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!

September Meeting Recap

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On September 10th, our branch met for the first meeting after the summer break!

We began with announcements.  They included:

  • Congratulations to Cathy Davis for representing Ireland in the Diversity Exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.
  • The National AGM is happening October 1st and 2nd.  Quilt challenge is “Witches and Castles”
  • The Knitting and Stitching show is happening October 20-23.  If you’re interested in submitting to one of the IPS Galleries, check out our blog post here.
  • We’re going to have a Branch Exhibition in March!  Theme is “Community.”  More information to come.

We also announced the programming for the Branch that the committee has been planning over the summer.  These include:

  • Open Sew afternoon after the October open meeting!  Bring your current work in project and a lunch!
  • November’s meeting is going to be a joint branch meeting!  We’ll also have two shops attending the meeting as well!  We’ve also booked the hall for an open sew afternoon.
  • Tomomi McElwee will be giving a talk and workshop in January, more information to come as we get closer.
  • Ruth Bourke will be giving a talk and workshop in March, more information to come as we get closer.

We also had the pleasure to host the Chair of the National Committee, Kelly Fogarty at our meeting.

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Susan then debuted the September Block of the Month, the Coffin Star:

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Maeve Meany from Limerick Quilt Centre then gave a demonstration on constructing a Christmas tree block:

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We also had an amazing Show and Tell.  Just look at these quilts!

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Tracy Wardle was also the winner of the Summer Challenge!  Sadly, I don’t have a proper photograph.  If a member has one and is willing to share, please send it along to our email address, corkips@gmail.com.

Our next meeting is October 8th, and is our traditional open meeting.  See you there!

August 2016 Block of the Month

It’s time to debut our next block!  I’m excited to show you how to make the Sister’s Choice Block!

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Originally designed to be a 10 inch block, I changed the design a little bit in order to work out to a 12 inch block, and make it easy to cut out the pieces.

Download the instructions here. 

I’ve also created a step by step slideshow of how to construct the block, that you can see here:

 

 

July 2016 Block of the Month

It’s time to debut the next block in our series!

It’s the Tee Block!

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It’s made up of three different units.  A Half Square Triangle unit, a Diamond in a Square unit and Flying Geese units.

What makes this block different, is that the flying geese units are made by using three different fabrics, rather than the traditional two.

In order to help keep you organised, the handout directions include a colouring page to help you make the correct flying geese units and the correct diamond in a square unit.

Download the instructions here.

We’ve also uploaded a video to YouTube to help you learn how to assemble this block.