Sunday, 11 June 2017

Four Winds Textile Group at the June Meeting

We were very lucky to have four members of the Four Winds Textile group visit our meeting on Friday, June 9.   They are a group of quilters from Cork with over 25 years together, and many amazing examples of group quilting endeavors.   They brought their quilts from an exhibition that they worked on in 2011 inspired by Gee's Bend Quilts.   Not only did they use the patterns, but they also made the quilts themselves with fabrics that they already owned, whether from clothes or fabric their stashes.   The quilts were amazingly diverse and colorful.







This quilt above was made with men's shirts based on a Gee's Bend design



The Four Winds Quilters also brought some of their own pieces, we especially enjoyed seeing some of their group efforts like this group piece done in rounds:

There was a special interest in a playful quilt with lots of "fairy doors."   Anne spent some time explaining her methodology on this quilt.

Here is one of their latest collaborations where each quilter did a separate piece with a different color, but the same style and fabrics.  It's quite modern and the textures are amazing.

My personal favorite was the Quilt Tree.   It's a piece that was done years ago and it is a tree that continues to grow, new scraps are added with each new quilt made.

Thank you to the Four Winds Textile Group for visiting our meeting.  You are all an inspiration!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Aurora is up - come visit in Northern Ireland

Our co-exhibition with the Northern Ireland Patchwork Group on the theme "Aurora" is up and open for viewing in the Northern Ireland.   It will run through the end of June 2017 in Lisburn Arts Center, Northern Ireland.  It previously exhibited in Dublin in the month of May.



Thursday, 11 May 2017

Mary Palmer Show and Tell from our April meeting!

During our April meeting last month we had an epic show and tell with Mary Palmer. There were so many photos of all her amazing quilts we had to make a slideshow. Enjoy and thank you to Mary for her visit. See you all tomorrow night for our AGM!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Call for Baby Cot Quilts

The Limerick Quilt Centre have their annual exhibition, River of Dreams in Limerick in the School of Art and Design, Clare Street from the 23rd to the 30th of June. This year baby cot quilts are requested for donation to The Heart Children of Ireland. Quilts be displayed during the exhibition and then donated afterwards.

For anybody interested in making a baby cot quilt, the size is 36"x42" and the hanging sleeve must be placed on the 36" size. For more details see the River of Dreams facebook page.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Upcoming Events!

 Event NameDatesVenue
"Fun" Modern Quilters Ireland 2nd Exhibition 2nd May -23rd June St. Patrick's Hospital, Dublin
 The Spike Quilters 2nd - 30th May Thurles Source Library
 Tracey Watson & Joke Buursma 20th May - 23rd June Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
 Hands Across the Border "Aurora" 15th - 23rd May
June
 Custom House Quarter (CHQ), Dublin
 Western Branch Exhibition "The West" 22nd - 29th May St. Nicholas Church, Galway
 3rd Irish Quilters Showcase "North, South, East and West" May Hunt Museum, Limerick
 River of Dreams 23rd -30th June Limerick School of Art & Design
 Festival of Quilts 10th - 13th August NEC, Birmingham
 Open European Quilt Championships 19th  - 22nd October Maastricht, The Netherlands
 Knitting & Stitching 9th - 12th November RDS, Dublin
 An Grianan 2nd - 4th March Temonfeckin, Co. Louth

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

February Recap

Our guest speaker for February was Ailbhe O'Callaghan from the Southern Branch and I took so many photos I thought it easier to make a slideshow to share them!  More of our branch show and tell will be posted on our Facebook page!

Thank you to Ailbhe for sharing her gorgeous quilts with us!


This Friday's meeting our guest speaker will be Nikki Foley who is talking to us about quilt judging.  See you then!  Doors open at 7.30pm.
-Ruth

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Upcoming exhibitions for your diary!


“Community.” 
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. 

"Fun"
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 theCourthouseGallery.com 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.