Thursday, December 22, 2022

The Benefits of Downsizing.

Fran Cox is downsizing prior to moving interstate and she has very kindly donated a tub containing 3 beautiful quilts and a quilt top which has been basted and ready for quilting. 

Fran also donated a tub of fabulous fabric which will make some wonderful quilts to donate. I'm very grateful that Fran's need to downsize has meant that we have beautiful fabric to work with.

Lyn Smith from Queensland has sent another parcel containing 9 cuddly teddy bears and a UFO of stitcheries as blocks.

Thank you all so much for your ongoing support. 

Hugs, Jan Mac 

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

It's Nearly Christmas.

It's almost Christmas time and time for family gatherings while things are winding down for the organisations we support. I've been doing some sewing for the grandchildren and knitting for babies as one of my DD's close friends is pregnant with triplets. Knitting premmie garments is fairly quick but doing them for 3 will take a lot longer. Lol. I have also heard that a niece is having a baby soon so another quilt will be needed. We've enjoyed watching some televised cricket matches and it's a good opportunity to put my feet up and knit. We also had tickets to see the latest Avatar movie yesterday but I would have preferred to spend time on my sewing as it was very long at 3.5 hours, has a weak storyline and consisted of CGI non-stop. We enjoyed the first one but wouldn't go to the next one  and it looks like it has been set up for another movie.

More fabulous donations continue to arrive with a large parcel from Maria Wilson from WA containing 2 beautiful quilts and 4 lovely Santa Sacks.
Kaye Hardman has donated 3 cute teddies with vests she made for them and her lovely mother,  Billie,  has knitted another teddy bear and newborn's beanie for Life's Little Treasures. 
Eleanor Vardanega from NSW has sent a large parcel containing 2 beautiful quilts,  12 drawstring bags and 9 bassinet sheets. 

Lynn Barker from NSW has very generously sent another 2 large parcels containing lots of fabric, a beautifully crocheted blanket,  3 cloth bags, some lovely kits and some UFOs to finish off for more donations. Lynn has beautiful taste in fabric and it will be fun to finish off the UFOs to donate. 

 The quilt below is the second quilt made by Maria Wilson from WA. 

Many thanks for your generous support everyone. 
Hugs, Jan Mac xx 

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Finalizing Deliveries for 2022.

I haven't finished a lot of items this last week as I have been busy making Christmas outfits for the grandkids but I  did finish another baby's blanket for Life's Little Treasures and a baby jacket for Peter Mac's auxiliary shop. 
I also quilted another donated top which went to Life's Little Treasures. 
Yesterday was another big day of deliveries so we could get as many donations delivered as possible before the organisations close for the Christmas break. 
Pam Neenan very kindly delivered our donations to Backpacks 4 Vic Kids and delivered 10 quilts,  1 crocheted blanket, 24 drawstring bags,  5 Santa Sacks, 4 large bags of soft toys, baby clothes, new hand knits,  and toiletries. 
I delivered donations to Life's Little Treasures consisting of 6 quilts, 7 knitted blankets,  18 knitted teddies, 54 knitted beanies,  6 drawstring bags,  8 knitted jackets and 2 pair of booties. 
Eastern Palliative Care had also contacted me to ask if it was possible to receive more quilts for Christmas so we also delivered 34 quilts and 4 crocheted blankets. 
I'm still stockpiling large quilts for our flood quilt drive for Rochester and we will be delivering more there after Christmas. 
Thank you all so much for your ongoing support. 
Hugs, Jan Mac xx 

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Winding Up for 2022.

Most of the organisations we support are closing for donations from the end of the week to give their volunteers a break for Christmas and the summer holidays.  We are still receiving lovely donations and Carmen Feehan  (Vic) donated these 3 beautifully hand made dolls. 
Dymphne Anderson (Vic) donated some more lovely soft toys.
Kaye Hardman's lovely mother, Billie,  has been busy knitting and has donated another 8 premmie beanies as well as 4 knitted teddies with matching beanies for newborns.
Marion Allen (Vic) donated a cushion cover, 6 drawstring bags,  3 quilts, pencils, books and some backing fabric.
Norma Aitken from Waverley Patchworkers donated 2 lovely wall hangings and a beautifully quilted Christmas table runner which will be going to Peter Mac's auxiliary shop. 

Sharon Barnes  (Vic) donated 4 fabulous quilts in lovely bright colours.

The next 3 lovely quilts were donated by Marion Allen. 

Helen Myers (Vic) donated the beautifully crocheted blanket in purples.
Lynn Barker  from NSW has donated another huge bag of beautiful fabric and panels to make more beautiful quilts. 
Vicki Love's 94 year old aunt donated the pretty quilt in blues.
Thank you all so much for your ongoing support.  
Hugs, Jan Mac 


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Deliveries and Finishes.

This week's finishes include this pretty quilt in pink.
Loreen Kelly (Vic) donated the cute Christmas quilt top and I  finished it as a wall hanging. With Loreen's permission the wall hanging has been donated to the Peter Mac's auxiliary shop for sale to raise funds for patient services. 
Mary Anne Rooney donated another lovely quilt top made from one of Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville free patterns.  It's a lovely quilt and a great way to use 2.5 strips .
Last week we delivered 10 quilts,  3 blankets,  20 hand knitted jumpers,  3 sewing kits and some soft toys. Norma Aitken kindly delivered the items for us to an organisation which helps newly arrived Afghani refugees and they were very happy with all of the donations for their clients.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

More Beautiful Quilts.

The first beautiful quilt was made by Sharon Siacci from Beyond Meander Quilting , and using the Mystery quilt design by Alison Kennedy-Cooke for SCQuilter's recent retreat.  It's  a very pretty quilt and will go to a young girl in foster care.
Lynn Barker from NSW has sent another large parcel containing 4 beautifully crocheted blankets and 2 packs of charm squares fabric.
Sue Shears from NSW has sent a large parcel containing 3 beautiful quilts as well as 7 lovely quilt tops to make more lovely quilts for people in need of comfort. 

Many thanks for your generous and ongoing support everyone. 
Hugs, Jan Mac xx 


Thursday, November 24, 2022

Two Parcels Today.

Helen Ayres from Victoria has donated 2 beautiful quilts and a beautifully knitted jumper which will be very welcome by the recipients.

Jo-anne Starr from Victoria has very generously sent another parcel, this time with 2 cute soft toys and 4 lovely Santa Sacks. 
Thank you all so much for your support everyone. 
Hugs, Jan Mac xx