Giving to the community is a major part of the Hunters Hill Quilters - so the 1st Thursday of each month is devoted to 'sewing for others'.
Over the years more than 1150 bed size quilts and 800 cot and toddlers size quilts have been donated to charities for fundraising or simply for comfort. Sewing and sharing with people less lucky than ourselves is a win/win for everyone concerned.
We make quilts for many organisations and services including:
- Country Women's Association of NSW
- Days for Girls Australia
- Giant Steps
- Grace Centre for Newborn Care
- Hornsby Kur-ing-gai Women's Shelter
- Sydney Community Services
- UNISSON Disability
- Amelie House
- Beecroft House
Our donations during 2020
2020 has started as a year of challenges: fires and corona-virus.
In March we collected 30 quilts to be personally delivered to the people who have lost their homes to fires in the Lake Conjola area. Just an example of the 30 bed size quilts packed into Robyn's car for delivery ...
In March we recognised the need to suspend our weekly group meetings. However, just before we closed the doors, 42 cot quilts were packed and ready to be delivered to the Grace Centre for Newborns in time for Mothers Day.
Our donations during 2019
The 2019 summary of donations includes:
37 Bed size quilts.
182 Cot quilts for The Grace Centre for Newborn Care
48 Toddler size quilts for children at Amelie House
As well as donating to the organisations that we have supported for many years, we have added to two new organisations: Amelie House, a St Vincent de Paul crisis accommodation for women with children, and Beecroft House, accommodation providing safe and secure transitional housing to women over 55
Making baby cot quilts is a pleasurable activity for all of our members, so this year when The Grace Centre asked us to make cot quilts to promote their 'Kangaroo Care' week, we took up the challenge. Kangaroo Care is skin to skin contact between mum or dad and their newborn baby.
42 'Kangaroo Care' Cot Quilts
Throughout the year, we were also able to donate 10 children's quilts to the drought affected area of Trundle in central NSW. One of our members delivered these in November : tractors, motor bikes and unicorns, each with an appropriate toy. We received a beautiful thank you from one of the boys.
In July we were able to respond to a request for 18 bed quilts to help furnish a new facility, Beecroft House, accommodation providing safe and secure transitional housing to women over 55
18 quilts, all stacked up ready to be delivered.
Donations in 2018
Our Community efforts for 2018 exceeded even our own expectations. In summary, 47 bedsize quilts were donated to our charities of choice, some for fund raising but most for comfort. This selection went to Unisson Disability in April.
We continue to support the Grace Centre for Newborn Care and in 2018 were able to deliver 149 of these small quilts. This picture was the final delivery in November.
At our 2018 Quilt Show, we sold 10 of the quilts we made for community and were able to add $3280 to the show profits and therefore increase the $$ donation we made to Days for Girls and Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter.
Donations in 2017
In summary, we donated 36 bed size quilts as well as 100 cot quilts for the Grace Centre for Newborn Care.
In November we made a donation of 6 quilts to the Hornsby Women's Shelter: second donation for the year.
The Community effort from the group in November included a workshop to support the work of Days for Girls - https://www.daysforgirls.org/
As well as the sewing effort, we donated a quilt for their fund raising efforts.
Each year we like to support and acknowledge the great work of the Hunter Hill and Ryde Community Services with two quilts: one for their volunteers and one for fund raising. This year was no exception. In October we delivered these two quilts.
By August, the community effort of our group had amassed a further selection of 60 cot quilts for the Grace Centre for Newborns. As always, Robyn S. delivered them direct to the delighted staff at Westmead.
In July a representative from Hornsby Women's Shelter came to visit and we gave her a selection of 5 quilts: when leaving the shelter to move to a better life, each woman is given a quilt. This is our group displaying the quilts that we donated.
June was a busy month: first, a 'pile' of11 assorted quilts were collected by two of the case workers for a women's refuge in Ryde, women and their children who are not as lucky as we are.
Giant Steps, a school for children with autism hold an annual ball to raise funds: our contribution is a quilt for the silent auction. 'Orange Blossom' by Laurel.
And also in June, a quilt to be raffled for funds to support the Children's Westmead Pallative Care.
In March 50 Cot quilts were delivered to the Grace Centre for Newborns at Westmead Children's Hospital as well as a huge quilt for their annual fund raising activities.
First donation for 2017 is a wagga (wool quilt) made by Jess and given to the CWA in February to raise funds for the many good works that they support.
Donations in 2016
We end our 2016 year with total donations of:
33 bed-size quilts for fundraising and comfort111 cot quilts for the Grace Centre for Newborn Care
97 Fidgety quilts and muffs for Dementia patients
The final donation for 2016, just in time for Christmas - these 6 quilts were delivered to Stepping Stone House: an annual donation for the young people there.
2 cotton quilts and 4 wool waggas
Also in November this lovely pile of quilts was delivered to Erin's Place - gifts for women and their children who are not as lucky as we are.
Turkish Delight by Pamela R.
Blue Tango by Pamela R.
Spots and Shirts by Marie K
Desert Circles by Material Obsession
Crazy Hearts : community effort and Gil, quilted by Iris
Dancing with the Fairies by Iris
Since 2000, each year about August we receive a brief on the theme for the Lord Mayor's NYE party: a party in the Botanical gardens for families with special needs. Based on the brief, we design and make a quilt which is given to one of the families.
2016 was no different - at this stage can't reveal anything - the quilt is in the bag !! Update in January ...
Enchanted Garden - the quilt inside the bag !
Traditionally November is the month we give two quilts to Hunters Hill and Ryde Community Services. We have been supporting this very important organisation for several years. The quilts we gave them this year were:
Outback Stories from Material Obsession
featuring Australian fabrics
Intersection by Narelle with excellent hand quilting
Lots happened in October: a fun month which involved the 'Dementia Project'. Thanks to Robyn Jo's initiative the group made 98 Fidgety Quilts and 17 Twiddy Muffs. These are used as 'touch therapy' to provide gentle calming relief for patients suffering from dementia or Alzheimer. Almost all of these have been distributed: 70+ in conjunction with 'Sewing for Charity Australian' send to Golden Carers for distribution to aged care organisations and 17 + to a local aged care facility in Kellyville.
Fidgety Quilts being counted into bundles of 10
Before counting - just a huge pile!
And some of the twiddle muffs
This very special wagga was also given to Bella Vista Gardens, the new aged care facility in Kellyville, to be used as a wall hanging. This wagga was made by our member Beryl J, prior to losing her battle with cancer.
In September, we celebrate our birthday: an opportunity to invite friends.
The quilt, Silk Fan was presented to the Brain and Mind Centre for display on the walls of their building in Camperdown to be enjoyed by all who visit there. The Brain and Mind Centre received a large $$ cheque from the proceeds of the 2106 Quilt Show for their research work into youth mental health.
Silk Fans by the Grace and the Orange Team
Our friends from Grace Centre joined in the party and brought with them a beautiful birthday cake: we thanked them with a 'stash' of 61 baby cot quilts. 30 of these had been part of our quilt show display.
Another donation in September, was six quilts delivered to Macquarie Hospital: five for patient care and one for a raffle at their annual fund raising fete.
Lightening Strikes by Ros
Challenge in Blue II by Gil
Spring has Sprung by June
Sydney Dry by Pamela R
Laurel's Rose Garden by Laurel
and finally Chevron - a group workshop run by Grace
Each August we give Inala, supporting people with disabilities, two quilts for their fundraising activities: 2016 was no exception.
Shades of the Rainbow by Robyn S, June, Jenny and Marie with most of the fabric donated by Carolyn.
A challenge in Blue
As part of our Quilt Show in August, this quilt, Pyramids in the Garden was sold and the proceeds included in the donation to our quilt show charity: research into youth mental health.
Selections of Pyramids in the Garden, by the Blue Group.
In May, Robyn and Iris delivered 50 baby cot quilts to The Grace Center for Newborns at Westmead
Five 'stacks' of 10 !
All well received and photographed
Also in May 2016 two quilts were given to Laine Harnett from the Westmead Children's Hospital Palliative Care Volunteer program.
Holly Hobby by Jenny for a little girl with health problems too huge to list
Glow, also by Jenny, to be part of a raffle for fund raising for the program.
And one more in May ...
Kinu (Japanese for Silk) by the Orange Group donated to Giant Steps for their annual find raising ball
Two quilts have been given to to Lighthouse and Breast Cancer Fundraising
'Cottage Garden' by the Pink Group
'Stars in our garden': a group challenge
Our first donation in 2016 went to the CWA in February for their fundraising work.
'Red, white and Stars all over' by Marie K and Iris
Donations in 2015
We end our 2015 year with total donations of:
100 cot quilts for the Grace Centre for Newborn Care
11 quilts for various charity fundraising
19 quilts for comfort.
The final donation for our 2015 year included was a quilt to Assisted Dogs Australia
'Robyn's Dogs' by Robyn Jo and Helena
November was a very busy month: ten quilts were donated.
7 quilts selected for Stepping Stone House to be delivered with their Christmas parcels and hampers.
'Chevron' by the Black Group - Gil and team
'Blue Flowers' by the Orange Group - Ros and team
'Music' by Robyn Jo
'Candy Stripe'by Grace and Lindy
'Strips and Stripes' by Jenny
'Colour Waves' by Pamela R.
'Sample Fun' by Pamela R.
and also 2 quilts given to Hunters Hill and Ryde Community Services: one for their volunteer Christmas party and the other to be raffled to raise funds for the Brain Injury Support Program
'All Stars' by Marie G.
'Diamonds are forever' by Pamela R.
Each year for many years we have been delighted to respond to a 'themed' brief from the organisers of the Lord Mayor's New Year's Eve Picnic:
In October 2015 Robyn S delivered another 50 cot quilts to The Grace Centre for Newborns at Westmead. An impressive 'stack'.
September 2015 saw the delivery of two quilts for fund raising raffles.
'Man's Best Friend', by Val and Iris was given to The Guide Dogs Association for their Open Day in November
And 'It's a lovely life', by Doreen and Gill to Macquarie Hospital for their Market Day Raffle.
In August 2015, two quilts were given to Motor Neurone for their fund raising events:
'Orange Hibiscus' by Henny and Iris (block view)
'Yellow Rainbow' by Jenny and friends
July 2015 was a busy month for donations: 4 quilts were given to Sunshine, founded by Dr. Lorna Hodgkinson. The quilts will go to people who are supported by Sunshine.
'Eye Spy' by Narelle
'Shades of Blue' by the Red Group
'Red, White and Blue 1' by Jenny and her team
'Card Trick' by Helen
Also in July, Robyn Jo. and Graeme were delivering quilts to the Purple House, a dialysis centre in Alice Springs. Three Hunters Hill's quilts went with Robyn:
'Fluffy Hexagons' by Grace with Hexagons by Penny
and two children's quilts
'Lots of Fun' by Jessica and Helena
'Owls and Dolls'
June 2015 saw the delivery of three community quilts: two went to Inala and a third one to Giant Steps for their annual fund raising ball.
Counter Change 2 by Marie K to Inala
Sample Garden by Grace from donated blocks, also to Inala
Green with Envy by 'The Orange Group'
Four quilts delivered to Macquarie Hospital in April 2015: one for raffle and three for residents care.
Counter Change 1, by Marie K
Purple Passion by Grace
80's Laura by Iris, with fabrics from Marie G.
Disappearing by Narelle
Cot Quilts for the Grace Centre for Newborns delivered in March 2015
A magnificent 'pile' of 50 cot quilts
Autumn is an appropriate name for this quilt made by Lindy M. and given to the Figtree Playgroup for their Mother's Day Raffle.
Spring Garden donated to the Palliative Care Unit at Westmead Children's Hospital. It will be used to raise funds in their raffle.
79 quilts were given away in 2014, including 49 cot quilts for the Grace Centre for Newborns at Westmead Hospital.
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