We had a lot of quilts come in over the last two days. Quilters who have been working on Bushfire Quilt Appeal quilts are feeling the deadline looming and getting their projects finished. I have had a few worried phone calls from ladies saying, "I'm not too late, am I?"
The total number of quilts that came in today was 70, with one knitted blanket. So that brings our number up to.........
The main contributors this week were the Northbridge Quilters from Sydney (12 quilts) and The Cottage from East Gosford (30 quilts and the knitted blanket). Both of these groups have already donated quilts before, and I am starting to recognise certain styles or techniques that I remembered from the last donations. Both groups have been willing to travel, particularly the ladies from East Gosford, and I think it is wonderful thing that we have quilt groups in this country that are so generous with their talent.
Another lady that deserves a special mention this week is Terri Pearson from Gerringong. She had heard about what we are doing through Blue Mountains quilter Anne Sommerlad who was teaching a class down that way. Now Terri belongs to a number of quilting groups and goes to lots of classes and she was a woman with a mission - to help our quilt appeal. First she went to the Nowra Quilters and told them what we're doing. They very generously made a donation toward the cost of making and finishing the quilts. On the envelope back were the words "Keep smiling, keep sewing, keep happy", and that made me smile. They meet every Tuesday at Hood Avenue, North Nowra if anyone is down that way. I would love to drop in one day.
Now the story doesn't end there. Armed with one cheque and vision to help further, Terri went to the Gerringong UFO Craft Group (Yes, that is what the bank account is named. I love it!!) at St Peters and Paul Catholic Church, and the Kiama South Coast Quilters Guild. [NB: a UFO is an Un-Finished Object, which quilters tend to accumulate). Both groups very also generously gave Terri a cheque to send to us. She then gave them to Chris Jurd, another Blue Mountains quilter, who was teaching in the area and Chris' husband, Bob, delivered them to us in Springwood. This all happened within a few days. I want to express my warmest gratitude for the donations of these three groups. It will help us to replenish our wadding supply (which is almost gone) and complete quilts that didn't get finished in time, as well as make up more sewing kits for those who need them. God bless you, Terri, and all the ladies in those three groups.
We still have 8 days to go, and if you are anything like me, that means you have 7 days to muck around with fabric and colours and designs before you start at 11pm the night before the due date. But truly, if you would still like to participate we would like a more sewing kits in lovely fabric bags, if there is anyone would like to put some together. They need some basic sewing supplies in them like:
- thread (white, grey, black)
- pin cushion
- maybe some safety pins and some buttons
If you think you can make one up, we would love to put it out for distribution. Even if you have some supplies, you can send them and we will put them together.
Also, if you know of anyone who has lost their home in the bushfires, can you please let them know about all the fabulous quilts available for them to choose from? We have had no success in getting an article in the Blue Mountains Gazette, so I would love you're help to make sure everyone is aware.
Thanks for stopping by!