Letter from the Retiring Chair, Announcement of New Committee


I would like to thank everyone for my beautiful roses, and for the kind wishes I have received on finishing my 2 years as Chair of the Southern Branch.

It has been a privilege to make so many new friends.  It hasn’t just been me – I have had a great team on the committee, and I do have to say especially Tracy who’s has been an efficient, reliable and hard working member. We felt the handover to the new committee was so much easier because she had prepared things so well.

My very best wishes go to the new committee, and I know Erin  will make a great chair, and I am sure the Southern branch will continue to go from strength to strength.

Happy sewing,



The new committee met today, and we’re happy to announce the new committee’s positions:

Erin Case – Chair
Ann Prendergast – Treasurer
Assumpta Lydon – Secretary
Susan Garde – Member
Eileen Mangan – Member
Joanna Harrington – Branch Representative


If you’re interested in joining the committee, our next meeting is May 28th at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs at 11 am.

Letter from the Chair


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


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 !


Letter from the Chair


Time for another IPS meeting!

Hope you have all had a productive month.

I think with all the workshops, sales, and groups which meet regularly, we all have a chance to sew every day.

I find as much as the learning, I enjoy the company and chat of any meeting I have with patchworking friends, so for all our new members, do take up any opportunities to go anywhere to sew, they really are great people.

I would like to invite you to our next meeting;


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 terms, samples of sizes of fabric, (fat quarters, long quarters etc) cutters & notions to try out.

Shop. – Patchwork Plus with MOYA

Talk. –   we are delighted that our speaker this month will be


She will talk and demonstrate her techniques and bring lots of samples.

She will also be selling wonderful silk hand dyed threads.


BOM   – Time for the reveal of the final quilt!  Erin will be presenting setting options, and tips for construction.

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

SHOW & TELL – bring all your great work to show us.

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

We very much look forward to seeing you all !  10 am

Best wishes,



Letter from the Chair


Letter from the chair.
September is here already!  Time to get out all those projects we put away in June, thinking it was ages before we had to think about them again.  I am thinking in particular of a Name Tag–our summer challenge.  Erin has given us lots of support on the internet all summer, so we have no excuse.  We have a new committee member, Susan Garde – welcome!- she has already proved very useful as our ‘local knowledge’  Colette has taken on the roll of membership secretary.

Our next meeting will be this Saturday 12th September at 10am.

It will be a great chance to catch up, show off all the summer work and get inspired for the winter.

Our shop will be Limerick Quilt Centre, and Maeve will be giving us a demo.

Please show your summer challenge with pride! The great prize will be a lucky dip, so everyone has a chance of winning.

The block of the month will be demonstrated by Erin, and we will do a recap of the blocks so far.

We hope to have a great  Show & Tell, please leave all your works of art at the front desk.

It is subscription time again, the annual subscription which goes straight to the executive is €40 .

Eilis (has stepped in again for us) will have a separate table for subscriptions.  PLEASE remember to bring this as it helps so much with administration.

It was agreed at our AGM in April that our door price would be increased to €4 and €8 for visitors. Still excellent value for a great morning of inspiration.

Tea and coffee will be provided, but again cakes etc depend on your generosity, and you have never let us down yet!

There will be our usual raffle.

Phew! Just in case you have given up the will to live, here it is in a nutshell:

Saturday 12th September 10am

Subscription € 40

Show & Tell

Summer challenge – name tag


Limerick quilt Centre will be our shop

Maeve will give a talk/ demo

Entrance fee € 4 , visitors € 8 .

Cakes required

Block of the month demo,& recap.

We are really looking forward to seeing you there


Chair Southern Branch IPS

Newsletter from the Chair about our June Meeting

Dear members,

June has finally arrived, and we are coming up to the last meeting before the summer break. Not that we intend to let you rest! We have an exciting summer challenge for you, with a twist!
The B O M will continue oIMG_4948ver the summer and all instructions will be on Facebook and the blog.

This is THE Irene MacWilliams  weekend we have all been so looking forward to all year.

She will be speaking at our meeting on Saturday morning . There is a workshop in the afternoon, and a whole day workshop on Sunday. All places are filled , but everyone will get a chance to meet her on Saturday.

Our shop will be  Moya , with Patchwork Plus,

There will be the usual raffle

Erin will be demonstrating Block of the Month number 5.

The summer challenge will be launched

Tea & coffee will be provided, but once again, cakes and biscuits depend on your  generosity.

We couldn’t have a meeting without ” show & tell” please bring your gems and leave them at the door with the committee.

As you can see – a fun filled meeting really not to be missed, so please be prompt,

 10 AM ON SATURDAY 13th JUNE 2015

Look forward to seeing you there

Best wishes,

May 9th Meeting

Letter from the chair of the Southern branch of the Irish Patchwork Society

Dear members,
I hope you have all had a productive month and made the most of the very mixed weather. I feel guilty being out on Sunny days but it is soon made up for on the wet ones.


Following the AGM, the new committee is as follows;
Jane Horner -chair.
Tracy Wardle- secretary
Ann Prendagast- treasurer
Erin Case- PRO, Ed rep
Collette Carey- Membership Sec
Olivia O’Sullivan- exec rep

Thank you again to Eilish who gave a brilliant handover. If anyone is willing to serve on the committee, please contact a committee member.

Please note the following;
~The door payment for each meeting will increase to €4 for paid up members  and €8 for guests.
~Any stalls, works for charity or items for display must be discussed at a meeting of the committee.

May’s meeting will be on  SATURDAY 9th MAY at 10am We have called it a SOCIAL MEETING, we aim to give folks more time to chat and welcome the many new members we have. This will be a day for some ‘Social quilting’ so bring along whatever handwork project you’re working on. We also intend to have a bit more time for SHOW AND TELL this month and give your brilliant quilts their proper accolade.  So bring them on!!!!

BOM – as we ran out of time for this last month , Erin will give us a catch up, can you believe it’s MONTH 4 already?

Killbora Quilt Shoppe and Ann Marie Hobbs will give a TALK on her quilting journey.

There will be the usual RAFFLE,

TEA & COFFEE will be provided but the cakes and biscuits are dependent on your generosity, and you have never let us down yet!

I do hope you are all watching Facebook, Erin does a great job in keeping us abreast of all the forthcoming events
PHEW! After all that…….. See you SATURDAY

Jane Horner

Next Meeting, April 11th!

From our chair:

IMG_0263Dear members

Happy Easter!

We are gearing up for next meeting on SATURDAY 11th APRIL  at 10 am.  Please do not let the fact that this is also our AGM fool you into thinking that this meeting will be less than fun!  It still has lots to offer with a Speaker, Block of the month, Raffle and more!  – see below.  And don’t forget to sign up for the Irene MacWilliams workshop(s) in June; spaces are limited and filling up fast.

Two of our committee members have served their term and we would love to welcome new members onto the committee – no pressure! – we’re a lovely bunch and the more the merrier.

We have been so fortunate this month with many courses, workshops and weekends away in the Cork ‘Quiltiverse’, that I hope we have lots to Show and Tell!  If, God forbid, any of these masterpieces are not quite finished, panic not….we are having a ‘Social Meeting’ in May with extended Show and Tell.


Our SHOP will be Moya Geraghty of Patchwork Plus

This month is our AGM.  This will only be part of the meeting, so please do come along.  Anyone wishing to stand for the committee, or nominate someone to stand will be most welcome.

Our SPEAKER will be Sandra Jansen, who will give a talk on Improvisational Piecing 

Erin will demonstrate the third instalment of the BLOCK OF THE MONTH

There will be our usual SHOW AND TELL – please log your quilts with Eilish.

We will have our RAFFLE

As usual we can all help ourselves to tea and coffee – please put away your own mugs……oh yes, and bring cake!

Notices and Upcoming Events

  • European Quilt Association Exhibition at Festival of Quilts 2015, “MUSIC… with a touch of red”.  Details and application form in the Autumn Newsletter.
  • 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 available at the meeting.
  • Summer Challenge will be unveiled at the May meeting…watch this space!

I say this every month, but without you the meeting would not happen, so do come along.  See you on Saturday!                                                                                                                                                     Jane Horner

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!