Thursday, 9 December 2010

The first of the High Plains Quilts is completed

Here are the pictures of the first of the High Plains Quilts to be completed. Many thanks to everyone involved.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

October Meeting

Meg with the first completed panel for the High Plains Quilters. Volunteers took away the other 5 panels to be completed for the November meeting with the first quilt to be ready for December for a charity auction. An evening's sewing bee should see each panel completed in time. Thanks to the volunteers for donating thier time and we look forwards to seeing the completed panels and quilt.

October's meeting had an array of quilts for show and tell.

Loretta and Meg gave an interesting talk about designing quilts for the ‘Branching Out’ exhibition. They explained how to take a thought about what could be a design and transfer it through paper and enlarge to make either a contemporary or traditional quilt for this exhibition. With 2 upcoming workshops to extend these design concepts into quilting the hope is that the branch will have a few quilts for the exhibition.

Tracey Watson was the winner of the challenge this month with a ‘witch ornament’ which she hasn't taken a photo of but was wonderful rg doll. Those shown are Chris's picture and Rachel's table runner.

The workshop was by Moya Goherty on how to produce a quilt top in a day using 9 fat quarters. A fun day out.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

September 10th 2010 meeting

The first meeting of the year was very busy with our summer challenge showing that lots of us were busy stitching while we enjoyed the break!

This month we had a great collection of fabulous entries and the winner was Rita Kelly.

Rebecca demonstrated a spider web scrap quilt.

As well as all the usual attractions, Moya from Patchwork Plus brought us her usual, extensive collection of fabrics and other exciting things.

This quilt top will be the October workshop.

Tracey Watson demonstrated a sample of the potential that the quilt designing
software ‘EQ6’ has to offer. The program offers quite dazzling opportunities to the computer-minded quilter and Tracey certainly bought it to life.

We will be getting together to design the items that we will make with the ‘High Planes’ painted panels from Colorado. We will be looking for groups that are prepared to organize their own small ‘quilting bees’ (or Stitch and Bitch sessions!!!) We need to have at least the pieces for the American’s completed before Christmas – so please do volunteer to host a group.

September was the time for membership, renewals and we were busy at the door taking forms and payment – please do remember to get your membership in to Lynda Broderick as soon as possible.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Rose Little offering classes in Limerick

Rose Little is offering two evening classes this autumn, 'Design for quilting and embroidery' at Villiers School, starting 23 September and 'Surface decoration and embellishment for patchwork and quilting' at Limerick School of Art and Design, Clare Street Campus, starting 21 September. They are both aimed at quilters attracted by the challenge of creative design rather than projects from a book. The Villiers class covers creative design, including colour, line, texture and cultural influence together with basic quilting and embroidery techniques. The LSAD class includes printing, dyeing, bleaching, resist techniques and transfer of digital images onto fabric. More information is available at > LIFELONG LEARNING.

Rose was Chairperson of the Mid-Western Branch of the IPS from 1988 to 1990.

She has a City and Guilds in Embroidery (Part 1), a Postgraduate Diploma in Textiles and an MA in Art Practice.

If you would like to know more about these classes, or have any queries, please contact Rose at,or 086 1909737

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Irish Patchwork Society National Exhibition 2010

Reminder: The National Exhibition is taking place in the Cork Insitute of Technology until the 11th September.
It's a lovely exhibition and well worth a visit!

Friday, 3 September 2010

Limerick Show

Many thanks to all those who helped at the show.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Quits required for Limerick show

We are looking for quilts that you would like to show at the Limerick show 21st and 22nd August in the IPS stand. If you have a quilt or a smaller item to show please drop them at Anita's house from Friday 13th (please call before dropping) or at Maeve's Limerick Quilt Centre on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays after 2pm or all day Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Quilts can be picked up between 4pm and 6pm on the Sunday 22nd at the show or at the September 10th IPS meeting.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

A Quilt for Andy Lee

Congratulations to Maria Hibbard who has completed a quilt for the boxer Andy Lee.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Golden Thread Gallery Exhibition

Changing Art & Minds
Exhibition by Supports For Women, Leitrim
22nd – 31st July 2010

Golden Thread Gallery Project Space
Changing Art & Minds is an exploration of the creative journey of the Supports for Women project.
Supports for Women is a creative learning experiment for women living in Leitrim and the project was set
up to encourage women to share their personal stories by using the arts, crafts, creative journaling and
conflict resolution tools.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

June 11th 2010 Meeting

The last meeting of the year went out with a bang – or should I say – a party!

As well as all the usual attractions of the shop, library and challenge (more later) there was an amazing feast laid on by members. Lots of people bought friends so there was a very big crowd in attendance.

The challenge was ‘picnic accessories’ and this was won by Rebecca Palmer with her picnic basket although there were very few entires – MORE PLEASE FOR SEPTEMBER!

The Milford Hospice Quilt was on display and many thanks to everyone who has helped in donating the blocks and time in bringing together this gift. The quilt will now be displayed at the Hospice whilst raffle tickets are sold. This will bring valuable funds to the hospice and some lucky person will own this treasure. Linda has done a wonderful job of organising this quilt. Thank you.

Three ladies from Cork Anne Moloney, Ailbhe O’Callaghan and Frances Gamble came along with an enormous array of quilts, ranging from antique, through ‘first quilts’ and into the realms of award winning ones – all were beautiful. There humour and enthusiasm were certainly catching.

The detail on the label and back of this round robin star quilt was amazing.

Apologies that there are not more of these photos I have had some problems uploading them.

The fabric squares for the September challenge were handed out with a simple brief to complete a small square block or cushion cover, embellish as you like.

The demonstration for the night by Meg and ‘Ruth’ was a simple flower rosette and this proved hugely popular, with many people having a go on the night.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

"Tread Softly" Crafts Council of Ireland Textile Competition Details

Tread Softly - an exhibition of textile work by members of the Crafts Council of Ireland. This exhibition will be on show at the Knitting & Stitching Show RDS, Dublin 28th to 31st October 2010.

The exhibition is open to all registered members, associate and full, of the Crafts Council of Ireland. All original work must have been made in the past 2 years, and cannot have won a major prize.

The theme for the exhibition is the poem by Yeats, entrants may interpret the poem as they wish.

Had I the Heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with the golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet
But I, being poor, have only my dreams:
I have spread my dreams beneath your feet;
Tread Softly because you tread on my dreams.....

William Butler Yeats

4th August - Entry Date for Images
22nd August - Submission of work

Further details on this competition will be available next week

Monday, 31 May 2010

EQA Report from Mary Hunter

Hello everyone, I hope that you have been busy quilting and that your quilt for the National Exhibition is well on the way to being completed or at least like myself started.

So far this year we have had one exhibition under the European Quilt Association banner. Twelve quilts were sent to the Open European Quilt Championships (OEQC) in Veldhoven Holland. There will be a full report on this in the Autumn IPS newsletter along with photographs.

Do you remember the banner quilts that hung at Festival of Quilts in Birmingham last year and at the AGM? Well, we have another opportunity to hang these wonderful quilts again. This time they are all to be hung at the Minerva Art Centre by the Quilt Association. This group was originally formed in 1996 when a group of friends with an interest in patchwork and quilting decided to investigate the possibility of setting up a quilting centre in Mid Wales. The Quilt Association is best known for its annual summer exhibition, which takes place every year from mid July to mid September. This exhibition has gained a reputation for showcasing excellent contemporary works alongside a selection of antique quilts – drawn from collections around the country. Each summer there is a programme of related workshops. The Quilt Association also owns and manages The Minerva Arts Centre in Llanidloes where it is based. So if any of you are travelling near Llanidloes it would be worth calling in to have a look.

The end of the IPS year is with us again, so until September have a great summer and don’t forget to finish the quilt for the national.
Mary Hunter,
International Representative.

Monday, 17 May 2010

May meeting and AGM

The AGM was a success with the outgoing Chair and Secretay and Treasurer successfully making their reports. Many thanks to Meg, Grania and Holly and the rest of the committee for the hard work that they have put in this year.

The Challenge for UFO's was again well represented and congratulations to Nora O'Connor for her beautiful hexagon quilt. Rita and Rebecca also showed their quilts, Gillian brought in a bag that had material brought in America and was being returned to America as a gift. Phil Dwyer brought to show us a ring pillow for a wedding due to be performed the following week.

Four bonnets for Christina Henri's Hearts and Roses exhbition commemorating female convicts transported to Tasmania were collected at the meeting. Please see Christina's blog for more information on this very touching work.