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News 14 Mar 2018 - 02 Apr 2018



Quilt News
Hello everyone! Hope you have been enjoying the Easter Bank Holiday - loads of lovely squares have been posted on our Facebook group over the last few days and we love seeing them!

13 quilts have been delivered since our last update:

Alexander M's quilt (Pandas) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):

Photo of Alexander M's quilt


Amy S's quilt (Hearts and Unicorns) - quilted by Jill:

Photo of Amy S's quilt


Bethany J's quilt (Princesses) - quilted by Leanda:

Photo of Bethany J's quilt


Charlie F's quilt (Farm Animals) - quilted by Leanda:

Photo of Charlie F's quilt


Ellie P's quilt (Cats, Butterflies and Hearts) - quilted by Alison and Janine:

Photo of Ellie P's quilt


Joshua S's quilt (Mickey and Friends) - quilted by Heather:

- we have not yet received a photo, but we will post it to Joshua S's page when we do.

Kylan B's quilt (Superheroes) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):

Photo of Kylan B's quilt


Oliver J's quilt (Superheroes) - quilted by Mary:

Photo of Oliver J's quilt


Robert B's quilt (Space) - quilted by Carol:

Photo of Robert B's quilt


Ruby M's quilt (Cats/fairies/butterflies) - quilted by Seren:

Photo of Ruby M's quilt


Sadie H's quilt (London Buses and other landmarks) - quilted by Leanda:

Photo of Sadie H's quilt


Theo B's quilt (Wild Animals) - quilted by Heather:

Photo of Theo B's quilt


Seren has also completed a Hearts emergency quilt - thank you very much Seren!

Photo of  Hearts's quilt



One Thousand Quilts for LQUK!
On 27th March 2018, LQUK reached 1000 quilts delivered with Caitlin H being the 1000th quilt sent out. A massive thank you to everyone who has contributed the countless volunteer hours to LQUK over the (almost) ten years this has taken. Fantastic work, everyone!


Patchwork Parade Quilting and Craft Exhibition
Well done and a massive thank you to Leanda, Heather and Nessa who ran a stall at this event and thank you also to everyone who contributed items such as lap quilts and bags for sale. A splendid £410 was raised for LQUK funds. Here are some photos of them in action:






Calendar 2019
Thank you to everyone who has been sending in photos for the LQUK Calendar 2019 being compiled by Clare Bray. Just a reminder that it's not too late - for details see our 20 Feb 2018 - 14 Mar 2018 news update (below)


Square News
We have received 148 squares since our last update! Many thanks to all those who stitched them!

  • Quilt Squares were received from:

    Alannah Waters, Ammanford, Wales
    Alison, Oldham, UK
    Alysia, Hertfordshire , Uk
    Angie, Belper, UK (5)
    Ann Woods, Crimplesham, England (4)
    Bethea Bradley, Bangor, Northern Ireland (2)
    Debbie, St Neots, UK (3)
    Diana, Sussex, UK (5)
    Eileen, Newcastle, UK (2)
    Ellie, London, UK (2)
    Emma Tracey, London , UK
    Frank Osborne, San Antonio, Texas, USA (2)
    Gaynor, Swansea, Wales
    Grace Bowles, Southampton , UK (3)
    Heather, Littleborough, England
    Helen, Thrapston, UK (2)
    Jan, Hull, UK (2)
    Jan S, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (5)
    Jeanne, Texas, USA (2)
    Jennifer Urquhart, Glasgow, Scotland (2)
    Jenny Elkington, Boston, UK (2)
    Joanne Heap, Liverpool, UK (2)
    Julie, Portgordon, Scotland (3)
    Julie Edgcumbe, Haverhill, Suffolk, UK (3)
    Julie Tavares, Béthune, France (3)
    Karen Hockin, Southampton, England
    Katie, York, England (5)
    Kirsty Smith, Bowburn, UK (2)
    Laura, Thetford, UK (2)
    Leanda Vickers, Oldham , England (2)
    Leanne Malcolmson, Romsey, UK (4)
    Lesley, Rothwell, UK (2)
    Lydia Newton, Bromsgrove, UK
    Lyn, Doncaster, UK (2)
    Magda, Manchester, UK (9)
    Marie, Yeovil, UK (2)
    Mark Grogan, Oldham , UK
    Michelle Beckett, Prestwood, UK (2)
    Moira Anne Jeffcoat, Birmingham, England (2)
    Nancy Lowe, Tamworth, UK (4)
    Natalie Chapman, Leeds, UK (5)
    Nicola, St Albans, UK (3)
    Nicola Dove, Barnsley, UK (2)
    Pat Brown, Fareham, England (3)
    Paula Dewar, Glasgow, Scotland (4)
    Rebecca, Kettering, Northants, UK (4)
    Ros, Norfolk, UK (2)
    Rosemary Binnie, Macclesfield, UK (2)
    Ruth, Cheltenham, UK
    Sandra, Shefford, England (2)
    Sarah, Southampton, UK
    Seren Senior, Derby, UK (8)
    Shirley, Worthing, Sussex, England (2)
    Shirley, Ipswich, UK (3)
    Tracey, Cardiff, Wales
    Verity, Plymouth, England
    Yvonne, Devon, UK (2)
    Zoe Spooner, Dartford, UK


    Donations
    Thank you so much to those of you who have sent in donations by Cheque/Credit card/Text/Paypal, it is really appreciated.

    We have also recently received a payment of £107 from easyfundraising.org.uk so thank you to all who support us in that way too - it really does mount up!



    News 20 Feb 2018 - 14 Mar 2018



    Quilt News
    Hello everyone! Hope you are doing well - welcome to our news update!

    Twelve quilts have been delivered since our last update:

    Alfie B's quilt (Superheroes) - quilted by Katie:

    Photo of Alfie B's quilt


    Arlo W's quilt (Various Cartoon Characters) - quilted by Carol:

    Photo of Arlo W's quilt


    Chloe C's quilt (Disney characters) - quilted by Tracey E:

    Photo of Chloe C's quilt


    Cody-John's quilt (Sea life) - quilted by Jill:

    Photo of Cody-John's quilt


    Daniel D's quilt (Doctor Who) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):

    Photo of Daniel D's quilt


    Daniel R 2's quilt (Penguins) - quilted by Heather:

    Photo of Daniel R 2's quilt


    Jacob L's quilt (Racing cars) - quilted by Heather:

    Photo of Jacob L's quilt


    Millie-Mai's quilt (Hearts) - quilted by Jill:

    Photo of Millie-Mai's quilt


    Olivia W's quilt (Hearts, rabbits and owls) - quilted by Leanda:

    Photo of Olivia W's quilt


    Ryleigh-Jade's quilt (Fairies, Unicorns etc) - quilted by Julie E:

    Photo of Ryleigh-Jade's quilt


    Theo B's quilt (Wild Animals) - quilted by Heather:

    Photo of Theo B's quilt


    Zack L's quilt (Blue) - quilted by Leanda:

    Photo of Zack L's quilt


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


    Centreing of squares
    We've had a few squares lately that have been so far off-centre that they have caused a few problems for our quilters. In case anyone is in any doubt, these are the dimensions/placing we need. If any of your design is outside the blue area below (due to being too big or not being centred), it doesn't leave enough room to quilt the square. Our quilters cope by extra tricks like putting extra fabric to bulk it out, but obviously it's best if all the squares conform to these specifications:



    Square deadlines
    We have traditionally had the squares deadline as the last day of each month. However, due to squares coming in right on the deadline unwashed, we are cutting into the quilting time more and more while we sort them out. Also, LQUK has grown so we have more quilt packs to sort out than we did in the past. Therefore, we have decided to move the deadline 3-4 days before the end of the month. Please check your email notifications for sign-ups carefully - this change will be phased in over the next few months :)


    Patchwork Parade Quilting and Craft Exhibition
    If you are in or around Manchester this Saturday (17th March 2018), Leanda and Heather will once again be running their stall in aid of LQUK. We would like to thank Leanda and Heather for their massive effort in preparing for this event.

    Thank you also to everyone who has contributed items for the fair - many have been making lap quilts and bags etc to be sold. Also thank you to those who have donated smaller items of cross stitching which have been incorporated into some of the items.

    As well as Leanda and Heather's stall, there will be a great exhibition of quilts, cushions, wall hangings and machine embroidery. There will also be a display by Patchwork Parade's Doll Making Clubs, lots of great traders, a charity cushion tombola and raffle, and refreshments. Disabled access and parking are available at the venue.

    The event will take place this Saturday (17th March 2018) at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham 10.30am-3.30pm. If you are in the area, why not drop in and say hello? :)


    LQ Calendar 2019
    After a year off, Clare Bray is now preparing for the LQUK 2019 Calendar! For those who are newer to LQUK, the calendar has pictures of squares, quilting and children with their quilts and is sold in the autumn with all profits going to LQ.

    Clare is asking for the following:

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    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/in a hot air balloon/in a submarine (you never know) 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, and you don't need to be an amazing photographer to enter.

    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.

    - Photos from cameras or mobile phones are fine, try to have the file size as large as possible. To photograph squares, ideally do them on a sunny 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 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.

    - Deadline 30th June but it helps if everything isn't left till the last minute so you can email in photos from now!
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    Thank you Clare for taking this project on for us! We know past calendars have been very popular!


    Square News
    We have received 143 squares since our last update! Many thanks to all those who stitched them!

  • Quilt Squares were received from:

    Alannah Waters, Ammanford, Wales
    Ann Woods, Crimplesham, England
    Becky Keith, Worksop, UK
    C McDonald, Altrincham, UK (4)
    Carol Ayling, Copthorne, UK
    Carol West, Thetford, Norfolk, UK
    Diana Lettice, Spalding, UK (2)
    EE(Beth)Filmer, Adelaide, Australia (4)
    Elizabeth, Shipley, UK
    Emily Baker, Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales
    Emma, Stevenage, UK (3)
    Emma Swift, Aberdeen, UK (3)
    Faye Williams, High Wycombe, UK
    Frank Osborne, San Antonio, Texas, USA
    Ginny D, Canterbury, UK (2)
    Gloria, Sallanches , France (2)
    Hannah Garner, Manchester , UK
    Heather, Littleborough, England (3)
    Heather Joyce, Sandiacre, UK (4)
    Helen Irwin, Hull, UK (2)
    Jan, Hull, UK (4)
    Jan S, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (3)
    Jeanne, Texas, USA (2)
    Jenny, Rushden, UK
    Jessica, Cambridge, ON, Canada (3)
    Jill Smith, Taunton, England
    Jo, York, UK (3)
    Julie, Portgordon, Scotland (3)
    Karen Hockin, Southampton, England (3)
    Katie, Leicester, UK
    Katie, York, England (2)
    Katrina, Basingstoke, UK (5)
    Kaye S, Bangor, Northern Ireland (2)
    Kirsty Smith, Bowburn, UK
    Leanda Vickers, Oldham , England (7)
    Linda Cropper, Atherstone, England (2)
    Lisa Toner, Morecambe, UK (4)
    Loraine, Perth W.A, Australia (3)
    Louise B, Surrey, UK (3)
    Margery, Needham Market, UK (2)
    Marie, Yeovil, UK
    Marilyn, Birmingham, UK
    Michele, Derby, Connecticut , USA
    Michelle Beckett, Prestwood, UK
    Miss Debbie Elkington, Boston, Lincs, UK (3)
    Moira Anne Jeffcoat, Birmingham, England (2)
    Monika, Letchworth GC, UK (5)
    Naomi Lucas, King's Lynn, UK
    Nicola, Elland, UK (3)
    Paula Dewar, Glasgow, Scotland (6)
    Pippa, Surrey, UK (3)
    Rebecca Edwards, Bakewell, UK
    Roberta H, King's Lynn, England
    Roisin, Amersham, England (2)
    Sally, Hull, UK (3)
    Sandra, Shefford, England (6)
    Sarah, York, UK
    Sarah, Leeds, UK (5)
    Yvonne, Devon, UK (2)
    Zoe Graham, Halifax, England


    Donations
    Thank you very much to all those who have sent in Donations since our last news update - it is really appreciated.



    News 21 Jan 2018 - 20 Feb 2018



    Quilt News
    Hello everyone, and welcome to our February update!

    Fourteen quilts have been delivered since our last update:

    Adam K's quilt (Mickey Mouse and Friends) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):

    Photo of Adam K's quilt


    Caitlin W's quilt (Angels and Fairies) - quilted by Jill:

    Photo of Caitlin W's quilt


    Cara D's quilt (Hearts and Butterflies) - quilted by Carol:

    Photo of Cara D's quilt


    Emma F's quilt (Unicorns and Fairies) - quilted by Jill:

    Photo of Emma F's quilt


    Hajir's quilt (Hearts) - quilted by Katie:

    Photo of Hajir's quilt


    Hugh M's quilt (Superheroes) - quilted by Rebecca:

    Photo of Hugh M's quilt


    James M's quilt (Horses and Dogs) - quilted by Mary:

    Photo of James M's quilt


    Joshua S's quilt (Music) - quilted by Alison and Janine:

    Photo of Joshua S's quilt


    Layla M's quilt (Hearts and stars) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):

    Photo of Layla M's quilt


    Liam G's quilt (Space) - quilted by Leanda:

    Photo of Liam G's quilt


    Max B's quilt (Football) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):

    Photo of Max B's quilt


    Mia K's quilt (Princesses) - quilted by Heather:

    Photo of Mia K's quilt


    Noah D's quilt (Superheroes) - quilted by Julie E:

    Photo of Noah D's quilt


    Theo B's quilt (Wild Animals) - quilted by Heather:

    Photo of Theo B's quilt



    Thank you so much to everyone who took part in creating these quilts!


    Polycotton Aida
    We've noticed that quite a few squares stitched on polycotton Aida have come in recently. Please could you check that you are purchasing 100% cotton Aida. As a rule of thumb, if something is quite a lot cheaper than normal, it is usually polycotton. If you're not certain, take a strand from the edge of your square and set fire to it (watch your fingers!) If it burns away to nothing, it's cotton. If it melts, it's polycotton.

    Polycotton tends to melt under hot irons and we want to avoid damage to the quilters' irons and to the finished quilt.


    Patterns
    Thank you very much to Lisa Beckley for donating some patterns suitable for cards. These have been posted to the Files section of our Facebook group.


    Pattern Index
    As you know, we have permission from some copyright holders to chart licensed characters for LoveQuiltsUK use only. We post these patterns to the Files section of our Facebook group to keep their audience limited to LoveQuiltsUK stitchers.

    However, the Facebook Files section can be tedious to search through as there is no way to organise the files. Gaynor has created an index that links straight through to the files and it can be found here: Pattern Index. Remember, you need to be a member of our Facebook group for the links to work.


    Square News
    We have received 186 squares since our last update! Many thanks to all those who stitched them!

  • Quilt Squares were received from:

    Alice Crowe, Tewkesbury, UK
    Alison, Market Drayton, UK
    Ann, Billericay, UK (4)
    Ann Woods, Crimplesham, England
    Anne, Sandefjord, Norway (3)
    Audrey, Fife, Scotland
    Beth Cotton, Wallasey , UK
    Debbie, St Neots, UK (2)
    Debbie Clarke, Halifax, UK
    Debbie May, Worthing, West Sussex, UK (2)
    Deborah Found-Bloodworth, Uxbridge, Middx, UK
    Diana, Sussex, UK (6)
    Diane, Middlesex, UK (3)
    EE(Beth)Filmer, Adelaide, Australia (4)
    Eileen, Newcastle, UK (3)
    Elaine Dixon, Athens, Greece (2)
    Ellie, London, UK
    Emma, Stevenage, UK
    Emma Swift, Aberdeen, UK
    Emma Tracey, London , UK
    Fee, Fife, Scotland (2)
    Gaynor, Swansea, Wales
    Grace, Caldicot, UK
    Grace Bowles, Southampton , UK (2)
    Heather, Littleborough, England (4)
    Heather Joyce, Sandiacre, UK (5)
    Heidi Pemberton, Leven, Scotland
    Helen Irwin, Hull, UK (2)
    Jan, Hull, UK (4)
    Jan S, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (2)
    Jane Senior, Morecambe, UK
    Jean, Buckinghamshire, England (4)
    Jeanne, Texas, USA (3)
    Jennifer Urquhart, Glasgow, Scotland (2)
    Jenny, Rushden, UK (3)
    Jenny Elkington, Boston, UK (3)
    Jessica, Cambridge, ON, Canada
    Jill Smith, Taunton, England (4)
    Julie, Portgordon, Scotland (7)
    Julie Tavares, Béthune, France (3)
    Karen, Majorca, Spain
    Karen Hockin, Southampton, England (3)
    Kate, Leics, UK (2)
    Katie, Leicester, UK
    Kirsty Smith, Bowburn, UK (2)
    Leanda Vickers, Oldham , England (3)
    Leanne Malcolmson, Romsey, UK (4)
    Leigh Robson, Dalton-in-Furness , England
    Linda Cropper, Atherstone, England (2)
    Lindsay Smyth, Solihull, UK (3)
    Lisa Toner, Morecambe, UK (2)
    Marie, Yeovil, UK (2)
    Merrilie, Corby, UK (2)
    Michele, Derby, Connecticut , USA (2)
    Miss Debbie Elkington, Boston, Lincs, UK (3)
    Monika Bascombe, Highworth, UK (4)
    Nancy Lowe, Tamworth, UK (2)
    Natalie Chapman, Leeds, UK (2)
    Natalie Hardman, Lancashire , UK (2)
    Nicola, St Albans, UK (8)
    Nikki Philipps, Chesham, UK
    Pat Brown, Fareham, England (4)
    Patricia, Northern Ireland, UK (2)
    Paula Dewar, Glasgow, Scotland (2)
    Rebecca, Kettering, Northants, UK
    Roberta H, King's Lynn, England (2)
    Rosemary Binnie, Macclesfield, UK (2)
    Sadie Wishart, Kirkpatrick Durham, Scotland
    Sally, Hull, UK (2)
    Sandra, Shefford, England (10)
    Sarah, Southampton, UK (2)
    Shirley, Ipswich, UK
    Sophie Bloodworth, Uxbridge, UK
    Stephanie Rose, Bo'ness, Scotland
    Sue, Cumbria, UK (2)
    Sue Torode, Farnborough, UK
    Tracey, Cardiff, Wales
    Verity, Plymouth, England (4)


    Donations
    Thank you very much to everyone who has donated since our last update, it is very much appreciated.




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