Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January 25, 2016



Some 80 members of Sunshine Linus returned today laden with enthusiasm and a variety of goods for distribution.


Many quilts  were based on traditional patterns:
Autumn leaves by Denise
A male quilt by Denise
Colourful  prints with masculine themes in a traditional block by Sandra

Yellows and aqua always appealing, by Kaye.

Strip quilts are quick and easy, whether using scraps or a jelly roll according to Ann.

Sunshine Linus is fortunate to receive many donations, including a few below of those received today :


Blue hearts

Cups and saucers from Kathy at Gympie
Hundreds of tiny squares in a tonal display




Classy travel bags donated by Kaye's sister were soon purchased by members.

Special techniques today included hexagons by Judith (who will remove all those papers?), machine embroidery from Kathy at Gympie, applique and colourwash from the Gold Coast, and wheelchair quilts by Sandra.







A donated crocheted textile art rug, and a hexagon rug made by Maria from varying sized segments found on the freebies table, added to the variety of goods donated.

Claire and Judie have been busy with special orders for Able Care - a new design for a weighted octopus has been developed by Claire, while Barbara has been busy making "touchy feely" books and the "touchy feely" wall hangings and blankets are always in demand.



One page of Barbara's book

Sensory wall hanging by Rosemary

The premmie baby team are preparing a large number of kits to be sent to  Cherbourg Aboriginal Community, Townsville and TI Aboriginal Corporation Women's Health unit, Congress ALKUR at Alice Springs and Mareeba Maternity Hospital in the near future.

Our indefatigable President Kaye found she had some 30 quilt tops to take home - hoping she can distribute some to other members with long arm quilters.


Next meeting is Monday, 29 February - a leap year.


Friday, December 4, 2015

30 November, 2015 meeting

At today's AGM we welcomed our new President, Kaye Nightingale and the new Committee. Show and Tell followed....

Orrawin using lots of scraps for a colourful result

Orrawin uses muted pinks

Disappearing hourglass

Sixteen patches make a colourful design



Jellyroll garden quilt by Lyn P
Barbara M has been busy this month. Here are 5 of many quilts she made.


Hungry Caterpillar

Clever use of bias



Quilt tops prepared by the ladies of Emu Park, quilted in Samford, and ready for distribution by Sunshine Linus

Cynthia's experimental abstract
Jan B's pink girls above and I Spy below


Embroidered squares transformed into a purple quilt by Jan

Long arm quilting by Edith


From a skirt to a quilt by Kaye N

Extending the sides with applique by Kaye N

Reversible Sashiko by Kaye N



Birds and flowers by Kaye N

Hexagon flowers

Velcro activity mat by Claire T for Ablecare

Touchy Feely cushion cover for an autistic child

Sunshine Linus have  Memorandum of Understanding with the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital. We were nominated for our work with the Hospital in reusing and recycling hospital waste (Kymguard). Kymguard is a man made fabric which is used for protecting equipment when being sterilised. The fabric can be sewn, doesn’t fray and has a decent amount of strength, thus making it a useful fabric to use for some of the items we make at Sunshine Linus.
In our partnership with the hospital, we designed and made operating theatre gowns for operating theatres in third world countries and are currently making medicine carry bags for patients who are discharged from the hospital.
Below is the Award presented by the Hospital CEO at today's meeting.


Hope to see you all at our next meeting on 25 January, 2016.