Thursday, October 29, 2020

Donations Delivered.

The effects of the pandemic have caused so many challenges, especially to the vulnerable, with increases in domestic violence, homelessness and financial difficulties.  One organization which has been helping disadvantaged young mums and their children,  as well as people affected by the Victorian  bushfires,  is St Kilda Mums.  Their requests for assistance has increased by 30% since the pandemic so I  contacted them to see uf we could help them.

     They are in real need of blankets, as well as clothing, baby items etc. I already knit and sew items for them and offered blankets as the bushfire areas we had visited hadn't needed them, having already received quite a number from other groups. I was really surprised to find how many blankets that we had on hand, as well as some I had made. I kept some blankets back in case they were needed when we visit the bushfire areas again, but I prefer not to keep too many donations here when there is such a need in so many communities. I boxed up 60 blankets, many SB size as well as some bassinet and cot sized. I also donated 11 SB quilts as they don't accept baby quilts due to the risk of SIDS, and I also included baby wraps, clothing etc.

I received some lovely flannelette from Margaret Humphrey and made them into baby wraps and also included the baby layettes I have been knitting as well as a fairly new high chair which we weren't using.

St Kilda Mums has a good reputation and I am confident that our donated items will reach those in need and bring comfort to them. Thank you everyone for helping me to help so many people in need with your very generous donations. 

Hugs, Jan Mac

Sunday, October 25, 2020

The Weekly Wrap.

It's been a fairly productive week as Friday was a child free day and I quikted some smaller tops so there were 6 finishes this week. The first quilt was made from smaller QAYG blocks donated by Marie Lee and the Vic Quilters Association and they make another lovely quilt to donate. 
This lovely blue quilt was made from string pieced blocks donated by Christa Lobb from NSW. I had stitched the blicks together a few weeks ago but they varied a bit in size and I wasn't really happy with them so I took the top apart, recut the blocks and joined them again yesterday. Now I am happy with it.
Jan Watson from Vic donated this beautiful quilt top with batting and backing and it's a lovely bright quilt. 
Heidi McKinley from Vic donated this lovely smaller top with batting and backing and it's another lovely finish. 
Angela Silcock from the Northern Territory donated this lovely pink quilt top with unicorns and backing included.
Lesley Lowe from Victoria has been very generous with donations and donated this lovely child's quilt top with backing and it's a very sweet quilt to donate.
We're feeling a bit flat now that restrictions haven't lifted as we've been hoping, so I am going to head back to the sewing room and get some more quilts finished.
Many thanks for all of your generous donations everyone. 
Hugs, Jan Mac 


Friday, October 23, 2020

Donations from the Northern Territory.

Angela Silcock and her friend,  Heather, from the Northern Territory sent another large parcel containing these 4 fabulous quilt tops. These will make more beautiful quilts to donate. 
I've been busy quilting the donated tops and will have more to share soon. Many thanks for all of your generous donations everyone. 

Hugs, Jan Mac 

Monday, October 19, 2020

Many Thanks Sunnybank Quilters of Qld.

Sendle delivered a 25kg package today from Jan Rhodes and the Sunnybank Quilters of Qld.  The box was stuffed with a large amount of QAYG blocks in varying sizes, a huge pile of orphan blocks,  as well as 7 tops and a large piece of backing fabric from Scquilters. These will make lots of lively quilts to donate and Jan Rhodes also made a very generous financial donation to help with costs.

Some of these are small wall hangings and table runners which I will alter to use as large blocks for a quilt. 

Lots of work ahead but such generous donations will make plenty of people happy with a quilt of comfort.
Many thanks Jan and the Sunnybank Quilters. 
Hugs, Jan Mac 


Sunday, October 18, 2020

This Week's Finishes.

I've been busy finishing off more quilts from donated QAYG blocks and they always make lovely quilts. Blocks for these 3 quilts were donated by Marie Lee and the Vic Quilters Association and I still have more to work with so lots more quilts to come.

This lovely I Spy quilt top was another one made by Lesley Lowe from Victoria and it will be a lovely donation quilt for a young child.
This last quilt top was kindly donated by a friend of Helen Stewart from Vic and another lovely donation quilt for someone needing comfort.

 I've almost finished another QAYG quilt too so there will be more to share soon.

Hugs, Jan Mac 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Many Thanks Alison Watson and Ballarat Friends.

Alison Watson has been a very generous supporter of Oz Comfort Quilts quilt drives previously and she has been very busy again. She has sent 3 large and very beautiful quilts as well as a large bag of batting.

This lovely pink floral quilt was made using the QAYG method. 
She also sent another lovely pink floral top with binding and 3 quilt tops for boys in lovely prints.

She also sent another 35 QAYG blocks to nake another beautiful quilt. 
Alison also included 9 quilt tops from Jan Watson from Ballarat Vic. 

Jan and the Ballarat Quilters also donated backings for 7 quilts and Michelke Dedlefs from NSW donated a beautiful quilt top as well.
The Ballarat Embroiders group also sent 4 lovely quilt tops as well as a lovely crocheted blanket. 

There will be many people in need who will love these quilts and feel the comfort from these lovely donations.  Many thanks for your generous donations everyone.

Hugs, Jan Mac 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

More Beautiful Quilts Arrive.

The first fabulous quilt was donated by Marie Errington from Qld and it's a lovely large quilt for a male and it will be treasured in its new home.
Wendy Baldwin from Waverley Patchworkers (Vic) donated the next 3 fabulous quilts and they are also great sizes for adults or teens.
This checked one is actually pieced and backed with a lively bright yellow fabric and binding.
Norma Aitken,  also from Waverley Patchworkers also donated some lovely orphan blocks which will match several that I have on hand and will make more lovely quilts to donate.

 Many thanks for your help everyone. 

Hugs, Jan Mac 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Many Thanks Heidi.

Australia Post is so busy delivering parcels now that they even arrive at 8pm on a Sunday night which was the case with this lovely parcel if donations from Heidi McKinley (Vic). Heidi very kindly donated 2 quilt tops ready for quilting with batting and backing supplied.

These quilts will be very much appreciated by those who receive them. Heidi also donated 2 lovely tops and a $20 gift card to help with costs. Blogger messed up the order of photos again!

These 2 little boys had a lovely time in the backyard today and we all enjoyed the sunshine.

 Stay safe everyone. 

Hugs, Jan Mac