Monday, August 29, 2016

August 2016

First report this month is from the mid-month workshop. Approximately 15 members attended and practiced their quilting using walking feet and free motion on a number of small quilts.

Karen and Sue show great concentration.
Meanwhile Thelma was busy ironing quilt labels, hundreds of quilt labels.

Today's meeting saw the fruits of the groups' labour with several small quilts returned for distribution.
Carolyn displays her rainbow quilt with applique motifs while Lyn and Maureen each returned with a trio of quilts.

The group was visited on that day by Linda and Dawn with a great supply of  "touchy feely" squares which are incorporated into quilts and aprons such as has been made by Linda below.

Today, the team who handle the distribution of goods for premmie babies received several beautifully made dolls, one accompanied by a miniature quilt.

The centre table was, as usual, overloaded with various goods including many pairs of bright knitted children's slippers, breast cancer cushions, drainage bags, beanies, a touchy feely mini cushion, 
 bibs for nursing homes.

and dozens of quilts that appear anonymously such as these whirling designs.

Sunshine Linus is indebted to the ladies from Bribie Island who delivered 5 huge bags of quilts , some of which kept our binding stitchers busy all morning.

Two impressive bags made for distribution to women who are seeking shelter and have nowhere to store their meagre belongings were coveted by many who were present.

Each month President Kaye quilts many quilts as well as making a variety of other goods for special needs. This month Kaye showed a noughts and crosses kit made in an embroidery frame using colourful buttons as tokens, some hexagon balls, a quick quilt of overlocked fleece, and use of squares of different sizes in an interesting design.

It is often difficult to establish who made the colourful quilt tops that Kaye so ably quilts but below are a few that members saw today, all produced from scraps of donated fabric.

Orrawin is a regular contributor and today she showed two animal quilts made with motifs that have been donated by a friend of Linus who lives in Chinchilla and regularly sends goods to the Coast.

This square within a square quilt above also originates with Orrawin.

Margaret volunteered last month to assemble a huge bag of donated Suffolk Puffs to this result.

However, there were still enough puffs for a second member to try their hand and so we look forward to seeing the next version.

See also the detail from a quilt by Rosemary's sister,

tumbling blocks by Margaret O

and Gloriana's brick quilt

Annie showed how she had used half-square triangles in three different sizes and effects.

Claire entertained us with her creative take on the classic Possum Magic above and also brought along a sensory foot quilt and a sensory brick quilt made to meet special requests.

Anne's delightful children's quilts each followed a particular theme:
animals,vehicles, a train and a scrappy version.

Was that all? Not at all. 
The contents of those 5 bags from Bribie Island yielded delights as seen below.

Members were challenged to leave with at least 2kgs of fabric each.
To end this month's blog, one of our members has mislaid the pattern for the following quilt. If anyone picked it up from the freebies table, could you please contact us?  It is a stunning design and the member's family would all like one now.

Next meeting is Monday, 26 September.

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