Wednesday, August 22, 2018

That Was The Week.

 Last week was also productive with all of these tops being quilted.  They have all been made by members of the Australian Quilters Association, to be donated to various community groups we support.
 This postage stamp top was too big so I reduced the size and have enough left over to make a smaller quilt by adding borders.

 I also added borders to the Basket quilt to make it a more suitable size for an adult.

Most of my days are spent with this little man so I rely on every 10 minutes I can spare. I have a good set up on the back deck which makes it easier to pin baste tops and prepare them for quilting. Having tops already pinned means that I make time to quilt when Jake takes his nap.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Many Thanks Margo and Sue.

 Margo B. from Tasmania sent these 24 lovely crocheted squares for a blanket for New Guinea and it was very easy to finish them off as a blanket to donate. It will keep someone warm in the cooler highland area and be very welcome.
 The organization who are distributing the warm items in the New Guinea highlands were also asking for more beanies as they are easy to deliver to them and loved by the locals.  I have almost finished one, being busy with other things, so I was thrilled to hear  from Sue V. of Victoria,  asking if she could donate 30. What a blessing it is to have blog readers who support these projects and I am thrilled to know that, thanks to Sue, there will be a good number of beanies to send in September/October.

My grateful thanks to Margo and Sue for makjng and donating so many lovely items to keep others warm.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Busy Week.

 August is a very busy month for the family with 2 birthdays and a wedding anniversary to celebrate as well as battling winter colds. However, I had a very productive week with all of these quilt tops finished for AQA. I try to quilt 8 a month for them as well as my Oz Comfort Quilts but by just doing AQA tops I finished 7 in a week as well as one of mine.

 I also delivered another 20 of Oz Comfort Quilts to Peter Mac so it's been very busy but also very productive.  Finally a rare photo of a sleeping grandson. He is almost one and is an absolute delight with lots of Nan Nan and Pa Pa said all day. Unfortunately he has a cold and sore throat but continues to be is almost usual happy self.
I have also reinvigorated my love of dressmaking and I am having fun making more garments to wear. We are off to Queensland for 2 weeks in September, with our little grandson and his parents, so some new clothes will be fun to wear in the sun.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Thank you Margo and Sue.

 I received a lovely parcel of 24 crocheted squares made by Margo B. from Tasmania and they came at the right time as I am trying to get more quilts, beanies and blankets finished for New Guinea.  Thanks to Margo's donation, I will gave at least one blanket to send. Time is short to get more finished as the next shipment is in about 4 weeks time. I won't stress over it though as we are already busy with our other quilt projects.
   This lovely Cat quilt was one of the tops donated by Sue McP and will be a lovely quilt for a child in foster care.  Sue sent many blocks as well so I need to get busy and put them together into more quilts.
 The last photo shows my progress on my 18year old UFO. I have appliqued the star top to its borders and have now pin basted it. Hopefully I will get some time to quilt it this week and get another UFO off my list.
Many thanks for all of your help dear friends.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Four More.

 I quilted these 4 tops for my quilting group's Gift Quilt program and I gave a pretty good set up here now so I  can pin baste them ready for quilting.  I try to use even 15 to 20 minutes of spare time, usually while Jake is asleep, and I seem to get more quilts finished if I have them pinned and ready to quilt. Even 10 minutes will be enough time to get some more machine quilting done.
      I'm also trying to finish off more of the group's older tops so we can create more cupboard space and bring some comfort to those needing a warm hug.

I'm also trying to finish off my 6th UFO for the year and almost have the top ready for quilting. I  have appliqued the borders to the star top and now I am hand stitching mitred corners for the borders. Hopefully I can make good progress this weekend.
 I hope you're all enjoying some time to create.
Hugs, Jan Mac