October 2018 Meeting

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Our meeting this month was held is a different venue, a spacious old church hall, which looked very welcoming with the sun shining through the high latticed windows. Being quite old, the venue was not without its drawbacks, but they didn’t take away from the occasion. We had the opportunity to chat over a cup of tea with home-made muffins, browse the library books and get stocked with fabric from the Sew’s wonderful selection. The workshop ladies were kept very busy with people signing up to a whole range of upcoming workshops.

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The Show-and-Tell featured a lot of beautiful results from previous workshops. Sue Mulvihill showed a top for the wallhanging she started at the One-Block Wonder workshop, working with a very unusual fabric, which yielded a really brilliant result. The result of her participation in the Quilt Embellishment workshop with Tracy Watson is a beautiful sample book. Sandra Butler completed a lovely baby quilt in pinks after Gaye Grant’s Pickwick quilt workshop, and two pieces of redwork embroidery from the other workshop with Gaye. Laura Cleary made a jigsaw puzzle quilt with cute dinosaur fabrics in Moya Gerarty’s workshop. It’s great to see our members enjoy the workshop and put the new skills they get into practice to create some beautiful stuff!

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Another highlight of the meeting was the heirloom quilt brought by Hazel McCullogh. It was a large bed quilt with basket blocks made by her grandmother back in 1920s or 1930s – a well-preserved and treasuredpiece of workmanship created in the times before plastic rulers and rotary cutters, stitched and quilted on a foot machine!

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Other beautiful creations of our members included: Anna’s bright and cheerful Dresden Plate quilt for her mother, Michelle’s selection of baby and lap quilts (she never brings just one!), Vera Walsh’s Attic Window wallhanging made with a stunning Japanese lady panel, Ann Kehoe’s Advent Calendar, early as it’s off to Germany. Mary Ash made a fun quilt with clowns and bright scrappy blocks, Margaret Wynne figured out a way to bring together several pieces of Australian fabrics in different colourways by making disappearing four patch blocks with a neutral background. Gwenda made a gorgeous (and capacious) bag – for fabric shopping, of course, as well as a jelly roll quilt in nice warm tones. Rita Whelan showed us another of her Funky Chicken wallhangings – for a kid’s room this time – and an equally endearing Owl and Pussy Cat one, for another child. She also made a bag with bright batik squares. 

We are looking forward to seeing some of the bags our members made, as well as some of their quilts at the IPS stand at the Knitting and Stitching Show in November. The Centenary postcards are also going to be exhibited there. The Saturday after the show, 17thof November will be our Open Day – please come, bring your work and have a chat to the visitors to showcase all the beautiful stuff going on in the Eastern branch.

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Our guest this month was textile artist Cliodhna Quinlan, who told us about her work reinterpreting fairy tales and taking inspiration from nature, photographs, old maps, tiles and all sort of sources to create highly original and symbolic art pieces that combine theuse of machine and hand embroidery, felting, painting and drawing. 

Our next meeting is going to take place at the end of November and it will be all about festive fun - watch out for details! So, make sure you come and bring a big smile, the Christmas challenge (Christmas décor without using the colours red and green) and your favourite tea mug!

Please visit our Gallery page for more photos from the meeting.