June 2018 Meeting

On a gloriously sunny day in June, we had our final branch meeting before our summer break.

It was lovely to welcome Ruth Bourke as chair of the Executive. We appreciate her words of encouragement and thanks to us as a branch.

Moya Geraghty from Patchwork Plus paid a visit with her fabulous fabrics, and range of notions. As a result I know many of us are now well stocked up for the summer break. Her workshops that followed, certainly did not disappoint either. Her 'Jigsaw' cushion cover class, had great results. Not to mention the "Circles within Circles" workshop on the Sunday!  Photos from these workshops are on our Facebook and gallery page, and they are well worth looking at!

Our very popular visiting speaker was a local artist, John Nolan. He gave a painting demonstration, and spoke to us on the use of color, which we all really enjoyed.

Show and tell gave us yet another opportunity to finish the year on a positive note. What a treat there was in store! It was lovely to see such range of brilliant, fun, beautiful and colorful quilts completed by our members. Photos of these are on our Facebook and gallery page also.

Our branch challenge for the summer break is Fiddle/Fidget quilt or cushion.... watch this space!


National Exhibition Opening and Raffle


Hi All 

Don't forget to visit our National Exhibition at the Chocolate Factory, King's Inn Street, Dublin 1.  Open from July 2nd to July 14th (official opening July 7th at 2pm). Opening hours every day are 10 am to 4 pm. 

There will be a raffle held on Saturday July 14th and the prize is this beautiful quilt donated by Joanna Harrington from the Southern Branch. Tickets are €3 for 1 and €5 for 2 and can be purchased at the Exhibition.  

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Irish Patchwork Society - Executive Committee


May 2018 Meeting

We had a very busy meeting this month; with the weather finally warm and everyone’s thoughts set on summer, fun and holidays, we still had to get down to AGM business before turning to the more relaxed parts of the programme.

Eilish Masterson, Secretary of the Executive was collecting quilts for the Making Waves National Exhibition, which will take place at the Chocolate Factory, 26 King’s Inn Street, Dublin from 2nd to 14th of July, with the official opening on the 5th of July.


Helen and Miriam reminded us of the branch summer challenge, which is making fiddle quilts/cushions for Alzheimers and dementia patients, and gave us some tips, the most important being: everything used on these quilts has to be tightly secured, triple stitched and double-checked to make sure no elements will come off during handling.


Our special guest this month was John O’Donnell from Singer Sewing Centre in Waterford. He usually comes to our May meetings to service some machines, but this time he also gave us an informative (and entertaining) talk about machine maintenance and answered a lot of questions from the audience about cleaning and oiling the machines, transporting them, choosing threads, bobbins and needles, etc.


Our Show and Tell was quality over quantity this time, with a trace of nostalgia. It started with a striking quilt, incorporating a beautiful vintage floral fabric, made by Hazel McCullagh for her sister. Angela Archbold followed with a story of how she turned a panel bought at her very first branch meeting into a pair of wonderful wallhangings. Daphne Duncan demonstrated a bright disappearing nine-patch quilt and shared tips on sourcing fabric from IKEA duvet sets. Cynthia Keegan awed everybody with her exquisite creation incorporating treasured pieces of textiles from women of the past and the present, including embroidered handkerchiefs and crocheted doilies. Finally, Mary Maguire showed a lovely baby quilt she made for Henry Bear, with multicoloured butterflies and butterfly backing to match.

Maeve Meany from Limerick Quilt Center brought a large selection of fabrics and notions to keep us well-stocked for our summer projects.

Those who stayed for the afternoon watched an inspiring demonstration on book-binding by Sidella O’Brien. Sidella showed us how to do basic Japanese bookbinding, and also brought her books made with various other bookbinding styles. She uses not only paper and card, but also fabrics and even quilted pieces for some of her book covers. Great motivation to try a new craft during summer, I’m certainly making myself a bespoke photo album!

For more photos from the meeting please visit our gallery page.

Postcard Tutorial


Here at the Eastern branch we are organising ourselves for the postcard challenge. The theme as you know is to mark the centenary of women in Ireland getting the vote. To help with the technical side of the challenge we asked our member Miriam Gogarty to demonstrate her process of creating fabric postcards. We hope other branches will use this tutorial to hold their own challenge or just to start getting ready for Christmas, creating truly bespoke cards for their nearest and dearest. Miriam prefers her cards 4'' by 6'', but the 4 3/4'' by 7 3/4'' size will also be accepted for the challenge.


  • Pelmet vilene: 2 pieces per card measuring 6” x 4”
  • Bondaweb: 2 pieces per card measuring 6” x 4”
  • Front of card background fabric: 1 piece 6” x 4”
  • Back of card fabric: 1 piece of white or cream fabric 6” x 4”
  • You will also need a little more Bondaweb and different fabrics to suit the theme of your postcard.
  • Usual sewing items: threads, rulers, scissors, machine.

Step 1:

Using Bondaweb fuse white fabric to pelmet vilene and either write or stitch “POST CARD” across the top back and a line down the centre.


Step 2:


Fuse the background fabric to the second piece of pelmet vilene and use this for the front of your postcard. Back the pieces of fabric for your chosen image with Bondaweb, cut out the shapes, arrange them on the background and fuse them down.


Step 3:

Stitch down the appliqué using a straight stitch, satin stitch, blanket stitch or a decorative stitch on your machine, add details.


Step 4:

When the appliqué or other work has been finished on the front of the postcard, layer the front and back together making sure the edges line up. Use a satin stitch or other suitable stitch on your machine around the edge to secure and finish the card.


This is what the back of the finished card looks like:


by Miriam Gogarty

March Meeting


We had a very busy and inspirational meeting this month, as always. The lovely miniatures submitted to the Easter challenge helped turn our minds from March snowfalls to April showers — a huge thank you to all the participants and big round of applause to the winner, Sarah Nix.


Stephanie of the Green Acres Quilts shop brought a beautiful selection of fabrics — her yummy fruit prints seemed to be particularly popular. The quilts, bags, cushion and bunting she showcased inspired everyone to make something great.



The show-and-tell was full of surprises. We were privileged to see a hand-sewn EPP quilt made by the 2017 class of the Rathdown School and donated to charity – well done everybody involved in making it. Jen showed us an intricately quilted landscape in rich colours, and Dearbhla followed with a quilt made with charity-shop artificial fur coats – very warm and made in time for the Beast from the East. The weather was evidently perfect for sewing, as some members used it to finish their long-waiting projects, like the exquisite stained-glass wallhanging. Julia Gahagan’s three workshops left a big impression, the evidence of which is sure to stay with us for a long time – several members showed the beautiful miniatures they made during the workshops and after it.


Mary Mc Dermott shared the great work she has done repairing a hand-sewn 1965 quilt from her friend’s family. The state of some pieces proved that the quilt was in dire need of some skillful attention, and Mary managed to restore it to its former glory, while keeping its unique charm.


Kathy Dranse stunned everybody with the wedding-ring quilt for her daughter, which she has just finished after four years of work – the precise piecing, intricate hand applique, gorgeous colours, stunning long-arm quilting – her daughter is about to receive a masterpiece to treasure.


Our new members showed the results of the beginner workshops that definitely filled their teachers’ hearts with pride. As usual, several members made lovely quilts for Henry Bear – Heart Children Ireland charity, a big thank you to them, their creations are sure to be loved and appreciated. Please visit our Gallery page to see all the beautiful creations shown at the meeting.



Our guest speaker Mary McAuliffe told us about the circumstances and the legacy of women in Ireland getting the vote, the centenary of which is commemorated in our Postcard Project. The members present got a historical background and visual inspiration to create their postcards. Miriam Gogarty will be giving a demo on the technical side of making a fabric postcard after the April meeting.


The afternoon session was an opportunity for members to work on their unfinished projects and for the committee to prepare the kits for the Centenary Postcard Project.

12th July 2017 - Call for Quilts - Scrap Happy- Eastern Branch IPS Exhibition

Eastern Branch Exhibition 2017 

"Scrap Happy" - IPS Eastern Branch 2017 Exhibition will take place between Monday 4th September 2017 until Monday 18th September 2017 at Axis Arts Centre & Community Resource Centre , Main Street, Ballymun Dublin 9. Times will be confirmed in August.

Call for items from IPS Eastern Branch members - we are now seeking for branch members to enter quilt items for this exhibition at the end of August. The theme of the branch exhibition is "Scrap Happy". Size - 16" (40cm) x 35" (90cm). It must be portrait shape, 3 layers, hanging sleeve and labelled.


Members are asked to submit quilts to IPS Eastern Branch Committee on Saturday (Morning) 26th August 2017 at St. Anthony's Parish Centre.

All information and exhibition entry forms will be emailed to all branch members. Please have your work labeled at the back & in a bag with your name & mobile. Your work will be available for collection at our Sept meeting. 

Please contact Carol Scott for more details - chair.ipseastern@gmail.com

DROP-OFF for the Southside is

Saturday 26th Aug 11-1pm sharp. The Coffee Shop, Marley Park, Rathfarnham. 

Northside is 

Tuesday 29th AUG 11-1pm sharp                       Tuesday 29th Aug 6-8pm sharp

Costa Coffee (beside Lidl)                                 Reception area

Westend Retail Park                                           Gresham Hotel

BLANCHARDSTOWN                                         DUBLIN

please check here for updates


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4th July 2017 - Extended Date for Aurora - Hands Across the Border Exhibition 2017

"Aurora" - Joint Hands Across the Border Exhibition between IPS & North Ireland Patchwork Guild

Until 8th July 2017 at the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn.

It had a successful showing in Dublin, where it was exhibited in the Custom House Quay, hosted by the IPS Eastern Branch. Now all 63 quilts are at the Island Arts Centre,  where you will be able to view them.  Opening times of the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn  are: Monday – Friday: 9.30 am – 10 pm & Saturday: 9.30 am – 5 pm.

1st July 2017 - IPS Eastern Branch Exhibition 2017 - Scrap Happy

Eastern Branch Exhibition 2017 - call for quilts: IPS Eastern Branch Exhibtion 2017 - will take place between Monday 4th September 2017 until Monday 18th September 2017 at Axis Arts Centre & Community Resource Centre, Main Street, Ballymun Dublin 9. We are now seeking for branch members to enter quilt items for this exhibtion at the end of August. The theme of the branch exhibtion is "Scrap Happy". Size - 16" (40cm) x 35" (90cm). It must be portrait shape, 3 layers, hanging sleeve and labelled. Members are asked to submit quilts to IPS Eastern Branch Committee on Saturday (Morning) 26th August 2017 at St. Anthony's Parish Centre. All information and exhibition entry forms will be emailed to all branch members. Contact Carol Scott (New chairpserson) for more details - chair.ipseastern@gmail.com

24th June 2017 - IPS Eastern Branch Meeting and Updates

Our last meeting of 2016/2017 took place earlier today with welcoming our new 2017/2018 Committee with our new chairperson Carol Scott. More detials and information is on our "Notes" page within our website. We also wish to thank guest fabric shop Patchwork Plus and guest speaker/workshp tutor Irene McWilliam. Thank you to all our members for your ongoing support and we hope you have a lovely summer.

19th June 2017 - IPS Eastern Branch June Meeting

Update from Celine (our outgoing chairperson)

To all Eastern Branch members:

Reminder for this Saturday’s Branch meeting in Clontarf – Saturday 24th June 2017

Tea / Coffee: served from 10am. Don’t forget your Mug.

Shop: Patchwork Plus

Speaker: Irene MacWilliam

Workshop: Saturday 24th June 2017 – Lets make Fabric ½ day workshop with Irene MacWilliam

We look forward to seeing you all there.
IPS Eastern Branch

8th June 2017 - Closure of Open European Quilt Championship & Textile Festivals

Update from our IPS Executuive:

"Hi all, Paula has received word that he OEQC is cancelled and there will be no show this year.  Anyone who has made quilts for illuminate or is in the process of making and wishes to finish will have their quilts shown at the Knitting & Stitching.  Please pass the word to the branches and update social media to let people know.  For info the text received is below:
Dear Sir / Madam, After 20 editions of the Open European Quilt Championships and a wonderful 20th Anniversary in 2016, we have reached a difficult decision.

Unfortunately the event is no longer able to cover its costs, and with a heavy heart we have chosen to end the Open European Quilt Championship & Textile Festivals.  Over the last 20 years, textiles lovers have visited our event from all around the world, and we have met so many wonderful people and exhibited countless special works of art. We are very grateful to you for this, and will look back on these last years with fondness.

We would like to take this moment to thank everyone who has contributed to the event over the last years and made it possible.

Of course we will be here to assist you through these final stages, and to answer any questions you might have.  You can find the answers for most questions directly on our website at www.textile-festivals.com. If you have any other questions regarding this decision, please email us at info@textile-festivals.com .

Warm regards,

Ada Honders en Robbie Beeks"

26th May 2017 - Tomorrow's Branch Meeting & AGM

Update from our branch chairperson:
"Hi all,

In addition to my email below please note the following;

River of Dreams Exhibition: Submissions for the River of Dreams Exhibition will be collected at the May meeting. The Limerick Quilt Centre is our shop on the day and they will take the quilts with them to Limerick after our meeting.

Lets Make Fabric workshop: Irene MacWilliam will give a half day workshop after our June branch meeting. Details of the workshop will be available at the Workshop table on Saturday and the cost is €35.00.

Thanks, Celine"

23rd May 2017 - Thank You - Hands Across the Border 2017 Exhibition Dublin

Update from our IPS Eastern Branch Chairperson, Celine McDonnell:

"Hi all, 

The Hands Across the Border Exhibition in the CHQ building, Dublin finished today. 

The Northern venue is Island Arts Centre, Lisburn and will open next month June 2017.  

Thank you to all our members who invigilated at the Exhibition and to all those who came to visit.

Kindest regards


18th May 2017 - IPS Eastern Branch AGM 2017 & Branch Meeting Update

To all Eastern Branch members

Reminder for all IPS Eastern Branch members that our AGM will take place on Saturday May 27th 2017 in St. Anthony’s Hall, Clontarf. 

Tea / Coffee: served from 10am.    Please don’t forget your Mug

AGM: Will start at 10.45am

Reminder:  Visitors are as always welcome to our meetings.  However, at the May meeting visitors will be asked to leave the hall for the duration of the AGM. Once the AGM has finished visitors are welcome to return.

Our general branch meeting will commence once the AGM has finished.

Call for Committee Members:  Volunteers are needed for the Branch Committee as 8 members of the current Committee will finish their 2 year term at the AGM in May. Nomination forms will be available on the morning of the AGM or please email Celine - chair.ipseastern@gmail.com and she will forward you the form by email.

Shop: Limerick Quilt Centre

Speaker: Deborah O’Hare

Group Exhibiting at May meeting: Kitchen Quilters

UFO afternoon: We will have a UFO (unfinished objects) afternoon, after our meeting on May 28th starting at 1.30pm.  During the afternoon Cynthia Keegan will demonstrate how to put a sleeve on a quilt and how to make a bag for quilts going to Exhibition, so it’s definitely worth sticking around.  Cost: €5.00

Workshops: Deborah O’Hare Workshops

-       Birdhouses Applique Workshop Sunday, 28th  May 2017 – full day workshop cost €65.00

-       Stitching Showcase Workshop Monday 29th May 2017 – full day workshop cost €65.00

-       Layers & Shadows Workshop Tuesday 30th May 2017 – fully day workshop cost €65.00

There are still some places available for the Birdhouses Applique Workshop on Sunday, 28th May 2017, if you are interested please contact our Workshop Coordinators Marilyn Roantree and Mary Hunter at workshops.ipseastern@gmail.com or visit our Workshop table at the meeting on May 27th.

Machine Service: John O’Donnell from the Singer Sewing will be at the meeting to service sewing machines.  The order machines are serviced in will be based on the sign-up sheet which was completed at the April meeting. Please be aware that your machine may not be ready for collection until late in the afternoon and you may need to return to collect it (so it’s a good excuse to stay around for the UFO afternoon).

Raffle: Our raffle will take place at the May meeting.  Tickets will be available at the meeting.  1st Prize is a Sewing Machine donated by John O’Donnell from the Singer Sewing Centre in Waterford.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Celine, Chairperson IPS Eastern Branch

18th May 2017 - Can you help with the "Hands Across the Border" Exhibition?

Update from our Chairperson:
"Hi all, We urgently need invigilators to cover the following time slots at the Hands Across the Border Exhibition.

- Friday May 19th 2017 -  3pm to 6pm
- Saturday May 20th 2017 -  3pm to 6pm
- Sunday May 21st 2017 - 3pm to 6pm
- Tuesday May 23rd 2017 - 12pm to 3pm

If you are free to cover one of these slots, please contact Eilish Masterson on 087 299 8657. Kindest regards,