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Christmas Day might be 6 weeks away, but today St Mark’s Quilters held our final workshop for the year and celebrated our 4th year of quiltmaking together with a break-up Christmas lunch in the garden.
We began the year making quilts for the folk of Dunalley in Tasmania who had lost their homes in the January bushfires, then went on, over the following months, to make dozens of Blankets of Love for Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and child-sized quilts for “The Marcia” kindy for autistic children at Liverpool.
Sadly we’ve ended the year once again working on quilts for victims of disastrous bushfires, this time closer to home in Winmalee in the Blue Mountains. That’s the harsh reality of summer here in Australia. And the season has hardly begun.
As soon as Di B and I read Tracey’s appeal to quilters for assistance in giving every school aged child a quilt, as well as an extra quilt for every household, we knew we wanted to get on board to make her vision a reality in the new year.
We emailed our quilters the instructions for a very simple double square block and asked them to raid their stashes, if they wanted to help, and bring along as many completed blocks as they could today. These were to be the building blocks for our quilts for Winmalee.
Those girls are wonderful. They brought along more than a hundred blocks!
The blocks were numbered with masking tape and stacked together in order, making it possible for many hands to work together stitching them into quilts.
We have quilts in reserve (we like to keep some for emergencies), so along with these we’re confident we’ll be able to make a decent contribution to this heartwarming effort by the wider quilting community.
Lunch in the garden was a fun affair, with delicious food contributed by everyone.
Once again we thanked God for giving us a passion for creating quilts, a gift we all love using to give comfort to people in need of encouragement and hope.
And the usual show and tell.
Another Blanket of Love by Margaret
And these colourful kiddies’ quilts…
Michelle worked on the binding of a beautiful quilt she’s made for the newborn daughter of an Iranian refugee couple in her church.
1930s fabrics, large quilting stitches and knots give this quilt real vintage charm, and I know it’s going to be treasured.
Gillian has finally finished a real labour of love, two storybook quilts for her granddaughters.
I could suggest you play “spot the differences” and there are quite a few, but both are enchanting, with sparkle and quirkiness, and all the traditional elements of a fairytale – a king and queen (complete with golden crowns), a handsome prince and a frog who might be a prince in disguise, a beautiful princess, a rather friendly looking dragon, and a snow white unicorn.
Finally, if you’ve made it this far I’ll leave you with a little bit of silliness, a collage of some of the bags people brought today. They just made me smile
|Lunch with Sarah's godmother, Liccy, at the Tea Rooms at Watsons Bay|
|Breakfast at The Grounds at Alexandria|
|Dinner at the Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park|
|Nolan even cooked us a candlelight dinner at home one evening. Yummmmm.|
Recently Lindi sent me a special gift in the mail, a strippy patchwork scarf that she had made for me in my very favourite colours! It’s about 8 inches wide and 6 feet long, and backed with snuggly flannelette. I can’t wait to wear it next winter because it will match simply everything in my wardrobe and make me feel very loved.
She also included some of my favourite chocolates (for ‘medicinal’ purposes, of course) and a little something for young Chester. How thoughtful! Lindi’s just that kind of gal.
Thank you, dear Lindi!
It wasn’t my birthday (though it is today ), and I had done nothing to deserve my presents.
It was a Pay it Forward gift, and came with certain conditions.
So here’s how Pay it Forward works……
In gratitude for Lindi’s kindness I’m passing on the goodness and offering to make 5 people a handmade gift.
I’m allowed a year in which to make these gifts.
If you’d like to be on the receiving end all you need to do is leave me a comment here on my blog letting me know.
Please include your email address if you’re a “No reply” blogger as I must have some way of getting back to you to confirm if you’re one of the lucky five. Don’t worry, your comments will go directly to my inbox and I won’t be publishing comments for this post, so your private details will remain with me.
However… you must be prepared to Pay it Forward once you receive your gift.
You should, in turn, offer (through your blog or on Facebook) to make 5 people a handmade gift over the next year. Please don’t put your hand up unless you are prepared to make the time to do this.
I am happy to post overseas too.
So, wave your hand if you’re up for it
As you know already, my friends and I are working away on several quilt patterns by delightful Blue Mountains quilt teacher and designer, Lynne Alchin.
We fell in love with Lynne’s Laurel’s Stars pattern when we saw Anne’s interpretation (above) of this exquisite applique quilt, and I can’t tell you how excited we were when Lynne agreed to travel down to us at Paddington Patchworkers to teach us this and another pattern, Princess Plenty.
It never ceases to fascinate me how a single quilt pattern can inspire so many amazing variations, and I’m loving every one of these.
This is Lynne’s own softly interpreted Laurel’s Stars quilt.
Di B has machine appliqueed her leaves in a stronger green, and done something sneaky (of course!). She has fussy cut her star shapes in a single piece instead of paper piecing them, as in the pattern instructions. This meant she could preserve the charming floral posies in the centre of each one. Good thinking
Sue has added even more drama with strongly contrasting swags around a meticulously fussy cut star inside the inner circle.
Janet’s is gentler and more muted, with lots of interest from fussy cutting too. Just look at those swags!
A variety of greens adds liveliness and interest to Rae’s leafy wreath, and that warm red in the star and swags is one of her signature colours.
You’ve seen this one previously, but I couldn’t resist adding Desley’s vintage-look scrappy version to the gallery.
It’s going to be fun watching – and sharing – their progress.