The Irish Patchwork Society celebrated its 35th birthday in 2016. There are 8 branches around the country with approximately 500 members. Branches hold monthly meetings from September to June, invite guest speakers and hold in branch demonstrations, 1/2 day and full day workshops throughout the year.
|WIP from an Grianan 2016|
Every 2 years a sewing retreat is organised by the Society at An Grianan, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth where weekend workshops are offered.
The society exhibits nationally showcasing the members work , annually at the Knitting & Stitching Show in Dublin and every second year with the Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild in a Hands Across the Border exhibit.
As well as regular exhibitions organised at branch level a bi-annual, National exhibit showcasing a theme is also held. The national is being hosted by the Mid- West Branch in 2016 on the theme of Evolution. The exhibit will run from the 12th to the 22nd July at the Limerick School of Art and Design, Clare Street, Limerick and all are welcome!
The IPS is a member of the European Quilt Association (EQA) and participates in annual challenges which are exhibited at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.
Membership of the Society is €40 annual subscription. Student rates and International member rates can be found on the membership form here. Membership entitles you to attend branch meetings at any of the 8 branches, 4 newsletters in the form of a quarterly magazine, borrow from the branch libraries, attend workshops and put forward quilts for exhibition.
Visitors are invited to attend 2 branch meetings. For insurance purposes to attend more than 2 meetings membership is required. To join the IPS please fill in this form and present it to your nearest branch or post to the Membership Secretary at the address provided.
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