Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Greetings all,

Our first gathering 27th September,at the new venue was a great hit on Monday. In case you have missed where it is. It is  at the Uniting Church Hall at Nambour. Entrance is via Donaldson Street, (not Donaldson's Dairy of Hairy Clarey fame)
Darren King the Minister of the church has allowed us the use of the hall. We are so lucky because the hall is really big has lots of tables chairs and the kitchen facilities are A1.

This is a view from the stage. The hall is so big for us to work in.

Again many quilts have been completed, donated and are ready for giving to the appropriate children / people.

A family have been given a quilt each as the new young mum delivered twins and during the process had a massive stroke.So the mum, new born twins, older siblings and the Grandmother who now has the massive job of looking after the family have a new quilt each.  We all need to keep that family in our thoughts however we do at  the time.

*At the start of the gathering Judie bought us up to where things are. A friend of Judy donated $200 which is amazing.
*Yvonne had the cords all tested and repaired and now have the correct testing done.
*We have another roll of batting to be used (it does cost heaps to buy)
*Sue went to Brian's fabrics and bought a bolt of black homespun. Brian gave Sue a discount on the cost.
*We  need a tall cupboard that we can keep our usable items for each month eg scissors (more needed) rotary cutters tape measures and all the usual quilting needs that can be used each month can be locked away and stored.

*Some pre- war linen has been donated some is still in its original packing. Lorraine I will try and suss how out how much we could sell it for on EBay. The starting price etc needs to be checked out too. It is very good quality and I would love to buy some.
*Sharon bought in a humidicrib cover which allows the crib to be in darkness for the baby and the outside can be any colour, brights do look good. I think *Cris is going to make a copy for us to us.
*A little quilt Judie bought in is a small quilt the Vision Australia has lent to Judie for us to look at and get ideas for making. It is a "Touchy, Feely quilt" in lots of colours and fabrics many different feeling an touching, providing for the many senses that sight impaired babies need for stimulation.
* Lee made a lovely quilt with hand stitched stars and hearts on.
* Lots of little premmie/stillborn quilts not sure who made them sorry.
* I have added Patchwork Angel as a link because Penny helped us out to start.
* On Monday we had 2 little junior quilters. Sienna and Matahra came with me to help. A big thank you to Mattie for taking all the photos and Sienna who worked on cutting the little tails of the bindings. They are always there to look after me Thanks girls.

This as a quilt as you go method of making a quilt.

There was a little group of ladies sewing on labels to completed quilts.

* Judie spent time showing us how to make weighted quilts for Autistic children. By the end of the day there was another weighted quilt finished and ready to go.
Oops Judie, Demonstrating the weighted quilts process.

Our next meeting will be on the last Monday of the month, 25th October 2010

Until next month, Happy stitching,
BFN,  Lorraine Hartley

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