Friday, 13 September 2013

Mid-West Branch Members at Hands Across the Border Exhibition

Some of the Mid-West Branch Members entered quilts in the recent Hands Across the Border Exibition.

Here's Liz Stanley with her quilt "Celtic Sunset".
Liz Stanley with her quilt Celtic Sunset

 Valerie Shortt with her quilt "Love Lies Bleeding". 

Thursday, 12 September 2013

September News

Greetings to all, from the new Mid-West branch comittee as we begin this new sewing season.

I trust that you all had a wonderful summer and what a wonderful summer it was! We start back on Friday September 13th, hopefully refreshed and ready to sew. A letter was sent out to all Mid-west branch members during the week containing a membership form, which you need to read, fill in and return on the night with your membership fee. This will help save valuable time and get us back on track at the start of the new season.

September meeting: Our guest speaker on the night will be Nikki Foley from the South Western Branch. Nikki will give a talk on a "Journey of Design". Nikki will also display her fabulous array of quilts to help bring this journey to life. The shop will be the "Sewing Shed".

Library Books: A gentle reminder to those who borrowed books to please return same at the September meeting so that they are available to pass on to other members.

Challenges: You are reminded to bring along your "Summer Holiday Challenge" which is a 10.5 inch squae.
The brown (paper) bag swap last year was a great success so we have decided to continue it. Those wishing to participate are asked to bring a minimum of three fat quarters in a brown (paper) bag and details of the challenge will be outlined at the September meeting.

Villiers Sewing: Our sewing group will meet every Wednesday night starting on September 18th from 7pm - 10pm in Villiers School. These nights have proved to be very popular and a place to get advice and help with projects.

Going forward: The committee welcomes any new ideas from members for speakers, workshops or demonstrations that would make pachwork meetings more interesting and enjoyable for all.

Cecilia O'Doherty

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Western Branch Exhibition

The Western Branch are holding a patchwork exhibition in the 'Geata na Cathrach' Building, Fairgreen Road, Galway.
Official opening Friday September 20th at 6pm. All IPS members welcome.

Open Sat. 21st - Sun. 29th from 10am-5pm each day.

Please check with Western IPS Blog closer to the date for full details.

(The Geata na Cathrach building is on the corner between the Fairgreen Coach Station and the Radisson Hotel, 100yds from train station with plenty of parking in the underground Coach Station carpark.)"

Monday, 2 September 2013

Four Winds Textile Group Exhibition

The Four Winds Textile Group are hosting an exhibition of new work in Bishopstown Library (Wilton Shopping Centre) Cork.

Dates: September 5-28th 2013

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5.30pm.
Thursday late opening: 10am - 8pm

The Four Winds Textile Group members are: Catherine Duggan, Anne Moloney, Joanna Harrington, Evelyn Montague, Mary Hynes and Kitty Whelan.

The exhibition will be opened on Thursday 5th September at 6.30pm by Carmel Creaner (Textile Artist). 

EQA Competition 2014 "Seasonal Garden"

 The theme for the EQA Challenge in 2014 is “Seasonal Garden”' and members from Ireland are requested to submit a 30 x 30 cm square.

Ireland has been given the season "Winter" 


  1. Size: 30 x 30cm square 
  2. Seasons by country:Spring: Spain, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary
    Summer: United Kingdom, Netherlands, Austria, Luxemborg
    Autum: Sweden, Italy, Iceland, Belgium
    Winter: Norway, France, Latvia, Switzerland, Ireland
  3. Edges: No raw edges and no visible binding.
  4. Sleeve: 10cm sleeve on the top.
  5. Name Label: with permanent marker pen, write name and address on the sleeve
  6. Any techniques may be used but the square must consist of three layers. No glass fronted or mounted exhibits will be accepted. Be warned that squares which are delicate or stiff are difficult to transport and display safetly.
  7. The entire collection of "Seasonal Garden" will be launched at the Festival of Quilts in 2014. Some countries may decide to display their quilts and those from neighbouring countries at their annual general meetings. In this case, these quilts will be returned later than September 2014.
  8. All IPS guild members may enter and there is no entry fee. The squares are not for sale.
  9. The quilts are insured for a nominal sum during the exhibition including transport to and from the EQA 2014. Should a quilt be lost of damaged, the EQA member guild is not responsible for compensating the maker).
  10. The "Seasonal Garden" squares will be picked up the IR ( or a designated person) after the show on Sunday. Arrangements can be made with Expofreight to send the quilts back at the relevant guild's expense.
  11. The entry form with a good photo should reach the International Representative by 31st May 2014.
  12. 16 squares will be selected by each country by 30th June 2014. The selected squares should be sent to the International Representative. Any quilts which do not comply with the rules, particularly in terms of size, edges or hanging sleeve, can be rejected on submission.
  13. Photos of the square may be used for publicity purposes.
  14. Each member country of the EQA must provide sixteen (16) squares for this exhibition. If too many squares are submitted, 16 must be selected in whatever way the guild decides. If too few quilts are submitted, the IR/executive committee of the guild must organise the making of the missing quilts.

Seasonal pieces from all the EQA countries will come together to form an exhibition at Festival of Quilts 2014, and after this will tour many of the EQA member countries.