15 December 2010

Chairperson Miriam Gogarty with President Mary McAleese

Chairperson Miriam Gogarty recently presented President Mary McAleese with "Emma's Tree". The President was very impressed with the wall-hanging and said that it will hang in her home in Roscommon for Christmas.

A pattern for making "Emma's Tree" is included in the Winter Issue of the IPS Newsletter.

13 December 2010

How to make fabric postcards


  • Bondaweb
  • Pelmet Vilene
  • Plain fabric for the back (The writing side)
  • Fabric for the front.

Cut Bondaweb and 2 pieces of pelmet Vilene to measure 6” x 4”

Cut the backing fabric - also 6” x 4” and bond onto one piece of Vilene.

Write or stitch POSTCARD on the back and also a line down the centre of the card.

Now for the fun part.

You can cut a base fabric for the front of the post card and bond it to the second piece of Vilene. You are now ready to decorate in whatever way you choose. You can finish your card with appliqué, piece, embroider or just about anything. In the case of the International Postcard Exhibition it must suit the theme of the National Exhibition…Environmental, floral, landscape, etc.

When you have finished the front of the postcard, square off both front and back ensuring they measure 4” x 6”. Line both pieces up and stitch around the outside edge. You can use one of the fancy stitches on your machine or you can hand stitch it or you can put a binding on the edge. You may even have your own favourite method of joining the pieces and edging the cards.

Miriam Gogarty

03 December 2010

Hands Across the Border Deadline

All Branch members please note that quilts for Hands across the Border must be in Dublin (at Miriam Gogarty's house) by December 17th which is the FINAL DATE.

You can contact an executive committee member to get Miriam's postal address.

Quilts for the Mid-west branch will be collected at their Christmas meeting (Dec 10th)