June Meeting Recap

Well, we’ve had our last meeting for the summer!  I hope everyone had an amazing time at the meeting.  Wasn’t Irene MacWilliam’s talk such an inspiration?

We started the meeting announcing the Summer Challenge:  Nametags!  We’d love to be welcoming to new members and to be able to know everyone’s names!

Be sure to check out our Pinterest page for inspiration for your nametag.  Click on the photo to take you to the board.

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We also passed out a special “Southern Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society” tag to include on your nametag.  If you weren’t able to get to the meeting and would like to participate, please send an email to corkips AT gmail DOT com.  From there, Erin will give you an address to send a self addressed stamped envelope so you can be sent a tag.


The Block of the Month was announced as well, the X-Plus Block!


We’ll be continuing this project over the summer, posting the instructions here on the blog.  Be on the lookout in the beginning of July and August.

Irene MacWilliam also gave a retrospective on her work, and brought along samples to share.  Here’s a slideshow of some of the works she brought along to show:

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Our Show and Tell was also inspiring!  Just look at all these projects!

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Our next meeting will be September 12th, but keep watching the blog.  We’ve got a lot of content planned to give you your patchwork fix!  Have a great Summer!

Announcing Irene MacWilliam Workshops June 13 and 14th!

At our March meeting we were excited to announce that we are holding two workshops from Irene MacWilliam!

Come and spend an afternoon learning and having fabric-fun in the company of the celebrated patchworker and textile artist Irene MacWilliam, all the way from Belfast!  Irene has exhibited all over Ireland, the UK, Europe and America and has won more prizes for her work than there is room here to list and is a sought after teacher.  This is likely to be a popular class and places are limited, so secure your place asap!

On June 13th, we’re holding a half day workshop entitled “Japanese Folded Patchwork.”

Various shapes will be explored : squares, diamonds, triangles.  These produce double sided units that can be made into decorations, wall-hangings, fabric boxes or full-size quilts.  We’ll also look at other origami based patches.  This fun class is suitable for all levels of ability.

The class will run after the meeting, in the Sacred Heart Hall on Saturday 13th June, approximately 1.30pm to 3.30pm.  Bring a packed lunch. Tea and biscuits will be provided!

• Fabric scissors, paper scissors
• Cardboard for making templates (not plastic). Cereal packets are ideal – as many as you can
• Ruler, pencil, sharpener, rubber, compass (if you have one)
• Crayons or colouring pencils, if you have them
• Rotary cutter and board, if you have them
• FABRIC – at least ¼m each of 3 or 4 cotton fabrics. Wide striped fabric works well. One fabric should be plain e.g. cream calico.
• WADDING – any batting will do, scrap pieces will do or ¼m maximum
• BONDAWEB – off cut pieces, no need to buy especially
• General hand sewing supplies – pins, needles, thread (for tacking and to match fabric), quilting thread, fancy threads. Beads and sequins for decoration, only if you have them
• Please bring your ‘craft iron’, table ironing pad or board and extension lead if you have one
• Bring a digital camera if you have one

Japanese Folded Patchwork workshop – €20

Secure your place with a €10 non-refundable deposit – sign up list at the door at the March, April and May meetings

On Sunday June 14th we’ll hold a full day workshop entitled:  “Explore and Create with Your Sewing Machine

This workshop covers free machine control …. drawing, cut work cobwebs, cord making, perfect circles, sequins by machine and various tricks on how to get the most out of your sewing machine. What about tensions? Mini lectures on care of your machine and on needles and threads. All levels of ability.

The class will run on Sunday 14thth June, in the Sacred Heart Hall, prompt start at 10.00am sharp to approximately 3.30pm.  Bring a packed lunch. Tea and biscuits will be provided!


• Zig-zag sewing machine, with all accessories and instruction book.                                        Don’t forget your foot pedal and transformer if required.
• Spare machine needles – size 80 or 90
• Variety of sewing threads, some machine embroidery threads if you have them
• 6” or 8” embroidery hoop – wooden or spring clip (easily purchased)
• Pieces of plain cotton or calico
• Small sharp scissors, pins
• Pencil and notebook
• At least 8 sheets of scrap paper
• Smallish pieces of wadding – an offcut will be fine
• Please bring an extension lead if you have one

Explore and Create with your Sewing Machine – €50                                                                  Secure your place with a €25 non-refundable deposit – sign up list at the door at the March, April and May meetings

For more information about Ms. MacWilliam, check out her website here.