February Meeting Recap

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On February 11 we met for our most recent meeting.

We started the meeting with announcements.  These included:

Our upcoming exhibition, “Community” important information:

  • Final date of quilt submissions is February 20th.  Connect with one of the committee members to submit your quilt.
  • The committee is having a meeting on February 18th at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs from 11 am until 1 pm.  You can drop your quilt off here as well.
  • Be sure to have a hanging sleeve, quilt label and filled out submission form.  You can download the form here.
  • Opening reception is at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh on the 2nd of March at 6:30 pm.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

“Fun”
Modern Quilters Ireland second exhibition at St.Patricks Hospital, Dublin May 2nd to June 23rd.

Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
An exhibition that will be held this summer by Tracy Watson and Joke Buursma.  12th May and 23rd June.  Gallery website is theCourthouseGallery.com for details of opening times

Hands across the Border “ Aurora”
Official Opening Tuesday 16th May 2017 in CHQ Custom House Quarter, IFSC, Custom House Quay, Dublin Northside, Dublin.  Exhibition will run until the 26 th May.  Northern venue is Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, June 2017

The Spike Quilters
Exhibition in Thurles Source Library centre from Tuesday May 2nd toTue May 30th. Library hours. (9.30 to5 pm week days and10 to 5pm Sat. Closes 1pm to 2pm for Lunch.

Third Irish Quilters’ Showcase Exhibition 
May-June 2017   The Mitchel Hall, Spike Island

The Kniting and Stitching show 2017
Simmonscourt, RDS, Dublin 9-12th November

Upcoming Exhibition Opportunities:

Hands Across the Border – theme is Aurora due 31st March, maximum 1m square

EQA annual challenge for exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham – theme is Inspired by New York Beauty, also due end of march, 30th March, 25cm x 35cm in Landscape format

EQA Diversity in Europe – no theme but showcasing the best example of quilt making, due 30th April, size is minimum 1m x 1m to a maximum of 2.5m x 2.5m

Open European Quilt Championships – theme is Illuminate due 31st May. 20″ x 40″ portrait format

 

After the announcements, our block of the month was debuted, the Eight Pointed Star.

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After the block of the month, we had the pleasure of having Emer Fahy present a talk on colour theory.

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Emer Fahy begins her talk
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Example of colour interaction using tissue paper and light.
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Example of high to low contrast.
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Example of a high contrast quilt.  
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Log Cabin sample
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Eight pointed star quilt with high contrast, and half square triangles creating a secondary design.  
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Nine patch quilt with high contrast.
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Quilt made with scrappy fabrics
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Example of high contrast fabrics being “chopped” up, which tones down the high contrast.
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Scrappy quilt made with fabrics from City and Guild participants.
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Low contrast quilt example.  
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High contrast Shoo Fly quilt.

Next, we had our Show and Tell.

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Assumpta’s Fairy Door quilt
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Assumpta’s Community quilt entry 
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The first of Mary’s three quilts. 
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She made all of these in the last week!
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Mary’s third quilt in a week.

 

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Using 10 inch blocks for a quilt backing.
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Mary’s Drunkard’s Path baby quilt
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Susan’s quilt made with Blocks from this year’s Block of the Month
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Cora’s Panel quilt.
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Cora’s son’s girlfriend’s quilt.  
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Fionnouala’s personalised tractor fabric pillowcase.  

 

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Anne’s Fairy house quilt top

January Meeting Recap

On January 14th we met for the first meeting of the New Year.

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We started the meeting with thanks to Apple Tree Crafts for being our shop for the meeting and to Frances for giving us a demonstration on quilt labels.

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After that, a few announcements were given.  These included:

  • Entry forms for the following exhibitions have been added to the website under the “Downloads” tab:  Hands Across the Border, EQA Challenge, “Inspired by New York Beauty,” and Open European Quilt Championships, “Illuminate.”
  • The IPS gallery at the Knitting and Stitching show will be similar this year, with galleries of the following themes, Traditional, Modern, Young Quilters and Art quilts.  The submission process will change slightly, with one email to submit photographs.  More information from Executive to come.
  • Cork Branch Exhibition “Community” Entry forms are currently available.  You can find them on the downloads tab or at our February meeting.  FIRM DEADLINE for submitting quilts is February 20th.  A separate blog post on this is to come.
  • Nine Patches for Community Quilt are due at our February meeting.

 

After the success of our Mug Rug swap, we decided to host another swap in February.  We’re challenging members to make pincushions to swap.  Feel free to make any sort of pincushion you desire to swap.  We’d like to make this a blind swap, so please bring your pincushion in an opaque bag.  If you’re looking for inspiration, check out our Pinterest site!

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We also announced our March speaker and workshop.  Ruth Bourke will be presenting the talk “Trends in Online Quilting” and the Ticker Tape Quilt Workshop:

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After the announcements, the Block of the Month was presented, the Greek Cross.

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Then Tomomi McElwee presented a talk of her history of work:

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Below is a slideshow of her amazing quilts:

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Next was our Show and Tell:

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After our meeting, we then had our Patchwork Bag workshop:

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All in all, it was a fantastic meeting!  See you at our next meeting, on February 11!

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!

 

October Meeting Recap

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October 8 was our annual open meeting and we had an excellent turn out!

During the extended social time, we had three demonstrations:  a patchwork bag by Sheila, the AccuCutter by Assumpta, and the Block of the Month, Wyoming Beauty.

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

  • The Knitting and Stitching Show is happening October 20-23 in Dublin.  You can find out more information and buy tickets from the website.
  • The Open European Quilt Championships are happening the same weekend in Maastricht.  You can find more information from the website.
  • Members should have received their latest newsletters.  Deadline for the next issue is October 20th.
  • Our November meeting will be a joint meeting between the Southern branch and the Mid-Western Branch.  Two shops will also be joining us for the meeting,  Lismore Quilts and Sew Crafty Fabrics.  We’ll also be having an open sew afternoon!

Next, John O’Donnell from Singer Sewing Centre in Waterford gave us talk and answered questions from the members.

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Next, our members gave us a spectacular Show and Tell.  Look at all of the amazing work!

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We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting happening November 19th!

Below is a slideshow some of the snapshots Susan took at our meeting:

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September Meeting Recap

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On September 10th, our branch met for the first meeting after the summer break!

We began with announcements.  They included:

  • Congratulations to Cathy Davis for representing Ireland in the Diversity Exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.
  • The National AGM is happening October 1st and 2nd.  Quilt challenge is “Witches and Castles”
  • The Knitting and Stitching show is happening October 20-23.  If you’re interested in submitting to one of the IPS Galleries, check out our blog post here.
  • We’re going to have a Branch Exhibition in March!  Theme is “Community.”  More information to come.

We also announced the programming for the Branch that the committee has been planning over the summer.  These include:

  • Open Sew afternoon after the October open meeting!  Bring your current work in project and a lunch!
  • November’s meeting is going to be a joint branch meeting!  We’ll also have two shops attending the meeting as well!  We’ve also booked the hall for an open sew afternoon.
  • Tomomi McElwee will be giving a talk and workshop in January, more information to come as we get closer.
  • Ruth Bourke will be giving a talk and workshop in March, more information to come as we get closer.

We also had the pleasure to host the Chair of the National Committee, Kelly Fogarty at our meeting.

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Susan then debuted the September Block of the Month, the Coffin Star:

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Maeve Meany from Limerick Quilt Centre then gave a demonstration on constructing a Christmas tree block:

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We also had an amazing Show and Tell.  Just look at these quilts!

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Tracy Wardle was also the winner of the Summer Challenge!  Sadly, I don’t have a proper photograph.  If a member has one and is willing to share, please send it along to our email address, corkips@gmail.com.

Our next meeting is October 8th, and is our traditional open meeting.  See you there!

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