Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Beginnings, A Way to Give Back, and A Freebie

Hearts and Flowers tablerunner with Coasters

Tulip in Bloom

Birdhouse Ruler Keeper

Family Love


Leslie's Peg Bag

Hearts at Home
 Have you heard of the  Gum Tree Designers. They are a group of stitchery designers from Australia. What an inspirational group! They have a new project called New Beginnings .  (click the highlighted words to read all about it). They are collecting sewing kits for our fellow crafters who've been affected by the devastating floods in Queensland. A small thing to do for the people who share our passion and have lost all.
(We want to collect, and then distribute, a 'New Beginnings' sewing kit for those who need to start over with their craft. We will be posting the kits in bulk to the various quilting groups in each town.)
 I wanted to contribute but it didn't seem feasible (with shipping and time restraints)
So what did I do???
I contacted Jennifer Reynolds and told her we'd like to help from over here in Canada, the U.S. and maybe even U.K.
All you have to do is click on the donate button on the upper right above. The minimum donation is $5.50. After you donate, come back here and leave a comment telling me which one of the patterns you would like free and I'll send the pdf file to you!!! (Please allow 24 hours ) Easy Peasy!!! Let's show the Ozzie girls that we want to help our fellow crafters. Fellow bloggers , please spread the word so we can really make this successful! I think I can even send you the donate button!!!
Here's a list of the patterns and their designers.

Queensland Floods Gifts

1 Home is Where My heart Is   (picture to follow)
Finished size 12 x 22.5 inches Wallhanging.....(2 pdf set)

2 Honey
Sewing Set, Pin Cushon, Needlebook, Scissor Fob

3Family Love

4 Tulips in Bloom
22.5 x 22.5 in centerpice or wallhanging

5 Leslie's Peg Bag

6 Hearts at Home
Lavender Scented Door Hangers

7 Birdhouse Ruler Keeper
Finished size 25 x 8.5 inch

8 Hearts and Flowers Tablerunner with Coasters


Theresa said...

Thanks for enabling those of us not living in Australia to still be able to help out.

I would like the birdhouse ruler pattern please.

Corinne said...

You are amazing Ruth to think of such a great idea.
I'd like the birdhouse ruler pattern please - and no rush cause it will take me months to actually do it. Corinne

KaHolly said...

First of all, I love your blog title!! What an imaginative play on words. Very clever!! Secondly, I thank you for taking the ball and running with it! I've been waiting for the info on making a donation since, like you, I thought it a better idea than to ship to Australia. I wouldn't have known where to start or how to do it and I'm proud that you have set this up. (I'm a part-time Canadian, 6 months a year.ksdoolittle). And lastly, I'd like a copy of Jenny's Hearts at Home pattern. I have so many of Jenny's patterns, they are in their own binder!!! Happy New Year to you, and thank you for doing this. ~karen

vernagrace said...

Hi Ruth- Thanks so much for setting this up with Jenny and her fellow Gum Tree Designers, As a fellow Canadian I really wanted to help these fellow crafters, too. I would like the Birdhouse ruler tote. Now back to getting a couple of sewing kits done and in the mail.

Sewlmate Sister said...

Thanks so much Girls,I've e mailed your patterns.
KaHolly, you live in a beautiful place...(Cape Breton), and Corinne's in PEI!Lucky girls!!
Teresa and Vernagrace, thanks to you as well. Hee Hee

Allie said...

Hi Ruth, I'd love to put the donate button on my blog. I'm so limited in the help I can give - and I want to help so badly! You can email me at alliehomeschool [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Lline said...

I've been through a flood myself when I was 8. Luckily we were on high ground.The devastation surrounded us for months. It's the little pleasures that get us through the bad stuff. Hopefully my small donation can help bring the light back into the life of one of our sisters or brothers. Thank you for finding a way for those of us in the US and Canada to help. Please send the birdhouse ruler pattern.

roccagal said...

Thanks for organizing this wonderful effort!! We need to help or friend in need! I would like the birdhouse ruler keeper pattern please.

please send to

Tris said...

Just donated, Thanks for your idea with this effort for us Aussies although fortunately I was not effected directly.

I have donated & would like the "Birdhouse Ruler keeper please"

Ullis said...

Thank you for arranging this donation. I've donated and will post about it on my blog. Hugs Ullis in Sweden

Jenny said...

Thanks for making it easy to help a quilting sister! I've donated and will also make a comment on my blog. I would be happy to receive the home hearts pattern. Thanks again!

Just Ramblin' said...

Thank you so much for setting up a way that we could help. Living in the states it is not always feasible to mail things. My heart goes out to those who have been hit so hard. I would appreciate the tulip in bloom pattern. Thank you so much for pattern and giving us an opportunity to help in a small way. Nola

Sewlmate Sister said...

Thanks girls, you're great!
Jenny I cna't find your email address! Send it please!

Marit Johanne said...

I have just donated and will like to get the Birdhouse ruler pattern. Thank you for doing this.

Sharon said...

Thanks so much for doing this so we can contribute from other countries.

I would like pattern #5 - Leslie's Peg Bag from Dawn Hay Designs.
This will make perfect Christmas gifts this year.

margaret said...

Have just donated $11 for two patterns - receipt no. 6CP09299S2546744B
I would like the sewing kit and the runner and coasters, please.
I am making several of the sewing kits with the Gumtree girls.
Thankyou for becoming involved. We Brisbaneites really do appreciate it. Margaret - well above high water mark!

quilterfaye said...

Thanks for providing an opportunity for us to contribute to our Aussie Sisters.
I have mentioned the Ruler keeper in with my donation.
As a heads up,I mentioned your project at our quilting guild today. Memo going out to all our email members in NS. Hope several more donations will be on their way.

Bayside Gal said...

Thanks so much for the opportunity to donate to those in Australia. I woul love to have the Birdhouse Ruler Pattern. Thanks

Julies Knit & Sew Corner said...

Thank you allowing a link for us in the UK, I just hope we can do enough to make a difference.

I would love the Hearts at Home pattern please.
best wishes Julie.C