Sunday, 29 June 2014

June Meeting

We met again last week, and boy did Darleen give us some updates!  She had been gathering data to include in the submission to Council for a grant, and here are the statistics.

In the last 12 months we have distributed the following:

Minamurra Presbyterian Nursing Home, Drummoyne                 84

St Mary's Nursing Home, Burwood (top up)                                 12

MS Society, Lidcombe (8 singles & 10 comforts)                         18

Drummoyne Meals on Wheels                                                     44

Westmead Hospital Babies with Cancer                                      30
                                                                                Total:           188

Not bad for a small band of 10 or so, don't you think?
Besides these, we also donated quilts to the following organisations for raffles/auctions as fund raisers:

St Patrick's Church, Mortlake, Parish Dinner
Concord Community Hostel, Rhodes
Barnwell Park Golf Club (charity day for Lucas Gardens Special School)

Now to show you some lovelies, but first I have to tell you this story.  In January there was a devastating fire in the Blue Mountains and over 120 homes were destroyed.  One of these belonged to Ellen's daughter, whose family lost everything except what they were standing up in.  Their eldest was to sit the Higher School Certificate (final exams in High School) the following week.  Ellen was at one of our meeting when she heard the news. 

We decided to make the family some quilts.  We chose this one which has sat in the cupboard waiting for a home for some months, for Ellen's daughter & her husband:

It is absolutely stunning, with fabulous workmanship.  I feel terrible that I can't credit the maker, but it has been in the cupboard for ages, and we may never have know who it was anyway.  So good to see it go to someone who needs it. 

This lovely little Twinkler Star inside a Twisted Star is fabulous, and just look at those points!  Every single one meets perfectly.

I should know the name of this star, but I don't.  So if you do, please tell me.

Evelyn made this one for Ellen's grand son.  See the street art faces?

And Robyn made this one for Ellen's grand daughter:

All three need to be quilted before they go to their new home.
The next two quilts were blocks donated to our group by one of Evelyn's friends, Ann Tosich.  Evelyn sewed the blocks into tops.

Cheryl made this bright & cheerful quilt featuring balloons.
Evelyn and Robyn do a lot for Aussie Heroes.  The last sewing day, Jan-Maree gave our group a bunch of blocks which had been made as block of the month blocks, but were not suitable.  They are all too "girly" and you can't send girly quilts to big boofy blokes, now can you?  So we scored.  Evelyn constructed this pretty top from some of the blocks:

And these are the left overs.

At least 3 quilts in that pile.  During the day, we stacked them into groups, and several ladies took them home to be made up into tops.  You will see that next time.
Lastly, Evelyn brought a doona cover she has made for herself for show and tell.

Darleen showed us two very special things.  First up was this gorgeous Thank You from one of the students of Chalmers Road Special School.   Here he is in his wheelchair with his quilt (face and name fuzzed for privacy).

And second, back here I told you about Betty, a tireless fund raiser, to whom we gave one of our quilts.  Well, Betty received an OAM during the Queens Birthday Awards in June.  Here is a clip from the local paper:

Congratulations Betty from all of us.

That's it for now.           

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