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News 21 May 2020



Hello all

Just thought we'd post to say hello. We're still basically in lockdown here in the UK. Restrictions have been eased slightly in England (not Wales, Scotland or NI), but the guidance still states "stay at home as much as possible" so LQUK is still on pause until that is lifted.

If you live in an overseas territory where restrictions have been lifted (New Zealand for example) we are happy for you to send your squares to us, please email us for the address details.

Rest assured, LQUK will be back when restrictions have been lifted. We know many of you have stitched your signup squares and have them ready to post when this occurs.

We are not opening any more quilts for now, as there will be a quilting backlog to get through when restrictions are lifted, but in the meantime, High Priority Any Child Squares are always very welcome if you'd like to stitch some while we wait to get back to normal :)

Hope you're all well out there!


News 15 Feb 2020 - 01 Mar 2020



Hello everyone! We hope you are doing OK and not affected by the recent flooding. It has certainly been a stormy February.

Quilt News
11 quilts have been delivered since our last update:

Freya B's quilt (Cats) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):

Photo of Freya B's quilt


Jacob M's quilt (Superheroes) - quilted by Seren:

Photo of Jacob M's quilt


Liam S's quilt (Specific male characters) - quilted by Jan S (Lincs):

Photo of Liam S's quilt


Loraya H's quilt (Princesses) - quilted by Judith:

Photo of Loraya H's quilt


Milan's quilt (Cartoon Characters) - quilted by Ann:

Photo of Milan's quilt


Morgan L's quilt (Vehicles) - quilted by Jan S (Lincs):

Photo of Morgan L's quilt


Savannah's quilt (Hearts) - quilted by Sarah:

Photo of Savannah's quilt


Tayler C's quilt (Foxes) - quilted by Leanda:

Photo of Tayler C's quilt


Ted's quilt (Space) - quilted by Heather:

Photo of Ted's quilt


Tom B's quilt (Harry Potter) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):

Photo of Tom B's quilt


Victor's quilt (Vehicles with wheels) - quilted by Leanda:

Photo of Victor's quilt


Thank you so much to everyone who contributed towards these quilts!


Anne-Louise
We were very sorry to hear of the passing of our stitcher Anne-Louise who lived in Sweden. Anne-Louise (Lou Lou) was an enthusiastic member of LoveQuiltsUK and has given us great support over the years. We will deeply miss her and send our deepest condolences to her family.


LoveQuiltsUK Calendar 2021
Clare Bray is still collecting photos for the LoveQuiltsUK 2021 fundraising calendar. If you have photos of squares, quilts, kids or anything else related to LQUK, please get them in to Clare at lovequiltscalendar@gmail.com . See the previous news entry for details.


Square News
We have received 129 squares since our last update! Many thanks to all those who stitched them!

  • Quilt Squares were received from:

    Alisha, Birmingham, UK
    Alison, Oldham, UK
    Ann, Spain
    Ann Woods, Crimplesham, England (2)
    Anne, Sandefjord, Norway (3)
    Anthea, Northampton, UK
    Barbara, Midhurst , UK
    Comfort Pillow Group, Poland
    Debbie May, Worthing, West Sussex, UK
    Deborah, Leeds, UK
    Diana, Sussex, UK (2)
    Ellie, London, UK (2)
    Emma, Stevenage, UK (2)
    Emma Bottrell, Par, UK
    Emma Edwards, Hawkesbury Upton, UK (2)
    Emma Robson, Doncaster, England (4)
    Emma Swainston, Chalfont St Peter, England (2)
    Emma Swift, Aberdeen, UK (3)
    Erin, Neath, Wales
    Gloria, Sallanches , France (2)
    Hannah, Wirral, UK
    Heather, Littleborough, England (3)
    Helen, Swindon, UK
    Jan G, Hull, UK (3)
    Jan S, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (3)
    Jane Senior, Morecambe, UK
    Janet T, South Wales, UK (3)
    Jennie, Dundee, UK (2)
    Jennie, Worcester, England
    Jennifer Urquhart, Glasgow, Scotland (3)
    Jenny, Rushden, UK (3)
    Jenny Elkington, Boston, UK (2)
    Jessica, Cambridge, ON, Canada (2)
    Jill, Spain (2)
    Joanne Heap, Liverpool, UK
    Jodi Maple, Niagara Park, Australia (2)
    Jodie Balaam,
    Jodie Balaam, Lawshall, England (4)
    Julie, Anglesey, Wales (2)
    Karen Stephenson, Cambridgeshire, UK (3)
    Kelli, Neath, Wales
    Leanda Vickers, Oldham , England
    Louise B, Surrey, UK
    Marie, Yeovil, UK
    Marion, Coventry, UK (3)
    Merete, Allerød, Denmark (2)
    Michelle Beckett, Prestwood, UK
    Miss Debbie Elkington, Boston, Lincs, UK (2)
    Moira Anne Jeffcoat, Birmingham, England (3)
    Nicola, St Albans, UK (4)
    Nisha Chauhan, Leicester, UK (5)
    Pippa, Surrey, UK (6)
    Rachael Skinner, Southampton , UK
    Rebecca, Kettering, Northants, UK
    Roberta H, King's Lynn, England
    Ruth Horn, Co Durham, UK (2)
    Sam Casey, Maidenhead, England (2)
    Sandra, Shefford, England
    Sarah, Gosport, UK (2)
    Sue P, Birmingham, England (5)
    Val Gilbert, Coningsby, UK (5)
    Yvonne, Devon, UK


    Donations
    Thank you very much to everyone who has sent in donations since our last update! :)



    News 26 Jan 2020 - 15 Feb 2020



    Hello everyone. As we write this, Storm Dennis is currently lashing the UK. Hope you are all keeping safe and dry indoors, perhaps with a bit of stitching or quilting - a good weekend for it!

    Quilt News

    8 quilts have been delivered since our last update:

    Aniello D's quilt (Vehicles) - quilted by Ann:

    Photo of Aniello D's quilt


    Charlie G's quilt (Vehicles) - quilted by Pat:

    Photo of Charlie G's quilt


    Esmé L's quilt (Pink cute animals) - quilted by Heather:

    Photo of Esmé L's quilt


    Grace's quilt (Flowers and Butterflies) - quilted by Heather:

    Photo of Grace's quilt


    Jaine S's quilt (Unicorns) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):

    Photo of Jaine S's quilt


    Kian S's quilt (Superheroes) - quilted by Gaynor:

    Photo of Kian S's quilt


    Lillie-Ann A's quilt (Princesses) - quilted by Tracey E:

    Photo of Lillie-Ann A's quilt


    Micah C's quilt (Dinosaurs) - quilted by Seren:

    Photo of Micah C's quilt


    Thank you very much to everyone who contributed to these quilts!


    Calendar 2021
    Clare Bray is once again creating the LoveQuilts Calendar for 2021!

    Here's a few words from Clare:

    The calendar has pictures of squares, quilting and children with their quilts and is sold in the autumn with all profits going to LQ. So please send in photos of your favourite squares, of your children with their quilts, of making the quilts, and any imaginative shots eg with pets, stitching outside/on a zipwire/in a submarine, etc. You can send in as many photos as you like and everyone is in with a chance of getting in as it's no more than one main photo per person. You don't need to be an amazing photographer to enter and you are helping LQUK by entering! Parents, I usually get all the kids entered in, on the back page if they don’t get onto the main pages, so please do enter your childrens’ pictures as we love to have them on the calendar :-)

    Rules:

    - Photos must be emailed to lovequiltscalendar@gmail.com By emailing pictures of your children or squares to this address you are giving permission for them to be used in the calendar. You can't enter on Facebook and please don't copy pictures back from Facebook then email them - I need the originals.

    - Photos from cameras or mobile phones are fine, try and have the file size as large as possible (within reason!). To photograph squares, ideally do them on a light day away from direct sunlight. Photograph from above so that the stitching is straight on in the picture, rather than at an angle. Please leave a decent margin of unstitched white fabric in the photo around the stitched image as this makes it much easier to use. Don't worry about having too much fabric in the photo as I can crop it, whereas I can't add in fabric if the stitching goes right to the edge of the photo. And please make sure the squares are washed and IRONED first. Creased squares really don't look good in photos and it isn't extra work since we do this to send in squares to LQ anyway :)

    - No labels unless in a context shot (stitching with a dog etc)

    - Beware of scanners. I've only had one person send in good quality scanned images; the others have all been very bleached and "flattened", and when I've tried scanning my own stitching I've had the same effect. Cameras and phones generally seem to give better results.

    - I will reply to all emails received so you know I've got them, but give me a fair amount of time to do this.

    - If everyone could help out saying about the calendar and giving the email address on any kids' photos which would be good for it, or any other particularly eye catching photos, that would be very helpful.

    - Deadline is 30th June but it helps if everything isn't left till the last minute so you can email in photos from now.





    Email problems
    We've had a few email problems over the last two weeks with Hotmail and Yahoo over-aggressively filtering for spam. If you have not received the confirmation email for your signups, please have a look on the child's page on our website and you should see "In Progress" next to your square. Gaynor has also produced this page where you can see all your signups quickly: See My Signups


    Merete's Stitch-a-long
    Merete released a LQ Superhero Stitch-a-long on our Facebook group lately. It has been very popular and we have had to cap numbers to 25 so that we don't get too many squares of the same design! Watch out for more stitch-a-longs from Merete in the future, and hope the lucky 25 are enjoying the current one!



    Square News
    We have received 156 squares since our last update! Many thanks to all those who stitched them!

  • Quilt Squares were received from:

    Angie, Belper, UK (5)
    Ann, Billericay, UK (5)
    Barbara, Midhurst , UK
    C McDonald, Altrincham, UK (5)
    Cairine, Grantown on Spey, UK
    Carol Ayling, Copthorne, UK
    Claire A, Fife, Scotland
    Claire Dickie, Aldershot, England
    Clare, Basildon , UK
    Clare Brunyee, Rotherham, S.Yorks, UK
    Comfort Pillow Group, Poland (3)
    Debbie May, Worthing, West Sussex, UK
    Diane Wallman, Oldham, UK
    Eileen, Newcastle, UK (2)
    Ellie, London, UK
    Emily Jones, Swansea, UK
    Emma Robson, Doncaster, England (6)
    Erica Turner, Penarth, Wales (2)
    Erin, Neath, Wales
    Gail, Lochgelly, Scotland (2)
    Gemma.H, Glos, UK (2)
    Heather, Littleborough, England (5)
    Jackie, Corby, UK (3)
    Jackie, York, England (2)
    Jackie Billington, Birmingham , UK (5)
    Jan G, Hull, UK (5)
    Jan S, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (4)
    Jane Ashley, Littleborough, UK
    Jane Senior, Morecambe, UK
    Jeanne, Texas, USA (3)
    Jill Smith, Taunton, England (2)
    Jo, Eastleigh, Hampshire , UK (3)
    Jodie Balaam, Lawshall, England (5)
    Julie Robbins, Bromsgrove , UK
    Karen Hockin, Southampton, England (2)
    Katrina, Basingstoke, UK (7)
    Kaye S, Bangor, Northern Ireland (2)
    Kelli, Neath, Wales
    Laura, Thetford, UK (2)
    Leanda Vickers, Oldham , England (4)
    Leanne Malcolmson, Romsey, UK (2)
    Linda Cropper, Atherstone, England
    Lyn, Doncaster, UK
    Marie, Yeovil, UK
    Martha O, London, UK (3)
    Michele, Derby, Connecticut , USA (2)
    Michelle, Warrington, UK
    Miss Debbie Elkington, Boston, Lincs, UK (4)
    Moira Anne Jeffcoat, Birmingham, England (2)
    Natasha, Norfolk, UK
    Nicola, St Albans, UK (3)
    Pat Brown, Warminster, England (4)
    Patricia, Northern Ireland, UK
    Roisin, Amersham, England (3)
    Rosemary Binnie, Macclesfield, UK (2)
    Ruth Horn, Co Durham, UK (5)
    Sally, Hull, UK
    Sandra, Shefford, England (2)
    Sarah, Gosport, UK (2)
    Shirley, Worthing, Sussex, England
    Stephanie Rose, Bo'ness, Scotland (2)
    Sue Dickie, Aldershot, England
    Sue Torode, Farnborough, UK
    Sylvia, Clacton, England (7)


    Donations
    Thank you very much to everyone who has donated to us or used easyfundraising.org.uk for us. An increasing amount is coming in from Facebook fundraisers also. Our grateful thanks to everyone who has donated - you keep LoveQuiltsUK afloat!




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