We were delighted to be invited back to Barwell U3A Craft Group to do some sewing. This group is very friendly and hard working, and we were pleased to see them again. Unfortunately they have lost some members over the last two years, which seems to be true for many groups. I think some people have become comfortable in staying at home, and there have been no new members, because there have been no meetings! Well, the ladies who came were lovely!
Thursday, 19 May 2022
Friday, 18 February 2022
This month I was contacted by Lily from The Kite Trust (an LGBT+ charity) to see if I had any larger quilts for a group of teenagers who were going on a residential. As it happened, I had some larger quilts donated recently, and I had put them to one side for just such a purpose.
Tuesday, 1 February 2022
The quilts were starting to pile up, so I looked in my records to see who was next for a donation. I realised that it was December 2020 since I had seen Asha and she had taken quilts for the Health Visiting Team In the Saffron Lane area to distribute, so I gave her a ring. It turns out that she is on secondment from her job, heading up a team recruiting foreign nurses to the NHS, but still keeps in contact with her health visiting colleagues and was keen to come over.
Here we are, in my hall, with some of the bags containing a wonderful 80 quilts! That’s a lots of hugs!
Tuesday, 11 January 2022
We are at the beginning of a new year, and I can reveal that last year saw 491 quilts donated to Project Linus in Leicestershire! Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to that fabulous total, whether by sewing quilts, donating fabric or blocks or buying items from the rummage box. Every little helps, as they say, and they’re definitely not wrong!
One year ends and another begins. As soon as I turn to a new page in my record book, the quilts start coming in.
Friday, 12 November 2021
I had a lot of quilts ready to give out, since my lovely sewers had been beavering away during lockdown and I hadn’t been able to make the usual donations. I decided to to find some more recipients, so rang Wishes4kids, a local charity which brings joy to children with terminal illnesses or who have suffered trauma of various kinds. I spoke to the lovely Gary who was in the process of filling 200 goodie bags as Christmas gifts and was delighted to hear that I had quilts to add to the bounty. He was even willing to come over and pick them up! I got 130 quilts ready for him, and he took them all!
Tuesday, 9 November 2021
Every year, we have a trip up the M1 to Shepshed to visit a wonderful group, Quilting Together. They are very talented and very generous, and I always enjoy seeing them. I missed them last year, but they had kept on quilting and had a mammoth pile of quilts for Project Linus!
There were so many quilts that we couldn’t get them all in the car! Eileen very kindly popped over with the remainder a few days later. There were actually 149 quilts altogether! What a lot of hugs! I took lots of photos, but only have time to add a selection.
Monday, 18 October 2021
I had quite a lot of quilts in my cupboard, and in the last week I have successfully sent most of them on their way to new homes.
Firstly I went over to the Living Rock Church in Stoney Stanton, where ‘Pebbles’ is based. This is an organisation which helps provide baby equipment to mothers in need. I left 20 quilts there for the organiser, Janet.