Well folks, here I am again, after a brief 'sabbatical' in sunny Queensland. Can't say I missed the Melbourne wintery weather a single bit. Though it was a tad odd to see Brisbane residents in woolly jumpers and puffy ski jackets on a 25 degree day ;) Apparently that is a cool winters day for them. Wonder if they are using quilts at night there too .... ;)
Anyway, without further ado I will commence our July Blogpost before it turns into August :)
Firstly some wonderful pictures just received from the Assistant Principal at Manchester Primary School. You may recall that we recently gifted a couple of heavy quilts to the school for use in their classrooms for children on the 'spectrum' who would benefit from the comforting weight of a heavier than regular quilt. Below is the text that accompanied the lovely photos of the children under their quilts ... and I also thank the parents of these two children for allowing me to share the photos too. Its so heartwarming for our stitchers to see how much their efforts mean to those who are at the receiving end of their work. Many thanks to you too.
Sorry it has taken so long to send these photos through. I wanted to make sure I had
permission from the families first. Both of these students have responded very well
to the blankets and although they are available for all students to access it seems
that these 2 are using the blankets the most. As you know, the blankets are very
These photos have not been staged........both students go to the blankets when life gets too tough.
When these pictures are viewed in relation to the text image I uploaded at the top of this Blog Post ... it all comes together just as it should, don't you agree?
And now onto the photos taken by Annette our leader ... at the most recent sewing Saturday at the Shed. Thanks Annette for doing such a wonderful job in my absence :) As you will see, we have been the grateful recipients of many pieced quilt tops, some wonderful knitted items, assorted handcrafted cards and other wonderful bits 'n' bobs ... and also welcome special visitors ... our 'QFO founder' Gaynor and husband Reg Peterson ... who dropped by the Shed on our working day. So very sorry I missed this special visit :(
If I have mistakenly attributed these donations to the wrong donor, please accept my apologies and feel free to message me ... was working between an email and a phone message and probably needed a bucket of stronger coffee to get myself 'in the zone' ... ;)
Firstly, from Marlene in Redcliffs ... this wonderful donation of beanies, booties, cards and pendants .. how incredibly generous Marlene and we are most appreciative of your kindness to us.
From the incredibly generous folk at U3A in Nunawading ... fabrics and stitchers 'bits and bobs' which we will enjoy putting to good use. many thanks folks :)
And ... from down by the seaside ... this wonderful 'gifting' of the day ... a visit from our Gaynor and Reg ... how very wonderful to welcome them back into the 'fold' so to speak :)
We will meet up again on Saturday August 11th at our temporary (and increasingly cosy) accommodation at 'The Shed' and once again I will be looking forward to sharing with you the happenings of the day.
Till then, many blessings and happy stitching,
Co-ordinator: Annette Stone .... phone 0407 648 618
Blogger: Susan Hamilton .....phone (03)9737 1825
Our postal address (for donations) is P.O Box 398 Monbulk Victoria 3793
And .... we are www.quiltsforphans.org
On 'social media' aka Facebook find us at https://www.facebook.com/QuiltsForOrphans/
Check out the following Links:
https://www.facebook.com/Chelseaonesock .... for delightful retro fabric childrens clothing
https://kayleenwest.com.au .... for Art with a positive spirit
https://mellyandme.typepad.com .... creative clothing etc for children
https://mrsmartinsquiltshop.typepad.com/ ...whose customer blessed us with awesome fabric
We also stitch for the following Childrens Homes ....
https://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.
https://english.chinaconcern.org/ ... more children in China that we have stitched for ...
https://www.lolachildrensfund.org/ .... in Ethiopia
https://www.fikelela.org.za/orphan.asp .... the Fikelala AIDS Project in Capetown
https://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
The Matombo Village Project vimeo.com/217129149