It was lovely to have a meeting after the summer break, to see a lot of familiar faces and to welcome some new members. There was a lot of news to catch up on over a cup of tea with lovely homebaked goodies that some ladies brought along — thank you so much for that! A lot of our members had been busy during the summer working on new quilts they brought to the Show and Tell, our summer challenge and the Postcard challenge.
Our summer challenge was making fidget quilts or cushions for dementia/Alzheimer’s patients, and it proved so popular we are hoping to turn it into an ongoing project. The cushions and quilts were displayed in the hall for the time of the meeting and everybody could admire the unique designs and get inspired to make some of their own. It was a very colourful display. An arrangement was made to donate this first batch to St Mary’s Hospital in Phoenix park.
The Postcard challenge, which called for textile postcards commemorating the centenary of women’s suffrage in Ireland, had a good response as well. It is amazing how much can be expressed in such a small format, and how many different ideas people had in response to the theme, Miriam Hennigan, for one, made no less than three postcards! We hope more postcards will still be submitted from the Eastern branch as well as other branches, to be exhibited at the IPS stand at the Knitting and Stitching show in November. If you want to submit a card, there is a tutorial on how to make one here on the website.
Miriam Gogarty shared her experience of visiting the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham this August and even showed us some of the lovely fabrics she brought home.
The Show and Tell was inspiring as always, and very busy, so to mention just a few: Sheryl Cullen brought a jigsaw puzzle cushion cover from the Moya Geraghty’s workshop, Deidre Ryan made everybody smile with her cute panda wallhanging and Mary Ash awed us with her exquisite Baltimore Album quilt in reds and greens. One of our new members, Catherine Honlon, didn’t come empty-handed, either, she brought a stunning Dresden plate quilt and a lovely baby quilt. Rita Whelan showed us a beautiful summer wallhanging with flowers and funky chicken, Sarah Nix made a lovely little bag with hexagon flowers, as well as a cushion and some postcards, and Mary Maguire made another beautiful baby quilt for Henry Bear in an array of white and yellow fabrics and lace, bright and summerly.
Gabrielle Grant form the Fennel Shed shop didn’t only keep us supplied this month, but also gave a highly entertaining and inspirational talk about her life-long relationship with fabric and all the different phases it has gone through to this day :)) The work she showed and the stories she told were really enjoyed by the audience. She also taught a workshop on redwork embroidery in the afternoon and another one on her “Pickwick quilt” pattern the next day, both of which went very well – we are looking forward to seeing the results in the coming months.
The Eastern branch exhibition “Seasons in the Park” is to be held in the Phoenix park Visitor center in February, and we would encourage all our members to take part, no matter what their level or preferred technique is – the required size is 20” by 30” (portrait) and it can include patchwork, applique, embroidery or any other technique as long as it has two layers of fabric with batting in-between and quilted. It’s going to be a beautiful show!
As usual, you can see more photos of the meeting on our gallery page.