Friday 9 September 2011

Quilts For Others (QFO) working bee - 13/9

The next QFO day will be on Tuesday 13 September from 10am until 2.30pm - come along and help where you can. It could be quilting, sewing for a quilt-as-you-go quilt, hand-sewing bindings and labels, cutting, pin-basting...there are any number of activities you can help with. The working bees are held on the second Tuesday of the month (excluding December and January).

Tea and coffee supplied - BYO lunch.
If you are going to be sewing by machine you can bring YOUR machine and sewing accessories, OR use one of the four Bernina machines that Canberra Quilters own for just this purpose - whatever you feel comfortable with.
At the recent members exhibition at the Quilt and Craft Fair QFO volunteers were busy sewing. Bernina provide us with loan machines for the exhibition - the 440 Quilters Edition. Here are a couple of images of volunteers hard at work...
 Yvonne is sewing strips on a quilt-as-you-block. In the background you can see a completed quilt using this technique.
Anieta is quilting one of the quilts prepared at a QFO working bee. Quilting in public is fun - but you have to be able to sew and talk at the same time. Members of the public love to ask lots of questions!

So far this year 131 quilts have been handed over to various organisations. This includes 67 that were distributed to Karinya, Marymead, Ted Noffs Foundation, Anglicare, Uniting Care and the Women's Housing Program. Sometimes quilts are given to organisations to use as fund-raisers through raffles or auctions. Four quilts in this category were given to Make-A-Wish, Gungahlin Lions Club, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and two were given to Calvary Hospital.

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