Fashion Show at the Festival of Quilts 2016

From Paula Rafferty:
Hi All, I have been asked to put together the fashion show again for the Festival of Quilts.
This year the theme is: Wearable Art and Fabulous Fashion – Clothes can really be anything, but we do want new, not anything that has been seen at previous Festival of Quilt shows.
The show will be sponsored by The McCalls Pattern Company again but will be staged slightly differently than in 2015. We will be more focused on getting the garments on stage to good music, with some simple choreography and each scene will be  backed by screens with details of what is being shown rather than having lengthy commentary.
At this moment, I  need to know whether you are interested and what sort of garment (s) you wish to propose. I am looking to put together a diverse, eclectic mix of classic, high fashion, wow factor and amazing!
I will then need descriptive text and good, high resolution images to go in the colour brochure in due course.
20 April – Confirm that you wish to participate and number/type of garments
30 June – About 50 words of descriptive text and image  – include fabrics, techniques and patterns used
ALSO please advise whether you wish to model the garments yourself, or provide them for us to show. NB If you wish to model them, you will be invited to a rehearsal on the morning of the Fashion Show to practice and get hair and make-up done. If making for our models, we will need garments that are size 10-12.
1st August – garments sent in advance OR (you can of course bring them to the show, please just let me know which).
I look forward to hearing from you – don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries, or if you know of anyone else who may be interested.

If any IPS Members are interested would they please contact the IR Paula Rafferty ( 087 7699200 and she will forward interested parties details to the event organisers.

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 (  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


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:


As did Siobhon:


Cora then showed us several quilts:


Susan showed us a quilt she made for a friend:


Tina showed off her batik quilt:


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


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: