I love my job! I also know that I am very incredibly lucky to be able to say that. Today I love my job because we had a visit from Anne, who brought the two Linus quilts in the picture; it is difficult to appreciate them fully in a photo for two reasons. Firstly you cannot tell that the bows on the pink one are all 3D and on the reverse behind each bow is a beautiful heart applique. The second reason is photographs do not fully show Anne’s exquisite hand quilting and her intricate designs, see if you can zoom into the pictures for a better look.
I would like to extend a massive thank you, to you, Anne whoever receives these quilts is going to treasure them for a very long time and I also feel today that we have begun a lovely friendship xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
After making a hash of attaching the patterns yesterday, I hope that these will work for you. All the patterns are drawn onto A4 paper so if you are unable to print them off at the right size from here, you should be able to increase the size on your photocopier or printer.
If you would like to contribute to our Linus Charity Challenge 2014 it would be wonderful if you could make blocks of appliqued musical instruments and send them to us at Quilting Antics, Watershed Mill, Settle. North Yorkshire. BD24 9LR England. Blocks to arrive by Friday 15th November 2014. Hopefully I will post patterns in the coming days.
The boxer shorts pattern was lent to me by a very good friend called Averil. I have simplified her original pattern, I would like to credit the original designer but I’m afraid I don’t have their name. The musical instruments are pictures which I found on line and have tinkered with. None of the designs are my own.
For Linus charity challenges, I usually request 13″ blocks just in case anything frays or isn’t quite at the angle which works with the other blocks.
Thank you in anticipation of your help x
I am so very proud to share this story with you, obviously when you read the story you will see that the circumstances are terrible, tragic and not what you would wish for anyone. The reason that I am so proud is that the boxer shorts quilt was made here at quilting antics with blocks that were donated to us by loads of you for our Linus challenge day last year. So once again thank you.
We are repeating the challenge again, this time with a musical theme. I will try and attach the patterns to this post but just incase it doesn’t happen properly you can ring the shop and we will post patterns out to you on 01729 824708
Hello you wonderful people, my two children received a beautiful quilt each today, given to them by their bereavement lady from Barnardos.
I will tell you a little about our story, my two children are 9 and 11 years old, and last year I had a baby girl called Alice, she looked prefect, but was a little sleepy and didn’t want to feed, but midwives felt she was fine, they sent us home from hospital, when alice was two days old she died suddenly in my husbands arms, we called an ambulance and tried everything to get her back, but nothing could be done, one of the hardest things we had to do was tell my two other children what had happened and seeing their hearts break in front of me, my oldest found it really hard as I had promised he could hold her after school, and he did the bravest thing he held her once she had died he was 10 years old at the time, some adults couldn’t face seeing her, but he did, he even kissed her goodbye.
Her birthday is in a few days the 9th October, so I have to say the quilts have just come at the right time for us, I do have a little good news and that I am 22 weeks pregnant but this leaves us with great uncertainty as this baby could have the same condition alice had, but this time the hospital know what to test for and look for, but I am sure the quilts will bring some comfort while I am in hospital to my children who suffer from anxiety when I am not around, so again I want to say thank you so much. Leone Edwards
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