Thursday, 30 June 2016

Block of the Month - July 2016


I have two blocks for you to make this month...a bit of fun! 
Scroll to the end of this post and see what gorgeous quilts your blocks will make
The colours are MAROON and GOLD
Jan-Maree, our fearless leader, tells me these represent many sports teams including State of Origin.  I have to admit I am not a sports person and am unaware of team colours and so need her guidance with the colour choices
Fabrics can be plain colour, tone-on-tone prints, small all-over prints, medium size all-over prints, Bali prints or batiks...just about anything that is obviously maroon or gold.  
Use the colours in the positions shown above
Please use 100% cotton fabric
The seam allowance for the construction is 1/4inch


so much for contributing to Block of the Month so that many, many quilts 
can be made for Aussie Heroes

To make the two blocks pictured above...
Cut strips of maroon fabric totalling about 60 inches long and exactly 7 inches wide
Then cut eight 7 inch squares from the maroon strips

Cut strips of gold fabric totalling about 60 inches long and exactly 3.5 inches wide
Then cut sixteen 3.5 inch squares from the gold strips

On the wrong side of the fabric, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner of each gold square so that it can easily be seen when sewing - see the gold square below.
With right sides of fabric together, pin 2 gold fabric squares to opposite corners of a maroon square as in the picture below.  Place pins on BOTH SIDES of the drawn lines so they don't have to be removed while sewing.

Sew along the drawn lines on each gold square through both layers of fabric.

Cut approx. 1/4inch from the row of stitching, as shown in the picture, removing the excess fabric.
Note - these pairs of triangles could be sewn together along the diagonal line, to make squares for another project.

Press the triangles out to the corners to make eight squares as shown below.

Step 1 - Assemble four squares as shown below
Step 2 - Join two together to make half a block and then repeat for the half of the block.  Press seams    to one side
Step 3 - Join the two half blocks together to make the finished NOUGHTS block.  Press seams to one side.
                                          Step 1                       Step 2                       Step 3  

Step 1 - Assemble four squares as shown below 
Step 2 - Join two together to make half a block and then repeat for the half of the block.  Press seams    to one side
Step 3 - Join the two half blocks together to make the finished CROSS block.  Press seams to one side.

Please don't join the two blocks together!

Please don't trim the blocks as those who sew them together will do that to make all the blocks fit together.

Send your finished blocks to
Caroline Gunn
PO Box 3079
St Mary’s South NSW 2760

Here are the quilts that can be made from your blocks.  Aren't they gorgeous!

Thanks muchly Sandy!
Till next time..........keep spreading the word and happy stitching!
Jan-Maree xx

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

2GB interview......

G'day all
Had a quick interview with Ben Fordham on 2GB this afternoon.  Apparently some of you lovely people emailed him about Aussie Heroes and what we are going through and so he arranged an interview.  You can listen to it here if you like.

And if you want a laugh.... 

imagine having all your clothes, everything you wear, knickers, singlets, T shirts, dresses, suits and so on......... 
for your entire family, 
cleaned by dry cleaners (courtesy of insurance) and delivered to your home on coat hangers.... 
and all mixed up.... 
my clothes and those of my twin sons.... 
whose clothes are, of course, all the same size....  

LOL let the sorting out begin!  All those wire coathangers too! 

Till next time...................keep spreading the word and happy stitching!

Jan-Maree xx

The Darwin Despatches

Hi all

Just a quick note.  I have received the latest copy of the Darwin Dispatch Newsletter.  Normally I ask you to email me if you would like a copy but at the moment I am not able to keep up with all my emails as it is, so please email Joan on the following email and she will kindly send you a copy of the newsletter. 

Many thanks Joan.

Cheers for now


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Today's Win.....

I was hoping to get the weekly gratitude post up today but have been waylaid by various things that have come up.... taking delivery of my kitchenware for starters and dealing with an electrician repairing and replacing faultly lights and powerpoints at our new home. Let's just say I am erring on the side of caution at the moment. 

Today's good news though is that my defence medals have been returned to me.... and thank goodness they were still in their original metal boxes as I do not thing they would have survived otherwise.

My Australian Defence Medal had the closest shave, the plastic base it was sitting in was significantly damaged and had started to shrink but the ribbons and medals remain untouched! 

My Defence Force Service Medal suffered a similar fate and survived also.

One really good case for the Honours and Awards to continue to be sent out in Metal cases.  It made a difference. 

I am off to sort through some kitchenware.  Please bear with me, I will get back to regular posts as soon as I can.

Till next time....... check your smoke detectors and practice your fire drills,

Jan-Maree xx

Friday, 24 June 2016

Friday..... not back to normal but I see light at the end of the tunnel....

No time to do the Weekly Dispatches tonight but I hope to have a post up next Friday. 

Still not managing to keep up with emails but doing better every day.   Hope to be back to about 50% AHQ strength next promises, but that is the goal. My  focus, as far as AHQ is concerned, is to spend next week reconstructing the request list and the quilter mailing list.   If you have not yet emailed Lisa with your contact details please do so as soon as you can as that would be a big help.

 We are in much better shape than I thought we would be with thanks to Lisa K and Jess T.  

The exhibitions at Government House and the Craft and Quilt Fair seem to be going very well. 

Stephanie and 

Joan were present and correct today at Government House and 

And were there when Di G and Jeanette G showed up to check it out.... Di was thrilled to see her block in one of the chapel quilts. 

Bridget (in first pic) and Bev U represented us all at the Craft and Quilt Fair today, with Pam providing some relief in the afternoon and Clarissa attending as well.   Rachel from Penrith Sewing Days (and friend, sorry I don't have your name) stopped by to say hello.

New Aussie Hero Quilts, Bob J, with Gail S visiting the Aussie Heroes booth staffed by Bev U today. 

Can't wait to head into the Craft and Quilt Fair on Sunday. Hope you see some of you there.

Till next time...........keep spreading the word and happy stitching!

Jan-Maree  xx

One more sleep.......

One more sleep and we will be in our new (temporary) home and we are all keen to bring it on.  
Tomorrow is flat pack day.  Just a few pieces to be assembled, beds, chairs, sofa bed, shelving.  Here is hoping that at the end of the day we have furniture and a pile of cardboard to show for it.

Our two girls come home to us tomorrow.  Huge thanks to Jacqui who has been spoiling them rotten but we are all going to be so glad to be back together again.  

The fire investigators have not given up their investigations as yet.  They are headed back to the house to see what they can determine.  They have been asked to provide access to a house that can be used in a TV special on Fire Prevention and asked for my permission.  Of course I said yes as if anything can save another family from experiencing what we have experienced then that will be a blessing.

It sounds as though everyone is enjoying the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair. I am hearing lots of lovely stories.  Make sure you head along and say hi to our ladies.  I can't thank all the ladies who have looked after our booth enough, including Cath and Gail who set it up and Clarissa who got it all up and running in my stead.  I am afraid of forgetting someone so I won't mention all the ladies who have been at the booth this time... but you know who you are and I am so grateful.

I will be at the Show on Sunday and I can't wait to see it all in person and to say hello to lots of people who have been sending me messages of support.  You can't imagine how important it has all been/

No Weekly Dispatches post this week, no time to edit it and put it together. If you have posted off a quilt and have yet to send me the details or a photo please hang on till Monday and then send them. It will be easier for me to keep up with them.

How are you going with our suggestions for how to help while we get back up and running.  Is there enough for everyone to be able to do something of you want to?  I have tried to keep it simple.  Hope it works for you.

Till next time........ thanks for your support.... and happy stitching!  I hope to be stitching again soon too,

Jan-Maree  xxx

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Government House Exhibition and the Craft and Quilt Fair....

Woo Hoo, huge huge thanks to Clarissa for spear-heading the display at Government House and also at the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair.  Both events could not have gone ahead without her organisational efforts. She flew to Melbourne on Monday but was in the city at Government House helping to set up the display there first.  

She was assisted by Val, Lynn and Arthur, shown here with His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), is the 38th Governor of New South Wales. 

The quilts will be on display at Government House NSW till Sunday 3 July.  My goal is to get in there on the 3rd so that I can pull the display down and bring it home. 

From to today til Sunday.....

As if a display at Government House is not enough... we are also at the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair.  The booth was set up yesterday and the Fair runs until Sunday the 26th. Big thanks to all the ladies who are taking it in turns to run the show.  I don't have all the names so please excuse me for not naming them all but please, if you go to the Show, take the time to stop in and say hello.   Without every one of these awesome ladies we would not have a presence at the show. 

Huge, Huge thanks to Gail and Cath for setting the booth up in my absence.   You ladies are awesome!!!  and the booth looks wonderful.  Get along and say hello.. 

and for you quilters..... Cath is not only a quilter but one of our recipients who has stepped in to fill the breach and she will be at the show today.

Huge thanks also to the team from Expertise Events. They have gone out of their way to help us out, giving us a space, facilitating our presence there behind the scenes in ways I do not have time to explain and even printing a contact list and brochures.    If you see anyone from Expertise at the Show please tell them we think they are awesome!

So grateful we saved the chapel quilts!!!

I am back to answering emails but for a very limited amount of time every day so please bear with me. I will take a while to catch up.   I currently have 160 emails to answer.... I will get to them so please be patient.

Till next time.................keep spreading the word and happy stitching!

Jan-Maree  xx