All of these fabulous donations arrived on Friday and over the weekend and it's wonderful to have so many quilters supporting our bushfire quilt drive. Patty McNamara has been one of my busy sewing angels finishing off quilter's projects, adding borders etc. Fiona Lazenby has been working with Patty and providing lots of her fabric to make tops and add borders.
Patty, Fiona and I all met at a Scquilters retreat in Bendigo in 2007 and we found we all had lots of oriental themed squares leftover from the retreat, so Patty made all if these tops and they will be fabulous quilts to bring comfort.
This lovely embroidered top in red was donated by Heather Mahncke from Vic and Patty finished it by adding the borders. I plan to quilt it very soon.
Friends, Sandra Orszaczky and Diane Cutting from ACT sent 3 large parcels between them and they have been incredibly generous with their time and fabrics. Sandra donated 6 tops, 15 sets of binding, 12 QAYG blocks with batting and 16 without.
Diane made an incredible 14 quilt tops, as well as 6 Star blocks and extra black and bright blocks to add to the lovely black and bright top.
I'm going to be very busy quilting all of these donations and I am incredibly grateful that you are all staying busy in isolation and blessing others by supporting our bushfire quilt drive.
Sandea and Diane also sent lots of lovely fabric and they will be great for blocks and backing. When I have a few moments spare, I join FQs in long strip to add to backing fabric to make it big enough for wider quilts. Having these donations really speeds up the process, as does receiving readymade binding.
Bernice Park from Tasmania has sent another large parcel containing 58 QAYG blocks as well as 4 sets of binding.
Susan Wild from Qld sent 40 QAYG blocks as well as fabric strips to make more so I see lots of QAYG quilts will be made too.
We've been baby sitting our precious grandsons 3 days a week for the past few weeks as a 2 year old and baby weren't conducive to the parents getting much work done at home. Next week, as school is going back, we will be full time carers again so I will be quilting at night and weekends to get more done in time for delivery.
Please don't be offended if I add borders or alter the tops to make them larger as the large quilts are always in demand, even for smaller children, so the child doesn't outgrow them quickly.
Seeing a child, teen or adult wrapped in a quilt and with a grateful smile, makes all our hard work worthwhile. It seems like we have lots of quilts already but once we start distribution again the numbers will soon dwindle so I see this quilt drive lasting at least until the end of the year.
Hugs, Jan Mac xx