Tuesday, 15 May 2018

3rd May

Our last meeting was short and sweet.  With 4 people overseas and 3 away with medical issues, we were a very small band indeed!

Most of the discussion was about wadding.  A perennial issue as we go through so much of it!  So we are always on the lookout for decent, economical wadding.

Since our last meeting, we delivered 14 quilts to Life Without Barriers.  This is an organisation supporting just over 14,000 people in more than 440 communities across Australia. They support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people and people with mental illness.

We were contacted a few weeks ago by a lovely lady in Wodonga, Victoria, in response to the article in Australian Patchwork & Quilting, who asked if we would like her to send us quilt tops.  Well three little cot quilt tops arrived!  You will see them shortly after they have been quilted and completed.  Thank you Daphne for your generous donation.  They will be well used I'm sure.

Here are the completed quilts brought in.  Enjoy.....




And finally here are Colleen, Ann and Lesley jigsaw puzzling together a Disappearing 9 Patch top that Coleen is making.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Second April Meeting

A few people away this week, so a much smaller meeting.  But that didn't mean we weren't busy or that we had no fun!

Since our last meeting, we delivered a batch of 37 quilts to the Domestic Violence Unit in Burwood.  We have received an email since to advise that some of these have gone to a refuge in Wilcania, and the rest will go to Bourke and Dubbo in June.  To quote from the email  "The quilts are absolutely lovely..." 

Bev passed around a lovely article which appeared in the Inner West Courier on 17th April about a WWII veteran called Reg Chard who volunteers as a guide at the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway.  You can read the full article by clicking on that link, but you will need to search for it, as I couldn't find a direct link.

And here is the quilt parade

Made by Ann, with some terrific quilting by Bev

Detail of quilting

Next three are Evelyn's

Made by Jan and quilted by Dasha

Made by Robin

And Robin also quilted this one made by Bev

Look at these fun doggy novelty fabrics from the quilt above!  Seriously cute.

Next one is made by Sue E from Friday Quilters, from fabrics donated by Joan, also from Friday Quilters, and quilted by Dasha. 

On Sunday, 22 April there was an Anzac dawn service at the Kokoda track Memorial Walkway.  Bev and Lesley attended the service and donated this quilt, made by Bev, to War Veteran, Reg Chard (see above)

And this is Bev with Reg after the service.

Honouring our ANZACs.  Lest we Forget.

Monday, 16 April 2018

5th April

We welcomed new member Jennifer today, a friend of Cheryl's.  Hope you enjoyed yourself Jennifer.
Lots of chatter but not much business to report, so here is the Show & Tell for today.
Jan brought in another lovely hand pieced hexagon quilt

This was made by Jill and Robin quilted it

Robin also quilted this one made by Maria

Evelyn made this.  The photo doesn't do it justice - up close, it looks like the strips are interwoven.

She also quilted this one made by Ann
And this one made by Jackie

Colleen made this, and it was quilted by Robin

Ann made this, quilted by Cheryl

Cheryl also made this cute kids quilt

This was a donated top, quilted by Robin

Ann made this and it was quilted by Evelyn

Evelyn also quilted this one made by Bev

Bev made this gorgeous green quilt

And this purple one
Maria quilted this I Spy quilt made by Dasha

And this one made by Cheryl

And made this one

Great work ladies!  See you next time.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

15th March

We have had some feedback from the article on Stitching Hearts which appeared in Australian Patchwork & Quilting Vol. 27 No. 12: 

Firstly, we welcomed two new ladies - Christine & Ann, who both read about us in the article.  Nice to meet you ladies! 

Secondly, Jill had a call from Lyn who lives in Shepparton, Victoria - bit far for her to come to our meetings (only about 12 hours drive!!) but she and a couple of her friends would like to make tops for us to distribute.  Lovely offer, thanks Lyn.

We also had a text from Dale at Drummoyne Rotary to tell us that Roxanne from the Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre gave a very informative talk to one of the Rotary meetings (remember a few months back Dale and Roxanne met accidentally when they both called into one of our meetings??).  Keeping fingers crossed, that is a useful connection for both groups.

And now the Show and Tell

This lovely quilt was a donation, quilted by Robin and completed by Bev.

Evelyn, made this one,

and she also quilted this one, made by Bev.

Quilted by Dasha, unknown maker

Jan made three quilts.

And she quilted this one. 

Helen made some sweet children's beanies, a couple of flannel baby wraps and two scarves
Lesley made this gorgeous doggy quilt, and Cheryl quilted it (click on the photo to see a larger photo).

Cheryl also made the next two quilts

Close up of the skiers - aren't they cute??
So that's the lot.  It will be Easter before the next meeting, so from all of us - Happy Easter!

Monday, 12 March 2018

First March Meeting

Our first meeting for March was actually also on the first day of March.  Evelyn kindly took the photos for me as I was unable to go.

We had a couple of extra people along today - Darlene doesn't get to many meetings these days and we also had a new member Jennifer (friend of Cheryl’s) join us.  Welcome Jennifer.

Quite a few quilts were delivered:

Good to see so many organisations benefitting from our work.

We didn't have many quilts this week.  Not surprising since we had 2 blockbuster meetings earlier this year.

First two quilts are by Bev

Evelyn brought three quilts in.

This is Helen's crop of beanies of all sizes, a shawl, scarf and flannel wrap

And last but not least Robin.

Do you have an Instagram account?  See our Hashtag is #stitchingheartsquilters, so come and take a peek and follow us there.
Our next meeting is on the 15th March - the Ides of March.  According to the Web, that is the day the Romans set for settling debts, and was the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar. And I thought it was famous because of Shakespeare!