Thursday, July 18, 2013

Celebrating Our 1st Birthday

Yesterday marked a milestone for our group. This time last year we held our first official meeting together as the Georges Hall Sew'nSews. We were all a little nervous that day, not knowing how it would all turn out. But we didn't need to worry. Twelve months on and we have just celebrated our first birthday.

So what have we achieved in the last twelve months? We have made personalized dressmaking forms, the kind to fit our clothing on. There have been mug bags to carry our coffee mugs, so they don't get damaged in transportation. There were  fabric rolls to store our patchwork blocks in, so they stay flat while making others in the process of a making a quilt. We learned how to make fabric flowers, and how to up-cycle a sloppy joe, (sweatshit) into a jacket. Then there were the quilts. Lot and lots and lots and lots of quilts, fourty five (yes, that's  45!)  in all.

The quilts were for charity, using up our scraps and gaining some knowledge along the way. So yesterday we gave them all away at a big morning tea presentation, and  we invited lots of special guests to share in our celebrations.
 There was Kerrie White and Geoff Nance  from 'Bankstown City Aged Care' - 'Gillawarna Village', the nursing home behind the hall were we meet. The nursing home was one of the recipients of the quilts.
 Nicole from 'Allevia', a center providing services to children with disabilities. One of the services is providing occasional care for children 0-5. This center was also a recipient of quilts. There was one single bed sized quilt made especially for them to raffle.
 Allan Winterbottom, a representative from Bankstown City Council. BCC had generously given us a grant of $$$ to purchase backing fabric and batting for the making of the quilts. It was great to see the smile on his face showing his appreciation for what we had done with the money.

Cheryl and Jackie from 'Achieve'. Achieve have a Needlecraft Emporium & Fabric Cave, where lots & lots of fabric and needlecraft supplies are donated , then sold at bargain prices. These ladies generously donated many fabric pieces that were used in the tops of the quilts.

Susan and Anne, who hold positions with the Australian Sewing Guild, Sydney Southwest Region. We were told that it was a credit to our group for all the hard work we had achieved in our first twelve months together. It is hoped that our story will make it into the ASG  National Magazine

Yvonne Keen, editor of Machine Embroidery magazine, as well as a photographer from the local newspaper, were also special guests. Hopefully we get some coverage in these publications, so that the wider community will see who we are and what we do.

If any one else out there would like to help out in our charity projects, perhaps you might like to come and join us. Our next meeting will be on :-

9.30am - 12.30pm
21st August, 2013
Georges Hall Community Center
188 Birdwood Rd
Georges Hall

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