October Meeting recap.

 

The 14th of October meeting was our open meeting which meant that anyone who wanted to call in and see what we do, could come in for free and enjoy the Demonstrations, Chat and the wonderful show and tell!

We also had John O’Donnell from Waterford and he serviced the sewing machines while Ladies browsed the shop which was Patchwork Plus with Moya.

Our Demonstration Ladies were:

Mary Hynes doing the Block of the Month which included a star block and a Presents Block. She had handouts for these and will have a selection of all handouts at our next meeting ( November 18th now as Knitting and Stitching Show the second Saturday). We will be giving a ‘Viewers Choice’ prize in December for at least 4 of the 6 blocks done!

Mary O’Regan did a Demonstration on her Overlocker or Serging. She was showing how to finish off the material edges and her work with the Days for Girls.

We also had Frances McCarthy showing us an Appliqué technique and her Dying work.

We were so lucky to have Penny Barnes with us on the day as she was visiting Nicki Foley in Kerry and doing a workshop in Aghada with Moya. She gave a wonderful talk and show and tell on her Quilting Journey. She donated two books to our Library that has featured her beautiful work! She also showed us the Quilt that the workshop was about and those who had signed up had a wonderful day in Aghada just before Ophelia hit!!  I hope everyone got over it safe and sound.

We then had our own show and tell which as always was so interesting and awe inspiring. We finished with our raffle and we would like to thank all that contributed… prizes, helping hand, the Library Ladies and all who brought Goodies!!

Happy Halloween to everyone!

See you on the 18th of November at 10 in the Sacred Heart Church Hall, Victoria Cross.

The Executive are Looking for Quilts for Knitting and Stitching show, anyone interested in doing so please go to:

https://irishpatchwork.blogspot.ie/2017/09/Ips-exhibition-at-knitting-stitching.html

 

AGM Meeting update

The National Executive Meeting was held in the Fabulous setting of the Kingsley Hotel on Saturday 7th October 2017 and started promptly at 11am. Ruth Burke was chair and did a fantastic Job as always. There was a good attendance at the meeting and all ran smoothly.

Janice Gunner was our guest speaker and she gave a wonderful talk and show and tell on .. Japan – A Textile Journey. It was such a pleasure to have someone talk about her subject with such passion and make it interesting for everyone else also. What a treat to be able to touch and some of us got to try on kimonos she had with her!

Janice also ran a workshop on the Sunday 8th on ‘Liberating Log Cabin ‘. 12 Ladies attended and had a fantastic time. It was fun and well run by Janice. We hope to see all finished results soon?! Some are making cushion covers and others are hoping to expand to at least lap Quilts! She generously gave us some signed books to raffle also.

Congratulations to Linda Crowley on winning the James Lawlor Trophy for her Binary Challenge for the Second year in a row. Well done to all that entered as it was fantastic to see such difference in color schemes.

We had two fabric shops, Patchwork Plus and Lismore Quilts. John O’Donnell also had an array of Machines on display and took names for his servicing at our open meeting next Saturday 14th of October at the Sacred Heart Church Hall. There are still places and it will be a first come first served basis but I’m sure John will accommodate all.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ruth and executive committee for being available to us as we went forward organizing the AGM and for all the positive feedback from the other branches. It was certainly due to Erin Case for all her work done before she left and to a fantastic committee on hand and helpers who jumped on board and made everything run smoothly and everyone feel at home.

See you all hopefully at the open meeting Saturday 14th at 10am!

Penny Barnes is our guest speaker, BOM, and other Demos, usual raffle and friendly welcome!

All very Welcome and don’t forget your machines for service .

 

AGM Reminder

Hi all, Just a reminder that the National AGM is taking place at the Kingsley Hotel, this Saturday the 7th of October. We hope as many as possible turn out for this meeting as this is where you have a voice and vote.

Join us from 10 am for shops, coffee and chat
AGM 11am – 1pm
Lunch 1pm – 2pm
Speaker: Janice Gunnar 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Membership can be paid for at the door (for those who may have missed renewing membership in September).

Patchwork Plus and Lismore Quilts are the shops and John O Donnell will also be there.

John will have a sign up sheet at his table for the servicing taking place on Saturday 14th at our Branch Open Meeting. Don’t worry if you can’t make the AGM for this as he will accept as many as he can on the day. If you need more than a service, please feel free to bring your machine to John at the AGM and he will return with it the following week to the Sacred Heart Hall.

AGM is free to attend but if you would like Lunch and attend Janice Gunner’s talk it is €30.

There are 3 places left for the workshop on Sunday, please contact one of the committee if you wish to attend as soon as possible.

Congrats to Festival of Quilts Success

Big congratulations are extended to Southern Branch member Mary Palmer for her winning quilt ‘Tidings’ in the 2-people category at Festival of Quilts. Mary has worked with Anne Kiely on several pieces in the past, including:

‘Eroded Prospects’ winner of the William Smith O’Brien Perpetual Challenge Cup and Crafts Council of Ireland Purchase Award at the RDS National Crafts Competition 2013

‘Literary Landscape’ winner of the William Smith O’Brien Perpetual Challenge Cup at the RDS National Crafts Competition 2017

 

September Meeting

Our next meeting is Saturday 9 September, Sacred Heart Church, 10am – 12.30pm.

Please remember your summer challenge, your annual renewal (€40 – please try to join at a branch meeting, it makes sorting out newsletters much easier!) and something for show & tell.

  • Shop: Limerick Quilt Centre
  • Speakers: The 4Winds Group
  • Wanted:  volunteers to help at the AGM in October
  • Starting this month: Christmas themed block of the month
  • Sign up for workshop in November

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