Virtual “meeting” in May

For those who read the blog, but not their emails…

We are putting together another post of “Show and Tell” instead of our meeting tomorrow. If anybody has a photo of any current or recent project (or more than one), please forward them to us at the usual email address.

Many thanks, we hope to see your work at the meeting tomorrow!

April branch meeting going virtual

We hope you are all well, and coping as best you can with the current situation.
As you will expect, there will be no branch meeting this Saturday, and no-one really knows when we will be able to get together again. So as a community we have to limit ourselves to online contact.

In my last post I asked you to send us a picture of your current project (finished or work-in-progress) to add to a gallery on the website. I was hoping that we would have lots of photos and it would feel like a virtual show and tell. However, so far we have received exactly ONE photo to fill the page…!!!
I will be making a post on Saturday to show off that one photo (I will be adding a couple of my own), but I would love to see others send me an image showing what they get up to in their crafting time. I am NOT looking for professional photos, I do NOT need that heirloom quilt showing off. But maybe that baby quilt you are sewing the top for, the wall hanging that still needs binding, that new pattern you are sewing up, even the crochet you have been doing to try and relax in the evenings….. Share it with us, please, and let us feel as if we are meeting while browsing the photos on the website.

So get your phone/camera out, and take a picture. Describe what the picture is and send the photo to us. We all would like to see!

And to get us all some inspiration for sewing/quilt making, I have been working on the website, too. We have made a new page: “Sew at Home” where you can find ideas and links to patterns, most of which are free. If you know of any other links that can be added, do let us know and we can update the page.
Also check out our older pages, “Block of the Month”, “Back to Basics” and “Downloads” have some good project ideas, too.

So, stay home, stay safe (and keep sewing)!
Sandra

An Update

Dear members (and anyone reading),

In these unsettling and strange times, I am writing to say hello to you all.

Now we are forced to stay home, some of us will have much more time to sew than usual, others will have much less time than in ordinary times. But our quilting (and crafting in general) mostly helps keep us sane, so let’s celebrate that!

Since we will not be able to have our monthly meetings for the moment, we would like to create an online “Show & Tell”. Please take a photo (or several) of (you and) your sewing, quilting, piecing, or otherwise crafty project. Like with our usual show and tell, tell us what the project is, and perhaps how you will finish it, or any other information… Send the photo + info to our usual email address (comment below with your name if you don’t know it, and I can send it to any IPS member asking).

We are hoping to have a virtual “meeting” here on the blog, on our planned meeting day of 18 April (or as close to it as possible) by posting photos of us all and our project(s). A big post hopefully with images to cheer us all.

We are also working on putting up ideas for if you are stuck at home and need inspiration. We will post about it and send emails round when it is live on the site…

For now, take heart, take care, stay safe, stay sane…

Sandra x

October meeting recap

We had a well-attended meeting on the 12th of October, which was our open meeting. As well as many familiar faces, there were a good few visitors, some of whom decided to join the IPS on the day.

Several demos, and a well-stocked shop (thank you, Moya) had us inspired.

Jane Horner amused us with her tales of travelling around the world in a catamaran. Her sewing set-up on board was well organised, and she had many textile-related encounters on the way as well as interesting cultural experiences. She also brought some beautiful Mola work from the San Blas Islands, where they originate.

The Christmas Challenge was announced: Make a Christmas table decoration. Any size, any method. As long as you would have on your Christmas table, it is eligible for the challenge.

Our Show and Tell was fantastic as ever! We finished with the presentation of a bouquet to Mary Palmer to congratulate her on winning three(!!) prizes together with Anne Kiely at the recent Festival of Quilts.

Please note: Our next meeting date has been changed. The November meeting will take place on the 16th.

Christmas 2019 Challenge

Our 2019 Christmas challenge is:  Make a Christmas table decoration.

any size, any colour, any technique – if you’d have it on your table at Christmas, then that’s what we want to see!

(it could be a place mat, a table runner, a 3-D ornament, a centrepiece, a Christmas cracker…)

Please bring to the 14 December Christmas meeting.

For ideas…

October meeting

Please join us for our October meeting, which will be on Saturday, October 12th, at the hall of the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork, from 10 am. This will be our OPEN MEETING, so do ask your friends to come along. Everyone will be welcome!

  • Shop: Patchwork Plus (Moya Geraghty)
  • Speaker: Jane Horner – Sail & Sew
  • Show & Tell: Please bring your quilts to show us all
  • Coffee and tea will be available, contributions of cake/biscuits and other snacks will be gratefully received!

MEMBERSHIP:
If you haven’t renewed your membership yet, please fill out your membership form and bring with the appropriate fee to the meeting. You can fill out the form in advance of the meeting or there are forms available at the door. You will receive your membership card on the day.

We hope to see you on Saturday!
Sandra


September branch meeting

We hope you have had a great summer, and that we can welcome you back for a new creative year. Our first branch meeting of the year will be on Saturday 14 September, at the Sacred Heart church hall, Cork, from 10 am.

Shop: MemoriesforeverbyAvril
Demo: to be confirmed
Speaker: Kathryn Bennett – Festival of Quilts
Show & Tell: Please bring your quilts (and other makes) to show us all

Coffee and tea will be available, contributions of cake/biscuits and other snacks will be gratefully received!

MEMBERSHIP:

Since this is the start of a new membership year, the membership fees are due. To renew (or to become a member):

Please fill out the membership form and bring (together with the appropriate membership fee) to the branch meeting. If you can fill out the form in advance of the meeting we hope to avoid delays on the day as much as possible. You will receive your membership card on the day.

Alternatively, the form can be sent (with payment) to the Membership Secretary of the IPS. Details on the form itself.

The form was included in the recent IPS Newsletter (Autumn 2019), or it can be found on the IPS website. I have also attached it to this email so you can print it off yourself if you prefer. We will also have some membership forms available at the meeting.

General membership is €50 for the year (discounts for Student and Young Quilter (under 18) membership).

PLEASE NOTE:

If you send the membership form to the Membership Secretary directly, the branch will not receive your details. In this case, please also email your details to us, or approach a branch committee member to pass on your details. If we do not receive your details, as well as your permission for us to contact you, we will not be able to send you emails, or contact you regarding meetings, workshops, etc.

We hope to see you on Saturday!

Sandra
Secretary IPS Southern Branch

Wild Threads

Wild Threads West Cork are a group of textile artists, who meet to share, support and stimulate each other to create stunning pieces of hand stitched art. Some of them are our own members, too. They take inspiration from the flora, fauna, land and seascapes of West Cork.

exhib SCHULL

The group have an exhibition at the Blue House Gallery in Schull, from 26 July to 7 August. So take a trip this summer, support them and check out their work!

For more information click on the links in the text.

EQA Boundaries quilts in Limerick

The IPS is exhibiting 152 EQA Boundaries quilts at the Limerick School of Art and Design. “Boundaries” was the theme for the 2018 EQA challenge, and the quilts were displayed last year in Birmingham.

The exhibition is open from 16-19 July and 22-26 July in the LSAD Cathedral Gallery, from 10 am to 5 pm. Not open at weekends.

 

IPS Activities this Summer

The exhibition for Hands Across the Border – Ruby Serendipity had its official opening on Thursday July 6th, in Louth County Library, Dundalk. The exhibition will continue in Dundalk until July 12th, library opening hours.

The Hands Across the Border exhibition then moves to the Chapter Room, St Mary’s Cathedral, St James’s Road, Kilkenny from 17th to 21st of July.

The IPS will be present at the European Quilt Association stand at Festival of Quilts in Birmingham from July 31st to August 4th.

Challenges:

– Knitting and Stitching: The challenge for all members is to make a quilt measuring A2 (16.5″x23.4″) (420mm x 594mm) ‘portrait’ and the theme is “There is always one!” Quilts to be brought to your September meeting. Forms will be available shortly. 

– For those of you who like a challenge there is an open call for art work for Westival Music and Arts Festival in Westport in October. The closing date for the visual arts call out is August 16th 2019. The theme is Brittle/Fragile – what suits this theme better than textiles? – have a go, the more we present textiles for exhibition the more acceptable it will become and we all know that we can hold our against any other art medium. More information on https://westival.ie/pages/visual-arts-open-call