Monday, March 27, 2017

27 March 2017

 Fewer quilts were presented at Show and Tell but many were added to the distribution tables, along with an increase in knitted goods. Well done to those hardy souls who have managed to knit/crochet in the heat and humidity of our summer.

Val showed how a variety of knitted/crocheted squares could be assembled into a knee rug. 
Knitted socks  in strong colours for kidney patient use were produced, as well as berets and beanies and lots of rugs and shawls. 

Touchy feely bracelets, masses of weighted cushions, fiddle bags and feeling friends crowded the tables.

 Dorothy has used to good effect two panels from the donated freebies plus a cute bunny which became the centre piece of the tartan quilt below.

Glorianne likewise used a donated kit – Hearts and Panache – also creating a Star Wars themed quilt for a young boy.

Our friends from Bribie Quilters supplied a variety of designs including a quilt using paper-pieced animal motifs.

Lyn P assembled a wheelchair quilt made from left-over squares. 

Anne’s meticulous work this month included a pattern purchased on a recent trip to New Zealand and a red, black and white log cabin, the fabrics for which she has carefully chosen from our donations over some time.

 New member Dee returned three quilts with beautiful quilting designs, yet to be bound. 

President Kaye continues to quilt many items each month which others complete with appropriate binding. Our team of binding makers make the job easier for those finishing off these quilts as a member is able to select a length of binding from several bins of different colours.

Boxes of quilts that had been bound but lacked labels arrived from Warwick  and the labelling was completed by a large team of stitchers today while other members were kept busy putting strings onto our swing labels for the small goods, each of which are labelled by Sunshine Linus before distribution.

Next meeting is Monday, 24th April from 9.30am.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What we make and where it goes

LINUS DISTRIBUTION ​              27/02/2017
 1 ​sensory wall hanging, 1 Marvel’s weighted blanket, 1 weighted cushion, 1 weighted blanket                                   
1 fiddle bag
DEPT COMMUNITIES STRATHPINE      ​1 weighted cushion,  2 TF
 LOGAN HOSPITAL        ​    10 tiny caps
 MACKAY HOSPITAL          ​6 stillborn packs, 2 pods 
REDCLIFFE HOSPITAL        ​3 stillborn packs, 1 pod
LONGREACH HOSPITAL ​    1 stillborn pack, 1 pod
TOOWOOMBA HOSPITAL ​ 3 stillborn packs, 1 pod
ROCKHAMPTON HOSPITAL ​ 2 full term stillborn packs, 2 pods
REDLANDS HOSPITAL          ​3 stillborn packs, 1 pod
CABOOLTURE HOSPITAL​    3 stillborn packs, 3 pods
TOWNSVILLE HOSPITAL     9 stillborn packs, 1 pod
RECONCILIATION COUNCIL   ​2 quilts, 1 dress, t shirt, 6 t shirt and pants sets,  5 shorts, soft kids book, 14 pillow cases, 6 skirts, 12 knitted bears, 19 scarves, 1 beanie, 11 carry bags, 1 pr socks, 2 bags
SUNSHINE COAST PRIVATE ​HOSPITAL   ​1 raffle quilt, 1 dementia quilt
SCOPE  ​            92 quilts stored for distribution
BLI BLI AGED CARE    1 wheel chair quilt, 1 weighted rug, 1 TF ball, 1 TF cube, 1 TF book, 2TF muffs,                                                2 TF aprons, 2 TF rugs, 4 sensory rice bags 
OPAL SPECIALIST AGED CARE NAMBOUR   ​4 TF rugs, 2 TF aprons, 2 TF cubes, 2 small quilts, 2 crochet blankets                                                              
CURRUMUNDI  SPECIAL  SCHOOL    2 blocken spiels, ​6 balloon bags
GLENBROOK NURSING HOME     ​5 TF muffs, 1TF apron,  1 marble maze, 1 crochet rug 
SCOPE WOOMBYE    ​1 wall hanging, 2 bags of mood faces, 7 overnight bags, 5 clutch purses, toiletries,  6 shower bags, 14 carry bags
 IRT MERIDAN PLAINS               ​1 TF quilt 
DISABILITY SERVICES             1 ​weighted vest , 1  weighted blanket , 1TF rug, 1 rice bag   LANDSBOROUGH                   1 ​weighted vest, 1 weighted blanket
 PROJECT LOVE AND CARE      ​12 bears, 2 towels, 11 washers, 6 soft balls, 4 beanies, 1 doll, 1 dress ,

 5 library bags, 6 kid’s quilts, 1 baby quilt, 1 hat and bag set

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February 2017

Once again the membership of Sunshine Linus grew and our venue was groaning with the numbers of enthusiastic quilters. 
The centre table held a variety of small goods including rice filled fiddle bags,

 Sue’s “feeling faces” which can be attached to a wall hanging by velcro,

 and Big Blocks to cuddle up to by Dawn.

This month Claire (4) interpreted the book Bugs, Bugs, Bugs, 
 there was a small quilt featured baby pieces, a wheelchair quilt by Rosemary and a full sized touchy feely quilt
 utilising a paper-pieced centre motif from Jan at Chinchilla

Lee dropped in some marble bags 

 and President Kaye explained the twiddle muffs produce by Melva. (More ideas at and a crochet pattern is available from

Show and tell allowed those present to see and hear about a variety of quilts. Leonie has been busy helping Kaye catch up with quilting and some of these quilts are shown below:
pretty triangles from varying strips,

 squares made by Dorothy
 stack and whack,

stripes used to effect,

and focus blocks in the centre of a quilt, all of which challenge our imagination.

There is an ongoing need for male quilts such as these two below: 
A sombre star motif

 and more exciting tiger blocks made by Dorothy to delight a small boy.

 Some are specially for girls such as the penguin motif by Jan 
 and Anne's butterfly garden.

Denise presented 3 scrap quilts 
while Bev Y returned two pieces seen previously - the cool green lattice and the icy scenes welcomed on such a hot February day.

All in all a sparkling meeting, as typified by Jenny's bright crocheted ball.

As autumn approaches, the types of goods needed will change slightly, so members are urged to consult the Links to see the best focus for their efforts in the coming month.

 Next meeting will be on Monday 27 March from 9.30am.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

30 January 2017

Two months since our last distribution day and several members were happy to once again have a space in their garage, hallway or sewing room, even if just for the few small hours between delivering a stash of quilts and other products to the January meeting and leaving a few short hours later with almost as much fabric to process.
Many quilts were produced and sorted into large, small, male, female and stacked ready to distribution - the recipients of these can be seen on the "What we make and where it goes"post on the right of the blog.
Scraps, stars, hexagons, half square triangle, paper pieced, applique- they were all there.
We welcomed several new members and Lorraine Smith as a guest from Samford Quilters who brought many quilts for our work in the community.

The premmie baby group collected packaged kits for Nambour and other hospitals such as these made by Jan K.
 The knitted goods were fewer in number this month but will certainly become more in demand in coming months.

There is a never ending demand for touchy feely products such as the apron made by Rosemary below which has different textured products sewn into the bottom band. Dossie's crocheted animals, cup and saucer, pineapple and other knick-knacks were available for touchy feely makers to add to their goods. Dossie, a senior citizen,and a friend of Linus, had also crocheted 7 capes.

It was with pleasure that members embraced Past President Judie B who  brought several paper pieced squares and two quilts that had been sent from our Chinchilla friend and quilted by Judie.

Scrappy quilts came from Orrawin, from Samford quilters, from Dorothy and from Sue.

Stars featured in some Samford quilts   

and half square triangle were popular with Lee, Sue and Jan B

Other small pieces became hexagons at the hands of Glorianne and Ann

Leonie presented a large appliqued quilt made with the cooperation of Mapleton Quilters
while Anne has again made a delicate applique quilt.
Small quilts and a wheelchair quilt by Jan B and Annie R contrasted with bright quilts for children
 made by Lyn P and Samford Quilters.

 Lee McRae's train quilt fulfilled a special order for a boy in Woombye.
Several quilts using darker colours suitable
 for males were produced by Denise H (from Rosemary's brick pieces- check and see if you can find fabric double-ups in these 90 pieces and consider the time to produce a kit such as this for the freebie table),

 and Lee's black stars,
a brown theme by Jan,
rich African  motifs by Dorothy,
plus  the whirling triangles of Annie R,

Whether simple pieced squares or sophisticated art deco ladies by Dorothy, this blog gives you an insight into the starry nights beyond the window boxes of these last Samford quilts (thanks to Lorraine S) and indicates the numbers of night hours members spend at the machine.

Our next meeting will be on
Monday 27 February.