The Irish Patchwork Society was founded in 1981, following a meeting in the National Gallery in Dublin of 100 like minded people interested in patchwork.
The idea came from the combined enthusiasm of three people, drawn together by their interest in textiles and patchwork.
Today, the IPS consists of 6 branches around the country with nearly 500 members.
We are a group of Patchworkers and Quilters who love to share our projects.
The well-known “Irish Chain” block seemed an appropriate design for the Society's Logo and remains a design source for our logo re-designed in 2008.
Our branches hold monthly meetings from September to June where we enjoy:
- Invited guest speakers
- Show and Tell
- Demonstrations on a project, block or technique
- Challenges & Swaps
- Library where members can borrow books monthly
- Visiting Shops
We offer full day and 1/2 day workshops throughout our meeting year to our members.
Workshops are given over the course of the branch year by visiting teachers and experienced members of our branches.
Following our Annual General Meeting, every October a day workshop is offered by our visiting speaker.
Every 2 years a sewing retreat is organised by the Society at An Grianan, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth where weekend workshops are offered with international teachers.
The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter.
As well as regular updates and branch news, the newsletter contains book reviews, techniques, patterns and member profiles.
We exhibit nationally showcasing our members work:
In addition to our general membership, we have two active sub-groups within the Society:
The Society has two awards for excellence:
- James Lawlor
- Monica Norman
"Fallen by the Wayside" by Olena Pugachova awarded for excellence in 2016
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our postal address is:
Irish Patchwork Society
PO Box 45