Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July Action Day

Action Day this month was all about fleecy fabric! There had been a request for light-weight blankets for patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Kaye had acquired several bags of fleecy remnants from years of sewing for her family. The plan was to cut the fleece into 6 inch strips and sew these into blankets.

Sharon, Sue and Kaye preparing their plan of attack!

Jennifer and Carole at work on their over-lockers piecing the strips of fleecy fabric.

Chris decided to use an ingenious technique that involved no sewing! It involved placing two squares of fleecy on top of one another (WST) and cutting into the edge of the fleecy approximately 3-4 inches every half inch. The cut strips were then double-knotted to create a fringe effect!

Now you might think the next photo shows what we spent most of the morning doing……..but not so! These Action Days provide a wonderful opportunity not only to create items to be donated but time to socialize, ask questions and get to know one another better. In fact one member whose name begins with ‘T’ spent most of the morning socializing! (Actually as we know, and so often is the case… she was also doing a number of jobs behind the scene). So taking time to stop for morning tea was a very important part of the morning’s proceedings. 

A big thank you to Sue, Gail and Robina, who spent the morning cutting the strips for the blankets!

We produced a total of 13 blankets during the morning! Sharon displays one of her ‘almost finished blankets’.

So if you are looking for the opportunity to have some laughs, make new friends, catch up with old friends and produce beautiful items to be donated to various groups on the Sunshine Coast and surrounding regions, I would encourage you to join us on the next Action Day October 15th. Remember to mark the date in your diaries!

Our next monthly meeting is on Monday July 30th. See you there!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Save the Date!

Just a reminder that our next Action Day is next Monday 16th July 9am-1pm.  Kaye has organized several boxes of fleece scraps for us to sew into quilts. Bring along your over-locker and general sewing supplies. If you don't own an over-locker we will still need people to measure and cut! Don't forget to bring some morning tea to share and your own lunch. See you there!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Monday 25th June

Wow! What a busy meeting this month! There’s been so much happening at Sunshine Linus these past weeks! It’s quite sobering to think about the massive effort undertaken each month, not only in the output and distribution of donated items, but also in setting up and running the meeting and of course this would not happen without the individual effort of all of you!

The introduction of the new membership fee and card was initiated on Monday. Jan and Marion were firmly ensconced at the entry ready to receive membership forms and fees. A total of 72 memberships plus one life membership were received on the day. Don’t worry if you didn’t get a chance to join this month as there will be the opportunity to do so next month.

The distribution table was brimming with a range of gorgeous knitted items ready for immediate distribution with the colder weather upon us. Thank you to all the knitters, members and non-members!

Glenis showed some of the beautiful beanies she has knitted and donated.

Margaret from the Hibiscus Retirement Village at Sippy Downs shared how members from her group who had previously knitted items for the Royal Brisbane Hospital are now knitting baby items for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. 

Cynthia showed a beanie knitted in the symbolic Aboriginal colours of red, yellow and black. Sunshine Linus would be happy to receive more beanies in these colours.

Neil from the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital said ‘thank you’ for the donation of the dozens of knitted and crocheted ‘Kanini bears’. These bears are to be distributed to children during Naidoc week on the 14th July at Cotton Tree Park.

Maggie from the Reconciliation Group thanked Sunshine Linus for the many quilts that are donated to Aboriginal communities each month.

One other guest speaker this month was Hayley from the Bendigo Bank. She reminded us to encourage friends and family to bank with the Bendigo Bank. Of course the Bendigo Bank is one of Sunshine Linus’ key sponsors. We did notice the slight height difference Kaye!

One very special announcement this month was Judie receiving ‘life membership’ as the founding member back in 2010. She was also given the first membership card (number 1) for Sunshine Linus. Judie was most surprised and very touched by this announcement.

This month Sunshine Linus also celebrated its 8th birthday! Happy Birthday Sunshine Linus! The long-time members of Sunshine Linus: Judy, Jan, Sharon, Judie, Thelma and Liz gather around to cut the cake!

‘Show and Tell’ began with Susan showing a very versatile boy’s hooded jacket she had made from an old blanket.

Cynthia showed a quirky 'touchy feely' glove puppet Elaine had made.

Annie showed a very complicated looking ‘strippy quilt’ she had started on the last Action Day.

Bev showed four lovely quilts hand-quilted by an 83 year old friend!

Dorothy has been busy making more delightful children’s quilts.

Leone showed a number of scrappy children’s quilt tops and 'strippy' quilts that were donated by Maleny Patchwork Magic and the Mountain quilters. There was also a beautifully knitted rug made by a member of the Mountain Quilters.

Joy showed a delightful Dragons and Wizards quilt and a very intricate ‘one block wonder’ hexagon quilt she had pieced.

Lesley from Mapleton has donated two sets of very cute embroidery blocks ready to be made into quilts.

Gabriele showed a gorgeous crocheted rug made by the ladies from her craft group at Peregian. She also showed a very quirky bag made from knitted strips of scrap fabric!

Pat showed an aquatic-themed quilt made from strips and squares.

Judie has kept herself busy once again machine-quilting a number of the donated quilt tops.

Kaye also quilts many of the donated quilt tops. Below are 3 quilts she assembled and quilted, each with beautifully embroidered blocks.

Other news this month… the Cancer Council, Noosa Branch raised $5200 at an event after being gifted a Sunshine Linus raffle quilt and Faye was excited to share that her Bribie Island View Club has managed to raise $1460 with Anne’s Racoon quilt!

The ‘Gifts of Gratitude’ recipients this month were Joy, Thelma, Leone, Bonnie, Dee and Ann. Well done ladies!

And finally… Kaye reminded us of Action Day on Monday 16th July 9am-1pm (approximately). We will be making quilts from scraps of fleecy fabric so come join us!

One more thing… ‘Thank you’ to Jill who very graciously stepped in to fill the shoes of our trusty assistant blog editor Carole who was unable to attend the meeting on Monday.