Monday, July 25, 2022

New Arrivals.

Hilary Thornton from NSW has sent another parcel containing 2 lovely quilt tops with binding, 3 Santa Sacks,  9 drawstring bags,  a knitted beanie and 4 lovely knitted head warmers.
Di Kenny donated this lovely quilt top. 
Sharon Siacci from Beyond Meander Quilting has donated another 4 beautiful quilts. 

Fiona Lazenby has donated a beautifully knitted vest for a child as well as a lovely quilt top that she put together from donated blocks. 
Many thanks for your ongoing support everyone. 
Hugs, Jan Mac 


Monday, July 18, 2022

This Week's Finishes.

I took some time to knit Sophie a little cardigan but it's a bit big for her, despite being for a 1 year old.
She has a real attraction to fabric and loves to play with it and select pieces she likes. She spent ages playing with a bag of my hexagons. 
This was a donated bed runner which I made into a quilt by turning the 2 corner triangle blocks into squares,  using the QAYG method. It was an easy adaptation once I had removed the original binding and I made new binding to fit it. Now it's  a more practical sized quilt to donate.

I also quilted 2 lovely quilt tops donated by Jean O'Connor. The tops had backing, batting and binding provided as a kit by Jean's friends, and having everything on hand makes it easy to get them finished.


Hugs, Jan Mac 


Sunday, July 17, 2022

New Arrivals.

Eleanor Vardanega from NSW donated 3 beautiful quilts,  10 drawstring bags and 4 bassinet sheets. 

Margot Lattimore from Essendon Quilters donated 3 cute quilts.

Dymphne Anderson donated 4 soft toys.
Jennifer Moores donated 2 lovely cot quilts,  some fabric and 2 knitted jumpers.

 This cold weather has been ideal for quilting and I have more finishes to share soon.

Hugs, Jan Mac 

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Busy Times

Chris Collins donated this lovely "stained glass effect " quilt top with backing and Norma Aitken from Waverley Patchworkers very kindly added borders and quilted the quilt.  It's  a really striking design and another lovely quilt to donate.
Lesley Lowe and the Kyabram quilters donated this very cute I Spy quilt top for a child and it was a fun one to quilt. 
Marilyn Collins donated 3 lovely lap sized quilts and included 3 very cute tote bags.

Sue Atkinson donated this very pretty quilt top in pink and pastel florals and it's another lovely quilt to donate.

Rosemary Burns from NSW is a member of Uniforms 4 Kids Victoria and she has upcycled Ambulance Victoria uniforms,  making 13 very cute skirts and 3 pair of shorts for boys.

 There's been lots of quilts coming and going and it's lovely to have so much generous support. 

Hugs, Jan Mac 

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Monday's Distributions.


Quilts are coming and going quickly and the need continues to be great. Yesterday a representative for Peter Mac Cancer Centre picked up our donation of 25 quilts.
Today was a big day of distribution starting with Life's Little Treasures where we delivered 26 quilts,19 knitted baby blankets, 13 knitted small teddies, 22 drawstring bags for books, 40 handknitted jackets for premmies and newborns, 24 hand knitted beanies,14 pair of booties, 6 burp cloths, and 20 cloth hearts which are used to transfer the mother's scent to familiarise the baby. All of the items were beautifully made and the ongoing need continues to be knitted small teddy bears, cloth hearts and drawstring bags. All of the patterns are found on the Life's Little Treasures website.
From there we visited Eastern Palliative Care again where we delivered 28 quilts and 8 knitted/crocheted blankets. They were very well received and staff said that they would probably all be given out this week. They have a client base of 2,000 patients and their patients love to receive a quilt, and the staff love to give them as an introduction to their program, and it's lovely to hear how much your beautiful donations are appreciated.
From there we visited Ukrainian families and gave out 8 more quilts, 4 of them being queen sized for couples. Quilts are not something they are familiar with but they are incredibly appreciative as they are in need of warm bedding. The size of the quilts is more important to them than colours, when they are choosing a quilt, and they really wanted me to express their thanks. There are mainly adults and some school aged children but we need more large quilts for them than smaller quilts for children. It's not uncommon to receive warm hugs of thanks as well as lots of smiles when they receive the quilts and hopefully they help to make them feel welcome.
We are also distributing quilts to the displaced Ukrainians in Tasmania, with the assistance of our Tasmanian members as well as Southern Cross Quilters members, and I have sent 2 queen sized quilts to them so they will have enough quilts for couples. We've divided the towns up between several Quilters and they hope to distribute the quilts in the coming weeks.
Our quilts sent to Lismore for flood affected communities haven't arrived yet as they are being transported gratis by a furniture removal company but we expect that they will be distributed soon.
If you have "finished" quilts, particularly large ones about single size, I wanted to suggest that you post or deliver them direct to Lismore as I am happy with how they are distributing them. They have given out about 400 so far but there are still many people in need of them. The person delivering them is also trying to quilt donated tops so I would suggest only sending finished quilts as her time is limited. She is happy for you to post direct to her, Susan Hereth, 20 Allambie Drive, Goonellabah, NSW 2480. They are also happy to receive knitted or crocheted blankets, beanies, scarves, gloves etc.
Yesterday and today's deliveries were of 87 quilts and that brings our total of quilts distributed so far this year is 510, which is incredible as we're only half way through 2022. It's wonderful to know that we're able to support and comfort so many people by doing what we love. We're able to reach so many people because of all of you and I am sincerely very grateful for your support.
The 2 quilts shown were given to one of the Ukrainian mothers and her 11 year old daughter and were made by Seachange Quilters and Goulburn Valley Quilters respectively. Whether you sew, quilt, knit or crochet, there will be many people who welcome your creations. Xx

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Lots of Generous Donors.

Cathy Bruton and the Inverloch Chatty Crafters have donated more wonderful donations including a very cute rabbit soft toy and a quilt to match, as well as 3 pair of pyjamas made from donated fabric,  2 knitted teddy bears, 7 knitted teddy bear jackets, 27 soap pouches, fleece  and fabric. Pam Neenan also very kindly couriered the items from Inverloch. 


Seachange Quilters from Barwon Heads donated these 19 fabulous quilts which will soon be bringing warm hugs.

Sandra McLay donated 7 knitted premmie baby jackets,  3 pair of premmie booties and a quilt block.
Ann Hall donated knitted squares which Sue Taylor finished into a lovely warm blanket, as well as some fabric.
Sue Taylor donated 4 crocheted baby blankets for Life's Little Treasures as well as some fabric and a large crocheted blanket.

Michelle Foote donated a pretty knitted baby jacket as well as 6 baby beanies.
Leith Dean donated a knitting UFO as well as yarn to complete the blanket.

 Many thanks everyone for your generous support. 

Hugs, Jan Mac xx