In the past 3 days, I have received 16 quilts to hand out to some of the flood victims of Dungog.
Here is the back seat on my car, all ready to take them to the people.
Jean was the first to receive a quilt. Jean's aged unit (which she owns) was flooded to the ceiling and now she is temporarily housed at the local Motel.
Beth's unit was also flooded to the ceiling, she too is temporarily housed at the local Motel.
Don & Thea's home of over 50 years was flooded over the roof. They are temporarily housed in a vacant home that is on the market to sell.
Elaine & her son are temporarily staying with a friend. Her house flooded just under ceiling height and now all inside walls are knocked out & seeing if the structure is sound enough to stay or start from scratch.
Here I am with Elaine with the 2 quilts I gave here, one for her son as well as one for herself.
Colleen, my friend, whose house was one of the homes we all saw on TV floating away. I gave her one of my king sized quilts that I made to sell at my Annual Quilt Sale. Colleen & her husband are temporarily staying at the local pub.
Colleen's Mum, Heather, who lives with Colleen, as Colleen is her carer. Heather is at present, staying with Colleen's eldest daughter's home, along with her granddaughter's husband & 2 boys.
Keegan, Colleen's son, who lived next door to Colleen. His home floated away too. He is, at present, staying with friends.
They are all humbled and exceedingly grateful to unknown strangers, who have given quilts at their time of need.
I too, am so grateful to all those who have sent, or are still to send, their quilts of love to these people. I have shed many tears this afternoon, while handing out these quilts (and others).
I received this cute quilt the other day to quilt for a friend of a customer (isn't word of mouth the best advertisement?).
I would say this quilt has been made by a grandmother of one of the children, or someone connected to the learning centre.
The quilt is made up by each pupil's hand being traced, then the line & their name embroidered by running stitch.
There are 4 squares that don't have hands, one is the name of the
Learning Centre (middle of bottom row) and the other 3 have Australian
Fauna embroidered on them (middle of top row).
If you look closely at the quilting stitch I have used, you will see it is little hands, each with a heart in the palm.... I just thought this quilt called for that stitch.
This quilt is going to be auctioned by a "Silent Auction" when it returns to Sydney.
Just an update on my previous post of asking for quilts, (click here to read it), I have contacted Neighbourcare, here in Dungog, for names of the elderly who were in the old age units that were flooded to the ceiling.
Because of privacy acts... I can't be given names of the people who most need quilts, so I have organized with Neighbourcare that I will phone them when I have 5 quilts and they will get 5 people to come to the Neighbourcare Centre and I will hand the quilts out then.
I will keep doing this each time I have a number of quilts.
I am still asking for more quilts from single bed size up ...can you help?
I live in DUNGOG, people have contacted me and asked if I need
help...fortunately I don't but others do.. especially my friend.
would recognize the image from TV of the house floating away.. well that
belonged to my friend Colleen.
She lived there with her husband and
her elderly mother. PLUS, her son owned the house next door (also
floated away). He lived there with his partner & 2 small
children. They have lost EVERYTHING, house, contents AND LAND.
can insure your house & contents, but not the actual land)... How can you help?... QUILTS! SINGLE BED OR LARGER PLEASE Most of the people I am giving to are adults. If you send to me, along with giving to my friend Colleen & her
son, I would give to the elderly people who have lost their
homes... The flood went through the elderly settlement flooding EVERY
unit to the ceiling. If you send a quilt, I would like to have you
name, address AND email address, so I can take a photo of the person
receiving it and email it back to you, to prove that the quilt is going
to someone. Please message me if you will help and I will give you my postal address.
I don't mind if you advertise this post to your quilting (or crocheting or knitting) friends.
On Monday night (20th April) I ended up going to
bed very late, as the rain on the roof was so loud, I knew I wouldn’t be able
have a good night’s sleep.I have NEVER
heard rain that heavy and for that long (about 8 hours nonstop).At day light I looked out and normally see
But saw this instead….
The neighbour’s cattle were knee deep in flood water…
thankfully our 3 (Casserole, Stew & T-Bone) were on high ground.Water was running down our property as if we
had a stream!
Also the eerie quietness of no trains became obvious.From our front gate you could see why....
Rail way lines hanging in mid-air…even one of the concrete
sleepers had been washed away. Our little town of Dungog
had received 312mls overnight…that is about 13 inches!
We couldn't get to town as all roads were flooded.
Picnic area awash….
As we live just out of town, we were VERY LUCKY and only
lost telephone & internet coverage for 2 days, but in town lost power (3/4
of a day) phones, internet (same as us) & WATER (2 days).Bottled water was brought in yesterday afternoon.All internet was down, so
there was cash transactions only & banks were closed as they relied on the
Being a small town, we heard of the 3 deaths straight away,
plus the sweeping away of 4 homes at 5am in the morning.I had to go to town the next day as Mum had
an appointment for her flu injection, so I ventured in to town not knowing what
to expect… the devastation of where the houses once were was unbelievable… it
was clear that the SES had got in and cleaned up BIG TIME…but whole homes being
carried away by water??????The one
house in the photo and the “Tyre Shop” are probably going to be demolished,
along with a row of old aged people’s homes.
A house use to be here ...
This is the Tyre Shop that was part of where I use to work..
Both my friend's house and her son's house use to be here...
(this was the house you saw floating away on TV news)
Another house use to be here...
It is sad to mention, that 3 elderly people lost their lives in the flood.
Thank you to all who tried to contact me and thought of me... I was one of the lucky ones.
Since coming home from holidays & Nanna duties, I have been
inundated with quilts to quilt for customers... since the 2nd of this
month (8 days ago), I have finished 19 quilts and have another 10 here
to quilt, plus 2 more customers are coming this weekend with more
It's a bit like, one step forward and three steps back!
You'd think I would be stressing, but unbelievably, I'm not... just over the moon & enjoying every moment.
These 7 smallish quilts are are all for the one lady, who picks up and drops
more off... she has a cupboard full of different sized quilts to be quilted (these were all the cot size ones)... think she
is coming to the end of them now.