15 October 2014

October 15, two quilts from Wodonga, Vic.

Margaret Martin made these two gorgeous quilts, which arrived today.  Thank you very much, Margaret - they will be greatly appreciated, and hopefully you will see a photo of them wrapped around a little person in due course, when Yaso has delivered the next lot of quilts and taken more photos :-)

11 October 2014

Update on PNG project from Yaso, October 2014

I have received an email and some new photos from Yaso, which I am posting here to bring all our quilt donors up to date on what she has been doing.

Hi Gina,
 It was exhausting and I was also down with a bad cough and fever - so it was quite a bit of effort to hold up.  But the project is growing well - and it is so rewarding to see the difference.
 I managed to go up to the last village, Yakepa which is about 37 kms from the previous village and it took us about 18 hours to get there - getting stuck in mud and trying to build little bridges across broken roads etc. But people were so excited when we got there. I travel on my own with the project team from there itself.

They had kept the quilts with them. They had carried it up previously when we brought it up to the second last village. I distributed them and have some photos and also took a small video clip. A very sad story in the midst of all this joy was that one of the small babies (6 months) who was on the list to receive a quilt died that night ( I am not sure, but I think it might have been pneumonia) . It was so tragic that next morning her father was there and  he told me. I handed him a quilt (one of the smaller fleece blankets you had made as extras) so he could wrap the child and place her in the grave. They can't afford coffins. 

 Thanks for collecting all those quilt.  I am still trying to work out how best to transport them.  One of the feedback from this project is that we are working with the tribal community as partners - not as charity or aid recipients  So we have been thinking of  some ideas in which we can work with your Quilt Collective - so that it becomes an enterprise. There were a couple of suggestions of  (a) making them and also teaching them (via handouts and video)  so that they can sell and develop skills and a livelihood  (b) create a partnership so they can share the making and we think of selling these quilts internationally with special logos etc.  
 I am meeting with a couple of my Masters students next week to discuss further - and we might all meet together and talk more. That way, there is also a couple of students who can be more regular than me.

I am happy to speak at the Probus Club. I am in Melbourne for a little while - (Sydney trip - 10th to 14th Nov), and another trip on 10th Dec. But otherwise, we can try and schedule something in. I can also show the 35 minute new video I have made of my work there. Just doing last minute edits on it. 

I am attaching a couple of photos. Will download the video and bring that up to you soon. I will attach the photos in separate emails. 

love and thanks for all your dedication and work

Dr. Yaso Nadarajah
Senior Research Fellow ( Globalism Research Center)  & Lecturer
School of Global, Urban and Social Studies

25 September 2014

September, one quilt from Gina.

Another quilt made from floral sheets and matching fabric from my stash.

6 September 2014

Sept 6 - One quilt by Gina.

Another quilt finished, again using cotton sheets and brushed cotton for the backing.

22 August 2014

August 15 - Two more quilts from Gina.

This little stack of quilts includes the one I posted a pic of earlier this month.  There is another one like it, and a green one.  I've got two more tops pieced and ready to be made up.

8 August 2014

August 8 - One quilt from Gina.

This is long overdue!  I have a huge stash of fabric to use just for baby quilts, but as always, finding the time to make them is the most difficult part.  This one is made using cotton sheets from an opshop, cut into strips which are sewn together then recut to form four patch blocks.  I've used some nice thick wadding found in an opshop, to fill it, and brushed cotton for the back.

24 June 2014

June 24 - 4 quilts from the USA

A large box arrived today from Kelli in California.  She sent four quilts made from blocks that she found in her grandmother's belongings after she passed away.  Kelli says she saved every scrap and is happy that they have found a good use.  I have also photographed the postage label showing how much it cost Kelli to post these four quilts to me - how generous to spend that amount of money to post these four quilts!   Thank you very much Kelli - I know Yaso will greatly appreciate your kindness.

19 June 2014

17th June - HUGE donation of quilts!

Above are photos of each individual quilt that Margaret in Mount Eliza (Vic) and one of her friends have been busy making  for our PNG babies.
She and her hubby very kindly brought them here, as they were en route to Healesville, not quite on the way, so it was very good of them to come here first.   Here is a photo of the bags they brought into the kitchen, to give you some idea of the number of quilts. Many heartfelt thanks to Margaret and her friend for such a generous donation of time and materials!

10 May 2014

May 9th. Two quilts.

One of the quilt donors last year was a lady who lives in country Victoria, and comes to Melbourne to visit her daughter who lives not far from me.  I received an email from Jane a few weeks ago telling me she had make some more quilts, and today we met up and she gave them to me.   Thanks again Jane - these are lovely.   I'm just sorry my photo doesn't do them justice, but the PNG babies will love them :-)

1 May 2014

1st May - another package of quilts

Another large Aust. Post satchel arrived today.  I've been out and about today and haven't even opened this one.  I have just had a look at the sender's name (at 11.45 pm) and it is from Lorraine Squires and her ladies in NSW - the same group who sent the 12 that arrived yesterday!
Looks like some serious photography sessions coming up this weekend...thanks girls!

Edited 6th May to include photos of 8 bunny rugs and quilts in the second parcel from Lorraine and her generous friends.

30 April 2014

Twelve quilts and rugs received 30th April

This year I've received a few emails from ladies who have offered to make quilts for the PNG babies, and Lorraine Squires in NSW sent 12 from her group of quilters who meet every Monday.  I took some photos but they didn't turn out well enough to post here, so I will try again later this week.  In the meantime, many thanks to Lorraine and her quilting friends - this is their second lot of donations!  They are very kind.

Edited a week later to include photos of the 12.  Only two or three are quilted, the rest are bunny rugs, which are just as acceptable to the PNG mothers, as they are perfect for the newborns.

2 March 2014

March 1st. Three quilts finished today.

My friend Cheryl in Hurstbridge, Vic. made these three colourful quilts last year, but couldn't finish them because her sewing machine broke down. All I had to do was quilt and bind them, and I finally finished them today! Thanks for doing the first and most important bits, Cheryl!

February 28th. Two quilts from NSW.

These two quilts arrived from Steph Hateley in NSW - thank you very much, Steph - they will be very much appreciated by our PNG babies and their mothers!

The backing fabric is delightful!

12 February 2014

Wonderful publicity for us!

Quilters Companion magazine (an Australian publication) has a full page article about the PNG Quilt Collective in the current issue. which is No.65 - Vol.13 No.1.   This is the cover, if you want to look for a copy in your newsagent.

The article is on Page 107.  I'd like to reproduce the article here, but I don't think the publishers would be too pleased!