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.