My program for completing UFOs this month has been interrupted by the devastating bush fires still raging just a few kilometres from here.
Over 200 homes have been lost and more than 50,000 hectares of land destroyed by the fires. And that’s just in our local area – there are fires blazing right across the state while our southern neighbours in Victoria have experienced a return to winter!
The quilting group that I belong to has decided to make quilts specifically for those who have lost everything in these dreadful fires.
My sewing goals for this month included two quilts to be shown at the Airing of the Quilts next April plus a quilt for our bed. None of these is absolutely necessary right now – so they have been put aside in favour of making quick quilts to be donated as soon as possible.
My knitting goals included a pair of socks (finished two weeks ago but not blogged about) and a cardigan for myself. I have not had any desire to work on the cardigan so have put it aside to work on sewing rectangles (knitted by somebody else) into a blanket. I started this when the Grandboys were here; both of them have done some of the stitching. This blanket needs to be finished and will also be donated to the victims of the fires.
Even WM has been helping me by making bias tape for the quilt I am making from “quilt-as-you-go” blocks (made by someone else and donated to our quilting group).
The photo (taken on my iPad on a grey day) shows my living room floor as I work out my layout for the knitted rectangles. Beside it I have placed one completed row of the QAYG blocks. So far I have completed three rows and have five more to go before I can join them to make the quilt.
Please excuse me for not stopping to find and insert more photos – there are more pressing issues at hand and I need every minute to get my new projects done!
If you are so inclined, please join me in praying for soaking rain for New South Wales – the gardens need it, the farmers need it and the fire-fighters desperately need it!