October Meeting Recap

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

July 2016 Block of the Month

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

It’s the Tee Block!

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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.