January Workshop

We hope you had a very Happy Christmas this year!

After our January 14th meeting, we’re presenting a workshop by Tomomi McElwee,

Drawstring Patchwork Bags



Tomomi’s class description:

Drawstring bags are what we, Japanese had as bags to put things in and carry before Western bags came (Furoshiki, wrapping cloth is other type of item used for carrying things but they are not bag shaped).

Traditionally these small bags are made from scraps out of other sewing jobs. Also young girls made these to practice sewing skills and carried small bits and pieces.

Since they have flat bottom and wide opening, you can see what is inside very easily and they sit on well too.

They can be made in any size but the smaller the cuter, let’s make them in palm size!

Go through all your scrap collection and find nice combination of fabrics.

If you’re interested in taking this class, be sure to contact us at corkips@gmail.com, spaces are limited!  





May Letter from the Chair


Greetings everyone!  I hope May is finding you well.  On behalf of the new committee, I’d love to say we’re very excited about the upcoming year!  As I’m currently on holidays, Joanna will be taking over the duties of running our next meeting.

On May 14, 2016 we’ll be meeting at the Sacred Heart Church on Western Road, starting at 10 am.  

Kilbora Quilt Shoppe will be the shop for the meeting.  Anne Marie is planning on bringing a ton of deals for you to take advantage of as the shop has closed.

Anne Marie Hobbs will also be giving a talk.

Mary Palmer will be demonstrating binding, and there will be a hands on opportunity for members to try their hand at binding!

We will have our usual raffle.

Don’t forget to bring something to Show and Tell!  We love seeing your work!

Be sure to bring a quilt for consideration for the EQA Diversity exhibition at the Festival of Quilts.  Check out our blog for more information.  The committee will be deciding on the quilt to represent our branch on May 28th.  If you’re unable to attend the meeting, but would still like to put forth a quilt, please submit a good photograph to corkips@gmail.com

There will also be Tea and Coffee, and any refreshments you are kind enough to bring.

The sign up sheet for our June workshop will be available as well.  There’s only 6 spots available for Ruth Bourke’s “Traditional Blocks Made Modern.”  Be sure to sign up before you miss out on this awesome class!  We’re running a blog series on Ruth, and her class.  Be sure to follow it!

Don’t forget about the deadline for the National Exhibition, May 31st!  Find the rules and entry form on our website.  Let’s make sure the Southern Branch is well represented!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me at the branch’s email or via Facebook.  I’m always accessible!



Announcing our June Speaker and Workshop

For our meeting on June 11, we’re excited to announce Ruth Bourke as our speaker for the meeting.

Ruth is a member of the Mid-West Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society, and is a member of the Modern Quilt Guild and Modern Quilters Ireland.  You can find her personal blog here.

She’s planning on speaking to us about Modern Quilting during our June meeting.

Her workshop is entitled Traditional Blocks Made Modern.   We’ve currently set a class limit of 15 people, €35 per person.  We plan on running it 1 pm – 5 pm.  Please bring a lunch if you plan on doing both the meeting and the class.  You’ll need that fuel for all of the learning you’ll be doing!

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Ruth has created this awesome handout with more information about her class!

The sign up list will be available at our April meeting.  Be warned that sign ups are first come, first served, so if you want to sign up, please arrive to the April meeting promptly!  


Workshop Opportunity

Photo courtesy of the Irish Quilt and Design Facebook page



Saturday & Sunday, 27th & 28th February 2016

In this two-day workshop we will learn to draft, and make, Mariner’s Compass Blocks. We will also look at various types of Compass blocks, and at some of the design issues of putting them in a quilt.

This block looks complex, but just like the Feathered Star from January, it’s all about breaking it down into straightforward and do-able steps.  By going through the drafting you get a better understanding of the block, this makes it easier to develop your colour placement for the compass you want.

Learn how to get the sharp points sharp, and the curves nice and smooth.  We brake down the construction into nice easy steps.  See how to keep track of colours and placements, so that even if you are interrupted, or have to put it away, you don’t loose track of where everything goes.

We will also look at a number of methods for setting your Compass into a square block – two methods of setting into a circle, or how to piece it into a background.

As usual, we gather at 9.30 for coffee and ‘something nice’ for class to start at 10.00. We take a break at 1.00 for Emer’s famous lunches, in the dinning room.  And class finishes at 5.00, but the studio is available in the evenings and early mornings for anyone who wants to ‘sew on’!

Price: 2 day workshops, lunches and snacks €190

Bring List: You will receive a bring list on booking, anything specialised will be provided.

Questions: Contact Emer Fahy at emerfahy.quilts@gmail.com

Accommodation: There is some accommodation at the studio (on a first come, first served basis) and there is lots of accommodation nearby – happy to give recommendations.Quilters coming by bus/train/air: kits and equipment will be made available, please arrange at booking.

Announcing Irene MacWilliam Workshops June 13 and 14th!

At our March meeting we were excited to announce that we are holding two workshops from Irene MacWilliam!

Come and spend an afternoon learning and having fabric-fun in the company of the celebrated patchworker and textile artist Irene MacWilliam, all the way from Belfast!  Irene has exhibited all over Ireland, the UK, Europe and America and has won more prizes for her work than there is room here to list and is a sought after teacher.  This is likely to be a popular class and places are limited, so secure your place asap!

On June 13th, we’re holding a half day workshop entitled “Japanese Folded Patchwork.”

Various shapes will be explored : squares, diamonds, triangles.  These produce double sided units that can be made into decorations, wall-hangings, fabric boxes or full-size quilts.  We’ll also look at other origami based patches.  This fun class is suitable for all levels of ability.

The class will run after the meeting, in the Sacred Heart Hall on Saturday 13th June, approximately 1.30pm to 3.30pm.  Bring a packed lunch. Tea and biscuits will be provided!

• Fabric scissors, paper scissors
• Cardboard for making templates (not plastic). Cereal packets are ideal – as many as you can
• Ruler, pencil, sharpener, rubber, compass (if you have one)
• Crayons or colouring pencils, if you have them
• Rotary cutter and board, if you have them
• FABRIC – at least ¼m each of 3 or 4 cotton fabrics. Wide striped fabric works well. One fabric should be plain e.g. cream calico.
• WADDING – any batting will do, scrap pieces will do or ¼m maximum
• BONDAWEB – off cut pieces, no need to buy especially
• General hand sewing supplies – pins, needles, thread (for tacking and to match fabric), quilting thread, fancy threads. Beads and sequins for decoration, only if you have them
• Please bring your ‘craft iron’, table ironing pad or board and extension lead if you have one
• Bring a digital camera if you have one

Japanese Folded Patchwork workshop – €20

Secure your place with a €10 non-refundable deposit – sign up list at the door at the March, April and May meetings

On Sunday June 14th we’ll hold a full day workshop entitled:  “Explore and Create with Your Sewing Machine

This workshop covers free machine control …. drawing, cut work cobwebs, cord making, perfect circles, sequins by machine and various tricks on how to get the most out of your sewing machine. What about tensions? Mini lectures on care of your machine and on needles and threads. All levels of ability.

The class will run on Sunday 14thth June, in the Sacred Heart Hall, prompt start at 10.00am sharp to approximately 3.30pm.  Bring a packed lunch. Tea and biscuits will be provided!


• Zig-zag sewing machine, with all accessories and instruction book.                                        Don’t forget your foot pedal and transformer if required.
• Spare machine needles – size 80 or 90
• Variety of sewing threads, some machine embroidery threads if you have them
• 6” or 8” embroidery hoop – wooden or spring clip (easily purchased)
• Pieces of plain cotton or calico
• Small sharp scissors, pins
• Pencil and notebook
• At least 8 sheets of scrap paper
• Smallish pieces of wadding – an offcut will be fine
• Please bring an extension lead if you have one

Explore and Create with your Sewing Machine – €50                                                                  Secure your place with a €25 non-refundable deposit – sign up list at the door at the March, April and May meetings

For more information about Ms. MacWilliam, check out her website here.

Arlene Shawcross Workshop, March 14

IMG_1104After our March 14th meeting, a workshop is being taught by Arlene Shawcross entitled “Stitch to Enrich”

Background of Ms. Shawcross

Ms. Shawcross has exhibited widely in Ireland and in the U.K.  She was awarded the Mairin O’Brien Flegg Memorial Award for contemporary embroidery from the RDS in 2011.  She is a member of the Cork Textile network, Society of Designer Craftsmen in the U.K., the Textile Society and the Irish Patchwork Society.

She states “I work mostly using the technique of free-machine embroidery often stitching onto a soluble background which is later dissolved away to create a lace-like effect, or I combine my stitching with my own hand-dyed silks and velvets.  I create individual wall pieces, garments and accessories.  I teach workshops in free-machine embroidery and related textile techniques and enjoy working to commission.”

Workshop Information

Cost is €15 – A bargain!

You’ll be using hand sewing to work on some practice pieces to learn new techniques to combine color and textures.  The workshop will happen after the general meeting.  The pictures included in the post are examples of what you’ll learn!  Come join us on March 14th!