Quilts For Orphans
For the benefit of those new to our ministry and what we do, I'll just update you. We have, over the nearly ten years that we have been in existence, sent close to 2000 quilts (like the ones we gave to the students from Billanook) across the globe to those in need of the comfort that a fabric 'hug' can give. The quilts are made, both by us from donated fabric .. and by offsite stitchers who gift us their quilts.
These gifted quilts are sometimes completed, and sometimes in the form of 'tops' which are yet to be finished off. In order to complete our quilts we need to purchase the inner filling (batting) and this works out at around $250 per roll. A roll of batting can help create approximately 40 quilts. Whilst fabric and quilt tops are often donated, the expensive batting rarely is, and we are loath to ask folks to dig quite that deep to help us. It's a HUGE ask, I'm sure you'd agree. So, long story cut short, we have to fundraise during the year at local quilt fairs where possible, and at our annual November two day Quilt Fair held at our Barn in Monbulk. We sell quilts which we have made, and sometimes a few of the quilt tops which we have received and finished are included in these sales. We also sell some items that we have made from the fabric that has been donated to us .. and we make up fat quarters from some of this fabric also ... as part of our fundraising. Without the blessing of the donated fabrics and tops that we receive we wouldn't be able to create items to sell to raise the cash needed to buy batting. I'm putting this 'out there' in order to explain how we fund our little charity .. which exists completely as a stand alone ministry and receives no funding other than what we are able to generate by the sale of some of our 'products', which in turn have been blessings to us from our supporters out there. I'm just trusting that everyone is understanding of how QFO keeps on keeping on, as the saying goes. And having said that .. we plan to be around for a looong time yet, as the demand for our fabric 'hugs' continue to be received :)
We are beginning preparations for our Annual fundraising Quilt Fair which will be held on the weekend of 11th and 12th of November. Running from 10 a.m till 4 p.m on both days at the Barn ... it promises to be a wonderful opportunity to not only generate the funding needed to purchase batting for all the quilts we hope to create in 2018. It is also a great way to show folk attending exactly what QFO is all about.
These gifted quilts are sometimes completed, and sometimes in the form of 'tops' which are yet to be finished off. In order to complete our quilts we need to purchase the inner filling (batting) and this works out at around $250 per roll. A roll of batting can help create approximately 40 quilts. Whilst fabric and quilt tops are often donated, the expensive batting rarely is, and we are loath to ask folks to dig quite that deep to help us. It's a HUGE ask, I'm sure you'd agree. So, long story cut short, we have to fundraise during the year at local quilt fairs where possible, and at our annual November two day Quilt Fair held at our Barn in Monbulk. We sell quilts which we have made, and sometimes a few of the quilt tops which we have received and finished are included in these sales. We also sell some items that we have made from the fabric that has been donated to us .. and we make up fat quarters from some of this fabric also ... Â as part of our fundraising. Without the blessing of the donated fabrics and tops that we receive we wouldn't be able to create items to sell to raise the cash needed to buy batting. I'm putting this 'out there' in order to explain how we fund our little charity .. which exists completely as a stand alone ministry and receives no funding other than what we are able to generate by the sale of some of our 'products', which in turn have been blessings to us from our supporters out there. I'm just trusting that everyone is understanding of how QFO keeps on keeping on, as the saying goes. And having said that .. we plan to be around for a looong time yet, as the demand for our fabric 'hugs' continue to be received :)
We are now in the midst of preparing for our annual fundraising Quilt Fair.
This is the major source of our QFO funding for the year ahead. Funds generated through the sale of quilts, stitched items, craft magazines and assorted items will enable us to purchase the all important wadding needed for the centres of our quilts. It is truly THE most costly part of a quilt and as we send out our completed quilts to those in need ... we need to replenish our stock of quilts so that we can continue to wrap these fabric 'hugs' around those who most need their comfort.
So please pop the dates into your calendar and visit us on the weekend of November 11th and 12th at the Barn. 345 Macclesfield Road Monbulk ... Melways ref 123 J8. Entry $5 ... plenty of onsite parking. Refreshments available.
Check out the following Links:
Monart Graphic Design www.monartgraphicdesign.com.au QFO's Graphic designer
1stbase.ai www.rubidesign.com QFO's Webmaster
http://www.facebook.com/Chelseaonesock .... for delightful retro fabric childrens clothing
http://mrsmartinsquiltshop.typepad.com/ ...whose customer blessed us with awesome fabric
Monbulk and District Mens Shed who created amazing shelving for our mezzanine storage area.
Signex Displays in Bayswater for our incredible and beautiful pull-up QFO banner. www.signex.com.au
We also stitch for the following Childrens Homes and organisations ....
http://www.butterflych.org/.... for news about the Butterfly Palliative Care hospice in China
And their very own Blog ... which is beautifully written and contains inspirational stories on the children in their care. See the Link below:
www.freetobekids.org/- .... the rescue organisation that frees children from slavery and exploitation
www.hopefosterhome.com ... the babies we are creating crib quilts for in China ...
www.zoehopeproject.blogspot.com .... giving hope to children in Zambia.
http://english.chinaconcern.org/ ... more children in China that we have stitched for ...
http://www.lolachildrensfund.org/ .... in Ethiopia
http://www.fikelela.org.za/orphan.asp .... the Fikelala AIDS Project in Capetown
http://mifanmama.com/Shining_Star_2.html the Home for vision impaired children in Shanghai
Spent a brilliant and successful two days at historic Mont De Lancey in Wandin. Shared the QFO story and generated funding for more of the fabric 'hugs' we create for those in need both local and global. A wonderful time was had by all and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to participate in this annual Mont De Lancey event. This place is truly awesome and we highly recommend that if you've not visited it yet ... do so!! It will not disappoint.
Monbulk CWA will be hosting an Oaks day event on Thursday 9th November. Quilts for Orphans will have a presence there and we look forward to participating in a fun day. Door prizes, Sweeps, Fashion Parade and more. See the flyer for full details.
We hosted students from Billanook who will be taking 20 of our quilts to Mae Hong Son in Thailand as part of their annual service project. Is wonderful to be partnering with these students and teachers and know that our fabric 'hugs' will soon be wrapped warmly around children on the other side of the globe.
Have just released our most recent Blog update for your reading enjoyment. Please visit our Blog to see all the photos of our 2017 Quilt Fair.
Last year QFO was approached by the Prison Network who were in need of aprons for wearing by their volunteers who administer the craft outreach within the womens Prison system here. The Prison Network run on a miniscule budget and we decided that we would gift them aprons. And then set to work creating them. Such fun and a blessing to help this wonderful organisation. The below message we received from their CEO Diane Spicer soon after they were received.
The pinnies....well.....They are PERFECT!! Everyone loved the colors and the BIG POCKETS!! The new logos added to them was the icing on the cake. Can't thank you all enough for these pinnies and for all the love that you put into making them for us. Everytime we wear them into the prison, we are carrying 'you all' in with us!! So special!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
And from the Cpec Newsletter :
A very big thank you to the lovely ladies at Quilts for Orphans who dropped in quilts for the Cpec Kids. Archer thought it was very funny to be bundled up in them. He chose the gorgeous green quilt in front of him for his big boy bed that he will be sleeping in soon.
From ‘Different Journeys’ an Autism Support Group. We recently gifted them a quilt with a heavy wool backing. This is a posting from their Page.
We were very fortunate a little while ago for Quilts for Orphans donation of a beautiful weighted blanket. We ran a door raffle at our March ASD Teen Peer Support & Social Event and one of our teens was excited to win this donated weighted blanket as the prize! Thank you again Quilts for Orphans for your donation. We are so pleased to hear you are creating more weighted blankets to donate to us at Different Journeys, for us to giveaway at more of our events!
Dear Sylvia & Gaynor,I wanted to let you know that we finally got your incredible quilts to Tanzania and the kids are thrilled!I know it may have seemed like we forgot (I can assure you we didn’t!) but unfortunately the laws have changed in recent times and it is basically impossible to just send a gift or anything into the country without being taxed.
We have been trying to find the most economical way of doing it and while it has cost us a bit of extra money we are excited that the kids have these wonderful gifts. Thank you again for your kindness and generosity and please thank all the women for their hard work and creativity. Such a beautiful gift for our kids. I hope you enjoy the photos!
And a further update … from the Ujaama Foundation which received these quilts:
Handmade Quilts The wonderful volunteers at ‘Quilts for Orphans’ in Australia handcrafted each ofour children their own special quilt and sent them to Tanzania. The childrenabsolutely love them and they make the bedrooms look so colourful! Thank you forthese beautiful gifts!
Hi everyone, As you can see from the attached photos the quilts were gratefully and joyfully received. A couple of the children quickly laid claims on the quilt that they wanted. It worked out perfectly, with each child now owning a very special quilt suited to them. At one stage a couple of them had burrowed deep inside the quilts and were nowhere to be seen. The adults were overjoyed as well and loved the workmanship involved. When I visited they had just had their bath time and were about to have dinner - some were a little sleepy. The quilts used at the fundraising Gala were a huge success and garnered much interest. They were featured in the silent auction as well as special raffle prizes. It was a very generous contribution and a valuable addition to the auction and raffle prize area. Heartfelt thanks from Mifan Mama Shining Star. The funds generated will enable the charity to continue to provide support for many children and families in need. Your contribution will help to support these good works. The children at Shining Star will be able to enjoy their quilts in Shanghai and wherever they may settle. We are coming in to winter so it is an opportune time for snuggling under their quilt to keep cosy and warm. Best wishes,Jan
Correspondence received from Sylvia, one of our offsite quilters and the organiser of despatching our quilts to Kabul.
> Mahboba asked that I pass on some photos she sent from Kabul of the > children of Hope House very much enjoying your recent donation. The > patchwork quilts have been put to very good use by the children. They > are so excited about them that they don't want to leave them on > their beds and have been wearing them around Hope House like shawls! > The Australian animal prints on them have also kept the children very amused.
> She wanted to pass on her deepest thanks to you for putting together > the donation of such beautiful quilts. They have really brightened up > the bleak winter in Afghanistan for some lucky orphans. Mahboba is so > grateful for your kindness and generosity and all the work that went > into the quilts.
> On behalf of Mahboba and Mahboba's Promise, thank you again,
> Best regards,
> Alex Bellamy
We create our quilts in two sizes .. to cater for the babies and also the older children in the homes/organisations that we gift our quilts to around the globe.
These quilt top sizes are : 35" x 45" for babies and 55" x 75" for older children.
We will be attending the Monbulk CFA Quilt Fair on Saturday March 4th. Located at the Living and Learning Centre, corner of Main Street and Moores Road Monbulk. 9.30 am till 3.30 pm. See our Blog for further details ... and check us out on Facebook too :)
We have just updated our Blog with news and photos from Mahbobas Promise in Kabul Afghanistan. The latest children to receive our fabric 'hugs'.
We are off to beautiful Mont De Lancey in Wandin on the weekend of November 25th and 26th 2017. We will be part of their Annual Draught Horse Festival 'things to see and do' whilst there. Visit our Blog for the Link to this amazing Venue and pencil this Event into your social calendar.