Thursday, April 3, 2014

Monday 31st March - Lots of goodies, lots of fun!

Our March 31st gathering was very well attended and the weather though sunny was very humid.  We are very grateful for the fans that kept us cool throughout the day. 

With our Distribution Coordinator Claire absent, Rose led a number of members through the distribution process and we managed to get everything that had been brought to the meeting distributed by days end.  Congratulations girls on a job well done.

Some of the wonderful quilts and other comforts
 made by enthusiastic members this month.

We welcomed two new members, Kathy and Jan to our team and I think they were surprised at how much we get done in one day.  The new format for setting up the tables is working very well, and we seem to be much more organised and a little less chaotic, with so much going on. 

The distribution of our items is a very important component to what we do for the community on the Sunshine Coast.  There's no point in making all these wonderful comforts without the ability to get them to where they're most needed.  Here's where our membership shines above all else.  We have girls who travel from Gympie who, on their return take items to Cooroy and Yandina.  We have girls that come from Noosa who drop things into Tewantin and surrounds. 

There are members from the central part of the coast who will deliver to anywhere on the coast and we also have members who are living in the Glass House Mountains who very happily offer to deliver to the many organisations that receive our items. 

Without the generosity and unselfish donation of their time and petrol, it would be very difficult to get the items to their final destination.  Thank you to all members who help to deliver our items to the community.  It is very much appreciated.

It is amazing how many members are beavering away in their homes, busily making drainage bags, touchy feely quilts, bed quilts and all manner of comforts for people in need.  

What is so amazing about this is that these members rarely attend a gathering - instead they pass their creations to someone who is attending for them.  So we don't often get the opportunity to thank these hard workers. 

On Monday, our member Pat arrived early in the morning with her dozen or so quilts that she has been making over the past few months.  It was a delight to meet Pat and see at close quarters these lovely quilts.

A quilt made by Pat

Pat's quilt of Teddies

A few meetings ago we met Bevan and Maureen who spoke to the group about their son Keiren and two other young men who were keenly anticipating the state government to approve care packages so that they could move into an already purpose built and furnished home. 

Well, we have received the happiest news that the funding is to be approved in June which means the boys will be in their new home soon after.  We have already given Keiren his new quilt, we will be finding one for each of the boys and the carers in the next few weeks.  Great news guys!

A thank you plaque from the students at Caboolture Special School
Above is a beautiful fabric wall hanging that was presented to say Thank You to Sunshine Linus on the Quilt presentation day at Caboolture Special School a few weeks ago.  It's a beautiful piece of art and has inspired us to consider making similar wall hangings for the sensory needs of some patients of our nursing homes that we help.

Jan from Chinchilla quilts up a storm!
We have some wonderful "country" quilters who are making the most amazing quilts and above is a very good example.  Jan from Chinchilla made this quilt top using scraps of fabric that we sent her recently.  The patterns are paper pieced and looks so effective.  Well done Jan, your work is fabulous.

A touchy feely by Margaret

One of our "quiet achievers" is Margaret who brought 10 touchy feely quilts she made during the month.  What's so incredible is that Margaret used the instructions we have posted on this blog to create these wonderful quilts.  Margaret, your sewing is very precise and will captivate and calm any patient who is lucky to receive this quilt.  Well done Margaret.

More beautifully ha
handmade PJ's for little people
We always welcome any wool that the community donate to Sunshine Linus.  There are many items of comforts that we make for our community including warm knitted socks and fingerless mittens for those renal patients who undertake dialysis sometimes up to three times a week.

Some knitted socks and fingerless mittens
 for Renal patients
Occasionally we receive off-cuts from mattress makers.  We tidy these up and offer them to primary schools for their students to sit on during assemblies or parade, sometimes on concrete.  We have had some great feedback from schools appreciating the donation of these Sit Upons!

Sit Upons for Chancellor State School
Our Blankets of Love members have made an outstanding contribution to this part of our caring for the community. We have been asked to support SANDS (Miscarriage, Still Birth and near Birth death Support) and major maternity hospitals with Bereavement Packages. 

These consist of a little bereavement gown, a blanket of love to wrap the child, a bonnet and booties.  These items are offered to the grieving parents at the tragic time of loss.  Our ladies are making the most beautiful items for this need and we congratulate them wholeheartedly on their efforts. 

The need is great sadly, and we are reaching out to many maternity wards throughout Queensland.

A Bereavement Gown, Blanket of Love, Bonnet and Booties
The Blanket of Love is hand embroidered with love and compassion by our wonderful members.
Simple scraps - exquisite quilt top.

More beautifully handmade items for children in care.


Here's some more eye candy for your digestion!  Enjoy!
My sincere thanks to Nicky and Leone for taking these terrific photographs. 



Our next gathering is on Monday 28th April.  In the meantime, take care, have a happy and safe Easter and see you next month.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Chance to House Keep and Tidy up!

We enjoyed an "extra" gathering on Monday 10th March, an opportunity to do a bit of "housework" with tidying fabrics and other resources, sorting through cupboards and filing cabinets and just getting things in order. 
Kay Nightingale also presented a wonderful workshop on ZigZag piecing and from all reports it was a great success.  Kay is a natural presenter (having been a teacher in a previous life) and also provided written instructions for those who attended.  Thankyou Kay for doing such a good job.
We welcomed Adam Rose and his offsider Beth from the Chaplaincy at Maroochydore State High School.  The Mighty Minions club is a lunchtime club made available to any students who want to be busy during their lunch hour, with a focus on serving and doing for others.  Adam has contacted Sunshine Linus with a view to partner with the Mighty Minions in providing resources, both sewing resources and human resources to help with the ongoing skills building of their club members.  I'll have more information about that in the LINK Newsletter coming out mid March.  Adam and Beth left with arms full of fabrics and other haberdashery from our stash.  We're looking forward to our association with this very worthwhile group of young people. 
Above are some teddy bears and Super Hero Minions the students make for Trauma support in Ambulances and Police cars.  The students are also making recycled envelopes and bags from newspapers and magazines.  Aren't they fabulous?
Here's some more eye candy of some of the things that were beautifully made by our very clever quilters.  Well done girls!

A Sensory Wall Hanging for a Nursing Home

Yes, this quilt is made with Polar Fleece, front & back!

Claire's wonderful Touchy Feely Apron

One of two quilts and matching cushions made by Sue Tuppin and her quilting friends.  These quilts will be given to a Support for Army Children to fundraise


These gorgeous PJ's were made by Jo-Anne, just lovely!

Leone has been busy putting together these zipper bags which were delivered to Sunny Kids for their toiletry bags.

 We are gathering again on the 31st March.  Hope to see you then!  Take care!









Wednesday, February 26, 2014

On Monday 24th February, we enjoyed a very busy, but fruitful gathering yesterday.  We welcomed some new members and visitors to our eventful day.  We managed to pack up and distribute the 110 quilts that were the remainder from our donation late last year and more quilts for the new enrolments for 2014, and also Hervey Bay Special School received nine quilts for the new enrolments together with a gorgeous raffle quilt for their P&C to raise much needed funds. 

Many busy hands and generous hearts in attendance today!

Dawn Anthonysz from
SCOPE Quilt Project

But wait – there’s more – lots more!!  If you’re interested in reading about all the other items that were distributed during our busy day please click on the prompt to the right of this screen “What we do and where it goes” and you’ll get a thorough run-down of our activities for February.
We were very honoured to have the Co-ordinator of the Scope Quilt Project Dawn Anthonysz and members of the group, together with the group’s contact Avril from SCOPE (Domestic and Family Violence Service, Sunshine and Cooloola Coast) in attendance at our gathering. 

This group has worked tirelessly and generously providing quilts for the clients of SCOPE over 12 years and is to be congratulated on their professional and sensitive provision of quilts to SCOPE’s clientele.  Dawn addressed the group with the sad news that the Quilt Project is disbanding and as a result has asked Sunshine Linus to endeavour to continue their wonderful work with SCOPE. 
Dawn also generously donated all of the resources that remain, together with a cheque for $342.00 from the now closed account from the Quilt Project to Sunshine Linus.  Sunshine Linus is privileged to be the ongoing torch bearers for this vital service to the SCOPE organisation. 
We also welcomed Maureen and Bevan Gallagher who addressed the group on behalf of their son and two other young men who are currently endeavouring to move into a purposely built home on the Sunshine Coast.
It was interesting to hear their amazing story of generosity from organisations such as the Holy Spirit  Order of Sisters and the Franciscan Friars.  Though the families have been waiting for almost two years for the State Government to approve the care funding packages for their sons, they are hopeful that approval is not too far away as it is understood that packages are now becoming available.  We sincerely hope that these young men will be able to move into this home, one that is fully furnished and landscaped, just waiting for these special residents.
We were delighted to give Maureen and Bevan some quilts for the men’s beds, and a wheelchair quilt for one of the men’s wheelchair.  If you would like to know more about the Maroochydore house, you could contact Maureen and Bevan on
Here’s a photographic display of what went on at our gathering.

We have another gorgeous quilt for our friends at 4 Paws Animal Rescue Shelter.  This quilt will help 4Paws to raise much needed funds. 

One of a number of Wheelchair Quilts made by Jan - these are in very much demand at present.
Claire was given this completed cross stitch by Sarah and has turned it into a delightful sensory wall hanging which will be given to the RSL high care ward at Tarantula.  The leaves and gum blossoms are so beautifully worked, they look as if they've been plucked from the nearest gum tree.  Well done Claire!
Thanks to Nicky for presenting the binding workshop.  I'm told that there were a number of ah-ha moments.  Sunshine Linus is always keen to share skills and techniques.  Just ask.
There was a wonderful range of quilts and other comforts given for distribution today.  It's always such food for the soul to see so many willing helpers to bring these gifts to fruition and get them to where they're needed most. 
Another scrappy beautifully made by Jan oops!  My apologies to Maggie, who has reminded me that this beautiful quilt was her creation. Gorgeous Maggie!

A touchy feely quilt for nursing homes.  These quilts bring enormous comfort to those who are suffering senile dementia or Altzheimers Disease.
This quilt was made by Annie, and completely flannel.  It was so soft and will be delightfully warm for a little one.
Liz was still stitching the binding on this one, but we got to see it during show and tell.
This is a beauty and great for a young man.
Very cute!!
Another wonderful quilt top created by Jan.
Both top and bottom quilts are scrap happy!!
Our next gathering is only in two weeks time on the 10th March.  We've slotted in an extra meeting where we'll be having an other workshop - this time presented by Kay Nightingale and it's all about the zig zag block.  Please feel free to join us, the more the merrier!! See you then.