Tuesday, 25 October 2016

October meeting recap

We were delighted to have Ester Kiely from the Western Branch as our guest speaker for our October meeting. Ester spoke to us about why you would want to keep a sketchbook. It was lovely to see Ester's work and how she uses sketchbooks and journals to prompt ideas and working out the design for a quilt. We all had a good look through the journals and were encouraged to start one of our own.

Thanks also to Rags for Linda who were our shop on the night and to Ruth and Suzanne for demonstrating the one hour basket (our Christmas challenge) and how to make Morsbags.  Suzanne went to a lot of work making bag kits for everyone and it was brilliant!

We handed out our pin cushions swapped with the South Midlands branch at the AGM and they were much admired!  Thank you to all in Kilkenny who made for us! 

The following day some of our members attended a workshop with Ester on starting a sketchbook and thanks to Suzanne again for the photos!

As always Show and Tell was plentiful and here are some of the quilts and quilt tops shared at our meeting! See you on November 4th for our next meeting (not the 11th as the Rugby is on!)

Monday, 17 October 2016

Upcoming Bargello Workshop

We're having a Bargello workshop on November 5th with Roisin McManus from the Quilt Shop Tuam.
Just in case anyone isn't familiar with the term, a Bargello quilt is made of strips of fabric sewn together to create movement. If you can sew a straight seam, you can do this!

You can get the effect of waves, curves and other shapes moving across the quilt top. Even though there are so many curves and shapes on the quilt, there is no curved piecing whatsoever.

All ranges of colours are used, from light to dark. When choosing colours, there are many choices. A common option is a range of shades in a single colour family for a monochromatic quilt. Another choice would be two complementary colours.

The bargello technique can be used to create interesting backgrounds for applique, to showcase landscape prints, and to use up your stash.

These quilts look incredibly difficult, but surprisingly, they are quite easy to make.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Recap September meeting!

Our return to branch meetings kicked off to a great start with a wonderful exhibit of show and tell items from the Crafty Angels sewing group, many of which are members of the Mid-Western Branch.

We were treated to a display of items from quilts to knits, decoupage to candle making and all through it all we could see the lovely generosity of the group, making for various charities and supporting each other in good times and in not so good times.  Thank you ladies for such a lovely exhibit and sharing your work with us.

For more photos see our gallery tab at the top of the page or our photo archive here on Flickr.

Our next meeting is on October 14th with guest speaker Ester Kiely, spaces available on our journaling workshop with Ester on the 15th if anyone is interested talk to Grania on the night.  We will also be distributing our pin cushions received from the South Midlands branch and of course as always plenty of show & tell, demos and visiting shop! 

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Workshop with Gwen!

Last month on the 18th September we had another brilliant workshop on miniatures with Gwen Cottis.  We were shown the most detailed samples and told that miniature quilts are those that if you saw a photo with nothing to give a hint at the scale, you would think they were full standard sized quilts.
Getting the crisp points on such tiny pieces involves Foundation Paper Piecing and Gwen talked us through her method, brought books to show us for inspiration and gave recommendations for our own bookshelf.
We started with trees and leaves as our practice pieces and we were given an amazingly detailed folder outlining the steps, pre-printed templates on foundation paper and layouts for three different mini quilt layouts.
 You would think an Autumn workshop would have us reaching for the golds and browns and reds and greens as in Gwen's beautiful mini but quite a few of us were drawn to the umbrellas!  That's Limerick weather for you!
It was a busy day and the time just flew but we all had little finishes we proudly shared when the 2.5" square mini blocks were all squared up and looking so crisp and cute!
Imelda tackled the Hunters star and completed this lovely piece on the day!
At the end of the day most people had 4 little minis and we laid them all out to admire each others work.
 Here they are in their teeny tiny glory...
Didn't we do well?

Thank you Gwen for such a wonderful workshop!

Monday, 5 September 2016

Welcome back!

Now that our summer break is over we are back to our branch meetings this Friday the 9th September.  We meet in the hall of the Limerick Baptist Church, Old Cratloe Road, Limerick. 

New members and visitors are most welcome to join us for our branch meeting which includes show and tell and visiting  shop, Lismore Quilt Company.

Members pay €5 on the door and non-members €8. Visitors are welcome to attend 2 meetings before joining the IPS. 

Returning members please remember to bring back your library books and pincushion if you signed up for our swap!   Louise will be taking membership renewals and it would help a lot if you have filled in the renewal form in advance.  Download form here!

Sign ups for our upcoming workshops (Journal Workshop with Esther Kiely and Bargello Workshop with Rosin Mc Manus) will be available on the door - see Grania!

Looking forward to catching up with you all!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Branch news update

We have had a date change to our miniatures workshop.  It is now no longer on the 11th of September but the week after on Sunday the 18th September in Villiers School.  Further information on what to bring will follow!

Our National exhibition - Evolution - ends today.  Thanks to all our branch members who helped in any way with the success of the exhibition which was featured in last Monday's Limerick Leader! 

Coming up in October is the IPS display at the Knitting & Stitching Show.  This year we are inviting our members to submit work for exhibition over the 4 days on the themes of :
Traditonal, Bags, Modern, Young Quilters and Art

If you have any pieces not previously shown in Dublin that you would like to submit please see the details below and send a photo with overall dimensions to the nominated contact person.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Evolution - Opening Night!

Thank you to all who attended our exhibition opening yesterday evening in the Limerick School of Art & Design.  The Mid-Western branch has the honour of hosting the IPS National exhibition this year on the theme of Evolution.

Also on display is the EQA International exhibition titled Distance which comprises quilts from Ireland, Latvia and Austria.  The exhibition runs through to next Friday 22nd, open every day from 10am to 5pm - all are welcome!

For now here are some photos from our opening night!  A special thank you to Paula Rafferty, Loretta O'Brien and Senator Maria Byrne for opening our exhibition.