Thursday, March 1, 2018

February 2018

This month’s meeting saw 75 ladies brave the hot and sticky weather to attend the meeting. Once again they came armed with a range of delightful items and quilts to donate to the community on the Sunshine Coast.

Kaye opened the Show and Tell session with a selection of strippy quilts from last year’s Stack’s Day as examples of what can be made on Action Day, 16th April.

These included a strip-quilt with a floral border (using Kaye’s fast-piecing technique), a strippy nine patch with yellow sashing, and a black strip quilt with a strip-pieced border.

The Mountain Quilters donated a multi-coloured strip-quilt using black strips to create a brick effect.

Some pinwheel blocks were added to this quilt to create some interest among the strips.

Kaye reminded us that plastic shopping bags will soon become a thing of the past and so we should consider making some larger fabric bags to accommodate the items we bring to and from Linus on our meeting days. Kaye’s sister made this lovely black and gold bag that even had tabs so it could be hung on a shopping trolley!
Claire presented a colourful quilt made from a selection of sensory fabrics and two large touchy-feely cubes that would delight any child. Finds from the freebie table included two gorgeous sock puppet kits of a dog and monkey.

 Cynthia showed a collection of very cute, knitted teddies that one of our contributors, Dossie, had made and donated.

Annie has been very busy making a number of quilts these past months including a delightful nursery rhyme quilt from a panel she discovered on the freebie table, a bright quilt with hexagon blocks, a pretty pink and purple heart quilt, an effective brown and teal half square triangle quilt and a fun spotted quilt.

 Annie has also been experimenting with various shapes and light and dark fabrics to create a striking strip quilt, circles in a square quilt and a quilt with stars, squares and strips.

Brittany created a very visual and bright Hour Glass quilt.

Orrawin has been busy piecing very small pieces of fabric together to create a colourful Jacob’s Ladder quilt (suitable for a man) complete with a pieced backing. She explained to us the difficulty of quilting corduroy on this purple and black quillow complete with a pocket on the back to fold away.

 Rosemary used items from the freebie table to create a delightful touchy-feely book with a crocheted front cover.

 Rosemary also explained a quick method of making the blockenspieils.

Anne has been busy making a foundation-pieced quilt and perfecting the points on the blocks.

Glorianne presented a colourful pieced skate-board quilt suitable for a teenager.

A number of other beautifully pieced quilts have been made and donated.

Kaye concluded the Show and Tell with a Queen sized pastel-coloured quilt made from tiny squares with applique flowers. This quilt is to be raffled at the Sycamore School at Alexandra State High School in Rose Hill with funds raised being donated to children with Autism.

We look forward to more wonderful contributions at our next meeting on 26th March. Don’t forget to add the Strippy Action Day on 16th April to your diaries!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January 2018

A record day with approximately 95 ladies attending, all armed with donations made over the past two months. Despite the very hot temperatures, many have managed to create an array of beautiful quilts and other products. Our Distribution List will show how much and where it all went.
Donations: Firstly a Big Thanks to Sew This and That from Morayfield who have closed down and generously donated many of their display quilts to Sunshine Linus. Those of you who attended their classes may recognise some of these:

Regular contributions from Bribie Island Quilters must also be recognised, including these below:

Small Quilts: There were several small quilts displayed using bright contrasts and traditional half square triangles.

Judie B returned many such quilts which she had quilted and finished.
Borders: Some donated tops required borders to be attached to make them a useful size so Judie added these borders prior to quilting.

  Motifs  made using the embellisher gave extra interest to simple squares. 
Sunshine Linus has a donated embellisher that can be used at the venue to cut shapes such as Judie's daisies and native animals on these quilts.

Wendy used bright sashing and borders from "boots" fabric and a "dashed" effect around squares on point on these quilts.

 Squares, squares and more squares indicate how our members use the smallest of  pieces of fabric donated monthly .
 Dorothy's squares feature "diggers", making this quilt suitable for a boy, while the reverse side of Orrawin's large quilt is filled with squares.

 Liz's Sudoku quilt is one of two blue themed quilts of January.

 Plaid squares with animal print fabric between made a large quilt while the variety of red fabrics below is always effective.

 Bright fabrics are sued here, Liz employing dark sashing,   
 and a shadow box effect creates special interest.

A little different: President Kaye was challenged by this "Freebie table" kit  using flannel.

 Anne, who usually presents beautiful appliqued designs, made her first attempt at foundation piecing - a great choice of  blues and cream,

while Secretary Denise showed mastery of the ruler quilt demonstrated by President Kaye in 2017.

Lyn used the Dresden Plate on this quilt made with donated silk ties, plus a carry bag for a kidney dialysis patient

  Dorothy's scrappy pieces were given an ordered effect by the diagonal design while Cynthia's
"a bit of everything" utilised random pieces from the Freebie table.

 Not only does Daphne sort donated material each month, her arms must have been aching from displaying the Show and Tell quilts on stage including these two she had made, each bright and effective.

We look forward to more treasures at our next meeting 
on Monday 26 February.