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?!)