Tuesday, September 29, 2015

28 September, 2015 meeting

As the bags of donated fabric arrived the sorters got to work.  It was opportune that Edith had brought in her cutting machine to demonstrate how quickly and accurately squares, triangles and other shapes could be cut.  All ready for making the next round of quilts.

Here are some of the quilts from today's Show and Tell.  My apologize if your quilt photo didn't make it to the blog but a few photos were blurry... however the first photo is lovely and bright.  If you had seen the real thing you would have seen Sandra's first attempt at free motion quilting.

Sandra will brighten up a boy's life with this one!

Chris made this quilted wall hanging for a hospital nursery

Many thanks to the ladies at Peachester Quilters for the twenty quilt tops that you made and donated. Here is just one of them.

Leonie made use of pieces cut by others

Leonie's Frog Pad

Leonie making simple piecing look good with
great quilting

just like my sister's chook house!

Only part of Jan's big colourful quilt top

Edith asking if you would like a cup of tea

Edith using lots of scraps

Yvonne also used a lot of squares

Orrawin made this bright raffle quilt.  I had to take a photo of the back as it was almost as colourful as the front!

the front ...

... and the back

another Orrawin creation

Jan B using strips of kid fabric

delicate colours by Kaye N

Kaye N's also used squares

after all the squares Kaye N went overboard with hand sew curves!

Kaye N using light and dark scraps

the final Kaye N masterpiece

Nicky's mermaids

Not just quilts were on display.  After the Sunshine Linus Open Day Kaye N was sent a pattern for 'ugly socks' which she says are very quick to knit.

the not so ugly 'ugly socks'
Sue and Rosemary's touchy feelies for Cherbourg Special School

knitted trauma teddies
Kay F included dog and cat heads on these touchy feely muffs
Claire B's first weighted dogs
Claire B made this futon from dyed pillow cases

Ablecare are creating a 3m x 1m sensory wall made of carpet. The wall will have a variety of velcro attachments eg. sensory shapes, bells, games and shapes for making pictures. The first items will be this game of noughts and crosses, sensory pizza pieces and bells. The Ablecare Day Services Centre will now be a more entertaining place for their clients.

velcro activity mat for Ablecare

single bed weighted blanket

single bed weighted blanket with washable cover

Our next meeting is on Monday 26 October.  Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

31 August, 2015 meeting

One week after the Open Day and it was time to distribute all the quilts we had displayed on the Nambour Uniting Church pews - plus a few more. The folded quilts might not look as pretty as they did on the pews but the height of the piles was impressive!

Jan K and Claire B's mermaid quilt

Kay F finished off this one
The next two quilts were made and kindly donated by Kawana Quilters. Thank you ladies.

Jan took home a roll of fabric and with some clever cutting has created this beautiful quilt top.

Jan's conversion of a roll of fabric using the Stack and Whack method

Ann M highlighting bright Kaffe Fassett fabrics

Claire B padded the bear on this quilt and added some toys!
When Peter Wellington came in to see what happens at a Sunshine Linus distribution meeting, most of the quilts and other items of comfort had been packed for delivery. President Judie gratefully accepted his generous financial donation on behalf of the group.

Next week Judie and Claire are going to visit Ablecare with a number of touchy feely aprons, cushions and quilts. We will also be handing over other items which will assist their client.

communication wallets for Ablecare clients

a busy and noisy (bells) touchy feely cushion

a special request - a touchy feely with lots of zip pockets

weighted dogs for Ablecare and a Special School

a fiddle bag for aged care clients

a weighted blanket

You may have seen this "Early Warning Signs" quilt at our Open Day. It has already been presented to the teachers at Nambour Special School. They will use it to teach students about how they may feel in uncomfortable situations.

Our next meeting is on Monday 28 September - please come along to see what we do, make friends with crafty people and contribute to the Sunshine Coast and wider community.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

2015 Quilt Show & Open Day

On Saturday we held our second Sunshine Linus Quilt Show and Open Day. The weather was kind to us for most of the day and we welcomed over 340 visitors throughout the day.  The Quilt Show was amazing with lots of lovely quilts for all to admire.  We displayed over 130 small quilts on the pews and our visitors delighted in wandering throughout the pews being able to be up close and personal with our quilts.

The Honorable Peter Wellington MP, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Qld, Member for Nicklin opened our show and welcomed visitors to the event.  Thankyou Mr Wellington for making the time to help us celebrate our special day, it was very much appreciated.
Peter Wellington and President Judie opening the show

The church decked with quilts
More quilts quilts quilts!

all the pews were covered
We had a fabulous raffle running at our Open Day.  No less than 5 great prizes.  Here's a list of our winners - congratulations to all.
1st Prize               McKenna Ryan Wall hanging handmade by Sandra Wright won by Sharon Hanson   
2nd Prize              Beautiful Children's quilt handmade by Annie Richter & Nicky McCulloch won by  Jenny Irwin         
3rd Prize              Bright Wall hanging won by Sandra Pollock                  
4th Prize              Beautiful handbag handmade by Sandra Wright, won by Karen from Mt Isa      
5th Prize              Gorgeous handmade embroidered facecloths won by Lesley Alcorn                    

Some of the raffle prizes

Jenny receiving second prize from Nicky and Cynthia

Peter Wellington MP was very interested to hear about the things that we do for our community.
Peter Wellington looking at what we make

Samples of items made by members
The Sunshine Linus members gave our visitors loads of information about what we do and where it goes, and even offered free patterns for those who might be interested.
More examples of what we make

Our Book Quilts are very unique - these quilts have been made to enhance the learning experiences for our special needs students in special schools.  The teachers have liaised with our chief creator Claire Tayforth, giving a brief on what sorts of things would be of benefit.  The feedback we've received from the special schools that have received this Book Quilts has been enormously positive and productive in the learning process at the class room level.

Our sales table was brimming to overflowing with lots and lots of beautifully created items for our visitors to purchase.  We hoped to offer these items and very reasonable prices and everyone seemed to be very happy with their purchases on the day.  Thankyou to all SL members who contributed their expertise in making these lovely items for our visitors.

Cup cakes went down a treat at our Open Day and many thanks our Sunshine Linus members for all their hard work in making these delicious treats.  They looked so pretty, many visitors thought they were pincushions!  After we sorted that misunderstanding out - they sold like.... well.. cup cakes!!

delicious cupcakes!

We thank our Vendors - Patchwork Angel, Nimble Stitches, Bower Birdy, Kimz Sewing and The Sewing Basket for attending our show and providing some much needed retail therapy for our quilters and visitors.  These vendors have all contributed fabric and other resources to Sunshine Linus over the past two years and having them share our day was our way of saying thank you.  Please take the time to support our sponsors and thank them for helping Sunshine Linus.

Lots of more quilts to enjoy - these were members quilts on show.

We had a visual slide show running most of the day to highlight the sorts of things we do and especially our distribution day that happens once each month.

Our Thank You wall was very popular where we posted thank you cards, photos, newspaper clippings and emails that we've received from people in our community who have received our support throughout the past two years.

Mountain Quilters at Peachester have chosen Sunshine Linus to be their "charity choice" for 2016, and have made this magnificent quilt to raffle between now and their next quilt show in 2016.  All proceeds from this raffle will go to Sunshine Linus.  We are very grateful to Mountain Quilters for thinking of us, and we invite you to attend their show (see details in this blog early 2016) to support their efforts.
Win this Mountain Quilters raffle quilt and raise money for Sunshine Linus

Jenny receiving second prize from Nicky and Cynthia

Our next meeting is on Monday 31st August where we will be getting back to our core business - providing quilts and other comforts to those in need on the Sunshine Coast.  Maybe we'll see you there.