Monday, October 24, 2016

october meeting

Back to normal in our October meeting after an eventful weekend at our national AGM we did a brief report of the weekend , and our chair LInda praised all the hard work we had put into the AGM , we also discussed the feedback we had all had . Our meeting was exceptionally on the wednesday as the members were off to the Knitting and stitching show on the bus the Thursday 
We carried on with our last few bee block challenges ,Geraldine Ryan got her blocks , the hardest we have done yet , but beautiful foundation piecing blocks and Ann Waters gave out her blocks for next month .We received our 2nd set of blocks for the mystery quilt that will become the minerva cup challenge for June .
Margaret Mcevoy showed us how to make the famous ''fold and stitch wreath'' that has been taking the internet by storm , and also showed us different examples with fusible wadding that made it stand nicely .
Our beginners class brought in their Log Cabin Christmas table runner that they have been painsatkingly making .but were all delighted with the finished runner well done girls !!!
Our very own member Pauline, who is a chiropractor gave a special talk on sewing postures and how to avoid hurting our backs with the position at the machine , and how to relieve tension on our spine , it was very interesting , and everyone was captivated .
Next month we will be back to normal with meeting on the thursday as usual see you there !!!
fold and stitch wreath by Margaret McEvoy 


september bee blocks 

august bee blocks 

tomomi internet challenge

beginners classes log cabin table runners 

linda house blocks 

pauline giving talk on correct sewing posture 

excercise to relieve stress on back after sewing 

National Annual General Meeting 2016

We would like to thank everyone who attended our AGM and helped to make our day go as smoothly as possible , i would especially like to thank our own members who all volunteered and helped set up the room and quilts , we worked especially hard ,we would like to Thank Dorothy Russell and her very helpful and efficient helper/husband Dafydd who did an amazing talk and workshop , we were all very impressed with her work and she is such a lovely lady it was a very enjoyable day .
The AGM meeting was very interesting ,The Chair Report and Treasurer’s report were presented, followed by a report from the Membership Secretary. Kelly Fogarty announced that she is stepping down as chairwoman and the committee is looking for new members to volunteer for the Executive Committee . If you are interested in putting your name down please let us know as soon as possible .
Two motions were presented one was for future Agms to be held in Dublin to be more accessible to everyone , and it was denied , the second was for all the members to make more effort into updating the website , and getting information about workshops, speakers and exhibitions communicated qs early as possible , as the information in the newsletter is often too late .This motion was passed .
Our challenge for the AGM was "Witches and Castles " to go with our city History , the voting was held for the viewers choice , it was almost unanimous result, our own chairwoman Linda Cowley won , congratulations Linda we are very proud of you !!!
We organized a little raffle ,with hampers full of donations from our members ,shops, and local businesses from around the county .
The friday night we had a delightful little reception at the beautiful Kilkenny Town hall with a warm welcome by our Mayor Patrick O'Neill , he gave a lovely speech and a history lesson on our great little City . And a great view from the town hall tower over the high street as the night fell ,a great moment of relaxation before the eventful weekend .\
On the sunday we had our New York beauty workshop ,with Dorothy Russell, we had 13 ladies from all over the country and we had a really great day , it was a lot of fun and Dorothy is an excellent ,calm teacher ,it was very good as we had a few beginners and she walked us through every step!






southmidland branch at the mayors parlor 
view from the top of the town hall

room ready for the AGM
agm meeting 
Margaret McEvoy winning sampler quilt 
full house and beautiful quilts 
Dorothy Russell giving her Talk the butterfly has two wings 



the cheeky geko quilts dorothy russell 






tomomi mcelwee and maya toscani 






witches and castles challenge

winning mini quilt by Linda Cowley


working hard at the new york beauty workshop

the ladies with Dorothy at the new york beauty workshop 
finished blocks by our group at the workshop 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Welcome back 2016-2017

WELCOME BACK EVERYONE ,we had a great first meeting and a brilliant turn out , we would like to welcome our whopping 6 new members, we have had a busy summer with all the preparations for the AGM on the 1st &2nd of october we are very excited about this. 
during the meeting we had the visit of Kelly Fogarty the executive chairperson of the IPS, and had lots of exciting show and tell ,was a very busy meeting for her to attend .
We brought in our on going Bee Blocks projects that we did over the summer months and also bags and pincushions we made for the Knitting and stitching show also in october . Lola Leacy our secretary gave a brilliant demonstration on a basting gun , another little tool to save our backs ;) and we had some fantastic show and tell from members that have been working over the summer .
Finally we did the hand over of the Minerva cup , that Maya last years winner gave to LInda this years winner , very exciting indeed .
looking forward to next months meeting with the start of our block of the month project and also our upcoming AGM will be over and we can get ourselves back into a normal routine .

christmas bee blocks August for ann

july bee blocks for lola

june bee blocks  for linda

patchwork bags 

 therese

margaret

margaret



mayas fish scrap bag 


pincushions for our swap


 basting gun demo

margarets award wining piece hand quilted and pieced

 show and tell










 the handing over of our Mineva cup from maya last years winner to linda the new winner