Monday, September 25, 2017

September 2017

Not so many quilts for Show and Tell this month but there was an emphasis on the style of quilt that will be demonstrated at our October Activity Day.

In August Claire explained the basics of her story book quilts, displaying the background ready for the story.

This month, we see the finished product with all the detailed pieces attached by Velcro enabling them to be moved by the children. A platypus hides in a pocket under the tree roots on the left while the cars, flowers and houses can all be adjusted.

With a burst of summer heat upon us, we received some knitted goods from Beerwah Knitters and Crocheters, courtesy of Gabrielle. 

Our demand for knitted goods will be slight for the next few months but there maybe some call for shawls for the aged such as this one piece crocheted style below.

A demand for men's quilts remains. Kay has finished a fish quilt for a special order. The blocks were made by her Gladstone quilters group some time ago. 

Dee has quilted a brown and gold strip quilt of a generous size for a male.

 Bonnie showed some "dribble bibs" suitable for older Special Needs children and Claire had collaborated to produce a touchy feely book.

Our extra Activity Day in October will feature a demonstration of the Scan and Cut machine recently donated to Sunshine Linus, and three workshops.  Sharon will demonstrate easy quilt-as-you-go techniques, and there will demonstrations of the flying geese technique by Barbara and scrappy stack quilts by Kay. Bring a notebook.

Several quilts displayed today by Barbara and Kay gave examples of using scraps to make interesting quilts. From Barbara,

 and from Kay,

 Anne had made a I spy quilt with an bright backing.

Whether simple strips and squares or complex piecing, our quilts give delight to many deserving residents of the Sunshine Coast.

Next meeting day will be Monday, October 30th. All welcome from 9.30am.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

August 28 2017 Meeting

What a fulfilling month ! August 12 was the date for the group's third Quilt Show and Sales event. Sub-committees had been working on their tasks for months and all came together in the setting up of the Nambour Uniting Church Hall and Church on the Friday afternoon. Sunshine Linus is so grateful to the church for the use of this facility, not only for our monthly meetings but also for special occasions. Over a hundred quilts had been stored to cover the pews and to be displayed around the walls of the venue. The small quilts on the pews were left in place for the congregation to sit upon and admire at the Sunday service before they were packed away ready for distribution at the end of the month.
These photos give some glimpses of the event:
The tea room ready for business
and visitors enjoyed tea and scones on the day.

The space became quite crowded with bus loads of fellow quilters travelling from afar to join us.

The stage was adorned by several quilts which had been set aside to give to organisations requesting raffle quilts and these have now been distributed.

The rich hues of Margaret's Jenny Beyer quilt was a favourite in the group of member's quilts on display.

A small group of traders supported our Open Day.
 The new owner of the local Nambour shop and member Dee's Blockopedia stall.

Two specialist groups had a small display area:

the premmie baby specialists 

and Claire's storybook quilts.

Many visitors were interested in the special needs items displayed by Leone and Bonnie, such as were recently donated to Abel Care.
 A 'touchy feely' apron, soft balls, noughts and crosses and 'touchy feely' cushions are just some ideas developed by our members.
Members were greeted to our August meeting with a Sales table featuring goods not sold on Open Day. Ultimately, over $5000 was raised by the Sales Team alone.

It can be understood why out SHOW and TELL for August was much smaller than usual. However, some colourful rugs were on show, both knitted and crocheted, courtesy of Peregian Craft Group.

Linus was visited by two ladies representing Wishlist and two from Katie Rose Cottage, a hospice at Doonan. Wishlist is a charity set up to guide the community in raising funds and products for Sunshine Coast hospitals. Katie Rose Cottage is working towards providing four beds in a home style environment for palliative care purposes. Sunshine Linus has committed to supporting both these organisations in the future. 

Liz has kept her grandchildren busy making simple pieced tops.

Knitted goods included smart slippers

and a shawl for aged care. 

Colourful platypuses and hand puppets were displayed by Kay.

Claire explained to new members the structure and purpose of a silly sac.

Our regular contributors Anne and Glorianne found time to create one more delightful quilt each this month, despite their work at the door on Open Day.

Some of those chenille pieces mentioned last month appeared as a bright quilt top,
 and president Kay challenged members to produce a more complex marble maze and to turn this centre panel into a quilt. 

 Look forward to seeing the results of these next month as our members never shirk a challenge to create something interesting for the needy.

Next meeting is Monday, 25th September at 9.30am.