'Quilting Angels' Charity Group
In January 2011, Queensland was affected by widespread, devastating floods, including the Toowoomba & Lockyer Valley area. While people struggled to come to terms with the resulting damage & grief, a group of local quilters decided that they wanted to DO something to help – so they decided to do what they did best … MAKE QUILTS!
What began as a quilt drive to make quilts for local flood victims has grown into something bigger & more far-reaching. Over 200 quilts have already been completed to be presented to flood victims & the ladies, who come from all backgrounds, walks of life & levels of quilting experience, have formed a group that will continue to make quilts that are created not just of fabric, wadding & thread, but are sew with care,compassion & love to wrap victims of trauma in warmth & care. They are … “The Quilting Angels”.
The group meets twice monthly in The Quilters Angel workroom to continue to make quilts, gifts, household items, clothing etc to be used again when disaster strikes somewhere in Australia.
Any funds raised through the sale of quilts, craft items & raffle tickets will go 100% into purchasing fabric & wadding so more quilts of care can be made by this not-for-profit group. Your support, in any shape or form is greatly appreciated!
In January 2011, Queensland was affected by widespread, devastating floods, including the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley area. While people struggled to come to terms with the resulting damage and grief, a group of local quilters decided that they wanted to DO something to help – so they decided to do what they did best … MAKE QUILTS! What began as a quilt drive, launched by Marion Marshall of ‘The Quilters Angel’ at The Village Green, Highfields, to make quilts for local flood victims has grown into something bigger and more far-reaching. 242 quilts have already been donated to flood victims. The ladies, who come from all backgrounds, walks of life and levels of sewing experience, have formed a group that will continue to make quilts and other handmade items that are created not just of fabric, wadding and thread, but are sewn with care, compassion & love to wrap victims of trauma in warmth and care. They are “The Quilting Angels”. Marion’s Angels, as they are fondly referred to, are always looking for local groups and charities that could use their special brand of help and when Marion suggested making Santa sacks to help “The Chronicle’s” Christmas appeal, the Angels started stitching.
“The pile of completed sacks just keeps growing,” said Marion. “Each sack has been decorated with a lovely Christmas appliqué that will make the sack as much a gift as the items that are put into them before they go to make a special Christmas experience for local children. The ‘Quilting Angels’ are all about using their fabric-related skills and talents to make special items that will not only brighten someone’s day when they’re in a difficult situation, but will also remind them that someone cares for them.”
Some of the “Quilting Angels” have experienced difficult times in their own lives, so they know first-hand the value of knowing that someone cares enough to make a special item for them.
“While it’s lovely to receive gifts, it’s even more special to be given something that has been made, as it shows someone cared enough to spend time and effort to make the item,” said Marion. “For many people who are doing it tough, Christmas isn’t always a joyous time, so the Angels hope that their small contribution can bring a splash of joy to some people who really need it. They also feel that having the opportunity to give something back to the local community in this way is special for them, as they are reminded of their many blessings. After all, that’s what Christmas is all about.”
If anyone would like to donate special items for inclusion in the Santa Sacks, or towards the ‘Adopt-a-Family’ Appeal, feel free to call in and see Marion at The Quilters Angel, Highfields.
For further information about the “Quilting Angels” contact The Quilters Angel.
For further information on the “Adopt A Family” program contact “The Toowoomba Chronicle”.
Highfields resident and owner of ‘The Quilters Angel’ patchwork boutique at Highfields, Marion Marshall, has received an Ian Fraser Humanitarian Award, recognising her outstanding contribution to the community in the wake of Queensland’s widespread flooding earlier this year.
After the Toowoomba/Lockyer Valley region was dramatically and tragically affected by flooding in January, Marion launched a Quilt Drive. As well as acting as a collection point for people wanting to donate finished quilts, craft items and general goods for flood victims, Marion opened the workroom of her busy patchwork shop, inviting local quilters to meet together to make quilts for flood victims. Little did Marion realise the huge scope this appeal to quilters would achieve. Since the Quilt Drive was launched on January 20, 2011, more than 240 quilts have been sewn and donated and distributed to flood victims in the Toowoomba/Lockyer Valley region. Recognising this incredible achievement, the Toowoomba West Lions Club, on behalf of the Queensland and Northern NSW Lions Medical Research Foundation, presented Marion with a Professor Ian Frazer Humanitarian Award. This award is, “In recognition of dedicated commitment to humanitarian services for the community” and was presented to Marion in a special ceremony on Saturday July 2, 2011.
Marion said she was surprised and humbled by the award.
“When my daughter Steph and I launched the Quilt Drive, we had no idea how huge it would become and how many quilters from our local area and Australia wide would contribute quilts, fabric, time and effort to it,” Marion said. “To have our tally of distributed quilts reach over 240 was phenomenal. To then receive this humanitarian award for co-ordinating the Quilt Drive has just blown me away. The real reward was to see the happiness and joy the quilts brought to people whose lives had been so dramatically changed by the January flooding, but the recognition from such a well respected community service group as the Lions is overwhelming and humbling.”
Though she is grateful for the recognition given to her by the Lions, Marion said she shares the award with the many people who contributed to the Quilt Drive in some way.
“I might have been the person to kick-start this Quilt Drive, but it could never have been so successful or touched so many lives in such a positive way if people hadn’t supported it. I am so thankful to each and every person who contributed time, skills, fabric, sewing supplies and money to the Quilt Drive.” Marion said. “And while I am honoured to receive this humanitarian award, the biggest reward for me is knowing that the quilts have spread warmth, love and hope to people whose lives were turned upside down by the floods. We didn’t launch the Quilt Drive to receive accolades, though they are appreciated, we launched it to help people and I am so pleased that we were able to achieve that.”
Marion said she was also thankful for the ongoing support of many of her suppliers, local long-arm quilters and the team at “Homespun” craft magazine for the part they have all played in donating supplies to the Quilt Drive, as well as making people aware of it to encourage wider support.
The local quilters who came together for the Quilt Drive have decided to continue to meet twice a month to work on quilts and other sewing projects, such as Santa sacks for the local paper’s “Adopt A Family” program in the lead up to Christmas, all to benefit local people in need in an ongoing capacity. This group has named itself “The Quilting Angels” and anyone interested in joining their sewing days or contributing to their ongoing charity efforts in any way can contact them through Marion and Steph at The Quilters Angel.