Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Quilt update

I am sorry that there hasn't been a recent update.

The quilts are progressing but I am afraid slowly at the moment.

In the last few months I have been occupied with my family's illness, Firstly my sister Margie is nearing the end of her battle. She was admitted to hospital yesterday and her lung has collasped. They will do a scan today to see how far the tumour has re grown and assess her from there. In the meantime my younger sister Louise has had a melanoma removed she has lost her whole eye and is waiting on a prothesis she is recovering slowly but now lives with a time bomb. as the melonoma had spread to outside the eye so will now live in her blood stream and can resurface anytime in any organ of her body she is being assessed by Peter Mc Callum as to her next treatment. Then DH had a sun spot removed from his lip it was quite extensive so it took a little bit of reshaping fortunately it was benign.

So thanks to all who sent fabric and money, the situation is that several quilts await quilting, and we are working on more as I type. Most of the money was spent on wadding I was able to buy two boxes, and the remainder will be used for postage... Thank to the quilter who left the fabirc at my Sons in Wantirna South I collected this weekend when I went to see my sister it will be very useful. Thanks you to all the others for the minky fabric, the flannel fabric and the lovely lots of cotton fabric. It is all being used.

Forgive me for not posting regular updates but rest assured we are wirking in the background and once all quilts are finished I will send photos.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I would like to thank everyone for donations. I have received so many. I will try to acknowlwdge them all here but it is difficult because some people don't let me know they are banking something so I don't get a name.

But if your name is not here and there will be a few please accept this as my personal thanks.
Thanks also to
MArita Jones Lindi Jarmen Cate Grace Rosemary Nicole Hester Jacqui Wong Lorraine Bradely Carolyn Salmon Andrea And several Anoms

Also thanks to Lynne Scott who is making me backs and the other lady who is in Ringwood who is donating backing sorry your name escapes me and I can't find your email, aha Kathleen Appleton.

We are progressing and should have some finished quilts to show you all soon.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Nothing will stop us.

I am renewed with enthusiam and ready to go And it is all thanks to some generous people.

Big thanks also to the following people.Marita Jones,Lindi Jarmen,Cate Grace, Anom($10) Rosemary(10) For donating towards the cost of the wadding and some backing. Should be able to get a roll of wadding and some backing fabric and make a start on the 25 quilts .

Big Big thanks to Jo Williamson, for more fabric and goodies, and thanks Cathy Smith loved our visit. A wonderful women doing wonderful work.

Will get busy sewing when I come home from coffee.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Bad News This time

We didn't get accepted for the grant through Bendigo Bank. I was so disappointed as I was led to believe we would... I felt so defeated for a while and then it occured to me the babies still need the cot quilts so I needed to think of plan B.

So here is Plan B but I need some help.... Instead of backing them with Minky we will do them the traditional way which in the long run is going to be cheaper. I have 6 completed tops about 6 being appliqued now, 6 panels ready to be made into quilts and enough fabric to make probably another 20 quilts and more fabric being delivered by Cathy Smith. ( see her blog Quilting for Zimbabwe) So I have decided our first shipment which I would like to send early 2011, will be 25 finished cot quilts. But I will need your help.

I can purchase wholesale ,15 yard roll of 100% cotton wadding. It is 100 inches wide that will make about 20 quilts so I will need 1 1/2 rolls, the cost of two rolls (30 yards)of wadding is $300 the other half roll will make more quilts for a second shipment in later 2011.
I can also purchase wholesale, backing fabric 15 metres for $97.50. I will need 3 of theses to make the 25 quilts there will be some left over this will be used for the next shipment. The cost of three is $292.50.... The special price of the backing fabric is only available to me until November 30th 2010 .

So this is where I humble myself and ask for help. If you could donate the cost of a metre of wadding or part there of approx $10 per metre, or a metre of backing or part there of approx $9.00 per metre, then this will enable myself and the other 6 volunteers to concentrate on making the quilts. I had hoped not to have to ask for donations but when there is no other choice then I have to.

The babies need these quilts and I will do anything I can to get them there if plan B fails then I will just have to come up with plan C I am determined to succeed.

If you can help then please transfer the amount you are able to donate to the account below. Please make sure you mark it quilts for Zimbabwe and also email me I can then arrange to keep this separate. Or you can post me money orders to the address below also.

Please help me if you can.

I have also recieved a donation of $100 from Val Musgrove originally she wanted me to purchase Minky fabric but I have decided to use this towards the cost of wadding. When these quilts are finished I am going to have think of a way to find the postage but one step at a time.

Christina Kuhne
5480 Great Alpine Road
OVENS Victoria 3738
03 5752 2757

Bank details
ST George Bank
BSB 112 879
Acc # 106263319
PT & CM Kuhne

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

An Update

Things are progressing but very slowly and quietly at the moment...

The donated fabric is currently being cut into blocks some to be appliqued some to made into tops as they are. We currently have 10 finished tops and more ready to prepare at our next GTG on the 25th of October 2010.

The grant application has been accepted and it will about 8 weeks from the 20th of September which takes us to about the middle of November before we hear anything. I don't have a plan B if we are not accepted but I know I will get the quilts to Zimbabwe some how, some way.

In the meantime we are continueing with our preparation of tops for Zimbabwe and also for sick children here. At the moment we have about 6 request for local families all of these are being done and are in one stage or another at the moment.

Life has got in the way at the moment with family and other things. I lost my dear MIL in September and my hubby and sister in law need my support. More bad news about my sister who has been given only months to live so I am trying to spend some time with her.

Sorry the updates are slow in coming will try to make them weekly from now on. Be assured just because the blpog is quiet the work goes on.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Congratulations Helen Evans..... You are the winner of the give away for the name of the project for grants application. The winning slogan is

A little Quilt goes a long Way.

Thanks to everyone who entered they were all great but think this says what I need to say. Helen wins the block roll in the photo.

Helen email me at petinas@aussiebroadband.com.au with your address please.


Friday, September 10, 2010

More Donations Thank You

Today I collected two parcels from the Post office both packed full with fabric.Thanks to Lindi and Linden, the fabric will soon be made into tops....Things are happening slowly at the moment we are making tops but we are waiting to hear if we are accepted for the grant if we aren't we will have to do some serious re thinking and fund raising....

Also I am handling a family tragedy at the moment my dear mother in law is dying so sewing is taking a back stage at the moment...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Give Away

We are applying for a grant to enable us to back these cot quilts with Minky dot fabric and to cover the postage... In that grant application I have to come up with a quirky name. Something that says in a few words what we want the money for and attracts the attention of the grant committee.

I have thought of a few and will list them in order of preference
Grannies Quilt Love
Love Spans the world
Grannies care
Because we care.

Now if you can come up with the ultimate quirky name I will award a prize to the one that I use.

Please leave a comment with the name or email me the name.


Postie arrives with good things

Today I collected four parcels from the post office.

Thank you to the following people who have sent me fabric.

Can now make some more cot quilts some will be appliqued others will not

Thanks to Kerrie B Kilmore Vic

Thanks to Margaret Attril Lismore NSW

Thanks to K Omeara Coburg Vic

Thanks to Kate Thomas Millthorpe NSW

Fabric is always needed along with Minky dot fabric to back the quilts so please if you have any to spare contact me at


Thursday, September 2, 2010

One in a Million

Please watch this video and help...This is the place we are sending our quilts so if you can spare $1 please help.

Here is the bank details.

Bank: Westpac, Capalaba
Account Name: YFC Bulawayo
BSB Number: 034-080
Account No. 185900

Thanks you

One in A Million

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sandra Jones Children's Village.

We Care Quilts have been asked to assist in making quilts for Sandra Jones Children's village. Situated in Zimbabwe it helps to rehabilitate young girls as young as 11 years who are victims of incest and rape.. Many of these girls arrive pregnant and some who are not fortunate enough to seek refuge abadon there new born babies. So an orphanage was established along with the village for the girls.

Our task is to supply cot quilts. We want to make and send as many as we can before the end of this year (2010). We have already began, yesterday we prepared 4 quilts ready to be hand appliqued and these have been taken by willing hands to do the hand applique. I have about 10 quilt panels and I am awaiting the arrival of my new machine and I will assemble these.

As we are all pensioners and we have to fund our own efforts, money is always in short supply. Postage to send the quilts may cost us up to $400 depending on how many we make. The Minky fabric I woud like to back these quilts with will probably cost about the same. And then there is the fabric needed to make the tops. So we are in the process of applying for a local grant to assist with this. If our application is unsuccessful then we will have to rethink our plan as I say use plan B which as yet I haven't thought of.

So how can you help, well we need homespun fabric and print fabric suitable for babies but we know these babies like bright colours. So you can send us this. If you would like to help with funds then that would be greatly appreciated. If you want to make a quilt then please make one the 36 inches by 48inches. Please use quality fabrics and make it with minky backing. These babies deserve the best is how I think.

Of if you would like to offer help then you can contact me at the following email address

To read more about this village then go to this web site.

I will provide regular updates here and also photos of the quilts as we finish them.

Who Are We Care Quilts For Kids

We Care Quilts For Kids, is a small group of Friends who saw a need one day and decided to take up the challenge. We make quilts for sick or terminal children and their siblings
About three years ago I came in contact with a small Group in Yarrawonga and when I saw the good work they were doing with their skills I wanted to share this. I was told there was a need to form small groups in all areas and to be honest due to my state of mind ( I was suffering from severe anxiety and panic attacks) I was looking for something I could do without having to leave home.
So I soon found about 8 people who were willing to join me and we started making quilts. We didn’t know who we would give them to but soon we heard about sick children and started offering them to these children. The ladies I asked to help me couldn’t quilt so I bribed them, told them if they would help I would teach them to quilt and give them home made muffins when they came to help. They now make beautiful quilts for themselves as well as helping to make quilts for the children. In the three years we have made and given away about 100 quilts to various children and Ronald Mc Donald house. During the 2009 bushfires my husband and I donated 800 quilts in the Alpine shire and Victoria wide many of these were donated but we also made a lot ourselves. My husband supports me in everything we do.
We do all this voluntary and we do it by providing most of what we need ourselves. I get a lot of fabric donated but we still need to buy fabric. We have had a couple of donations from The Railway Hotel
Our Mission Statement it simply We Do this because We Care....

If you would like to help us in any way then please contact me at petinas@aussiebroadband.com.au.

We have undertaken a huge tsk which I will tell you all about in the next post and will need help for this to be a success.