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News 26 Feb 2011 - 05 Mar 2011


World of Cross Stitching Magazine
We are delighted to discover that we are appearing on the "Noticeboard" page of UK magazine World Of Cross Stitching this month!



We have noticed an influx of new stitchers this week, and we presume this is the reason! So a big welcome to World of Cross Stitching readers and thank you for your support! We hope you will enjoy being part of LoveQuiltsUK.


Quilt News
This week, Katherine has been working on Elizabeth's quilt (Horses). She is just working through the quilting part and hopes to be finished over the next week or so.

Gaynor has been preparing for Bradley's quilt (Tatty Teddy) by cutting out the fabric.

Gaynor has also spent this week ordering fabric from the USA, particularly plain colour fabrics which we don't have a lot of at the moment. Gaynor's friend is visiting from Oregon at the end of March and she has very kindly offered to be a fabric courier! Since fabric is approximately half the price in the USA as it is in the UK, it is a good opportunity to make your kind donations stretch further.


Quilts opened/closed
Tia-Rose M's quilt (Yellow theme) was opened and closed.
Lewis C 's quilt (Enchanted World) was opened.
Kelli G 's quilt (Dance) was closed.
Lennon S 's quilt was closed.
Joshua D 's quilt (Cartoon characters) was closed.


2011 quilts
As you know, we reached have reached our capacity (32 quilt applications) for 2011. Lewis C's is the 32nd quilt for 2011 and we will not open any more children's quilts until approx July 2011 for completion in 2012.

If we should manage to recruit another quilter, we will of course immediately review the situation, so if anyone out there is interested in helping to assemble the quilts, we would be delighted to hear from you! To see what's involved, see our How It's Made page.

In the meantime, Katherine and Gaynor have been chatting about having some Stitch-a-longs. These would be squares on a specific theme that we will use in the future for emergency quilts, or possibly to fill gaps in quilts with missing squares. We are thinking about Stitch-a-longs on colour themes (green and purple) and also Disney characters. We would also like to re-open the Mr Man Stitch-a-long as we have quite a lot of Mr Man fabric. If you have an idea for a Stitch-a-long theme, please don't hesitate to get in touch :)

In addition to the Stitch-a-longs, we will also continue to accept Any Child Squares, and of course there are still many needy children in our sister organisations in the USA, Australia and Brazil.


Square News
We have received 11 squares this week! Many thanks to all those who stitched them and sent them in!

  • Quilt Squares were received from:

    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (for Callum M)
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (for Bradley)
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (for Toni C)
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (for Any child)
    Jennie Hawkings, Bromsgrove, England (for Callum M)
    Kaye, St Albans, England (for Niamh P)
    Sue, BC, Canada (for Callum M)
    Sue, BC, Canada (for Bradley)
    Tracey Gannon, Norwich, United Kingdom (for Jack B)
    Tracey Gannon, Norwich, United Kingdom (for Niamh P)


  • Any child squares were received from:

    Anne, Sunderland, UK for the Cartoon Characters category



    Donations

    Many thanks for those of you who have sent in small donations with your squares or via Paypal this week, it is very much appreciated - we couldn't keep going without your generosity. :)



    News 19 Feb 2011 - 26 Feb 2011


    Quilt News
    This week, Eleanor's quilt (Princess theme) has been delivered!



    Thank you to all who contributed a square!

    No quilting has been done this week as Katherine has been very busy with the children over half-term and Gaynor is very busy in work. Katherine will be back working on Elizabeth's horse quilt when the children go back to school on Tuesday!


    Quilts opened/closed
    Lilia Rania's quilt was opened and closed this week. Rania is not a well little girl, so we are doing this quilt as a semi-emergency one. Thank you to those who have signed up to do donkey and bee squares.


    Size of Aida
    Can we remind you that the size of Aida for your squares should be 13" by 13", or at a very minimum, 12", with a maximum design size of 9". Although the vast majority of stitchers are conforming to these dimensions, we have received a couple of squares that are around 11". When we wash the square we get some shrinkage on top, so please try to keep to 13"!

    If you intend to stitch several squares, it might be worth investing in a square metre of Aida which cuts down very nicely into 9 squares. Buying in bulk works out cheaper too! :)


    Square News
    We have received an amazing 27 squares this week! Many thanks to all those who stitched them! Val delivered her squares to Katherine in person this time. Not many LQUKers have met in real life - even Katherine and Gaynor have only met up once so it was great to put a "face to a name"!

  • Quilt Squares were received from:

    Caroline, Skelmersdale , England (for Poppy)
    Caroline, Skelmersdale , England (for Rhea T)
    Caroline, Skelmersdale , England (for Brooke H)
    Caroline, Skelmersdale , England (for Matty H)
    Caroline, Skelmersdale , England (for Niamh P)
    Fee, Fife, Scotland (for Max P)
    Jaki Young, Kilmarnock, Scotland (for Callum M)
    Kate, Leics, UK (for Matty H)
    Kate, Leics, UK (for Evan)
    Mariann, USA (for Callum M)
    Mariann, USA (for Scott W)
    Mariann, USA (for Scott W)
    Sandy, USA (for Brooke N)
    Sandy, USA (for Toni C)
    Sandy, USA (for Seraphina)
    Susan, Hamilton, USA (for Lotty B)
    Valerie Payne, Peterborough, UK (for Callum M)
    Valerie Payne, Peterborough, UK (for Stitch - a - long)
    Valerie Payne, Peterborough, UK (for Stitch - a - long)
    Valerie Payne, Peterborough, UK (for Stitch - a - long)
    Valerie Payne, Peterborough, UK (for Lotty B)
    Valerie Payne, Peterborough, UK (for Toni C)
    Valerie Payne, Peterborough, UK (for Brooke N)
    Victoria, Sleaford, England (for Callum M)


  • Any child squares were received from:

    Jo, Swansea, UK for the Teddies category
    Kim, Cardiff, Wales for the Dogs and Cats category
    Valerie Payne, Peterborough, UK for the Angels/Fairies category



    Fabric
  • Donkey fabric was purchased for Lilia Rania's quilt (See her page for details)


    Donations

    Thank you to those who have sent cash/Paypal donations with your squares this week, it is very much appreciated.



    News 10 Feb 2011 - 19 Feb 2011



    Quilt News
    This week, Katherine has completed Jayden's quilt and it has been delivered! Thank you to all who contributed to the Farm theme. We are waiting on a photo of Jayden with his quilt, so we hope to show you that next week.

    Gaynor has now completed Eleanor G's quilt! It is now ready to pack up and send off, so we should have news on its receipt by next week!


    Quilts opened/closed
    Brooke H's quilt was closed. (Princess theme)


    *** 1000 squares! ***
    This week we passed the milestone of 1000 squares stitched for LoveQuiltsUK! This is a fantastic achievement in less than 3 years, congratulations to everyone and thank you for your tremendous support!


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

  • Quilt Squares were received from:

    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (for Laura W)
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (for Callum M)
    Karen, Majorca, Spain (for Lotty B)
    Karen, Majorca, Spain (for Tilly Lucy)
    Kaye, Oklahoma, USA (for Matty H)
    Kaye, St Albans, England (for Evan)
    Kaye, Oklahoma, USA (for Patrick C)
    Patricia, Northern Ireland, UK (for Faith M)
    Sue, BC, Canada (for Laura W)
    Sylvia, Germany (for Elizabeth)
    Sylvia, Germany (for Aaron H)
    Verity, Wiltshire, England (for Niamh P)
    Verity, Wiltshire, England (for Evan)


  • Any child squares were received from:

    Jackie, York, England for the Dogs and Cats category



    Donations

    Many thanks for the cash donations we have received this week, it is very much appreciated as ever.




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