Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fabric Heaven

What a wonderful task for a fabricologist to work with so many beautiful fabrics while constructing quilts from QAYG blocks.
The variety of fabric is wonderful and I am loving putting the blocks together while I'm admiring so many different fabric styles. Many of them are colours I wouldn't buy but I love working with them.
I'm not sure why but I love brights and yet I tend to buy pastels. On the recent Retreat's shop hop I was supposed to be searching for red and black fabrics so I could make Ray a quilt. However, I kept being enticed by the pretty florals and pastel prints. I know that working with other people's scraps does broaden my use of colour as I had never used purples or mauves in a quilt until the last year SCQ retreat when the theme colour was purple. Now I find that I'm even seeking those tones to buy.
I've been quilting for 30 years but because I can still be surprised by different colours, it helps to keep me interested in using new colours in my quilts. I've been very buy putting togtehr QS quilts from the donated QAYG blocks as we have another delivery on Monday.
Hugs till later.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Back from Retreat

I had a wonderful time at the Southern Cross Quilters Retreat in South Australia. We stayed in Glenelg and it was great fun to catch up old friends and make new ones.
We talked and laughed a lot and also worked hard on some quilts for the bushfire appeal. I've loaded lots of photos on the other blog to show the quilts I've received over the past few weeks. I still have about 100 to photograph and will add them soon. Yesterday I also made a QS quilt from QAYG blocks and have finished off 4 others as well. Time to get back to the sewing machine as there have been many requests for quilts. Thanks to all for your help and donations.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Quilt Delivery

Rhonda and I posed for a photo outside one of the schools we visited when we delivered quilts on Fri 3rd of April. Since then it's been a busy time with paid work and the quilting.
I also have received more wonderful donations and they will be acknowledged on my other blog at oz comfort quilts.
Tomorrow I'm off to a SCQ Retreat in Adelaide and won't be back until Tuesday evening. Then the next day we're off to Melbourne to see DH's specialist to discuss treatment options.
We went camping with a group of friends over Easter and it was great to relax and have fun before I came back to night shift again.
I'll post more when I return from my retreat where I plan to chat and laugh with as many people as I can, as well as making more quilts for the bush fire appeal. Take care all.
Hugs Jan Mac

Monday, April 6, 2009

180 Quilts

Here's the car packed full with quilts before we set off for Kinglake. I managed to get 180 quilts in and they have all gone to good homes so now we're back to sewing and quilting madly to get the next lot done so we can spread some more cheer to the bush fire affected areas. You could see the strain the people are under as they try to rebuild their communities and hopefully the quilts have brought some comfort. The kids were very happy to hug a quilt and there were smiles on all their faces as they made their way home. The mums who came to pick them up from school were also happy to see the kids' smiles and they thanked us too. Now we want to get more quilts out to the older kids and parents and older members of those communities.
On a different note, DH's biopsy result wasn't what we'd hoped for and we are now waiting for more results so we can discuss treatment options. Seeing the kids at Kinglake was a life-affirming day for us as we focused on others.
Please keep us in your prayers as we face the challenges ahead. I have a quilter's convention to attend after Easter and I did plan to cancel going but he wants me to go off and catch up with my quilting friends. I've put everything into place with the Dr's appointments etc so we'll can't do any more until we hear from them.