mad on knitting tea cosies as you can see one for every one in the audience”:

Louise O’Hanlon writes: The blocks on this quilt are finished and ready to sew together. The quilt is a pattern from the Missouri Quilt Star company:

Mai Murphy shows us her version of Mary Palmer’s mystery quilt, photo taken by Joan:

Mai also sent us photos of nine(!!) quilts that the group has recently sent to Cork Cancer Care:

Bernadette Keniry has been busy, too. She says: “I made that lap quilt for my husband as I’ve never made him anything except his dinner…” She also made 97 crochet triangles ready for a shawl as well as a chair cover with pocket, another quilt, and a face mask:

Noreen Brazier has been busy, too. Brooke, her 5 year old granddaughter, designed her own quilt. Then there is Moya’s mystery medallion center square, a work in progress. The one on the bed is waiting to be quilted:

Carol O’Brien sent us these two projects:

Moya Geraghty writes: “Here are some baby quilts from Patchwork Plus. Hope everybody is well and getting a bit of sewing done, mind yourselves”:

Moya also sends us a picture of a small wool applique project she finished recently:

Bernie Kelly sends us a baby quilt she is making. The hand quilting is nearly finished and she hopes to put on the binding this weekend. She includes a close up and a picture of the backing material. The pattern is from a McCalls magazine:

Mary O’Regan has been sewing face masks, and lots of them:

Sheila O’Sullivan sent us this wall hanging. It is called LUMINARIA. As Sheila wrote: On a holiday visit with my brother, Brian in mid coast Maine, and visited Alewives Quilt Store, Nobleboro, Maine. I purchased this panel ‘Luminaria’ by Julie Paschkis for In the Beginning Fabrics. Recently I attended a wonderful workshop with Tracy Wardle on attic windows and I decided to work on Luminaria. The dark fabric for the window frame was a gift from Anne Moloney. Thank you to all my IPS friends for sharing their creative talents. Best wishes to all.

Ailbhe O’Callahan sent these 8 of the 12 blocks she is making while cocooning… She really enjoys looking online for ideas and still has to draw a fruit basket block for the centre . Then there are borders and quilting ….

Sheila Devereux has made a quilt in English paper piecing, a brooch for Patrick’s day and a cameo pendant:

Heidi Wischniewski has made some butterfly wings for her granddaughter, as well as two Baltimore applique blocks:

Heidi also made a small quilt. As she says: “I did this small quilt in one of Mary Palmer’s workshops about 3 years or so ago. Never got the courage to free motion quilt it, finally did it and I’m pleased with the outcome. Took me ages. On the pink background picture you can see it in detail. Binding is done now. Handsewing will be a breeze:

Hilary O’Kelly sends us a picture of her Hexagon quilt: “It is now in its sixth year –  I think it is Grandmothers Garden pattern but I didn’t use a pattern. Hopefully I will finish it over the next few weeks”:

Hilary also made this baby quilt for her niece from a panel – she used minky fleece and hand quilted around all the figures etc:

Tracy Wardle sent three photos: The first is a Machine Appliqued cushion, which I was making as part of a Machine Applique class I was to give on 1st April. It is based on a wall-hanging called ‘A Little Birdie Told Me’ by Kathreen Ricketson in her book Whip Up Mini Quilts. I had the applique finished before lockdown and it was the first thing I quilted and completed after the first announcement from Leo Varadkar on 12th March.  The second is a FMQ Filler Sampler, which was also going to be for an upcoming class. I’ve made a couple of these in the last few weeks and I’m really enjoying them. I want to do one similar to this, or maybe even a small whole cloth but in silk. Yummy! The third is of just three of the I’ve-lost-track-of-the-number of postcards I’ve made in the last four weeks, which I’ve been sending to family and friends in the UK. These are also FMQ or maybe they’re Free Motion Embroidery. THe designs are inspired by work by Carolyn of Free Bird Quilting Designs. The bottom two are on silk and the top one is on simple calico:

Frances McCarthy sent this “Sewcial distancing” quilt top, a pattern from Nikki Foley of the Sewing Shed. It is a mystery medallion quilt started in late March (edit: see our Sew at Home page for a link):

Carol Cave sent us this snowman quilt:

Edit: With uploading all your brilliant photos I almost forgot to put up a project from myself: So I (Sandra Jansen) have been working on this quilt. I am also trying to write a pattern for it… Hand quilting, because I don’t get much opportunity to get the sewing machine out these days:

I have been overwhelmed by your responses to my call for your project photos! We all make different things, but especially in these difficult times it has been great to put this post together. We are a community, coming together to encourage and inspire each other. So I hope you have been inspired today as much as I have by the photos of what others are making. I hope you enjoyed this “meeting”, and we hope to see you again next time!

Lastly a little housekeeping: Since we have had to cancel today’s meeting the committee will remain in place until we can hold our AGM at a later date. The executive has postponed the national AGM, to October for the moment.

And a quick mention to our members who are also in the group the PinPals. They have made the Echo: “Cork group are ‘sew’ glad to make sanitary kits for girls in need“.

Thank you all for joining me for this virtual meeting! For now, take care, stay home, and try to relax (with some sewing?)… at least some of the time.

Sandra

February meeting recap

Our meeting in February started with Kat opening the meeting with a few announcements in the absence of Frances.

The executive is working on a programme of exhibitions, mostly focusing on our anniversary year of 2021. It is hoped there will be exhibitions in all parts of the country. Details of upcoming calls can be found in the latest IPS Newsletter.

Our own Southern Branch committee is starting to look towards our branch AGM which is taking place in April, and we are looking for a couple of new committee members since some of us will be stepping down. Committee members contribute to the organising of the meetings, and keep the branch working. We meet about once a month to discuss whatever needs doing (speakers, meeting dates, issues from the executive, etc.) and to chat, drink tea/coffee, eat cake… We are a friendly bunch, really!

If you feel that this year you may be able to help us, either in the committee or in any other way, please have a chat with any of our committee members. It is really not as much of a commitment as many seem to think.

Remember, without a committee there will be no branch and no meetings. This has recently happened to two branches, don’t let it happen to us…!

After Kat’s introduction it was time for our speaker, Ethelda Ellis Erasmus. Ethelda is a doctor and quilter from the Midlands, and she told us of her journey in quilt making, her inspirations, and she showed us an absolutely stunning selection of her quilts.

The photos below really don’t do her quilts justice, but it shows you a flavour of them, and you may get an impression of her passion for her quilt making, and her style of quilts. She often takes part in challenges and exhibitions, so look out for her work.

If you want to find out more about Ethelda Ellis, and see more of her work, she can be found on Facebook and she has her own website, too.

Show and tell was low in numbers, but great quilts were shown:

We hope to see you all at our next meeting, which will be on the 14th of March.

Lastly, proof that digital cameras are not foolproof! This was found between my photos of Ethelda’s talk…

January recap

The new year started off with a very well-attended meeting. We even had to set out extra chairs to accommodate everyone!

Our demonstrator Sheila was happy to be folding old books into three-dimensional pieces, and talking about it:

Books folded into 3D items, Sheila Devereux shows how it is done.

If you would like to be working on your own project and chatting about it at a future meeting, please get in touch…!

Frances reminded us of closing dates for upcoming exhibitions from the IPS. Details came with your latest IPS Newsletter.

Also, the dates for upcoming meetings later in the year are not on the 2nd Saturday, because of hall availability. Please keep an eye on our Upcoming Events page. We also email those members (that have allowed us to) a reminder in advance of each meeting.

Appletree Crafts brought their shop down from Newtownmountkennedy, and it was colourful!

Our speaker this month was Helen O’Shea. Helen is an artist from Cork who uses stitch and plastic waste to make art pieces. She gave a brilliant talk on her journey from training as a chef to the work she now makes. And she was very happy to answer our questions about the way her pieces were made, and what you can and can’t do when using plastic bags instead of fabrics.

Plastic bags are heated and shaped, then stitched into this vessel by Helen O'Shea

If you missed it, or you want to know more about her and her work, check out her website: Helen O’Shea

Show & Tell was started off by Helen, too, showing two quilts she has made:

Helen O'Shea's first quilt made from waste curtain fabrics.
Improvisational quilt by Helen O'Shea

Followed by members’ quilts:

  • Mary Palmer - top with pieced snowflake, inspired by online snowflake quilts.
  • Eilis Watson showed what a larg print can do with the kaleidoscope pattern. The centre kaleidoscopes are all cut from the same large print used for the border!
  • Strip quilt in blues by Mary Palmer
  • Frances is extremely pleased to find Cora's quilt is labelled!
  • Tina Hawkes showing a baby quilt with rainbow elephants, appliqued with a narrow edge of Bondaweb
  • Cora Quinlan made this triangles quilt.
  • Mary Plamer's batik snowball quilt. It will be bound soon...

Next month we are meeting on the 8th of February as usual from 10 am in the hall of the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork.

In the afternoon we will have a hand applique workshop by Sandra Jansen. Learn different methods for needleturn applique and work on either a Baltimore style or a Hawaiian style block. If you want to join us for the afternoon, email us at corkips@gmail.com, and we can send you the details.

December meeting recap

Last week a great number of members turned up for our festive Christmas meeting.

First of all we have to say thanks to Ann Prendergast for all her hard work in making the quiz!! It was great fun, and you had many of us stumped at some point! Most of us joined in, and no-one got ALL the questions right… The winners got to share a bundle of fabrics.

The festive raffle kept on giving with a record number of prizes, so we had many winners there, too.

The challenge had about eight entries of wonderful Christmas table items, and the (random) winner received a sewing machine service.

And then a large number of quilts were shown off at our Show & Tell. Many quilts were Christmas themed, as we would expect at this time of year, but many others were shown off, too. And of course, all lovingly made! Some have been sprinkled throughout this post, all can be found below:

Thanks go to Moya for bringing Patchwork Plus to the meeting.

Lastly, thanks to all those that had been baking or buying festive snacks for us to enjoy, to Mai for manning the coffee/tea, to Cora for manning the library, and to the committee for organising the meeting, adding the picture round to the quiz and bringing in the (non-alcoholic) spiced wine to add to the Christmas atmosphere.

Wishing you all a very happy time at Christmas whichever way you will be celebrating this time of year, and we hope to see you all again in the New Year. Our January meeting will be on the 11th.

November meeting recap

Our November meeting was very well attended. We welcomed Áine with her lovely selection from The Lismore Quilt Co., below at a quiet moment during our speaker:

After a short introduction from our Chair, we had a great time listening to the stories of Loretta O’Brien from Limerick, and watched as she showed us one amazing quilt after another. Loretta is a long-time quilter who loves to take part in challenges and exhibitions. She often uses appliqué, and is very fond of triangles…

Our Show and Tell had lovely quilts from many of our members:

After the meeting Tracy Wardle hosted a brilliant workshop for about ten of us. She had us all making Christmas decorations using foundation paper piecing. I don’t think anyone finished the six patterns on the day, but several of us made at least three, and we were well instructed how to finish them at home. Tracy even showed us how to make a little pocket on the back for a sweet or chocolate!

Our next meeting will be on 14 December.

September Meeting Report

It was good to be back for our September meeting. Many gathered by the entrance to renew their membership.

Avril brought her shop “Memories Forever by Avril” to the meeting, with some lovely fabrics and tools.

And Ailbhe O’Callaghan gave us a demo, showing a lovely pattern to use with scraps.

With Chair Frances’ absence, it fell to Sandra to welcome those attending. Kathryn reported on the upcoming IPS Challenge for the Knitting & Stitching Show at the RDS in November.

Our speaker was Kathryn Bennett who treated us to her many photographs of her visit to the Festival of Quilts in August. It was clear that there were an overwhelming number of wonderful quilts present in many categories. There definitely was something for everyone, and much inspiration, too.

This was followed by Show & Tell:

Next meeting is on 12 October, and this will be our open meeting.

June 2019 – meeting recap

We met at the Sacred Heart Church on Saturday 8 June.

Jane Horner gave a wonderful demo of her (almost) singing and dancing overlocker machine (serger in US). She uses it very effectively and fast(!!) for patchwork, and showed us all how it is done – thank you, Jane!

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Moya brought her shop Patchwork Plus.

Frances McCarthy told us with great enthusiasm about “#52blocks52weeks – Experiences of a weekly Block Party” that she is participating in.

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This refers to a programme of 6″ quilt block patterns that are published online each week for a year (52 weeks, that’s why). Participants post photos of their weekly block on the dedicated Facebook group page, which is also where they get into contact with each other. If you go to the #52blocks52weeks website, you will find some more explanation how it works. The programme is run by the Canadian Quilters’ Association.

Frances showed us images of blocks that have been produced so far, halfway into the year, as well as her own blocks. What was especially striking, was the difference in blocks depending on colour choices, placement of dark and light, and the scale of the prints chosen for each block. Some blocks were fantastic, others just didn’t seem to work. We look forward to see what quilts will be produced from the project!

For our show and tell again some great work was shown off:

Bernie Kelly and Tina Hawkes showed their work from last month’s mystery block workshop:

Other beautiful works included some that travelled all the way from New Zealand with Frances Gamble who visited:

Many more showed off their inspiring projects, from panels to blocks, from small to large:

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And Mary Palmer brought her award winning quilt that has come home from its travels:

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We hope you all have a great summer, hopefully with some sunshine and a little stitching thrown in.

See you in September!

February 2019 Meeting Recap

Anne Marie Horan of the Strategic Planning Group set up by the IPS Executive briefed us on proposed changes to the IPS Constitution. These will be voted on at the AGM in June. Contact a member of the local committee if you’d like to review these points.

Our speaker Paula Rafferty joined us from Limerick with a sample of her own and students’ work. The breadth of styles was stunning, and of Paula’s work, the series that built on each other were intriguing.

We got a sneak preview of the Irish pieces of  “World Wide Whispers” –a project taking place in 5 countries, 12 quilts from each, each maker received a photo of the prior month’s quilt as starting point. No photos I’m afraid – these will be on display later this year.

 

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Our members’ show and tell (click on each image for more info):

 

January ’19 Meeting Recap

We were delighted to welcome Sinead from Appletree Crafts to our January meeting. She brought her shop and gave a talk about the highlights of running a shop. It was clear that she has a great support network of family and customers and in turn offers so much support in so many ways to them. As fabric-ophiles it was interesting to hear that the most successful fabrics in her shop are the ones that all three buyers like – even though “if my Mum had her way, we’d stock every batik”!

Thanks to our young demonstrator who made a paper wreath at the meeting – see her finished item in the show and tell gallery.

 

Show and Tell: (as proof that if Assumpta takes the pic I will post it!)

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