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!

 

2016 IPS National Exhibition

On Sunday, July 17th, I had the pleasure of attending the Irish Patchwork Society National Exhibition, “Evolution.”

What an amazing exhibition!

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Signage outside the Limerick School of Art and Design

Two exhibitions were running in the space when I visited.  One was “Distance,” a collection of quilts from Austria, Latvia and Ireland.

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Below is a slideshow of all of the quilts in this part of the exhibition:

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Next, I walked through the IPS National Exhibition, “Evolution.”

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Below, is a slideshow of all of the quilts involved.

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Congratulations to all those who participated.  I hope you had the chance to see the quilts in person, the photographs did not do the exhibition justice!

Congratulations to all of the Southern Branch members who participated as well!

May Meeting Recap

Thanks to Susan for writing this recap for me in my absence:

There was a good buzz in the air today. Everyone was in good humour.

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Our meeting started with Joanna welcoming everyone in Erin’s absence. We have a new committee and it is hoped that we can find out from members what would be liked in future meetings and that we would talk more about it at June’s meeting.

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Joanna thanked Anne Marie of Kilbora Quilts for joining us at our meeting and wished her well in the future after closing her shop.

We were reminded that those wishing to submit a quilt for the National Exhibition should liaise with Joanna who will make sure they are delivered on time.

Other upcoming exhibitions were also announced including one in Bishopstown Library and Spike Island.

Executive news was given by Joanna as she is now the rep for the branch. The national AGM will take place on the 1st October in Kilkenny.

The librarians have asked that all library books out be returned by June’s meeting so that a stock take can take place over the summer break.

Mary Palmer gave a demo on binding with mitred corners and one strip binding. It was very well received.

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Anne Marie gave a demo on free motion quilting rulers. It is a new way of doing free motion quilting with the aid of specific rulers and a special foot for the machine. This was very interesting and a lot was learned by us all.

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Show and Tell:

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Mary Palmer – Japanese and batik fabrics. Quilt for her daughter

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Joanna Harrington – A charity quilt made by Evelyn Montague

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Frances Mc Carthy – 1720 map of cork unfinished was a workshop given by Ailbhe

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Fionnula Creed – sampler quilt to test the star block for a wedding quilt

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Finishing quilts from before

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Carpenters Wheel

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The bag carrying the quilts was made good number of years previous.  All by Bernie Kelly

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Two Quilts for Crumlin

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Mystery quilt designed by Mary Palmer from a few years back

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And  “Think outside squares” quilt top good for beginners, all by Mary O’Connor

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Jar Quilt by Anne Moloney

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and Anne Moloney’s quilt she did with her daughter.

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Frances McCarthy – Fat quarter quilt from a Canadian themed charm pack

Here’s a slideshow from all of the photographs taken by Susan:

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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:

February Meeting Recap

To begin, Happy Valentines Day!

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We had a great meeting today!  Moya from Patchwork Plus was our shop for the meeting.  Jane started off with a few announcements which included a request for members to join the committee in April, as only two members are continuing on.

Mary O’Conner briefly spoke about Quilts for Crumlin, hoping to reintroduce it as a charity our branch can focus on.  Quilts for Crumlin gives quilts to seriously ill children aged 0-17in hopes to provide comfort to them during a challenging time.  Ms. O’Conner challenges our members to create any sized quilt and show and donate it at our June meeting.

Erin then debuted the Block of the Month Quilt:

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It features sashing, diamond cornerstones, and two borders!  Watch our blog in the next week for the directions to complete your Block of the Month quilt!

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Arlene Shawcross then did her presentation, “Stitch to Enrich” which featured these beautiful works from various artists:

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Thank you Arlene for your amazing presentation!

We then had an inspiring show and tell!

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Enjoy some snapshots from the meeting:

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Our next meeting is March 12, 2016!  We hope to see you there!

 

 

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!

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!