Friday, May 2, 2014

April 28th Linus gathering

Our April gathering saw 45 members in attendance on what turned out to be a very busy yet productive day.  How wonderful it is to witness the generosity of these marvellous people, as they busily put labels on quilts, bind quilts, package items, count and pack for delivery, press fabrics, sort through fabrics, arrange haberdashery and so much more. Oh, and the home bake was particularly yummy this meeting! 

Kay Nightingale hosting Show & Tell

Kay Nightingale our Long Arm Quilter Extraordinaire hosted the Show and Tell part of our day and injected a friendly and warm sense of fun into this very important part of our day.  As always, our members have made huge efforts to make all manner of items that are needed by the community of the Sunshine Coast.  We received some more donated fabrics this month and this came in very handy for those who are busy making quilts for our commitments toward the end of the year.

Claire works hard to get all our items ready for distribution at the end of the day.
  We have many crafters from far and wide who generously provide items for us to distribute and we received a lovely package from the girls in South Australia this week.  They are dear friends of Ann Wells, and as in previous months have been knitting up a storm and sent us some lovely baby items for the neo natal nurseries that we support.  Well done ladies!

Just some of the lovely baby knitting done by our SA friends.

A Micro Preemie Baby Hat

Some Polar Fleece PJ's for littlies made beautifully by Bev.


Sensory Wall Hanging

We have been receiving requests from Nursing Homes for Sensory or touchy feely wall hangings that can be used as interactive calming tools for patients.  Here's a terrific example made using some orphan blocks.  Very creative the SL girls!

We managed to donate some 25 or so Wheel Chair Quilts to the Muscular Dystropy organisation on the coast.  These are extremely popular amongst the patients who are wheel chair bound.

We welcomed Michelle and Megan from IFYS and were able to make sure they didn't leave empty handed.  We donated some children's clothing, toys and little quilts to this Foster Care program. We sincerely hope that this will be an ongoing relationship for many years to come.

Wheel Chair Quilts

Both Rosemary and Claire have been busy making touchy feely aprons.  Great job girls!

Rosemary and Touchy Feely Apron
Claire's Touchy Feely Apron

A really beautifully knitted rug and matching cushion were
donated and will be used as our 2nd prize at our next Open Day.


These fabrics are upholstery samples and have been sewn together
the quilt as you go method, by Claire.
Another String Quilt and Quilt as you Go Method.
Orawin started with the Dresden plate and just
grew the borders around and around.
Another really effective scrappy quilt
All manner of greens make this a gem.
Wyn created this from an orphan block, well done Wyn!
Denise and her anything can be made from scraps quilt
Our other Denise with a beautifully colourful creation
So good to see Sandra
from the Isa visiting us and catching up with friends
Little Preemie nighties for humidicribs
Gorgeous clothing packages including tops, bottoms and undies made by the
Bubs and Kids group
This colourful creation is to become a raffle quilt
Our Zig Zag expert put together this one - just stunning Kay
Lots of fabrics, very colourful too.
Maggie and her very pretty pastel quilt
These items were donated by two very generous hearts, Lyn and Jan,  who are
also very savvy shoppers - and great helpers on our gathering day.
Yes, these log cabin blocks are very tiny - well done too.
Joanne made these unique wheelchair quilts.

Cathy completed this creation that had been given by a friend.

Another happy and bright wheel chair quilt

Barb from Gympie is a beautiful crocheter, isn't this stunning?
Claire - and her "We're going on a Bear Hunt" Wall hanging that was made for the
Special Needs students at Caboolture Special School
Our intrepid creative quilter Claire has done it again.  We were approached by the staff at Caboolture Special School to assist in the creation of some sensory, touchy feely wall hangings to compliment the school's collection of big books.  So Claire started with that well known children's book "We're going on a Beat Hunt".  Above is the over all picture and below is the special creativity that makes this hanging so special.
Lift off Grass, and flowing river, and of course muddy foot prints in the mud
Removable Trees and the snow storm and of course the bear in the cave!
Everyone hurries to home with the green door and snuggles under
the pink quilt.
 Well, as you can see we had a very big meeting and managed to deliver lots of goodies to many different organisations and individuals on the Sunshine Coast.  We look forward to our Machine Quilting Workshop on the 12th May for those who would like to learn how to use the walking foot on their machine to simply quilt small quilts.
Our next gathering is the 26th May.  See you there!



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