March Letter from the Chair

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



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

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!



September Letter from the Chair


Greetings members!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer!  I’ve participated in many activities from taking the boys to the seaside, viewing a few exhibitions, and sewing, sewing sewing!

On September 10th, we’ll be returning to the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road for our first meeting of the year!  We’ll begin at 10 am with some social time, and begin our programming at 10:30.

Limerick Quilt Centre will be our shop for the meeting.  They’re asking our members that if they have any suggestions for items to bring.  Please message them if you’d like to request something specific.  

Our programming includes:

  • Announcements
  • Summer Challenge, “Revolutionary” results
  • September Block of the Month
  • Show and Tell – Be sure to bing the projects you’ve been working on over the summer!
  • Photography for submitting to the Knitting and Stitching show gallery
  • Raffle

As September is the beginning of our ‘year,’ be sure to bring a completed membership form and dues of €40 to this meeting.  Downloading the form and filling it out beforehand will streamline the process. DOWNLOAD THE MEMBERSHIP FORM HERE.

Tea and coffee will be supplied, we look forward to seeing what cakes and other refreshments you can provide.

The committee has been working hard over the summer planning for the upcoming year.  We’re looking forward to announcing it all at the meeting!


Letter from the Retiring Chair, Announcement of New Committee


I would like to thank everyone for my beautiful roses, and for the kind wishes I have received on finishing my 2 years as Chair of the Southern Branch.

It has been a privilege to make so many new friends.  It hasn’t just been me – I have had a great team on the committee, and I do have to say especially Tracy who’s has been an efficient, reliable and hard working member. We felt the handover to the new committee was so much easier because she had prepared things so well.

My very best wishes go to the new committee, and I know Erin  will make a great chair, and I am sure the Southern branch will continue to go from strength to strength.

Happy sewing,



The new committee met today, and we’re happy to announce the new committee’s positions:

Erin Case – Chair
Ann Prendergast – Treasurer
Assumpta Lydon – Secretary
Susan Garde – Member
Eileen Mangan – Member
Joanna Harrington – Branch Representative


If you’re interested in joining the committee, our next meeting is May 28th at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs at 11 am.

Letter from the Chair


Time for another IPS meeting!

Hope you have all had a productive month.

I think with all the workshops, sales, and groups which meet regularly, we all have a chance to sew every day.

I find as much as the learning, I enjoy the company and chat of any meeting I have with patchworking friends, so for all our new members, do take up any opportunities to go anywhere to sew, they really are great people.

I would like to invite you to our next meeting;


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 terms, samples of sizes of fabric, (fat quarters, long quarters etc) cutters & notions to try out.

Shop. – Patchwork Plus with MOYA

Talk. –   we are delighted that our speaker this month will be


She will talk and demonstrate her techniques and bring lots of samples.

She will also be selling wonderful silk hand dyed threads.


BOM   – Time for the reveal of the final quilt!  Erin will be presenting setting options, and tips for construction.

SWAP YOUR STASH – This worked very well last month and do want to keep this going. 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. Simply, bring your scraps and take home fresh fabric

SHOW & TELL – bring all your great work to show us.

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

We very much look forward to seeing you all !  10 am

Best wishes,



Letter from the Chair


Dear Members,

November is upon us. I love this time of year; I think it’s ages until Christmas and I have loads of time to finish all of last years projects, make all the promised gifts, and make my own Christmas cards. If the last 20 years are anything to go by, very little of this will get done. But I live in hope!

We are still reeling after the wonderful Open Meeting in October. We had 72 visitors and members. Thank you again to everyone who made this possible.

Our next meeting is on SATURDAY 14th NOVEMBER 2015 at 10am.

Aine Foley  is bringing her shop from Lismore , and will give us a talk and demonstration.

We will have our usual Raffle, Show & Tell and Block of the Month.

The Christmas Challenge this year gives us plenty of chances to use our imagination.

As our meeting clashes with the Knit & Stitch show in Dublin,  we have a very small but enthusiastic committee. We would appreciate any help you can offer to help with tea and setting up etc.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday to enjoy our usual chat ,inspiration and ideas.

With Best Wishes


Letter from the Chair


Letter from the chair.
September is here already!  Time to get out all those projects we put away in June, thinking it was ages before we had to think about them again.  I am thinking in particular of a Name Tag–our summer challenge.  Erin has given us lots of support on the internet all summer, so we have no excuse.  We have a new committee member, Susan Garde – welcome!- she has already proved very useful as our ‘local knowledge’  Colette has taken on the roll of membership secretary.

Our next meeting will be this Saturday 12th September at 10am.

It will be a great chance to catch up, show off all the summer work and get inspired for the winter.

Our shop will be Limerick Quilt Centre, and Maeve will be giving us a demo.

Please show your summer challenge with pride! The great prize will be a lucky dip, so everyone has a chance of winning.

The block of the month will be demonstrated by Erin, and we will do a recap of the blocks so far.

We hope to have a great  Show & Tell, please leave all your works of art at the front desk.

It is subscription time again, the annual subscription which goes straight to the executive is €40 .

Eilis (has stepped in again for us) will have a separate table for subscriptions.  PLEASE remember to bring this as it helps so much with administration.

It was agreed at our AGM in April that our door price would be increased to €4 and €8 for visitors. Still excellent value for a great morning of inspiration.

Tea and coffee will be provided, but again cakes etc depend on your generosity, and you have never let us down yet!

There will be our usual raffle.

Phew! Just in case you have given up the will to live, here it is in a nutshell:

Saturday 12th September 10am

Subscription € 40

Show & Tell

Summer challenge – name tag


Limerick quilt Centre will be our shop

Maeve will give a talk/ demo

Entrance fee € 4 , visitors € 8 .

Cakes required

Block of the month demo,& recap.

We are really looking forward to seeing you there


Chair Southern Branch IPS

Newsletter from the Chair about our June Meeting

Dear members,

June has finally arrived, and we are coming up to the last meeting before the summer break. Not that we intend to let you rest! We have an exciting summer challenge for you, with a twist!
The B O M will continue oIMG_4948ver the summer and all instructions will be on Facebook and the blog.

This is THE Irene MacWilliams  weekend we have all been so looking forward to all year.

She will be speaking at our meeting on Saturday morning . There is a workshop in the afternoon, and a whole day workshop on Sunday. All places are filled , but everyone will get a chance to meet her on Saturday.

Our shop will be  Moya , with Patchwork Plus,

There will be the usual raffle

Erin will be demonstrating Block of the Month number 5.

The summer challenge will be launched

Tea & coffee will be provided, but once again, cakes and biscuits depend on your  generosity.

We couldn’t have a meeting without ” show & tell” please bring your gems and leave them at the door with the committee.

As you can see – a fun filled meeting really not to be missed, so please be prompt,

 10 AM ON SATURDAY 13th JUNE 2015

Look forward to seeing you there

Best wishes,

May 9th Meeting

Letter from the chair of the Southern branch of the Irish Patchwork Society

Dear members,
I hope you have all had a productive month and made the most of the very mixed weather. I feel guilty being out on Sunny days but it is soon made up for on the wet ones.


Following the AGM, the new committee is as follows;
Jane Horner -chair.
Tracy Wardle- secretary
Ann Prendagast- treasurer
Erin Case- PRO, Ed rep
Collette Carey- Membership Sec
Olivia O’Sullivan- exec rep

Thank you again to Eilish who gave a brilliant handover. If anyone is willing to serve on the committee, please contact a committee member.

Please note the following;
~The door payment for each meeting will increase to €4 for paid up members  and €8 for guests.
~Any stalls, works for charity or items for display must be discussed at a meeting of the committee.

May’s meeting will be on  SATURDAY 9th MAY at 10am We have called it a SOCIAL MEETING, we aim to give folks more time to chat and welcome the many new members we have. This will be a day for some ‘Social quilting’ so bring along whatever handwork project you’re working on. We also intend to have a bit more time for SHOW AND TELL this month and give your brilliant quilts their proper accolade.  So bring them on!!!!

BOM – as we ran out of time for this last month , Erin will give us a catch up, can you believe it’s MONTH 4 already?

Killbora Quilt Shoppe and Ann Marie Hobbs will give a TALK on her quilting journey.

There will be the usual RAFFLE,

TEA & COFFEE will be provided but the cakes and biscuits are dependent on your generosity, and you have never let us down yet!

I do hope you are all watching Facebook, Erin does a great job in keeping us abreast of all the forthcoming events
PHEW! After all that…….. See you SATURDAY

Jane Horner

Next Meeting, April 11th!

From our chair:

IMG_0263Dear members

Happy Easter!

We are gearing up for next meeting on SATURDAY 11th APRIL  at 10 am.  Please do not let the fact that this is also our AGM fool you into thinking that this meeting will be less than fun!  It still has lots to offer with a Speaker, Block of the month, Raffle and more!  – see below.  And don’t forget to sign up for the Irene MacWilliams workshop(s) in June; spaces are limited and filling up fast.

Two of our committee members have served their term and we would love to welcome new members onto the committee – no pressure! – we’re a lovely bunch and the more the merrier.

We have been so fortunate this month with many courses, workshops and weekends away in the Cork ‘Quiltiverse’, that I hope we have lots to Show and Tell!  If, God forbid, any of these masterpieces are not quite finished, panic not….we are having a ‘Social Meeting’ in May with extended Show and Tell.


Our SHOP will be Moya Geraghty of Patchwork Plus

This month is our AGM.  This will only be part of the meeting, so please do come along.  Anyone wishing to stand for the committee, or nominate someone to stand will be most welcome.

Our SPEAKER will be Sandra Jansen, who will give a talk on Improvisational Piecing 

Erin will demonstrate the third instalment of the BLOCK OF THE MONTH

There will be our usual SHOW AND TELL – please log your quilts with Eilish.

We will have our RAFFLE

As usual we can all help ourselves to tea and coffee – please put away your own mugs……oh yes, and bring cake!

Notices and Upcoming Events

  • European Quilt Association Exhibition at Festival of Quilts 2015, “MUSIC… with a touch of red”.  Details and application form in the Autumn Newsletter.
  • May 9th Meeting : Social Meeting
  • June 13th Meeting : Irene MacWilliam comes to the Southern Branch!  Irene will be our speaker in June and will also be giving not ONE but TWO workshops that weekend. Information and signup sheets available at the meeting.
  • Summer Challenge will be unveiled at the May meeting…watch this space!

I say this every month, but without you the meeting would not happen, so do come along.  See you on Saturday!                                                                                                                                                     Jane Horner

Meeting this Saturday, March 14th!

From our chair, Jane Horner:

Dear members

Can it be meeting time already?  How time flies when you’re enjoying yourself.  There is a plethora of really interesting workshops and classes for all of us at the moment.  We hope we can compete with a tempting meeting next Saturday 14th March at 10 am in the Sacred Heart Hall.  But there is no meeting without you!  So see you on…….

SATURDAY 14th MARCH at 10 am.


Our SHOP will be Maeve Meany of the Limerick Quilt Centre

Our SPEAKER will be Arlene Shawcross, who will give a talk about her own work and hand stitching and embellishment – leading into her afternoon workshop “Stitch to Enrich”

There will be our usual SHOW AND TELL – please log your quilts with Eilish.

We will have our RAFFLE

Erin will demonstrate the second instalment of the 2015 BLOCK OF THE MONTH

Please Note : at the time of sending this email there is only one place left on our afternoon workshop with Arlene Shawcross.  Congrats to those who are signed up.  We will be sending out copies of the bring list this week – apologies if you already have one.

Notices and Upcoming Events

Executive : Applications are requested for the posts of International Representative and Crafts Council of Ireland Representative by 31st March to IPS Secretary, PO Box 45, Blackrock, Dublin.  Details in the Newsletter.

Hands Across the Border Exhibition, ‘Reflections’. Details and application form in Autumn Newsletter.  Note : These need to go up to Dublin by the 21st March so if you have an entry for this bring it along on to the meeting on 14th March.

European Quilt Association Exhibition at Festival of Quilts 2015, “MUSIC… with a touch of red”.  Details and application form in the Autumn Newsletter.

April 11th Meeting : Southern Branch AGM.  Speaker Sandra Jansen on “Improvisational Piecing”
May 9th Meeting : Social Meeting
June 13th Meeting : Irene MacWilliam comes to the Southern Branch!  Irene will be our speaker in June and will also be giving not ONE but TWO workshops that weekend. Information and signup sheets will be available at the March meeting.