Days for Girls – Want to help?

We are having a Days for Girls kit making day Monday 26 June 2017 @ Bishopstown GAA hall, 10am to 4pm – bring your own lunch.

Let us know what you feel you might like to do to help… Overlocking, machine sewing, tracing, cutting out, ironing, donating items, chatting!!!

Queries?: Please contact: Mary O Regan (mary “at” redsockproductions.com 0876682641), or Mary Palmer (marimu.designs “at” gmail.com) or Assumpta Lydon (skipper.assumpta “at” gmail.com)

Email – corkireland “at” daysforgirls.org

Donations Required

  • Kam Snap DK-93 Presser with size 20 dies and snaps. Table top press.
  • Girls/ladies briefs – small sizes. Girls size 25 ½ inch up to ladies 12. Dark cotton. Bikini style ok – no thongs or boy style. We can dye light colours.
  • Hotel size soaps
  • Face Cloths – dark colours
  • Ziplock 1 gallon size Freezer Bags – (26.8cm x 27.3cm)
  • Polyester machine threads – not cotton (breaks down in the Sun’s UV rays!) Medium/ Dark colours
  • Overlocker threads Medium/dark colours
  • Drawstring – grosgrain or cotton twill – (1/2” to 5/8” i.e 13mm to 16mm width) Lengths of 40”

FABRICS – ALL FABRICS NEED TO BE PRE-WASHED

  • No Print with a face/eyes
  • No Insects or snakes (butterflies okay)
  • No Camouflage / Guns / Hunting
  • No Cartoon / TV / Pop Culture / National Flags / Words / Girly Glam
  • No solid saffron (Buddhists robes) – yellow in patterns is okay.
  • No light colored fabrics that easily show stain
  • Flannel – patterned/dark coloured (stain hiding) for liners. We are badly stuck for flannels – we can use scraps that are minimum 9 inch square.
  • Bright Cottons for Bags
  • Colourful/Dark cotton for Shields

What we need to make 50 kits

  • 27 Yards 100% Cotton
  • 44 yards Flannel
  • 2 yards PUL (editor’s note: Polyurethane laminate – I had to look it up!)
  • 110 Yards drawstring
  • 100 Knickers small sizesPhoto 13-05-2017, 12 27 53.jpg
  • 50 Face cloths
  • 50 Hotel size soaps
  • 50 Snaps/poppers
  • 100 1 gallon Ziplock Bags

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April Letter from the Chair

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Greetings members!

With our AGM happening this month, this is going to be one of my last opportunities to write to you on behalf of the committee.  It’s been an honor to serve as the chair, and I’ve learned and grown so much though my experience here at the Southern Branch.

On April 8th, 2017 we’ll be meeting at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road at 10:00 am.

Patchwork Plus will be our shop.

The agenda of the meeting includes:

  • Social Time
  • Welcome and Announcements
  • Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Block of the Month
  • Needle Book Swap
  • Show and Tell
  • And our Raffle

Tea and coffee is provided, other refreshments depend on your generosity.

A few notes for you about the AGM.  This is the yearly meeting where the formal business of the organization is performed.  During the meeting, we’ll have the Chair’s Report, Minutes of the last AGM, Treasurer’s Report, Executive Representative’s report, Motions, election of new committee, and any new business.  Please see the attached file for the Agenda.   I’d recommend printing your own for taking any notes as we’ll only have a limited amount of copies.

The committee has decided that visitors are welcome to sit in the meeting, however only paid up members are allowed to vote on any business presented.

A note about any motions that you’d like to put forward—motions presented at the Southern Branch’s AGM should only be actionable for the Southern Branch.  If you’re interested in putting forth a motion for Executive level business, that should be done at the National AGM that is happening October 7th at the Kingsley here in Cork.  Remember that any motions presented at the local or national level need to be specific and actionable to be accepted.

I’d also like to invite all members of the branch to join the committee!  It’s essential for the branch to run smoothly to have 5-6 members on the committee.  With three members stepping down, the branch will need three more to take their place.  The current committee has focused on making the transition as easy as possible by having plans in place for all of the meetings up to June.

Did you get a chance to see the Community Exhibition at the Sirius Arts Centre?  Wasn’t it a fantastic exhibition?  If you submitted a quilt, you can pick it up at our meeting on Saturday.  If you aren’t able to attend our meeting on Saturday, you can arrange a time to get your quilt from Assumpta.  You can email her at skipper.assumpta@gmail.com or phone her at (087) 224 1540.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

–Erin

Summer Challenge 2016

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As we’re about a month to go before our September meeting, I thought we’d do a bit of a check in on the Summer Challenge.

You’ll remember that this year’s theme is:

Revolutionary

We’ve left this open to interpretation for our members.  This means you can create a quilt using circles, drawing inspiration from the 1916 Rising, or even using a patchwork technique you’ve never done before.  We’re looking forward to seeing what you create!

Feel free to make anything you’d like–a bag, a quilt or a mug rug.  There’s no limit but your imagination.

Like last year, we’ve decided that this year’s prize for the challenge is a sewing machine service to be performed during our October meeting by John O’Donnell.

I’ve set up a Pinterest board with some images to spark your inspiration.  Find it here.