Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Merry Month of May

We had about 40 ladies in attendance on Monday, and it took us yonks to get through show and tell!  So much stuff!
But first I have to apologise because many of the photos I took were excruciatingly bad and had to be scrapped; there's still a few good ones though.
First up was Orrawin, whose specialty is taking smallish unfinished items and turning them into fabulous quilts.  She did a great job on a bow tie one, but sorry, no usable photo.  Orrawin also showed us this quilt/cape she made for her husband, who is big and tall and has much longer arms than our model, Lorraine.
Next is Kay's lovely spiderweb quilt.
Joan has been knitting dolls for over 10 years and has now made over a thousand!
They are all so special - and from all walks of life.  I think I see Harpo Marx there.
Joan also crocheted some of these rugs; I wonder what she does in her spare time?
Olwyn made a bright star quilt.
Margaret Brown sent us this pink flimsy, which a kind person has taken home to complete.
...and one from Glenda Halpin.  O!

Judy M made many kiddies carry bags, some of which she has filled with small items; colouring books, pencils, perhaps a small toy and toothbrush or pyjamas.  These little bags are given to children who are going into care and sometimes have to wait for several hours while everything is being organised.  The bags help to keep them occupied in the meantime.
I missed who made this quilt - a quickie but a goodie!
And also these two delightful baby panels
A bright star quilt with appliqued and embroidered birds made by Judy and Bev
And a fabulous starry quilt from Margaret S.

I love this strippy quilt as you go from Ann M.

Sharyn has sent us many, many unfinished quilt tops.  Here are a few of them after quilting, along with the orange one from Carol Beavis.  Thanks, girls.

An enormous amount of our product comes from people that we never meet, and sometimes we don't even know the names of donors, but we're always thankful to be able to pass on their items.
One such group is the Emu Park Crafty Chicks, who have mailed many unfinished quilt tops.  Below is one with beautiful hand embroidered blocks that has recently been finished.
Thank you, Chicks.
Some of the items that we make are more useful than beautiful.
This little vest has hidden pockets for small weighted bags, and they are used in classrooms in special schools.  The vests help to calm the children and keep them focussed on their lessons.  Lorraine has made heaps of them in various sizes and they are in high demand.
Check out what we distributed this month here.
Thank you so much to John Hay, who gave us a donation after receiving a touchy feely apron for his wife Beverley, who is suffering dementia.  Beverley has been much less agitated since receiving the apron.
Heaps and heaps of diverse items are being stockpiled for sale at our Open Day on August 31st.  We're hoping to raise lots of funds to purchase wadding and other essentials to continue our giving, and we're looking forward to seeing you all there.
In the meantime, keep sewing and we'll catch you next month.................


  1. What an amazing number of beautiful items!

  2. I loved reading this post, so many beautiful things I wish there was such a group/event where I live too.... I am in the wrong continent! Sigh!

    1. Oh Marzia, we wish you were here too! We have so much fun at these gatherings - a truly united, friendly and very enthusiastic group of women. You should hear the noise!!! Judie B