April Letter from the Chair

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Greetings members!

With our AGM happening this month, this is going to be one of my last opportunities to write to you on behalf of the committee.  It’s been an honor to serve as the chair, and I’ve learned and grown so much though my experience here at the Southern Branch.

On April 8th, 2017 we’ll be meeting at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road at 10:00 am.

Patchwork Plus will be our shop.

The agenda of the meeting includes:

  • Social Time
  • Welcome and Announcements
  • Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Block of the Month
  • Needle Book Swap
  • Show and Tell
  • And our Raffle

Tea and coffee is provided, other refreshments depend on your generosity.

A few notes for you about the AGM.  This is the yearly meeting where the formal business of the organization is performed.  During the meeting, we’ll have the Chair’s Report, Minutes of the last AGM, Treasurer’s Report, Executive Representative’s report, Motions, election of new committee, and any new business.  Please see the attached file for the Agenda.   I’d recommend printing your own for taking any notes as we’ll only have a limited amount of copies.

The committee has decided that visitors are welcome to sit in the meeting, however only paid up members are allowed to vote on any business presented.

A note about any motions that you’d like to put forward—motions presented at the Southern Branch’s AGM should only be actionable for the Southern Branch.  If you’re interested in putting forth a motion for Executive level business, that should be done at the National AGM that is happening October 7th at the Kingsley here in Cork.  Remember that any motions presented at the local or national level need to be specific and actionable to be accepted.

I’d also like to invite all members of the branch to join the committee!  It’s essential for the branch to run smoothly to have 5-6 members on the committee.  With three members stepping down, the branch will need three more to take their place.  The current committee has focused on making the transition as easy as possible by having plans in place for all of the meetings up to June.

Did you get a chance to see the Community Exhibition at the Sirius Arts Centre?  Wasn’t it a fantastic exhibition?  If you submitted a quilt, you can pick it up at our meeting on Saturday.  If you aren’t able to attend our meeting on Saturday, you can arrange a time to get your quilt from Assumpta.  You can email her at skipper.assumpta@gmail.com or phone her at (087) 224 1540.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

–Erin

February Letter from the Chair

 

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Greetings Members!

I’ve finally pulled out my Community Exhibition quilt to hand sew the binding on so it will be ready for our deadline for submission on the 20th of February.  (The binding has been on since before the holidays!)  If you’re planning to submit, don’t forget to sew a hanging sleeve and quilt label on!

As I’ve been talking about the Exhibition, some members have had questions about what type of quilts they can submit.  You are free to exhibit any quilt you’ve ever made!  In your artist’s statement, just be sure to tie it into our theme of “Community.”  Our deadline for submittal is the 20th of February.  You have the following options to submit quilts:

  • Connect with me via the Branch email or by my phone number, 0871438506. I live in Ballincollig, and can take your quilts.
  • Submit your quilt at our February meeting on the 11th
  • Submit your quilt at the next committee meeting, February 18th at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, from 11:00-13:00.

Be sure to include the entry form and €5 entry fee.  You can download the entry form on our website under the “downloads” folder or fill it out at our next meeting.  Or download the form here.  We will do our best to hang all quilts received.

The opening reception will occur on the 2nd of March, at 18:30 at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh.

The 11th of February meeting is also your last opportunity to submit a 6.5 inch nine patch with blue centre for the group Community Quilt Joanna is sewing together!  The video tutorial for a nine patch can be found on our website.

Don’t forget, next week, the 11th of February, we’ll be meeting at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road in Cork for our February meeting.

Patchwork Plus will be our shop.

The Agenda of the meeting will include:

  • Welcome and announcements
  • Block of the Month
  • Emer Fahy will be our guest speaker
  • Pincushion swap
  • Show and Tell
  • And social time!

If you’re bringing a pincushion to swap, please bring it in an opaque/brown paper bag, so we can have a blind swap.

You’ll  also have the opportunity to sign up for our March workshop with Ruth Bourke, the Ticker Tape quilt.

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!

–Erin

 

 

 

January Letter from the Chair

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Greetings members!

I hope you’re recovering as well as I am from the holidays.  Now that my family has returned to the United States, I’ve got access to my sewing machine—a month was too long to be away from it!

Starting with a few announcements:

On a sad note, Southern Branch Member Kitty Whelan has passed away over the weekend.  My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends in this difficult time.

A call for blocks:

Joanna is heading the effort to create a quilt made of nine patches for the Community Exhibition.  Members are requested to create a 6.5 inch nine patch block with a blue centre square.  A video tutorial for a simple nine patch block is posted on the blog.

December’s block of the month instructions had an error.  For the Double Friendship Star’s cutting instructions, under background fabric, it should read “Five 4 ½ inch squares”

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On January 14th, we’re meeting at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road at 10:00 am for a day of patchwork fun!

The agenda of the meeting includes:

  • Block of the Month
  • Quilt label demonstration
  • AGM 2017 Update
  • February Swap Announcement
  • A talk by Tomomi McElwee about her quilting journey.  She’s bringing some of her amazing work for us to see!
  • “Community” Exhibition Information
  • March Workshop Announcement
  • Show and Tell
  • Raffle
  • Apple Tree Crafts will be the shop

Tea and Coffee will be provided at our meeting, however cakes and other goodies are dependent on members.

And in the afternoon, Tomomi will be showing us how to make her gorgeous Patchwork Drawstring Bags!  There’s only one space left if you’re interested in joining in!  Be sure to let me know, so I can send you the supply list and you can get your fabric precut.  If any member who has already signed up hasn’t received their supply list, please let me know!  NOTE:  If you’re staying over for the class, lunch is not provided, you’ll need to plan ahead.

See you on Saturday!  Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions!

 

December Letter from the Chair

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Greetings members!

The Christmas season has always been my favourite time of the year, even before my boys were born.  We’ve put up our tree, and I’ve even hung the patchwork stockings I made last year on the mantle.

The committee met today to start to plan the rest of the meetings prior to the summer break.

On December 10, 2016, at 10:00,

we’ll be meeting at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road for our annual Christmas meeting!

Patchwork Plus will be the shop for the meeting, and Moya will also be giving us a talk on Christmas Patchwork Projects!

Our next two blocks of the Block of the Month project will be debuted.

Ann is putting the finishing touches on the annual Christmas Table Quiz.  Be ready with your quilting knowledge!

We’ll see the results of the Christmas Challenge, Mug Rugs!

In response to members requesting a Kris Kringle, the committee is going to be running a Mug Rug Swap from the Challenge Mug Rugs!  For members who don’t want to swap your challenge, don’t worry, you’ll be able to opt out of the swap if you want.  Bring a Mug Rug, take a mug rug!

Bring your projects for Show and Tell!  Our last few Show and Tells have been amazing, and full of inspiration!

We’ll have our usual Raffle!

Tea and Coffee will be provided, however cakes and other goodies will be dependent on members.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on the 10th!  If you’re unable to come, we wish you a healthy and safe holiday season!

November Letter from the Chair

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Hello Members!

It’s time for our November meeting, happening at

 10:00 am
November 19, 2017 at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road. 

The committee has been working hard since the last meeting and we have a LOT to share with you!

First, we’ve hosting two shops at our meeting, Lismore Quilts and Sew Crafty Fabrics!  It’s a great opportunity for you to get supplies to finish the projects you’re working on to gift over the holidays.

We’ll also be hosting the members of the Midwestern Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society!  It’s a great opportunity to meet and network with the members from Limerick.  We’ve asked them to bring some projects to show and tell to inspire us!

Our November Block of the Month will be debuted.

Our December challenge will be announced.  We’re looking forward to seeing what you make!

During our social time before the meeting, we’ll also have a slow stitching demonstration.  Be sure to check it out!

The sign-up sheet for Tomomi McElwee’s class, the Drawstring Patchwork Bag, will be available.  This workshop will be happening after our January meeting, from approximately 1 pm to 5 pm.  The cost of the workshop is €30.  Remember that sign-ups are first come first served!

There are a few books left from the Library book sale.  These will be available for €2.

We will have our usual raffle.

Be sure to bring your projects to show off during Show and Tell!  We’d love to be able to inspire the Midwestern Branch as well with our makes!

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

After the meeting, we’ll host the Midwest Branch for an Open Sew Afternoon!  For Southern Branch members interested in staying, we’ll have lunch available for a small fee.  **Note, depending on demand for the open sew afternoon, be prepared with a hand sewing project just in case there isn’t enough room for your sewing machine!    I’ll be bringing a quilt to sew the binding on just in case I won’t be able to work on my sons’ quilts!

See you all on Saturday, please feel free to email me if you have any questions!  corkips@gmail.com

 

October Letter from the Chair

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Greetings members!  October is here, and that means it is time for our annual open meeting!

On October 8th, 2016 we’ll be at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road for our Annual

Open Meeting at 10:00 am.

We’ve got a lot of activities planned for the meeting for your enjoyment.

  • John O’Donnell will again be joining us at this meeting, giving a talk and servicing your machines.  If you’d like your machine to be serviced, please send a note to corkips@gmail.com to be put on the list.  Price is €45.
  • Patchwork Plus will be our shop, and will bring lots of lovely fabrics and supplies to choose from.
  • We’ll have ongoing demos including the Block of the Month, Patchwork Shoulder Bag, and Accu Cutter.
  • Bring your latest quilts to show off in the Show and Tell.  We love being inspired by all of your work.
  • Our usual Raffle.
  • Some special events going on at the meeting also include the sale of the library books that have been culled from the Library.  All books will be €2.  Come early for the best selection!

Also happening after the meeting is an Open Sew Afternoon!  This is a great opportunity to bring your latest work in project, or begin working on your entry for the Southern Branch Exhibition, “Community,” happening in March!  Be sure to bring all the supplies you need to sew, including extension leads.

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

Note:  If you’re planning on staying for the open sew afternoon, I’d also recommend bringing a lunch along as well.

I’m looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

September Letter from the Chair

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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!

—Erin

corkips@gmail.com

May Letter from the Chair

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Greetings everyone!  I hope May is finding you well.  On behalf of the new committee, I’d love to say we’re very excited about the upcoming year!  As I’m currently on holidays, Joanna will be taking over the duties of running our next meeting.

On May 14, 2016 we’ll be meeting at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road, starting at 10 am.  

Kilbora Quilt Shoppe will be the shop for the meeting.  Anne Marie is planning on bringing a ton of deals for you to take advantage of as the shop has closed.

Anne Marie Hobbs will also be giving a talk.

Mary Palmer will be demonstrating binding, and there will be a hands on opportunity for members to try their hand at binding!

We will have our usual raffle.

Don’t forget to bring something to Show and Tell!  We love seeing your work!

Be sure to bring a quilt for consideration for the EQA Diversity exhibition at the Festival of Quilts.  Check out our blog for more information.  The committee will be deciding on the quilt to represent our branch on May 28th.  If you’re unable to attend the meeting, but would still like to put forth a quilt, please submit a good photograph to corkips@gmail.com

There will also be Tea and Coffee, and any refreshments you are kind enough to bring.

The sign up sheet for our June workshop will be available as well.  There’s only 6 spots available for Ruth Bourke’s “Traditional Blocks Made Modern.”  Be sure to sign up before you miss out on this awesome class!  We’re running a blog series on Ruth, and her class.  Be sure to follow it!

Don’t forget about the deadline for the National Exhibition, May 31st!  Find the rules and entry form on our website.  Let’s make sure the Southern Branch is well represented!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me at the branch’s email or via Facebook.  I’m always accessible!

–Erin

 

Letter from the Chair

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Well, my time is finally up!  This will be my last Letter from the Chair as our next meeting on

Saturday 9th April at 10am

At

Sacred Heart Church, Western Rd Cork

will be our AGM.

The bylaws state that a position on the committee can only be held for 2 years.   Tracy Wardle, our amazing secretary, Colette Casey, our membership secretary and Olivia Sullivan our Branch Representative will also be leaving their positions.  We have 3 vacancies needing to be filled, and we now have 72 members, so please think about it.

The AGM is only a small part of the morning, we are lucky to have our home shop:  Moya from Patchwork Plus, she will also be giving us an interesting demonstration.

Erin will be presenting the second Little Bits Project, a zippered patchwork bag.

We will also have our raffle.

Show and Tell will again be a highlight of the morning, when we can all enjoy the amazing work our members are doing, don’t forget it doesn’t have to be finished, or perfect, we just want to see it!

Tea & coffee, and any refreshments you are kind enough to bring.

Don’t forget that the rules of the National Exhibition, ‘Evolution’ is in the latest newsletter, as well as the entry form.  There are also articles on preparing quilt sleeves and bags for the quilts.  The deadline for entry is May 31st!

The sign up list for our June workshop will be available at the meeting!  The cost of the workshop is €35 and a €15 deposit is required to save your seat.  Ruth Bourke will be our speaker for June, talking about Modern Quilting.  After a brief lunch break, she will be running her workshop after the meeting.  Her workshop is entitled “Traditional Blocks Made Modern.”  Find more information in our blog post here.  Be warned that sign ups are first come, first served, so if you want to sign up, please arrive to the April meeting promptly!  

Please don’t be put off by the AGM, it is your chance to tell us if we are doing things right, or if you would like any changes. If you have a motion you would like discussed please let a member of the committee know as soon as possible.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday !

–Jane

Letter from the Chair, March 2016

MARCH ALREADY!

No sign of Spring but who knows what the weather will be on

                SATURDAY 12th MARCH 2016

At SACRED HEART CHURCH HALL, WESTERN ROAD

10am START

We have The Sewing Shed as our shop.

We are very pleased to welcome SANDRA JANSEN  to give us a talk on “PATTERNLESS PIECING,” a fascinating subject to interest to all level of skills.

Our popular RAFFLE

As we’re taking a two month break from our Block of the Month, Erin will be doing a presentation on how to make a CATHEDRAL WINDOW PINCUSHION.  Directions will be posted to our Demonstration Resources tab, and Erin will make a recording of the presentation after the meeting to be posted to YouTube for members unable to attend.

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Please bring all your fabulous work to SHOW AND TELL, one of the highlights of the morning for me.

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

BACK TO BASICS TABLE – An opportunity to see and ask questions about the tools patchworkers use.

TEA & COFFEE will again be provided by Miraed but we rely on you for the delicious cakes and goodies you never fail to bring.

As you can see we have plans for another great meeting, and we do hope you will be able to join us.

FUTURE EVENTS

In April as you know we have our AGM. We need at least 3 new members for next years committee and I do urge you to consider contributing to the society we all benefit so much from.

You will be supported all the way along. Our next committee meeting is on Sat 19th March, do come along and see how easy it is!!

Best wishes,

Jane

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