Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October 2017

While I was interstate for the October meeting, the preparation for the blog was made admirably by Carolyn and Orrawin - my thanks to them - and what a pleasure it was to create this post looking at all the show and tell with fresh eyes. I hope that all our readers are also motivated by this month's photos.

 Early In October, Sunshine Linus held one of three Activity Days planned for each year. Three demonstrations were held.
Jenny Wilcox from Palmwoods Arts and Crafts gave a comprehensive demonstration of the Scan and cut machine, one of which has recently been donated to Sunshine Linus.


More about this equipment in the October Links.

Barbara demonstrated flying geese and disappearing nine patch variations.

 Later in the blog you will see the variety of quilts made by Barbara and handed in for distribution at the end of October.

Our untiring President Kay demonstrated "scrappy stacks" quilts.
"Super easy" I am told and you can see more examples of these below. A hands-on day is planned for 2018 so we can try it for ourselves.

Jan from Chinchilla regularly sends paper-pieced challenges.
Two of these returned as quilts this month:

Bright circles used by Judie B and marine animals used by Kay.

Dee has been quilting small quilts and, while we do not always know the designer/maker, we are thankful for all these donations. Members will be busy this month adding the bindings and labels for a finished product.

Glorianne had a dinosaurs theme with three delightful quilts for small children who, for some reason, seem to be walking encyclopedias when it comes to dinosaurs.

Anne is an expert at applique and her quilts featured varied squares with a small floral border

 and a nautical theme with half square triangle border.

Dorothy used storybook squares to effect, and farm animal motifs.

Dorothy's squares are effective in these two small quilts:

 while Denise's choice of strong browns and greys is definitely for a male.

Barbara presented several finished quilts including these below:
 From simple squares
 to a disappearing nine patch
 to flying geese
to scrappy blocks
 and the use of excess furnishing fabric.

Kay used the triple layered flower cut during the Scan and Cut demonstration
to add interest to this scrappy stack quilt,

demonstrated a colourful brick effect 
and what can be achieved using those leftovers of different width and lengths.

A special order scrappy stacks quilt has been completed by Kay for Rose Cottage hospice.

The distribution table supported a variety of other items including these blockenspeils
and towelling bibs, and

 sensory cubes,
 including this large cube made by Lee.
As the November 27th meeting will be our last distribution day for 2018, a variety of finished products can be expected.

Monday, September 25, 2017

September 2017

Not so many quilts for Show and Tell this month but there was an emphasis on the style of quilt that will be demonstrated at our October Activity Day.

In August Claire explained the basics of her story book quilts, displaying the background ready for the story.

This month, we see the finished product with all the detailed pieces attached by Velcro enabling them to be moved by the children. A platypus hides in a pocket under the tree roots on the left while the cars, flowers and houses can all be adjusted.

With a burst of summer heat upon us, we received some knitted goods from Beerwah Knitters and Crocheters, courtesy of Gabrielle. 

Our demand for knitted goods will be slight for the next few months but there maybe some call for shawls for the aged such as this one piece crocheted style below.

A demand for men's quilts remains. Kay has finished a fish quilt for a special order. The blocks were made by her Gladstone quilters group some time ago. 

Dee has quilted a brown and gold strip quilt of a generous size for a male.

 Bonnie showed some "dribble bibs" suitable for older Special Needs children and Claire had collaborated to produce a touchy feely book.

Our extra Activity Day in October will feature a demonstration of the Scan and Cut machine recently donated to Sunshine Linus, and three workshops.  Sharon will demonstrate easy quilt-as-you-go techniques, and there will demonstrations of the flying geese technique by Barbara and scrappy stack quilts by Kay. Bring a notebook.

Several quilts displayed today by Barbara and Kay gave examples of using scraps to make interesting quilts. From Barbara,

 and from Kay,

 Anne had made a I spy quilt with an bright backing.

Whether simple strips and squares or complex piecing, our quilts give delight to many deserving residents of the Sunshine Coast.

Next meeting day will be Monday, October 30th. All welcome from 9.30am.