January meeting recap

This morning we held another remote meeting via Zoom. It was lovely to see you all, the chat definitely a welcome distraction.

We had some lovely quilts shown to the camera during the meeting. Frances shared a photo of a lovely split nine patch (also called disappearing nine patch) baby quilt which was sent off recently for an eight month old to enjoy:

Tracy announced that she is starting classes via Zoom, and she showed a sample that she made for one of the classes. The orange peels are raw edge appliqué from batik fabrics:

Marie showed a finished Hawaiian style appliqué mini quilt, which was started at a Southern Branch workshop. As she says: “It was my first attempt at appliqué. I enjoyed doing it but not sure I will do any more. I am more a machine piecer and quilter”:

Marie also sent us photos of some Christmas projects she has been working on recently. The Christmas tree is a panel from Pennsylvania a few years ago. She is hand sewing it with glittery thread and has just the top and bottom rows to do:

The Christmas table runner was done in a bit of a hurry before Christmas . Should really have done a bit more to it but ran out  of steam:

“And lastly my twelve days of Christmas wall hanging. I enjoyed making it even if it took me twelve years to complete . It got started then it was put to one side, busy, then moved house, country, it was in a box , need I say more……”:

Chat varied from our Christmases to a space model Frances had made, and from currently famous Kerryman Donie O’Sullivan to temperature blankets…

As I said above, Tracy Wardle is starting classes online, she is offering several one-off and 4-6 weeks series of classes in the coming months. Do get in contact with her to find out more or to book, her contact details are on the Helpful Links page (or send us an email and we pass on your info to her).

Next meeting will be on the second Saturday in February (the 13th), we hope to see you there! In the mean time, don’t hesitate to contact us for any questions or suggestions… and keep sewing!

Recap December meeting

This morning we met online at our festive meeting. We even had a visit from Santa Assumpta… Thank you, Assumpta for making the effort, even if it was warm!

There were a good few Christmas related quilts shown on screen, and sewing plans mentioned for during Christmas. Several of us are making or planning to make Mary Palmer’s mystery quilt, we look forward to seeing what they will look like…

Frances had selected a few quiz questions from Christmas quilt quizzes set by Ann Prendergast in previous years, and we had a go at an online quiz which was much fun.

We showed the photos that were sent to us for Show & Tell as a slide show, and we could talk about them which was brilliant!

Below the show and tell photos for everyone to see:

Tracy says: I got the bug for making postcards from an IPS challenge a couple of years ago and this year I’ve been making loads of Christmas present postcards – these are the only ones I remembered to photograph. Quick, simple and so cute. I love them.

She also made yoga bags as presents: I adapted a pattern I found online and made these snazzy yoga mat bags as Christmas gifts for family members who took up yoga during Lockdown. 

The last photo from Tracy is of the advent calendar she made for her son and his wife: I based the tree design on our old family Advent calendar and embroidered each pocket with a design by or inspired by Barri Sue Gaudet – a lot of work! I started work on it in September….and they even got it in time for 1st December. I’m really happy with it and I think they are too.

You can find more about the designer Barri Sue Gaudet at her website bareroots.com.

Heidi send us the pictures below:

The first two quilts are made from jelly rolls: Mary suggested that the Sunday quilters group do a project with a jellyroll and that was my end result.

This is her cat quilt. We showed this quilt in progress a few months back, and it is now finished. Do you see the paw “prints” and fish bones in the detail image below?

Lastly, Heidi sent us a photo of her finished tweed appliqué quilt:

Have a happy Christmas, everyone, and we are already making plans for our meetings in the new year. We will let you know details nearer the time.

November Recap, Show and Tell

There was an enthusiastic group at our virtual meeting this morning, thank you to those who managed to join us!

The conversation quickly turned to online mystery quilts and quilt-alongs, so I’ve made a small list of some that were mentioned and some that I found:

  • You should have received instruction emails from the IPS about the mystery quilt by Mary Palmer. The instructions can also be found under “resources – 2020 patterns” at the IPS website (login required)
  • Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt is about to start soon, supplies have been announced. It is called Grassy Creek, and all posts will be on that page as they come available.
  • Fat quarter Shop has a free Block-a-Week for 38 weeks called Sewcialites to which several designers contribute.
  • Alaska Rainbow Quilt-Along by Edita Sitar on laundrybasketquilts.com. The link goes to the first post, all posts can be found by clicking the tag “Alaska Rainbow QA”.
  • A modern row-by-row quilt-along is the Sugaridoo Quilt Along on the Bernina site.

Nikki Foley of the Sewing Shed came in to give us a short talk. She told us how sewing has been a saviour through tough times in her life. She explained how that has given her the energy and drive to work so hard at what she does now and why that means so much to her. She followed it by a photo tutorial for easy Christmas table mats. If you want to make the table mats, find the tutorial on the Sewing Shed website at: Christmas table mats from a star bundle.

This afternoon Nikki was going to open her new shop, too (virtually of course). If you’d like to see, you can find The Sewing Shed on Facebook or Instagram, and there is also a website (10% discount until tomorrow 12PM)

Our next visitor was Mary Murphy who some of you may remember from her visit to us in 2018. Mary makes stitched portraits, and is now involved in a new arts collective/art gallery in Carrigaline. She showed us the space and some of the art work, as well as the craft and design work they are displaying. For anyone interested to know more, have a look at Mary’s website, or visit the Owenabue Arts Collective site.

Then it was time to talk quilts again. Cathy showed us what she is working on: A self-designed quilt with different stars which is all hand pieced and is presently being quilted.

Tracy had recently received paper pieces for an “Ice Cream Soda Quilt” and showed off the first “blossom” she made. She also showed the embroidered pockets for a bespoke advent calendar for her son and his wife.

Joanna showed a lovely quilt she is working on and wants to make bigger.

And I held up my just-quilted log cabin quilt to the camera…

Our next meeting will be on 12 December from 11:00 AM, and it will be a festive one, so find your Christmas hat, and have a mince pie ready! We hope to organise a quiz/treasure hunt for that. It will also be an opportunity to show off your Christmas makes, and wish each other the best for the season, of course.
We will be sending the link for the meeting to up-to-date members only, so please get your renewals sorted…!

Sorry for the lack of pictures so far, to make up here is a short Show and Tell from the photos I received by email:

Siobhan made this log cabin from denim:

Assumpta made paper pieced Santas. They were supposed to be a runner but she made them into individual hanging ones instead:

Tracy Wardle says: “Here’s my offering for this month. I’ve called it “Sweet Like Chocolate” as it was made using mainly fabric from a Moda collection called Double Chocolat. I’ve included a shot of the back as well as the front and also a close up of part of the front. It is quilted on my home sewing machine”:

Eilís Watson made the colourful quilt below. The pattern is ‘Paradise Pinwheels’ by Laura Coons. It uses a jelly roll with background fabric:

We hope to see you all next month!

October Recap, Show and Tell

This morning we met online for our monthly branch meeting. Thank you to those who managed to join us, it was so lovely to see you all!

After a general catch up, Nicky Foley of the Sewing Shed took her phone camera around her shop. From fabrics to threads, and from notions of all kinds to patterns. As well as that the Sewing Shed has a dedicated workshop for up to 5 people, all separated by screens into individual work stations to comply with regulations.

Nicky told us she will be moving premises at the end of the month. She will be closer to the village, be on the ground floor, and have her own parking. Improvements to the website are also planned. Find the Sewing Shed’s website at: https://www.thesewingshed.ie/

From that we got to talking about the mystery quilt-along Nicky ran over the summer, the “Sewcial distancing project”. Frances showed us her version, made in scraps. The mystery instructions are still (freely) available with videos, find details here: https://www.thesewingshed.ie/blogs/news/stayathome-our-sewcialdistancing-project-part-1

This was followed by Mary Palmer showing us some of her work. In a very varied talk she showed us recent and older work, modern and more traditionally inspired work, and collaborative work. There were photos from her travels to Uzbekistan, prize-winning quilts, quilting she has done for others, and seasonally inspired work based on the drunkard’s path block and much more. If you are not very familiar with her work, some images can be found on her website gallery: http://www.marimudesigns.com/?page_id=73

Someone asked about where to obtain linen fabrics after seeing one of Mary’s quilts including linen fabrics. After the meeting Bernie sent us details of a shop she has visited that sells linen fabrics:

As a sign of the times, we briefly spoke of masks, and Mary showed us an image of a fascinating beaked mask in the style plague doctors reputedly wore. I found it online, if you are interested there are even instructions (HERE), though whether it makes a practical mask I leave you to decide…

Not quite a mask, but Frances shared this image with us:

Finally, I am ending this post with some photos of your makes that I got sent via our email:

Bernadette Keniry made this quilt. She says: this lap quilt was an UFO and travelled to three homes before being grounded.

Also by Bernadette this crochet cape. It was made from an Interweave pattern, lots of patience was required:

Noreen Brazier

Hilary O’Kelly recently made this quilt for her grandson Tiernan. He chose the fabrics himself, many came from his aunt Kate, which gives the quilt extra special meaning.

Tracy Wardle sends us these pictures. She says: I haven’t finished any quilts this month but I have WIP’s. I’ve been working on another UFO this month and the photo is of the backing,  which I’m piecing at the moment. The other thing I’m working on is an Advent calendar for my son and his wife. I can’t wait to show you the finished article but for now here’s a pic of my current favourite pocket.

Moya Geraghty has also send us some pictures. She is doing a block of the month called Superbloom by Laundry Basket Quilts. Picture of the quilt and the first block. Anybody interested in taking part contact her at patchworkplus[at]gmail.com.

Below a picture of a messenger bag made at one of her workshops.

Eilís Watson is making a kaleidoscope quilt (not together yet) using the striped fabric below:

Well, that is all for today. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, and if you do any sewing in the coming weeks share your photo with us next month. We hope to host another online meeting then, too.

September meeting recap

Online meeting

Since our September 2020 meeting could not take place in person, it was “moved” from the hall to an online meeting on Zoom. Eight of us managed to join the meeting, where we chatted all things quilts and beyond.

Frances showed us her indigo/white quilt top from a star pattern by Marsha McCloskey. She also managed to find the bright top she made from the “Sewcial Distancing” quilt-along by Nicky Foley (Sewing Shed) as well as a “disappearing nine-patch” in progress for a baby quilt.

Marie showed a baby quilt she made with soft blue and yellow fabrics and Beatrix Potter prints (see below for a photo).

We were able to share some of Moya’s (Patchwork Plus) new website, too. She found the time to set it up during the summer (due to Covid), and will be adding more to it. Find the link on our Helpful Links page.

Frances mentioned that she enjoyed the Great Wisconsin Quilt Show (online) which can be found at https://quiltshow.com/.

Also, the quilt galleries as well as (free) workshops and lectures of the Festival of Quilts can be accessed until the next festival in 2021 at https://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk/beyond-the-festival-of-quilts/.

Memberships are now due, and should preferably be sent to our branch treasurer (see the email we sent recently). Members that haven’t renewed by the end of October will be removed from our database and will no longer receive emails or the IPS Newsletter…

Finally, we will soon be sending a short questionnaire round (by email) to all our members to see what we can do in the coming months…

Show and Tell

Several people shared their quilt project photos with us, so here is a recap of those:

Marie Sprott made this cot quilt for a friend whose daughter is expecting her first baby in October. The quilt is made up of nine patches plus squares from Beatrix Potter fabric . I did zig zag machine quilting across the 9 patch blocks and I am in the middle of doing free motion quilting in the white areas of the BP squares. As you can see it is being scrutinized by two friends:

Tracy Wardle has finished two projects this month. The first is my 2nd mini double wedding ring – finally, I completed a quilt for my bedroom!

And secondly, I quilted, bound and labelled the quilt I’ve been working on from last year’s Kaffe Fassett workshop up in Newtownmountkennedy. Another UFO down! I downsized it for a throw rather than a bed quilt then added a couple of inner borders before finishing with a Chinese coins border, which I mitred for a nice effect. I experimented with a 3.5″ double fold binding (á la Philippa Naylor) – what do you think? Thanks to Moya at Patchwork Plus for the gorgeous backing fabric, it’s perfect!

Heidi Wischniewski finished her Baltimore Applique Quilt and is “quite pleased with it”:

She started a new project “20 Different Cats Quilt “. Bought the Downloads from Susan Claire @ Gourmet Quilter.com. 12 cats done already in raw edge applique and I’m loving it:

Eilís Watson has truly been busy. She made 5 pixelated heart quilts (tutorial available on Missouri Star Quilt Company). Two (unquilted) are made from 5” x 5” squares and will be gifted to my friend’s two daughters. Two (turquoise and purple/pink) are stitched using 4.25” x 4.25” squares and the little one (floral) was made with 3.5” x 3.5” squares. These three were given to three of my nieces during lockdown:

The other quilt was made for a staff member’s new baby boy. The pattern is from #kitchentablequilting and was part of a lockdown quiltalong. Other quilts, using this pattern can be seen on #tessaqal:

Thank you all for sending the photos and for joining us online this morning! And members, keep an eye on your inbox, we will be in touch soon…

July Show & Tell

Hello everyone,

I hope you all get to enjoy some sunshine today! And then when you come indoors you can sit down (with a cuppa maybe) and enjoy the photos I received this month. There are some beauties as usual!

At the end of the month I had planned to go to Birmingham, but of course the Festival of Quilts has been cancelled this year. It will be held online instead. The advantage of that is that anyone can “go” of course. There will be a virtual quilt show/quilt competition, free to view lectures and how-to workshops, and ticketed Masterclasses via video link. Starting on 30 July, find the show at “Beyond the Festival of Quilts“.

Again, please support our favourite shops when you need supplies. We may not always be able to travel to actual shops, but all our usual quilt shops can be contacted by phone or website, find their details at our Helpful Links page. And while you’re browsing our website, have a look around (click on the links at the top of the page), there are quite a few inspiring things to find. Anything missing that you’d like to see, let us know…

So let’s get started with our Show & Tell:

Carol O’Brien sent this Aztec design quilt that she finished:

Louise O’Hanlon has been working on the quilt below. She had this panel for ages and decided to make an attic window wall hanging. She is now in the process of trying straight line machine quilting.

Assumpta Lydon says: “This is a half square triangle quilt, which I love working with. Must put binding on yet.. It must be my mood these days as I seem to be gone onto greys!”

Tracy Wardle has gone miniature. She wrote: I don’t have anything finished to show at the moment but here’s a photo of the mini Double Wedding Ring I’m working on. The embroidery scissors are for scale – the rings make a piece about 7″ x 5″. It is made with bias strips appliqued onto a background. I’m just making the tiny 4-patches for the cornerstones. I hope to have it completed for the next time. Hope everyone’s well and enjoying the summer.

Marie Sprott has made a colourful small quilt for the cancer project quilts for hope. The top was given to her ages ago so another ufo done.

Hilary O’Kelly wanted to use her vast collection of batiks, so she designed her quilt around that idea. The top is done, she hopes to complete it over the coming weeks, hand quilting it.

Siobhan Miller Stone sends this photo of her quilt top:

Heidi Wischniewski sent photos of two projects. The first is made for a challenge the Wild Threads group are doing. The theme was “Look Down”, whatever that means for each of us. The second picture is another completed block of the Baltimore style applique:

Frances McCarthy sent a photo of this top (I gave you a sneaky glimpse last time). It was started at Marsha McCloskey’s workshop years ago, the pattern is Massachusetts Cross and Crown. Fabrics indigo dyed at a Southern Branch Meeting even more years ago, when we met at Coláiste Choilm. Borders to figure out.

If I get any of your lovely photos next month I intend to make a post again, so keep those project pictures coming. Also, if you have any other news that you’d like to share with all of us, do send us an email.

Have a lovely weekend, and take care.

Sandra

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.