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.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


9:00AM - 3:00PM
100+ Quilts on display
Handmade Crafts & Gift Stall
Devonshire Tea
Displays & Patchwork Vendors
$5.00 admission includes Devonshire Tea
Sunshine Linus is very grateful to the Uniting Church, Nambour for their continued support for Sunshine Linus and  free use of their facilities