Monday, 12 February 2018

Hello to 2018

We had our first meeting for this year mid-January.  I have been totally slack and not put up a post yet.  Thought I had better do that since the next meeting is this Thursday!

Bev, Cheryl and Jill reported that they went to the Concord Hospital Palliative Care unit's Christmas morning tea for volunteers, which they thoroughly enjoyed.  The Unit Manager gave them a guided tour of the facilities.

We also discussed a couple of new options for donations.  More on that later, should we proceed with that.

We had an amazing number of quilts come in.  Absolutely everyone outdid themselves over the Christmas/New Year break.  Without any further ado, this is what happened:

The first 6 are from Evelyn:

The one above (blurry photo - sorry!) and the next are made from the same pattern.  Isn't it amazing what a difference fabric makes to the outcome?

The fabrics for this one were donated by Coleen.

Cheryl made this one with donated blocks:

And she quilted this one made by Dasha

Cheryl also made this one:
The next two were kindly donated by QuiltNSW

Cheryl quilted this one, the top was a donation:

Jan brought in 6 quilts.  The first was a partially complete donation - hand pieced:

This next one was also a partially completed English Paper Pieced quilt donated to the group, which Jan completed.

This one made by Dasha

Bev made the next three:

Apologies for the poor quality of the next photo.  Gorgeous novelty fabrics with dogs, and I have taken a dodgy blurred image.

And Helen was busy knitting oodles of beanies and scarves, and some little baby wraps as well:

So now would you like to see what all of that looks like?  The is the entire dance area in the hall covered with quilts. However not all of them are complete yet, so not shown in the photos above.  The efforts of 9 members!

We decided to have our annual January excursion on the 1st February, and we will be going to have lunch at Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River. For those of you who are not familiar with Sydney, this is about 1 hour on the train north - the Hawkesbury is the northern limit of  the outer metropolitan area.
See you in February. 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Goodbye 2017

On Thursday we had our last working meeting for 2017.  We will be meeting again, but we will be in Christmas Party mode, so probably no post for that.

We were contacted by the Canada Bay Club asking for our permission to post an article on their webpage about our group.  There was a bit of discussion about the content - will let you know when that happens. 

The donations we selected and prepared last meeting have been delivered to St Mary's Villa and the Concord Hospital Palliative Care Unit.  Helen's beanies have been a great hit at the latter.

After the huge number of quilts which arrived last meeting (I told you about that in my last post here), there weren't many completed quilts came in. 

This one was made by Colleen, quilted by Bev

Cute cot panel made by Bev.

Jill made this quilt & Evelyn quilted it.

And these two were made by Evelyn

But the best bit was the visitors.  Firstly Jess, a Constable with the local Police, came with a massive donation of beautiful fabrics, from her mother-in-law who is no longer quilting.  We had so much fun sorting through those.
Before Jess left, Roxanne from the Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre came in.  She gave us an inspiring talk on the wide range of services the Centre provides, one of which is a mentoring program for young girls at risk.  The Centre is the newest organisation on our list of recipients.  To see what they do, you can click on the link above. The photo below is of Jess and Roxanne with the rest of our group and the 8 quilts to be donated to the Centre.

Later in the afternoon, Tina and Dale from the Rotary Club of Drummoyne called in with a donation from the Club. 
Their generous support will allow us to purchase some more desperately needed wadding so that we can continue to support our community.

So the cupboard is bare, and we will be regrouping mid January after our Christmas break.  See you then.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

2nd November

Our next meeting is tomorrow (!!) so I thought I had better get a wriggle on and write up a post from our first November meeting.  We had a huge day, with loads of lovely quilts brought in and a lot of business to cover.

First, the business, which we discussed over lunch. 

- We've had a letter from the Concord Hospital Palliative Care unit enclosing a pretty card and a lovely letter from 2 recipients of our quilts thanking us profusely.  Very special to receive those.

- The Senior Citizens club Christmas lunch will be on the 30th and they have asked us if we could donate a quilt or two for their raffle.

- St Mary's Villa Nursing home require 6 more lap quilts

- Concord Club would like a quilt to raffle in aid of the Concord Palliative Care Unit.

And now on to the Show & Tell.

First up is a pretty quilt Ann made, quilted by Evelyn.

Cheryl made the next three

She also quilted this one, which was a donation.

And this one made by Dasha.

Helen's contribution this week were three flannel baby wraps
A couple of scarves, some mittens and a whole swag of beanies.

The next 3 were made by Jill

Made by Dasha

This was a bunch of donated blocks put together into a top and quilted by Dasha.
Evelyn made a couple of cute cot quilts

And this cheerful daisy quilt

Love the little cornerstones...

And this stunning shadow quilt

The next two were Bev's.  Just gorgeous!

Just about any quilter would relate to the block in the bottom right corner, LOL.

The last four quilts weren't claimed by anyone, but I am pretty sure they were quilted by Robin.

Jill spent the afternoon sorting out the remaining quilts in the cupboard.  We wanted to clear them all out so that there won't be anything much in there over the summer break.  Here they are stacked up and ready to be donated.  This lot are for St Mary's Villa.

And these are for the Domestic Violence unit in Burwood.

And the cupboard is bare.... Til the next time we meet!