Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Slower Week.

 So much for my plans to quilt while Jake sleeps.  Instead I have been napping too! It has seemed like age is catching up to me and he's not crawling yet. We are managing well but usually toward the end of the week I'm not getting much done but I started the week tired too. Luckily I got plenty done on Saturday.
     The first quilt was a donated top which I added a border to so it would be a larger lap quilt for Peter Mac.
 The second quilt was made from smaller QAYG blocks and I made some extra to have enough for the quilt. This one will go to Anglicare.
 The last 2 quilts were tops made by my quilting group and I quilted them for our Gift Quilt Program.  Not as many finishes as I had hoped but better than none.
Hopefully I will have more energy this week.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Thirty Eight!

 Busy times here with lots of baby cuddles, singing and playing and not a lot of time for blogging. Every spare minute left is being used for quilting.
  However at the weekend I boxed up 30 quilts and delivered them to Peter Mac Cancer Centre as well as 8 quilted tops for my quilting group's Gift Quilt program. Yes that's right 30 for Peter Mac thanks to your lovely donations. The first quilt here is one of the fabulous tops seng by Jo L. from Qld. I divided it into 2 tops which made it an ideal size for a donation quilt. The second quilt was another from donated QAYG blocks in a 12 inch size.  I have a few variations in block sizes on hand and just make a few extra if there's not enough for a quilt.

 The remaining quilts are tops I have quilted and most of these will also be going to the Peter Mac Cancer Centre from AQA's gift quilt program and will be presented at our Biggest Morning Tea event in 2 week's time.

It's been great to box up 38 more quilts for donation which leaves me more room for the next lot I am finishing. I am trying to sew my way out of the mess in the sewing room but there is no visible difference yet. Lol. I think we have passed the goal of 100 quilts for Peter Mac and I  think we have already reached 117 but I need to check that. Either way the need is still great so I  plan to keep quilting as time allows.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Old Faithful.

 Thanks to having so manh donated QAYG blocks on hand,  I have been able to stitch them together every time I get a small amount of time to sew, usually during Jake's nap time. He's in a good routine now so I try to have fabric prepared to join the blocks and I have finished these 4 in the last few days.

They're all different and despite being made by many different people, they all play nicely together. I plan on dropping off some more quilts for Peter Mac Cancer Centre this weekend so will give an updated number soon.
    Apart from that I have been busy singing and reading stories to Jake. He is such a delightul little boy who is a pleasure to have here. DH even commented om jow muvh he misses him at the weekends. I guess moving has been a success for both of us. Lol
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Two Quilts and a Blanket.

 I have been pin basting quilts and quilting them every spare chance I have as baby sitting is full time and tiring but very enjoyable. These two quilts were made by members of my Quilting Group and will be donated to Odyssey House and Peter Mac Cancer Centre.
 I have also been crocheting Granny squares and had enough to add to the squares donated by Linda A. (UK), to make another blanket for New Guinea. Every little bit of spare time can help to make a difference in the lives of others.
Many thanks for your ongoing support.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

More Donated Quilts for Peter Mac.

 Unbelievably I have received another parcel of beautiful quilts these 2 were made and donated by Ann G. of NSW and tgey will both be perfect to be donated to the Peter Mac Cancer Centre. Ann is also very generous with her support of my quilt projects and has sent many beautiful quilts.  The parcel had the address incorrectly written so it toured Melbourne for a few days, I think, but it did make it here safely.
  The first quilt is a lively feminine quilt with beautiful appliqued vases and flowers.
This lovely large quilt will be perfect for a male patient at Peter Mac and it's in lovely shades of blues and browns.  It's always hard to get enough larger masculine quilts so this will be perfect. Every quilt we make and donate always brings comfort and a warm hug to the recipient and I wouldn't be able to donate so many without your help. Thank you all so much for your support.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thanks Again Linda A.

The lovely Linda A. has continued to crochet every piece of wool in sight while she enjoyed her holiday in New Zealand and will soon be flying back to the UK. Luckily postage costs have been much better for her from NZ as she has sent several parcels of blocks for my quilt projects.
Linda sent 8 QAYG blocks and must have used all of her fabric scraps as well. She also sent 8 crocheted Granny squares and they will soon be used in blankers and quilts.  Thank you so much for your ongoing support Linda. You really do make a difference to the lives of others.
I had to share a photo of our beautiful grandson, Jake, who us the light of our lives.  He needs to sleep more though so I have a little time for other things like quilting. Lol. He's also teething at the moment and learning to have solids so there's lots of introducing new foods, textures and tastes, and lots of cooking as most processed foods contain too much sugar. Life is busy and fun but I must admit that I am looking forward to sleeping in on the weekend.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Monday, April 16, 2018

The First and Last of Many.

 I was very relieved to finally finish off the last baby quilt for one of my nieces. There were 6 babies born in 6 months on my Dad's side of the family and it was a busy time with selling and moving, so I am very happy to have finished the last baby quilt for extended family. That is, the last for now. It probably won't be long before another baby is on the way and I am still working on Jake's appliqued Woodlands theme quilt, so I had better keep working on that one.
 In the meantime we started looking after Jake full time from yesterday as our DD went back to full time teaching. Yesterday was a big day as she has meetings afterwards but he was an absolute pleasure.  He's such a happy boy and he is easy to keep entertained at this stage. He slept well too so, although no quilting happened,  we did have a lovely day.
    I hope to get some quilting done as we get our routines established and will probably have to quilt at night again.
Hugs, Jan Mac