Thursday, March 15, 2018

Baby Quilts Again.

 The babies have arrived so I have machine appliqued the baby's names and quilted the tops. I still have one last baby quilt to make, one more to name and quilt,  and another appliqued one for Jake. I'd better get busy with them and hope that no more babies arrive in the family for a little while. Lol
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Quilts For New Guinea.

 I've made a start on making quilts for New Guinea, using up some of the QAYG blocks I had on hand. These will be used for Medivac flight patients and I will be making them in varying sizes.

I'm still knitting beanies and crocheting Granny squares for blankets too and should have some of those to show soon. I'm trying to get as much done as possible before we start looking after Jake in April as my quilting time is going to be limited then but there will be the benefits of seeing our happy grandson every day.
More to share soon.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Very Blessed Again.

 What a week it has been for wonderful donations for my Quilt Projects. These 2 fabulous quilts were made and donated by Ann G. from NSW,  and they will be going to the Peter Mac Cancer Centre for some of their patients. Ann makes beautiful quilts and I feel very blessed that she honours me with her support.
   These quilts do make a real difference in bringing comfort to those in need and it warms my heart to be able to gift these quilts. Thank you so much Ann, and my other quilting friends, for sharing their talents.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Blown Away.

 I'm just blown away by the generosity of my blog readers and their support of my Quilt Projects. Firstly Sue V. and Linda A. Sent such lovely parcels of goodies and today I received another very generous donation from Delys R. of Victoria.
   Delys sent 15 lovely knitted beanies for New Guinea and, thanks to your generous help,  the box of beanies is getting much fuller. She also sent 24 fabulous QAYG blocks to be made into a quilt for Peter Mac Cancer Centre. Such generous gifts and support from you has really touched my heart and I very sincerely thank you.
     I am working as hard as I can to get more beanies knitted and quilts made for New Guinea, as well as finishing off more for Peter Mac and kids in foster care. We're also busy unpacking boxes and trying to get the house more organized before Jake is with us every day. We really miss him but it's lovely that his other grandparents are having such fun with him.

I tried to add the video at the end of this post but couldn't work it out so I  hope you enjoy seeing Jake's excitement with his new quilt.  He's always such a happy boy.
   Thank you so much for your ongoing support, friends. It means more than you could know.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Very Generous Donations.

 The postman has brought some fabulous donations for the New Guinea project and I am blown away by your generosity.
Linda A. from the UK, has made 6 QAYG blocks and 20 fabulous crocheted granny squares (Sorry one missed out on being in the photo). They look beautiful and will maje some lovely quilts and crocheted blankets for Medivac flight patients in New Guinea. Patients usually are flown out of the remote mountainous areas and the quilts and blankets will help them to maintain their body temperature during the flight. In some cases they could very well be life saving so your contributions will make a big difference.
 I also received a large parcel of 29 (yes, 29) knitted beanies from Sue V. in Shepparton, Vic. Sue must have turned to knitting fulltime and I know they will be very welcome to their recipients. My niece and her husband (he flies the Medivac and transport planes) live in the Highlands of New Guinea and they tell me it gets quite cold, especially overnight, and locals have limited access to warm garments and quilts.

I'm still waiting to hear how we can get these wonderful donations to New Guinea so I am still making them and getting boxes ready to send. This will most likely be an ongoing project so I will keep making and accepting donations and transport them when possible.
   Linda asked if I kept a total of my quilt output, and I used to but then lapsed in counting them. I must add up how many QAYG quilts I have completed over the years too. Of course the large numbers of quilts we have donated,  and the large numbers of people we have been able to bring comfort and warmth to,  is only possible because of all of your support with these Gift Quilt Projects.
Many thanks to all of you.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

A Week of Changes.

 This past week seems to be much shorter than others, or else I'm just slowing down. I did get 2 quilt tops quilted and bound so that was better than nothing. The tops were made by members of my Melbourne quilting group and will be donated to either Peter Mac or Anglicare.
 I also finished off a crocheted blanket and knitted beanies for New Guinea and will share those photos soon. I'm sorting through knitting UFOs to see what I xan repurpose or finish,  as well as finishing off a special cross stitch piece.
Jake and his parents are visiting his other grandparents in the US and we are cat sitting for  them. I have to keep the 2 cats out of my sewing area and I have found it harder to spend time in there getting more sewing done. It was also a busy week with paid work and making flatpack cupboards and bookcases to give us more storage options.
   I guess we got quite a lot done and emptied lots more boxes too so I should be happy with our progress. While the family are away,  we are trying to get more things unpacked, sorted and/ or donated. I have heard of a group which will take donations of beds etc so I will contact them to see if they want our extra beds and washing machine. I'd rather donate them than try to sell them and families needing emergency accomodation is a worthy cause. I've also been giving retirement some serious thought as my time will be very limited once we start looking after Jake full time during the week. I wasn't  ready to retire before but I think it might be the right time now. My main focus will be on family but I still want to make and donate as many quilts as possible,  and fitting in paid work won't give me much spare time. I also want to finish off more UFOs this year and empty some of my fabric bins,  so it's probably time for a change  and spend more time at home.
  Hugs, Jan Mac 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Quilts For Jake.

 Once we made all of the baby quilts for DD's friends, she decided she wanted to make one for Jake as well. She also wanted to try another pattern and chose a Star pattern. With me ironing and cutting again, it didn't take too long to make another quilt for him. They decided not to have his name on this one so quilting and binding didn't take too much time either.
 Jake certainly gave it hus tick of approval and loved looking at all the different fabrics.
 He's such a happy baby.
I also remembered to take a photo of him on the quilt I made him. They are in the US visiting his family there for 4 weeks and we are missing all of them.  Luckily he slept well on the plane and is his usual happy self. I'm keeping busy getting more tops quilted to donate before we start fulltime baby sitting.
Hugs, Jan Mac