I've received more wonderful parcels from around the world and it always amazes me that quilters respond so well when there is a quilt appeal for those in tragic circumstances. You probably also know that Qld has just endured their worst cyclone which devastated the areas along the coast of far north Queensland so the need will be ongoing for even more time now. The towns of Tully and Innisfail seem to have taken the most direct hits and Cairns and Townsville were spared the damage they'd anticipated but there is still lots of storm damage to clear away due to the excessively strong winds tearing down trees. Now they are warning that we may have heavy rain and flash flooding where I live due to the aftermath effects of the cyclones up north. I think that we'll be fine and dry and hopefully the rain will cause the humidity to be reduced.
In the last couple of days I have received the following:
Susanne Nixon (Tas) sent 70 QAYG blocks, a cot sized quilt, some threads as well as fabric and they will all be put together quickly and donated.
Jeanne Cleveland from TX in the USA sent 73 blocks for me to make a top from and they are in Australian prints and are sure to be loved in an Aussie quilt.
Cheryll Shannon (NSW) sent 4 QAYG blocks and Linda Stokes sent another parcel of blocks from WA with some red and white QAYG blocks in smaller sizes as well as 4 lovely crazy pieced blocks.
From overseas again I received a box of 21 QAYG blocks from Lisa Palo and Brita Backlund in Finland as well as 4 appliqued and embroidered heart blocks from Cuny van Collenburg and 13 appliqued heart blocks from M. Kleefman-Sandee, and both of these ladies are from Holland.
Diane Matheson from Canada sent 16 QAYG blocks and she said that she'd acquired some fabric strips from a quilting friend who had passed away and although they are not what she would normally work with she kept them anyway. She certainly put them to good use for the Oz Comfort Quilt appeal and they will join others to make some lovely quilts.
Then I opened a box from Helen Schumacher (NSW) who sent a lovely quilt top and backing as well as 17 QAYG blocks and Joan Dickie (NSW) also sent 12 QAYG blocks as well as blue binding. As you can see the response from quilters around the world has been very gratifying and it will be a huge help for me to get more quilts finished and donated. I was also lucky enough to have Toni Martin (SA) arrange the donation of a roll of batting from Mini Jumbuck in Sth Australia and this will be a very big help with getting some of the donated tops finished and donated as well.
A quilt appeal this large is really a group effort and I was very surprised to find that I finished 37 quilts just in the month of January this year so I'd better get into gear again when I've recovered from night shift.
Take care and stay dry everyone,
Hugs Jan Mac