Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry.

 I took a 2 hour road trip to Albury last week to see the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry. It isn't coming to Melbourne and I am very grateful to the lovely Michele Hill for writing about it on her blog,
     It consists of 305 embroidered pieces which depict the travels of Scottish people where they developed new communities around the world. I saw 100 of them and they are planning on rotating the collection as there wasn't enough room to display the 305 pieces at the one time. The collection is on display at the Albury Library until Feb 24th. and admission is free. If you are unable to see it when it shows near you, it can also be seen online. The embroidery used varied stitches to depict different features such as the gold on the Bendigo piece and the Tartan or checks on their clothes.
     I even saw some panels which represented The Netherlands and Germany and each piece told some of the history of the Scots who settled in each area.
    It was well worth the drive to see it and I combined it with my shopping of more yarn for the crocheted blankets I make for the needy and homeless.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Special Delivery From Western Australia.

It has been a very busy week with no time for blog posts so I'll have to catch you up on events this week. Today I received a large parcel of beautiful QAYG blocks from Maria W. of Western Australia. Maria has been very busy sewing and sent 20 blocks 12 inches in size and 2 in 10.5 inch size. She also sent binding strips cut so it won't take me long to put them together.
    Thank you so much Maria, you have given me a huge gift of time as well. I do hope it helped you to clear some scraps out and make room for more fabric. Lol
    I took a road trip on Thursday and took the opportunity to buy a large bag of yarn from the Wangaratta Textile Mills to make more crocheted blankets. I love to use up lots of small scraps to make them nice and bright with different colored yarns. It's hard to believe that I'm working on blankets for winter when we are having a heat wave but our air con has been broken for the past 4 days and I wanted to sit in front of the fan. Thankfully it is fixed now so I'm hoping to get some more quilting done before I'm back on nights at the end of the week.
 Stay cool. Hugs, Jan Mac

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Special Delivery From UK/New Zealand.

Linda A. is one of my blog readers from the UK and she also spends time in New Zealand. She has been a long time supporter of my Quilt Projects and has donated quite a few QAYG blocks over the years. This year is no exception and she has posted another parcel of 19 blocks, some are in the larger 12.5 inch size and the rest are 10.5 inches.
       They look fabulous and will "play nicely" with the blocks I have made too. Thank you so much for taking the time from your holiday to make and send more blocks for my Quilt Projects to help the needy. I hope you are enjoying a lovely New Zealand summer as well.
 Hugs, Jan Mac

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

There Should Always Be Time For Quilting.

 On Monday I drove to Melbourne for my Melbourne Quilting Group's day meeting. There is always a very happy buzz at the meetings where we all catch up with friends after our Christmas break. I'm a member of the Gift Quilt Committee and often quilt tops that members wish to donate. We had over 100 tops on hand mid way through last year and the pile has decreased to less than half that number which means there are many people we have helped with donations of quilts.
       When we returned Monday afternoon I decided to immediately quilt another top, as I had brought home another pile of tops to be finished. I don't mind doing them and they go quite quickly if my machine is co-operating.
       Today I've been tidying my sewing room but also quilted two more tops for AQA, my Melbourne group. I was going to leave the binding but it didn't take long to bind all three quilts as well as the quilt I received from Delys R. of WA, earlier this week.
      I still have many of my own tops ready for quilting but there is no rush as we will be away this year when two of my group's are having Exhibitions, but I must fit them in before I lose momentum with finishing off my own UFOs and not just other people's. I've also started sewing more QAYG blocks as I want to make another delivery to Impact in April.
       I seem to be busy most days but even if I only gave a spare hour I can usually quilt a top or make a few blocks, as long as I don't waste too much time on the computer. Lol
Hugs, Jan Mac

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A very Special Donation and a Finish.

 While I was in Melbourne this fabulous quilt arrived from Delys R. In W.A. Delys I'm so sorry not to write you a personal thank you and I searched everywhere for your email address but couldn't find it. The quilt was made by Delys's daughter and it only requires binding. Sorry that the photo is sideways but it's large and I had to have DH hold it up so I could take a photo. I love the "birdies on a branch" fabric and it will be treasured by the recipient. Delys has requested that it be donated to Impact and I know they will be thrilled to donate it on your behalf.
     Delys also included a lovely long strip of fabric in the Chinese Coins style, for me to make some backings a bit wider when required.
    I also quilted another top for my Melbourne Quilting group's Gift Quilt program. It's our first meeting of the year tomorrow and thankfully it won't be too hot. My last piece of news is that we found the perfect wedding gown for my beautiful daughter and she is thrilled and relieved as it is just over six months to the wedding. All of the other plans for the wedding are going smoothly so I'm hoping to get some more quilts finished in Feb. to donate. I know Impact are collecting toiletries, pretty soaps, small bags etc, as well as the quilts to be distributed to the women in their programs for Mother's Day. I only gave a couple of QAYG blocks left so that will keep me busy building up my supply again. We had a lovely rainy day today and it was so nice to know that our rain water tanks are full, and that I was able to quilt without feeling like I am melting.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Magic Number

Linda asked how many quilts I delivered and I must confess that the number even astounded me as I had originally thought that making 20 since Christmas would be a big challenge. Then I received some lovely parcels of QAYG blocks as well as 2 finished quilts so I thought maybe 25 would be achievable.
    However I was very surprised to find that I had 30 quilts to donate. I dropped them off to Impact today with 2 crocheted blankets, some fleece blankets and some toiletries. Hopefully they will bring some comfort to victims of domestic violence. Thank you for all your donations and support.
    We are still on the hunt for the perfect wedding dress and in the meantime I'm enjoying some "girl time" with my lovely DD.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It's Surprising... much you can achieve in small increments of time when you have a plan. Today was busy with family commitments but I really wanted to get a few more finishes before the weekend. The first quilt was a top made by members of my Melbourne quilt group for their Gift Quilt program. We had a large number of tops waiting to be finished so we are busy getting them finished so they can be donated to Peter Mac for cancer patients or to children in foster care.
    The second quilt was another QAYG quilt made from donated blocks and it will be going to Impact for a Women. Mardi, I used some of your donated fabric for the joining strips. I only have 2 QAYG blocks left so that will be my focus in the coming weeks so I can build up my supply for the next round of donation quilts.
      I'm off to Melbourne again tomorrow on the ongoing search for DD's wedding dress as well as delivering  quilts to Impact. We're also going to another stage show. This time it's Mrs Brown's Boys from Ireland which should be very funny if it is similar to their TV show.
 Hugs, Jan Mac