LoveQuilts UK News
News 01 Jan 2022
Happy New Year, everyone. Please be advised that Kat currently has Covid :( and will not be uploading any squares until she is better. Please do keep sending your squares as normal, Kat's family are currently all negative and the squares are delivered to a locked postbox in Kat's porch so will be safe there. We'll keep you informed.
2021 Review of the Year
Welcome to our review of 2021!
This was the 13th year for LoveQuiltsUK. We continued to create quilts for children against the background of the Covid pandemic. For the first few months of the year, the UK was in lockdown while waiting for our first doses of vaccine. We ceased quilting operations temporarily, resuming in April. We are very lucky to have such dedicated quilters who worked so hard to clear the backlog when lockdown lifted, a very special thanks to all of them.
Here are some statistics on what we have achieved in 2021:
Total squares received in 2021: 2361 squares
We also passed the 22,000 square mark this year!
Total quilts delivered in 2021: 192 quilts (4 of these were emergency quilts and 44 were backfilled quilts)
This brings our overall total to 1735 quilts since 2008. :)
A massive THANK YOU to every one of you who have sent in your lovely squares, quilted them together into fab quilts, or fundraised for us this year!.
Thank you again to everyone for your continuing support throughout these difficult times.
We have a few people that we would like to mention specifically for their efforts this year:
Kat has kept receiving/uploading squares and sending out quilt packs each month, despite still being in full-time caring job with very long hours, all under the shadow of Covid. Well done Kat for everything you do for LQUK!
Gaynor has continued her efforts in sourcing fabric, doing the administration and maintaining the website. Well done, Gaynor.
All fabric is pre-washed prior to going out to quilters to account for colour runs and cotton shrinkage. Mrs T (Gaynor's Mum) has washed a lot of the fabric and duvet covers used for LQUK once again this year. Thank you Mrs T, who was 80 this year! A particular frenzy of activity took place during a week of very hot weather during June.
Leanda and Heather
For generally for helping with "back-room" admin - for example tracking down duplicate uploads of squares, locating squares that have jumped on to the wrong quilt page on the website, tidying up the contents of the kids' webpages, helping to suggest sets of squares for backfills and more. As well as this, they have also been fundraising for us (see below)
Thank you Sandra (Wright) for organising the cards we send out with the quilts via our Facebook group, and chased them up so that they all come in on time, and made other arrangements when necessary! She also has organised sufficient cards for the many backfilled quilts we have done this year (see below)
A big thank you to those who have undertaken labels for backfilled quilts this year - this made an extra 44 quilts possible. A special mention to Jan Garton who has created many of the labels for backfilled quilts this year, often at fairly short notice.
Also, thank you to those who sent in cards to be held in reserve for backfilled quilts, and to Sandra for organising these, it is really appreciated.
Thank you so much for those who created patterns for our Pattern listing this year. We have a large collection of legal charts now which makes themes such as Disney and Harry Potter possible
We maintain a separate Pattern Listing of patterns created for LQUK. This year, Christina McDonald has taken on the task of keeping it maintained and linking a picture of stitched patterns so that stitchers can browse them more easily. This background work can sometimes go unnoticed, so a big thank you to Christina for keeping this up to date for us!
A massive thank you to Clare Bray for her high success rate in approaching companies for permission to chart our own patterns of their copyrighted characters - this year she approached the BBC for permission to chart Pudsey Bear, and also successfully approached the creator of Mr Tumble. This has lead to our first Mr Tumble quilts. He is particularly popular among kids with language difficulties due to his use of Makaton.
LQUK Calendar 2022
Sticking with Clare Bray, Clare also created our LQUK Calendar 2022 and negotiated with a new printer (due to the old one having retired!) Thank you Clare, and to everyone who bought a calendar, raising vital funds.
Many thanks to Leanda and Heather for continuing to store the emergency quilt stash and sending them out quickly, sometimes at extremely short notice. Also thanks to the others who are storing emergency quilts they have made.
We have managed to keep funds at comfortable levels! Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to funds this year, it is really appreciated.
A special mention to the below who organised specific fundraising events (Please let us know if we've left anyone out so we can add you!)
Thank you so much once again to you all!!
Support from Businesses
A big thank you to Morton Post Office for their continuing support in 2021 - always a pleasant chat and £1 off every parcel for LQUK - open on Sundays too! Also a special mention to Kat's postman, Mike :)
Thank you Katzstitch who have catered to LQUK stitchers by selling Aida in our required size (13 x 13 inches) and offering a discount on top.
Thank you to Kim Hubble who has offered discount Zweigart Aida via our Facebook group.
Also thank you to Kate of Lakeside Needlecraft who also sells suitable Aida.
We would like to pay tribute to the following children who sadly passed away in 2021: Abigail H Levi L Oliver D Remi H Nina P
We send their families our very best wishes and hope that 2022 will bring them happier times.
No year review would be complete without taking a look back at the quilts that were delivered this year. A vast amount of time and effort has gone into the following quilts, thank you so much to everyone who contributed to them:
Once again, a very big thank you to you all. We look forward to continuing the LQUK work into 2022 and hopefully there are better times ahead for us all. A very Happy New Year 2022 to you all!
Katherine and Gaynor x
News 03 Oct 2021 - 29 Dec 2021
Apologies for not updating the News section for a while. Rest assured we have been a busy as usual during the last quarter of 2021 :)
42 quilts have been delivered since our last update:
A's quilt (Sea life) - quilted by Heather:
Afiyah M's quilt (Hearts and Roses) - quilted by Heather:
Annabelle W's quilt (Horses (realistic)) - quilted by Leanda:
Aston W's quilt (World Landmarks) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):
Cherry's quilt (Balloons and Rainbows) - quilted by Heather:
Chloe G's quilt (Horses and Frozen Characters) - quilted by Mary:
Daisybella's quilt (Daisies) - quilted by Leanda:
Edward O's quilt (Vehicles) - quilted by Linda:
Emily W's quilt (Sheep) - quilted by Leanda:
Evie-Jean's quilt (Dogs and cats) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):
George K's quilt (Mr Tumble) - quilted by Linda:
Harry P's quilt (Dinosaurs) - quilted by Heather:
Ibraheem P's quilt (Navy blue) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):
Isa's quilt (Superheroes) - quilted by Linda:
Isabel B's quilt (Rainbows) - quilted by Jill:
Isla T's quilt (Flowers with Bees) - quilted by Heather:
Jake R's quilt (Harry Potter) - quilted by Tracey E:
Jodie-Leigh's quilt (Various) - quilted by Tracey E:
Jojo M's quilt (Sea life) - quilted by Leanda:
Joshua C 's quilt (Animals (Emergency Quilt)) - quilted by Gill:
Kayla B's quilt (Minnie Mouse and Frozen) - quilted by Gaynor:
Liam M's quilt (Various) - quilted by Pat:
Lucy L's quilt (Disney Princesses and Castles) - quilted by Mary:
Matthew W's quilt (Superheroes) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):
Mia S's quilt (Princesses) - quilted by Carol:
Murray J's quilt (Wild animals) - quilted by Jill:
Mylo G's quilt (Owls and sloths) - quilted by Leanda:
Nathan P's quilt (Music) - quilted by Heather:
Nerissa's quilt (Giraffe/swan/puppies/fairies/dragonflies) - quilted by Gaynor:
Nessa J's quilt (Biscuits) - quilted by Jill:
Olivia B's quilt (Unicorns) - quilted by Linda:
Penelope P's quilt (Rabbits) - quilted by Sarah:
Phoenix R's quilt (Scuba diving and the sea) - quilted by Leanda:
Remi H's quilt (Young cartoons (Emergency Quilt)) - quilted by Suzette:
Rory P's quilt (Trains) - quilted by Mary:
Ruby-Louisa's quilt (Butterflies and Angels) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):
Sophie E's quilt (Fairies) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):
Tegan-Jai's quilt (Princesses and Mermaids) - quilted by Leanda:
Toby G's quilt (Robots) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):
Vicki H's quilt (Mickey and Minnie Mouse) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):
Zack B's quilt (Jungle Animals (realistic)) - quilted by Heather:
Zak L's quilt (Characters (specific)) - quilted by Seren:
Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to these quilts, it is amazing to see the squares continuing to come in, even during these difficult pandemic times.
LoveQuiltsUK Calendar 2022
Thank you very much to all that bought the LQ calendar this year and thank you again to Clare Bray for her hard work in organising and printing the calendar. We hope you enjoy your calendar in 2022! (There are still a small number of calendars available if anyone missed out, priced at £12).
Fundraising - bags and lap quilts
Jan has been hard at work making high quality bags and lap quilts for sale and has raised an excellent £100. Many thanks to you Jan for your efforts. Here's some of Jan's work below:
Fundraising - Christmas stall
Katie ran a brilliant stall and subsequently sold Christmas decorations online for us and raised a brilliant £250! A big thank you to Katie, and we understand the dinosaur decorations were particularly popular!
Here's Katie in action:
Fundraising - lap quilts
Heather, Jill and Leanda have made and sold lap quilts for us (Leanda has also sold weighted blankets) Thank you very much for your efforts, ladies!
Fundraising - masks
Sandra has been selling masks for us, thank you, Sandra! Here are some of her latest ones:
Easyfundraising November Spin The Wheel
Thank you to everyone who spun the wheel daily during November with many of us excited to win 10p and on one occasion someone won £5! We had a lot of fun chat about it on our Facebook group and all the small wins add up!
We have received an amazing 458 squares since our last update! Many thanks to all those who stitched them!
Alison, Oldham, UK
Alison, Ormskirk, UK (3)
Alison Forsyth, Aberdeen , UK
Alison Wells, West Yorkshire, UK (16)
Alysa, Warwick, UK (2)
Angela, New Zealand (3)
Ann, Billericay, UK (7)
Anne, Sandefjord, Norway (2)
Audrey, Fife, Scotland
Barbara, Midhurst , UK (3)
Brid-Anne Golden, Ennis, Ireland
C McDonald, Altrincham, UK (7)
Carol West, Thetford, Norfolk, UK (5)
Christine Mennie, Aberdeen, UK
Claire Tobias, Staines Upon Thames, UK
Clare Brunyee, Rotherham, S.Yorks, UK (3)
Comfort Pillow Group, Poland (4)
Deborah, Leeds, UK (2)
Deborah Found-Bloodworth, Uxbridge, Middx, UK (2)
Diana, Sussex, UK (5)
Diana Lettice, Spalding, UK (3)
DRGP Group, UK (14)
EE(Beth)Filmer, Adelaide, Australia (6)
Eileen, Newcastle, UK (3)
Elaina, Sutton Coldfield, England (3)
Elizabeth, Shipley, UK (3)
Emily, Surrey, England (2)
Emma Edwards, Hawkesbury Upton, UK
Emma Robson, Doncaster, England (9)
Fiona B, Ayrshire, Scotland
Gabriele Pearson, Cromarty, UK (2)
Gail, Lochgelly, Scotland (2)
Gail Carr-Walker, Newcastle, UK
Gemma Boreham, Suffolk, UK (10)
Gemma McKnight, Southampton , England (2)
Gemma.H, Glos, UK (4)
Grace Bowles, Southampton , UK
Heather, Littleborough, England (9)
Helen, Swindon, UK (10)
Helen Cheape, Sunderland, UK
Helen Irwin, Hull, UK (2)
Jackie, York, England
Jan, Lincs, UK
Jan G, Hull, UK (12)
Jan S, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (4)
Jannine Hall, Stourbridge, England (2)
JBrotherton, Downham Market, UK
Jean, Buckinghamshire, England (2)
Jeanne, Pennsylvania, USA
Jennifer Urquhart, Glasgow, Scotland (4)
Jenny, Rushden, UK (3)
Jenny Elkington, Boston, UK (3)
Jill Smith, Taunton, England (5)
Jo, York, UK
Jodi Maple, Niagara Park, Australia
Jodie, Gloucestershire , UK
Jodie Balaam, Lawshall, England (35)
Judith Chamberlain, Welwyn Garden City, UK (3)
Julie Robbins, Bromsgrove , UK (7)
Karen Burton, Peterborough, UK (3)
Karen Hockin, Southampton, England (4)
Karen Radford, Shillington, Hitchin, UK
Kathryn B, London, UK (6)
Katie, York, England (3)
Katie Lacy, Leamington Spa, UK (2)
Kay, Doncaster, UK (2)
Kaz Bowen, Wakefield, UK (8)
Kerry, Aldershot, UK
Kizzy, Skegness, UK (5)
Lauren Tandy, Havant, UK (2)
Leanda Vickers, Oldham , England (5)
Leanne Malcolmson, Romsey, UK (4)
Lesley, Rothwell, UK (3)
Lilian, Alleroed, Denmark (3)
Linda Cropper, Atherstone, England (2)
Lorna Simpson, Southampton, UK (4)
Lyn, Doncaster, UK (2)
Mairead Kelly, Limerick, Ireland (2)
Marilyn Foyle, Biggleswade, UK (3)
Marion, Coventry, UK
Marion, South Wales, UK (4)
Maz Spruce, Abingdon, UK
Melanie Seymour, Nairn, Scotland
Merete, Allerød, Denmark (2)
Miss Debbie Elkington, Boston, Lincs, UK (6)
Moira Anne Jeffcoat, Birmingham, England (3)
Mollie O’Hare, Rainhill, England (2)
Nicky, Mytchett, UK (2)
Nicola, St Albans, UK (4)
Nicola, Elland, UK (11)
Olivia, Bromham, UK
Paula Dewar, Glasgow, Scotland (2)
Pippa, Surrey, UK (6)
Rachel, London, UK (3)
Rebecca, Kettering, Northants, UK (5)
Rebecca Golding, Crawley, UK (5)
Roberta H, King's Lynn, England (2)
Roisin, Amersham, England (5)
Rosemary Binnie, Macclesfield, UK (4)
Sally, Hull, UK (2)
Sam, Leicester , UK (2)
Samantha, Bournemouth, England (2)
Sandra, Shefford, England (9)
Sarah, Gosport, UK (2)
Sarah, St. Albans, UK (4)
Sarah B, Essex, UK (5)
Seren Senior, Derby, UK (4)
Sharon, Doncaster, UK (5)
Sharon, Kenilworth, UK (5)
Sid, Edinburgh, Scotland (4)
Sienna Rose, Bournemouth, UK (2)
Sylvia, Clacton, England (10)
test, test, test (7)
Tracy D, Bristol, UK
Val Gilbert, Coningsby , UK (8)
Zoe, Dewsbury, UK (3)
Thank you so much to everyone who has sent in donations, via cash, cheque or Paypal it is really appreciated. Some donations recently have been particularly generous and will help us on our way! Thank you all again.
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