January Recap

There was a fabulous buzz at the meeting on Saturday. We were delighted to welcome a number of new members and some visitors – great to meet you all! We welcomed the lovely Sinéad from Appletree Crafts with their wonderful shop and we were all like bees around a honey pot! It was wonderful to see her again – first time since BC (Before Covid!)

We had a fantastic Show and Tell, as always…

  1. Ann Pasley showed off her first ever quilt, a lovely brick style design in soft blues and greens. She also brought in her Wonky Christmas Tree quilt, inspired by Áine Foley’s demonstration back in our December meeting.
  2. Assumpta Lydon showed an incredible plaid quilt top and a 7’s and L’s top
  3. Hilary O’Kelly’s baby quilt was a real charmer
  4. Cora Quinlan brought along an array of bags, a fabulous Christmas scrap quilt and a quilt made using a Twelve Days of Christmas panel (inspired by our Christmas sing song, perhaps?)
  5. Cathy Davies showed us her amazing stars quilt for which she made all her own templates before hand piecing it! Take a look at the pieced backing too.
  6. Frances McCarthy brought in her completed quilt made using a Massachusetts Cross and Crown design. She used up some indigo dyed fabrics made at a workshop many moons ago.
  7. Anne also brought in a charming baby quilt to show us.
  8. Finally, Heidi Wischniewski showed us her current work in progreess, an incredibly detailed, asian-inspired appliqué quilt.

After the meeting Sinéad led a group of us in a tremendously enjoyable workshop on layered mini landscapes. Everyone left with a piece to finish at home. Here are the works in progress.

Hope to see you at our next meeting on Saturday 11th February when our shop will be Patchwork Plus. Usual time, usual place. See you there.

Coming up: January Meeting

Happy New Year, all and welcome to 2023! Our next Branch meeting is coming up this weekend…


Date: Saturday 14th January

Venue: Sacred Heart Church Hall

Door opens: 10am

Door fee for members: €4

Door fee for non-members: €8 (you are welcome to attend two meetings as a non-member)

Shop: Apple Tree Crafts

Speaker: The girls from Apple Tree Crafts will be giving us a talk

Show and Tell: Please bring your creations to inspire us

Raffle: Only €5 a strip

Coffee and Tea: Provided. Please bring along some sweet treats to share

Library: A small selection from the library will be available for your perusal. Don’t forget to return previous borrowings!

Afternoon Workshop: After the meeting, Appletree Crafts will lead a workshop on Mini Landscapes. There are still a few spots left if you would like to join in, contact us via the email for details. Full payment (or the balance if you paid your deposit at the last meeting) should be paid on the day. 

Please note Participants MUST be full members of the IPS due to insurance requirements.

See you on Saturday!

December Recap

We had a fabulous meeting on Saturday – a great turn out, despite the wintry weather – and we had great fun with a quiz, a Christmas Tree Decoration Challenge, treats and even a sing song.

Áine Foley of Lismore Quilt Co. braved the weather to bring her shop and she also gave us some great quick Christmas project ideas in her demonstration. These included wonky Christmas trees, Miriam Gogarty’s beautiful pattern – Emma’s Tree and some free patterns from www.makower.co.uk and Studio Sew of Course (Sandra Jansen)

As always, our members blew us away with their beautiful work in our Show and Tell, with some stunning quilts, wall-hangings and other projects both festive and otherwise

And there was more, as we had fourteen entries for the Christmas Challenge!

Congratulations to the winner, Clare Newell, whose tiny, classic Singer sewing machine decoration won her a voucher to spend in Áine’s shop.

Many thanks to Ann Prendergast, our resident Quiz Master, for preparing the quiz, and congratulations also to the winning team – choccies all round!

We finished the meeting with a hilarious and exhausting rendition of The Twelves of Christmas – well done ladies, it’s a memory I’ll always treasure.

Our next meeting will be in the Sacred Heart Church Hall, Western Road, Cork City on Saturday 14th January, doors open at 10am. Our shop will be Appletree Crafts.

***** Please note that after the meeting Appletree Crafts will be running an afternoon workshop on mini landscapes. Contact a committee member to book a place *****

A Merry Christmas to one and all and may we all have a peaceful and blessed 2023 xxx

Coming up: December Meeting

December is here again and our Christmas meeting is this coming weekend Saturday 10th December.
We’re looking forward to seeing you all and please feel free to come wearing your favourite Christmas jumper and/or head gear.

Venue: Sacred Heart Church Hall, Cork City
Door opens: 10am
Door fee for members: €4
Door fee for non-members: €8 (you are welcome to attend two meetings as a non-member)
Shop: Lismore Quilt Co.
Demo: fun festive gifts
Christmas Challenge: Don’t forget your Christmas Tree Decoration – prize for the winner
Quiz: tables of 4 and a prize for the winning table
Show and Tell: Please bring your creations to inspire us
Raffle: Lots of lovely prizes, only €5 a strip
Coffee and Tea: Provided. Please bring along some sweet treats to share
Library: A small selection from the library will be available. Don’t forget to return previous borrowings!

See you there!

November Recap

What a FAB-ulous Open Meeting we had on Saturday last, thanks to everyone who helped to make it such a success, from the committee members, who did such great work, to the wonderful demonstrators – Heidi, Tina, Sandra, Eilís, Ailbhe and Assumpta, to the shop, Moya of Patchwork Plus and to you all for coming.

There was a huge and hugely inspiring Show and Tell. Here is a just taste of what was on show…

Our next meeting is on Saturday 10th December, Sacred Heart Church Hall at 10am. Please note that we will have a Christmas Challenge – bring along any Christmas tree decoration that you have made – if you don’t have one already you have plenty of time to make one before the next meeting. We will display them all, everyone gets to vote for their favourite and there will be a festive prize for the winner.

Ukraine Quilts Day – please note that there will be a sewing day to make quilts for Ukraine this coming Sunday 20th November, hosted by Mary Palmer. Mary will also host a Sit and Sew day on Sunday 27th November. Please contact Mary Palmer on Facebook or at http://www.marimudesigns.com for details.

Coming Up: November Open Meeting

As the Autumn starts to bite, we are looking forward to our November Open Meeting on this coming 

Saturday 12th November 2022.

An Open Meeting means that it’s free to all, so do bring along your friends. Details of the meeting are as follows :

Venue: Sacred Heart Church Hall

Door opens: 10am

Door fee for members: FREE

Door fee for non-members: FREE

Shop: Patchwork Plus

Demonstrations: there will be a number of demonstrations on a variety of techniques to tickle your creative buds

Show and Tell: Please bring your creations to inspire us

Raffle: Lots of lovely prizes, only €5 a strip

Coffee and Tea: Provided. Please bring along some sweet treats to share!

Library: No library this month, so return your books at the December meeting

See you on Saturday!

Note We ask all our members and visitors to be mindful of others as we get back together after Covid. Hand sanitiser is available at the door, wear a mask if you wish and give people the space they require. Thank you x

October Recap

There was such a buzz at the meeting last Saturday, and what a turn out! It was great to see everyone.

We were joined by Moya Geraghty of Patchwork Plus, whose shop is always a big draw. Moya gave us a fascinating and inspiring talk entitled ” Sure, I haven’t a Notion – Current trends in Patchwork and quilting”

Moya Geraghty, Patchwork Plus

Also with us were Adam and Jack from the Singer Sewing Centre, Waterford, who expertly serviced more sewing machines than I could count in the course of the meeting. Many thanks to them for coming along. If you didn’t make it to the meeting on Saturday and your sewing machine is overdue for some TLC, then check out the website here https://www.sewingmachines.ie/

Adam and Jack from the Singer Sewing Centre, Waterford

And, of course, we had our usual amazing Show and Tell of our members’ work…

Ann Pasley was delighted with her adorable Reindeer mug rug; Assumpta Lydon showed us her completed quilt from Lena Pugachova’s Improv Curves workshop last month; Heidi Wischniewski showed off her Improv Curves quilt, cute (and useful!) trinket trays and a ‘manly’ quilt in autumnal colours; Bernie Kelly brought in a beautifully hand quilted baby quilt panel; Noreen Brazier showed us an I Spy quilt. As an Early Years Education specialist she had added a matching bag of squares, each with a different texture, to match to the jars on the quilt – amazing; Marie Sprott also brought in her completed Improv Curves quilt as well as a quilt she has very kindly made for the local priest; and finally Tracy Wardle showed us her completed quilt made for her Row by Row Block of the Month (course is still available to purchase!), and two Christmas items – a Shoo Fly Christmas tree wall-hanging and a Leaf and Berry table runner – both for upcoming workshops, contact Tracy at twaddle1164@gmail.com for details.

As part of Show and Tell Mary Palmer showed off one of the Quilts for Ukraine that she and lots of our members have been working on in the last while. The next Sewing Day for Quilts for Ukraine is Sunday 20th November. Please note that Mary will also be having two Open Sew Days on Sundays 30th October and 27th November.

All of these sewing days will be held at Knockavilla Community Hall. Contact Mary Palmer here marimu.designs@gmail.com or call +353 87 948 1567 for more details or to get involved.

Mary Palmer with a Quilt for Ukraine

Next meeting is our Open Meeting on Saturday 12th November, same time, same place. This meeting is free to attend, we’ll have a shop, demonstrations of various patchwork techniques, tea/coffee, cake and chat! Why not come along and meet up with like minded thread-heads?

Coming Up: September Meeting

Lena Pugacheva – Improv Curved Piecing

After our sultry summer break it is time to break out the needles and pins again! Our first Branch Meeting of the year is this coming Saturday 10th September.

Venue: Sacred Heart Church Hall

Door open: 10am

Shop: Lismore Quilt Company

Speaker: Lena Pugachova

Show and Tell: Bring along your most recent work for us to coo over

Coffee and Tea: Provided. Bring along some sweet treats to share

Library: A small selection from the library will be available for your perusal

Please note that if you haven’t already renewed or joined online via the website, that you can renew your membership at the meeting. Please bring along your printed and completed forms with the subscription fee of €50 (cash only if paying at the meeting). Forms will also be available at the meeting.

We welcome Lena Pugachova to our first meeting of the year. Lena will be our speaker and is also giving a workshop on Improv Curved Piecing in the afternoon. Workshop was full as of June 2022 but enquiries can be made via our email corkips@gmail.com.

See you there!

November meeting recap

For the first time we organised our meeting in person as well as online, and we even managed (imperfectly) to connect the two!

It was lovely to see so many attending the church hall this morning, even if the facilities were limited… I’m sure to see the quilts in Show & Tell “for real” must have been quite a treat, as well as shopping for fabric, of course.

Online we had about 10 people, and it was greatly appreciated that we offered this option too.

Assumpta spoke about the Passage West Creates shop, that she found herself manager of, with great enthusiasm. By the looks of the display tables they have a lovely selection of handmade items for sale in the shop, as well as brilliant community activities. Definitely worthwhile to check out if you are in the area, or if you are too far, visit their online shop: https://passagewestcreates.ie/

Our summer challenge, using a fat quarter that was sent to our members at the start of summer, had quite a few entries. We will be drawing a winner from all entries and will announce the winner in an email. Some were shown in the hall, others sent to our email address. And the Show & Tell had a wonderful array of quilts, cushions and other items:

Many of us have been making for Christmas, too:

Some links that you may want to have a look at:

Our next meeting will be the Christmas meeting, planned for 11 December. Keep an eye on your emails to find the details nearer the time. In the mean time the committee will be scratching their heads over quiz questions and other festivities…