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

Jars

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

Exhibition

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. 



Friday, 21 July 2017

Donations

I have assembled a group of quilts ready to go to ADAPT a charity which works with prem babies and their families. 


There are 47 lovely quilts here and on top I have put three quilts which have been made in response to the 2017 challenge.  Apparently new born babies only see in black and white, so items with a strong contrast help to develop the visual cortex.  These ones will be perfect!  Thank you Gloria and Pat for these. 

Friday, 14 July 2017

Afternoon in BArleston

On Wednesday Paula and I set off to some sewing with a U3A Craft Group in BArleston.  Due to pure stupidity (on my part!) we took a wrong turning and we were about 10 minutes late arriving.  I was so sorry to do that to the ladies: I know from experience how stressful it is waiting for a speaker to turn up, and trying to think what on earth you'll do if they don't make it!  Anyway, we got there and hit the ground running, quickly getting the Group sewing. 


We were making jars, and the ladies loved using fabric with fruits, buttons, shells and goodness knows what else on them.  Here they are at the beginning of the session, and you can see the empty design wall at the back of the room. 


They all worked very hard, and quickly the jars lined up. 


Here is the final array.  Plenty to make a Linus quilt in less than 2 hours!  Thank you so much ladies for your welcome and your hard work!  Now to put them together!  




Friday, 26 May 2017

More sewing

Yesterday we had another sewing day at 'Hannah's Room' in Ibstock.  We had been invited by the lovely Roxana, who not only provided the venue, but kept us well supplied with tea, coffee and snacks!   What a lovely lady! 


Here we are busy, busy!  Julie is admiring the scrappy Bargello blocks we've already made, (we made enough for two quilts!) while Christine is still beavering away! Paula is on the edge of the shot and she is indefatigable!


At the other table was Jenni, Susan, Anne and Lesley, from Quilting Together in Shepshed.  They were lovely ladies and worked hard to also make nearly enough scrappy windmill blocks for another quilt!  We made a serious dent in the scraps bin, and had a great time too! 
A big thank you to Roxana and all the ladies, including Maria, who was dashing away with the smoothing iron!  Look out for the next sewing day soon! 


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Sewing day

L.Today we went over to 'Hannah's Room' in Ibstock for a Linus sewing day! We were a little disappointed with the turnout, as several people who had wanted to come had had to cancel at the last moment.  Besides myself, Paula, Julie and Maria there was Gail, Roxanna and Roxanna's talented daughter, Charlotte.  What we lacked in quantity, we made up for in quality! 


Katy Jones from 'Quilt Now' magazine had sent us some fabric, and we used the layer cakes to make some disappearing nine patches. Here are Julie, Paula and Maria beavering away. 


And here are Charlotte and Gail. 


While we were working, Roxanna sorted out some unlovely fabrics which she donated to Linus!  She is one generous lady!  We will certainly love and use them, in fact Gail and Maria promptly snaffled a couple for backing.  Result! 


Paula chose the Windy Day set of fabrics.  Here she is laying them out. 


Maria had the Nautical set and was a bit concerned that some of the fish were swimming upside down.  They seemed to manage! 


Julie had this set in turquoise and green.  Gorgeous. 

Gail's set was called Juicy, and had crisp colours and delicious fruits.


And here is Charlotte, who hadn't intended to sew, but was seduced by the simple pattern and beautiful fabric.  In the time she completed six blocks, which was awesome! She is hoping to finish the rest over the weekend.  What a star! 


And here is the completed top!  Charlotte certainly did a great job on this! 



Thank you so much to everyone who came today, and especially to Roxanna for hosting us all.  There will be another day on May 25th so book in with Roxanna if you'd like to come along. 




Sunday, 9 April 2017

Talented ladies!

Just heard that a Linus quilt has won a prize at the Uttoxeter Quilt Show!  The '100th' quilt from the very talented ladies at Quilting Together in Shepshed won third prize in their category!  


Here it is again so you can admire it.  I am delighted at their success and not at all surprised, as they are very talented (and generous) ladies!  Well done! 
Also thanks to the kind fairy who donated the lovely fabric bundle which inspired it all!  All donated fabrics are put to such good use. 

Monday, 27 March 2017

Adventures in the LRI

Today my husband and I went up to the LRI to take some quilts to Ward 10.  Pip, the housekeeper there, had rung me to ask if there was any possibility of getting some quilts.  After my visit to Shepshed, I was looking forward to more quilt requests!  


Pip said they had storage and could take up to 100 quilts!  Here are 75 quilts in the most rickety and recalcitrant trolley the LRI has in its keeping!  This one definitely had a mind of its own, but luckily Richard managed to keep it on track! 


And here we are with the quilts.  Pip is on the left with the houses quilts, and two other nurses chose quilts they liked too.  Pip said,' You should see the parents' faces when we bring the quilts out!  They are amazed and delighted.'  Just another reminder of how these quilts aren't just snuggly blankets but important markers of caring and love. 



Monday, 20 March 2017

A visit to Shepshed

There has been an advert on the to recently, for Travelodge I think, where a family is very excited about going to Slough.  Slough isn't known for its attractions, but in the advert, the attraction is grandma and grandad!  I felt a bit the same about my recent visit to Shepshed.  It's not the most attractive of towns, but I was very much looking forward to going there, to see the ladies of Quilting Together.  I always take some boxes of fabric with me, and they usually take most of it home with them. 


Here they all are, diving in!  Other people's fabric is always more desirable than one's own, and this must have been very desirable, as I brought very little of it home. 


And here are the quilts waiting for me to take home.   I was hoping they would all fit in my car.  


Last year I gave the group a bundle of lovely black, grey and red fabrics, which had been donated.  I thought they would be able to put them to good use.  I wasn't wrong, as this is what they have created.  It's ultimately for Linus, but it is being entered into the Uttoxeter Quilt Show, so look out for it there. 


I also left some of this racing car fabric last time.  The black and white checks look great here. 


This is quarter log cabin alternated with some framed ladybird fabric. 


This train fabric has been bigger up by clever framing of each block.  


This quilt uses up some strips of feature fabric. There's something to interest everyone there! 


The group have been exploring scrap and string quilts, and this one uses scrap blocks to great effect. 


This one is hidden nine patch.  It uses the scraps left over from the Uttoxeter quilt. 


This log cabin is a masterclass in using value.  Gorgeous. 


The block here is quite straightforward, but the arrangement adds an extra dimension.  It looks almost circular. 


A blast from the past- a tee shirt block made into a very modern medallion quilt. 


Churn dash with a pinwheel centre. Looks quite nautical. 


Another great use of strings. Mother bold colours are set off by the dark sashing.  


Hexagons with attitude! 


I don't know whether this was made by hand or machine, but either way, these stars look dreamy. 


This green spiders web looks very attractive.  Just like four comfy flowerbeds. 


I don't know quite what's going on here, but I love the colours! 


Clamshells, Jim, but not as we know them!  The peeping pandas are so cute! 


This one looks very complex.  Is the block an on point nine patch framed with triangles?  I think it's the coordinating fabrics which link it all together in an intriguing way. 
I have more photos, but couldn't show all of them, as there were a grand total of 99 (ninety nine!) beautiful quilts!  I was delighted to load them all into my car, and I can assure everyone that they will be finding new homes very soon. 
Thank you so much ladies, and I look forward to seeing you all again next year, if not before! 























Saturday, 18 March 2017

More quilts spreading the love

This week has been a very busy one, as quilts have been coming in and going out like crazy!  I was contacted by Helen from Ward 27 of the LRI as they were wanting quilts.  They have no storage, so I just took 15 quilts, which was easy to manage. 


They chose this lovely quilt made by ladies at Quilting Together in Shepshed (more about these fabulous ladies later!) for their photo.  I had a tour of the ward, and one young lady got first pick!  She was delighted with her quilt, which was in her favourite colour, pink! 


Then I had a visit from my daughter, Gemma, who works for The Kite Trust, a charity which supports young LGBT people.  She took 15 quilts too, and was delighted.  
Result, children happy and husband happy, as he always likes quilts going out! 


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

East Midlands Foster Carers

Today I was delighted to have a visit from Antoni Mason who came to fetch quilts for local fostered children.  


He said he would take as many quilts as I had, so there were 50 beautiful quilts waiting for him.  I asked him to choose one he liked the look of for a photo, and he chose this one, which happened to be Paula's Rocheberie BOM!  It's so bright and cheerful!  He has had Linus quilts before and told me how much they were valued by the young people.  One girl takes hers everywhere with her - and she's 17.  It was heartwarming to hear that these quilts aren't just blankets, but notifications of how valued you are.  A great message. 

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Final count for 2016

I'd like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of Project Linus in Leicestershire during 2016.  There were 305 quilts donated to bring a hug to needy children.  Plus, we encouraged people to come together and create beautiful quilts, as well as making new friends and supporting communities.  The children are not the only beneficiaries.
Thank you all and a happy, healthy and creative 2017 to you!
Lynda X