Monday, 27 July 2015

Campbelltown Patchwork and Quilting Group Rocks....

Quick note about laundry bags before I move on to tonight's subject.

Please, please, please when you make them can you stick to the tutorial. There are several features in the design that have a purpose and are not just to make it pretty.

For example, the cord channel has to be hard wearing and sturdy and it needs to last without the stitching wearing out.  Folding the top of the bag over and stitching it down, leaving a gap for the cord might seem functional, but in the long run it is not going to wear well and it does not make the cord as easy to draw up.  

Additionally please, if you are not adding the initials to the bag, can you please add a patch so that the recipient can write their name. Also please do not send me fabric to add the patches as I just do not have time.  Whilst on patches, please remember that the purpose of the patch is so that the recipient's name or initials can be written on it.... using a dark fabric for the patch makes that a little difficult. 

Finally, if you have yardage and want to use it up to make several bags please remember the whole point of our bags is that they are individual so making two bags the same defeats that. Again, the cord channel being a separate piece of fabric and the patch being added are two opportunities to add some individuality to each bag. Make several bags from the same material but vary the fabric you use for the cord channel or the patch on the front to make it easy for the guys and girls to immediately find their bag at the end of a long hard day.

I hope you can help me with this.  It would be much appreciated.


On Saturday I had the pleasure of joining the ladies of the Campbelltown Patchwork and Quilting Guild at a working day. I took my sewing machine and stitched away as they sorted and cut and prepared kits to be sewn into Aussie Hero Quilts.  

What a lovely, friendly bunch of ladies.  If only I lived closer I would be joining their group like a shot. 

Some groups were cutting strips, some were cutting squares, some were sorting but everyone was chatting and generally having a good time.

All up 19 wonderful ladies gave up their Saturday to come and prepare kits for Aussie Heroes.

At the end of the day some kits were taken home to be put together and others are going to be assembled at organised sewing days in the future.

Of course, as you do, we ate well.  There were the most yummy fresh bread sandwiches for lunch and then a delicious homemade peach slice and yummy homemade gingerbread biscuits plus other goodies.

At the end of the day 34 kits had been assembled and countless strips and squares have been cut for scrappy quilts.  I did not get to know too many of the names on the day, we were all working and chatting too much, but the two ladies pictured below on the right are Jacqui C and Denise (on the right) and they are pretty much the driving force. Jacqui is the president of the guild and Denise is in charge of their community projects. Never underestimate how much preparation goes into days like Saturday. 

Thanks so much for all your hard work ladies and thanks for having me.

Till next time................keep spreading the word and happy stitching.  
Jan-Maree xx

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Just letting you know...

Good morning all.

Just a quick post to let you know I am heading off again soon.  

Queensland bound...

At the end of August I am heading up to Brisbane. The Rosewood Craft and Quilters are holding their show over the weekend of the 28th - 30th of August.

Proceeds for this year's show are to go to Soldier On, Mates for Mates, Wandering Warriors and the Dog Squad - Obviously all causes that I am more than happy to be aligned with.

I have been asked to be the guest speaker at the Show Opening on Friday the 28th of August,  The evening commences 630 for 7pm.   Supper will be served following my presentation.

The tickets are limited to 100 pre-sold tickets so if you are interested in coming along and hearing more about Aussie Heroes please PM me for details.  Tickets cost $10.

It you can't make it to the opening on the Friday night you might like to come along and check out the show over the weekend.  If you do come I hope you will stop by and say hello then as I will have a display for the duration of the weekend.  The show is being held in the hall at the Rosewood Show Grounds, Railway Street, Rosewood.  

The show will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 9am till 4pm and entry cost will be $5.

Again the proceeds will go to Soldier On, Mates for Mates, Wandering Warriors and The Dog Squad.

Back to the ACT...

Next weekend I will be making a brief presentation at lunch time on the Saturday to the Southern Cross Quilters at their Retreat in Canberra. I will manning a table for a while after that so that people can chat to me informally if they wish to.

I hope some of you can make it to one venue or the other as it is always great to catch up with or meet both the quilters and the recipients.

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

Jan-Maree xx

Friday, 24 July 2015

Weekly Dispatches 24 July

Before I get on to this week's "show and tell" I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone for your lovely words and messages in response to my tribute to my husband on our 25th Anniversary.  You blew me away and your messages have gone straight to my heart.  Thank you so much.  And to think I was worried that post might be a little personal and might be seen as indulgent.  LOL what would I know.  You all make it so easy to do what I do.  xxxx

Lots of gorgeous quilts and amazing laundry bags have headed off this week. 

956 quilts and 1373 laundry bags for 2015. 

4538 quilts and  6790 laundry bags in total.

These first two quilts were made by the North of the Yarra Quilt Group and were quilted by Tess.  They had the crest of the ANZAC Hospital added to them which was embroidered by Linda H and now they are on their way to Iraq to be used in the ward on the beds to brighten the coalition patients' stays. More will follow in coming weeks.  Gorgeous quilts ladies.


Front and back

made by the Queanbeyan CWA with fabric donated by Tamsin from Berrima Patchwork.

Sophie H 

Stephanie D

Su J  

Sylvia of the Chocolyn Laugh-a-lot ladies. 

Front and back of the Laundry bag

Cath L


Top by Lynn and quilted by Debbie

Debbie with an embroidery by Cheri

 Debbie T

And the back

Glenda Joy 

Gwenda's Gaggle

Jean B

Front and back

 Kay H

Kim F 


Linda H 

Lisa N 

Louise D quilted by Debbie

Linda A

Michelle T

The wonderful children from Mooroolbark East Primary School with Jill S

I am off tomorrow to sew with the lovely ladies from the Campbelltown Patchwork and Quilting Group.  Looking forward to it.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Till next time.......................keeps spreading the word and happy stitching!
Jan-Maree xx