Wednesday, 3 September 2008

New Linus year

It seems a bit strange to be starting a new year in September, but I started as Project Linus co-ordinator in September 2005, so it makes sense to me!

This year has been another fantastic one for Linus in South Leicestershire. I have been delighted to have had Jackie Pyle and Mandy Allen on board this year, whose dedication and hard work is no doubt reflected in the fact that the total for this year is a whopping 185 quilts! These have been donated to the women’s refuges in Leicester and Hinckley, the Diana Project based at Glenfield Hospital, ADAPT, a charity for premature babies at the Royal Infirmary and General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital and the Paediatric Oncology Unit, which are both at the Royal Infirmary.

Jackie is a whizz with the rotary cutter and has made up lots of kits. She is also very talented at getting orphan blocks to go nicely together to make tops. Mandy is a whirlwind who has not only made quilts, but organised two sewing days this year (one coming up on 21st September at Lubbenham Village Hall 10-4), taken quilts out to the Royal Infirmary and organised lots of publicity too. Many thanks to these wonderful ladies.

So the totals in the side bar are looking a bit sad so far. Only one quilt received, and that was made by me!

This is a fungly quilt, which was made as a challenge on Tonya's blog. You had to choose some ugly, some boring and some fun fabrics from your stash and make traditional blocks from them. It's a way of using up fabrics which would lurk at the bottom of your stash, and I think, in this instance, have made a fun quilt for an older child. If you fancy making something a bit different, look at her blog for more detailed instructions. (Can you spot the block which turned itself round when I wasn't looking?!)

Friday, 27 June 2008

Welcome to Linusleics!

As Project Linus Representative for South Leicestershire, I have been overwhelmed by the beautiful quilts which have been donated to this worthy cause, and have decided to make a blog so that they can be seen by a wider audience. I'm also hoping to put some patterns on here too, so that it can be used as a resource as well as inspiration.

Here is a lovely quilt which has been made using the 'dreaded' hexagons! These blocks had been made some years ago, but are fresh and bright, and make a lovely Linus quilt. the problems of the shape at the edges has been solved by just slicing through them (it takes a brave woman to slice through someone else's work!) and then binding.

Thisa quilt was made using UFO star blocks and then a lot of half square triangles. We all have left-over blocks lurking in boxes somewhere, and wth a bit of thought, they will make super Linus quilts.Border fabrics make excellent quilts. this one was animals and alphabets, and has been bordered with green to add a bit of pizzazz.

This fabric with fields and tractors on it was just crying out to be made into a quilt to delight a little boy! A simple ochre border sets it off very well.

Here I am handing over some quilts to Sue Williams of Adapt, a charity which supports premature babies and their parents. I was able to give Sue 32 quilts, some small ones (18" square) suitable for putting in incubators, and some cot quilts, to go home with the babies. The quilt I am holding is a panel which was donated by Sue B, and quilted by me. It looks so cute.