Big day today - Huge! Ginormous! But oh so satifying for all of us!!! Today the Gumnut Quilters completed what I consider to be our most satisfying and meaningful project to date.
We packed all the boxes to send off to some of our Aussie soldiers in Afghanistan.
Now, I have lots of photos to share but before i do you have to bear in mind that it has take me almost a full year to get these ladies used to the idea that I am going to photograph anything other than quilts. Most of them are extremely camera shy so the fact that I captured some of them on film is about as momentous as seeing the a YETI!!!!
So, here goes.
Cynthia (L)and Audrey (R) will probably not thank me for showing you this photo but it is the only one that I have showing all the goodies on the table. Everything was sorted into baskets and if more than one of something was to go in the boxes then there was a tag on the basket telling you how many to put in. I won't itemise everything but let's just say that they might need to jog a few extra miles to work off some extra weight!!!
These two are REALLY hard to photograph so this is the best I could do - the saying is something like don't work with animals and children - I think that should include Quilters too. Anyway, Glenys (L) and Irene (R) are busy sticking customs labels on boxes.
Ha!!! That is what you think! Actually it is what we all thought except for Miss Andrea. She headed off out to the back room where the groups stash of donated fabrics are and came out with a bundle of suitable fabrics and headed to the cutting table. Then it was on for young and old. Andrea started cutting. We cleared the lunch things away and started work. I printed off the wording for the label, Glenys traced it on to white homespun. After that I am not really sure who did what but we have two sewing machines going and someone ironing, others laying out. All the strips were sewn together and Cynthia ironed them all ready for cutting.
And because my group will probably kill me if I keep including photos of them and never one of me - here you are - this is me in my messy sewing room quilting away!
The Hills Relay For Life which is held at the Castle Hill Showground every year to raise funds for the Cancer Council. Although it is a single 24-hour event they run associated events under its banner such as a trivia night, the ball etc. Over the past two years the Hills community has raised more than $500,000 for the Cancer Council with Hills Relay For Life Events. We are more than happy to give her a quilt to go towards that cause.
And finally here we are....the end result of weeks of planning and work .. and every single bit of it well worth while! Tomorrow at lunch time some of us are meeting at the local post office to rendezvous with the mail collection van. Two boxes need to be weighed and paid for but as the rest are under 2kg they can go free so with the postman's help they will be transferred straight from Andrea's van to the mail van and off they go!
And one last thing to show you tonight. I have already shown you this laundry bag which Andrea made on our behalf for one of our Gumnut Babies. Cynthia's son is heading off at the end of the year and of course we can't let him go without a laundry bag. Today we all signed it and wrote the names of the other "Gummies" that couldn't be there today.
Maisy is just so glad that another mad quilt group Wednesday is over for another week - she is just so glad to relax in her favourite little right next to my sewing desk.
Till next time....happy stitching!