Thursday, August 31, 2017

August 28 2017 Meeting

What a fulfilling month ! August 12 was the date for the group's third Quilt Show and Sales event. Sub-committees had been working on their tasks for months and all came together in the setting up of the Nambour Uniting Church Hall and Church on the Friday afternoon. Sunshine Linus is so grateful to the church for the use of this facility, not only for our monthly meetings but also for special occasions. Over a hundred quilts had been stored to cover the pews and to be displayed around the walls of the venue. The small quilts on the pews were left in place for the congregation to sit upon and admire at the Sunday service before they were packed away ready for distribution at the end of the month.
These photos give some glimpses of the event:
The tea room ready for business
and visitors enjoyed tea and scones on the day.

The space became quite crowded with bus loads of fellow quilters travelling from afar to join us.

The stage was adorned by several quilts which had been set aside to give to organisations requesting raffle quilts and these have now been distributed.

The rich hues of Margaret's Jenny Beyer quilt was a favourite in the group of member's quilts on display.

A small group of traders supported our Open Day.
 The new owner of the local Nambour shop and member Dee's Blockopedia stall.

Two specialist groups had a small display area:

the premmie baby specialists 

and Claire's storybook quilts.

Many visitors were interested in the special needs items displayed by Leone and Bonnie, such as were recently donated to Abel Care.
 A 'touchy feely' apron, soft balls, noughts and crosses and 'touchy feely' cushions are just some ideas developed by our members.
Members were greeted to our August meeting with a Sales table featuring goods not sold on Open Day. Ultimately, over $5000 was raised by the Sales Team alone.

It can be understood why out SHOW and TELL for August was much smaller than usual. However, some colourful rugs were on show, both knitted and crocheted, courtesy of Peregian Craft Group.

Linus was visited by two ladies representing Wishlist and two from Katie Rose Cottage, a hospice at Doonan. Wishlist is a charity set up to guide the community in raising funds and products for Sunshine Coast hospitals. Katie Rose Cottage is working towards providing four beds in a home style environment for palliative care purposes. Sunshine Linus has committed to supporting both these organisations in the future. 

Liz has kept her grandchildren busy making simple pieced tops.

Knitted goods included smart slippers

and a shawl for aged care. 

Colourful platypuses and hand puppets were displayed by Kay.

Claire explained to new members the structure and purpose of a silly sac.

Our regular contributors Anne and Glorianne found time to create one more delightful quilt each this month, despite their work at the door on Open Day.

Some of those chenille pieces mentioned last month appeared as a bright quilt top,
 and president Kay challenged members to produce a more complex marble maze and to turn this centre panel into a quilt. 

 Look forward to seeing the results of these next month as our members never shirk a challenge to create something interesting for the needy.

Next meeting is Monday, 25th September at 9.30am.

Monday, July 31, 2017

31st July 2017 Gathering

An air of excitement was abroad today as the group makes it final plans for the third Quilt Show and Open Day on Saturday 12th August. Dozens of quilts have been saved from distribution for this day and they will completely cover all the pews of the Nambour Uniting Church.
Subsequent to Open Day, these will all be distributed to needy members of our community.

The Show is open from 9am to 3pm.

As well as over 100 charity quilts, there will be some members' quilts on display, demonstrations of some of Linus' key activities and several local vendors will offer goods for sale.  A gift stall could start your Christmas shopping and you can watch a presentation of some of our activities while you enjoy tea or coffee and a scone, all for a $7 entry fee.

The two stunning quilts below form the first and second prizes of our raffle and the two overnight bags displayed by President Kaye are also raffle prizes.

Earlier in the month, a group of around 21 members gathered to sort and price goods for the stall whilst others cut and stitched Santa Sacks for 2017.

Sunshine Linus was visited today by representatives of St Vincent de Paul who talked of their work on the Coast and across Queensland, by some members of Bribie Island and of Caboolture Quilters, one guest from interstate and a few new members.

Our Bribie friends brought several quilts including these below.

and here are a sample of Caboolture's donations.

Regular Linus contributors include Orrawin whose quilt backs are always as interesting as her quilt fronts, as seen with this peacock quilt.

 Anne showed a magnificent alphabet quilt
and some machine embroidered Disney characters,
 while Glorianne produced a cheery animal number, quilted as you go because of the sheer size of the motifs,
and a disappearing nine patch.

Lyn P had pieced squares from the freebie table, also using quilt-as -you-go.
Linus has a large supply of donated chenille scraps in bright colours. Lyn has made a baby's floor mat  using some of these pieces shown below
Contact President Kay if you would like to use some of this chenille.

We look forward to sharing the highlights of our Open Day with you next month and invite members and friends to join us on 12 August.

No, we are not having a month off after the success of our Open Day

Next meeting will be on Monday 28 August from 9.30am.

Monday, June 26, 2017

26 June 2017

Members have been busy preparing for our biennial Open Day on 12 August at the Uniting Church Hall, Coronation Avenue, Nambour - this adding to our recent involvement in the Quilt Connect display at Mt Gravatt Showgrounds. Some of the Linus display there can be seen below. This event brought many inquiries and a heap of donated materials.

However, this month was extra special as Sunshine Linus celebrated their 7th birthday. The meeting was addressed by first President and founder, Judie B and 8 of the original members were present to cut the cake.

 From left: Annie, Lee, Thelma, Sharon, Liz, Carolyn, Judy and Judie.

Attendance was high and the following shots show some of those in the room.

The distribution table challenged our team who sorted and labelled and packed dozens of items for dispatch.

Claire's special needs goods were, as usual, most entertaining. Her story book quilt for this month is based on One Tiny Turtle and the students at Currimundi Special School will be enchanted as the female turtle lays her eggs which hatch and head off the sea. 

The rear of the quilt shows their possible trajectory on the world scale. 

Animal themes this month included the paper pieced fox quilt by Anne,
dinosaurs by Liz,

and pieced animal motifs sent by Jan from Chinchilla, held here by Cynthia..

Orrawin has again used lots of small pieces of fabric to create these designs:

a large sixteen patch quilt and one using half square triangles.

Liz has also used small scraps to effect with contrasting sashing.

Both Liz and Glorianne have used the quilt-as-you-go technique to effect.

Only one appliqued quilt was displayed this month- maker unknown.

For girls there was a Wonder Woman quilt by Glorianne and for boys, a cowboy themed rag quilt by Wendy.

President Kaye brought in supplies of polar fleece that can easily be made into warm but lightweight rugs for particular needs.

 There were also many knitted and crocheted rugs including two colourful examples from donated squares -
by Val and Dorothy.

Several small items were shared: fleece scarves made by Rosemary and modelled by Dee,

 hold-alls made by Doreen,
and denim hold-alls made by Claire, displayed by Liz.
 Julie K was among the first to complete a top-down cardigan based on a pattern distributed by Kaye recently.

An inspiring display of the creativity and commitment of Sunshine Linus members.

Next meeting will be on Monday, 31 July from 9.30am.