Jenny Woodward from ABC Queensland News posted on her Facebook page:
It has been such a delight to be involved in the Queensland Quarantine Quilt. The project was brainchild of ABC Brisbane Breakfast presenters Craig Zonca and Loretta Ryan.
The challenge was to design and make a 15 x 15cm quilt square in any medium, that represented your life in lockdown in 2020.
The squares were collected and then arranged and sewn onto a backing sheet by the amazing members of the Queensland Spinners Weavers and Fibre Artists Association. A mammoth effort completed by a dedicated team.
The Quilt was on display the ABC at Southbank Brisbane and will then go to the State Library of Queensland to be treasured forever.
Take part in the ABC Radio Brisbane’s ‘Queensland Quarantine Quilt’ project.
Make a piece to depict a snapshot of your time in quarantine. What made you happy? What gave you joy? Use your brightest, boldest fibre, yarn, and thread, dig through your stash and find some treasure!
The theme is Quarantine Time Capsule.
Feature joyful and cheerful motifs that represent your time in quarantine.
Finished size 15 cm x 15 cm square (max 2 cm thick) with finished edges.
Every year on Easter Sunday morning we do an Easter Egg hunt in the lounge room. (Even though my boys are 22 & 25 yo and past this little kids game, they still love the family and competitive race to find the most).
This year a bit different since we can’t all be together in the living room on Sunday. I made these crocheted eggs. Not the same as a “hunt” but still feeling the family love.
Crochet Egg Pattern
ch = chain dc = double crochet ss= slip stitch sts = stitches tr = treble tog= together
Make a magic loop (slip ring)
Round 1: 2ch, 7dc into ring, pull to close ring, ss in top ch of 2ch. (8)
Round 2: 3ch, tr in chain below, 2tr in each of the 7sts, ss in top of 3ch. (16)
Round 3: 3ch, 2tr in the next st, [1tr in next st, 2tr in next st] 7 times, ss in top of 3ch (24)
Round 4-6: 3ch, 1tr in each of the next 23sts, ss in top of 3ch (24)
Round 7: 3ch, 2tr tog in next 2 sts, [1tr in next st, 2tr tog in next 2 sts] 7 times, ss in top of 3ch (16)
Push in some stuffing until full
Round 8: 3ch, 1tr in next 1 st, 2tr tog in next 2sts, [1tr in next 2sts, 2tr tog in next 2 sts] 3 times, ss in top of 3ch (12)
Round 9: 3ch, 2tr tog in next 2 sts, [1tr in next st, 2tr tog in next 2 sts] 3 times, ss in top of 3ch (8)
Push in more stuffing to fill the cavity. Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough to make gather sts through last round. Pull tail until closed and tie off. Pass remaining tail through the cavity and out, trim.
We are back for part three, with a whole week of cuddles and pouch making for rescued marsupials.
We have put together a Crafting Event Week to entice our members and outside crafting visitors to Fibrecraft House four times in one week to help produce pouches – particularly aiming to give people who work during the day an opportunity to get involved with “Operation Cuddles”.
We will have the hall set up in the ‘production layout’ used for the first ‘Operation Cuddles’ in November 2019 and for three evenings and one day we are inviting the general public crafters to join in with our regular activity groups. This will be another great opportunity to get crafters into Fibrecraft House to see us ‘in action’ with the promotional support of the ABC and RSPCA.
Members of our ‘regular activity groups’ are welcome to continue doing their usual ‘crafting thing’ each night so that our visitors can see our talents in action, however, everyone is welcome to participate with some ‘pouch crafting’ too.
Tuesday 4 February 5-9 pm Joining the Rolling Possums Felting Group with Promotional Theme “Operation Cuddles – Pouches by Possums for Possums”
Wednesday 5 February 5-9 pm Joining the Night Owls Group with Promotional Theme: “Operation Cuddles – Whoo Whoo Crafts Better than a Night Owl?”
Thursday 6 February 5-9 pm Putting on a special Sewing night with Promotional Theme: “Operation Cuddles – Sew into Wildlife Care”
Friday 7 February 9.30 am -4 pm Full day of sewing with Promotional Theme “Operation Cuddles Sew into Wildlife Care” Register here to come!
Thanks so much to all the folks who came along to make marsupial pouches on Thursday 21 November. It has been so successful and awakened a movement! We made 576 pouches in one day……. amazing! Great job everyone.
Let’s not stop here. Operation Cuddles is back by popular demand on Tuesday 26 November from 10 am till 3 pm.
Join our working bee to make pouches for orphaned wildlife for the RSPCA.
Take advantage of our spring clean and grab a huge bargain at QSWFA’s Stash Bash marketplace. Tools and equipment at run out prices including spinning wheels and weaving looms. Craft supplies will be available for purchase at a bargain including yarn, wool, fabric, sewing & knitting supplies, magazines, books, beads, scrapbook supplies, stamps, display items etc.
You can SELL! Do you need to spring clean or de-clutter? Then sell YOUR extra crafting supplies at the QSWFA stash bash. Get a table for $10. You set your own prices and handle your own sales, we don’t charge commission. At the end of the day, you take home any items that you haven’t sold.
Prefer to donate? You may choose to donate items to QSWFA for us to sell. We keep any money received and anything not sold is ours to keep, donate to charity, or dispose of.
Jessica Anderson’s Miles Franklin winning novel Tirra Lirra by the River has been imagined by Anna Spiro into a beautiful room at the state library as part of the Brisbane Writer’s Festival. We have been invited to be a part of the art installation over the opening weekend.