October Meeting Recap


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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



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!

August 2016 Block of the Month

It’s time to debut our next block!  I’m excited to show you how to make the Sister’s Choice Block!


Originally designed to be a 10 inch block, I changed the design a little bit in order to work out to a 12 inch block, and make it easy to cut out the pieces.

Download the instructions here. 

I’ve also created a step by step slideshow of how to construct the block, that you can see here:



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!

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.



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.”


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!

July 2016 Block of the Month

It’s time to debut the next block in our series!

It’s the Tee Block!


It’s made up of three different units.  A Half Square Triangle unit, a Diamond in a Square unit and Flying Geese units.

What makes this block different, is that the flying geese units are made by using three different fabrics, rather than the traditional two.

In order to help keep you organised, the handout directions include a colouring page to help you make the correct flying geese units and the correct diamond in a square unit.

Download the instructions here.

We’ve also uploaded a video to YouTube to help you learn how to assemble this block.


June Meeting Recap


On June 11, the Southern Branch met for our final meeting before the Summer Break.  We started the meeting with some announcements.  These included

  • Many thanks to Moya of Patchwork Plus for bringing an amazing selection of fabrics, tools and notions.
  • Many thanks to Joanna for running the demonstration table.  We’re planning on continuing this on for the next year, providing members with opportunities to learn from in person demonstrations.
  • Congratulations to Cathy Davis for being selected to represent the Southern Branch for the Diversity in Europe Quilt Gallery.
  • Be sure to visit the “Blues” Exhibition going on at the Bishopstown Library.  The exhibition runs until the end of the month.
  • The Knitting and Stitching Show’s IPS gallery will be a bit different this year.  They’re planning on having a Modern, Art quilt, bag, traditional, branch, and young person’s gallery.  There will be one person in charge of curating each of the gallery.  If you’re interested in joining in the exhibition, you’ll need to send in a good quality photo for consideration.  When we get more information, we’re planning on offering an opportunity for providing photographs.  Start your brainstorming!
  • National AGM is October 1st, Ormond Hotel in Kilkenny.  Dorothy Russell is the speaker and instructor.  Find out more information about her at dotrussell.co.uk
  • Theme for the National AGM Challenge is “Witches and Castles”  Finished product should be no bigger than 15” x 15.”
  • We’re planning on creating a teacher page on our website as a resource.  Please email us at corkips@gmail.com to be included.
  • River of Dreams Quilt Exhibition is happening at the Limerick School of Art and Design, June 24th-July 1.
  • Open European Quilt Championships October 20-23 in the Netherlands.  There is a special fibercard exhibition going on, and they’re asking people to send in fabric postcards on the theme of Twenty  Find out more information at our website!
  • Full list of exhibitions in the newest Newsletter.
  • Membership form going to be available in September.  Please print out and bring a completed form to the September meeting.  Email blast will be done.
  • Be sure to bring in any outstanding books back to the library in September.  We’re planning on going through the library over the summer!

After the announcements, we introduced the summer challenge.  This years theme is:


What exactly does this mean?  Well, you could take what first sparked our inspiration for the theme, the 100th commemoration of the Easter Rising.  Or, you could take a more literal interpretation and work with circles or curved piecing.  Another idea would be to do something you’ve never done before in patchwork.  You’re welcome to interpret this in any way you choose, and we’re excited to see what you make.

This year’s prize is a sewing machine service to be performed by John O Donnell during our October open meeting.

Next, we debuted the first block of our Block of the Month, the Half Log Cabin:


We’ll be posting the step-by-step slideshow during the next week, so watch out for that!

Next was a jam packed Show and Tell.  Many quilts were collected for Quilts for Crumlin.  What an amazing display of work by our members:

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Finally, our invited speaker, Ruth Bourke gave us a fantastic presentation on Modern Quilting.  If you’d like to find out more about the Modern Quilters Ireland, you can check out the website here.


After our meeting and a bit of lunch, Ruth ran a fantastic workshop entitled “Traditional Blocks Made Modern.”

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Here’s the result of our work today:


If you missed your change to weigh in our brainstorming session today, feel free to send in suggestions on programming you’d like to see for next year to our email address, corkips@gmail.com!

Our next meeting is September 10, 2016, see you then!