Sunday, 10 September 2017

Branch Meeting September 8, 2017

We held our first branch meeting of the new year at the Baptist Church on Friday night, September 8.  It was a busy night at the door with membership dues as well as our usual meet and greet with raffle tickets.   We had a much larger number of visitors than usual, and we all made an effort to help them feel welcome.   It's great to have a so many new faces at our meeting as well as all of our friends.

Sew Crafty Fabrics with Avril Riordin provided the shop for the night.  She brought so many bright and beautiful fabrics, thank you for traveling with your wares!


Frances Shanahan, our new president, ran the meeting with style and grace.   We had a new type of guest speaker, a yoga teacher Sara Cory.   She demonstrated some mindfulness techniques and hand stretches, great for quilters who spend hours at our sewing machines.   Namaste.


Our meeting challenge was to create a name tag.  We had five entries, and we voted during the meeting.   Our winner was Liz Stanley.   Well done, Liz.



Tracy Watson explained her workshop which will take place next month on October 14.  She will be teaching methods for couching threads to create different textures.


We had another completed quilt from our 2.5 inch squares challenge!   Claire Lynch showed her completed challenge quilt.

Many quilters shared their summer projects in the Show and Share this month.  Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and we hope to see our friends who could not make it next month!   A larger set of photos is posted on our flickr feed:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/midwestpatchwork/sets/72157686426009464

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make our meeting a great success.

European Quilt Association in the Birmingham Festival of Quilts

The Irish Patchwork Society (IPS) is a member of the European's Quilter's Association (EQA).   Each year the EQA puts together a gallery in the Birmingham Festival of Quilts where each country contributes an equal number of quilts according to a theme.   The quilts must be of a specific size and follow the guidelines that are decided by the international committee.   The International Representative for Ireland is a member of our branch, Paula Rafferty.   Thank you to Paula Rafferty for her work in helping to make this gallery a huge success.   It's the only gallery like it in the Festival of Quilts, and many quilters report it as one of the highlights of the show.

Ireland always has a wide range of quilts representing quilters throughout Ireland, with all 8 branches of the Irish Patchwork Society invited to to contribute.   This year the Irish quilts were on the theme "Inspired by the New York Beauty Block."




Below are the details of the names and maker's of the individual quilts.



Several of the quilts were contributed by members of our branch.  Here are just a few of ours:

Skull Beauty by Paula Rafferty


Lady Liberty by Ursula O'Sullivan


BeautyFlies by Isobel Maher


Sunshine on the Sea by Imelda O'Grady



Thank you to everyone to contributed to the EQA gallery, it was an amazing display of quilting techniques!  

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Four Winds Textile Group at the June Meeting

We were very lucky to have four members of the Four Winds Textile group visit our meeting on Friday, June 9.   They are a group of quilters from Cork with over 25 years together, and many amazing examples of group quilting endeavors.   They brought their quilts from an exhibition that they worked on in 2011 inspired by Gee's Bend Quilts.   Not only did they use the patterns, but they also made the quilts themselves with fabrics that they already owned, whether from clothes or fabric their stashes.   The quilts were amazingly diverse and colorful.







This quilt above was made with men's shirts based on a Gee's Bend design



The Four Winds Quilters also brought some of their own pieces, we especially enjoyed seeing some of their group efforts like this group piece done in rounds:

There was a special interest in a playful quilt with lots of "fairy doors."   Anne spent some time explaining her methodology on this quilt.

Here is one of their latest collaborations where each quilter did a separate piece with a different color, but the same style and fabrics.  It's quite modern and the textures are amazing.

My personal favorite was the Quilt Tree.   It's a piece that was done years ago and it is a tree that continues to grow, new scraps are added with each new quilt made.

Thank you to the Four Winds Textile Group for visiting our meeting.  You are all an inspiration!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Aurora is up - come visit in Northern Ireland

Our co-exhibition with the Northern Ireland Patchwork Group on the theme "Aurora" is up and open for viewing in the Northern Ireland.   It will run through the end of June 2017 in Lisburn Arts Center, Northern Ireland.  It previously exhibited in Dublin in the month of May.



Thursday, 11 May 2017

Mary Palmer Show and Tell from our April meeting!

During our April meeting last month we had an epic show and tell with Mary Palmer. There were so many photos of all her amazing quilts we had to make a slideshow. Enjoy and thank you to Mary for her visit. See you all tomorrow night for our AGM!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Call for Baby Cot Quilts

The Limerick Quilt Centre have their annual exhibition, River of Dreams in Limerick in the School of Art and Design, Clare Street from the 23rd to the 30th of June. This year baby cot quilts are requested for donation to The Heart Children of Ireland. Quilts be displayed during the exhibition and then donated afterwards.

For anybody interested in making a baby cot quilt, the size is 36"x42" and the hanging sleeve must be placed on the 36" size. For more details see the River of Dreams facebook page.