07 February, 2014

Happy New Year

The year got off to a lively start for the branch. The January meeting was very well attended, with everyone raring to go, and excited for the year ahead.  Margaret Cunnane demonstrated a very clever idea for making use of old umbrella fabric by refashioning it into a little foldable shopping bag. Sandlin Poth showed us how to make a very handy tote for our cutting mats and rulers.

The Beginners Class was held in the afternoon. We are all looking forward to seeing the results of our beginners learning over the coming months.

Beginners class

January Show and Tell

 AnneMarie- Hearts Quilt

 Collette O Donnell- Knitting Bag

 Ethelda, visiting member from the Eastern Branch showing her quilt

 Sandlin- Baby quilt

Sandlin- Xmas panel quilt

December Meeting

Christmas Challenge - Mug Rug

Our Christmas challenge this year was to make a Mug Rug – something that is apparently quite common in America but not so well known to the vast majority of us in the Western Branch. A Mug Rug as the name suggests is a small place mat that has space for a cup/mug and a biscuit or piece of cake. The mat is placed onto the arm of your chair to protect it from spills and crumbs.
There were Mug Rugs in abundance at the Christmas party and as was previously decided we did a lucky dip, no names attached so you didn’t know who made the one that you picked out, unless like me you plagued everyone until you found out. Thank you Mary O’Brien for the beautiful Mug Rug that now graces my bedside locker.
                                                                                                                 Jackie O’Toole

Mug Rug made by Mary O Brien

December Meeting- Show and Tell

 Margaret Cunnane- Knee Cover

Margaret Cunnane- Xmas Quilt

Marianne O Brien- Xmas Star

 Mogs McDonnell- Patchwork Xmas Stocking

Mogs McDonnell- Patchwork Bear

Nessa McMahon- Xmas Tree Table Runner

Sally Marrable- Flying Geese or Friendship Braid

 Susan Joyce- Baubles

 Collette O Donnell- Suffolk Puff Wreath and Santa

Jackie O Toole- Long Xmas Table Runner

 Mairette O Donnell- Rail Fence

Carmel Togher- Stargazing

 Rose Faherty- Rail Fence

November Show and Tell

A lively and varied Show and Tell  by our very talented and busy members

 Claire- Girl's Quilt

 Collette O Donnell- Patchwork Bags

 Kathy Fallon- Xmas Apron

 Sandlin Poth- Galway Baptist Church Nationality Sampler Quilt
 Lynn Naughton- Quilt Books

Kathy Fallon- Xmas Tree Wallhanging with lights

 Mary O Brien- Bag

 Margaret Cunnane- Baby Quilt
 Maureen Feary Xmas Table Runner

 Nessa Mc Mahon- 7 year UFO 'Lone Star'

Nessa McMahon- Sampler Quilt

Mary O’Neill – Rag Doll Workshop

Mary O’Neill who was the guest speaker at our November meeting gave a very interesting talk on how she makes her wonderful Rag Dolls. Several of the members had signed up for the workshop that she was giving after lunch and after a busy afternoon and possibly a little extra work at home the dolls were proudly displayed at our December meeting. 

October Workshop: Bernadette Falvey - Making Stained Glass without using Bias Binding

Bernadette Falvey, of Naomh Muire Quilters, gave a one day workshop on how to create a stained glass effect without the use of bias binding. First and foremost I would like to thank Bernadette for the hours of preparation she put into the class. There were six of us at the workshop and for each person she copied the pattern of a mermaid (comprising nearly 70 pieces) onto a black background (40x21”).

The method that Bernadette taught us was a quick technique of placing the appliqué shapes onto a background of black or other dark colour with a constant space between all the shapes so that the look of leading is actually seeing the background showing between the pieces.

We spent the first hour and a half of our Sunday morning therapeutically cutting the paper pattern pieces for our appliqué. We then cut the fabric pieces and backed them with steam-a-seam and placed these onto the background fabric.

Throughout the day Bernadette was on hand with advice on how to prevent the fabric edges from fraying, how to cut accurately and how to best place the pieces so as to keep the space between them even. Once the design is complete, Bernadette suggested that we layer it with wadding and backing fabric and quilt around each appliqué piece; thus securing them in place and emphasising the stained glass leading effect. She also asked us to name our mermaids as each one is an individual as can be seen from the photographs.

We all had a thoroughly enjoyable day cutting, ironing, chatting, drinking tea and eating leftover barnbrack from the October meeting. I would like to thank Bernadette again for all the preparation work she did for the class and for her excellent teaching.


 Susan, Mary and Annette with their Mermaid Quilts.