Sunday, 15 October 2017

October Mid-West Branch Meeting

The Mid-West Branch met on Friday the 13th in Baptist Church, Limerick.  The night was definitely not an un-lucky one!   We had many new members join, and we were very lucky to have Roisin McManus bring her shop from Tuam.   She brought a huge selection of fabrics, including some fabulous Christmas fabrics.



Our meeting was run by Frances Shanahan, our current branch president, and she was extremely complimentary to Tracy Watson who was our speaker for the evening.   Frances, along with many members of the branch, went to see Tracy's exhibition last year in Ennistymon.   We were all treated to the back story of how Tracy prepared herself for the exhibition and gathered her ideas and pieces together.   Tracy displayed her selection of pieces including the "cartoons" that she used to create her curved pieces.  She also framed some smaller pieces, which worked quite effectively.


Meeting in progress

Tracy Watson's pieces on display

Our Show and Share began with Ruth Bourke showing a few of her pieces.  She brought several with her as she was off to Galway in the morning to do a workshop for their branch.   She showed her Rainbow Rose which is the piece which represented Ireland in the Diversity gallery at Birmingham Festival of Quilts.  She also showed her color Ticker Tape example, which each square a different color.  It's a fun way to use up scraps!


Gillian Killick brought her piece "Waves of Color" to share.  She had it in the Dublin Knit and Stitch last year, it is a lovely triptich and hangs incredibly well.




Many members, including some new members, showed their pieces in the show and share.   It's so inspirational to see so many active quilters in our group!   For a full set of photos go to: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm5MHhkx

Sunday, 8 October 2017

AGM 2017 in Cork, October 7

The AGM for the Irish Patchwork Society took place in Cork at the beautiful Kingsley hotel, and it was a lovely relaxed day.   We arrived to tea and coffee along with the most delicious little biscuits, and had plenty of time to wander around to shop and visit before the meeting commenced at 11:00.   Many members of the Mid-West branch attended.  It was also terrific to be able to connect some new faces with names from the many exhibitions.   We gathered our Mid-West members for a photo:



Ruth Bourke ran the meeting with style and grace.  There is a lot of work being done by the committee, the most largest new piece of work is getting our organization set up to be recognized as a charity.   This will allow us a different status and recognition as a group that provides education of the arts.   We have a lot going on in terms of public exhibitions!



The Strategy Planning Group has also been meeting regularly to help organize processes, and is making great progress.  Mary Hunter gave us an update on their sub-committee.



The quilt making Challenge is always a bit of fun.   This year the challenge was to make a Binary quilt, it could be any two colors but could not venture away from those two.   Jane Horner helped to hang the quilts in the little mini-quilt show.  Many different colors and ideas were represented.   The winner of the challenge wins a prize with a mini-quilt.   The winner was Linda Cowley, who also won last year, so she won her own little quilt!



We had a delicious lunch with a view of the river, then came back to the hall to chat some more until we were called for the speaker portion of the meeting.   Janice Gunner from the UK came to talk about a specialty of hers - Japanese textiles.   We were treated to many beautiful fabric examples and the history behind the fabrics as well.  Janice has travelled extensively in Japan.  Janice prepared a slide show with photos from Japan and the regions that produce the different types of fabrics.  



Thank you to the Cork branch for the wonderful day, and thank you to our committee members who put in so much time over the year.   The Irish Patchwork Society is a terrific group!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Branch Meeting September 8, 2017

We held our first branch meeting of the new year at the Baptist Church on Friday night, September 8.  It was a busy night at the door with membership dues as well as our usual meet and greet with raffle tickets.   We had a much larger number of visitors than usual, and we all made an effort to help them feel welcome.   It's great to have a so many new faces at our meeting as well as all of our friends.

Sew Crafty Fabrics with Avril Riordin provided the shop for the night.  She brought so many bright and beautiful fabrics, thank you for traveling with your wares!


Frances Shanahan, our new president, ran the meeting with style and grace.   We had a new type of guest speaker, a yoga teacher Sara Cory.   She demonstrated some mindfulness techniques and hand stretches, great for quilters who spend hours at our sewing machines.   Namaste.


Our meeting challenge was to create a name tag.  We had five entries, and we voted during the meeting.   Our winner was Liz Stanley.   Well done, Liz.



Tracy Watson explained her workshop which will take place next month on October 14.  She will be teaching methods for couching threads to create different textures.


We had another completed quilt from our 2.5 inch squares challenge!   Claire Lynch showed her completed challenge quilt.

Many quilters shared their summer projects in the Show and Share this month.  Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and we hope to see our friends who could not make it next month!   A larger set of photos is posted on our flickr feed:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/midwestpatchwork/sets/72157686426009464

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make our meeting a great success.

European Quilt Association in the Birmingham Festival of Quilts

The Irish Patchwork Society (IPS) is a member of the European's Quilter's Association (EQA).   Each year the EQA puts together a gallery in the Birmingham Festival of Quilts where each country contributes an equal number of quilts according to a theme.   The quilts must be of a specific size and follow the guidelines that are decided by the international committee.   The International Representative for Ireland is a member of our branch, Paula Rafferty.   Thank you to Paula Rafferty for her work in helping to make this gallery a huge success.   It's the only gallery like it in the Festival of Quilts, and many quilters report it as one of the highlights of the show.

Ireland always has a wide range of quilts representing quilters throughout Ireland, with all 8 branches of the Irish Patchwork Society invited to to contribute.   This year the Irish quilts were on the theme "Inspired by the New York Beauty Block."




Below are the details of the names and maker's of the individual quilts.



Several of the quilts were contributed by members of our branch.  Here are just a few of ours:

Skull Beauty by Paula Rafferty


Lady Liberty by Ursula O'Sullivan


BeautyFlies by Isobel Maher


Sunshine on the Sea by Imelda O'Grady



Thank you to everyone to contributed to the EQA gallery, it was an amazing display of quilting techniques!  

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!