Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 30, 2015 meeting

Yesterday Show and Tell started with two quilts that were made and donated by a lady who walked into the hall with a pile of quilts and said "please give these to someone".  Finding a home for bright and cheerful quilts is never hard!

Show and Tell is a great way for new members to see the variety of items that we make.  Yvonne made these tapestries into colourful wall hangings by adding fabric borders.

Here are some of the quilts that our members have been busy making...

Leone's floral squares

Cathy created a quilt from machine embroideries

Denise's puzzle

A good use of scraps

new member Bridget followed the Drunkard's Path

Leonie's version of a Drunkard's Path
Leonie also quilted all these squares

Leonie's sister made this one

Sometimes quilts pass through many hands, sewing machines and quilting machines.  Judie B designed a random pattern to highlight these African fabrics.  Kaye N then quilted it on Leonie's long arm quilting machine.  This quilt is big - so big it wraps over a king size bed!  Great team effort ladies!

We make far more than quilts.  Joann made lots of playful shorts.

Joan loves knitting.  The photo doesn't really show that all the flowers on this rug are three dimensional.

some of Joan's box of soft toys

a touchy feely quilt

Earlier in March, Kaye N and Sharon ran a workshop for interest members. Kaye guided people through making this pattern and Sharon demonstrated binding quilts using a sewing machine. Here are three quilts that resulted from that workshop.  They might be the same pattern but the looks are quite different!

Barbara made white stars by leaving out the sashing

Lyn added the sashing

the black stars stand out here

During the month we had a few special requests.  These wallets have pockets for storing toy cars. They are being used by a boy with ASD to store his cars at school.  He can only play with the cars when he has finished his class work then they are driven into the pockets and folded away during the next lesson.

Below is a touchy feely cushion.  It will provide lots of distractions for a dementia patient.

Our next meeting is Monday 27 April.  Until then, happy sewing, knitting, creating ...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 23, 2015 meeting

Yesterday we had a visit from three students from Nambour Special School.  Along with their teachers and principal they wanted to say thank you for the book quilts we have donated to their school.  These quilts are one of the teaching resources used in a "Book Box" to complement the student's favourite stories.  The students also received a new quilt for the book "Mr McGee and the Biting Flea".

Mr McGee before he undresses and jumps in the sea

With over 60 people at the meeting, Show and Tell brought out a wide variety of creations.  Here are some of the items that will be distributed to our community.

weighted lap quilt and corduroy weighted blanket for a 17 year old  

Claire's circle quilt
Orawin's swirls
One of the most popular items we make are touchy feely quilts for dementia patients and people with autism.  Over time these have been made in all manner of sizes.  Now, Barb M has created a touchy feely muff which forms a tube using velcro.  Each side is different so there are plenty of distracting objects.

Rosemary is adding crocheted baubles to her touchy feelies

Kaye's 90 year old friend did the cutting for this quilt

Recently, Kaye was the guest speaker at Kawana Quilters.  After telling them all about Sunshine Linus she gave a quilting demonstration.  In return, Kaye received a number of donated quilts.

coloured windmills

playful machine embroidery

Joy had me fooled by these two quilts.  From a distance it looks like applique but she has made great use of fabric panels.  Very deceptive!

Jan B has gone bright pink

One of Jan B's wheelchair come lap quilts thanks to velcro
The Claire B and Jenny quilting and cutting team have been hard at work again.  Two underwater wonders and a sporting quilt will make some boys very happy.

Kaye N has been clearing the cupboard this month.  The purple creation used up bits left from making a quilt for a relative.  Have a look at how she used fleece to make a quilt!

nice leftovers

fleecy strips

adding interest to squares

taking the points off fiddly Dresden plate pieces

and Kaye's applique quilt

Leonie's dinosaur army quilt

After discussions with the Buderim Private Hospital, Judith made a pattern for a stillborn pod.  It is made from a lovely soft fleece.  It will provide some comfort to parents dealing with the stillbirth of a child.

knitted children's clothes going to Alice Springs

Thanks to cyclone Marcia, last week was very wet on the Sunshine Coast. Events were cancelled and we were asked to avoid all unnecessary travel. Obviously, for Sunshine Linus members that means we can sew, knit and create. Here Liz K shows what wet days a lead to.

Liz made a colourful strip quilt

The diamonds are sewn on
Maggie donated the Cooran mystery quilt that is the result of many people's creativity.

Maggie's baby quilt
If you like the look of this quilt then you had better buy some raffle tickets at the Sunshine Linus Open Day which will be held on August 22.  Thanks Sandra for making our first prize.

The next Sunshine Linus meeting is on Monday 30 March.  Just a reminder for members, there is a workshop on Monday 16 March.