Wednesday, 15 November 2017

More happy quilts

Hannah, the play specialist at Ward 27 of the LRI contacted me to say they were very low on quilts and could I bring some more.  Normally it's not a problem, but unusually, I didn't have many quilts in store!  But since Rocheberie was looming, and there was a challenge to be judged, I guessed there would be quilts donated then.  Luckily, Hannah was able to wait a couple of weeks and so Paula and I went over on Monday and delivered 36 lovely quilts. 

Here we are (Hannah is the one with the ears!) with a bright Bonnie Hunter scrappy design.  I'm sure the young people on Ward 27 will think it's fun! 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Project Linus at the Coalville Quilt Show

Quilt shows have been like buses recently.  You don't go to one for ages, and then three come along all in a row!  Helen very kindly invited us over to Coalville to fly the Linus flag and luckily Julie and Maria were able to go and set up a stall. 

It looks unmanned to me, but I imagine that Julie was taking the photo, and Maria refused to be in it!  There are plenty of quilts on show, plus a demo, and lots of people stopped by to say hello.  

The show itself was a little smaller than the last two we went to, but the standard was just as good, and as varied. 

Here you can see a Dear Jane finished quilt.  Awesome!  Thank you for inviting us, and well hope to come again next time! 

Monday, 23 October 2017

Project Linus at the Big Textile Show.

Over the weekend we flew the Linus flag at the Big Textile Show at Leicester Racecourse.  IT is very kind of the organisers to allow us to have a free stand at this busy event, and we always look forward to it. 

Here are Maggie and I during a quiet moment on Sunday.  Julie and Maria held the fort on Saturday and had a lovely time.  We had fabric and magazines to sell, lots of quilts and thank you cards on display, and I demonstrated the 4corners jelly roll quilt pattern which we made up at a recent Knit and Stitch.  Lots of people were amazed at how simple and quick this was. 
It was lovely to meet so many new people and of course to see old friends.  A special thank you to those who brought quilts, especially Jill-Marie and Jean.  Keep up the good work! 

Friday, 20 October 2017

A lovely time

Yesterday was misty and grey here in Leicestershire, so what better to do than load up the car with quilts and drive up to meet Judy from Fostering Futures to deliver them!  We meet halfway between our homes and have a coffee and a catch up. Perfect! 

Here we are, Julie, Maria, Judy and myself in the cafe.  It was really busy, but we managed to get a table, and endured the envious glances of some customers who had to stand up.  Can you see I'm holding an envelope?  Judy had had a coffee morning for Project Linus and had raised enough money to pay our venue rent for the year, and two rolls of wadding!  Thank you so much all you generous people!  We were overwhelmed by your generosity! 

It was worth the trip for Judy too, as she took away 81 quilts for her looked after children.  

We managed to get a passer by to take a photo for us.  It was lovely to see Judy and hear all her news.  We were sad to hear that she may be moving away - well, sad for us, but happy for her.  Were determined not to lose touch though.  Good luck to her! 

Monday, 2 October 2017


Back in July Paula and I went over to BArleston to do some sewing with the ladies of a U3A Craft Group.  We had a very successful and enjoyable afternoon, making ars from various fruit and vegetables fabrics, not to mention fabrics with shells, buttons, pebbles, dominoes, mittens, trainers, candles etc!  

Here, at long last, is the completed top. It looks great and will be a fun quilt for a young person to snuggle up with.  Thank you ladies, you did a great job. 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

A bag of quilts

Today I had a visit from Richard, whose wife Jane sadly died. She was a quilter, and he decided to honour her memory by having a fabric sale and quilting day, to raise money and make Linus quilts. 
He said he couldn't believe how the 'second hand' fabric went, and how generous people were.  He raised about £3,000 from the sale (makes me quake at how much my own stash would fetch!) and about 50 quilts were made or started on the day from Jane's fabrics.  

He very kindly brought 22 of the quilts over to give hugs to Leicestershire children, a county where Jane had formerly worked as a nurse.  What a lovely thing to do, and a special way to honour his wife's memory.  Have no doubt that all these gorgeous quilts will go to spread love and joy! 

Saturday, 19 August 2017


This week has been Feast Week in Lutterworth - that is the feast of Saint Mary - and there have been various events going off.  Not least has been the Arts Exhibition at the United Reform Church here.  They always ask Knit and Stitch to exhibit there, and we are always very happy to do so. 

Here is our stall, with quilts, knitted garments, toys, puppets and fiddle muffs for Alzheimer's sufferers.  All these items are made for charity, which is fabulous. 

We also took the opportunity to get together to knit or sew, and chat to people who stopped at our stall (and each other!).  It was a lovely few days, and it was great to see so many friendly people.