LoveQuilts UK News
2020 Review of the Year
Welcome to our review of 2020! This was the 12th year for LoveQuiltsUK and with the Covid pandemic it has been a bit different to usual, so during lockdown we were very quiet, followed by very high activity in the second half of the year!
Total squares received in 2020: 2574 squares
We also passed the 20,000 square milestone this year!
Total quilts delivered in 2020: 203 quilts (6 of these were emergency quilts and 45 were backfilled quilts)
This brings our overall total to 1543 quilts since 2008. 2020 was (against all odds!) another record year, with 203 quilts against last year's total of 201 :)
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!.
This year was very different with LoveQuiltsUK going on pause during the national UK lockdown in March/April/May and all stitchers holding their squares until safe to go out to post them. The stitchers were still stitching away busily though and interacting via our Facebook group more than ever.
When the lockdown lifted sufficiently in June, we received literally hundreds of squares! The quilters had a large backlog of quilting, but every single one of them rose to the challenge and caught up the backlog. Due to the uncertainty during lockdown we had no quilts planned for September, but the quilters picked up backfilled quilts (made with excess squares from our Any Child stash) and made up the difference. We are ending the year on a 203 quilt total with at least another dozen quilts completed over the Christmas period for delivery in early 2021.
Thank you again to everyone for your unstinting support throughout these difficult times.
We have a few people that we would like to mention specifically for their efforts this year:
Kat has dealt with a record number of squares this year, despite still being in full-time caring job with very long hours. Well done Kat for keeping everything in order!
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!
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! 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 at short notice this year - this made an extra 45 quilts possible. A special mention to Jan Garton who has an amazing ability to conjure up labels at very short notice on a wide variety of themes!
Also, thank you to those who sent in cards to be held in reserve for backfilled quilts, it is really appreciated.
Leanda and Heather
For generally for helping with "back-room" admin bits - 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 and more!
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
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 - Transport for London gave us permission to use their symbols this year which made a London Underground quilt possible!
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.
Stitch-a-long with Merete
Merete Langseth is one of our stitchers and also a fantastic pattern creator. Merete ran two stitch-a-long events for us this year on themes which are popular with children (Superheroes and Princesses) The patterns produced are really fantastic - easily equalling any official Disney pattern in our opinion!
25-30 stitchers took part in each event and many squares were produced. These will be placed on Superhero and Princess quilts in the future.
Many thanks to Merete for this original idea and thank you to everyone who stitched!
Fundraising looked like it might take a battering this year with normal events being impossible due to social distancing. The OneFamily Community Grants grant of £5000 in December 2019 (thank you again, Pat!) could not have come at a better time for us, and also many rose to the challenge to keep funds going despite the pandemic. 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 2020 - always a pleasant chat and £1 off every parcel for LQUK - open on Sundays too!. Thank you very much!
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 2020: Holly S
Many LQ supporters joined people around the UK and indeed around the World in "Wear Pink For Hol" day as a tribute to Holly.
We fondly remember Anne-Louise our stitcher and long-time supporter who very sadly passed away at the beginning of this year.
We also remember Frank Osborne who was also an avid supporter and stitched beautiful squares for us and passed away in 2019. A selection of his works were received in 2020 and will be use in future fundraising items.
We send their families our very best wishes and hope that 2021 will bring them happier times.
No year review would be complete without taking a look back at the 203 quilts that were delivered this year. A vast amount of time and effort has gone into the following 203 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 2021 and hopefully there are better times ahead! A Happy New Year to you all!
Katherine and Gaynor x
News 13 Dec 2020 - 30 Dec 2020
Just a quick update ahead of our Review of the Year tomorrow :)
7 quilts have been delivered since our last update:
Amelia R's quilt (Mr Men and Little Miss) - quilted by Heather:
Bethany's quilt (Disney characters) - quilted by Katie:
Eleanor N's quilt (Moons, stars, planet, rainbow, shooting stars) - quilted by Tracey E:
Felix C's quilt (Thomas and Fun Vehicles) - quilted by Sarah:
Finley M's quilt (Space) - quilted by Linda:
Lennie E's quilt (Vehicles) - quilted by Carol:
Molly-Mae's quilt (Princesses) - quilted by Katie:
Thank you so much to everyone involved in these quilts! :)
We have received 45 squares since our last update! Many thanks to all those who stitched them!
Comfort Pillow Group, Poland (6)
Emma, Bedford, UK (2)
Gail, Lochgelly, Scotland
Helen, Swindon, UK (4)
Jan G, Hull, UK
Jan S, Enid, Oklahoma, USA
Jen king, Worcester, UK
Jennifer Urquhart, Glasgow, Scotland
Jodi Maple, Niagara Park, Australia
Julie Moody, Newark, UK
Kerry, Aldershot, UK (4)
Miss Debbie Elkington, Boston, Lincs, UK
Nancy Lowe, Tamworth, UK
Nicola, St Albans, UK (2)
Nicola Hargreaves, Barnsley , UK (4)
Paula Dewar, Glasgow, Scotland (2)
Sam, Leicester , UK
Sandra, Shefford, England (3)
Sandra Buck, Bedford, UK
Shirley, Worthing, Sussex, England (6)
Many thanks for those who have sent us donations, it is very much appreciated :)
News 25 Oct 2020 - 13 Dec 2020
Well, we have made it to December in this crazy year! We have a lot of news to post this time, there has been a lot going on for LQUK in November and December, particularly in fundraising. Let's start off with quilts delivered!
23 quilts have been delivered since our last update:
Amelia R's quilt (Mr Men and Little Miss) - quilted by Heather:
- we have not yet received a photo, but we will post it to Amelia R's page when we do.
Ben M's quilt (Harry Potter) - quilted by Heather:
Ellis O's quilt (Male Disney Characters) - quilted by Ann:
Elsie C's quilt (Female Disney Characters) - quilted by Carol:
Faye S's quilt (Cats (Emergency Quilt)) - quilted by Patchwork Parade Quilting Group:
Finley R's quilt (Orcas and other whales (realistic)) - quilted by Leanda:
Francesca P's quilt (Hearts) - quilted by Leanda:
Freya T's quilt (Unicorns, butterflies and mermaids) - quilted by Carol:
Hayden C's quilt (Space) - quilted by Jan S (Lincs):
Isabella's quilt (Princesses) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):
Jack H's quilt (Alphabet and Numbers/Farm Animals) - quilted by Jan S (Lincs):
Jacob A's quilt (Nursery Rhymes) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):
Jodi C's quilt (Hearts) - quilted by Jill:
Joe R's quilt (Space) - quilted by Kita:
Joelle C's quilt (Cats and Dogs) - quilted by Jill:
Keane's quilt (Superhero + specific) - quilted by Seren:
Logan H's quilt (Mixture) - quilted by Jan S (Lincs):
Lorcan M's quilt (Sky, weather and seasons) - quilted by Mary:
Molly-Mae's quilt (Princesses) - quilted by Katie:
- we have not yet received a photo, but we will post it to Molly-Mae's page when we do.
Thea-Rose's quilt (Unicorns) - quilted by Jill:
Thomas G's quilt (Tigers and lions) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):
Tiffany D's quilt (Butterflies) - quilted by Heather:
William S's quilt (Space) - quilted by Linda:
Thank you very much to everyone who was involved in these quilts - all the children look so pleased!
Zumba Strong Fundraising
An amazing group of ladies, led by Nessa Simpson, have done some absolutely fantastic fundraising for us! The "Fitness Strong" group did two sponsored "Zumba Strong" events - one as a group and the other on Zoom due to Covid restrictions.
We really cannot thank these ladies enough, they raised an incredible £1901.50 for us! That will go towards a lot of quilts. Special thanks to Nessa for organising the events - she ended up doing it twice herself - once with the group and again with the Zoom-based ladies!
Below are some photos of them all in action!
Leanda and Heather's sales
Leanda and Heather run a fundraising stall at a craft fayre every year to raise money for LQUK. This was, of course, cancelled for 2020 and has now been cancelled permanently as the main fayre organiser has retired. However, many items had already been made for the stall, so Leanda and Heather have recently been selling them via our Facebook groups.
A massive thank you to Leanda, Heather, Jan S and Janet T who created the items for sale, and to everyone who bought items - a fantastic £815 has been raised! Thank you so much to Leanda and Heather for your fab efforts, it is very much appreciated.
Here is a selection of some of the sold items:
Mary's Quilt raffle
Mary Davies, one of our quilters, very kindly donated a quilt to LQUK which was recently raffled - thank you, Mary!
Thank you to all those who supported the raffle by buying ticket and also to Heather for running the raffle! An excellent £115 was raised. The winner was Angela Jones - congratulations Angela and we hope you enjoy your new quilt!
Krystie's Christmas cards
Krystie is once again selling Christmas cards for us with all profits to LoveQuiltsUK.
If you would like to buy some cards, the link is here: Krystie's cards
Thank you very much Krystie!
Mary is selling her “miniature landscape” blank greetings cards for LQ funds. The cards are £2 each and can be sold in batches. Postage will be £1.50 to send 3 cards in a hard backed envelope. If you would like to buy some of these lovely cards, please contact Mary directly via our Facebook group, or email us at email@example.com and we'll put you in touch.
We passed an amazing milestone lately - 20,000 squares donated to LQUK since its inception in 2008. It is mind-boggling to think about how many volunteer hours have been put into those squares, and also how many of them are out all over the UK (and a few in Republic of Ireland), making children happy on quilts! Thank you so much to everyone who has stitched squares for us over the years!
EasyFundraising.org.uk are doing their yearly advent charity prize giving. You can click every day for the chance to win money for LQUK and a prize for yourself too! Please see here for details.
We have received a terrific 438 squares since our last update! You have all been very busy - many thanks to all those who stitched them!
Ailsa Kingdon, Romiley, UK
Ali, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (3)
Alice Bloodworth, Uxbridge, UK (2)
Alisha, Birmingham, UK
Alison, Oldham, UK
Alison, Ormskirk, UK (5)
Alison Forsyth, Aberdeen , UK
Alison Jeff, Worcester, UK
Alysa, Warwick, UK (4)
Angie, Belper, UK (5)
Ann, Billericay, UK (7)
Ann Woods, Crimplesham, England (3)
Anne, Sandefjord, Norway (3)
C McDonald, Altrincham, UK (3)
Caitlin, Swansea, UK (4)
Carol Ayling, Copthorne, UK (3)
Carol West, Thetford, Norfolk, UK (4)
Christie, Washington, USA (2)
Christine Donaghy, Belfast , UK
Christine Mennie, Aberdeen, UK (2)
Claire Dickie, Aldershot, England (2)
Claire Pink, Loughborough , UK
Clare Brunyee, Rotherham, S.Yorks, UK (3)
Comfort Pillow Group, Poland (3)
Deborah, Leeds, UK (7)
Deborah Found-Bloodworth, Uxbridge, Middx, UK (2)
Diana, Sussex, UK (4)
Diane, Middlesex, UK (4)
Donna Sharpe, Chesterfield, UK (3)
EE(Beth)Filmer, Adelaide, Australia (7)
Eileen, Newcastle, UK (2)
Elaina, Sutton Coldfield, England (4)
Elaine Dixon, Athens, Greece (4)
Elaine Martin, Birkenhead, Wirral, UK (3)
Eleanor DB, Croydon, UK (3)
Elenore, Aberdeen, UK
Elizabeth, Shipley, UK
Ellie, Leicester, UK
Ellie, London, UK
Emily Jones, Swansea, UK (2)
Emma, Stevenage, UK (2)
Emma, Bedford, UK (2)
Emma Robson, Doncaster, England (6)
Emma Swift, Aberdeen, UK (4)
Erica Turner, Penarth, Wales (2)
Faye Williams, High Wycombe, UK (2)
Gabriele Pearson, Cromarty, UK (2)
Gail, Lochgelly, Scotland
Gill, Taunton, UK (2)
Heather, Littleborough, England (5)
Heather C, London, UK (3)
Helen Irwin, Hull, UK (7)
Ilana, Oxford, UK (7)
Isabel, Cumbria, UK (7)
Jackie, York, England (2)
Jackie Billington, Birmingham , UK (5)
Jan G, Hull, UK (12)
Jan S, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (4)
Jean, Buckinghamshire, England
Jeanne, Pennsylvania, USA (4)
Jennie, Dundee, UK (3)
Jennifer Urquhart, Glasgow, Scotland (4)
Jenny Elkington, Boston, UK (6)
Jessica, Cambridge, ON, Canada (2)
Jill Smith, Taunton, England (4)
Joanne, Bathgate, Scotland (7)
Joanne M, Oxford, England (3)
Jodi Maple, Niagara Park, Australia (3)
Jodie Balaam, Lawshall, England (45)
Karen Hockin, Southampton, England (2)
Karen Stephenson, Cambridgeshire, UK (4)
Kathryn, Wellington , New Zealand (3)
Kathryn B, London, UK (6)
Katie, York, England (3)
Kay R, Pennsylvania, USA (2)
Kaye S, Bangor, Northern Ireland (2)
Kaz Bowen, Wakefield, UK (5)
Kerry, Aldershot, UK (3)
Laura, Thetford, UK (2)
Laura Sedgebeer, Bridgend, Wales
Lauren Tandy, Havant, UK (3)
Leanda Vickers, Oldham , England (4)
Leanne Malcolmson, Romsey, UK (9)
Linda Cropper, Atherstone, England (3)
Lynda Ashcroft, Weston-super-Mare, England
Marie, Yeovil, UK
Marilyn Foyle, Biggleswade, UK (2)
Marion, Coventry, UK (2)
Martha O, London, UK (4)
Miss Debbie Elkington, Boston, Lincs, UK (5)
Moira Anne Jeffcoat, Birmingham, England (3)
Nicky, Mytchett, UK (4)
Nicola, Elland, UK (7)
Nicola, St Albans, UK (9)
Nicola Dove, Barnsley, UK (4)
Olivia, Bromham, Beds
Pat Brown, Warminster, England (8)
Paula Dewar, Glasgow, Scotland (5)
Pippa, Surrey, UK (5)
Roberta H, King's Lynn, England (2)
Roisin, Amersham, England (3)
Rosemary Binnie, Macclesfield, UK (3)
Ruth Horn, Co Durham, UK (5)
Sandra, Shefford, England (5)
Sarah, Gosport, UK
Sarah, Wagga Wagga, Australia (3)
Sarah B, Essex, UK (2)
Seren Senior, Derby, UK (4)
Sharon, Kenilworth, UK (3)
Shelli Rippetoe, USA
Sylvia, Clacton, England (9)
test, test, test (3)
Tracy Simpson, Beverley, UK
Val Gilbert, Coningsby , UK (4)
Verity, Manchester, England (2)
Yvonne, Devon, UK (2)
Thank you to everyone who has sent donations since our last update - very much appreciated :)
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