Tuesday, September 1, 2015

31 August, 2015 meeting

One week after the Open Day and it was time to distribute all the quilts we had displayed on the Nambour Uniting Church pews - plus a few more. The folded quilts might not look as pretty as they did on the pews but the height of the piles was impressive!

Jan K and Claire B's mermaid quilt

Kay F finished off this one
The next two quilts were made and kindly donated by Kawana Quilters. Thank you ladies.

Jan took home a roll of fabric and with some clever cutting has created this beautiful quilt top.

Jan's conversion of a roll of fabric using the Stack and Whack method

Ann M highlighting bright Kaffe Fassett fabrics

Claire B padded the bear on this quilt and added some toys!
When Peter Wellington came in to see what happens at a Sunshine Linus distribution meeting, most of the quilts and other items of comfort had been packed for delivery. President Judie gratefully accepted his generous financial donation on behalf of the group.

Next week Judie and Claire are going to visit Ablecare with a number of touchy feely aprons, cushions and quilts. We will also be handing over other items which will assist their client.

communication wallets for Ablecare clients

a busy and noisy (bells) touchy feely cushion

a special request - a touchy feely with lots of zip pockets

weighted dogs for Ablecare and a Special School

a fiddle bag for aged care clients

a weighted blanket

You may have seen this "Early Warning Signs" quilt at our Open Day. It has already been presented to the teachers at Nambour Special School. They will use it to teach students about how they may feel in uncomfortable situations.

Our next meeting is on Monday 28 September - please come along to see what we do, make friends with crafty people and contribute to the Sunshine Coast and wider community.

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 27, 2015 meeting

Our meetings just seem to be getting bigger and busier.  Thank you to all the people that contribute hand crafted items and give their time so willingly.  From all the piles of goodies, come bags ready for distribution. These disappear into cars to be spread around the Sunshine Coast and beyond.  Then we head home tired but satisfied that we have brought some comfort to people in need.

Today we had visitors from the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital at Buderim. They needed a trolley to take away their items! A teacher from Nambour Special School was smiling as she went back to her school with a new book quilt. Three people from the Bendigo Bank at Woombye saw all this happening and now know what members of their community do on the last Monday of the month. Our fourth visitor was from the Sunshine Coast Daily. Watch out for newspaper story about us and our Open Day on Saturday 22 August 2015.

Of course we had time for Show and Tell.  Here are just some of the items that came in today.

Liz found all the coloured squares for this
quilt on the freebie table

Ann M's tribute to the Irish

I call this Di's children's forest

Di put all her sister's scraps to good use

The next four children's quilts were made by Leonie's friend Lesley. Thank you Lesley for giving them to Sunshine Linus.

This was a stack of squares before Kaye N
cut off the corners!

Kaye N also likes bright colours

Another bright quilt by Kaye N

This time Kaye N added fish 

Last month we had a request for shawls for aged care patients to wrap around their shoulders. Barbara M has created these two designs.

Barbara G made lots of cute premmie dresses

Barbara G's butterfly quilt

A little boy with love Barbara G's cars

Can you see the black cat in Orrawin's creation?

Orrawin again use lots of bits in this quilt

Lee's scrappy columns

Kay F made the donated monkeys into this playful quilt

This book quilt tells the story of Handa's Surprise. In this book each animal steals a piece for fruit from Handa's basket without her knowing. Just before she gets to her friend's village a goat collides with a tangerine tree and the basket gets filled with the dropping fruit. Thus resulting in Handa's surprise. We hope that Nambour Special School children enjoy the story.

Two more weighted dogs made by Claire

When people are not sewing for Sunshine Linus they are often sewing for their families or other craft groups. Here are two quilts made by Cynthia that you may have seen at the Caloundra Quilter's Quilt Show last weekend.

Our next regular meeting is on Monday 31 August but before that is our Open Day at the Nambour Uniting Church on Saturday 22 August.  Just a reminder to members that there is an extra meeting on August 10 to get ready for the Open Day.