Thursday, November 26, 2020

780 Quilts, New Arrivals and Finishes.


To date we have donated 780 quilts as well as 70 blankets to the organisations we support. The bush fire affected communities have received 530 so far, and I still have more of those specifically donated for these areas, as well as the larger donated quilts, on hand for when we can visit those areas after Christmas.  We are still receiving finished quilts as well as tops and blocks to finish so the numbers of quilts continues to grow. It's an incredible number of quilts to donate, especially as we are an online group and I am very grateful that you have entrusted your beautiful quilts , tops and blocks to me to ensure they are finished and donated appropriately on your behalf. I would be doing this anyway but all of your support means that we are able to bring comfort to many more people. If you have donated tops and haven't seen them finished yet, please be patient as I will get them done as time allows and I expect to have more time next year.

I received these 3 beautiful quilt tops from Elizabeth Powell from ACT and they will be quilted soon to make more beautiful quilts to donate and bring comfort.

I've also finished off another of Lesley Lowe's lovely  I Spy quilt tops which will be loved by a child in need.
This lovely quilt top and binding was donated by Amelia Bicknell of Victoria and will bring a warm hug for someone in need.
I also quilted another top for AQA, my quilting group, and I will work on more of these tops for AQA's gift quilt program when we have a break from babysitting over the Christmas break. 
Many thanks for your generous donations everyone. 

Hugs, Jan Mac  

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

More Comings.

Norma Aitken from Waverley Patchworkers has donated the first beautiful quilt shown here and it will be going to one of the people affected by the bushfires where it will bring some comfort.
Karen Doherty from NSW has sent 2 large parcels containing 2 lovely  quilts as well as a UFO quilt  and 6 partial tops which will make more lovely quilts when finished. 




Jo-anne Starr from Victoria donated these 34 lovely QAYG blocks to make another beautiful quilt to donate.
Fiona Lazenby (Vic) has donated another 35 lovely labels which make it a lot easier to document the quilts we donate.
Many thanks again everyone for your generous donations. 

Hugs, Jan Mac  

Goings

Last week was very busy with packing over 20 boxes of beautiful quilts, baby play mats, hand knits for babies, and household linen, as well as new books for children. 

Mums Supporting Families in Need are similar to St Kilda Mums and both agencies supply goods as requested by professionals, such as social workers, working directly with those in need. They report a 30 to 40 % demand since the pandemic. They sent a courier and we donated 160 quilts, 15 baby play mats and 8 knitted/crocheted blankets.


I still have quilts on hand, and continue to finish off more donated tops and blocks so the numbers of quilts to donate will continue to grow.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Comings

Anne Sushame from the Bellarine Coast drove across on Friday to deliver 11 of her quilts and one from Margaret Drayton. They are all such beautiful quilts that they are sure to bring a hug of hope for the bush fire areas when we can finally distribute them again. I don't anticipate that we will have time until January as we are full time baby sitters until after Christmas.










There are more areas affected by bush fires to visit but several have declined quilts as they have no storage so we will see which areas are receptive to a visit in January. Many thanks for the beautiful quilts Anne and Margaret.

Hugs, Jan Mac
 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Donations and Play Mats.

Laurel Box from Victoria has very generously donated 2 more parcels containing 2 beautiful quilts which will be treasures. 
Laurel also made a lovely baby play mat which is great as we have been getting requests for baby clothes and play mats.
I have also made 4 more baby play mats from donated QAYG blocks. They are ideal for these as the provide gentle padding and I am using blocks made from thicker poly batting when I find some.



Even the backs of these play mats is colourful enough to interest a baby.
I also knitted a baby beanie to go with a baby jacket as they are in demand too.

 It's lovely to receive so much support when the need is so great, and likely to continue for some time.

Hugs, Jan Mac 

Monday, November 16, 2020

More Fabulous Donations.

Jenni Omand from Victoria has been very busy using up her stash during lockdown and she donated an incredible 20 fabulous quilts. The pandemic has lead to an increase in domestic violence,  financial hardship and homelessness,  and organisations which support people in need are seeking assistance to provide basic necessities such as bedding, food and clothing. The demand for their services has increased by 30 to 40 % recently and I have spent the last two days sorting and packing quilts,  blankets , baby play mats etc. I still have many quilts in store for the bushfire areas but I am not able to visit those areas attending moment.





















Gill Wright from NSW has very kindly sent another parcel and this one contained a huge quilt, backing and binding, and it will make a fabulous gift quilt when finished. I'm also busy making more baby play mats as requested by 2 different groups and the QAYG  blocks are ideal as they are well padded and the variety of fabrics will give the babies plenty to focus on. Many thanks for sending so many varied QAYG blocks as well as other donations to help those in need.
Hugs, Jan Mac