March Letter from the Chair

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Exhibition Opening with Cork County Mayor Seamus McGrath

Greetings members!

Have you had a chance to check out the Community Exhibition going on at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh?  The exhibition continues until the 26th of March.  The hours at the Sirius are Tuesday through Friday 11:00 – 17:00 and Saturday and Sunday 13:00 – 17:00.  Closed on Mondays.

The Sirius Arts Centre is holding a five week event, This Must Be the Place | The Great Island from the 22nd of February to the 26th of March.  This includes daily activities.  On the 8th of March, Ailbhe O’Callaghan is presenting a talk, “30,000 Years of Quilting, Where is it Going in Ireland.”  This talk begins at 13:oo on a first come, first served basis.  To see the full schedule of events, click on this link.

Don’t forget:

On Saturday, March 11 at 10:00am we’ll be meeting at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road for our monthly meeting.

Limerick Quilt Centre will be our shop.

The Agenda for the meeting will include:

  • Welcome and announcements
  • Information about April’s AGM
  • Block of the Month
  • April Swap announcement
  • Guest Speaker: Ruth Bourke
  • Show and Tell
  • Social Time
  • Raffle
  • Demonstration

 

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Directly after the meeting, we’ll be running the Ticker Tape Class with Ruth Bourke.  Ticker Tape is a technique using fabric scraps to make a larger picture.  We have open spots for the class, so if you’re interested, be sure to message corkips@gmail.com

Remember if you are planning on staying over for the class, bring a lunch as one will not be provided. 

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

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

See you on Saturday!

–Erin

 

Community Quilts

Just a reminder that Saturday is the Committee meeting where you can drop your quilts off for our Community Exhibition in Cobh.

We meet at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs from 11:00 to 13:00:

If you can’t make it to the committee meeting, be sure to connect with a Committee member to submit your quilt!

We usually meet in the restaurant area to the right of reception.

Joanna and I met on Tuesday to work on the Branch Community quilt made from nine patches you submitted:

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Don’t worry, we fixed the error in the top left!

We can’t wait for you to see it finished!

Remember, your final FIRM deadline for quilt submittal is the 20th of February!

February Meeting Recap

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On February 11 we met for our most recent meeting.

We started the meeting with announcements.  These included:

Our upcoming exhibition, “Community” important information:

  • Final date of quilt submissions is February 20th.  Connect with one of the committee members to submit your quilt.
  • The committee is having a meeting on February 18th at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs from 11 am until 1 pm.  You can drop your quilt off here as well.
  • Be sure to have a hanging sleeve, quilt label and filled out submission form.  You can download the form here.
  • Opening reception is at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh on the 2nd of March at 6:30 pm.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

“Fun”
Modern Quilters Ireland second exhibition at St.Patricks Hospital, Dublin May 2nd to June 23rd.

Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
An exhibition that will be held this summer by Tracy Watson and Joke Buursma.  12th May and 23rd June.  Gallery website is theCourthouseGallery.com for details of opening times

Hands across the Border “ Aurora”
Official Opening Tuesday 16th May 2017 in CHQ Custom House Quarter, IFSC, Custom House Quay, Dublin Northside, Dublin.  Exhibition will run until the 26 th May.  Northern venue is Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, June 2017

The Spike Quilters
Exhibition in Thurles Source Library centre from Tuesday May 2nd toTue May 30th. Library hours. (9.30 to5 pm week days and10 to 5pm Sat. Closes 1pm to 2pm for Lunch.

Third Irish Quilters’ Showcase Exhibition 
May-June 2017   The Mitchel Hall, Spike Island

The Kniting and Stitching show 2017
Simmonscourt, RDS, Dublin 9-12th November

Upcoming Exhibition Opportunities:

Hands Across the Border – theme is Aurora due 31st March, maximum 1m square

EQA annual challenge for exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham – theme is Inspired by New York Beauty, also due end of march, 30th March, 25cm x 35cm in Landscape format

EQA Diversity in Europe – no theme but showcasing the best example of quilt making, due 30th April, size is minimum 1m x 1m to a maximum of 2.5m x 2.5m

Open European Quilt Championships – theme is Illuminate due 31st May. 20″ x 40″ portrait format

 

After the announcements, our block of the month was debuted, the Eight Pointed Star.

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After the block of the month, we had the pleasure of having Emer Fahy present a talk on colour theory.

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Emer Fahy begins her talk
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Example of colour interaction using tissue paper and light.
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Example of high to low contrast.
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Example of a high contrast quilt.  
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Log Cabin sample
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Eight pointed star quilt with high contrast, and half square triangles creating a secondary design.  
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Nine patch quilt with high contrast.
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Quilt made with scrappy fabrics
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Example of high contrast fabrics being “chopped” up, which tones down the high contrast.
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Scrappy quilt made with fabrics from City and Guild participants.
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Low contrast quilt example.  
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High contrast Shoo Fly quilt.

Next, we had our Show and Tell.

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Assumpta’s Fairy Door quilt
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Assumpta’s Community quilt entry 
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The first of Mary’s three quilts. 
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She made all of these in the last week!
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Mary’s third quilt in a week.

 

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Using 10 inch blocks for a quilt backing.
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Mary’s Drunkard’s Path baby quilt
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Susan’s quilt made with Blocks from this year’s Block of the Month
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Cora’s Panel quilt.
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Cora’s son’s girlfriend’s quilt.  
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Fionnouala’s personalised tractor fabric pillowcase.  

 

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Anne’s Fairy house quilt top

February Letter from the Chair

 

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Greetings Members!

I’ve finally pulled out my Community Exhibition quilt to hand sew the binding on so it will be ready for our deadline for submission on the 20th of February.  (The binding has been on since before the holidays!)  If you’re planning to submit, don’t forget to sew a hanging sleeve and quilt label on!

As I’ve been talking about the Exhibition, some members have had questions about what type of quilts they can submit.  You are free to exhibit any quilt you’ve ever made!  In your artist’s statement, just be sure to tie it into our theme of “Community.”  Our deadline for submittal is the 20th of February.  You have the following options to submit quilts:

  • Connect with me via the Branch email or by my phone number, 0871438506. I live in Ballincollig, and can take your quilts.
  • Submit your quilt at our February meeting on the 11th
  • Submit your quilt at the next committee meeting, February 18th at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, from 11:00-13:00.

Be sure to include the entry form and €5 entry fee.  You can download the entry form on our website under the “downloads” folder or fill it out at our next meeting.  Or download the form here.  We will do our best to hang all quilts received.

The opening reception will occur on the 2nd of March, at 18:30 at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh.

The 11th of February meeting is also your last opportunity to submit a 6.5 inch nine patch with blue centre for the group Community Quilt Joanna is sewing together!  The video tutorial for a nine patch can be found on our website.

Don’t forget, next week, the 11th of February, we’ll be meeting at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road in Cork for our February meeting.

Patchwork Plus will be our shop.

The Agenda of the meeting will include:

  • Welcome and announcements
  • Block of the Month
  • Emer Fahy will be our guest speaker
  • Pincushion swap
  • Show and Tell
  • And social time!

If you’re bringing a pincushion to swap, please bring it in an opaque/brown paper bag, so we can have a blind swap.

You’ll  also have the opportunity to sign up for our March workshop with Ruth Bourke, the Ticker Tape quilt.

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

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

See you on Saturday!

–Erin

 

 

 

Cork Exhibition Opportunity

 

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A call for quilts!

The committee has been working hard over the past few months planning the Cork Exhibition, Community.  It’s an opportunity for Southern Branch members to show their work at a non-juried show at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh.

Important dates for the Show:

  • Quilts must be received by the 20th of February
  • Hanging of quilts happens on the 27th of February.  All quilts received will be hung, as space allows.
  • Show runs from 2 March to the 26th of March.

Opening Reception for the show is happening 2nd March at 18:30.  Cork County Mayor, Seamus McGrath will be in attendance.

You can find the entry form here.  A €5 entry fee is required to cover the cost of hanging rails.

Show Rules Include:

  1. Quilts can be made to a maximum of 80 inches wide.
  2. The quilt must have a 4 inch (10 cm) hanging sleeve, with sufficient fullness to accommodate the hanging rod.
  3. Please ensure that your quilt is labelled on the back at the bottom edge with the following information: Name of the Quilt, name of the quilter.
  4. By entering your quilt, you agree to having it photographed for publicity purposes.
  5. Quilts must include an entry form with €5 entry fee.

Feel free to enter any quilt you’ve made.  We’d love to help you show your best work!

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You can also participate by making nine-patch block that will go into the “Community” Quilt.  Blocks made must be 6 1/2 inches, with a blue centre.  Deadline for nine patches will be our next meeting on February 11!  Quilt will debut at the Exhibition.  Find more information, including a video tutorial here.

 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at corkips@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

January Meeting Recap

On January 14th we met for the first meeting of the New Year.

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We started the meeting with thanks to Apple Tree Crafts for being our shop for the meeting and to Frances for giving us a demonstration on quilt labels.

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After that, a few announcements were given.  These included:

  • Entry forms for the following exhibitions have been added to the website under the “Downloads” tab:  Hands Across the Border, EQA Challenge, “Inspired by New York Beauty,” and Open European Quilt Championships, “Illuminate.”
  • The IPS gallery at the Knitting and Stitching show will be similar this year, with galleries of the following themes, Traditional, Modern, Young Quilters and Art quilts.  The submission process will change slightly, with one email to submit photographs.  More information from Executive to come.
  • Cork Branch Exhibition “Community” Entry forms are currently available.  You can find them on the downloads tab or at our February meeting.  FIRM DEADLINE for submitting quilts is February 20th.  A separate blog post on this is to come.
  • Nine Patches for Community Quilt are due at our February meeting.

 

After the success of our Mug Rug swap, we decided to host another swap in February.  We’re challenging members to make pincushions to swap.  Feel free to make any sort of pincushion you desire to swap.  We’d like to make this a blind swap, so please bring your pincushion in an opaque bag.  If you’re looking for inspiration, check out our Pinterest site!

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We also announced our March speaker and workshop.  Ruth Bourke will be presenting the talk “Trends in Online Quilting” and the Ticker Tape Quilt Workshop:

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After the announcements, the Block of the Month was presented, the Greek Cross.

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Then Tomomi McElwee presented a talk of her history of work:

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Below is a slideshow of her amazing quilts:

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Next was our Show and Tell:

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After our meeting, we then had our Patchwork Bag workshop:

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All in all, it was a fantastic meeting!  See you at our next meeting, on February 11!