Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Promoting Sunshine Linus

Judie was recently invited to attend the monthly View Club at Buderim on 6th June where she had the opportunity to speak about the history of Sunshine Linus and its mission. She showed a collection of items from her “Demonstration Bag” and answered many questions from an interested audience. Judie enjoyed talking to this group of dedicated, community-minded women. Below is a link to the View Club for those who might be interested in what they do for their local community.

Jenny and Judie at the View Club

Judie also visited the Villa Serena Aged Care Facility run by Allity at Robina on the Gold Coast. These ladies work tirelessly as Diversional Therapists and are always looking for different ways of entertaining and encouraging their residents to participate in various activities. They had heard about Sunshine Linus through a staff member who was working at the organisation. Again Judie went equipped with her trusty “Demonstration Bag” and a few large bags of "give-aways" for the Diversional Therapists to start utilizing amongst the residents.

Anthea, Elizabeth and Marie

If you know of an organisation who would like to have a speaker from Sunshine Linus attend or if you belong to a community group who would like a guest speaker from Sunshine Linus to speak to your group, please don't hesitate to contact us via email at

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tapestry Frame Give Away

Marion has a freestanding tapestry frame in her possession that she no longer wants. Below are photos of the frame with and without the graph/pattern holder. She can bring it along to the next monthly meeting or deliver it locally if someone wants it. Please email Sunshine Linus at if you are interested in giving this frame a new home!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Thank you to Sunshine Linus!

Each month Sunshine Linus receive many thank you cards and messages from the various groups and organizations we support with donated items. They are often astounded at the quality of work supplied and wish to express their gratitude and pleasure at being on the receiving end of such generosity of time and materials. This past month we received thank you messages from the following organizations:

  • Activities Department of the residents in the Memory Support unit at Bluecare Caloundra
  • Lifestyle Coordinator at Opal Aged Care Kawana Waters
  • Acting Nurse Unit Manager Neonatal Unit Sunshine Coast University Hospital
  • The team at the Special Care Nursery Logan Hospital
  • Administration at the Yuendumu Health Clinic 
  • Staff and patients at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Emergency Department

Other events this past month included the Fun day at Buderim Private Hospital Teddy Bear Fair on Sunday 20th May. The photos show the ‘Teddy Bear Hospital and Health Check’ stand being manned by our Linus girls…….Joy, Dorothy, Lisa and Gabriele and of course Dr. Neil was there dispensing Teddy Health Checks!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Some Reminders......

Next time you are passing a newsagent, pop in and grab the latest issue of ‘Down Under Quilts’ Issue 183. Inside you will find an article which features both Project Linus and Sunshine Linus. There is a photo of Claire’s ‘Story Book Quilt’ and one of our ‘Touchy Feely Quilts’.

And one more important reminder......

During last month’s meeting Susan spoke in depth about the reasons behind the introduction of a membership fee for all Linus members. You will find a link to the membership form on the right hand side of the blog page in the pages section. This form can be downloaded and/or printed off. You will need to bring this form and $10 (fee for the remainder of this year) to the next meeting. The annual membership fee beginning next year will be $20.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Monday 28th May

The distribution table was groaning under the weight of donated items this month! A big thank you to Sharon, Jennifer and the many ladies who faithfully sort and distribute these donations.

Some very special donated items included 19 'premmie' beanies, 3 children’s beanies and 7 bears, all knitted by an elderly resident at St Vincent’s Aged Care in Maroochydore.

These delightful little baby toys were knitted and donated by Arleen from the IRT Retirement Village at Meridan Plains.

When Karen dropped off some items at the Kabara Hostel in Cooroy she was asked if she could make some wheel chair bags for the residents. She has adapted the pattern to make these bags which are fully lined and include a pocket. Karen even managed to incorporate a cushion panel she found on the ‘freebie’ table!

Claire, Bonnie and Leonie have been keeping themselves busy making these nifty ‘touchy feely’ books. They are very creative when it comes to designing the pages. These books are to be donated to various aged-care centres in Caloundra.

A selection of adorable, hand-embroidered children’s bags were amongst the donations this month. They included a floral backing and colourful lining.

One other ingenious item presented was this ‘touchy feely’ placemat. Again these are donated to various aged-care facilities around the Sunshine Coast.

During ‘Show and Tell’ Susan welcomed Sharon, Tam and Rose from the Peregian Golf Club. They presented a very generous cheque to Sunshine Linus acknowledging the amazing work that is done by the many members. This money will go towards purchasing wadding for the many quilts that are made and donated. Thank you Peregian golf ladies!

Dorothy has been keeping busy making children’s quilts. She donated 3 delightful quilts that any child would adore.

Orrawin showed a beautiful Japanese themed man’s quilt in which she had incorporated 6 handkerchiefs. On the back she continued the Japanese theme.

In this quilt Orrawin ingeniously combined 2 smaller quilts to make a larger one.

Lyn presented a very scrappy quilt using fabric she discovered in a shoe box on the ‘freebie’ table. The back was just as bright and colourful as the front.

Lyn has also been busy making these very versatile overnight bags.

Anne showed this striking half-square triangle quilt she had made using fabric collected from the ‘freebie’ table.

Val has been busy crocheting squares of all sizes together to make this ‘quirky’ rug. The squares were crocheted by Dawn.

Dee has kept her quilting machine working over-time again this month quilting 13 quilts made by other ladies. They included this beautifully embroidered quilt made by Lorraine.

More quilts quilted by Dee.

A couple of final matters……..recipients of the ‘Gifts of Gratitude’ this month were Kaye and Pam. Congratulations ladies! 

…..and Thelma wishes to extend her thanks to the many ladies who help out in the kitchen each month. Thank you too Thelma!