Monday, June 26, 2017

26 June 2017

Members have been busy preparing for our biennial Open Day on 12 August at the Uniting Church Hall, Coronation Avenue, Nambour - this adding to our recent involvement in the Quilt Connect display at Mt Gravatt Showgrounds. Some of the Linus display there can be seen below. This event brought many inquiries and a heap of donated materials.



However, this month was extra special as Sunshine Linus celebrated their 7th birthday. The meeting was addressed by first President and founder, Judie B and 8 of the original members were present to cut the cake.

 From left: Annie, Lee, Thelma, Sharon, Liz, Carolyn, Judy and Judie.

Attendance was high and the following shots show some of those in the room.


The distribution table challenged our team who sorted and labelled and packed dozens of items for dispatch.

Claire's special needs goods were, as usual, most entertaining. Her story book quilt for this month is based on One Tiny Turtle and the students at Currimundi Special School will be enchanted as the female turtle lays her eggs which hatch and head off the sea. 


The rear of the quilt shows their possible trajectory on the world scale. 


Animal themes this month included the paper pieced fox quilt by Anne,
dinosaurs by Liz,

and pieced animal motifs sent by Jan from Chinchilla, held here by Cynthia..


Orrawin has again used lots of small pieces of fabric to create these designs:

a large sixteen patch quilt and one using half square triangles.

Liz has also used small scraps to effect with contrasting sashing.


Both Liz and Glorianne have used the quilt-as-you-go technique to effect.


Only one appliqued quilt was displayed this month- maker unknown.

For girls there was a Wonder Woman quilt by Glorianne and for boys, a cowboy themed rag quilt by Wendy.


President Kaye brought in supplies of polar fleece that can easily be made into warm but lightweight rugs for particular needs.

 There were also many knitted and crocheted rugs including two colourful examples from donated squares -
by Val and Dorothy.

Several small items were shared: fleece scarves made by Rosemary and modelled by Dee,

 hold-alls made by Doreen,
and denim hold-alls made by Claire, displayed by Liz.
 Julie K was among the first to complete a top-down cardigan based on a pattern distributed by Kaye recently.

An inspiring display of the creativity and commitment of Sunshine Linus members.

Next meeting will be on Monday, 31 July from 9.30am.



Monday, May 29, 2017

May 29, 2017

A massive turn out today, including many new members and the distribution tables were  groaning under the weight of so many different articles.

Some new and challenging ideas were presented including:
Twist scarves made from knit fabric,
 from sheers,
 and from T shirt jersey cut into thin strips and washed to produce tubular curl.

Hand puppets were demonstrated by Claire,

Fabric threading challenges have been prepared for the activity bags distributed to local Police, 

Baby’s beanies with colourful pom poms,

Baby burp cloths which fit snuggly over the shoulder,

 and Sensory seats and cheeky toys by Dawn were designed for the younger children.


 A soft polar fleece rug - one layer, joined with overlocking - suitable for MS sufferers was displayed by Kaye.


 Knitted and crocheted goods are on the increase as winter approaches, including several rugs such as these completed by Carolyn.












During the month, a large number of quilts were delivered to Scope by Kay F assisted by Doreen and Leonie. This an annual commitment to domestic violence victims on the Sunshine Coast.

 Several Aboriginal themed quilts were presented by Claire who told us the fabric came from the USA,



This wall hanging was made by Dorothy.

Appliqued motifs featured in some quilts 
 and hand pieced hexagons from the freebie table became a quilt completed by Lyn P.

Animal themes were popular with Barbara, 

with Anne,


 with Claire, 


with Glorianne, 

and with Orrawin.

A special order for a horse quilt for a Woombye resident has been completed by Brigette.

Window box effect was part of these 3 quilts - two featuring bright sunflowers

and a men's quilt from Judie B.

Blue was a common coordinating colour used by Orrawin,

and by Barbara, our master of scrappy strips,


as well as in this large quilt of blue and brown squares

Other simple designs featured in small quilts.



and clever use of colour contrast resulted in stunning effects.


Sunshine Linus is privileged to have several professional quilters and intricate quilting such as that below by Dee allows others to concentrate on their specialties.


June marks the 7th birthday of Sunshine Linus, so a special treat will be the chance to win one of these appliqu├ęd bags prepared by President Kaye.

Join us for our next meeting on Monday 26th June.