Friday, June 30, 2023

Our Generous Supporters.

More fabulous donations have arrived with this first package of threads and fabric from Meg Lancaster.
Cathy Bruton and the Inverloch Chatty Crafters are very generous supporters and they have sent 25 drawstring bags,  44 soap pouches, 5 pair of pyjamas,  2 windcheaters,  6 beanies, 4 knitted vests, 5 baby jackets, 5 long sleeved t shirts, 1 pair of leggings, 1 knitted teddy, 1 beautifully knitted baby blanket  and 16 felt hearts. They made the lovely clothing from donated fleece and knit fabric.
Sharon Siacci of Beyond Meander Quilting has very generously donated her time to professionally quilt 5 more beautiful quilt tops  for us and her quilting beautifully enhances the tops.

Dymphne Anderson donated another 10 soft toys as well as 2 knitted cardigans  and 2 sets of beanies and booties for premmies. 

Jenny Mulligan has donated 2 bibs, a set of undies, 9 packs of socks and 1 knitted pair of socks for newborns. 
Pat from Waverley Patchworkers has knitted 6 lovely pairs of premmie booties. 
Many thanks for your generous support everyone. 
Hugs, Jan Mac xx 


Thursday, June 29, 2023

Big Group Hug .

We were very fortunate to have the van from Big Group Hug pick up donations yesterday and we were able to donate lots of much needed items to help their clients.
We donated 20 quilts, 17 crocheted/knitted blankets, 5 baby blankets, 19 hand knitted jumpers, 12 scarves, 28 beanies, 7 pair of knitted slippers, 4 pair knitted gloves,88 drawstring bags, 14 pillowcases, tote bags, 48 baby bibs, and 21 knitted beanies and socks sets for newborns. I also added some donated fleece jumpers from one of the grammar schools, which I adapt by sewing motifs over the school logo.
Many thanks everyone for your generous donations to help disadvantaged families.
Hugs, Jan Mac XX


Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Busy Times.

We've been busy with family commitments so I'm a bit behind again with acknowledging donations.  

Dianne Daly has been very busy sewing and has sent 2 lovely crocheted blankets and 2 knitted teddies made by her mother. She's also made 5 bibs and 3 soap pouches. Dianne also sews for Uniforms 4 Kids Victoria and has very creatively made a wonderful nappy bag or overnight bag from an Ambulance Victoria flight suit, as well as a tote bag, 4 lovely skirts, 9 pair of shorts, 16 bucket hats and 22 pencil cases with pencils. Lots of children in need will benefit from her beautiful sewing.

Eileen Nash has donated 2 lovely quilts,  22 crocheted blankets,  72 Santa Sacks,  2 beanies, 21 sets of beanies and booties for newborns and 3 towels.

June Wilson donated a lovely quilt top. 

An anonymous donor dropped off 13 beautiful quilts. 

Mary-anne Goss from SA donated 2 beautiful quilt tops as well as 18 pair of knitted socks for newborns. 

Jenni Rose from NSW has donated a lovely quilt as well as a beautiful bag.

Marg Coulthard has donated another 20 beautifully knitted jumpers for teddy bears.


        Many thanks for your generous support everyone. 

Hugs, Jan Mac xx 

What We're Up to.

We're just concluding a quilt drive for flood-affected Rochester where we sent 450 quilts in larger sizes. Currently we are still needing Santa Sacks (16 x20 inches, or 20 x 24 inches), quilts in the any sizes, drawstring bags (12 x 14 inches), handknits etc.
This week I've put together the first 2 lovely quilts from QAYG blocks donated by Lyz Kershaw (Vic) in lovely shades of blues.
The 3rd QAYG quilt was made from blocks donated by Marie Lee and the Victorian Quilter's Association.
Ros Littlejohn (Vic) donated several beautifully hand pieced quilt tops and I have quilted this cute one in pink.
Pat Gray from ACT donated some lovely quilt tops and this cute one will be donated to Life's Little Treasures. I've also been joining small cot sized crocheted blankets together to make them into larger blankets as they have been very much in demand as our cold weather continues.
Many thanks for your generous donations everyone. Xx


Sunday, June 25, 2023

Flood Quilt Drive for Rochester and Palliative Care.


Last week we delivered 20 quilts to the Alfred Hospital's Palliative Care Unit at Sandringham.
This week we sent off another 30 quilts to Rochester this week, ranging in sizes from SB, DB and QS. We also sent 2 lovely QS handknitted blankets.
To date we have donated 450 quilts, mostly SB size or larger, as they are the sizes needed now that many people in Rochester will be spending this winter, and probably next winter, in caravans and they will be feeling the cold.
Kaye Clarke and Lesley Lowe have been very busy distributing the quilts received for Rochester and are ready to draw this quilt drive to a close now. We will stay in touch and provide more quilts if needed in the future. As well as quilts, we've sent knitted/crocheted blankets, shawls, gloves, beanies and scarves which have all been warmly received.
We wish to also thank Norma Aitken and Waverley Patchworkers for collaborating with us for our flood quilt drive to provide comfort to many people who have had their homes flooded in October last year as well as in 2011. Recovery and rebuilding is usually a slow process when so many are affected and the gift of our quilts has provided comfort and warmth as well as reminding them that they haven't been forgotten.
The Project on Channel 10 ran a story on Rochester last Wednesday and interviewed a 90 year old lady who had one of our quilts on her bed in the caravan and it was lovely to hear that she was very happy with the warmth of her quilt.
Many thanks everyone for your very generous support for our Rochester quilt drive. Of course we're still accepting quilts of all sizes as we support many different organisations with our quilts.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Saturday, June 17, 2023

This Week's Finishes.

I've had time to get a few more quilts finished with this first cute top from Pat Gray from ACT, which will go to Life's Little Treasures. 
Ros Littlejohn ( Vic) donated several beautifully hand pieced quilt tops and this cute one in pink will soon be giving warm hugs.
Marie Lee and the Victorian Quilter's Association donated the lovely QAYG blocks for the next quilt. 

Lyz Kershaw (Vic) donated the beautiful QAYG blocks in various shades of blue and they have some great kid's prints. 

I've also been busy joining cot sized crocheted blankets and making them into larger blankets which are always in demand. 
Many thanks for your help. 
Hugs, Jan Mac xx 

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Some Finishes to Share.

Maia Butler from NSW donated a partially completed QAYG quilt which I finished and it will soon be distributed in Rochester for our flood quilt drive. 
I completed 2 more lovely quilts from donated QAYG blocks. 
Another lovely top donated by Marian Dines that I  have quilted. 
Bron McBride quilted this pretty donated quilt top and it's soon going to be giving warm hugs to someone in need. 


I've also been busy sewing drawstring bags and Santa Sacks as well as packing lots of donations for distribution as organisations are requesting warm quilts and clothes for their clients. Many thanks for your generous assistance. 

Hugs, Jan Mac xx