Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Australia Day and Quilts

These are the finished quilts from yesterday and today. I didn't get as much done yesterday as our youngest DD arrived home from a holiday in the US so we had an early start to the day with a trip to Melbourne airport. Then of course we had to hear all about the trip but I did manage to bind two quilts and start a QAYG quilt and today I finished off that QAYG as well as making 2 more.
The first quilt shown was donated in bits with some of it sewn together and the rest was just the star blocks and some of the sashing. It's a lovely bright quilt for a child and will warm the heart.
The next QAYG used up the remaining 12.5" blocks and some extra I'd made. The third photo shows a donated top I quilted and the last two are QAYG quilts. The pretty one in pinks and pastels was a complete set donated by Coleambally Quilters and it's a really pretty quilt for a lady. The last quilt is made from QAYG blocks with a boy's I Spy theme and some little boy is going to have fun looking for all the animals on the fabric.
Unfortunately they haven't photographed showing their true colours as the light had gone before I finished the last of them for the day.
I had an enjoyable Australia Day and thought of all my blessings while I sewed and quilted for the flooded areas in Qld and Vic. I thought that if everyone made just one block it would make many quilts for the people who need some comfort in these areas. The photos of them are surreal and more like a war zone than suburbia, and we're lucky that we can't smell the sewage and mud which is still lying in many areas.
I'm going to take a break from sewing tonight and knit a beanie instead as it will be winter and cold before we know it.
Hugs, Jan Mac


  1. lovely, Jan you are so dedicated and full of heart, if only more people had just 1% of your generosity of spirit.
    i also spent Australia Day working on quilts for the Queensland flood areas and REALLY ENJOYED MYSELF doing it too. It gives a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

    I agree, if every quilter in Australia could make just one block we'd have more than enough quilts to donate to every flood affected household. hgz, k.

  2. Wow, Jan, you are getting so many beautiful quilts completed. I am full of admiration. BTW yesterday I posted a big box of quilt blocks for you. They are from the Annapolis Valley Quilt Guild in Nova Scotia Canada. Keep an eye out for them. Hope you can make use of them.

  3. Hi Penny,
    Thanks so much for your support with the QAYG blocks. Please pass on my very sincere thanks to your lovely group too. I will use all and every donations so the blocks will make some lovely quilts and I'll let you know when they arrive.
    Many thanks, Jan Mac