20 quilts were made by the Giving Hands’ team-of-twelve over a period of nine months in 2012… a wonderful result and a very rewarding year for Giving Hands as a community. 

The quilts were made with donated fabric in a variety of RED prints ranging from pale pinks to rich, warm browns… what a wonderful gallery they make!

the quilt stack 2012Elaine Gustavino 2012


  1. five humidi-crib quilts for premmie babies at King Edward Memorial Hospital,
  2. five lap quilts for Donovan House Day Centre, Forrestfield, and
  3. ten quilts for children at Koolkuna Women’s Refuge (these children don’t suffer from life threatening illnesses… however, they are without a home and often have to leave in the middle of the night with their Mum, leaving behind many of their possessions.)

Lesley Moon crib quilt 2012Lesley Moon crib quilt 2012Lesley Moon crib quilt 2012Sue Burgmann crib quilt 2012Marnelke Colegate crib quilt 2012

FRESH BEGINNINGS pattern is a Jan Mullen design.  The pattern was chosen for its simplicity… to focus on colour and design and to reinforce techniques and skills during the group’s first year together.

Fabrics were mostly donated.  Machine piecing and quilting were done on domestic machines.  Some quilts were made by individuals and most were made in group sessions.


Doreen with stack 2012

Doreen Smith, Lesley Moon, Elaine Gustavino, Lorraine Gregoriadis, Jennifer Williams, Marnelke Colegate, Joy Thrum, Sue Feast, Karen Adams, Sue Burgmann, Kate Williams and Trish Wykman… a truly inspiring 2012 team!

Looking ahead to 2013… Quilts are made with donated resources and in 2013 our focus will be on making quilts for ‘babies and children of all ages‘.  We will gladly accept donations of 100% cotton fabric in novelty prints, dots and stripes in brights and pastels.  Cotton voiles for baby wraps will be especially welcomed.

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