Monday, June 17, 2019

UFO Monday.

 I've started making bags from a donated kit for Peter Mac and with family commitments over the weekend, there hasn't been as much time for UFOs and cross stitching. However, while looking for contrast fabric for the bag I have started, I fojnd 2 more UFOs to finish.
     The hexagon heart block was one I started with an internet stitch-along. I only made 2 blocks and decided not to proceed so of course they became UFOs. I finished the first block as a baby quilt a few months ago and will make a baby or lap quilt from this one.

I also found these 4 blocks which were donated some time ago and these will be finished as a lap quilt for sale by Peter Mac, then I won't have to remove the embellishments if I made it a child's quilt.
   So no UFO finishes this week but I have plans for 2 in the near future.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Weekly Catch Up.

It's been a good week for finishes as well as spending time with our delightful grandsons and life is good. I still love putting QAYG quilts together and I love how they look.
This cat quilt top was donated by Lesley L.  from Rochester and it looks lovely now that it's finished .
This star top was made from lots of orphan star blocks and I have more to put together when I have time .
This lovely green top was donated by Jo from Qld, I think. It was a top twice this size originally and I split it into 2 and added extra borders so it's a lovely size for donation. All of these quilts are going to Peter Mac for their clients.
   Yesterday I donated 16 to Peter Mac and they were thrilled with them.
I also bought some Super hero fleece fabric to make chemo beanies for kids as Peter Mac call them their Super heros. I made one to try for size and they were happy with it so will get more made now.
I also received some fabric,  patterns and kits from Peter Mac,  to be made up and they will be sold in their auxillary shop to raise funds for various projects for patients . They had been donated at the request of Carol's DH as a way of thanking Peter Mac for the care they gave his wife. I feel honoured to be able to honour her memory in this way. She had bought the items, knowing she wouldn't be well enough to make them but her DH was wise enough to know that it was giving her pleasure to buy the fabrics and dream of future projects. I know that as quilters we often buy for the joy of planning pretty projects and I also enjoy sewing and quilting and then donating them to others as I really couldn't store all that I make.
I have shared photos of these finishes and yesterday, as well as the 16 quilts, I also donated: 6 baby jackets ( 5 made by Margaret H.)
             4 bags
             2 cushions
             2 aprons - 1 adult and 1 child
             1 fleece baby blanket
             1 fleece chemo beanie
             5 lap/cot sized quilts.
Peter Mac were thrilled to have so many items to sell and they will all help to raise much needed funds and I need to keep busy sewing thtough my stash as well as the donated items. I will have more to share soon.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Friday, June 14, 2019

More Fabulous Donated Quilts.

 Sue V. from Victoria has very generously donated these 4 fabulous quilts and they will be going to Peter Mac for their clients . You would be thrilled to own any of these quilts and I know they will be treasured. Sue had even paid to have them professionally quilted and I am very honoured that she has donated them to Peter Mac.

Saying thanks doesn't seem enough for such a generous donation, and you might never hear from the recipients as they are facing challenges which will take precedence but please know that your donations do make a difference and they comfort the patients and their families.
  Many thanks Sue and my other generous blog readers for all your support. It also helps to keep me focused on getting more quilts finished too.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

2 More UFOs Finished.

 This first block was made by Sue McP. from Melbourne and it's such a pretty block that I made it into a cushion to show off the pretty stitching and embellishments.
 This cross stitched piece was one I made probably 20 years ago and never made it into a finished item so I made this into a cushion as well and this is my 14th UFO finish for this year.
 I used "cat" fabric for the cushion backing.
 This is my 15th UFO finish for the year and the hexagon block was found in the orphan block pile and I used it to decorate a denim bag I made.
This small denim bag was one I made and decorated with pink scraps stitched to batting and it's a cute little tote bag.
This baby jacket was knitted this week and there will be lots more made so I can use up some of my supplies of yarn.
All if these items have been made and will be donated to Peter Mac's auxiliary shop to raise funds for various projects for patients. It's great to be able to finish more projects and donate them to raise money for cancer patients' support services as I don't have room to store them and they will be better finished than languishing in a box.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Monday, June 10, 2019

UFO Monday -12th and 13th Finishes.

 The first UFO was made from leftover blocks that remained after I made Jake a quilt 18 months ago. I found enough aqua fabric to add borders and binding and made a piano key border to use up the remaining blocks. It wasn't a very old UFO but it's good to have it finished and it will be donated to Peter Mac for sale in their auxillary shop .
This little quilt was donated years ago and I finished the buttonhole applique, and added borders. I had to get creative with adding lime green squares in the corners of the border as I didn't have enough of the darker green fabric .  It's brighter than it appears in the photo as it was a dull day when taking photos. This one will also be donated for sale by Peter Mac to raise funds for patient services.
     They might not be large UFOs but it's still good to have them finished and it's time to find some more to complete soon.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Weekly Catch Up.

 I still love QAYG quilts and, thanks to my lovely supporters, I have a pile of these QAYG donated blocks to put together. They always make lovely quilts and these will all  be donated to Peter Mac to warm some of their patients.

 Last night we visited our two grandsons and I was able to take a photo of Jake wearing his new beanie. I'm happy with the pattern, and I have bought more lightweight fleece fabric so plan to make some more to donate to Peter Mac. 
 I also found this child's apron in my box of donations and added some ties so it's now finished. I didn't count it as a UFO finish as it didn't need much work, and it will be donated for sale in the Peter Mac auxiliary shop where they sell hand made items to raise funds for various projects for patients.
I was supposed to be cleaning up my sewing room but playing with the QAYG blocks became a priority and there's always next week. Lol
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Friday, June 7, 2019

More Generous Donations.

 I have such wonderful blog readers who support these quilt projects and I really appreciate all that you do to help the needy. This beautiful quilt top was donated by Jenny B. from New Zealand and it will makd a treasured gift quilt for Peter Mac  so I plan on quilting it very soon.
 Delys R. from Western Australia has also very generously sent another parcel of goodies. The pile of beanies for New Guinea is growing with the addition of these 5 from Delys.
 She also sent 41 QAYG blocks in pretty feminine colours and 14 suitable for males. Delys must have known that I have been working on making more quiots from donated QAYG blocks and these will be used up very quickly too.
 Delys also included some fabric and bias fabric strips which will be used up in future projects and add more variety to my scraps.
These are the blocks Delys included for the male's quilts.
Many thanks Jenny and Delys for your continued support of my quilt projects and helping to bring comfort to more people in need.
     I'll share some photos of finished quilts soon as well as a denim bag I made for sale in the Petef Mac auxiliary shop. It was fun to have a play with a different project for an hour and make something useful from my scraps. I try not to waste too much time on social media but I have enjoyed getting ideas for items to make for sale, by browsing Instagram and Pinterest. I need to get back to my cross stitch too but at the moment baby knitting is taking up my spare television viewing time.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Baby Time.

Not a great photo but this is the cushion and laundry hamper I made for Aidan. They chose a teddy bear theme this time and I machine appliqued the bears based on a wall decal they had for the nursery.
I'm also going to make some fleecy chemo hats for Peter Mac and I made a trial one for Jake using fire truck fabric I bought. The family came for a visit today to get out of the house and Aidan was perfect. Thankfully so far he's a better sleeper than Jake was and Jake is happy with me holding Aidan this time. As Aidan is a goid sleeper, Jake's world hasn't changed much yet and he's enjoying having his Dad home this week as well. It's lovely to see the new parents handle the new baby with such confidence and also have plenty of time for Jake.
We're living our role as grandparents and life is good.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Oh My Goodness.

 All of these fabulous knitted goodies were made and donated by Margaret H. from Melbourne, Victoria. Margaret must be a very prolific knitter as there are so many lovely jackets, booties and beanies in a variety of sizes. These have all been made by Margaret to be donated to the people in the New Guinea highlands and they will make life much more enjoyable for them.

A simple thank you seems inadequate, Margaret , but please know that your talented knitting and generous donation will bless many people in need of some comfort. Thank you for your continued support.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Missing Week.

 We're thrilled to welcome to Aidan Andrew Johnson, born on Friday May 31st, after a long day. He weighs 6lb 9oz and is incredibly cute. Last week went very quickly with daily doctor visits and we had Jake staying overnight since Thursday.
     Unfortunately Jake and his parents all had head colds and in the spirit of sharing, I seccumbed on Saturday. Thankfully they have recovered and I am almost over it.
 He is named Andrew as his second name as that is a family name for MacFadyens and my DH's first name, but he is known by his second name. Of course Ray is very honoured and chuffed.
 Aidan looks very like Jake but chubbier as Jake was only 5lb 10oz. We're looking forward to lots of cuddles with both boys and Jake can say Aidan's name already.

Jake's  very gentle with him so far and is unconcerned about the new arrival as he still gets lots of attention.
My list of things to sew for the baby's arrival was still quite lengthy but I made some yesterday and hope to resume normal blogging very soon.
I have just received parcels from Jenny B. in New Zealand, Delys R. from Western Australia and Margaret H. from Victoria and will take photos and share very soon. Many thanks to you all.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

UFO Monday - 10th and 11th Finishes.

 This lovely bag was donated by Sandra or Ramona from Vic a couple of years ago. It was almost finished but needed to have the sides stitched and bound. They had done all the hard work of making the internal pockets etc.
 I always intended to finish it but it wasn't high up the list.  However, it will make a lovely bag for the Peter Mac Cancer Centre to raise funds in their auxillary shop and now it's finished and can be donated.

This little cot quilt top was donated about 10 years ago as a block.  I added borders, quilted and bound it and it will also be donated to Peter Mac .
 So I have 2 more UFO's finished which makes 11 for the year so far. A lot of these UFOs weren't started by me but donated to me to finish, so it's  a great feeling to get them finished, off the shelves and donated where they can be loved.
Hugs, Jan Mac