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News 23 Apr 2011 - 02 May 2011



Quilt News
Katherine has completed Scott's quilt and it will be delivered during the coming week. Gaynor has completed Lilia Rania's quilt and it has been delivered, but since Rania has been away at her Gran's over the Bank Holiday we are awaiting a photo! Gaynor has also made a start on Tilly-Lucy's quilt.


Magazine stardom!
It has been a big week for LoveQuiltsUK, with us appearing in World of Cross Stitching magazine with a full-page article on p74! We are also appearing in Popular Patchworking magazine!

If you would like to purchase these magazines, it is World of Cross Stitch Issue 177 with "Fizzy Moon" on the cover. The Popular Patchwork is the June 2011 issue with quilted handbags on the cover. Both are currently available on general sale from good newsagents!


New Quilters
It is with great pleasure that we can tell you that we have had no fewer than nine offers of quilting help as a result Popular Patchwork magazine! We really can't believe it as we have long wanted to recruit more quilters, to relieve the pressure on Katherine and Gaynor and in time to reach more children.

Anna and Mary are the first two ladies who will work on Toni C's quilt and Brooke N's quilt respectively. Joanne in Scotland will be working on the World Landmarks squares which we will keep in stock as an emergency quilt.

Gaynor is in contact with the other ladies and we hope to put their skills to use for LoveQuiltsUK in the near future!

Thank you to all the ladies who have contacted us for their generous offers of help, we appreciate it very much indeed.

Katherine and Gaynor will be discussing what extra quilting help will mean in terms of re-opening to new child applications and making a decision on that soon.


Late Squares
We have three quilts that now have squares past their due dates - Seraphina's is three squares short, Faith and Jack B are 5 squares short and Max is 4 squares short. We have noticed a growing trend of late squares, and in recent months we have had to dip into the Any Child Squares more and more and also reduce some 15 square quilts to 12 squares.

Please, please could you try to get your signed up squares in on time, now that we have more quilters, we will be able to start quilts very soon after the squares deadline. It is particularly concerning when children are very sick because nobody wants to be in the situation that the child sadly passes away before the quilt arrives. Thanks :)


Square News
We have received 3 squares this week. Many thanks to all those who stitched them!

  • Quilt Squares were received from:

    Catherine, Blackpool, England (for Jack B)
    Joanne, Wigan, UK (for Stitch-a-long: Mr Men and Little Miss)
    Susan, Ontario, Canada (for Stitch-a-long: Hello Kitty)


    Fundraising
    Gaynor has raised £69.25 through trading in used ink-jet cartridges this week. Also thank you to those who have sent donations through cash or Paypal, it is very much appreciated.


    Bank Account
    LoveQuiltsUK now has a formal bank account. If you would like to make donations via UK Cheque, please make payable to LoveQuiltsUK.




    News 16 Apr 2011 - 23 Apr 2011



    Quilt News
    This week, Katherine has been working on Scott's quilt and Gaynor has been working on Lilia Rania's quilt.

    Laura's quilt was received this week. Many thanks to all of you who stitched and donated a square. Here is a picture - you can just make out the top of Laura's head in the ball pool!




    Quilts opened/closed
    We have opened two new Stitch-a-longs with themes that are particularly popular with kids at the moment:

    Stitch-a-long: Hello Kitty's quilt was opened
    Stitch-a-long: Disney Pixar Cars's quilt was opened


    World of Cross Stitching Article
    About two months ago, Katherine and Gaynor were contacted by Iona Lister of World of Cross Stitching magazine with a view to doing an article on LoveQuiltsUK. We were very excited by this and provided Iona with information and photographs, obtaining permission from the children's parents.

    We are pleased to tell you that we are appearing in World of Cross Stitching magazine Issue 177 where we have a full-page spread. Please note that Issue 177 is not on general sale until next week, but those of you who order it by post will already have received it. (It's the issue with "Fizzy Moon" Bear and Rabbit on the front cover)

    Many thanks to World of Cross Stitching magazine for providing us with such great publicity. :)


    Square News
    We have received 14 squares this week! Many thanks to all those who stitched them!

  • Quilt Squares were received from:

    Gaynor, Swansea, Wales (for Tilly Lucy)
    Gaynor, Swansea, Wales (for Lilia Rania)
    Hannah , Wirral, UK (for Stitch-a-long: Butterflies)
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (for Lilia Rania)
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (for Lilia Rania)
    Jessica, Majorca, Spain (for Brooke H)
    Joanna Jennings, Carnforth, England (for Jack B)
    Joanne, Wigan, UK (for Stitch-a-long: Disney Characters)
    Karen, Majorca, Spain (for Lilia Rania)
    Katherine, Lincolnshire, England (for Scott W)
    Mariann, USA (for Matty H)
    Suzanne, Peacehaven, United Kingdom (for Poppy)
    Victoria, Sleaford, England (for Brooke N)


  • Any child squares were received from:

    Magda, Glasgow, Scotland for the Girls category



    Donations
    Thank you to those who have sent cash/Paypal donations this week, it is very much appreciated. We are in the process of setting up a formal bank account, so we will soon be able to take donations via cheque also.



    News 09 Apr 2011 - 16 Apr 2011



    Quilt News
    This week, Katherine has completed Laura's quilt and it is now in the post. So we hope to bring you news about her quilt next week.

    We also received a picture of Jayden with his quilt this week (his was the farm quilt which was delivered back in February):




    Meetings in Lincolnshire
    Gaynor went up to Lincolnshire to stay with Katherine for a few days this week, and a lot of time was spent sorting out fabric. We got out all the fabric we had and trashed Katherine's living room:





    We had a very, very long session of sorting out fabric for quilts on Tuesday night. We now know we have fabric, wadding and backing sorted out for the next 12 quilts, apart from Lilia Rania's which Gaynor will shop for next week.

    On Wednesday, we had lots of visitors! They were Karen Guy, Lis Neilsen and Claire Lawrence from Corby Glen, all of whom stitched for Brendan's Tatty Teddy quilt. Also, we met Brendan himself and his mum Denise! Last, but not least, Katherine's sister Vic, our stamp queen, also joined us.

    Here is Brendan with his quilt:



    And here are all of us with Brendan and his quilt:


    (From left to right) Karen Guy, Gaynor Thomas, Vic Gallimore, Lis Nielsen, Claire Lawrence and Katherine Pocklington.



    Square News
    There are a quite a few squares past their due date which is a little worrying to us, particularly those which are now 6 weeks late. Please try to get your squares to us on time. Apart from anything else, we'd rather spend our time quilting than chasing up squares! We've already heard that some late squares are on their way and we will have to dip into the Any Child stocks for the rest if required.

    We have received 12 squares this week! Many thanks to all those who stitched them!

  • Quilt Squares were received from:

    Joanne, Bathgate, Scotland (for Poppy)
    Joanne, Wigan, UK (for Stitch-a-long: Disney Characters)
    Patricia, Northern Ireland, UK (for Seraphina)
    Patricia, Northern Ireland, UK (for Jack B)
    Patricia, Northern Ireland, UK (for Max P)
    Poppie Taylor, Solihull, England (for Joshua D )
    Poppie Taylor, Solihull, England (for Lennon S)
    Poppie Taylor, Solihull, England (for Lewis C )
    Poppie Taylor, Solihull, England (for Stitch-a-long: Purple Theme)
    Susan, Hamilton, USA (for Tilly Lucy)


  • Any child squares were received from:

    Lucy, Harford Bridge, UK for the Angels/Fairies category
    Lucy, Harford Bridge, UK for the Angels/Fairies category



    Donations
    Thank you very much to those who have given cash donations this week, it is very much appreciated. Also thank you very much to Hannah from the Wiggly Bags Facebook Group who donated some fabric that was unsuitable for Wiggly bags, but fine for us.


    And Finally...
    We have heard from Cross Stitch Crazy magazine that we have been selected as their Club of the Month! We have won £100 worth of Past Impressions goodies. We will work out how best to use this prize for the benefit of LoveQuiltsUK. Many thanks to Cross Stitch Crazy magazine, we are delighted!




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