27 December 2015

An Grianan 2016

An Grianan 2016 will be taking place from March 4th to 6th.
 There are 6 workshops available:

  • Exploring Velvet with Angie Hughes
  • Mastering your Sewing Machine with Ruth Jarman
  • Circling the Square with Sandra Montgomery
  • Storm at Sea with Anne Marie Horan
  • Embellishing Workshop (Added Value) with Valerie Mullally
  • Quirky Squares with Elizabeth Brennan

Fee is €225, with a deposit of €55 required by January 5th 2016.

An Grianan Challenge:
The An Grianan Challenge is "Celebrating Stitch" - make a 1 metre length of bunting which represents your hobby. The pennant can be any shape you like but no more than 8.5" in length or 5.5" in width or diameter.
 The bunting will be redistributed to the branches for use within the branch to bring attention to exhibitions or meetings.

18 October 2015

IPS Membership Form

Click here for a copy of the IPS Membership Form

Hungarian Modern Movement Quilt Exhibition in Galway

MOMU in Galway

This year the Western Branch of the IPS hosted the National AGM for the Society in the Salthill Hotel on October 17th
As part of the event they have invited the MOMU to bring their current exhibition “Signs” to Galway.

The Hungarian quilts will be on display in the Galway Civic Trust, at the Hall of the Red Earl, Druid’s Lane from:

Monday October 19th until October 31st.

The Opening Times of the Galway Civic Trust are:

Monday – Friday:      9am – 5pm

Saturday:                    11am- 3pm

Sunday & Bank Holidays CLOSED

14 October 2015

AGM Details. AGM Taking place Saturday 17th October

Dear IPS Member,
Thank you for forwarding your booking for the National AGM in the Salthill Hotel, Galway.
The hotel is on the prom in Salthill, just after the Galway Bay Hotel as you head west along the Prom.

There is ample parking at the hotel.

The following is the timetable for Saturday.
10.00am Registration and Coffee
11.00am Welcome and AGM
1.00pm Lunch in Amber Restaurant ( Hour and a half to allow time for chat, shop, walk)
2.30pm Zsofia Atkins Talk
4.30pm Raffle and Challenge Winner announced.
5 ish (!) Finish up.

The following is the timetable for Sunday for those attending the workshop
10am Workshop begins. Coffee and tea available in the room form 11am
1pm Lunch at reserved table in the bar.
2pm Workshop continues
4.30 workshop ends.

Not everyone who booked gave email address, so please pass this information to anyone you know who may be going.

If you know of anyone who intends coming to the AGM and who has NOT BOOKED please ask them to text or ring Anne Marie Horan with their NAME so that they can be included in the numbers for the hotel. 

Safe travels and looking forward to seeing you on Saturday
Anne Marie Horan
AGM Organising Sub Committee

Reminder about the AGM Challenge

If anyone is attending the IPS National AGM on the 17th October don't forget about the AGM Challenge.

The challenge for this year is to make a HOUSE block. This block must be quilted and measure 12 1/2, not smaller. You have to finish the edges of the block with a narrow zig-zag stitch all around the block.

The HOUSE blocks will be assembled by the Western Branch to create a quilt which will be raffled for a charity looking after the homeless in Galway.

Also, the winner of the challenge receives the James Lawlor trophy for the year.

01 July 2015

Hands Across the Border Exhibition

The Hands Across the Border Exhibition is opening today in the Botanic Gardens in Dublin. The exhibition runs from Wednesday 1st July to the 3rd August. Theme: Reflections

08 June 2015

South Midlands Branch - Change of venue

The South Midlands Branch are changing their meeting venue to Patricks Parish Hall, Loughboy, Kilkenny on the 3rd Thursday of every month from September to June from 7.30pm - 9.30pm, .

New members are welcome to come on September 17th. Membership costs 40Euro a year and allows you to attend meetings anywhere in Ireland, exhibit with the group, participate in classes and workshops,receive a quarterly national newsletter..everyone is welcome to join whether you are an beginner or advanced sewer , it is a great group for meeting new people with the same passion ,and a great opportunity to make new friends, hope to see you all in September

03 June 2015

Mid-West Branch "Local Landscapes" Exhibition

The Mid-West Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society are currently running a quilt exhibition in Limerick.

The exhibition "Local Landscapes" is on in Ormston House, 12 Patrick's Street, Limerick till the 6th June.

Opening hours: 12-6pm (Thursday 12-7pm).
Admission free.

17 May 2015

DCoI Textile Exhibition "Thread Story"

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) will co-ordinate the 6th exhibition of textiles in conjunction with our member organisations (GANS) at The Knitting & Stitching Show, RDS Dublin from the 12th – 15th November 2015 Brief Work submitted to ‘Thread Song' is to be made in response to the life and/or poetry of WB Yeats.

As we now celebrate Irish Design and Yeats2015 we have an opportunity to further development our cultural landscape. Yeats2015 offers a unique opportunity to celebrate Ireland, through the prism of one of its most renowned literary icons.

 • Pieces must be contemporary in design and can be in any textile media utilising slow and/or fast craft techniques, handcrafted or digital technologies
• Work will be selected on the basis of excellence in design and making, its fit within the overall exhibition and creative interpretation of the brief
• Work must have been made within the last three years and not previously shown in The Knitting & Stitching Show or in any DCCoI exhibitions
• Successful applicants will have their work photographed and exhibited in The Knitting & Stitching Show

This exhibition may travel to other venues both in Ireland and the UK.

Delivery of Submissions
• Enclose your completed application form with the work, along with your €15 administration charge in an envelope with your name and contact information (Please have exact amount if delivering). Please note that application must be also emailed to: innovationadmin@dccoi.ie
• It is preferable that framed work where possible is without glass
• Each package and piece submitted must be clearly labeled outside and inside with name, contact information and hanging instructions where necessary
• Work must be adequately and securely packed in reusable packing/boxes for safe transport and storage. If work is not deemed securely packed, DCCoI reserves the right not to accept the work, and work will be returned at the makers expense

Delivery or Submissions by post to: Mary Whelan Innovation & Development Department Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Castle Yard Kilkenny By Email: innovationadmin@dccoi.ie

Closing date for submission and delivery 22 September 2015

Application form

11 May 2015

Mid-West Branch "Local Landscapes" Exhibition

To coincide with National Quilting Week, the Mid-West Branch are running an exhibition from 2nd - 6th June. The theme of the exhibit is "Local Landscapes".

Venue: Ormston House, Patrick Street, Limerick
Opening hours: Tues - Sat: 12-6pm. Thurs: 12 - 7pm.

Official Opening Tuesday 2nd June at 7pm

07 May 2015

Irish Quilter's Showcase

As part of National Quilting Week, there will be an Irish Quilter's Showcase exhibition taking place.

12 Irish quilters have been invited to make pieces based on the theme of "Wild Atlantic Way".

The show will open on the 22nd of May and run till the 14th of June in the Blasket Centre, Dun Chaoin, Dingle, Co.  Kerry.

06 May 2015

EQA Movement Exhibition

EQA "Movement" Exhibition will be taking place in Christ Church, United Presbyterian & Methodist (Central Buildings), 51 O'Connell Street, Limerick.
1-14th June 2015
Open daily from 10am to 5.30pm (Closed Sundays)

Western Branch Exhibition "Summer Colours"

The IPS Western Branch will be holding a branch exhibition "Summer Colours" from Friday 5th - Thursday 11th of June in the foyer of the Orbsen Building, NUIG, Galway.

The venue is open daily from 9am to 6pm. Admission free

05 May 2015

Hands Across the Border Exhibition

Hands Across the Border 2015 - Reflections
A joint exhibition between the
Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild & Irish Patchwork Society

City Hall Belfast

Official opening at 12 noon - Tuesday 5th May. Opening by Valerie Wilson (Textile Curator at Cultra Folk and Transport Museum). 
The exhibition in City Hall runs from the 5th May to 28th May.

The exhibition will be in 2 parts

Part I from 5th May to 15th May. Part I will be half the NIPG quilts and those from IPS Western and Eastern Branches.

Part II from 16th May to 28th May. Part II  will be the other half of the NIPG Quilts and all the other IPS branches.

All the quilts will be on exhibition in the Botanic Gardens in Dublin during the month of July.

28 April 2015

Modern Quilters Ireland 1st Exhibition

Modern Quilters Ireland will be holding their 1st ever exhibition from May 25th - June 26th at St. Patrick's Hospital, Dublin.

The theme of the exhibition is "Happiness".
The official launch of the exhibition is on the 4th June at 4pm to coincide with National Quilting Week.

The venue, St Patrick's Hospital, is a 5 minute walk from Heuston Station. It is situated on Steeven’s Lane, between Heuston Station and St. James’s Hospital, with bus and Luas services all within a 5-10 minute walk. There is limited paid parking also available for visitors travelling by car.

03 April 2015

OEQC 2015 Entry Deadline

For any IPS members who are interested in entering a quilt for the Open European Quilt Championships (OEQC) 2015, please note that the competition has a very early entry date of 1st May.  

 A completed and signed entry form, along with two photographs of your work, must be submitted by May 1st.

The quilt exhibition takes place from 29th October - 1st November 2015 in MECC Maastricht, Forum 100, 6229 GV Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Click here for the entry form

The theme for OEQC 2015 is: ‘The People’.

If you let your mind wander, you can think of people who belong together, or want to belong together, a crowd, a tribal dancing of happiness because they are celebrating a wedding, a nation, residents of a state, a nation led by Moses to the promised land, a group. Think of supporters of a football club, a volleyball team, a group of bikers disappearing in the distance during sunset or a battalion of soldiers, practicing on the moor with a howitzer.
Look into nature and think of swarming bees looking for a suitable place to establish itself as an independent nation separated from their people, or an anthill in a dark deciduous forest where you almost stepped on during a hiking trip. A pack of wolves who jointly hunt a bison young that they are trying to separate from the group. A herd of elephants that sisterly trudges through the savannah with their babies between them for protection against the mob hyenas who follow them around. Or young wolves playing, whose parents gnaw on some bones. A herd of cows in the meadow being corralled by the farmer because it is milking time.
If you free your mind there are many possibilities to interpret ‘the people’.

26 March 2015

The Festival of Quilts 2015

The Festival of Quilts takes place from 6-9th August 2015 in Halls 7, 8 & 9 at the NEC Birmingham.

Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting show returns to the NEC bringing together a community of like-minded, creative people in a unique celebration of patchwork and quilting.
  • See up to 1000 quilts entered into competition by quilters from every corner of the globe.
  • Visit in excess of 25 curated galleries from leading quilt artists and groups.
  • Shop from over 300 companies selling specialist and hard-to-find supplies.
  • Choose from a huge range of workshops and masterclasses or hear from the experts in one of the lectures.
Traditional, contemporary and modern quilters; professionals and amateurs; young and old are all brought together in this huge stitch extravaganza! Nowhere else in Europe will you find such talent, colour and vibrancy and such creativity and passion for quilting under one roof.
 The Quick & Easy Workshops and the Quilt Academy and Lecture Programme timetables are now available to view.

To view the basic academy programme including the lectures click here -  http://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk/files/quilt_academy_timetable.pdf

Make sure you book your classes as soon as possible (once tickets go live) so you don't miss out on some of the fantastic classes and lectures on offer.

 Tickets for members of The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles will go on sale from midday on Monday 30th March 2015. To buy your tickets (if you are a Quilters Guild member) please visit the Guild website here and book your tickets as per the instructions sent to you.

Tickets for everyone else will go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 7th April 2015 from the Festival of Quilts website.

16 March 2015

EQA Diversity in Europe

European Quilt Association: Diversity in Europe EQA Gallery at FOQ 2015.
With Quilters’ Guilds across Europe represented, the Diversity In Europe gallery is an opportunity to see some of the outstanding work of artists from 17 different countries. Each country can only select one piece to represent their country, so it is always an interesting and stunning example of quilt making at its finest. 

The Irish Patchwork Society are currently looking for IPS members to submit photographs of their work for consideration as the Irish entry for this year's gallery.

Size of quilt:
Maximum height 2.5m - maximum width 2.5m
Minimum height 1m - minimum width 1m
Maximum perimeter (all the way around the quilt) 9 metres
Minimum perimeter (all the way around the quilt) 4 metres

All quilt must have a 10cm (4inch) hanging sleeve (with extra fullness to accommodate the rod) sewn 1cm below the top of the quilt and stopping 2cm from each side.

All quilts must include the following information at the bottom of the quilt, either on a fabric label securely attached to the back of the quilt or written directly onto the back of the quilt - owner's name and full postal address (including country), Name of the quilt. 

All quilts must have a Quilt makers statement.

Please email a good quality photograph to the International Representative (Loretta O'Brien) by 31st May 2015.

The quilt will be chosen by the Executive Committee.

11 March 2015

South-Eastern Branch Exhibition

The South-Eastern Branch will be holding a patchwork exhibition at:
 Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford City 
30th March - 16th April.

Library Opening hours
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri - 10:00 - 17.30
Wed: 10:00 - 20:00
Sat: 10:00 - 13:00. 14:00 - 17:30

Map Directions

03 March 2015

IPS Newsletter No. 128

IPS Newsletter No. 128 was posted out to members a few weeks ago. 
In a few instances, some members did not receive a copy of the newsletter. If your newsletter did not arrive, can you please inform your local Branch Membership Secretary.

Also, there was a minor typo with an address on page 7. If you're applying for the International Rep or DCoI Rep, the applications/expression of interest should be sent to the IPS Secretary, PO Box 45, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

23 February 2015

The 1913 Lockout Tapestry

 The 1913 Lockout Tapestry an ambitious, large-scale, collaborative visual arts project to commemorate the Dublin Lockout will be on display at Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, from Tuesday 17th February - Saturday 28th March 2015.  It consists of panels laid out in a ‘comic book’ style illustrating the historical event that saw 100,000 people in Dublin facing starvation as a consequence of a conflict between capital and labour forces.

Designed by artists, Cathy Henderson and Robert Ballagh, produced by 200 adult volunteers and over 60 school children, the tapestry tells the story of the clash of forces between labour and capital in the fight for union recognition and the right to collective bargaining resulting in 100,000 people facing starvation at end of 1913.

This remarkable and unique Irish work of Art consisting of 9 panels was produced by a diverse range of groups including the Irish Embroidery Guild, the Irish Patchwork Society, the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, community activists, trade unionists, school students, people with disabilities and prisoners.
It was commissioned by NCAD and trade union, SIPTU.

As part of The Decade of Commemorations, the tapestry will be exhibited from Tuesday 17 February to Saturday 28 March at Dublin City Library & Archive in Pearse Street.  It will then be on view at Ballyfermot Library during April.

Senior cycle students will find this exhibition of particular interest, with Dublin 1913 - Dublin Lockout and Strike forming part of the senior cycle history syllabus.

Admission to the exhibition is free.  (Groups of 12 or more will need to book. Schools groups are particularly welcome).
Opening times at the Dublin City Library & Archive: 
Monday to Thursday:  10.00 am – 8.00 pm
Friday and Saturday:  10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Booking enquiries:   Tel. 01 6744806
Email:   dublinpubliclibraries@dublincity.ie

11 February 2015

Southern Branch Details

The Southern Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society have recently set up a new Facebook and website.

Their website is located at: http://ipscork.com

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/southernbranchips

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/southernbrancho

The Southern Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society meet the 2nd Saturday of every month (except July and August) in the Hall of the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork from 10:00 till 12:30.

Their next meeting is on Saturday 14th February where Moya from Patchwork Plus will be the guest speaker.
Bring your hand stitching kit if you want to start your project at the meeting.
The Southern Branch will also be debuting their 2015 Block of the Month at this meeting.

28 January 2015

Hands Across the Border Exhibition 2015

The Hands Across the Border Exhibition is a joint Irish Patchwork Society and Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild Biennial Exhibition.

The exhibition will open in the magnificent Belfast City Hall in May. It will then be on display in the Botanic Gardens, Dublin for the month of July.

The theme for this exhibition is "REFLECTIONS".
Quilt can be no larger than 1 metre square

Quilts must be with the organisers by 31st March 2015 (further details to follow).
  • All Irish Patchwork Society and Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild members are eligible to enter this exhibition. 
  • The quilt must consist of 2 layers.
  • Any technique or combination of techniques may be used in the making of the quilt.
  • The quilt must have been completed within the last two years.
  • A quilt made by more than one person must list all names.
  • A hanging sleeve must be securely stitched to the top back of the quilt. A label must also be stitched to the quilt back.
  • No glass fronted or mounted work will be accepted.
  • Entries will be photographed and may be used for a possible catalogue and or publicity purposes.