Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Upcoming exhibitions for your diary!

Southern Branch exhibition will be running at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh from the 2nd of March to the 26th of March.  The opening reception will happen on the 2nd of March with Cork County Mayor, Seamus McGrath in attendance. 

Modern Quilters Ireland second exhibition at St.Patricks Hospital, Dublin May 2nd to June 23rd.

Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
An exhibition that will be held this summer by Tracy Watson and Joke Buursma
12th May and 23rd June.  Gallery website is for details of opening times

Hands across the Border “ Aurora” 
Official Opening Tuesday 16th May 2017 in CHQ Custom House Quarter, IFSC, Custom House Quay, Dublin Northside, Dublin.  Exhibition will run until the 26 th May.  Northern venue is Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, June 2017 

The Spike Quilters
Exhibition in Thurles Source Library centre from Tuesday May 2nd toTue May 30th. Library hours. (9.30 to5 pm week days and10 to 5pm Sat. Closes 1pm to 2pm for Lunch.  

Third Irish Quilters’ Showcase Exhibition  
May-June 2017   The Mitchel Hall, Spike Island 

The Kniting and Stitching show 2017  
Simmonscourt, RDS, Dublin 9-12th November 

Friday, 20 January 2017

December Meeting

As always, our December meeting was our Christmas party. A great chance to catch up with friends, have a chat and eat plenty.

We had a sewing-themed Christmas quiz devised by Grania Preston which caused plenty of head-scratching on the night.

Our challenge was to make a "One Hour Basket" by Kelby Sews. A free pattern and tutorial to make the basket is available at

The One Hour Basket challenge was won by Imelda O'Grady.

Our shop on the night was Fabric Matters. Thanks to Wendy for travelling down to Limerick with her shop.

There was lots of Show and Tell on the night.

Here's 1 of two quilt tops that Suzanne Pass whipped up using fabrics that a friend had given her.

Here's  a lovely child's train quilt that Deirdre Treacy has made.

Frances Shanahan made this lovely baby quilt and matching One Hour basket .

Deirdre Treacy also showed this fabulous log cabin quilt in a straight setting. Lovely use of light and dark fabrics here which really shows of the log cabin pattern.

Here's another amazing quilt by Imelda O'Grady.

Here's a quilt made by Claire Lynch

Monday, 9 January 2017

January Meeting

Happy New Year!  Our January meeting is this Friday 13th and is an open meeting so bring a guest!  We will have Patchwork Plus as our shop, demos, pay it forward box and a talk by Ruth Bourke on Quilty makes that have been trending online.  Doors open at 7:30pm, for a meeting start at 8:00pm. 

For you diaries the Society has a busy year ahead.  Submission dates for our themed exhibitions are:
  • Hands Across the Border - theme is Aurora due 31st March, maximum 1m square
  • EQA annual challenge for exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham - theme is Inspired by New York Beauty, also due end of march, 30th March, 25cm x 35cm in Landscape format
  • EQA Diversity in Europe - no theme but showcasing the best example of quilt making, due 30th April, size is minimum 1m x 1m to a maximum of 2.5m x 2.5m
  • Open European Quilt Championships - theme is Illuminate due 31st May. 20" x 40" portrait format
  • Knitting & Stitching Show - open call to IPS members to submit work for exhibition on the following themes: Traditional, Modern, Young Quilters (aged 18 or less), Art and we are exhibiting bags again this year.  Hand in at the September meeting Friday 8th.
Our AGM will be held in Cork this year, Saturday 7th October and the Southern Branch already has an update on their website here, for more details on the hotel: the Kingsley, Victoria Cross, Cork.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Visiting the Southern Branch

A big thank you to the Southern Branch who welcomed us to their November meeting for an amazing Show and Tell and an afternoon of sewing.  A good many of us carpooled to Cork and had a really fun day, meeting with friends and making new ones, sharing quilt making stories and tips and even got some stitching done on the day!  Here's a few photos of the Cork ladies show and tell and to see more visit the Southern Branch's blog here for a slideshow and recap of the day.  Thanks so much to you all and hope to return the favour and visit again soon!

Friday, 11 November 2016

News update

Our next branch meeting is on the 2nd December (a week early due to Christmas!)  The challenge is to make something using the One Hour Basket pattern by Kelby Sews.  We will have a Secret Santa swap too so please bring something about 5Euro wrapped to swap. 

We have started a Pay it Forward box where you can leave unwanted fabrics, craft magazines etc for other members.  It is proving a big success!

We are looking for everybody to make a 6" block (6 1/2" unfinished) that we can use to sew together into a branch banner and will be collecting blocks at our January meeting or earlier if you have them!

We are continuing our demonstrations in Hickeys this month with Ruth showing a Dresden plate cushion on the 12th and Louise making mini makes for Christmas on the 26th.

Our branch has been invited to the Southern Branch in Cork on Saturday 19th.  Please let Grania know if you haven't already done so if you plan to attend!

Upcoming events for your diary:
Haberdashery by the D4 Textile group is on from 8th November to 5th January at the Phoenix Park Visitors Centre
Remix by the Cork Textiles Network is on from 15th November to 22nd December

and Kate Hennessy is having an exhibition next week in Limerick details below!

Monday, 7 November 2016

Friday, 28 October 2016

Hands Across the Border forms!

The Irish Patchwork Society
and The Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild present:

“Hands Across the Border 2017”
Official Opening Tuesday 16th May 2017 in CHQ Custom House Quarter, IFSC, Custom House Quay, Dublin Northside, Dublin
Exhibition will run until the 26th May
Northern venue is Lisburn Arts Centre, June 2017

Exhibition Rules and Conditions;

All Irish Patchwork Society and Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild Members are eligible to enter
1.    The quilt must consist of a minimum of two layers, although any technique may be       used.
2.    Size: quilts can be made to a maximum of 1 meter square.
3.    The quilt has a free choice of edging treatments.
4.    No glass fronted, framed, mounted quilts or quilts made from kits will be allowed.
5.    The work should have been completed in the last two years.
6.    The quilt must have a 10 cm (4 inch) hanging sleeve, (with sufficient fullness to accommodate the hanging rod).
7.    Please ensure that your quilt is labelled on the back at the bottom edge with the following information:    Name of the Quilt, Name of Quilter, Postal Address.
8.    The quilt should not have been exhibited prior to submission to this exhibition.
9.    Quilts made by more than one person at any stage of construction should identify all of those involved.
10.    Quilts are not for sale during the exhibition.
11.    This is a juried exhibiition. The judging panel’s decision will be final.
12.    The quilts are covered by the IPS insurance once the quilt is received by the hosting branch.
13.    By entering your quilt you agree to have it photographed for publicity purposes and the catalogue of the exhibition.
14.    Each quilt must have its own bag labelled with both the name of the quilt, the name of the maker and your branch.
15.    Quilts will be released at the end of the exhibition period and not before that time.
16.    Deadline for quilts to be received is the 31st March 2017. No late entries will be accepted due to cataloguing and photographing of quilts.

Download entry form here!