Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Tying Up Loose Ends

Since the phenomenally successful Open Day I have been "tidying my room" and sorting out leftovers from our Bring & Buy Stall.

Some lovely IG contacts purchased some extra Lucky Dips and have collectively pushed our total over the £1700 - brilliant!!

One more "MysteryPackage" will go out today and then I am off out on a charity shop run with leftover books etc.

Whilst at the Post Office I will finally be posting off this bundle of quilts to Siblings Together.

Thank you again to all the bluepatch quilters who contributed, time, blocks and fabric to make these four quilts - each one measures approximately 60" square. I am linking them to the Siblings Together blog.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Bluepatchquilters' Open Day

So, it's all over - our final Open Day was yesterday and my plan was to reflect the different projects we have tackled over the last 12 years. There weren't as many quilts on show as in previous years but that allowed for a bit more room to move and to view those that were on display.

As most of you know, there was a huge focus on our fundraising this year with extra impetus from my online friends.
We had a huge amount of "stuff" on the Bring Buy Stall and brisk business at the Lucky Dip which sold out in record time

Demand for teas & coffee was high as always, possibly due to the lure of luscious home baking. I felt it my duty to conduct some quality control in that department.......

I was main photographer this year and feel on reviewing my pics, that I might have included a few more but must have been distracted (probably by those cakes again!)

Anyway, just to give you a flavour of the event, here is a wee slideshow - when you hover over the play button, the big P for Pinterest appears, click just outside the P to be taken to the slideshow
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As I said before, there was a lot of focus on the fundraising and this year we chose to give our funds raised to Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity (see this post).

I knew before going yesterday that is was going to be a good one - I had received way in excess of 200 fat 1/4 s following  my Instagram appeal, not only fat 1/4 s, but lovely crafted items and it seemed not a day went by last week that I didn't get an envelope in the post with a tenner inside.
I received donations from friends and family, and from students current and former.

We achieved a total of £1675.36, a sum beyond my wildest dreams and proves how much kindness there is in the world.

So thank you - to everyone who responded to my Blog and IG appeal.
To friends and family. (including OH  Allan who has manhandled chairs and tables and sewing machines in his janitorial role, for 12 years)
To my lovely Sewing Bee mates for running the kitchen and serving the teas etc.
To my squad of volunteers who manned the busy Bring & Buy Stall.
To my Crafty Duo for manning the Craft Stall.
To Amanda who has agreed to run classes now that I have retired. Good luck for the future.
To each and every one of my lovely ladies who has attended my classes and workshops over the last 12 years.
Couldn't have done it without you all.

To finish, please indulge me - my wee grand daughter, Ava, made her first appearance at an Open Day when she was just 3 weeks old. She has now turned 4 and has just been to her 5th. Try as I might I can't find my photos from last year so have substituted one from the same month.


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