22 October 2013

Hanging Sleeves

At last weeks National AGM, a comment was made about hanging sleeves on quilts in exhibitions.

It was felt that sometimes people aren't sure how to make hanging sleeves or how to attach them properly. A hanging sleeve that isn't attached correctly can really affect how a quilt hangs at exhibitions etc. so it is important to attach it correctly.

Most people felt that a quick demo at branch meetings would be a great way to show members how to make the hanging sleeves, so it was recommended that this be done by the branches.

Excellent hanging sleeve directions can be found on Susan Brubaker Knapp's blog at "How to Make a Quilt Sleeve"  http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.ie/2007/07/how-to-make-quilt-sleeve.html.

15 October 2013

RDS Survey on the National Crafts Competition and Travelling Exhibitions

 The RDS is currently conducting an important evaluation of the annual RDS National Crafts Competition and subsequent travelling exhibitions.

The RDS would therefore welcome your thoughts and opinions on the competition

If you enter the National Crafts Competition every year, or indeed have never entered, your views are very important to this research process. 

The RDS would be very much obliged if you could spend 5 minutes completing their online survey

11 September 2013

Western Branch Exhibition

The Western Branch are holding a quilt 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.)"

03 September 2013

Roses from the Heart Bonnet Exhibition

Australian artist Christina Henri is visiting Ireland with her cloth bonnet memorial that remembers the lives of the women exiled to Australia as convicts 1788-1853.
For many their crime was that of poverty. They and their children are paid tribute in Christina's memorials, 'Roses from the Heart' and ' Cherished Babies'.

You are VERY WELCOME to attend any of her events. 

From 13th September onwards there will be a 'Roses from the Heart' bonnet exhibition in the Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin.

On Wednesday 25 September at 11.00am at the Down Gaol Museum there will be a 'Blessing of the Bonnets' ceremony where babies’ bonnets created by over 200 students from Downpatrick will be included amongst the bonnets blessed.  This event includes music and refreshments. On Saturday 5th  October in Derry, as part of the City of Culture Program, a workshop to be held in the small room of the Guild Hall from 10.00-4.00. The workshop is to create baby's bonnets from shirts sourced in Derry (connecting with the on Irish Guild of Embroiderers.

Blessing of the Bonnets' ceremony at the St Coleman's Cathedral, Cobh, County Cork on Sunday 20th October at 12.00. Accompanied by the Bedizzole Marching Band from Italy the bonnets for the 150 women and 34 children born to the exiled women on the ill-fated ship, the Neva, will be marched through the streets of Cobh to the Cobh Heritage Centre, where they will become a permanent public installation. This event is part of the Gathering/Cork Rebel Week. ALL welcome.

02 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).

22 August 2013

IPS National AGM 19th October

Just a quick reminder for the AGM  19th October  in Waterford.

The Pia Puonti workshop spaces (20th October) have now all been filled.

Don't forget to make the baby quilts for the exhibition  and if you can't get to the AGM perhaps you could make one and send it with someone who is coming to Waterford.
Please state if you want the quilt returned to you or if you are donating it to the baby units in the South-East hospitals.  You can send as many quilts as you like.

Theme:   Nursery Rhymes.
Size:    18" x 20"  approx.

If you are going to donate it afterwards then you don't need to put a sleeve on it.

The hospitals require quilts both with and without wadding.  (without wadding quilts can be finished using the 'pillowcase' method ( no binding ).

We hope to see as many of you as possible on the weekend.  Pia does a wonderful talk / show and tell.

13 May 2013

An Grianan Weekend 2014

Note for your diary: 

The next An Grianan weekend has been booked for March 28th - 30th 2014.

International Quilt Festival of Ireland (IQFOI)

The 2nd International Quilt Festival of Ireland (IQFOI) will be taking place shortly from the 7-9th June at the NUIG Campus, Galway.  
There will be a stand for the IPS and the Western Branch will be (wo)manning it!

I hope you all can come along and enjoy the festival.

Dates: Friday June 7th - Sunday June 9th, 2013

Times: 10 am - 6 pm

Venue: NUI Galway Campus

More Information: www.IQFOI.com

Aisling, who co-ordinates the volunteers has also sent us the following note regarding volunteering at the festival. Please give it your consideration.

"Dear IPS Member,

I am writing to you from the organisational committee of the International
Quilt Festival of Ireland about our volunteer opportunities at this year's
festival taking place from June 7th - 9th 2013 on NUI Galway Campus.

 It is our aim to recruit volunteers for our festival from among the IPS.
Volunteers, especially those with unique insight into quilting, are a
valuable resource to ensure the smooth running and success of this unique
and wonderful festival.

We understand that you are all very busy people and any help you could offer
would be welcome and greatly appreciated. The festival offers a variety of
areas within which you can offer your valuable services.

The area where we would need your assistance the most would be with the

Duties involved in volunteering at the exhibits include showing the quilts
to visitors and monitoring how many people are walking in so it is not too
crowded. I have enclosed a listing of the volunteer role descriptions and a
volunteer application form.

We understand that volunteers are a valuable resource and in return we are
providing regular refreshments and breaks when required, lunch for those who
dedicate a full day, free passes to the festival and accommodation for those
working for more than one day if required.

Once you have filled out the form you can return it to aisling@IQFOI.com or
send it to us at our office. IQFOI, 7 St Francis St, Galway.

  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask for I am happy to help
in any way that I can.

My email is aisling@IQFOI.com and my phone number is 091 450513

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Aisling Walsh

Events Coordinator

International Quilting Festival Ireland

03 April 2013

Textile Du Monde Exhibition France

For anyone that might be on holiday in France during the next month or so, there is a Textiles Du Monde exhibition taking place.

Dates are 5th April to 26th May 2013

Venue: Val d'Argent, Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Franche

29 March 2013

Crafty Ladies Stitch Event in Leitrim

Hi all,
Here are some details of a fun stitch event that Crafty Ladies in Leitrim are organising for 2013.
The Leitrim ladies are looking for 12 x 12 finished squares on the theme of Ireland, Leitrim or Carrigallen.
They are holding a craft day on Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim.

Check out their Facebook page @ Crafty Ladies Carrigallen for more details.