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

 

June meeting

Our June meeting, the last before we break up for the summer, will take place this Saturday, June 8th from 10 am.

Shop: Patchwork Plus – Moya Geraghty
Library: check out our books
Demonstrator: Jane Horner – using an overlocker for fast patchwork
Speaker: Frances McCarthy

#52blocks52weeks – Experiences of a weekly Block Party

Frances will talk about and show the blocks created as part of the Canadian Quilters’ Association/Association canadienne de la courtepointe’s social media Block of the Week.

Show & Tell: please bring us your latest work (complete or WIP)
Coffee and tea will be available, offerings of cake/biscuits and other snacks will be gratefully received…

May 18th Meeting

We gathered for a great meeting on Saturday 18 May.
A wonderful group of quilters visited us from the Mid West branch, and Nikki from the Sewing Shed brought her goodies from County Kerry.

We started by introducing the new branch committee:

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Sandra, Katryn, Heidi, Marie, and Frances of the new committee

At the start of a new year for the committee, we wanted to give everyone the opportunity to let us know what you want from our meetings and our branch. Suggestion slips were available at the meeting in the hope of receiving feedback from our members. Let us know what you like, what you don’t like, who or what you’d like to see at the meetings, etc. If you missed them, they will be available again next month. Or get in touch with anyone of the committee to pass on your views…

Frances announced we have been invited to attend the opening of the exhibition “Colours of my Mind”, featuring work from Joke Buursma and Ethelda Ellis. The exhibition will be open in Mountmellick until the 27th of June.

Exhibition announcement

Suzanne Pass from the Mid West branch then showed us slides of the 15 quilts she and others in the branch made for the Heart Children Ireland (also known as Henry Bear), a charity that provides quilts for children in Crumlin. they had just been handed over the previous week, but Suzanne also made a heart quilt for herself which she showed.

After that, all visitors from the Mid West branch showed us some of their individual work. From their wonderfully varied quilts:

To bags, wall hanging and cushion:

And a great reversible quilt:

Then it was time for our own show and tell:

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And Marie and Mai showed some quilts they had made for the Cork Cancer care Centre (formerly the Girls Club) who are looking for lap quilts.

In the afternoon Frances had an enthusiastic group (including the Mid West members) to do a mystery quilt, which was greatly enjoyed by all accounts.

We hope you will all be coming to our next meeting on June 8th, which will be the last before the summer.

May Meeting Preview

We’re delighted to welcome the Midwestern branch to our May Meeting.

Please note that this meeting is on the 3rd Saturday of the month – May 18, 2019

Shop: The Sewing Shed (Nikki Foley)
Demonstrator: there’s a vacancy… anyone interested? drop us a line.
Speaker: Midwestern Branch Members
Show&Tell: please bring us your latest (complete or WIP)
Start: 10am (ish)
There is a 1/2 day afternoon workshop – a May Mystery – see requirements here. Don’t forget your machine and bits if you are attending that.

The New Committee are:
Chair: Frances McCarthy
Treasurer: Marie Sprott
Secretary (and Web and Communications and everything else!!): Sandra Jansen
Membership: Heidi Wishniewski
Exec. Rep: Eilís Watson
Library and Editorial: Kathryn Bennett
Library: Cora Quinlan

Thanks so much to the outgoing committee for all their work over the last year(s).

April 13th Meeting

 

I was delighted with the attendance at our AGM this month as we find that it gets slack when the AGM is mentioned ! We wore our Easter Bonnets for the occasion, no frills upon it!

 

Carol Cave presenting Assumpta Lydon with a Quilt from the wonderful members

That said I would like to thank the Ladies who have come forward to continue to look after our Branch Meetings. I hope you enjoy your time as much as I have the last 3 years and thank you for my Beautiful Quilt.

I was overwhelmed by the Quilt and the positive comments from all and would like to thank all the outgoing Committee members for their support and work that they put in to make our meetings so much fun.

I also roped them into making a Banner for our meetings, you can see behind some of the photos.

We also would like to thank our Library Ladies, Mai and Joan for the work they put in for the last nine years!

Our shop was Patchwork Plus with Moya and our Speaker was Sandra Jansen on her fantastic work so far especially her experiment with the Log Cabin Block.

Thank you to all for a wonderful Show and Tell and all the goodies.

March 9th Meeting

We had a great meeting on Saturday with a first Visit from Quilt,Yarn,Stitch all the way from Tuam! Everyone was delighted with the quality and variety of the shop and thankfully  Roisin is willing to come again .

 

We also got to try out our new toy… hands free microphone, it really worked wonderfully and we are very grateful to Siobhan’s Husband Len Stone for researching the best one for us.

Our Speaker was Tracy Wardle on her experience doing the city and guild and we got to see her wonderful work. We all enjoyed her stories and were in awe of her work as she graciously passed around her pieces. What a Joy!

 

We then had our Show and Tell and everyone turned out the most fabulous pieces as usual.

Ita Doolan had a fabulous Quilt tool to show us in the form of two different size rings with two knobs to hold while quilting, taking the pressure off your hands trying to move the material around as you Quilt.

I would  like to remind everyone that next month is our AGM and encourage members to consider joining the Committee. We need at least 3/4 more people to help keep the Committee running properly.

 

Cora’s fab Quilts

Mairead’s ready for the Celebrations
Mary’s fabulous baby Quilt, back and front

Nora’s lovely dog cushions
Ita showed us her fab Quilt rings