Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Santa Sacks.

I'm very happy to report that I am finally feeling much better and getting busy with projects again. Several people have asked about the size of Santa Sacks and I have finally found time to blog about them. These lovely Sacks were made by Wendy Yates (Vic) and they are a drawstring bag with the bottom edges boxed but that part isn't essential. 

   You can use Christmas fabric or plain red or green or combinations. You could also use cream calico and decorate it with Christmas fabric. 

 I found these donated blocks with a Christmas theme so I am going to stitch them to plain calico bags. They can be made in a variety of sizes such as 14 x16 inches, 15 x 19 inches, or 20 x 24 inches.

   Usually Backpacks 4 Vic Kids  need 2,000 but last year they needed 4,500 so we're starting early this year and if we exceed the amount they need, then there are many other organisations who would love to use them for their clients.

So have fun being creative and bring some Christmas cheer to kids in care.

Hugs, Jan Mac 

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Finally Some Finishes.

I haven't been getting as much done since I have been sick but  I do have some finishes to share.  This first beautiful Australian  wildflowers quilt top was made by Margaret Williams (Vic) and beautifully quilted by Sharon Siacci from Beyond Meander Quilting. 
This lovely jelly roll quilt top was donated by Anna De Kok (WA) and also beautifully quilted by Sharon Siacci from Beyond Meander Quilting. 
This lovely top was donated but I couldn't find the maker's name so please let me know if you recognise it so I can add your name to the label.
Helen Stewart (Vic) donated this lovely top. 
These 3 lovely QAYG  quilts were made from blocks donated by a variety of quilters.

I read somewhere that Social Workers found that lots of disadvantaged families don't have any toys or books for their children so I have been busy knitting little jumpers for some teddy bears that I have bought from Op Shops.  The bears are easy to wash and the little jumpers make them look a bit more special.
I have also made a nightie and 2 pairs of shorts for kids in foster care.
Marg Coulthard (Vic) has very generously donated 12 pair of hand knitted booties and a little beanie and they will be so welcome for disadvantaged children as our weather's getting much colder very quickly. 

I also knitted another baby jacket and matching hat for donation. 
I also finished off 2 more fleece blankets and another hand pieced soft ball to donate.
I'm still coughing but today I finally felt like I had a bit more energy again. Let's hope we're well before the baby arrives. 
Hugs, Jan Mac  

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Many Thanks for Your Donations.

I'm still coughing and trying to rest as much as possible so that I  will be well when our granddaughter arrives in a couple of weeks time. More lovely donations have arrived with Trinity Patchworkers (Vic) donating 6 beautiful quilts. 

Tracey Leonard (Vic) donated some fleece fabric and a lovely crocheted blanket. 
Wendy Fry  (Vic) donated a large bag of hand knitted baby clothes and wraps. 

Mary Anne Rooney  (Vic) has sent another large parcel of QAYG blocks,  23 of 10.5 inch sqs and 27 of 9.5 inch sqs.

Sharon Shimbel (Qld) sent a large parcel of 6.5 inch sqs.
Wendy Yates (Vic) donated another 10 lovely  Santa Sacks as well as a lovely quilt top.
Norma Aitken (Vic) has donated a lovely cot quilt as well as a large amount of fleece fabric and beautiful knitting yarn.

 Jenny Bear (Vic) also donated a large bag of lovely knitting yarn.

Many thanks everyone for your generous donations and support. 

Hugs, Jan Mac 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

185 Quilts.

It's taking me longer to recover from this gastro/flu than I had expected and I have been sick for 2 weeks now so there's been lots of Nanna naps and rests. I had started sorting and packing quilts a few weeks ago and it was a relief to be able to make deliveries and create some storage room for us again.
Mums Supporting Families in Need  (MSFIN) sent their minivan and took 20 large boxes containing 165 quilts, cot blankets, baby floor mats, new handknits, bed linen etc. 
 We also delivered 8 boxes of donations to Backpacks 4 Vic Kids containing 20 quilts, new clothing, 8 Santa Sacks, some gifts for Christmas,  books and toys. Thankfully we were able to make it a contactless delivery as I am still recovering from the respiratory infection (not Covid).

      I've been knitting more than sewing while I  recover but hope to get back into full production as soon as I recover. Our precious grand daughter will be arriving in a couple of weeks and we're all just hoping we'll be over the runny nose and coughing before she arrives. I am still knitting her baby shawl so I had better get that finished this week.

    I hope you're all enjoying some relaxing time with family and friends over Easter. So far this year, we have donated 248 quilts and I still have more quilts boxed and ready to go to bushfire areas,  Peter Mac, Anglicare and Knox SOCAIT. 

    Although we're having unusually warm weather it will soon change and people in need will be very happy to receive a quilt as the organisations we support have reported that all if their basic supplies are running low. 

Hugs, Jan Mac 

Friday, March 26, 2021

On A Break.

 More fabulous donations have arrived from Wendy Fry, Tracey  Leonard,  Mary Anne Rooney,  Wendy Yates and the Trinity Patchworkers.  I've been sick in bed for most of the week so haven't been able to photograph, document and share them.

    I will do so as soon as I recover.

Hugs, Jan Mac 

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Thank You, Maria, Sandra and Glenys

Maria Wilson from WA is a long-term supporter of Oz Comfort Quilts and  she has sent another beautiful I Spy quilt and 4 burp cloths for kids in foster care.
Sandra McLay (Vic) dropped off small top as well as a large bag of batting, many orphan blocks and a large amount of binding she'd prepared.

Glenys Pearson (Vic) donated another 13 lovely crocheted squares to make more lovely blankets. 
I've also been busy networking and I arranged for a school to donate 190 new jackets, and another school to donate 12 boxes of new shorts to Backpacks 4 Vic Kids. I was also contacted by a school uniform shop and arranged for their donation of new but obsolete uniforms to Mums Supporting Families in Need  (MSFIN). The shop donated 350 pair of trousers, 250 shorts as well as sports uniforms and they have another 13 cartons of new shoes and clothing to donate which will also go to MSFIN.
It's been great to be able to network to prevent good items going to landfill as well as helping so many communities in need.
Thank you all so much for your help everyone. 
Hugs, Jan Mac 


Friday, March 19, 2021

Many Thanks Again GV Quilters

Sue Vranzizan and the GV Quilters have been very generously donating quilts for Oz Comfort Quilts to distribute and Sue very kindly met with my sister to hand over these fabulous donations as we were meeting up with my sister at the weekend.
They donated these 20 fabulous quilts in such a variety of styles, sizes and colours and they will be treasured by their recipients. 

Pam Knight knitted 12 pair of toddler's socks as well as 8 beanies, all made in a beautiful 4ply yarn.
There was also a scarf and 8 more beanies.
There were 20 beautiful butterfly blocks to make another lovely quilt. 
A lovely crocheted blanket. 
43 QAYG blocks were also included.
Thank you so much for your generous donations and support GV Quilters as you