Sunday, 6 August 2017

First Meeting for August

We had an interesting thing happen while we were having lunch today; the lady who teaches English as a Second Language in one of the other rooms on a Thursday morning came in to ask if she could bring her students in one morning so she could teach them some of the terms used in sewing, and patchwork in particular.  That will be set up for one of the future meetings.
 
We also had Jill's neighbour, Helen come to visit.  She makes throws for babies, and crochets.  Looks like she may join us once in a while.  Welcome Helen.
 
I have a huge bunch of photos to show this week.  Apologies for the poor quality on a couple of these.  I came in late and had to take the photos quickly before the quilts were whisked away.
 
First up are half a dozen beanies that Helen has made.  They will be included with our next donation to the Concord Hospital Palliative Care Unit
 
 
Bev did a smashing job of quilting the first quilt.  Beautiful circle of feathers in the plain blocks.  (click on the photo to see a larger version of the photo)

 
The next 2 were made by Jill, quilted by Bev.


 
Blocks donated, top pieced by Dasha, quilting by Bev.  You can't see it for the dreadful photography, but there are lovely vines running down the sashing.

 
Next two were a bunch of donated blocks which Bev put together and then quilted.


 
This one is by Evelyn.

 
The next 6 quilts were all donated by Yvonne, a friend of Robin's, as tops.  What a generous donation!!  Thank you Yvonne.  They were all quilted by Evelyn.  An amazing job as she is in the throes of selling a house and moving. 






 
Jill selected the following quilts to be donated to Kathleen York House for the kids there. (There's one more which didn't fit in the photo)

 
Well that's it for now.  Thanks for visiting today.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Second Meeting for July

Last week we all met for our second meeting in July.

Jill told us that we had delivered 7 lap quilts for the mums and 7 quilts for their kids to Kathleen York House.

We have also had a mention in the Concord Senior Citizen's Club's President's Report advising that Melica Milic from Westmead Children's Hospital had accepted our donation of baby wraps and quilts at their morning tea on June 26th.

Here are the quilts which came in this week. 

The first two were donated by Yvonne, a friend of Robin's from QuiltNSW.



 
Thank you Yvonne!
 
Next is a quilt made by a friend of Dasha's, Gillian from Friday Quilters.  It was quilted by Cheryl.



Cheryl quilted some great feathers in each block.

 
Cheryl also quilted this one made by Dasha.
 
 
And Evelyn made the last two.



 
Each time I post I show photos of the finished quilts, but that really doesn't give the full picture; there is just so much that goes on each meeting that never makes an appearance because it is "background" stuff.  So starting with this post, I thought I would put together some stories of the quiet ones who work away in the corners and are never seen by the public.  Without them, we wouldn't exist!
 
Today I want to start by talking about the donations.  We get a large number of those, mostly fabrics, but sometimes part finished tops or blocks (we call them UFO's or Un-Finished Objects), and occasionally a completed top or quilt.  This is part of what came in this week (I wasn't quick enough with the camera, and some had already been taken for sorting). 

 
This week's donations came from Lesley and Yvonne, and piles of that were novelties featuring animals especially dogs.  Amongst this generous haul were several completed quilt tops made by Yvonne (remember the first two quilts I showed you earlier in this post?)
 
Each week Ann sorts the donations, measures and folds the fabrics and then finally stores them into colour piles in the cupboard.  The smaller pieces go into tubs stored under the stage, and the UFO's in a separate tub.  Ann patiently toils away keeping our stash in some sort of order.  This cupboard is where the larger pieces for backings etc., are stored.


You should have seen that cupboard before Ann decided to take that job on!!  Awesome job Ann. 

Group members often grab some fabric from the stash to go with the quilt they are making, or for borders.  Quite often you'll find one of us rummaging around for some inspiration too. 

This is Coleen.  She does loads of the ironing, and is always available for the other back of the scenes jobs.  She almost always manages to source the donations for us too, and brings in huge quantities from her contacts.

 
The last couple of weeks she has been in the back corner, quietly putting together a quilt top.  Remember I told you a few posts ago about the kits Evelyn has been cutting up for us from the scraps? 

 
Jackie has been working with Coleen, and is also putting together a top.  Here she is laying out the rows; she's nearly finished hers - hers is the green, and Coleen's the purple on the right.

 
Jackie is usually in that back corner piecing backings, and many of the quilts you see featured in the posts have backings made by Jackie.  She makes life heaps easier for the others doing that.

More on the back of the scenes jobs next time.

Friday, 14 July 2017

6th July

More than half way through the year.  Where has it gone?

During the business end of the meeting, Jill filled us in on the happenings during the past couple of weeks:
  • We donated 37 baby wraps to Westmead Children's Hospital,
  • 13 quilts were given to Concord Hospital's Palliative Care ward, and
  • 5 single quilts and 6 children's quilts were given to the Burwood Women & Girls Emergency Centre.
Here's our Show & Tell for this week.

Evelyn made a Kaleidoscope quilt.  Brilliant!

 
Here is a detail of two of the blocks.

 
Lesley


Remember I told you of Evelyn's "kits" in the last post?  This is Jan's effort.

 
Jan also made this hand pieced hexagon quilt.

 
And she quilted one of the tops made by Dasha


She echoed the flower applique on the alternate blocks.  Great job Jan.


Robin made this bright and cheerful quilt.


And the next three are all by Bev.




And just in case you thought we hadn't done enough, these are the flimsies which came in this week.....

 
Great effort everyone.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Second June Meeting

The last few meetings we have been stash busting; using lots of the fabric in the bins at Cabarita.  Evelyn has worked like a slave and prepared a whole heap of "kits" for us to sew.  Some of these are now starting to appear here in the photos, and you will see lots more in the coming weeks as they tops are completed and quilted.  In fact if you have read the last few posts you will see that I have included a few of these quilts in those too.
 
Here are 3 that came in this week.  First two made by Evelyn, and I am pretty sure I saw Robin sewing the third one at the Retreat we went to in May.
 


 
Next one is by Evelyn, also made on Retreat.


Next up are two by Dasha, both quilted by Cheryl.


 
Lesley made the next one, quilted by Bev.

 
And some adorable applique by Bev.

 
We make flannel baby wraps for Westmead Children's Hospital.  Most of them are made by Cheryl and Jill.  This week they came up with no less than 14 between them!