The Jacaranda Friendship meeting of 6 June had a lot to offer, like all our meetings do! Our theme was Everything By Hand, and Lets Learn, and it was really well attended, despite the cold.
We invited the members to bring children, grandchildren, the neighbour’s children, to join us for a fun morning for the kids. Each of the children received a kit, and ‘tannie Rita’ helped them to complete their own projects. They were very proud of their accomplishment for the day and rightly so! It is or aim to have a craft or sewing related activity for the children at every Jacaranda Friendship meeting going forward, so that the culture of sewing and quilting can be nurtured. Each child who attended also received a ‘brag flower’, on which they will pin a button for every meeting that they attend, they received their first buttons already.
Dignity Dreams Project
The Jacaranda Quilters were requested to participate in the Dignity Dreams project around April 2015. The Dignity Dreams project is and initiative from a lady by the name of Sandra Miller, and their aim is to make sure that all school going girls do not miss school because of their menstrual cycle and them not having access to sanitary goods for this purpose. They have a project going to produce re-usable sanitary towels, and puts packages together with some sanitary towels, panties, and a zip lock bag for used goods. The request to the Jacaranda Quilters was to make some drawstring bags from polycotton material, for the girls to store their goodies. In a very short space of time the Jacaranda Quilters managed to make just under 700 of these bags, and they were handed over to the representative from Dignity Dreams project at the meeting. Needless to say, she was totally overjoyed, and very grateful.
Jelly Roll Race Charity Quilts
You will recall that we had a very well attended jelly roll race on National Quilters Day this year. We requested the participating groups to please complete the quilts and bring them to the Friendship meeting of the 6th of June. Dr Fourie, who is in charge of the Oncology Unit at Wilgers Hospital in Pretoria East was invited to the meeting where the completed quilts – 8 in total so far, were handed over to them, for use at the Chemotherapy Centre. They were at a loss for words for the act of kindness, and the feedback that we received from the patients via them is very good. One comment said…it is so nice to have something from home while undergoing treatment’, which is very heart warming for us.
Some of the quilts on display on the day…
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