Lots and lots of ‘news’ and ‘show and tell’ this month so I’ve decided to post the blog in instalments to highlight some of the amazing items made by our ladies at Sunshine Linus Inc.
The lovely autumn weather……. (yes, it’s cooling down at last on the Sunshine Coast) enticed 80 ladies to attend this month’s meeting and as usual the hall was a ‘hive’ of activity.
Lisa had made a collection of activity bags containing all sorts of ‘goodies’. These bags are donated to local Police Stations for children of domestic violence situations. There has been a request for donations of items to fill the bags.
The distribution table was filled with a range of ‘sensory items’ this month that included ‘touchy feely’ quilts, ‘sensory’ cubes and rice ‘fiddle’ bags.
These two ‘touchy feely’ table cloths made by Wendy and Rosemary will be donated to Tantula Rise Aged Care Facility at Alexandra Headland. They are a big hit with the residents.
Our guest speaker this month was Kathy from the Kidney Support Foundation. She thanked the Linus members for the 160 quilts that were distributed to patients at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and to children at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital.
Three of the ‘strippy’ quilts started on Action Day were returned for donation. Karen created this very colourful quilt using alternating horizontal and vertical blocks.
Dawn added cubes to her quilt to create a 3D effect.
Glorianne added borders and colourful butterflies to her quilt to create impact.
Lyn also donated a colourful ‘strippy’ quilt made from Aboriginal fabrics she had collected from the ‘freebie’ table. The quilting included motifs of Australian animals. The back included pictures from the fabrics used on the front.
Orrawin showed two intricate quilts. The first was one she called ‘Many Trips Around the World’. The second, her ‘pride and joy’ was a pattern called ‘Bento Box’.
Our President Susan Hoy showed the first stages of a Blockenspiel made by Val. Val has invented a technique to machine stitch the blockenspiel in one piece before adding the foam cubes and sewing the remaining sides together!
Barbara constructed a fabric ‘flexagon’ she found while cleaning out the storeroom!
Gabrielle showed a set of clothing protectors she made to be donated to the residents at the Carramar Aged Care Facility.
Joy showed a striking red, white and blue quilt with stars on point. She also managed to piece together a second quilt using fabric she had left over from a previous quilt.
Daphne has been very busy making children’s quilts. She showed five quilts that would delight any child. The quilts contained blocks with aeroplanes, soldiers, ballerinas, fairies and tigers.
Show and tell finished with Claire showing one of the ‘silly sacks’ she makes for the students at Currumundi Special School. The bags are made from lycra with a velcro opening at the front. The children love stepping inside the bags to contort their bodies to make all sorts of crazy shapes with the sacks.
That concludes part one of the April blog. Make sure you keep an eye out for the next instalment!