March Meeting Recap

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The Nine-Patch Community Quilt hanging at the Sirius Arts Centre

Greetings members!

On March 11th, we met for our general meeting.

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

  • The Southern Branch Exhibition, “Community” is running at the Sirius Arts centre in Cobh until the 26th of March.  Hours of the Sirius are Tuesday through Friday, 11 – 5; Saturday and Sunday 13 – 5; Closed Mondays.
  • Deadline for Hands Across the Border is the 31st of March.  Theme is “Aurora”.  The exhibition opening takes place on Tuesday 16th May and our guest speaker is Leo Enright.  Location is the IFSC Custom House Quay, Dublin
  • EQA Challenge, “Inspired by New York Beauty” is due the 30th to Paula Rafferty.
  • EQA Diversity quilt due on the 30th of April.
  • All entry forms are available under the downloads tab on the website.
  • OEQC, theme is “Illuminate.”  Deadline is 31st of May.  Information and entry form is in the Newsletter.
  • Next newsletter deadline is the 20th of April.

Next, we announced the swap for the month of April:  Needle Booklets!

You can find a great tutorial here for making one.

Then, we debuted the next Block of the Month, the Medallion Centre:

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Next, our guest speaker, Ruth Bourke spoke about the trends in online quilting.

Highlights of her talk included hearing about the different swaps she has participated in, including the Economy block swap where she made this cushion cover from the blocks received.

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And this Big Bad Wolf Binding kit:  (You can find the free pattern here)

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And the large quilt she made from her mini quilt she designed for the Modern Quilt Guild Mini swap.

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Some quilts she has received by participating in these swaps include this mini, inspired by her dogs:

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and the mini received in the MQG Min quilt swap:

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Quilty highlights of the rest of the meeting:

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Our next meeting is April 8th and will be our Annual General Meeting (AGM).  More information about that upcoming!

November Meeting Recap

Hello members!

What an amazing turnout we had at our November 19th meeting!

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We had the opportunity to host two shops at this meeting, Lismore Quilts and Sew Crafty Fabrics!  Our members enjoyed all the shopping available.

We also invited the members of the Mid-Western Branch of the IPS to join us at our meeting.

We had two demonstrations going on, Slow Stitching:

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and disappearing Nine Patch:

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We started out the meeting with announcements.  These included an announcement from member, Bernie Kelly:

A Christmas Market will be held in the hall of the Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane on Sunday 4th December. This is a great opportunity for crafters to sell their wares in advance of the Christmas rush!

Tables for vendors are available priced at €25.00 each. All proceeds go to school fundraising.

Email admin@presballyphehane.com

It would be great to get some of our enterprising members to participate!”

Second was the announcement of the January workshop, Drawstring Patchwork Bags, lead by Tomomi McElwee:

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The sign up sheet will be available at our December meeting!

Our December Challenge was announced as well.  Members are challenged to create a Mug Rug.

What is a Mug Rug exactly?  It’s a small sized quilt, around 6 to 9 inches large.  Large enough to set a cup of tea and a biscuit on.  We’ll be doing a blog post in a few days about this.

After our raffle, we began the Southern Branch Show and Tell.  Here’s a slideshow of all of the amazing work our members showed off:

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Next, the Mid-Western Branch Members began their part of the Show and Tell:

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After our meeting, the Mid-Western Branch members joined us for an open sew afternoon.

It was a great meeting!

See you at our next meeting, December 10th!

 

2016 IPS National Exhibition

On Sunday, July 17th, I had the pleasure of attending the Irish Patchwork Society National Exhibition, “Evolution.”

What an amazing exhibition!

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Signage outside the Limerick School of Art and Design

Two exhibitions were running in the space when I visited.  One was “Distance,” a collection of quilts from Austria, Latvia and Ireland.

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Below is a slideshow of all of the quilts in this part of the exhibition:

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Next, I walked through the IPS National Exhibition, “Evolution.”

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Below, is a slideshow of all of the quilts involved.

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Congratulations to all those who participated.  I hope you had the chance to see the quilts in person, the photographs did not do the exhibition justice!

Congratulations to all of the Southern Branch members who participated as well!

May Meeting Recap

Thanks to Susan for writing this recap for me in my absence:

There was a good buzz in the air today. Everyone was in good humour.

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Our meeting started with Joanna welcoming everyone in Erin’s absence. We have a new committee and it is hoped that we can find out from members what would be liked in future meetings and that we would talk more about it at June’s meeting.

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Joanna thanked Anne Marie of Kilbora Quilts for joining us at our meeting and wished her well in the future after closing her shop.

We were reminded that those wishing to submit a quilt for the National Exhibition should liaise with Joanna who will make sure they are delivered on time.

Other upcoming exhibitions were also announced including one in Bishopstown Library and Spike Island.

Executive news was given by Joanna as she is now the rep for the branch. The national AGM will take place on the 1st October in Kilkenny.

The librarians have asked that all library books out be returned by June’s meeting so that a stock take can take place over the summer break.

Mary Palmer gave a demo on binding with mitred corners and one strip binding. It was very well received.

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Anne Marie gave a demo on free motion quilting rulers. It is a new way of doing free motion quilting with the aid of specific rulers and a special foot for the machine. This was very interesting and a lot was learned by us all.

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Show and Tell:

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Mary Palmer – Japanese and batik fabrics. Quilt for her daughter

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Joanna Harrington – A charity quilt made by Evelyn Montague

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Frances Mc Carthy – 1720 map of cork unfinished was a workshop given by Ailbhe

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Fionnula Creed – sampler quilt to test the star block for a wedding quilt

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Finishing quilts from before

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Carpenters Wheel

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The bag carrying the quilts was made good number of years previous.  All by Bernie Kelly

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Two Quilts for Crumlin

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Mystery quilt designed by Mary Palmer from a few years back

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And  “Think outside squares” quilt top good for beginners, all by Mary O’Connor

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Jar Quilt by Anne Moloney

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and Anne Moloney’s quilt she did with her daughter.

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Frances McCarthy – Fat quarter quilt from a Canadian themed charm pack

Here’s a slideshow from all of the photographs taken by Susan:

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April Meeting Recap

On April 9, we met for our monthly meeting.

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It was a very good meeting, full of lively discussion!

One topic discussed was our Library.  Since it is not an option to store the books at the church, options were discussed to decrease the physical labor for our amazing librarians to bring the library to meetings.  The next committee will focus on making the library the best it can be and an excellent resource for members.  (We’ll be putting a post on the website with the list of the titles we have in the library in the upcoming month.)

Jane gave her Chair’s report, followed by Ann’s Treasurer’s report.

Olive gave an Executive Representative’s report as well.  Highlights of her report included the discussion of plans for the IPS gallery at the Knitting and Stitching Show, the National Exhibition, the National AGM in October, and the creation of a Young IPS website by Paula Rafferty.

Also discussed was the EQA Diversity in Europe Exhibition.  This is an opportunity for our branch to nominate a quilt to be exhibited in the European Quilt Association Diversity in Europe Gallery at the Festival of Quilts 2016.  For more information, there is a short article on page 8 in the latest newsletter.

Our branch is to nominate a quilt by May 31st, so bring your quilt for consideration to our next meeting!

Also during our AGM, we formed a small subcommittee in order to draft a motion for the National AGM happening on October 1, 2016 in Kilkenny.

We also had some new committee members step forward.  Assumpta Lydon, Eileen Mangan and Joanna Harrington will be joining Ann Prendergast, Susan Garde, and Erin Case for the next year.

Following the AGM, Erin gave a presentation on Zippered Patchwork bags:

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You can download the the instructions for the bag here.

After that, we had our fantastic Show and Tell!

Susan showed off her Block of the Month Quilt Top:

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Stephanie showed off a block she made using Lynne Edwards Sampler Blocks:

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Then Fionnuala showed us a baby quilt she made which also included a matching Christmas stocking:

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Then Tracy showed us a Kissing Fish quilt:

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A baby quilt:

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and a pillow cover made from a Mariner’s Compass:

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Assumpta showed us a quilt she made using some Tumbler blocks:

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Siobhan showed us her quilt:

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followed by Joanna’s Log cabin quilt:

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and disappearing nine patch:

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Mary showed us her quilt made for a motorcycling friend:

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Frances showed us a quilt for Effy:

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Eilís then showed us a quilt made using inserting 1 inch strips:

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and Anne showed us some of her quilts made during workshops:

Here’s some snapshots from the meeting:

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We’ll see you on May 14th for our next meeting!