February Meeting Recap

To begin, Happy Valentines Day!

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We had a great meeting today!  Moya from Patchwork Plus was our shop for the meeting.  Jane started off with a few announcements which included a request for members to join the committee in April, as only two members are continuing on.

Mary O’Conner briefly spoke about Quilts for Crumlin, hoping to reintroduce it as a charity our branch can focus on.  Quilts for Crumlin gives quilts to seriously ill children aged 0-17in hopes to provide comfort to them during a challenging time.  Ms. O’Conner challenges our members to create any sized quilt and show and donate it at our June meeting.

Erin then debuted the Block of the Month Quilt:

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It features sashing, diamond cornerstones, and two borders!  Watch our blog in the next week for the directions to complete your Block of the Month quilt!

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Arlene Shawcross then did her presentation, “Stitch to Enrich” which featured these beautiful works from various artists:

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Thank you Arlene for your amazing presentation!

We then had an inspiring show and tell!

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Enjoy some snapshots from the meeting:

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Our next meeting is March 12, 2016!  We hope to see you there!

 

 

January Block of the Month

Well, it’s time for the last block of our Block of the Month Project!  It’s been a great year, where we were able to learn new skills!

This month, we tackled foundation paper piecing by making the Wheel of Fortune Block.

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This block requires a foundation template which you can download here.

I created a presentation to explain the basics of the block for during our January meeting.  Our members enjoyed it so much that there was a request to make a presentation for the web.  I created it today and have posted it to YouTube.

Be sure you check out our Pinterest website for inspiration for quilts to make with this block.

January Meeting Recap

Happy New Year from the Southern Branch!

We had our January meeting on the 9th, and had an amazing attendance!

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Jane started the meeting with a few announcements.

These included:

  • Committee members will be needed in April, the majority of the current committee will have to step down then.
  • The finally tally for the Christmas sale was €1725!
  • Patchwork Plus will be having a sale January 23rd and 24th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

We set up a few special tables this meeting as well.

The first was our Back to Basics table:

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It was an opportunity for newer patchworkers to get a closer look at some of the tools that can make patchwork easier.

We also had our Swap Your Stash Table:

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This will be in our next few meetings, and is an opportunity for you to rejuvenize your scrap stash!  Just bring a 3 L bag of scraps.  Bring a bag, take a bag.  Scraps should be at least 5 inches square.

Erin then made a presentation for the final block of the Block of the Month, the Wheel of Fortune!

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We had another amazing Show and Tell this meeting!

Mary brought a quilt that was inspired by the Wild Atlantic Way:IMG_2325

Assumpta shared a quilt she made using a Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial, the Dresden Sunburst:

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Catherina shared one of her first quilts, made with scissors, and hand quilted!

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Joanna brought a few quilts to share.  Two were quilts for her grandson:

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And the last was a Christmas table runner.

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Finally, Ailbhe shared two quilts.  The first was her first quilt which included pieces of her wedding dress:

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and a quilt that she had made for her son:

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Then Apple Tree Crafts gave us a demonstration on an easy quilt to make with Half Square Triangles.

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Here are a few more shots from our meeting.

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We hope to see you at our next meeting on February 13th!

January Letter from the Chair

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Happy New Year!

I do hope the floods have not affected too many of you, although I know from experience how worrying it all is .

To brighten and cheer, our next meeting will be on

SATURDAY 9th JANUARY 2016

At Sacred Heart Church Hall Western Rd CORK

10am start.

We thankfully have an increasing number of new members, and to this end we will be having a table of BACK TO BASICS, to include list of term, samples of sizes of fabric, (fat quarters, long quarters etc) cutters & notions to try out. We realise that some of our members have forgotten more than we will ever know about quilting, but we have to keep this wonderful, addictive, ever changing, skilful hobby alive for the future!

Shop. –  Apple Tree Quilts

Talk. –   Sinead from Apple Tree Crafts

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BOM   –Erin will again professionally demonstrate this months block. I can only tell you it involves foundation paper piecing.

SWAP YOUR STASH – This is a new idea to kick start the New Year. Simply fill a 3 litre bag( medium sized plastic bag) with the minimum of 1 yard of scraps, no smaller that a 5 inch charm square please.

Put a bag in …. Take a bag home

Tea & coffee  provided but the cakes & goodies depend on your generosity, you have never let us down yet!

Definitely a meeting not to be missed.

Please be prompt.  The hall is hired from 0930 to 1330 and it makes it very difficult for the committee if we run late.If  you have and comments or suggestions, please feel free to speak to a member of the committee.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes

Jane

December Meeting Recap

First, the Southern Branch of the IPS would love to wish you and your family a Happy Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Now, to the recap!

Jane started with a few announcements.  These included:

  • There will be a need for committee members in April, as over half of the current committee will have to step down.
  • Olivia O’Sullivan is now on the national committee, there is a need for a new branch representative to the national committee.  Please let Jane know if you’re interested.
  • In January we’ll be introducing a beginners table, where members new to quilting can learn the basics.  We’re also planning some more YouTube videos to include with this focus!

Erin then did a recap of the past and current block of the month.

This month’s block is the Flying Dutchman!

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The Christmas sale that happened on December 3 went very well!  It was announced that nearly €1,500 was raised for ACT!  Congratulations ladies.

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Next, we had our Show and Tell.  Here are some of the projects shared by our members:

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Then, Moya showed us an easy little-sew project – a Christmas Wreath!

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Thank you Moya for your fantastic demonstration!

Next, the Christmas Challenge winner was announced:  Sandra Jansen!  Our members were given a few circles of fabric, and were challenged to make anything they wanted, as long as they used at least two of the circles of fabric.

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Sandra told us she was inspired at our last meeting where Aine Foley from Lismore Quilts demonstrated a table centre.

Here’s a slideshow of all of the entries.  Great job everyone!!

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Everyone had a fantastic time with the Table Quiz!  Thank you Ann for your hard work in creating it!

On a personal note, I’d like to thank everyone at the meeting for being patient with my boys (and the little bit of noise they created).  We had a last minute issue with lack of childcare, and I had to bring my toddler twin boys to the meeting.  I did my best to keep them occupied and quiet!

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See you at our January meeting on January 9, 2016!

Letter from the Chair

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Are we really sure Christmas only comes once a year? Or is it just a vicious rumour started by retailers !?

Anyway, it’s Christmas once again! HoHoHo!

We hope to see lots of you on SATURDAY 12 th DECEMBER 10am Church of Sacred Heart, Western Road, Cork.

As always, we have a busy fun filled programme!
Our shop will be Patchwork Plus and Moya will be giving us a demo of a fabric wreath, no needle or thread required!

The judging of the Christmas Challenge will take place.  ANYTHING made from at least 2 of the circles issued last month.  All is on the website!  Moya will be our judge.

We will be having our usual, Santa Surprise or Bran Tub, as some of us blow ins like to call them.  Please spend a maximum of €10. You will be given a raffle ticket on receipt of your gift and gifts will be selected later.

The Show and Tell for this meeting should be full of inspiration from all of your handmade Christmas gifts!

We will be having the fun, difficult & thoughtful QUIZ again the year, written by Ann!

Erin will demonstrate the latest Block of the Month.
We will have our usual RAFFLE.

We are very sad to hear of the passing of Bernadette Falvey.

There are still members who have not paid up their fees from September‐ €40.  If you have, please remember to collect your card at the desk.

Cakes and goodies are still required to drink with the free cup of tea or coffee, bring your signature piece to celebrate Christmas!  Thank you for your generosity.

We hope to hear of the grand total made at the sale of goods work on 3rd December, well done all!

This all sounds so much, but whatever else you don’t bring…………come yourself!!! WE NEED YOU!

Best wishes, Jane 0879853046

 

 

October Meeting Recap

Our meeting today was an open meeting, and we had an amazing turnout!  We hope everyone had fun!

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Our October Block of the Month was revealed to be the Dresden Plate!

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After Jane’s announcements, John O’Donnell gave a short talk on sewing machines and their maintenance.

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Then we had our amazing show and tell!  Great job on all of your projects, ladies!

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Demonstrations were ongoing, many thanks to our demonstrators!

We had Eilis demonstrating a wonky block:

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Emer demonstrated hand quilting:

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Sheila demonstrated how to make a tissue cover:

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Tina demonstrated paper piecing:

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And Erin demonstrated the block of the month:

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Please enjoy the slideshow of the highlights of the meeting:

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See you next month!

Letter from the Chair

OCTOBER OPEN MEETING 

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This is our big, free meeting where we welcome everyone who has any interest in Patchwork, to come along and enjoy a morning of demonstrations to entice, inspire, and generally get together with like minded people.

The whole morning is FREE

That includes:

  •       Free entrance
  •       Bumper FREE raffle
  •       Demonstrations, of techniques,blocks, new ideas
  •       A BIG show and tell–bring anything you think will interest others
  •       Patchwork Plus shop, with lots of goodies you just can’t resist.
  •       Demonstration of our Block of the Month.
  •       Tea , coffee & cakes….. And lots more!

That’s SATURDAY 10th OCTOBER from 10am to 12.30

Sacred Heart Church Hall, Western Rd Cork  (see our map on the About page)

Everyone welcome!

September Block of the Month

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Is the Spools block!  Designed to look like a spool of thread, this block is easy to construct! You have a ton of choices on how to customise your block.  In the block up top, I attempted to make the spool look like it had thread wrapped around it by cutting out the scalloped fabric on the bias.

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You could have two spools appear horizontal and two appear vertical.

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Or stack the spools on top of one another!

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In our second spool block, I used improvisational piecing with several fabrics to make the fabric appear like thread wrapped around the spool.  Cut strips of varying widths (making sure it’s at least an inch longer than the 3.5 inch square called for.  Sew the strips together, varying the width and angles of the fabrics, and then trim a 3.5 inch square from this improvisational unit.

Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for inspiration!