Sunshine Linus’ final meeting for 2019 was a busy one with lots happening! The day began with the usual sorting and distribution activities. The formal part of the meeting included a number of guest speakers. Linda introduced Nicole from Selangor Private Hospital, Nambour. Nicole thanked the Sunshine Linus members for the donation of body quilts (complete with pocket at the bottom). They are ideal for patients waiting for dialysis in the renal unit.
Michelle from the Sunshine Coast University Hospital thanked Sunshine Linus for the many items donated during the year. Jeff from Wishlist presented Susan with gift vouchers to purchase much needed supplies.
During ‘Show and Tell’ Susan showed a very colorful piece of knitting that morphed its way through several incarnations before it finally settled on becoming a child’s vest!
Sharon showed one of the neo-natal quilts made by the Coolum Quilters. They measure 24" x 28" if anyone is interested in making more of these very cute, mini quilts.
Lyn showed a delightful caravan quilt made from donated blocks.
Kaye showed a number of quilts and rugs donated by the Warwick Quilters and Knitters.
Kaye also showed this very modern, pieced quilt and plans to demonstrate curved piecing next year during one of the scheduled workshops.
Anne showed four beautiful quilts and explained that ‘this is what you do when you go away in your caravan!’
Glorianne showed this quirky cactus quilt that was made using the quilt-as-you-go technique.
Glorianne also showed a delightful cot quilt called ‘Sheep Shape’ that incorporated a number of 3 dimensional bits and pieces and lots of quilting!
Beanie showed an original ‘touchy feely’ rug made from left over knitted and crocheted squares and 'doodads'.
Chris has been keeping herself occupied crocheting these gorgeous butterflies and flowers to add to the ‘touchy feely’ items. She has also managed to make a couple of blockenspeils!
Loretta and Tina showed their creative talents with these four exquisite dolls with beautiful embroidered faces!
Jenny showed her inventiveness by making these ‘light’ covers for the Glass House Aged Care Facility. The idea is that they cover the metal light bollards and protect the residents from burning themselves if they touch the lights.
Loraine models the light covers.
Claire has been busy making her ‘weighted’ soft toys again. She showed these two handsome fellows, both destined for NDIS patients.
Claire also showed a very clever picture-window quilt and a fishing themed quilt both made for Regis Kuluin Aged Care….
…and a charming interactive quilt based on the story, ‘What the Ladybird Heard’. It will be enjoyed by the students at Nambour Special School.
We were treated to two very special poetry readings at today’s meeting. The first poem was written and read by Linda and titled ‘The Touchy Feely Tragic Poem’.
One day I went to a large girls’ meeting
No….that’s not to do with their seating.
No, there were so many there,
Showing off their work so fair.
There was crochet and some knitting,
I thought mine could be quite fitting.
Perhaps I could learn to crochet too,
Time to start on something new.
Went to classes all agog,
Soon had teacher in a fog.
She tried to show me chains and doubles,
Then to add to all her troubles,
I slipped me drop stitch and so’
She told me, “Best you go!”
Aw… back to Linus just to see,
If there was something there for me.
What about patchwork, they do it with such ease?
And I thought, “This’ll be a breeze!”
They told me, “Here’s a job for you”.
“Cut these six square in two.”
“Have you got a ¼ foot?” asked Kaye.
“No I take a size 9 to my dismay”.
I measured once and cut it twice,
And though they did it oh so nice,
They said I really wasn’t able,
And showed me the Touchy/Feely table.
I can tell you I’ve found my heaven,
You can cut 9 on this side and on the other 7.
No-one worries if seams about face,
Just cover it with a bit of lace.
Add a zipper, some Velcro magic,
That’s how I became a Touchy/Feely tragic!
Show and Tell concluded with Lyn reading the Banjo Patterson poem: ‘Dowager’.
After ‘Show and Tell’ there was a pack-up and tidy-up session followed by everyone helping to set up for the Christmas lunch.
Of course the tables looked stunning and the food delicious.
Kaye kept the gathering entertained with the ‘Lucky Door’ raffle, the prizes seemed endless!
Jan made everyone put on their thinking caps with her ‘Name the Flower’ quiz. Carole and Glorianne had everyone shrieking with laughter during the ‘Paper Plate Game’. Thanks to everyone for your efforts organizing the Christmas party, it was a great way to end the year!
If you haven't worked it out, this is a gift-boxed sewing machine sitting under the Christmas tree!
A few reminders….
- The 2020 calendar is now available on the blog.
- The membership fee for next year will remain at $10.
- Membership can be paid online (if you so desire), but you will still need to complete a membership form and bring this to the meeting.
- Sunshine Linus first meeting for 2020 will be on Monday 20th January.
Hope everyone has a safe and happy Christmas season! See you next year!