Not even Sydney’s torrential spring showers could dampen the enthusiasm of our Stitchin’ Mission quiltmakers who came along on Sunday afternoon to the first of 5 classes Linda Hungerford is giving at St Mark’s.
After months of Skyping, promoting, advertising, shopping for fabric, liaising with our chosen mission, KU Children’s Services, printing notes, sewing sample quilts, and gathering together an enthusiastic band of supporters, Di B and I could hardly believe the big day had finally arrived!
The stage was set, with a folder of notes and patterns and a handmade pincushion laid out ready for each of our arrivals. We had a display of artist impressions of the new KU Marcia Burgess Autism Specific Early Learning & Care Centre, where our quilts are destined to become treasured ‘security blankets’ for the little ones enrolled there when it opens in June 2010.
There were tables groaning with donations of child-friendly focus fabrics and bright supporting fabrics, ready for our newbies to ‘shop’ from at the end of the lesson.Of course the famous Stitchin’ Mission banner, which Linda had brought all the way from Des Moines, had pride of place with the 4 sample quilts at the front of the room.
Then they arrived – 33 eager newbies and Rebekahs – and after listening with rapt concentration to Linda’s clear and entertaining presentation the rush was on to choose fabrics. I heard afterwards that several had been eyeing them off and mentally choosing their favourites even as Linda was still talking – such was their enthusiasm!
This week’s homework is simple: washing and pressing the fabric ready for rotary cutting the quilt block pieces on Sunday.
That’s when the real fun begins!