These three quilts are the last ones I sent off with the last shipment on Sunday. The first is fabulous and came all the way from Finland. Ulla, one of my generous blog readers, made this beautiful quilt and cleverly used the striped fabric to create a stunning design. The second quilt is a cheater quilt I quilted and the last one is a lovely bright kid's quilt which was a donated top.
I delivered 17 quilts and 4 blankets as well as lots of school supplies and knitted items and they all went to Janice of Needy Stitches in Melbourne. Janice's email is email@example.com and she supports many different organizations which help the needy in Melbourne and country Victoria.
She is able to accept finished quilts, knitted items as well as crocheted or knitted blanket squares. I have been sending quilts to her as well as she passes them on to many different organizations. She is unable to accept fabric or unfinished quilts and tops though.
After almost 20 years of making and donating quilts and other items I have decided to retire from active duty and will be closing this blog down. I will still make and donate quilts and blankets but on a much smaller scale and I will no longer be accepting donations as I still have a lot of donated tops and blocks to finish off. I have also donated most of the wool and yarn I had stored as Janice will distribute it to people who are happy to knit but can't always afford to buy supplies. They then donate finished items back through Needy Stitches.
I want to say a very heartfelt thank you to everyone for their support and donations for the needy and those affected by floods and bushfires. We have managed to bring comfort and warmth to many in need. I do encourage you to continue to make and donate as you see fit, and there are many organizations which help in our communities.
I need to take time for me as well as more time for the family and I hope you all understand that this wasn't any easy decision to make. I will still be blogging regularly on my other blog at Sew Many Quilts- Too Little Time
so please stop by and say hello some time.
Hugs, Jan Mac
Well done and best wishes, jan.ReplyDelete
You have been extraordinarily generous with your time. Thank you for all that you have done.ReplyDelete
I hope you enjoy your 'retirement'.
You have done so much! I think all your helpers will find other ways to channel their donations. Thank you for doing this for such a long time!ReplyDelete
best wishes for the future. Thank you for all you have doneReplyDelete
Sad as I will be to not see your QAYG quilts anymore I am actually happy that you made the hard decision to cut down your work load. You have been more than amazing in your output and both you and your family need the extra time for yourselves. Thankyou for helping us help othesrs. CherrieReplyDelete
Thank you all for your very kind words. I will still be making and donating quilts, just not in the same quantities.ReplyDelete
Hugs, Jan Mac
Jan, I encourage you to leave the blog up even though you won't be adding to it. It is a wonderful source of inspiration for those of us who want to make quick tops, for color combinations, for patterns. I know that wasn't your intention but that's what originally caught my eye.ReplyDelete
Over the past year or so that I've been following your blog I've been amazed and impressed by all the time and work you've put into these quilts as well as your generosity and the generosity of other quilters. Thank you for all you've done to bless the lives of those in need.
I'm so pleased to have been a small part of the work you've been doing. Enjoy your "retirement" and God bless you richly!ReplyDelete
Hi, just noticed some of my donated blocks in this post. Good to know they are being turned into quilts that will keep someone warm this winter. Hope you are enjoying having more time for yourself and th family. Take care.ReplyDelete