Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Reminder: Christmas Party Friday 9th December

Christmas Party

Don't forgot the Mid-West Branch December Meeting/Christmas Party will be taking place on Friday 9th December 2011

There is a table quiz organised for the night, which should be a lot of fun!

Also, we also having a Kris Kringle so don't forgot to bring your present (value of approx. €5) with you on the night.

The challenge for December is a Christmas item - which leaves plenty of scope for people to be creative. 

And we're hoping to get our usual fantastic array of food brought in by members.

Hope to see you all on the 9th December!


Monday, 28 November 2011

November Meeting

November Meeting

The November challenge was bags.  Nora O'Connor won the challenge with this pieced bag.

 Another bag entry from Claire Lynch
 Phil Awylward entered this bag in the challenge

Demelza Palmer showed this quilt that she recently completed. Demelza has been collecting sea-themed fabrics for a while and used them to make this quilt. Her mother (Rebecca) did the quilting on the quilt, but all the piecing was done by Demelza - great job!

Some more completed Hand Blocks for the International Quilting Festival of Ireland 2011. 

 Tracy Watston showed her completed piece from the recent Philippa Naylor workshop. Philippa gave 2 workshops after the IPS AGM in Cork on curved machine piecing and machine quilting.

Theresa Riordan showed off some of her Christmas wreaths that she's been busy making.
Kate O'Donoghue made this lovely foundation pieced quilt top.

Carmel Creaner from the Cork Textile Network was the guest speaker at the November meeting.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Crafts Council of Ireland Proposed Name Change and Survey

Dear All,
Could you forward this note to as many members as you have emails for? There is a poll to complete by the 25th November. The name change has been discussed at executive level and it was agreed that Design should not be introduced into the name. There are a number of reasons for this:
Is it to be called The Design and Craft Council of Ireland or The Craft and Design Council of Ireland? Many felt that if the name had to be changes that Design should not come first.
If Design is introduced then it will not be the Craft Council any longer, graphic design, engineering etc will have to be admitted and this increased the membership and dilutes the monies available to the guilds, networks and societies.
The Crafts Council of Ireland (CCOI) is a very well recognised logo and organisation and appears to be fit for purpose at the moment-does it need to be changed? in particular after a very successful Year of Craft.
Do we need to spend the money that will be involved in in changing?
These are just some of the arguments and there are many more.
Below is the email from the CEO
Please share your thoughts by doing the poll.
Mary Hunter (CCoI Rep)

Dear GANS representative,

Further to the GANS meeting which took place in Kilkenny on 16th September 2011, an online poll has been created as part of the consultation process around the proposal to amend the name of the Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) to include the word 'Design'.

This online poll provides your members with an opportunity to share their thoughts and feedback on this proposal, and this feedback is very important to us.  We would therefore ask you to encourage all of your members to take a few minutes to participate in the online poll.  CCoI will also be inviting our registered clients to participate in the poll.

Please click on this link: 
http://bit.ly/ccoiganspna which directs to:
• a letter from the Board of Directors of the Crafts Council of Ireland inviting your members to participate in this poll
• an outline regarding the background and rationale for the proposal
• the online poll

As mentioned in the letter, any GANS member who has a query or would like to obtain additional information on the proposed name amendment can email survey@ccoi.ie
We would ask all GANS members to complete the poll by Friday 25th November 2011 in order to ensure all feedback can be incorporated as part of our consultation process.

What you need to do:
• Please forward this link 
http://bit.ly/ccoiganspna to all of your individual members by email which contains the letter from the Board of the Crafts Council of Ireland and includes the background document and the link to the online poll
• Please encourage your members to complete the online poll, highlighting the closing date of Friday 25th November 2011
• Please forward any queries you receive from individual members or let us know if there are any recurring questions or concerns around the proposal

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you in advance for participating in this consultation process.

Kind regards,
Karen Hennessy.

Chief Executive
Crafts Council of Ireland
Executive Assistant: 056 7796148

Monday, 21 November 2011

Mystery Quilt Instructions Part 1 to 3

Here's the up-to-date Mystery Quilt Instructions. It's for the months of September to November, so 3 parts so far. 

Mystery Quilt Instructions Part 1 to 3

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

November meeting reminder

For the November meeting, on Friday 11th, don't forget to bring your bags to show for the challenge and we will have a board up to pin all the wonderful name badges that people have created. Part 3 of our mystery quilt instructions will be available. Look forward to seeing you there and hearing Carmel Creaner, our guest speaker. Cheers Tracy.