Monday, July 25, 2016

July 2016

July 2016
While fewer quilts were photographed today, Sunshine Linus still distributed over 98 quilts. Where they went can be seen on the page entitled What we make and where it goes at right.

Knitted and crocheted items were popular donations including
Kanyini bears made by Bev
a group of colourful care bears
some practical shoulder capes destined for local nursing homes

and a pile of breast comfort cushions for Nambour Oncology Unit 
and the Sunshine Coast Breast Clinic

where Dawn's cloche and turbans will also be most welcome

Quilts completed for today from donated materials included a large star quilt, quilted beautifully by Ann on her domestic machine and a strippy quilt

 Machine embroidered squares are always welcomed to feature in quilts such as this pretty design.
 Barbara has raided her male family member's wardrobes and produced several quilts using every scrap of their unworn shirts:

Every scrap of fabric has been used in these strips and squares.

Tiny squares typical of the variety of donated goods each month have been carefully joined and quilted by Kaye using one of Claire's dyed  cotton sheets for backing.

Just as it seemed we had seen most of the quilts for display, in came Jeanette with her husband carrying a stack of quilts, some of which can be glimpsed on the right of the first photo. 

While some members cannot attend every month, they contributions are most valued when they arrive.

Blockenspeils were among the products provided for children. 
Since President Kaye taught some of us how to do these, a few arrive each month. The pinning an stitching can take as long as 6 hours. 

Weighted blankets for autistic children at Able Care, "touchy feely" aprons made by Rosemary and others, here modelled by Carolyn, and a large fabric ball made by Claire T were admired.

A new design by Claire was this weighted  collar to be trialled in nursing homes for patients with Alzheimers -modelled by Judy.

Claire continues her fabric interpretations
 of favourite children's
 stories into interactive wall hangings. Her efforts with The Bear Hunt  and The Hungry Caterpiller left us all entranced.
 AH, there's the bear!!
 and a very well fed caterpillar indeed.

Next meeting is on Monday, 29 August.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June 2016

Marking the coldest June for five years for south east Queensland, Linus members celebrated their sixth birthday with a cake cut by four original members (Carolyn, Sharon, Lee and Jan).

Children's quilts featured this month:
 and dinosaurs by Lee,
warm bunny rugs by Rosemary, and
a farmyard quilt and ducks in a row by Anne

More traditional quilts such as the Dresden Plate design, a double-sided Hunter Star and an interesting black white and pink design were shown by Orrawin and Denise.

(Note Orrawin's use of "leftover" lengths of binding on the back of this quilt. Bring your short leftover binding to Orrawin and she will make good use of them)
Goods to be sent to the Philippines such as the one-piece apron designed and modelled by Jan and the monitor bag designed and made by Lee add further challenges for members.

Mona and Sue have been forward thinking, bringing hero capes for Christmas gift bags, 

while our wonderfully creative Claire produced the Little Blue Riding Hood Cape, a wall quilt based on The Rainbow Fish and a skills book.

Jan's quilt-as-you-go Hearts epitomises the spirit of Sunshine Linus, using skills with textiles to improve the quality of life of those less fortunate than our members.
For a list of all the goods produced and distributed after this meeting, see the What we make and where it goes page on this blog.

Next meeting is Monday, 25th July.

Monday, May 30, 2016

May 2016

After a 6 week break due to Public Holidays, May's gathering brought many donations, such that the centre tables were groaning under the weight.
Ian from Woombye Bendigo Bank paid us an early visit to present President Kaye with a cheque for $500 as part of the Bank's Community Support program.  

We were also visited by Adam from Maroochydore State High School who coordinates a program for students who need special assistance at the school.

Some 20 quilts had been left at Patchwork Angel for Linus, many finished and ready to be distributed.

Sunshine Linus members are skilled at using small scraps to make stunning quilts. Below are some made by Orrawin- cheeky cats and a reverse made of small squares found on the donations table

by Rosemary 

 by Barbara

and by Dorothy

Sandra displayed  an elegant quilt constructed of 12 embroidered blocks, each done by a different person as well as several quilts suitable for males.
 along with several quilts suitable for males

Anne 's Houses and Sun Bonnet Sue quilts will delight little girls.

Two nature themed quilts featured native animals backgrounded by strips which reflect the colours of the Australian landscape.

A few courageous souls had persevered with their Blockenspeils, a technique taught by Kaye at the mid-May special day. Meanwhile, Claire's creativity had been directed to two balls, one fabric and one crocheted plus a Skills book for adults. These items are used by Able Care.

The next meeting will be on Monday, 27th June where Sunshine Linus will celebrate its 6th Birthday.

** Please do  not leave donations of fabric and other goods outside the Uniting Church Hall.  If you wish to donate, but cannot deliver your donations on that date, please contact us with a message on the blog.