What a fantastic day we have had today. As you know several months ago Vicky Cowburn who is a Linus coordinator and I set a challenge to make 4 single bed quilts for teenage boys in a day…well result! Today with the help of quilters nationwide we have made not 4 but 7 yes that’s right 7 quilts for Project Linus. This was managed because we had an utterly amazing 85 boxer short blocks sent to us from all corners of the country, I feel so honoured, humbled and proud that so many of you have helped us; from the bottom of my heart I thank you all.
We started out at 10 am this morning Vicky, Karol-Ann, Twiddly Tracy, Liz, Pam, Jean, Sheelagh, myself and Julie. We organised ourselves so that Tracy was cutting the sashings, some of the girls were putting the blocks together, cutting borders backings and bindings. We had ironers squarer uppers, unpickers; the morning just flew. At lunch time some of the girls had to go which created room for Kate and our very own Diz. The afternoon session saw us layering up, quilting and binding 4 of our quilts. 85 blocks allowed us to make 7 tops but we concentrated on our challenge of 4 and got those finished. Some of the girls are coming back during the week to layer and finish the other 3. I am so proud of everyone who helped and you should be very proud of yourselves too. This was quilting at its finest, like minded people, coming together for no financial gain to make gifts of love for other people to whom life has thrown a curved ball.
If you would like to get involved in the Linus project, there is lots of information on their website or, for North Yorkshire and South Lakes you can by contacting us at the shop on 01729 824708 or Vicky Cowburn on 015242 71845 by a complete fluke whilst our challenge was going on Barbara, one of the ladies who was on our retreat this weekend called in the shop; I hadn’t realised that Barbara is a Linus coordinator in her local area which is near Edinburgh so you live in Scotland you could call Barbara on 0131 440 3477