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!

January Letter from the Chair

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Greetings members!

I hope you’re recovering as well as I am from the holidays.  Now that my family has returned to the United States, I’ve got access to my sewing machine—a month was too long to be away from it!

Starting with a few announcements:

On a sad note, Southern Branch Member Kitty Whelan has passed away over the weekend.  My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends in this difficult time.

A call for blocks:

Joanna is heading the effort to create a quilt made of nine patches for the Community Exhibition.  Members are requested to create a 6.5 inch nine patch block with a blue centre square.  A video tutorial for a simple nine patch block is posted on the blog.

December’s block of the month instructions had an error.  For the Double Friendship Star’s cutting instructions, under background fabric, it should read “Five 4 ½ inch squares”

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On January 14th, we’re meeting at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road at 10:00 am for a day of patchwork fun!

The agenda of the meeting includes:

  • Block of the Month
  • Quilt label demonstration
  • AGM 2017 Update
  • February Swap Announcement
  • A talk by Tomomi McElwee about her quilting journey.  She’s bringing some of her amazing work for us to see!
  • “Community” Exhibition Information
  • March Workshop Announcement
  • Show and Tell
  • Raffle
  • Apple Tree Crafts will be the shop

Tea and Coffee will be provided at our meeting, however cakes and other goodies are dependent on members.

And in the afternoon, Tomomi will be showing us how to make her gorgeous Patchwork Drawstring Bags!  There’s only one space left if you’re interested in joining in!  Be sure to let me know, so I can send you the supply list and you can get your fabric precut.  If any member who has already signed up hasn’t received their supply list, please let me know!  NOTE:  If you’re staying over for the class, lunch is not provided, you’ll need to plan ahead.

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

 

Community Quilt

As part of our “Community” Exhibition going on in March, the committee has decided to create a quilt made from blocks sewn by members.

If you’d like to participate, it’s easy!  We’re asking for nine patches that have been made from 2.5 inch square patches.  These will create a block that measures 6.5 inches unfinished.

We’re also asking that you create a nine patch with a BLUE SQUARE in the centre.  All other surrounding squares can be any colour you prefer.

If you’ve never made a nine patch block before, we created this Back to Basics video a few months ago you can use as reference.

January Workshop

We hope you had a very Happy Christmas this year!

After our January 14th meeting, we’re presenting a workshop by Tomomi McElwee,

Drawstring Patchwork Bags

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Tomomi’s class description:

Drawstring bags are what we, Japanese had as bags to put things in and carry before Western bags came (Furoshiki, wrapping cloth is other type of item used for carrying things but they are not bag shaped).

Traditionally these small bags are made from scraps out of other sewing jobs. Also young girls made these to practice sewing skills and carried small bits and pieces.

Since they have flat bottom and wide opening, you can see what is inside very easily and they sit on well too.

They can be made in any size but the smaller the cuter, let’s make them in palm size!

Go through all your scrap collection and find nice combination of fabrics.

If you’re interested in taking this class, be sure to contact us at corkips@gmail.com, spaces are limited!  

 

 

 

 

December Meeting Recap

On December 10, the Southern Branch met for our annual Christmas meeting!

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We began the meeting with a few announcements.  They included:

  • Any members who haven’t received their newsletter, please let Joanna know!
  • Cork Textile Network’s exhibition at the School of Music is going on until the 22nd.
  • The Southern Branch Exhibition “Community” is happening the week of March 6th.  Finalising details, including opening reception.  We’ll have entry form available at January meeting.  There will be an entry fee of €5 to cover cost of hanging rails, etc.  Members will have the ability to sell their quilt, Sirius Art Centre takes 30% commission.

 

Ann then ran our annual holiday table quiz.  Great job Ann!

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After the table quiz, we then viewed the Mug Rugs entered into the challenge:

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After judging, Patricia O’Brien was declared the winner of the challenge:

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Congratulations Patricia!

For members who wanted to participate, we then swapped mug rugs.

We also debuted the next blocks in the Block of the Month, the Double Friendship Star:

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and the Ohio Star:

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Moya gave us a talk on Christmas and other patchwork projects:

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We ended the meeting with an amazing show and tell:

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Our next meeting will happen on the 14th of January.  Be sure to sign up for the workshop! Space is limited!