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!


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 corkips@gmail.com

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!



January Letter from the Chair


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”


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


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!

October Letter from the Chair


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!

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



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!

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.

Reminder for our February Meeting

Here’s Jane’s information to everyone about the meeting:

Our SHOP will be Moya with Patchwork Plus

Moya will also be our SPEAKER and will give a DEMO on ‘Bewitching Valentine Stitchery’, which will include a number of different techniques for you to try your hand at, including ‘appliquilting’…all will be revealed on Saturday!  Fabric kits will be available from Moya.  Bring your hand sewing kit if you’d like to start stitching at the meeting.

There will be SHOW AND TELL – please log your quilts with Eilish – I’m sure there will be dozens of HEXIE projects made since last month!

We will have our usual RAFFLE

Thanks to the hard work of Erin, our wonderful Editorial Rep and PRO we are launching our 2015 BLOCK OF THE MONTH : Scrap Happy!  A brand new quilt, perfect for both beginners and experienced quilters alike.

Erin will also be giving us a TECHNOLOGICAL UPDATE about our new Website, Facebook Page and ……get this…..Pinterest account!