Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November 24, 2014 meeting

Last month Jenny found a "Mr Sunshine" pattern that she thought her Mum would be interested in. One month later Claire B brought in this sunny quilt top.  Next time we see the top it will have become a Sunshine Linus wall hanging.

Claire B's ray of sunshine

You never know what show and tell will bring.  It is always interesting to see the variety of quilt designs and uses of colour.  I also like to see how non-quilting fabrics are used.  Lots of non-quilting fabrics are used in touchy feely quilts and aprons but picture quilts are my favourite.  Here you can use just about anything.

Look at the detail Karen has put into this clothes line and the angel hiding under the cloud.  Bet you can't wait to read on to see the whole picture!

Karen's fabulous kid's Toogoolawah touchy feely wall quilt

just part of a 2.5m x 2.5m groundsheet quilt

Christmas bags

Christmas bags full of toys for needy families
Last month we were asked to think about making children's quilts for the next Special School in our region.  The result was some very colourful and creative pieces.

Pip's owls

Kim's owls

The Sewing Basket made and donated this large eye catching quilt

one of four kids quilts made by Denise

two of the Mooloolah Quilt & Craft Groups quilt donations

Orawin using up the scraps

Orawin making more scraps into columns

Claire B putting her best foot forward!

Rosemary modelling one of many touchy
feely aprons she made this month

Margaret is also making touchy feely aprons

A little girl will love to play with Sue's touchy feely

Jan and Carolyn are looking for people to help make simple hospital gowns from light weight fabric that has been donated to Sunshine Linus.  You don't need to be a dressmaker - 2 shoulder seams, 2 zigzag edges down the back, biased binding neck and attach some ties.

There is no meeting at the end of December, instead we will be having our Christmas lunch on Monday 8th of December.  Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 27, 2014 meeting

Yesterday Cynthia and I loaded up the car and headed to Nambour for the Sunshine Linus meeting.  Several large fabric donations, secretary and treasurer bags, our sewing and most importantly our lunch made for a full car load.  At least the garages were empty for a little while ...

It didn't take long for the distribution table to be full and we still had items to be added during Show and Tell.

The ladies that make gowns, hats, booties and blankets of love for maternity departments around the state have certainly been spreading the Christmas cheer early.  Nine hospitals will have a brighter Christmas with wall hangings and gowns like these.

colourful blanks of love

Show and Tell gives people the chance to show members and visitors what they have been making. Just look at the variety of things we make. If you want to know where things go have a look under the "What we make and where it goes" page.

how to make a panel into a bigger quilt

Rosemary making a picture into the centre of a touchy feely quilt

Win clearing the cupboard of colourful bits and pieces

Win converted someones cut squares into this quilt 

Barbara's Kanyini bears for the SCPH at Buderim

looks like a butterfly flying into the bright light!

Daphne made this bright kids quilt top which Kaye will quilt

Jodie put her new free motion quilting skills to good use - well done!

Pip says she is learning - I'd say very quickly!

Jan used the last "Walk in the Garden" fabric to make this starry number

Daphne quilted this Australian quilt

Earlier in October Judie and I were guest speakers at the Island Quilters meeting on Bribie Island. We came home with so many things - a bag of quilts that have already been donated, lots of these beautiful teddies for the foster children, fabric for more sewing and a $500 donation!  That will buy wadding for quiet a few quilts.  Thank you Island Quilters.

As Sunshine Linus becomes known to the special schools and support groups for special needs families, we are increasingly receiving requests for one-off items to meet a person's particular need. Zoey is one such child.  She spends a lot of time lying down and is not able to clutch objects.  She needed a touchy feely that was big enough to lie on and have objects around the outside that she could brush past and feel or hear a noise.  We hope that Margaret's creation brings Zoey some joy.

Margaret's very large touchy feely quilt
Another request was for a handbag that could be tied on to the back of a wheelchair so that elderly residents could take their belongings with them.

a wheelchair bag

a 10 year old girl's tabbard apron touchy feely

These felt boards are being tested at a local special school.  They allow students to match colours or shapes.

Regular readers will know that I like to end my blog with a quilt that helps special school teachers with books they read to their students.  Well this month I have two for you. The first is "What made Tiddalik Laugh?".  This Aboriginal story is about Tiddalik the frog that drinks the country dry so the top picture shows brown countryside with bare sand and dry brown leaves.  All the (detachable) animals try to make Tiddalik laugh.  Only the platypus is successful and then all the water (creaks, rivers, ponds and fish) get laughed back on to the once dry land.

Story two is "Rosie's Walk".  Rosie the chicken lives in a hen house in a farmyard.  She goes for a walk across the yard, around the pond, over the haystack, past the mill, through the fence and under the beehives. Meanwhile the fox is one step behind.

Thanks to obstacles like the rake, flour falling from the mill and a wagon, Rosie manages to survive the walk to go home to her hen house.

Hope to see you at the next meeting on Monday 24 November.  Just a reminder to members that this meeting is also the AGM.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September 29, 2014 meeting day

When you arrive at the church hall the tables are being setup, the fabric pulled out from under the stage, items are stacked on the distribution table, craftwork is being admired and people are catching up with friends.  It is always a good way to start the last week of the month!
There were a few people away but there was still lots to see during Show & Tell...
Leone, Rosemary and Margaret have the touchy feely bug.  If you were at the meeting you would know that you mustn't throw away anything that could be used on a touchy feely.  So think about keeping tic tac and pill boxes, plastic bottle tops, beads from that broken necklace, buckles and leather from old belts, all the cotton reels you empty, small toys and what ever else you can think of.

Leone's touchy feely to fit a wheelchair tray

Leanne sent along cupcake beanies

Jan put together Di's quilting girls

When crafty people go on holiday they still like to be creative.  Here are four of the quilt tops that Claire B completed while on holiday in country Queensland.

Lyn's monkey quilt

lots of scraps tied together by Lyn using green and pink

this time Lyn's gone purple and yellow

a bold orange statement created by Maggie

Maggie's attic window

Maggie turned a kid's print into a quilt

Kay showing us how to make a small quilt bigger

A few meetings back, Sharon demonstrated the Quilt-As-You-Go method.  Now those demonstration pieces have returned as a finished quilt.
Sharon used applique centres and all the plain
fabric in her cupboard
the front of Sharon's QAYG batik work
and the back

how Pat made use of her friend's fabric

It was good to see Liz back at Sunshine Linus after being so sick.  She is also back sewing!

Liz making life bearable after being sick

Liz stash busting in yellow

and brown

and making use of a jelly roll

The ladies that make items for newborns are making sure that Christmas in hospital will be a happy day.  Christmas dresses, bunting and wall hangings will be distributed to local hospitals.

weighted lap quilts for special needs children

The latest book quilt was handed over to Adrienne from Nambour Special School.  The animals in "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See ..." are made from sensory fabric and some are like stuffed toys.  Each animal and doll is detachable so that children in wheelchairs can participate in the story and learn animals and colours.

I see blue horse looking at me

Sunshine Linus will be participating in A Fair Day Out at Eumundi Markets on Saturday 11 October.  Come along to see the things we make and buy yourself or a friend a handmade gift.
see you at Eumundi Markets!

Hope to see you at A Fair Day Out and our next meeting on Monday 27 October.