LoveQuilts UK News
News 1st Jan 2016 - 18 Jan 2016
Hello everyone and welcome to our first update of the year!
Two quilts have been delivered since the start of the year, we have another 2 in the post, and there are a lot very nearly complete to be posted shortly, so watch out for our next update for those!:
Harvey T 2's quilt (Enchanted World) - quilted by Mary:
Jessica E's quilt (Butterflies) - quilted by Tracey E:
Thank you so much to everyone involved in these quilts!
Now that we are completing more quilts, we are going to trial opening to new signups on Wednesdays and Saturdays rather than randomly as we were doing before. Please keep an eye on the website on those days for new signups.
The lottery for quilts has now been re-set and anyone in it last year will NOT be carried over - however, all you need do is reapply here: Enter quilt lottery. We re-start the lottery every year on January 1st as sometimes child's circumstances have changed, and often contact details for parents have changed too.
Love Quilts USA
We have heard lately that the original LoveQuilts based in the USA temporarily closed and has now re-opened as "Love Quilts USA" with new organisers drawn from the original. Thank you to Cathy who founded the original LQ and best wishes. There is a new URL for LQ USA which is here: Love Quilts USA
We have received 147 squares since our last update, so everyone has been very busy over Christmas! Many thanks to all those who stitched them!
Alisha, Birmingham, UK
Alison, Ashford, UK
Alison Carter, Heacham, England
Ann, Ayrshire, UK (2)
Anne, Sandefjord, Norway (3)
Carol West, Bury St Edmunds, UK (3)
Clare, Basildon , UK
Diana Tanner, Perth WA, Australia (4)
EE(Beth)Filmer, Adelaide, Australia (4)
Elizabeth, Shipley, UK
Emily Baker, Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales
Fiona, Harrogate, UK (2)
Gaynor, Swansea, Wales (3)
Ginny Pledger, Earls Barton, UK (7)
Gloria, Sallanches , France (2)
Hannah, Wirral, UK (3)
Heather, Littleborough, England (5)
Jan, Hull, UK (2)
Jan S, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (5)
Jane Senior, Morecambe, UK (2)
Janet Ramsden, Brisbane, Australia (2)
Jean, Buckinghamshire, England (3)
Jenny Elkington, Boston, UK
Jill Smith, Taunton, England (2)
Joanne, Bathgate, Scotland (7)
Julie, Portgordon, Scotland (4)
Karen Hockin, Southampton, England (2)
Kaye S, Bangor, Northern Ireland (3)
Kirsty Edgcumbe, Haverhill, Suffolk , UK (3)
Laura Tremble, Kingsway, Gloucestershire, UK
Leanda Vickers, Oldham , England (11)
Leanne Malcolmson, Romsey, UK (2)
Lisa Toner, Morecambe, UK (2)
Lou B, Surrey, UK (2)
Louise, Haverhill, Suffolk, UK
Lynda Nelson, Swindon , Uk
Marilyn, Birmingham, UK
Miss Debbie Elkington, Boston, Lincs, UK (3)
Moira Anne Jeffcoat, Birmingham, England
Nicola, Huddersfield Yorkshire , UK (7)
Nicola, St Albans, UK (2)
Pat Brown, Fareham, England (4)
Paula, Heathfield, UK (2)
Paula Dewar, Glasgow, Scotland (6)
Rita Turner, Shipston, Warwickshire, UK (3)
Rosemary Binnie, Macclesfield, UK (2)
Sandra, Shefford, England (5)
Sarah Sanford, New Invention, Willenhall, UK
Sarah W, Barnwell, England (2)
Sue, Milton Keynes, UK
Susan, Cheshire, UK (3)
Susan Miller, Bathgate, Scotland
Tracey, Cardiff, Wales (3)
Thank you very much to everyone who has sent in donations, small or large, it is really appreciated! Particular thanks to Marie Firth for her fete fundraising which raised Â£250! Well done, Marie.
2015 Review of the Year
Welcome to our review of 2015!
We have all been very busy stitching, quilting and fundraising this year - we passed the 8000 square milestone and we also passed our 500 quilt milestone in June!
THANK YOU to every one of you who have sent in beautiful squares and/or quilted them together into gorgeous quilts this year. We are humbled by your kindness and generosity of spirit.
Let's have a look at the numbers for this year:
Total squares received in 2015: 2157 squares
Total quilts delivered in 2015: 176 quilts (14 of these were emergency quilts and 23 were backfilled quilts)
This brings our overall total to 572 quilts since 2008. We would never have believed this could be possible when we started out with just a few quilts in 2008, so a massive thank you to you all!
We have a few people that we would like to mention specifically for their efforts:
Kat has dealt with a massive number of squares this year, well done Kat for keeping everything in order!
Mrs T (Gaynor's Mum) has washed the majority of the fabric and duvet covers used for LQUK once again this year, before sending out to quilters. There has been a massive amount of fabric to be dealt with this year, thank you Mrs T for your largely unseen efforts!
Clare Bray - Calendar
A massive thank you to Clare Bray for organising, designing our fundraising calendar this year, and also getting it printed - a great effort from Clare and such a professional finish to the calendar!
Many thanks to Leanda and Heather for continuing to store the emergency quilt stash and sending them out quickly. Also thanks to the others who are storing emergency quilts they have made.
Thank you to Sandra and Debbie who organise the cards we send out with the quilts via our Facebook group.
Labels and cards for backfilled quilts
A big thank you to those who have undertaken labels and cards for backfilled quilts at short notice this year - this made an extra 23 quilts possible.
We'd like to thank Jean of Swansea who very kindly audited our accounts for free at the beginning of 2015. We'd also like to thank David Moss of Swansea for assisting with our bank account.
Support from Businesses
We cannot thank those who have undertaken fundraising for us this year enough - we really could not keep going without you! THANK YOU!! In no particular order: (please do let us know if we've left anyone out so we can add you!)
This year we appeared in Cross Stitch Collection Magazine in August and we have an appearance in World of Cross Stitching come up in early 2016.
We would like to pay tribute to the following children who sadly passed away in 2015. We wish them and their families our very best wishes and hope that 2016 will bring them happier times.
Chantelle J, Chloe W, Harry G, Imogen A, Nelle F, Robert S
We would also like to pay tribute to our stitcher, Judith Saebel, who passed away in January 2015.
No year review would be complete without taking a look back on the quilts that were delivered this year. An incredible number of man and woman hours have gone into the following quilts, thank you so much to everyone involved:
Once again, a very big thank you to you all. We look forward to continuing the LQUK work into 2016! A Happy New Year to you all!
Katherine and Gaynor x
News 23 Dec 2015 - 31 Dec 2015
Many thanks to those who have sent in squares at the tail end of 2015:
Alannah Waters, Ammanford, Wales
Alice Watts, Edinburgh, UK
Charlotte, Nottingham, UK
Elaine, Ammanford, South Wales
Ellie, London, UK
Gillian Muir, Edinburgh, UK
Marie, Yeovil, UK
Sid, Edinburgh, Scotland (3)
Thorgunnur Anna Ingimundardottir, Reykjavik, Iceland
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