Well here we are, October already, and our Annual Quilt Fair is getting closer by the day. We met up at the Barn today to work and also to discuss plans for next months event. Present, and most welcome today, were Yvonne, Carol, Maxine, Deborah, Val and Val, Win, Jan, Christine, Gaynor and yours truly .... and everyone was soon busy hand sewing, measuring and doing much organising for our November fundraising weekend.
Win ... giving directions ... and at the same time demonstrating that she hasn't skewered herself on the overlocker needles.
Deborah .. getting a teensy bit excited at obtaining a labeller, pricing 'gun' and tags for our Quilt Sale items.
Then Deborah 'retired' to the handsewing corner, joining Carol, Maxine and Yvonne in finishing off what had been a significant stack of quilts needing the bindings handfinished. It was, for a long time, looking a bit like the pile of straw that had to be spun into gold in the old fairytale. It never diminished!!
And Val kept busy at the cutting bench ...
Before our guests arrived we opened some of the donations we had been blessed with since our last gathering. Firstly a lovely parcel of quilt tops and bindings from Judith Howard in Warragul. Thank you so very, very much Judith ... your quilt tops are just beautiful and much appreciated.
Such lovely detail in the applique too Judith. Again, thank you so much for your donations. Its always such a help to have offsite support from stitchers sewing and gifting us with their handiwork. It's an enormous help to us and we appreciate each and every one who sends us their handiwork. You are an integral part of what we do .... thank you :)
We also had donated, from a friend of Yvonnes, a large bag of overlocker threads. thank you so much Lucy, this donation really helps us in finishing off our quilts. So welcome and appreciated.
Meanwhile one of our members, Jan ... had been busy with a million small squares, creating a quilt top for us. how she has the patience to piece these I will NEVER know. Absolutely brilliant ...
She also created this ... and isn't it great?
Now, as I mentioned earlier, we had visitors today ... from Billanook College in Mooroolbark.
You may remember that each year a team of students and teachers travel to Thailand in order as part of the schools Thai Service Project. This year they will again be travelling to Mae Hong Son and will be taking 40 of our quilts with them to gift to the children there. Today we welcomed Kate, Jacqui and Joh and students Nikolas, Brigette, Nathan and Laura. They brought with them a lovely picture of last years trip and the children who received our quilts then. So good to see our quilts wrapped around children in far off places. Best feedback ever :)
Here the students selected quilts to take ....
As well as admiring some of the quilts we were sorting for potential sale at our upcoming Quilt Fair.
Decisions, decisions, decisions ...... and meanwhile here is one of the children who received a quilt in a previous Thai Service Trip by Billanook ... I love seeing our quilts wrapped around a child ... its a gift that gives back to us when we see those beaming faces :)
And to take their minds briefly off the decision making .. we broke for lunch ... a 'Do it yourself' Subway lunch ... delicious!!
Mmmmmmmnnnnn ...... Oooooh yeah!!!!
Such a nice Spring Day ... eating lunch outdoors seemed the obvious thing to do ...
Such a glorious day .... always nice to be in the garden on days like this ...
A brief pause from 'sun soaking' ... and dessert beckoned ....
And finally .. a group shot before our visitors departed ... we look forward to hearing how their Thai trip went when we again host them next year :)
Now don't forget .. (if I haven't already mentioned it a few times) that we are having our Annual Quilt Fair in November. Grab a pen and ink in the weekend of Saturday November 12th and Sunday November 13th. Held at the Barn ... 345 Macclesfield Road Monbulk from 10 am to 4 pm both days. Melways reference 123 J8. Parking WILL be available onsite, as will refreshments. Admission is $5.00 and this money, and the money from the sale of quilts etc will be ploughed back into purchasing the batting so necessary for the middle of our quilts. Each roll of batting costs us $240 and we can create 40 quilts from a roll. We buy two rolls at a time. Completely reliant as we are on the generosity of folk 'destashing' and gifting us fabric and quilt tops ... batting is a HUGE 'ask' and not often donated to us. Hence the need to fundraise annually in order to continue our quilt 'ministry' both overseas and locally. Please do consider visiting us in November, bring a friend or two and have a lovely day at the Barn. We will have quilts for sale, Christmas items and something for everyone ... as well as a display of needlework and show quilts. Spread the word.
We are on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/QuiltsForOrphans/?fref=ts so consider, if you are also on good old Facebook, wandering over to our Page and giving us a 'Like' as well as sharing our Event on your own Walls. Every bit of getting our message 'out there' is a valuable aid in assisting us to achieve our aims. We are also featured in a very recent edition of Down Under Quilts magazine ... look out for us in your Newsagency.
And that just about wraps up this Blogpost, we hope this week to be part of the organising of 200 quilts heading to Romania .. I will let you know next Blog how that went. See ... the 'demand' for fabric 'hugs' never diminishes .. and as long as they are needed, QFO will endeavour to meet that need. So please continue to support us, spreading the word about what we do ... word of mouth is such a valuable help to us. Now I will do the usual direction to our Links and our Contact details and look forward to sharing more with you as we get closer to our Quilt Fair (did you see what I did there? Yep ... I got in another shameless 'plug' for our Quilt Fair. Yaaaaay me!!!!
Till next Blogpost ... keep sharing our news and blessings to all our readers,
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