Thursday, March 23, 2023

Reminder: AGM

Hi Everyone, just a reminder that the Sunshine Linus AGM will be held this coming Monday 27th March. The AGM is an important event on the Sunshine Linus calendar so please make it a priority to be there. The meeting will begin at 9:30am with Show and Tell and normal distribution to follow. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Monday 27th February

Hello everyone and welcome to February's blog post. 57 members attended this month's meeting and as usual there was much to do and many friends old and new to meet and greet. 

Elaine decided on a new format for the sales table (in preparation for the Open Day), which included a tiered display and labels.

Plants have become a popular item on the sales table

Lots of lovely bags

After dropping off donated items and looking for that perfect piece of fabric or ball of wool, it was time for the more serious part of the morning.

The ladies take their seats for the formal proceedings

Kaye started the meeting by thanking Sharon and Marion for attending the Fire and Safety training session back in January.

Sharon spent some time sharing the finer details of the fire drill procedure.

Show and Tell included a stunning array of quilt tops donated by the Peachester Mountain Quilters. Kaye and the other members of this group had assembled the quilts using blocks donated from a deceased estate.

Anne C showed a selection of her lovely quilts some of which were started at Retreat.

Delightful Dachshunds

A log cabin quilt with cabins in the borders!

Dorothy showed her blue and green quilt, a clever combination of blocks from the 'Freebie table'.

Pam showed a number of  gorgeous items made and donated by the 'Yarners' team including a knitted cape, pretty blue and white rug and some cute Kanyini bears. 

A snuggly rug and shawl

Two sweet Kanyini Bears

Val showed a selection of clever items made and donated by the 'Sewing' team including a turban, drawstring bag and carry bag.

Kaye models a turban

A colorful drawstring bag

Sharon and Linda had fun showing the 'touchy feely' items, a bright and beautiful cube, mat and book.

Touchy feely lap mat

A touchy feely book with lots of interesting bits attached

And here is a cute idea. What to do with all those fabric badges we have collected over the years? Make them into a 'touchy feely' book!

Claire showed a fun 'touchy feely' apron destined for Palmview State Special School, a silly sack made from two way stretch fabric and two stunning 3D wall hangings that were made from cushion panels. 

Stretchy silly sack

Pheasant in the sand wall hanging

Pheasant in the grass wall hanging

Glorianne showed a bright Christmas themed quilt made using a pattern and some blocks found on the freebie table'. There will be a Christmas themed section on the sales table on Open Day if members have any suitable items in their possession.

And the winners of the raffle prizes this month were Margaret M, Bonnie, Jan and Jenna. Congratulations ladies!

Important Reminders:
  • The next meeting is on Monday 27th March and will include the AGM. Please come along.
  • The Open Day is on Saturday August 5th. Please keep making items for the Open day sales table
  • Denise and Anne C are recording names for the Retreat at the end of the year.

Hope to see you next month!

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Monday 30th January

Hello everyone and welcome back to Sunshine Linus' monthly blogpost. Well, what a fantastic meeting we had on Monday. It was so good to see most of our members back. Of course the holiday period allows everyone more time to make and create so everyone came loaded up with their donated items! 

Also, welcome to the new members who came for the first time! We hope you will find a lovely place with us to make items for those who are in need in our community.

For those members who are new to our meetings, Sunshine Linus wouldn't function without a dedicated team of members who arrive early to set up the hall for the day's meeting. Thankyou to those members who do this faithfully every month!

Setting up

Lots of boxes to unpack

Thelma and Claire greet members as they sign into the meeting.

Val oversees the sale of the raffle tickets each month.

The raffle prizes this month include a very handy tote bag made by Elaine, a cute boro notions bag made by Kaye, a beautiful doll made by Marilyn and two very smart felt necklaces.

And then there is the sales table which Dorothy sets up so beautifully.

Lots of goodies for sale

Thanks to Leonie for the gorgeous flowers

There was even some fruit and veg for sale!

And then everyone arrives and the fun begins!

Members check out the 'freebie' table. Thankyou to Sue and Margaret for their efforts setting this up each month!

Jan arrived with these precious pods made for stillborn babies 20 weeks and under. They are sent to the Butterfly Suite at SCUH.

Norma machine embroiders these beautiful angels to attach to the pod packaging.

Dawn couldn't help but smile when she modeled this clever, tactile apron.

There were plenty of children's activity bags donated with lots of goodies included.

These brightly colored zipper pouches will be handy as toiletry bags.

Jenny H finished a couple of quilts started at last year's Retreat including this stunning Geisha quilt.

Jenny's Hidden 16 patch quilt top

Daphne brought in her pretty floral quilt top ready to be quilted.

Fran arrived with another collection of 'Loveys'. Aren't they adorable?

Monkey and sheep Lovey

Fran also showed this colorful, crocheted rug made with scraps of left over yarn from other projects!

Kaye opened the formal proceeding by welcoming the many new members and visitors. Kaye also gave a report on the Retreat held at the end of 2022.

Barbara arrived with an arm full of splendid quilts she had started at the Retreat. 

Crumb technique renal quilt

Back of renal quilt

A pretty strip quilt

Bright stained glass window effect

Layer cake friendly renal quilt

Disappearing 9 patch

Another one of our members who enjoys making scrap quilts is Orrawin. 

Orrawin's scrappy, on point, log cabin quilt

Anne C's two lovely quilts completed from the Retreat.

Brightly colored log cabin quilt

Scrappy pinwheels

Glorianne's two fun quilts completed from the Retreat.

Sailboats perfect for a little boy

Bright butterflies from colorful scraps

Yvonne's snowball scrap quilt completed from the Retreat.

Judie B showed the quilts she sewed during the holiday break including these two brightly colored scrappy quilts that use 2 1/2 inch wide strips.

A good use of borders to frame the quilt

With so many new members, Judie was asked to give a short talk on the history of Sunshine Linus.

Dorothy showed four lovely quilts she completed during the break. They came complete with their own carry bag!

Hot pink diamonds

A fun cot quilt

Scrappy squares

Perfect for a retired farmer with all those
sheep blocks!

Leonie has also been very busy during the holidays. She showed seven lovely quilt she had made and quilted!

A border top and bottom always adds length to a quilt

Scrappy squares

Squares and frames

Blue fans

Scrappy cot quilt

Owl themed cot quilt

Beautiful baskets

A few more lovely quilts....

Annie R's pretty bird themed quilt

Annie R's hexagon block quilt

Elaine's clever double pinwheel blocks were incorporated into this fun quilt.

One more of Yvonne's clever scrap quilts.

Claire never ceases to amaze us with her wonderful selection of weighted toys. This month there were purple puppies, some feline friends, an adorable bunny and Beryl the beetle. 

These cuties will find a home at the 4FW
 ward at Nambour Hospital

Cute kitty

The perfect fabric for a tiger

A cuddly bunny

Beryl beetle complete with a textured, crackle body

Some reminders:
  • Membership fee and forms are due
  • Keep an eye out for the 'Wish List' for this month
  • AGM is scheduled for the March meeting
  • Next meeting is Monday 27th February
Hope to see you then!