Springwood Winmalee Bushfire Quilt Appeal 2013

The Quilt Appeal has moved to a new blog! My personal blog just wasn't set up for the fantastic response I've received for the Appeal. The new blog can be found here:


All updates and information about the Quilts and the Appeal will be on the new blog from now on, but I will leave a copy of the history on this page. 


Friday 18th October 2013

My patchwork group at Springwood Salvation Army is coordinating a Quilt Appeal for the people in Springwood and Winmalee who have lost their houses in the recent bushfires. I grew up in Springwood, went to Winmalee High, and moved to Winmalee when we got married, and to see it all so devastated has been heart-wrenching. So many friends and acquaintances have lost their homes.

This appeal will be a long running appeal. Making a quilt takes a considerable amount of time, and there are a lot of quilts to make. It would be great if we had enough quilts so every school aged child could choose their own, and everyone else could choose one quilt per household. That's a lot of quilts!

The plans are a work in progress at this stage. Eventually, there will be some easy block patterns and quilt sizes to work with. This page will be updated with more information over the coming days as it all comes together, and depending on what the fire will do. At the moment, we ourselves are preparing for it to come across from St Columbus. The RFS started back-burning here overnight and I am so thankful for it. God bless them! A big shout out to Galston 1, Horsley Park, Wallacia, Regentville 1 Bravo, Orchard Hills, Brooklyn, Muogamarra, and Arcadia RFS Crews!

On my driveway


Galston 1 RFS


The girls cubby house tree


In the beginning it was fairly clear


After a short while it was very smoky

Ideally, I would like to hold an event, maybe in January (update: it will be 21st/22nd March 2014): new year, new quilt, where all of the quilts will be on display and people can come, have a cuppa and a chat (you know there is always food at The Salvation Army), and choose the one they love the most.

There will be an Information Meeting this coming Thursday for any quilters who would like to find out more. Please keep an eye on this page for confirmation of the venue as there is a fire near The Salvation Army and depending on the conditions between now and then, the venue may change.

Information Day:
Thursday 24th October Thursday 31st October
10am - 12 noon
Springwood Salvation Army
15-23 Francis Road, Faulconbridge

I will also be taking collections for anyone who wants to donate quilts. These can be dropped off to me (please email me using the Contact Me section for my address) or delivered to The Salvation Army hall in Faulconbridge. Please clearly label any items with my name. Do not take them to The Salvo Store in Springwood. They have so many donations coming in, it may get lost in it all. If you can't deliver it, I can arrange to have things picked up. Again, email me.

Donations required:
  • New, completed quilts (this is the best option)
  • Recently completed quilt tops
  • Good quality thread, especially machine quilting thread
  • Pre-made binding (cut 2.5", fold wrong sides together and pressed, bias or straight grain is fine)
  • Wadding (cotton, cotton/wool, wool, or wool/polyester preferred)
  • Fabric
  • Safety pins for basting
  • Donations to buy rolls of wadding
  • Volunteer quilters!!!!
Our regular class and postponed Quilt Show:
Our regular class meets on Thursdays at 10am - 12 noon. It is a $5 donation with morning tea included and there is no need to book. It is an open class that anyone can attend. These will still be running. Our annual quilt show was supposed to be held on Saturday 23rd November, but our barn is full of Emergency Services equipment and donations, and the fires are still burning, so it will be postponed until next year. All funds raised from our Quilt Show will go to The Salvation Army's work in our local area and this year it will be especially needed, however I feel the Quilt Appeal is the priority at the moment.

Warmest regards,

Tracey.





Friday 25th October

I know lots of us quilters have unfinished projects that could be used for this appeal (I have quite a few UFO's myself - that is UnFinished Objects), and I could pretty much guarantee that you all have enough fabric in your stash to start on a Bushfire Appeal Quilt, but in case you are stuck for what to make I thought I would give some suggestions.

I have been making some Aussie Hero Quilts (I was going to do a post on this when I had them finished, but now they will be Bushfire Appeal quilts) and I think they would be great as a base to start from if you don't know what to make. The backing is the width of the fabric (40") which means you don't need to piece the back. At first it may seem like they are long and skinny, but in actual fact they fit very nicely on a single bed as a topper, and they cover the whole length of you if you were laying back in the lounge, and they can wrap totally around you if you wanted to snuggle down in them. I think they would appeal to lots of people.


Just finished the quilting


This quilt is made up on 10" blocks, 7 rows x 4 columns. It also looks good with only 6 rows. It is a very simple block to make and every alternative block is rotated 90 degrees to create the effect.

To make the block you need:
  • 1 rectangle 6.5" x 10.5"
  • 2 rectangles 2.5" x 10.5"
Sew the two skinny rectangles onto either side of the large rectangle and you're done! Super simple. The block should now measure 10.5" x 10.5" (that will be 10" square when finished).


I have a set ready to sew into a top where I used any odd bits and I sewed both skinny rectangles onto one side. Will show you a photo of the top when its done.



I quilted it on my HQ Sweet Sixteen with pebbles in the navy sections (first time of trying pebbling) and eucalyptus leaves in the blocks. It was in my machine with a few leaves to go when the fires started last Thursday.

To get the right leave shape I had some next to me while I quilted











Now, you can use any fabric you like for this. A big print works well in the large rectangles. It is a great block to use up jelly roll strips. If you don't know where to start, I recommend making it all in a single colour theme, which would appeal to lots of age groups. I also recommend making some in more masculine colours and prints.

This basic pattern would work well with any repeated 10" block. Here are some examples.

This one is a simple rail fence block, just four strips 3" x 10" sewed together and rotated.



This one I haven't written out the pattern for just yet, but it follow the rotating theme. Not many seams to match!



And this one is a simple Half Square Triangle block quilt. Instructions are here for the basic block. It has 6 rows instead of 7. Great for using up scraps (you could make two tops at the same time).



Or if you had some really funky modern fabric like Amy Butler, you could just use plain 10.5" squares.

There are heaps of possibilities, and if you can come to our classes I will be able to help you get started. 

Keep checking back for more updates. Thanks for stopping by!

Tracey.





Friday 1st November

The Information Day went well, and I have had lots of phone and email enquiries. I believe there are some quilts coming from WA and Victoria, plus a number of groups around NSW. It is very exciting that so many quilters are helping out. Maybe as I am typing this there is a sewing machine out there working on a quilt for this community. I have to give a big shout out to Adam at Hadleigh Lodge (The Salvation Army's Rehabilitation Centre in the Blue Mountains) for making sausage rolls, chocolate muffins and a platter of biscuits for the ladies that came to the information day. They were delivered first thing in the morning and the kindness really touched my heart.

This page is getting quite long now so I thought I would make a section on the basics so you know where to go when you have any questions. Here it is...

THE BASICS

Goal:
200 by Christmas 2013
400 by March 2014

Size:
We will take any size. Whatever size you can manage is fine. We won't have as much of a demand for cot and lap size quilts, but if that is all you can manage, then that is great! Not all quilts end up on a bed, so you don't need to make standard bed size quilts. Lots of people like to have quilts in the lounge room to snuggle under while watching TV, or hung on the wall as an artwork.

Tops:
Ideally, we would prefer finished quilts, but we will accept tops as well. If you are sending a top only, we would appreciate a reel of machine quilting thread as well if you have a spare one. It doesn't have to be a new reel. Half used reels are fine.

Styles:
Anything is fine, although we would like a lot of unisex, modern, masculine or single colour quilts. These appeal to a wide age age. Also, football team or green and gold quilts would be good. Please make sure the fabric you are using is pre-washed if you are making a quilt with strong colours. For example, a Sydney Swans quilt with red and white homepun or muslin. You just know that red is going to run if you haven't washed and checked it first!

Labels:
You can label the quilt if you like, however it is not compulsory. I know some quilters want to make quilts anonymously. It is totally up to you.

Delivery:
Please deliver, Attention Tracey Greenaway, to:

The Salvation Army Springwood Corps
15-23 Francis Road
FAULCONBRIDGE NSW 2776

or

The Salvation Army Springwood Corps
PO Box 104
SPRINGWOOD NSW 2777

Donations:
Always happily received. We are after fabric for backings and tops, wadding, and machine quilting thread.

Pick Up:
I may be able to arrange pick up if you have a lot of quilts and the postage is going to be too much. Please email me if that is the case.

Excess quilts:
If there are quilts left over there are a number of ways they will be used. This will be addressed after the distribution of the quilts and we know how many are left over. Quilts made by our own ladies can be sold at our next quilt show to replenish our funds for wadding and fabric for our regular community quilts. All other quilts could go to local Rural Fire Service stations to be used as fundraisers, or to the local Police station to be used for people in crisis, or to our local nursing homes, particularly the ones that were evacuated.


Wouldn't you know it, as I am typing this a fire truck has raced down out street and a helicopter has been hovering out the front. I went out to check and there are two National Parks and Wildlife fire crews heading down the bush to a spot fire that has popped up. Two weeks since it has gone through here and it is still popping up, and probably will be for a few more weeks unless we get a couple of days of drenching rain. [And now a water bomber has arrived].

Today's spot fire has popped up from this fire last Saturday:































Thanks for stopping by! Keep safe, and happy quilting!

Tracey.

36 comments:

  1. Well done Tracey. I was thinking about something similar yesterday, so thank you for leading the way. I will share this around my quilting friends and see what we can come up with. I am at Warrimoo, and somewhat on the periphery of these fires so far, but we are all so interconnected with our friends and acquaintances who have lost so much just a ridge or two away. Stay safe. xxx

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    1. Thanks Eviemay! I am so glad you can help. Due to the current fire conditions around The Salvation Army buildings, and my place in Winmalee, I will be postponing the Information Meeting until next Thursday 31st October. If you could pass the date change on I would really appreciate it. Thanks so much!

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  2. Hi Tracey, I would love to participate in this, such a beautiful idea. Especially considering a dolly quilt I made for one of my daughters best friends was lost along with all of their belongings in yellow rock. I work full time so am unable to attend the information session. I am still only a beginner quilter really but would love to help. Could you please email me with some more information? Thank you! Tara. taraleaalb@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Tara-Lea, I would really appreciate your help and it doesn't matter what stage quilter you are. I am considering running some night classes for those who are not available in the day. I will put the details up on the blog when the immediate danger is over. Is there any evening that suits you best?

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  3. If someone can send quilts to me to be quilted, I have an A1 Longarm, with an Intelliquilter computerised system. It would only take a day to quilt each quilt, perhaps I could do more. Then I will pay the postage back to you. Things are a bit quiet at the moment here. I am in Victoria, so if you are interested, my email is norma@a1craftandquilting.com.au I am also in the volunteer fire service here, the CFA, so hopefully we won't be too busy for a while!

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    1. Oh my goodness, Norma!!!!! You're the BEST!!! Thank you so very much for your wonderfully kind and generous offer. I will email you to talk about it some more. Tracey.

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  4. Hello Tracey,
    I am the founder of www.blanketlovez.com a charity that makes quilts for children in need. We would like to donate new quilts and need to know which sizes are best? We will be holding several quilting bees next month here in Sydney area.
    Thank you for stepping up and organizing this!
    Cleary

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    1. Hi Cleary, thank you so much for your generous offer to make quilts. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your organising quilting bees to make quilts for children in need. A lady after my own heart. I don't have all of the details of the age ranges of the children as yet, however if you could start on quilts that would suit older children (maybe 10-18) I would really appreciate it. I will update the page with some suggested sizes soon. The Police have just called in and told us to get ready to evacuate, so I will get on to that later. Thanks, Tracey.

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  5. I'll definitely have quilts to donate. Are you still holding the information meeting on Thursday? I thought that area has been evacuated?

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    1. Hi there Rachaeldaisy, yes I am going to postpone the meeting to the following Thursday. The Salvation Army buildings are in the fire area, and we may be evacuated here soon. If you could pass on the change of date, I would really appreciate it. Thanks so much! Tracey.

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  6. Tracey,
    Thanks for organising this quilt drive. It is a great initiative. I plan to make some quilts for Primary school children and have bought some fabric with boys themes to get started. I cannot come to the meeting tomorrow but am keen to keep updated on your plans via your blog. Good luck,
    Anne

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    1. Hi there Anne, Thank you so much for your offer to make quilts. I really appreciate it. When things calm down a bit more I will update the page with more details. Thanks, Tracey.

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  7. I will be sorting out my quilts to donate...but then I could always find and excuse to make more......

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    1. Jennifer, your comments made me laugh out loud!! I can so relate to that! Just to let you know the Information Meeting is postponed to the following Thursday due to the active fires near The Salvation Army building and my home. Thanks so much, Tracey.

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  8. Hi Tracey, Well you know I'm in. If there is anything more you want me to do, just let me know.

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  9. I'm already putting things aside to donate. I won't be able to attend the meeting next week, so please list any further information as it comes to light. Fantastic idea - us 'Mountain People' sure know how to pull together and help out in a crisis!

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    1. Thanks, Tania! Yes, it touches my heart at how much support has come from the local communities. We are blessed to be able to live here. I will keep updating the page as it all comes together.

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  10. Tracey,
    I have been down to Spotlight in Penrith today. The 40% off patchwork fabrics for the next two days is very handy! I am going to start with the disappearing nine patch pattern and concentrating on boys and girls quilts for Primary School children. Can't go to the meeting but will keep watching your blog and stay in touch.

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    1. Hi there Annie, Thank you so much for making some quilts. The Disappearing Nine Patch is a favourite in our class. Good choice! Tracey.

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  11. Hi Tracey, I am a Quilter in Sydney and I can donate 2 Quilts. Unfortunately I cannot attend information session. I will keep reading your blog and stay in touch. Elke

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    1. Hi there Elk, Thank you so much for donating 2 quilts. I appreciate your kindness. Tracey.

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  12. I would like to make a quilt. I cant come to the meeting, live interstate, so will keep checking the blog for updates.

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    1. Thank you Sandra. I have been overwhelmed by the interstate response. It has been so lovely. It touches my heart that you would send us a quilt. Thank you. Tracey.

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  13. Hi Tracey, I'm a volunteer at BlanketLovez with the lovely Cleary (who replied to you above). I am hosting a Quilting Bee to make quilts for the bushfire victims this coming Monday (4th Nov) in Mona Vale. I am hoping to be able to supply you with 40-50 quilts! I already have a bunch of baby-sized ones (36"x36") ready to go and we will concentrate on making ones for older kids at the Bee. After the day I'll be in touch and we can organise how I can get them to you! Thanks very much for co-ordinating this effort - our hearts go out to everyone effected. Susie

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  14. Oh my goodness, Susie!!! That is fantastic! You have made me cry with your generosity. Thank you so very much. Tracey.

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  15. HI Tracey..............I organised the quilts for the Warrumbungles fire earlier in the year.........I have some tips I could give you if you ant to reply or chat on the phone...............

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    1. That would be great Chookyblue. I have emailed you my phone number.

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  16. Hi Tracey. Congratulations on your bushfire initiatives. As coordinator of the small Quilts & Coffee group of the Ladies Probus Club of the Upper Blue Mountains, I would like to let you know we are working on 10 (approx) children's quilts for the appeal. Hopefully they will be ready by Christmas.

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    1. Hi there Neridarb, thanks so much!! Sounds like a lovely group you have there!

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  17. Tracey, can you email me an address to send completed quilts to, and do you want labels with the makers name? I have started to get quilts in to be quilted for the fire appeal.

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  18. Hi there Norma, finished quilts can be sent to me at:

    The Salvation Army Springwood Corps
    15-23 Francis Road
    FAULCONBRIDGE NSW 2776 or

    The Salvation Army Springwood Corps
    PO Box 104
    SPRINGWOOD NSW 2777

    I think a label with the makers name would be lovely. Thanks!

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  19. Hi Tracey,
    I have been in touch with the Salvation Army locally where I live, which is at Vacy, in the Hunter Valley and have also spoken to Captain Sharp from your Salvation Army Store at Springwood. I have three large boxes of patchwork fabric, patterns and odds and ends all packed up and ready to go but the big dilemma is getting it to you. Salvation Army cannot help me and in total the three boxes have a combined weight of 31.5 kgs. I would like your ladies who have lost everything to benefit from these odds and ends so maybe you or your group can come up with ideas of transporting these boxes to your Salvation Army Store at Springwood. Vacy where I live is about 30 mins from Maitland. Best wishes, Bronwyn.

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    1. Hi there Bronwyn! WOW! 31.5kgs is a lot of fabrics and patterns! Thankfully, none of my patchwork ladies lost theirs homes, but we could use it for the Quilt Appeal if you like. Getting it from you to me is going to be a problem. I will ask around if anyone is heading up that way, but we are all so very busy at the moment I don't think it is very likely. I think it would be best if you could try to find a way to get it here, as you know the details of the packages. I'll let you know if I have any success. Thanks, Tracey.

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    2. Ok Tracey I will wait and see what may be able to be sorted out or otherwise try and get them down to you.

      Cheers,
      Bronwyn.

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  20. To everyone who has emailed through the Email Contact button: I had no idea the messages were going into a different folder in my email account, and just today I have discovered them all sitting there unanswered!!! And some are now 13 days old. A thousand apologies to you all. I am getting through them and will get back to you shortly. What a steep learning curve this has been!

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