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.