Friday, July 3, 2020

Our Trip To Corryong- 516 Quilts Delivered So Far.

We're home again after a few big days of delivering quilts to the Corryong area. Thanks to all of you for your support we delivered 348 quilts on this trip. Previously we had distributed 85 quilts here and
Anne Jones and her group, Girl's Big Shed, combined with us by donating 59 quilts as well. This means we distributed 492 to the people affected by the devastating bush fires in this part of Victoria as well as the adjoining mountains in NSW. We were very fortunate to be able to connect with Keryn Sheather who is employed by the Vic Bushfire Recovery organization and she now is entrusted with the job of distributing the quilts to her community. Corryong hasn't had any people affected by Covid-19 and we certainly wanted to be very careful to socially isolate so we were unable to be present when the quilts are given out. However, we trust Keryn to do this on our behalf, and hope to receive some photos in the future.
We came home via Shepparton and met up with 
, a member of Oz Comfort Quilts as well as 4 members of GV Quilters. They all brought more beautiful quilts to donate, while socially distancing in the car park. I've twisted my knee so resting it up at the moment but I will share the photos of their beautiful quilts very soon. Thank you all so much for your generous support. Xx

Sorry for shouting but I didn't realize it was so many. To date we have donated 492 in the Corryong area, 23 to Buchan primary school and 60 to students at Nicholson primary school and 1 to a man who lost his home in El Dorado. I haven't included the Tocumwal 59 quilts into our numbers yet.
I now will concentrate on parts of East Gippsland which are remote and don't appear to be receiving as much help. I have contacts and information about Wairewa and hope to follow up Sarsfield again now that Corryong is covered. I have written to many organizations, school etc in East Gippsland and haven't received any reply other than from Mallacoota college who declined quilts. I have heard that more quilts have been donated to Mallacoota but I don't know if they ended up in the Op Shops as the first lot did. I also know of 3 couples in Buchan who lost their homes but they don't want quilts for some time until they are settled in new homes.
I'm giving all of this information as I like to be transparent about what is happening with all of your beautiful donations. Could I please ask that you don't send any more donations at the moment as I still have quite a few quilts here, although they are mainly smaller children's sizes, and the Covid-19 restrictions mean we might not be able to deliver quilts again for a little while. In the meantime I will still be busy quilting the donated tops and finishing quilts from the donated QAYG blocks, and getting information about where we will deliver next. By holding off sending quilts for the moment it means we won't be living in a Quilt Factory for months. Lol. If you want to keep making quilts for the next delivery the best size to make is one large enough for a couple rather than a lap sized quilt.
When we take the quilts they are all surprised at the variety and how beautiful they are and that they have been donated, and they all pass on their thanks to you all for your compassion and love. I'm going to rest up for a few days, and see an osteopath tomorrow, so I can get busy quilting once my knee recovers from all the lifting and standing. Many thanks for helping us to help so many people. 
Hugs, Jan Mac

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Catching Up.

 Another busy week with donations arriving and wet and overcast weather so I am behind with photographing the arrivals. Kaye Scaletti (Vic) donated 6 fabulous quilts as well as 5 beautiful crocheted blankets.

 Cathy Miller from Canada sent a beautiful string pieced top, with the backing as well.
 Helen Evans from Vic, donated the next beautiful tumbler quilt.
 Sue Palmer from Vic sent another lovely I Spy quilt.
 I will add Part 2 soon.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Fabulous Quilts and Donations Arrive.

 Judy Cooke (Vic) donated the first 4 fabulous quilts and they will be treasured when given out.

 The AQA night ladies donated 23 quilts in total as well as taking lots of kits etc and finishing them off.

 They also finished off 13 tops from different donated UFOs, sets of blocks and adding borders to make tops larger. It's been a huge help for me as I have been able to sort blocks by size, theme and colour and they have assembled them into tops and quilts.

 S. Ladner (Qld) donated 8 metres of fabric as well as 1 metre of wide backing fabric which will be great for backings.
I've been busy with administrative jobs, making contacts etc as well as helping the husband of one of my blog supporters to sort the remnants of her stash. Jo very kindly donated her stash between Oz Comfort Quilts and 3 other quilting groups, as her health was failing. She also donated sets of tops and blocks to Oz Comfort Quilts and I have finished and donated them already.  Now that she has passed away I'm taking her UFOs, etc and will finish and donate them on her behalf and I am honoured that she trusted me to carry out her wishes.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

More Quilts Arrived.

 Lynne Mills from Victoria donated the first 3 fabulous quilts and the first one is so large it was hard to display properly and it will be a treasure for the person who receives it.
 Such a pretty floral quilt with hand embroidered flowers made by Lynne Mills.
 The night ladies group of AQA have very generously been sewing angels, finishing off tops, making tops from donated blocks or finishing quilts with quilting and binding.
 They made several I Spy quilts as we always seem to need quilts for boys.
 This owl top was a donated panel and they added borders to make it larger.

 This top with pink stars is a composite of about 3 different quilters, or more. I was making the pink stars using donated pieced floral strips and my angel combined them with donated pink blocks as well so we probably finished UFOs for 3 or 4 people with this one quilt.

 I think these crazy blocks in blue were donated and my angels added sashing, borders and quilted it.

 This lovely top in pinks was donated as a pieced backing by Michelle (Vic) but it was too pretty as a back so I quilted it as a top.
 Wendy Snook (Vic) donated this lovely top as well as backing and I quilted it so it is ready for donation.
I didn't get as much time for quilting as I'm busy getting ready for the next delivery of quilts. Hopefully we can finish distribution in Corryong next week after we take tye finished quilts out of storage.  Anne Jones and the ladies from the Girl's Shed in Tocumwal have made 59 quilts varying in size from child's to queen size and they are delivering them tomorrow. After that we will have a clearer idea of how many we need to take to complete what is needed there before focusing on East Gippsland.
It looks like it will be a busy week getting ready for distribution and the quilts will be very welcome now it's so cold.
Hugs and thanks, Jan Mac