Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Sewing for Aussie Heroes

Jan-Maree hosted another sewing day for Aussie Heroes at her house today.  There were three of us worker bees.  And boy did JM crack that whip!  LOL

Gail started off ironing quilts that need to be delivered to a long-arm quilter.  (If you check tonight's post on the AHQ blog, you will notice that this is the first quilt on that post.)

And then moved on to making laundry bags.
Robin and I were detailed onto making a pink elephant quilt.  We decided to go with a simple layout with scrappy squares.  Here it is on the design board.

And a strip with appliqued elephants.  Papa & Mama elephant with their naughty baby elephant who was refusing to go the right way.  I pieced the blocks while Robin did the applique. 

We then put a border on either side of the applique panel, and by home time the quilt was done.  Love it!

Here is a close up of the baby elephant and the cute border fabric; it has giraffes, elephants and rhinos on it.  Can you see them?

Jan-Maree made time in her hectic schedule to sew with us.  She was making a laundry bag.

And here it is finished...

If you haven't already visited the Aussie Heroes Quilts & Laundry Bags blog here, do take the time to have a look.  There's always heaps of inspiration there, and the thank you's from the troops will give you an idea of just why we do it.  If you feel like getting involved, there are loads of ways you can help - all the details, including contact information, are on the blog.
On the way home, I took time to stop and take a photo of the Triffid that has been flowering for several week on Avoca Drive.  Have you read the "Day of the Triffids" by John Wyndham?  I read it when I was 13 and had nightmares for weeks after!  LOL

To give some perspective, it is growing on top of the retaining wall which is well over 2 metres tall.  The Triffid towers up a further 2 meters.  You can see the wire fence behind it, which isn't even half way up the length of it. 
It started flowering with masses of tiny little yellow flowers at the base of that stalk, and I have watched it week by week as the flowers have crept up and up and now it is flowering on the very tip of that stalk. 

Til next time.....Keep on stitching.


  1. Love your blue elephants - such a bright and cheery quilt top.

  2. Hi Dasha love the elephant quilt,its so bright and happy,you ladies do such marvelous work,first time i have ever seen a Triffid tower before such a different plant,enjoy your day my friend.xx

  3. Fun elephants yes lol how lovely!
    Gosh I read that book as a kid but it was the film that really spooked me, putting my images onto the television screen!
    Is that a succulent or cacti plant, surely an impressive looking plant and SO much like a modern day Triffid LOL
    Wonder how many years its taken to reach that maturity and flower like that!


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