Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January 2018

A record day with approximately 95 ladies attending, all armed with donations made over the past two months. Despite the very hot temperatures, many have managed to create an array of beautiful quilts and other products. Our Distribution List will show how much and where it all went.
Donations: Firstly a Big Thanks to Sew This and That from Morayfield who have closed down and generously donated many of their display quilts to Sunshine Linus. Those of you who attended their classes may recognise some of these:

Regular contributions from Bribie Island Quilters must also be recognised, including these below:

Small Quilts: There were several small quilts displayed using bright contrasts and traditional half square triangles.

Judie B returned many such quilts which she had quilted and finished.
Borders: Some donated tops required borders to be attached to make them a useful size so Judie added these borders prior to quilting.

  Motifs  made using the embellisher gave extra interest to simple squares. 
Sunshine Linus has a donated embellisher that can be used at the venue to cut shapes such as Judie's daisies and native animals on these quilts.

Wendy used bright sashing and borders from "boots" fabric and a "dashed" effect around squares on point on these quilts.

 Squares, squares and more squares indicate how our members use the smallest of  pieces of fabric donated monthly .
 Dorothy's squares feature "diggers", making this quilt suitable for a boy, while the reverse side of Orrawin's large quilt is filled with squares.

 Liz's Sudoku quilt is one of two blue themed quilts of January.

 Plaid squares with animal print fabric between made a large quilt while the variety of red fabrics below is always effective.

 Bright fabrics are sued here, Liz employing dark sashing,   
 and a shadow box effect creates special interest.

A little different: President Kaye was challenged by this "Freebie table" kit  using flannel.

 Anne, who usually presents beautiful appliqued designs, made her first attempt at foundation piecing - a great choice of  blues and cream,

while Secretary Denise showed mastery of the ruler quilt demonstrated by President Kaye in 2017.

Lyn used the Dresden Plate on this quilt made with donated silk ties, plus a carry bag for a kidney dialysis patient

  Dorothy's scrappy pieces were given an ordered effect by the diagonal design while Cynthia's
"a bit of everything" utilised random pieces from the Freebie table.

 Not only does Daphne sort donated material each month, her arms must have been aching from displaying the Show and Tell quilts on stage including these two she had made, each bright and effective.

We look forward to more treasures at our next meeting 
on Monday 26 February.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

November 2017

This month, Sunshine Linus members and guests met for our last distribution day, Show and Tell and a Christmas Luncheon. President Kaye welcomed the ladies for an earlier than usual start and the room filled quickly as did the distribution table.
A stack of blockenspeils were joined by fabric balls, knitted toys and hand puppets.

The entrance to the Hall was stacked with Santa Sacks made by members at the July Activity Day and filled under the guidance of Lyn W and her team. These will be distributed by the Uniting Church into the Nambour community. One large leopard seemed rather nonchalant about his future.

Member Orrawin who constantly uses the smallest scraps presented two quilts. The men's quilt is interesting on both sides

and Orrawin's hourglass blues and greens contains over 3000 pieces.

Some lightweight lap rugs for the nursing homes were welcomed,

while Neil Whiteman returned from some well-deserved leave to show how some of his mother's squares had been made into a rug, inspired by the efforts of Linus members.

Brigette had combined Scrappy Strips with some pinwheels for this effect,

 Anne responded to the call for more men's quilts with a scrappy number in browns,

 and Glorianne had made two appliqued quilts for children.

Lyn P's Christmas quilt was a "find" from the freebie table.

Special orders are generally Claire's speciality. However, Gabriele shared this velour cover (modelled by Daphne) suitable for sufferers of Muscular Dystrophy, especially men who dislike lap quilts which slip off.

A recent visit to Mooloolah State School Special Needs class resulted in a request from one small girl for a worm rather than a snake, and from a boy for a parrot - and of course Claire has obliged with these items
as well as some heavier dogs for autistic children.

Newer members and "old hands" listened to The Very Cranky Bear story. 

Then, just as we were almost finished, two members Crazy Quilters Caboolture arrived with a bundle of delightful small quilts. So, out came the needles while some Linus members attached the labels which accompany all of our quilts.

Christmas lunch was a happy occasion with members asked to complete a task where they had to find "someone who" had done certain things or had certain skills, forcing us to talk with people with whom we would not normally interact at a monthly meeting.  Special thanks to the team who organised the lunch, to all who contributed the delicious food, and to President Kaye for her hard work in providing dozens of lucky door prizes.

 Leaving with armfuls of fabric and good intentions, we will no doubt return with masses of quilts at our first meeting in 2018, January 29.