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LoveQuiltsUK - Gabby H's quilt

Gabby H's quilt    (Quilt Closed)

Illness: Autism

Theme: Pandas

Date opened: 20th Sep 2023
Date closed: 23rd Sep 2023
Deadline: 26th Jan 2024

Photo of Gabby H

Child Interests

Gabby adores pandas and her favourite colour is blue. She likes all shades of blue, but does seem to prefer the more pastel shades.


Gabby was born in 2014 weighing an itsy bitsy 4lbs 15oz. Apart from her low birth weight she was a healthy baby girl.

Gabby appeared to develop normally apart from a few minor things like an overactive startle reflex. Around the age of about 18 months Gabby's energy seemed to change, she seemed more anxious. She often couldn't remember words for everyday objects but she was great at describing them so instead of asking for a hairbrush she would say, " the thing that makes your hair smooth"

When Gabby started school she really struggled with reading, spelling, writing, inference and had a very poor attention span. I was told she was probably just a late bloomer. She failed several hearing tests and was referred to audiology for a short time, but this issue seemed to resolve itself. In year 1 Gabby was given speech and language therapy as she was confusing similar sounds and didn't appear to have a great understanding of some aspects of language.

By the time Gabby was nearing the end of year 2 it was becoming clear that her difficulties were more than just being a late bloomer. She was having regular meltdowns when I would take her shopping, visits to family or days out and plenty at home too. She struggles with getting to school on time because every day starts with a meltdown and she just won't leave the house until she feels ready to after everything has been done in her own way in the correct order. After a 2 year wait from referral to assessment she was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in April 2023. She still has lots of difficulties, such as struggling to fall asleep, becoming easily overwhelmed by sensory input and difficulties maintaining friendships but we are all learning to understand her better and help her manage each day as it comes.


1.Lesley Teare Cute Animal Models The Pandas Stitcher: Jan G, Hull, UK
In Progress

2.Etsy - Vladaxstitch Panda silhouette with forest and sky Stitcher: Merrilie, Geddington, UK
In Progress

3.Coeur d'isa Tome 2( I think) Panda HeartStitcher: Sandra, Shefford, England
In Progress

4.Pattern by White Willow Stitching Tribal pandaStitcher: Claire Dickie, Aldershot, England
In Progress ‘Love is on the air’ - panda with a jar of hearts floating outStitcher: Jane Ashley, Littleborough, UK
In Progress

6.Hrisi’sArt website Two small pandas sitting with green twigs. Stitcher: Elenore , Aberdeen, UK
In Progress Panda sitting on bambooStitcher: Karen Hockin, Southampton, England
In Progress

8.From an old copy of Cross Stitch Crazy (about 2009). Designer is Andrea Evans. Panda Days - big panda hugging little panda, sitting on pier over pond with water lilies and blossomsStitcher: Rachel Tubby, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
In Progress

9.Endangered Young'uns pandas Endangered Young'uns pandasStitcher: Sue Dickie, Aldershot, England
In Progress

10.Panda with flowers and a giftStitcher: Alison, Market Drayton, UK
In Progress

11.Panda in a tree by passionbrodie as stitched beforeStitcher: Jodie Balaam, Lawshall, England
In Progress

12.Label Stitcher: Kelli, Neath, Wales
In Progress

Squares received

None yet. (Quilt opened on 20th Sep 2023)

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