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LoveQuiltsUK - McKenzie B's quilt

McKenzie B's quilt    (Quilt Closed)

Illness: Severe Bilateral Multicystic Periventricular Leukomalacia

Theme: Sea Life/Pirates

Date opened: 29th Feb 2020
Date closed: 1st Mar 2020
Deadline: 26th Jul 2020

Photo of McKenzie B

Theme details

Sea Life/Pirates - A wolf on the label if possible as his nickname is "Little Wolf"

Child Interests

Mac has a visual impairment but can see bright colours. Red appears to be his favourite.


McKenzie (Mac) was born at 28 weeks gestation and spent a turbulent 14 weeks in special care. He has catastrophic brain damage in the form of PVL and as a result has quadriplegic dystonic cerebral palsy. McKenzie also has chronic lung disease and a poor immune system. Catching a 'cold' has put him on life support three times in the past and he has come close several times since. He is non mobile with poor head control and non verbal. He has seizures which are uncontrolled with medication and he is totally gastrostomy fed due to an unsafe swallow. Cerebral palsy has led to postural deformities, he has scoliosis and has endured hip surgery twice on his right hip and currently has a subluxed left hip. He has also had surgery on both feet.
Mac is officially registered home schooled due to his poor immune system and the fact that he tends to shut down in noisy environments (sensitive to over stimulation) and receives support 5 days a week from the same special needs school which his brother Ibby attends. His physical development is around 4 months, cognition is around 18 months. Mac is classed as life limited and receives support from our local children's hospice.
Mac is a real hero and despite everything he goes through he fights his way back. He has a fantastic personality,cheeky,feisty, flirty, a winning smile and a laugh that dares you not to laugh with him. He doesn't need words to communicate, facial expression says it all. He loves water play and watching his fish swimming around the aquarium. Any messy play going on...he is in the thick of it and he loves going to the beach and listening to the tide roll in and the noise that seagulls make which he finds hilarious. He amazes me every day and touches the heart of everyone he meets.


1.DMC free patterns Ship and pirate figures from DMC patternStitcher: Emma Edwards, Hawkesbury Upton, UK

2.Durene Jones' Pirate Ship Pirate ship with some sea creatures as wellStitcher: Heather, Littleborough, England

3.Cross stitch crazy Pirate Stitcher: Colleen Rutterford, Spalding Lincs, UK
In Progress

4.Jacobean seafriends. Jellyfish. Stitcher: Jenny Elkington, Boston, UK
In Progress

5.Sue Hills Designs Tools of the trade (Selection of pirate items)Stitcher: Angie, Belper, UK
In Progress

6.Free pattern from Passion broderie. Colour block seahorseStitcher: Jan , Lincs, UK
In Progress

7.Cross Stitch Crazy issue 159 Pirate with a map and chestStitcher: Gemma.H, Glos, UK
In Progress

8.Angelfish by Anna Nolfina from Etsy shop AnnaXStitchStitcher: Val Gilbert, Coningsby , UK

9.Cross stitcher September 2013 Whale in a bottleStitcher: Emma Robson, Doncaster, England
In Progress

10.Awesome pattern studio calendar Mandala jellyfish Stitcher: Jan G, Hull, UK
In Progress

11.Jacobsen Sea friends CrabStitcher: Rosemary Binnie, Macclesfield, UK
In Progress

12.Label Stitcher: Sandra, Shefford, England
In Progress

Squares received

Cross stitch square for McKenzie B's quilt
Stitched by: Emma Edwards
Submitted: Mar 2020

Cross stitch square for McKenzie B's quilt
Stitched by: Heather
Submitted: Mar 2020

Cross stitch square for McKenzie B's quilt
Stitched by: Val Gilbert
Submitted: Mar 2020


Card for McKenzie B
Stitched by: Debbie Elkington

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