March Meeting Recap

Jane and Olivia started the meeting with a few announcements.  These included:

  • Send any information for your sewing groups around Cork to Erin at the branch’s email address (corkips@gmail.com)  Be sure to include location, times, and a contact person’s email.
  • National newsletter should be sent out next week, which will include National Exhibition details.
  • Executive representative is needed for the branch.

 

 Responsibilities for executive representative include : 

Attend the Executive Committee meetings which take place on the first Saturday of each month in the Asisling Hotel Dublin (opposite Heuston Station)

Take part in discussions on National and Branch issues

Report back to local Branch Committee

The Executive Rep does not have any additional responsibilities on the Executive Committee. These are fulfilled by the elected members of the Committee so the duties of the rep are relatively very light.

Any further information can be supplied by Olivia on 0868248917

Erin then did a presentation on Cathedral Window Pincushions

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Download the Pincushion instructions here.

Erin will be posting the slideshow presentation to YouTube in the next few days for members unable to attend the meeting.

We then had an awesome Show and Tell!

Assumpta showed off her Block of the Month Quilt:

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As did Siobhon:

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Cora then showed us several quilts:

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Susan showed us a quilt she made for a friend:

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Tina showed off her batik quilt:

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and Carol showed off a quilt she made of button down shirts:

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Finally Fionnuala showed us three of her quilts:IMG_2654IMG_2652IMG_2649

Great work, ladies!  So inspiring!

Next, Sandra Jansen (find her blog here) gave us a talk on her work with improvisational piecing.  Here’s a slideshow of her work:

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All in all, a great meeting!

We’ll be announcing the workshop/speaker we’ve booked for June in the next few days!  Be on the lookout on the blog!

Here’s a short video of all of the photographs taken today:

Sewing Groups around Cork

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At our last meeting, we decided to have a resource for members of the sewing groups around Cork!  You can find them in the tab at the top of the page entitled “Sewing Groups Around Cork”

Or click on the link here.

If you’re interested in adding your group’s information, please send an email to corkips AT gmail DOT com (with no spaces and the @ and . symbols included.)  Be sure to include location, times, and especially a contact number for interested members to contact.  

 

January Meeting Recap

Happy New Year from the Southern Branch!

We had our January meeting on the 9th, and had an amazing attendance!

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Jane started the meeting with a few announcements.

These included:

  • Committee members will be needed in April, the majority of the current committee will have to step down then.
  • The finally tally for the Christmas sale was €1725!
  • Patchwork Plus will be having a sale January 23rd and 24th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

We set up a few special tables this meeting as well.

The first was our Back to Basics table:

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It was an opportunity for newer patchworkers to get a closer look at some of the tools that can make patchwork easier.

We also had our Swap Your Stash Table:

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This will be in our next few meetings, and is an opportunity for you to rejuvenize your scrap stash!  Just bring a 3 L bag of scraps.  Bring a bag, take a bag.  Scraps should be at least 5 inches square.

Erin then made a presentation for the final block of the Block of the Month, the Wheel of Fortune!

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We had another amazing Show and Tell this meeting!

Mary brought a quilt that was inspired by the Wild Atlantic Way:IMG_2325

Assumpta shared a quilt she made using a Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial, the Dresden Sunburst:

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Catherina shared one of her first quilts, made with scissors, and hand quilted!

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Joanna brought a few quilts to share.  Two were quilts for her grandson:

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And the last was a Christmas table runner.

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Finally, Ailbhe shared two quilts.  The first was her first quilt which included pieces of her wedding dress:

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and a quilt that she had made for her son:

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Then Apple Tree Crafts gave us a demonstration on an easy quilt to make with Half Square Triangles.

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Here are a few more shots from our meeting.

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We hope to see you at our next meeting on February 13th!

January Letter from the Chair

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Happy New Year!

I do hope the floods have not affected too many of you, although I know from experience how worrying it all is .

To brighten and cheer, our next meeting will be on

SATURDAY 9th JANUARY 2016

At Sacred Heart Church Hall Western Rd CORK

10am start.

We thankfully have an increasing number of new members, and to this end we will be having a table of BACK TO BASICS, to include list of term, samples of sizes of fabric, (fat quarters, long quarters etc) cutters & notions to try out. We realise that some of our members have forgotten more than we will ever know about quilting, but we have to keep this wonderful, addictive, ever changing, skilful hobby alive for the future!

Shop. –  Apple Tree Quilts

Talk. –   Sinead from Apple Tree Crafts

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BOM   –Erin will again professionally demonstrate this months block. I can only tell you it involves foundation paper piecing.

SWAP YOUR STASH – This is a new idea to kick start the New Year. 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.

Put a bag in …. Take a bag home

Tea & coffee  provided but the cakes & goodies depend on your generosity, you have never let us down yet!

Definitely a meeting not to be missed.

Please be prompt.  The hall is hired from 0930 to 1330 and it makes it very difficult for the committee if we run late.If  you have and comments or suggestions, please feel free to speak to a member of the committee.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes

Jane

December Meeting Recap

First, the Southern Branch of the IPS would love to wish you and your family a Happy Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Now, to the recap!

Jane started with a few announcements.  These included:

  • There will be a need for committee members in April, as over half of the current committee will have to step down.
  • Olivia O’Sullivan is now on the national committee, there is a need for a new branch representative to the national committee.  Please let Jane know if you’re interested.
  • In January we’ll be introducing a beginners table, where members new to quilting can learn the basics.  We’re also planning some more YouTube videos to include with this focus!

Erin then did a recap of the past and current block of the month.

This month’s block is the Flying Dutchman!

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The Christmas sale that happened on December 3 went very well!  It was announced that nearly €1,500 was raised for ACT!  Congratulations ladies.

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Next, we had our Show and Tell.  Here are some of the projects shared by our members:

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Then, Moya showed us an easy little-sew project – a Christmas Wreath!

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Thank you Moya for your fantastic demonstration!

Next, the Christmas Challenge winner was announced:  Sandra Jansen!  Our members were given a few circles of fabric, and were challenged to make anything they wanted, as long as they used at least two of the circles of fabric.

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Sandra told us she was inspired at our last meeting where Aine Foley from Lismore Quilts demonstrated a table centre.

Here’s a slideshow of all of the entries.  Great job everyone!!

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Everyone had a fantastic time with the Table Quiz!  Thank you Ann for your hard work in creating it!

On a personal note, I’d like to thank everyone at the meeting for being patient with my boys (and the little bit of noise they created).  We had a last minute issue with lack of childcare, and I had to bring my toddler twin boys to the meeting.  I did my best to keep them occupied and quiet!

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See you at our January meeting on January 9, 2016!

November Meeting Recap

Though our meeting was smaller than usual, my was it mighty!!

Our shop was Lismore Quilt Company.  It was their first visit to our meeting!

Jane started the meeting with some announcements.  She attended the national AGM in Galway where a new committee was elected, and the motion to start a young people’s IPS was unanimously passed.  We’re excited to see what happens!

Our tenth block for the Block of the Month was debuted, the Inverted Star:

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Our Christmas Challenge was announced.  Jane passed out three different sized circles of fabric to members.  Their Christmas Challenge is to include at least two of those circles in your Christmas decoration.  More details will be given in a blog post that will come out later in the week.  

Next was our Show and Tell.

Sara Wilson showed us her Jane Austin Block of the Month that she participated in:

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Sheila Keane showed us her Christmas Decoration using the log cabin block and some ribbon:

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Cathy Davies showed us her Owls Quilt:

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Kitty Whelan showed us some embroidered cards she made:

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After our Show and Tell, we heard from Aine Foley from Lismore Quilts.  She inspired us with some Christmas Projects, including Potholders, a Table Centre:

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Door hangings:

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Lismore Quilts will be having an open day at their shop on the 28th and 29th on November.  See their site for more details!

Here’s some more photos from our meeting.  Enjoy!

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Letter from the Chair

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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

Jane

Letter from the Chair

OCTOBER OPEN MEETING 

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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!

September Meeting Recap

Apologies for the lateness of the post, I needed to leave the meeting early to catch a ferry for a holiday, and our internet in France was very slow.

On September 12, we met at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road for the first meeting of the year.

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Membership dues for the year were due at this meeting, €40 which goes to the executive board.  Due to insurance, you can only attend 2 meetings prior to paying for your membership.  After those two meetings, you won’t be covered by insurance anymore!

We’ve also increased our door fees to €4 for members, and €8 for non-members.  This increase in fees is a result of a motion passed by members at our AGM in April.

Our meeting started out with announcements from our chair, Jane.

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We showed off the eight blocks of the Block of the Month that have been created so far, in two different colorways.

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Then, Erin followed with a recap of the Block of the Month project we’ve been doing since February.  Then, using the projector, showed a step by step tutorial of this month’s block, the Spools block!

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In future meetings we’ll be doing a step by step visual tutorial for the remaining blocks!

Maeve from Limerick Quilt Centre did a demonstration.

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Photo by Susan Garde

Christmas Placemats!

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Sadly, I had to leave before the Show and Tell portion of the meeting.  Please, if you have photos I can use in a slideshow, please send them to our email address, corkips@gmail.com.

Our next meeting is scheduled for October 10 and will be our open meeting!