Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 23, 2015 meeting

Yesterday we had a visit from three students from Nambour Special School.  Along with their teachers and principal they wanted to say thank you for the book quilts we have donated to their school.  These quilts are one of the teaching resources used in a "Book Box" to complement the student's favourite stories.  The students also received a new quilt for the book "Mr McGee and the Biting Flea".

Mr McGee before he undresses and jumps in the sea

With over 60 people at the meeting, Show and Tell brought out a wide variety of creations.  Here are some of the items that will be distributed to our community.

weighted lap quilt and corduroy weighted blanket for a 17 year old  

Claire's circle quilt
Orawin's swirls
One of the most popular items we make are touchy feely quilts for dementia patients and people with autism.  Over time these have been made in all manner of sizes.  Now, Barb M has created a touchy feely muff which forms a tube using velcro.  Each side is different so there are plenty of distracting objects.

Rosemary is adding crocheted baubles to her touchy feelies

Kaye's 90 year old friend did the cutting for this quilt

Recently, Kaye was the guest speaker at Kawana Quilters.  After telling them all about Sunshine Linus she gave a quilting demonstration.  In return, Kaye received a number of donated quilts.

coloured windmills

playful machine embroidery

Joy had me fooled by these two quilts.  From a distance it looks like applique but she has made great use of fabric panels.  Very deceptive!

Jan B has gone bright pink

One of Jan B's wheelchair come lap quilts thanks to velcro
The Claire B and Jenny quilting and cutting team have been hard at work again.  Two underwater wonders and a sporting quilt will make some boys very happy.

Kaye N has been clearing the cupboard this month.  The purple creation used up bits left from making a quilt for a relative.  Have a look at how she used fleece to make a quilt!

nice leftovers

fleecy strips

adding interest to squares

taking the points off fiddly Dresden plate pieces

and Kaye's applique quilt

Leonie's dinosaur army quilt

After discussions with the Buderim Private Hospital, Judith made a pattern for a stillborn pod.  It is made from a lovely soft fleece.  It will provide some comfort to parents dealing with the stillbirth of a child.

knitted children's clothes going to Alice Springs

Thanks to cyclone Marcia, last week was very wet on the Sunshine Coast. Events were cancelled and we were asked to avoid all unnecessary travel. Obviously, for Sunshine Linus members that means we can sew, knit and create. Here Liz K shows what wet days a lead to.

Liz made a colourful strip quilt

The diamonds are sewn on
Maggie donated the Cooran mystery quilt that is the result of many people's creativity.

Maggie's baby quilt
If you like the look of this quilt then you had better buy some raffle tickets at the Sunshine Linus Open Day which will be held on August 22.  Thanks Sandra for making our first prize.

The next Sunshine Linus meeting is on Monday 30 March.  Just a reminder for members, there is a workshop on Monday 16 March.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January 19, 2015 meeting

The start of a new sewing year and we had our new Sunshine Linus banner smiling out across the hall. Thanks Claire B and Jenny B for all the hard work.

There was lots of creativity on the distribution table.  I don't think our members took much time off over Christmas.  They must all love sewing, patchwork, quilting, knitting, crocheting and craft as much as I do.  Here are some photos of the wonderful items made for our community.

The Jenny B cutting and Claire B quilting team produced these colourful quilts.

Judie showing Esther's hard work

Claire T using curtain samples

"Don't let the pigeon drive the bus" book quilt

"We're going on a bear hunt" book quilt

Anne adding some brightness

Anne solved the Sudoku using patchwork squares

Anne going dotty

very neat purple squares

Yvonne's friend must like cats

Jo used lots of black and white fabrics with splashes of colour to create these three beautiful quilts.

simple squares put to good use

Barb made lots of kids clothes

one of Lyn's I spy quilts - can you find the elephants?

from lap quilt to wheelchair quilt using 2 strips of velcro

Dagma's pretty knitted and crocheted rug

one of Rosemary's touchy feely aprons

It is interesting to see quilts made by several people.  Here we see how Norma took 9 donated machine embroidery squares and made them into a quilt.

Joy's stripy wonder

Lee used up lots of 1 1/2 inch strips

I must try sewing curves

Pink or black? Kaye N made these two quilts in the same design using lots of strips.

If you would like to help children in overseas hospitals then consider making some of these theatre wraps.  Moira has done the cutting and has kits ready to make up.

At Sunshine Linus we thrive on donations.  We don't just use donated fabric.  Some people like to make quilt tops or backs and leave us to put them together.  This time we were given a large quilt that the maker wasn't happy with.  Denise converted it into four of these colourful quilts.

Margaret was asked to make a touchy feely quilt and apron for a young boy who can't hold things.  He will have fun brushing his hands over the objects trying to find the things that make a noise.

lots of colour in this creation

At today's meeting we had four distribution teams at work rather than one.  Well done to our team leaders Barbara, Chris, Sharon and Yvonne - mission accomplished - the distribution table is empty!

Hope to see you at our next meeting on Monday 23 February.