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LoveQuiltsUK - Liam M's quilt

Liam M's quilt    (Quilt currently being assembled)

Born:2008
Illness: Autism

Theme: Various

Quilt currently being assembled
Photo of Liam M

Theme details

Various - Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (especially Mickey who is his favourite)
The beach (it’s his special place). McDonalds fries (ie in a red packet). Fluffy elephant (this is his comfort toy) He loves playgrounds (especially swings).
Numbers 1 2 3 4 5 (all on one square as a group rather than a single number on a square)



Biography

Liam was born a very healthy 9lb 2oz. He was perfect in every way, my first born baby. I noticed small things very early on for example, not pointing or clapping or smiling back at me when I smiled at him etc. One day when he was 18 months old I read an article in a magazine about a woman and her autistic son and how amazing his special needs school was. I didn’t know anything about autism at the time but everything this lady described in her article about what her son did or didn’t do was like she was describing Liam. I took him to the health visitor and was laughed out the door. In the end, aged about 2 years 3 months, I took Liam to the doctor and said how Liam has not said his first word yet and that’s when our journey began. Lots of tests and appointments. Even though his diagnosis didn’t come for another 18 months I was fully aware of what his diagnosis would be so the day he was officially diagnosed there were no shocks and I already had full support firmly in motion.

Liam’s autism disables him greatly, he is non-verbal, has zero sense of danger and does not understand the world around him. Every day life and simple tasks can be extremely hard for Liam. Awful meltdowns happen on a daily basis where he will self harm. He has a limited diet (although will happily eat wipes straight out of the packet), he sleeps on average 5 hours a night, a simple trip to the park is an almost impossible task, especially if it is busy. I provide all of his self care as he is unable to do this himself. Liam attends a special needs school that caters for severely autistic children. Liam also has a diagnosis of epilepsy but this is not something that affects him and is just monitored every 12 months by a neurologist paediatrician.

Liam is now 12 and, despite how difficult every day life can be, they have been the most amazing 12 years of my life. Liam is the most loving child, he loves nothing more than mummy cuddles and being tickled. He loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and his bed (despite the fact he doesn’t sleep) and comfort. I always say as long as Liam has a pillow, a blanket, his eddy (his comfort toy he has had since he was a baby) and a bed then he will make himself at home anywhere. He is always laughing, you never know what about but that boy will laugh for hours and it’s so infectious you find yourself laughing with him, everyone’s laughing and no-one knows why. He makes my heart melt and my soul shine. Liam has a little sister, Eloise, and he will always get her to count to him, he loves numbers. Liam loves water of any kind, whether it be to drink, to play in or to look at, he’s a water boy through and through. Every year on his birthday I will take him to the seaside, it’s freezing cold but extremely quiet and that is 100% Liam’s happy place. Oh and one thing I nearly forgot that he loves...a swing! Give Liam a swing and he’s there all day. There may not be many things that Liam likes but the things he does he LOVES.



Patterns


1.Disney cross stitch magazine issue 26 Mickey, Pluto and goofy Stitcher: Nicola Smyth, Croydon, UK
Received

2.Https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/777408649/elephant-with-balloons-pattern-pdf?ref=user_profile Elephant with balloons. Seller has given consent for use & adaptation of pattern to allow for numbers 1-5 in balloonsStitcher: Kym Prill, Salford, England
Received

3.KB Fine Threads - Etsy. Fries before guys (wording omitted). Stitcher: Nisha Chauhan, Leicester, UK
Received

4.From "Nature" cross stitch book by Susan Bates Beach sceneStitcher: Sarah, St. Albans, UK
Received

5.Cross Stitch Crazy magazine Own design numbers 1 - 5, interspersed with beach pictures.Stitcher: Helen Cheape, Sunderland, UK
Received

6.Hachette Disney stitches pg 1 Black Mickey on a heart shaped bed in redStitcher: Ruth Horn, Co Durham, UK
Received

7.Donald Duck with surfboard from LQUK filesStitcher: Alison, Ormskirk, UK
Received

8.Mickey mouse on beach holiday Stitcher: Sylvia, Clacton, England
Received

9.LQ files Mickey Mouse Candy flossStitcher: Eileen, Newcastle, UK
Received

10.The World of Cross stitching Issue 174 Numbers 1-5 With borderStitcher: Lauren Tandy, Havant, UK
Received

11.Adele Welsbys cross stitch characters Baby large. Elephant with bowl on head and breakfast on floorStitcher: Sharon Hill, Billinge, Wigan, UK
Received

12.Label Stitcher: Miss Debbie Elkington, Boston, Lincs, UK
Received


Squares received

Cross stitch square for Liam M's quilt
Stitched by: Miss Debbie Elkington
Submitted: May 2021

Cross stitch square for Liam M's quilt
Stitched by: Nicola Smyth
Submitted: Aug 2021

Cross stitch square for Liam M's quilt
Stitched by: Kym Prill
Submitted: Aug 2021

Cross stitch square for Liam M's quilt
Stitched by: Nisha Chauhan
Submitted: Jul 2021

Cross stitch square for Liam M's quilt
Stitched by: Sarah
Submitted: Jul 2021

Cross stitch square for Liam M's quilt
Stitched by: Helen Cheape
Submitted: Aug 2021

Cross stitch square for Liam M's quilt
Stitched by: Ruth Horn
Submitted: Jun 2021

Cross stitch square for Liam M's quilt
Stitched by: Alison
Submitted: Jun 2021

Cross stitch square for Liam M's quilt
Stitched by: Sylvia
Submitted: May 2021

Cross stitch square for Liam M's quilt
Stitched by: Eileen
Submitted: Jun 2021

Cross stitch square for Liam M's quilt
Stitched by: Lauren Tandy
Submitted: Aug 2021

Cross stitch square for Liam M's quilt
Stitched by: Sharon Hill
Submitted: Aug 2021


Card

Card for Liam M
Stitched by: Karen Stephenson

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