Monday, August 11, 2014

August 11, 2014 FMQ workshop & Toogoolawah wish list

Every now and again we get together to learn new skills or at least improve the skills we need for sewing and quilting.  Today we had a workshop on free motion quilting.

Judie had us quilting in straight lines, zigzags, m's, waves and then we got into daisies, figure 8s and coils.  A useful and fun time was enjoyed by all.



Whenever Sunshine Linus members meet we make use of the time to gather handcrafted items ready for distribution.  Today we were putting together items for families and community groups in Toogoolawah.

During July, President Judie travelled about one and a half hours west of Brisbane to the little township of Toogoolawah.  There she presented some families with weighted blankets, touchy feely quilts and bags etc for their ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) children.  She compiled a wish list and here are some of the items going to Toogoolawah ...

The touchy feely below is the standard size we make.  It is made up of four rows of 5 blocks each cut six and a half inches square.

a touchy feely made for a little girl
This is a much larger touchy feely designed for use on a settee, mattress or even the floor.  It uses 9 inch squares of sensory fabrics and lots of tactile ribbons, lace, wool, fabric and bits and pieces.

settee touchy feely

On the other hand, this is a smaller than normal touchy feely.  This one is designed for use on the arm of a chair and is made from 6 six and a half inch squares.  The built in fiddle bag and hanging bits should keep a child's hands busy when they are watching TV.

chair arm touchy feely

We had a request for a stress reliever.  This smiley creation has eight different fabric arms and fillings:
  • blue lycra arm is filled with tulle
  • brown corduroy arm contains lots of tiny buttons
  • blue silk arm has a soft foam filling
  • pink arm is full of snippets of wool
  • beige plastic arm is stuffed with bubble wrap
  • blue fluffy fleece arm is also filled with fleece
  • red knit arm moves with rice
  • grey smooth fleece contains toy stuffing just like the face

Weighted blankets measure 40 inches square and have 36 pockets to put weights into.

Weighted lap quilts are a cut down version of the weighted blanket.  They have 8 pockets and are used to calm people when they are sitting in class, at a computer or watching TV.
the pockets inside a weighted lap quilt

weighted lap quilts
Balloon covers make it easier for little fingers to hold on to a balloon.  Fiddle bags contain rice and a list of items for people to look for.
The children who attend the Toogoolawah Special Education Unit will soon receive these lovely quilts.

We are also sending them a bit of the sea ...

The next regular Sunshine Linus meeting is on Monday 25 August.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July 28, 2014 gathering

This month's Sunshine Linus meeting saw 50 people bring in table loads of handmade items ready for distribution.  Being winter, busy fingers have been knitting and crocheting beanies, scarves, mittens and socks.  We were able to give 170 woollen items to various community groups.  The call for more wool was successful and there should be lots more woollen items next month!

In the absence of President Judie, Kaye ran the meeting and show and tell.  She introduced Joyce Yates from Sunshine Knitters who told us about her group.

Joyce from Sunshine Knitters

Isabella and Adam collecting supplies for Maroochydore SHS

Toiletry zipper bags went to many people in need

One of many warm crocheted and knitted rugs

Our long-arm quilter Di didn't like her creation so donated
it to us to finish.  We like it!

The challenge blocks made by Mountain Quilters make
a very eye catching quilt

Peachester monkeys!  What child
wouldn't like this quilt?

Maggie has been binding quilts for other people

A selection of Judy M's x-ray bags

Wheelchair quilts by Sharon

Sharon made good use of these
flower strips and fabrics

One of many quilts from the
Mudjimba group

Emu Park ladies sent the animals and Ann put
together this colourful kid's quilt

Golly what a way to use leftovers Ann

A taste of the quilt as you go
workshop to be held after show and tell

Barb N said making this was easy!

Denise's lolly jar quilt

We assured Jan that this met the request for funky!

Jan's Ugly Annies quilt

Rosemary expanding her touchy feely skills

A burst of colour created by Yvonne and Kay F

Touchy feely aprons provide a great
distraction to dementia sufferers

Lee brightening up our day!

Gowns and caps for premmies made by Carolyn

A simple pattern made in two different colour schemes.  Rosemary, I vote for the second one.    

Donated embroidered flowers made into a lovely quilt

Donated berets and matching teddies for sick kids

Claire's large touchy feely mat will amuse kids for hours
Claire's sleeve protector to stop a patient removing bandages
from her arm

The children at a special school will use Claire's sensory quilt when their teacher reads "We're Going on a Bear Hunt".  The squares and bear can be detached to give to kids in wheelchairs.


They found the bear in a cave
close-up of the snow storm

After show and tell, Sharon demonstrated the quilt as you go method.  Here is Sharon and some of the squares she produced.

If you've got this far you have just looked at the first photos and blog by Claire.  Hope I have all your names right.  Looking forward to you at our next gathering on Monday August 25.