Sunday, 9 December 2018

2018 Wrap Up

The last Thursday of November was our Christmas Party, which we had in a local Cafe. 

Lots of good food, laughter and companionship, and a hilarious game organised by Lesley.

Jill passed around a list of the donations our group has made this year.  It was amazing what our little band of worker bees have managed to do this year.  We could not have done so much without the help of some generous people from around Australia, who have given us completed quilts, quilt tops and lots of lovely fabrics.  I was so excited I thought I should share it with you:

This year we donated 16 quilts as fund raisers to the following organisations:

Our Lady of Assumption School, North Strathfield
St Patrick's Church, Mortdale
Drummoyne Rotary Club (2 quilts)
Nicole Fitzsimmons Foundation
Palliative Care Unit, Concord Hospital
Cara Care, Concord
All Hallowes Church, Five Dock
Massey park Golf Club Charity Day
CWA Drought Relief Fund (2 quilts)
Handital, Five Dock
Concord Hospital Volunteers
Concord Senior Citizen's Club (3 quilts)

We also donated 254 quilts of different sizes, and 46 baby wraps - 300 in total; And 222 crocheted items made up of beanies, scarves, shawls, cuddles, slippers, bed jacket, rugs, and stuffed animals.

I won't list a complete breakdown of who got what and when as that will bore your socks off, but here are the organisations to which we donated quilts and crocheted items:

House With No Barriers, Orange
Lillian's, Erskineville
Palliative Care Unit, Concord Hospital
Ronald McDonald House
Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
Domestic Violence NSW
Meals on Wheels, Concord,
Westmead Children's Hospital
Sanctuary Housing, Ashfield
Dandelion Network
Barnardo's, Wyong

Total donations - 316 quilts
                          - 222 crocheted items

Merry Christmas to all our supporters.  See you in January.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Last Working Day for this Year

Our last working meeting for 2018 was held on 15th November.  11 of us turned up which was most of the members.  Plus Jan brought along a friend, Jeanette for a visit.  Despite a flat tyre on Pennant Hills Road, and a lengthy wait for assistance, Jeanette did enjoy herself.

Colleen, Evelyn, Cheryl and Jill will attend the Concord Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch on 3rd December to represent our group. 

There are deliveries for Ronald McDonald House and Concord Hospital Palliative Care Unit to be made by Tuesday 20th November.

Bev made this gorgeous quilt.

And a pile of little flannel wraps.

Cheryl made the next 2 quilts

Jill made this quilt, which was quilted by Evelyn

And Evelyn also made this one

The next quilt was made by Lynn H from Shepparton.  It was quilted by Cheryl.

The little slippers at the rear of this next photo were made by Bev.  The rest of the items were made by Helen. 

Helen also made these two shawls and the 3 flannel wraps.

This shawl was a donation from one of the parishioners at St Timothy & St Paul's, in Kincumber.  Helen put a border and a fringe on it, so it is ready to be donated.

Our next meeting will be a Christmas party.  So I expect there will be a quilt or two produced for the first meeting of 2019, since there is quite a long break.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

First Meeting for November

There were lots of us at this meeting.  Maria was there for the first time since breaking her foot - good to see you Maria!  Lots of people means there were heaps of quilts brought in, so heaps of eye candy for you.

We had two lovely ladies, Moo Baulch and Charlotte Davies, come to talk to us about Domestic Violence NSW (DVNSW).  The organisation is the representative body for domestic and family violence services and practitioners across the whole of NSW. So sad that such services are required.  We have been supporting this organisation since October 2015 and have donated 308 quilts over that time.  Today we had a large donation ready to give the ladies.

The Senior Citizens lunch will be on the 3rd November.  We had 3 little quilts prepared to donated to them as prizes.

And now to show you the completed quilts which came in today.

Firstly I have to tell you that Evelyn is part of a group of Trinity Grammar School mums who mostly sew for charity.  This is a donation from Ann, one of these ladies.  Evelyn quilted it.

This one is a little quilt made by our member Ann P and quilted by Evelyn

The next 4 quilts were made by Cheryl....

Look at those 2" squares from the quilt above!!

And this one is made with 2.5" squares.

The next 3 quilts were made by Evelyn

Evelyn also quilted this quilt made by Lynn H, one of the Shepparton Quilters.

Helen brought in 4 little flannel wraps and another batch of beanies

Just take a look at the adorable little dogs in this quilt made by Jan. 
The next 3 little kids quilts were a donation via QuiltNSW

Sadly, I can't tell you who made the next two quilts, although I do know that Cheryl quilted the first one.

That's it for today.  Our last meeting for this year will be the next one, on the 15th November.  We are actually meeting again, but it will be strictly social and a Christmas lunch.

See you next year.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Second meeting for October 2018

With people away on holidays, and off sick, we were a small group on the 18th when we met.  But what a lovely day we had!

Firstly, Jill brought in a massive donation of gorgeous fabrics from Julie A, a long time friend of the group and supporter, although sadly, she never managed to come to our meetings.  It was difficult to get everything into the photo, so there are two, and even then it's not all she gave us.

What a generous donation!  We had a happy time sorting through all that and stashing it away.  Thank you Julie.

Only a few completed quilts came in today.  Helen has been away overseas for several meetings, but still managed to bring in two flannel wraps, and some beanies and scarves.

Bev made this one, quilted by Cheryl.

The gorgeous applique in the centre block was a donation some time back.  Jan completed it, added borders and Cheryl did a lovely job of quilting it.

Evelyn made this sweet little panel.

Colleen and I went through some of the fabrics donated today, where we found part of a layer cake; added a couple of more fabrics; and created this layout for Colleen to sew up.  Watch this space for an update!

We also selected 9 cot quilts to be given to Barnardos at Wyong.  Their focus is crisis care for 0 - 5 year olds.  Sadly there is a large turnover. 

Eagle eyes might have spotted a couple of the quilts that were brought in today, and also several from the lovely ladies in Shepparton.

That's it for today.  Our next meeting is this coming Thursday.