Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Quilt Shows Near and Far.........

The last few months have been a busy time with a number of quilt shows happening both locally and interstate.
Back in March on a windy and stormy Sunday morning, Lyn chanced across a quilt show in Healesville - Victoria arranged by the Patchwork Collections Friendship Group Yarra Valley. These quilters contribute to the Victorian Quilters Snuggle Quilts Program. Below are some of the more spectacular quilts that were on display.

Victorian Quilters Inc. concentrate on delivering quilts to children with a chronic life threatening illness who are patients at the Royal Children’s Hospital, through the Victorian Quilters’ Very Snuggly Quilt Auxiliary.

Below are quilts typical of those donated to the Snuggle Quilt hospital program.

If you would like to learn more about the Victorian Quilters and the Snuggle Quilts program follow the link to:

Closer to home a number of Linus members found time to visit the Quota Quilt Show at Maleny on the weekend of the 5th and 6th of May and the Mountain Quilters Club Inc Quilt Show at Peachester on the weekend of the 12th and 13th of May which just happened to coincide with the Mother’s Day weekend, lucky me!
On display at the Quota Quilt Show were a number of magnificent quilts designed and made by local quilter Dianne Johnson.

Some of the quilts on display at the Mountain Quilters Show.

Bernardine Hine standing amongst some of her beautifully executed machine thread-work quilts at the Mountain Quilters Show.

Of course there were raffles, spot prizes, demonstrations and lots of yummy things to eat at both shows, and of course it was very difficult to resist visiting the selection of booths selling all those ‘quilting goodies’. 

The theme at the Mountain Quilters this year was 'All about the Blokes'.

Dee was at both shows with her ‘Blockopedia’ booth.

If you would like to find out more about the Quota group at Maleny follow the link to their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/QuotaInternationalofMaleny/ and the Mountain Quilters can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Mountain-Quilters-Inc-1385418195090054/

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

More 'Show and Tell'

Not everything that is made by the Sunshine Linus ladies gets shown during our ‘Show and Tell’ segment at the monthly meetings, so I thought it appropriate to include photos of a couple of these wonderful creations.
At the April meeting Claire was given a bag of felt perfect for making the weighted snake's eyes and some of the features of the touchy feely book.  These items are joining the bag of sensory products going to Currimundi Special School.


Susan has also been keeping herself busy creating these elegant toiletry bags made from furnishing fabric swatches and sample machine embroidery pieces. They are to be filled with goodies for those in need.

Linus ladies are the quintessential recyclers, recreating and 
re-purposing champions!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Items received and given.....

A very generous donation of a Happy Jack quilting system and sewing machine has been received by Sunshine Linus from Judy, a Sydney friend of Betty. Thank you Judy…the Happy Jack has already been offered a home.

One of the quilts quilted on the Happy Jack.

Sunshine Linus receives many ‘thank you’ letters each month for items donated. A lovely letter was recently received from Paisley, Tom and Luna who welcomed their baby daughter into the world at Mareeba Hospital on 13th March.  An extract from the letter is printed below:

“I am a seamstress myself and I had made a few things for our daughter but the blanket you included is her favourite to sleep under at night. Nothing else compares for her. We use the wash cloth for baths, it’s so soft! And the socks are still a little big but we look forward to using them too. The weather is cooling here and we can’t wait to use the cardigan. Thank you again, so much, it was a beautiful gift and warmed our hearts."

Well done to the ladies who make the ‘baby’ packages - such a glowing commendation of all that you do for Sunshine Linus. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Gifts of Gratitude

During the April meeting our president Susan Hoy announced ‘Gifts of Gratitude'.  Susan had organised a nomination book and three baskets brimming with gifts. Each month 6 people can be nominated by other members to receive a gift in gratitude for the contribution they make to Sunshine Linus. The first recipients of ‘Gifts of Gratitude’ for April were Felicity, Gabrielle, Tegan, Margaret, Lyn, Evelyn, Denise and Orrawin.

Margaret, Lyn and Felicity selecting their ‘Gift of Gratitude’.

When you attend the next meeting take a look at the notice board at the entrance. Susan suggested the members of Sunshine Linus may like to use it as a communication/contact board. So if you have any messages for anyone, you know where to place them!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Thank you to our Machine Quilters!

We are very fortunate in our Sunshine Linus community to have a number of ladies who spend many hours quilting the dozens of quilt tops that are donated each month. Dee, Kaye and Judie are three of our machine quilters.

Dee quilts up to twenty quilts a month! She brought along a selection of these quilts to show at our April meeting.

This teddy-panel quilt included a backing with hand stitched blocks. A close up of Dee’s magnificent quilting can be seen in the third photo.

Examples of other quilt tops quilted by Dee include this quilt made from an aeroplane panel, a scrappy squares quilt, a multi-coloured quilt with quarter-square triangles, one with pastel-coloured pinwheels, another quilt with light and dark linking blocks, an autumn-toned pieced quilt and this pieced green and pink quilt that creates a 3D effect in the central panel. Dee’s quilting can be seen clearly on the pink background of this last quilt.

Judie also loves to experiment and her beautiful designs are seen in the machine quilting that she does for Sunshine Linus. The two quilts below were made by Jan from Chinchilla. Judie’s complex quilting can be seen clearly on the back of the second quilt.

Thank you to our machine quilters! 

Keep an eye out for the next post everyone. There is something new happening at our monthly meetings!