Hello Folks ... yes, our first 'official' Blogpost following our February 11th sewing day. We gathered at the Barn and welcomed some new members to our happy band of stitchers yesterday. Present were Jan, Julie, two Vals, Sandi, Deborah (and her visiting friend Dianne), Jenny, Joy, Yvonne, Alice, Maxine, Carol, Pauline, Win, Gaynor, myself, and new attendees Sinling, Mel and Sheryl. An impressive turnout and made the Barn absolutely buzz :)
Firstly we were able to 'show off' the cot quilt 'homework' we were given by Gaynor at our Christmas gathering .... always fun to have a 'project' to work on over the holiday break and here we all are with our efforts.
Each of us had been given a 'kit' with identical fabric ... with the only 'rule' being that we had to incorporate all the different fabrics into the tops .... but we could piece them any way we chose. What fun!!
Later in the day Deborah got into making hers ... with some valuable input by her friend Dianne ...
Brilliant effort ladies :)
Then we looked at the incredible donations that we have been blessed with since Christmas ... so many generous hearts out there ....
First, from Christines friends Robyn, Margaret and Carol ... we received 8 lovely completed quilts and here they are .. beautiful work, thank you so very much ladies :)
This one from Robyn ........ ^ ...........
Love the peach and navy combination .... these colours work well together. And so beautifully pieced :)
Such beautiful shading and piecing ... very 'moody' and calming .....
These quilts were all just beautiful and we thank you all so very much. How very blessed we are ... and how clever YOU are :)
Next ... from Joy ... who completed the finishing touches on this sweet quilt top .. isn't it beautiful?
And now .... proof positive that our new website ..... www.quiltsfororphans.org is ABSOLUTELY 'kicking goals' for us. Gaynor received a visit from Emma, who had fabric to donate and threw the keywords into good old Google .. and our website popped up. She was able to locate us and we are now utterly blessed with a magnificent amount of fabric from her. How incredibly awesome is THAT? Thank you so much Emma :)
Also ... in the same vein .. while we were at the Barn yesterday, we had a knock on the door and a visit from Ruth and her husband Michael. Identical story, Ruth had some 'destashing' to do and was surfing the Net looking for a recipient. Mr Google came up trumps again and here is the result. So very humbled by these kindnesses. And incredibly grateful to our web designers for facilitating this step into the vast world of cyberspace for us.
Two amaaaazing boxes, crammed to capacity with the most beautiful fabrics ... thank you Ruth, your gifting to us is most appreciated.
And from Anne Donaldson ... another box of beautiful fabric ... we absolutely LOVE receiving new fabrics ... its like all our birthdays and Christmasses arriving at once :)
Some awesome fat quarters and simply stunning fabrics from Kathy from 'Lyrebirds' arrived in this box. Love, love, love the polka dots!!
And of course ... a donation of sewing threads is always more than welcome :)
And now some 'Show and Tell' from our own stitchers ... first, from Jan ... these two tops ...
Jan is the absolute 'queen' of small scrappy piecing. Love her work :)
From Sandi ... this quilt top using vintage style prints ... very pretty.
Even I got into the act ... and created this little piece :) And absolutely enjoyed the whole process .... and cleared a LOT of scraps ... even though I had to iron them first ... ugh!!!
From Julies friend Phillipa ... this lovely quilt panel ... brilliant fabric :)
And this is where my concentration totally went AWOL ... I came, I saw, I photographed ... and I didn't take notes as to the maker of this ... glomm.
But I DID make a note of this gem ... it's Gaynors latest work in progress ...
Now for some 'random' shots around the Barn .... and after that ... LUNCH ;)
Gaynor ... our illustrious leader .....
Val, Win and Sandi .... all ready to tackle 2017 :)
Joy and Julie :)
Mmmmmmnnnn .... Cold meats and salad was the order of the day ......
And absolutely delicious it was too :)
And Deborah and Dianne took their lunch 'al fresco' .... (didn't know I could speak Italian ... did you?)
The handsewing corner takes a break for lunch :) Carol, Maxine, Mel, Yvonne, Sinling .... and Alice ...
Meanwhile .. 'back at the ranch' ... we took a look upstairs in our storage area. This space had been brilliantly updated over the Christmas period by the wonderful gentlemen from the Monbulk Mens Shed. I'd not taken any pictures of this space prior to the customised shelving installation ... but take my word for it that this space was previously very challenging to move around in. Now all completed quilts neatly stored on beautiful steel shelving. It's given us so much extra space to work with too ... many thanks gentlemen :)
And toward the end of our day at the Barn .. another visitor ... this time collecting, rather than dropping off ... some quilts. Eleven quilts destined to wrap children in Lesotho Southern Africa in a fabric 'hug' from us to them.
Meet Dawn .... she will be sending these quilts off to the Jewels of Hope project in Lesotho .. we have previously sent several batches of quilts to this organisation. See www.jewelsofhope.org for details of their work :)
So heartwarming to see our quilts off to do the very job that we design them to do :) And such a privilege to be involved with bringing comfort to a child on the other side of the globe.
And finally ... we sent off one of our newest members, Sinling, with a stack of quilts which she is looking forward to handfinishing the bindings on for us between now and our next quilting day :) Guess she enjoyed her day with us eh? And I think Sheryl ... to the front and right of the picture, also enjoyed her time with us too ... so good to be able to welcome new members to our Barn ... :)
And that just about wraps up this Blogpost. Such a wonderful day spent with a lovely group of stitchers .. cannot wait till we get to do it all over again in March. But before I sign off .. a couple of reminders ... firstly ... the size of the quilts that we are making for the babies and children we sew for. This information is to help the folk who stitch for us offsite ... and subsequently helps our Yvonne when she makes her fabric 'sandwiches' ready for custom quilting.
Cot size quilt tops are 36" x 46". And single bed quilts for the older recipients are 75" x 55".
And if we could ask 'nicely' for folk with a few minutes on their hands, and access to a computer, if you could 'please nicely' wander over and give our new website at www.quiltsfororphans.org a regular 'hit' on Google ... it will keep us to the top of the page in the 'search engine' and enable folk to see us sooner rather than later. This enables us to receive the very most free 'publicity' on the Web ... and makes us all soooo happy :)
We meet again on Saturday March 11th ... our lunch 'theme' for the day will be BBQ and salads and promises to be another lovely time for us all. A gold coin donation helps cover the cost of the power we use in the Barn. Look forward to seeing another 'full house' and a day of laughter and happy stitching :)
Now to share the sites of those we support and who support us and then I bid you a farewell till I next put fingers to keyboard with more news. And ... don't forget you can also find us on Facebook ... as well as our website, so wander by and give us a 'Like' and a 'follow' if you haven't already :)
Blessings to all
Gaynor Peterson ...phone (03)9756 7950
Susan Hamilton .....phone (03)9737 1825
Our postal address (for donations) is P.O Box 398 Monbulk Victoria 3793
Check out the following Links:
http://www.facebook.com/Chelseaonesock .... for delightful retro fabric childrens clothing
http://kayleenwest.com.au .... for Art with a positive spirit
http://mellyandme.typepad.com .... creative clothing etc for children
http://mrsmartinsquiltshop.typepad.com/ ...whose customer blessed us with awesome fabric
We also stitch for the following Childrens Homes ....
http://www.butterflych.org/.... for news about the Butterfly Palliative Care hospice in China
And their very own Blog ... which is beautifully written and contains inspirational stories on the children in their care. See the Link below:
www.freetobekids.org/- .... the rescue organisation that frees children from slavery and exploitation
www.hopefosterhome.com ... the babies we are creating crib quilts for in China ...
www.zoehopeproject.blogspot.com .... giving hope to children in Zambia.
http://english.chinaconcern.org/ ... more children in China that we have stitched for ...
http://www.lolachildrensfund.org/ .... in Ethiopia
http://www.fikelela.org.za/orphan.asp .... the Fikelala AIDS Project in Capetown
http://mifanmama.com/Shining_Star_2.html the Home for vision impaired children in Shanghai
www.jewelsofhope.org ... the project we stitch for in Lesotho Southern Africa