Sunday, 29 April 2012

Trip to South Midlands Branch

The Mid-West Branch were invited to be guest speakers at the South Midlands Branch. So on Saturday 21st April , 10 branch members made the trek to Kilkenny. The directions from the South Midlands branch were spot-on, so no-one had any problems in finding the venue.

The South-Eastern Branch were also guest speakers at the meeting.

The South Midlands Branch usually have their meetings on a Thursday, so for the visiting branches they arranged for their meeting to take place on a Saturday. When we arrived at the venue, we found that Frances Sawaya was giving a talk for the 1st part of the meeting, so we had a fun-packed and informative day.

Frances is currently trying to use up her stash, and is also having shoulder problems so can't work on large quilt anymore. This has lead to her using the quilt-as-you go method, the quilt in the photograph was made using this method.
Quilt as you go quilt by Frances Sawaya
Quilt by Frances Sawaya
Show and Tell:

The Kilkenny Cats had to make an appearance at the meeting!

This piece was made at the Jenny Rolfe Workshop at An Grianan.

The South Midlands Branch usually have their meetings on a Thursday, so for the visiting branches they arranged for their meeting to take place on a Saturday.

The show & tell at the meeting was incredible – there was so much work shown at the meeting by all the quilters that we ran out of time to show them all. The work covered all aspects of patchwork from traditional to art quilts, beginners to advanced, so there was something to interest everyone.

And as if that wasn’t enough, after the talk and show & tell had finished, the South Midlands Branch had laid on a fantastic buffet for the visiting branches. If you want to know where to go for great food, it’s this branch!!

Many thanks to the South Midlands Branch for organising this meeting of three IPS branches!

Friday, 27 April 2012

Nancy Doyle - R.I.P.

The Irish Patchwork Society lost a very valuable member on January 1st last when Nancy Doyle of Kickham St, Thurles, Co Tipperary died.  Nancy was married to Tommy Doyle who won five all Ireland medals in Hurling.

She was a very gracious and gentle Lady and a kind thoughtful neighbour. Nancy’s passing is greatly regretted by her loving family – sons, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brother and sister. One of her daughters Valerie Shortt and her sister Kathleen Sheedy are also valued members of the I.P.S.

Nancy joined the I.P.S. Mid-West Branch in the late 1980’s and travelled together with her great friends from Thurles: Phil Dwyer, Bridget Keane, Kitty Mockler and sister Kathleen, to our many meetings and challenges over the years.

We both got to know Nancy very well through our sewing days in Villiers Secondary School, Limerick.  Nancy and those Tipp ladies provided a wonderful knowledge “booster” to those of us still learning the art of Patchwork with their vast amount of knowledge. During our lunch break we all sat around a table with our buffet lunches enjoying the company of Nancy and her friends.

When the South Midlands branch was formed Nancy and her friends still found time to fit in the Mid-West branch meetings along with the new branch in Kilkenny.  We have no doubt that the new fledgling branch gained lots from her attendance.

We will dearly miss her gentle and friendly way as will her travelling companions from Thurles but most of all her daughter Valerie and sister Kathleen.

Until we meet again,

Phil Aylward & Cecilia O’ Doherty

Mid-West Branch

Monday, 23 April 2012

April meeting

 Chairperson Tracy Watson gave a talk on Welsh Quilts at the April meeting. This went through the history and design of the quilts.

 Monthly Challenge:
The monthly challenge for April was to make a project out of one of library books. We had a number of entries on the night.
 The winner was Rebecca Palmer, her quilt is the yellow and blue quilt at the back of the table - unfortunately I didn't manage to get a shot of the full quilt on the night..

Monthly Challenge Entries
Cushion cover by Kate O'Donoghue
Challenge entry

Show and Tell:

Flying Geese quilt top by Alison Bingham
 Alison Bingham showed off this fantastic flying geese quilt top that she has recently completed. Alison incorporated a New York Beauty Block from a NYB workshop with Tracy Watson a few months ago. The use of the NYB block really adds a touch of drama to the quilt and was a great idea. Apologies for the strange lighting on this photo - the projecter was still on!

Paula Rafferty showed this quilt made using the Swoon block. The Swoon block has been a big hit recently on a lot of quilting blogs, quilting websites etc. The Swoon block makes a 16" block so you only need 9 blocks to make a very large quilt! For anyone who wants more information on the Swoon block here's a link to the Swoon Flickr Group.

Ger Larkin's daughter (apologies - have forgotten her name!) made this lovely block inspired by the pop group One Direction, and the colour that each band member uses. Ger said that she hasn't used much of the fancy quilting and embroidery stitches on her machine, but it was put to great use by daughter. Each square has used different stitches etc. 

Quilt by Kate O'Donoghue
 Kate O'Donoghue showed this quilt that she made, based on a pattern from a Kaffe Fassett book.
Quilt by Rebecca Palmer
 Rebecca Palmer is currently finishing off this Christmas quilt for entry into the International Quilting Festival of Ireland.

 A friend of Alison's brought in this lovely patchwork bag for show & tell.
Patchwork bag

For anyone who's making the Mystery Quilt here's a sneak peek of some of the blocks....

Mystery Quilt blocks by Tracy Watson

Table runner by Moya Geraghty
Moya Geraghty showed this table runner she has made.

Mystery Quilt Part 7 and 8

Instructions to Part 7 and 8 of the Mystery Quilt can be found by clicking on this link

Monday, 16 April 2012

Trip to South Midlands Branch

Don't forget the Mid-West Branch are guests of the South Midlands Branch this coming Saturday 22nd April.

The venue is the Social Services Centre on the Waterford Road, Kilkenny  behind the old St. Joseph's Orphanage.
Programme as follows:

Arrive 11.00 to 11.30:     Morning Coffee

12.00:   Show and Tell              

1.30:     Lunch

2.30pm.   Visit to the Design Centre

For any members travelling to the meeting on Saturday here are directions to the venue: 

When you come into Kilkenny you will come to the Callan road roundabout take the 2nd exit and drive straight ahead [take care there's road-works on this part of the road]
 *Next roundabout is the Kells road roundabout take 2nd exit,drive straight ahead.

* Next roundabout  there's no name on it.take 1st exit which is a left turn, there's a sign "city centre 2km"
*You should see a topaz filling station ahead which is on your left.  Lidl will be on your right.
 *Theres a small roundabout after Lidl ,you drive straight ahead, Aldi is on your right now.
 *Next roundabout and last one is the Nuncio roundabout ,drive straight ahead.Now theres a tall wall on your right.Take care you're nearly there
The entrance to the centre will be on your right.  Have your front seat passenger look out for the social services sign,this will be on their left.
*When you turn right ,drive straight to the back.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Skibbereen Arts Festival Miniature Exhibition

The Skibbereen Arts Festival is looking for submissions for the wonderous Museum of Miniature exhibition. This will be a "For One Week Only" Pop-Up Musuem.

The organisers are looking for miniatures, the only criteria is that the artwork must fit into the palm of your hand!

The exhibition will be taking place in an old disused building in Skibbereen town for the duration of the festival, from Saturday 28th July to the 4th August.

Artist trading cards or inchies could be the perfect items to entry in this exhibition

Click here for the Entry Form and Guidelines