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LoveQuiltsUK - Katie R's quilt

Katie R's quilt    (Quilt Closed)

Illness: Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME)

Theme: Flowers with Butterflies

Date opened: 20th Oct 2021
Date closed: 24th Oct 2021
Deadline: 26th Feb 2022

Photo of Katie R

Theme details

Flowers with Butterflies - Flowers with realistic-style butterflies

Child Interests

Horses, Pudsey Bear, craft activities - including cross stitch.

Katie’s favourite colour scheme for her bedroom etc is grey/silver. Maroon is probably a good second colour


Katie was pretty much always a happy, healthy child until she was struck by an episode of shingles just after her 13th birthday - she has basically never recovered.

She spent years 8, 9 and 10 struggling through school, determined to keep up with her schoolwork and to be there as much as possible. She had to give up sport and any other physical activity not authorised by the hospital (she had previously been a club level hockey goalkeeper playing for the ladies team as well as her own age group and horse riding was her passion). Sadly this took a real toll on her health and just made things worse (as is often the case with ME) and in early 2020 she became too ill to physically attend school.

In many ways the national lockdown was a blessing in disguise for Katie as it allowed her some time to listen to her body, to take things at her own pace and to attend school online at times that worked for her. Very slowly over summer 2020 we saw Katie’s health start to gradually show signs of improvement. She was still very ill but was able to start doing a few things she hadn’t been able to in a long time. She managed to catch up on all her year 10 schoolwork and was ready to start year 11 last September and to complete as many GCSEs as she was able.
Unfortunately, in a cruel twist of fate, Katie then had an accident at the very start of the autumn term, which resulted in a hospital admission that lasted over 7 months in the end. She has been fully bed bound since the accident, unable to sit upright, stand or walk and is in severe pain. This is all due to her ME effectively going into overdrive and her body being unable to cope with the trauma of the accident on top of everything she had been suffering before.

ME is a much stigmatised and misunderstood illness by society and the medical profession too and this has made Katie’s journey even harder.
In addition most of Katie’s friends have distanced themselves over time and she is very lonely and isolated. Despite all of this Katie remains as optimistic as she can. She works hard on her physio when she is able to and is determined to try to achieve at least a couple of GCSEs before moving on with her studies.

She would like to use her experiences of being so ill, being in hospital for so long, etc to help other children in some way in the future.


1.Etsy Rose Flower Butterfly Lab Pattern Pink rose with butterflies coming out of it. Will change the colour to Katie’s favourite Stitcher: Gail Carr-Walker, Newcastle, UK
In Progress

2.Lesley Teare - Butterflies and Blooms.Stitcher: Leanda Vickers, Oldham , England

3.Beautiful Brown Butterflies from New Stitches magazine no. 72 A collection of British butterflies and flowers. Stitcher: Sue Torode, Farnborough, UK
In Progress

4.From "nature" cross stitch book by Susan Bates Butterfly in shades of blue and green surrounded by yellow and red flowersStitcher: Sarah, St. Albans, UK

5.Etsy vlada stitch Green butterfly with flower backgroundStitcher: Jodie Balaam, Lawshall, England

6.LoLaLottaShop Blue butterfly with realistic flowersStitcher: Nicky, Mytchett, UK
In Progress

7.Love is Patient, Arts & Graphs Inc. Leaflet 7 Pattern charted with accompanying verse but will only stitch image. Angled view of a butterfly sitting on a plant with trailing flowersStitcher: Jessica, Cambridge, ON, Canada
In Progress

8.VladaXstitch on Etsy Floral butterfly Modern Cross Stitch Pattern, in creams and purplesStitcher: Sandra, Shefford, England

9.CrossStitchingLovers. Butterfly, flower cross stitch Butterfly on flower in various shades of pinkStitcher: Gabriele Pearson, Cromarty, UK
In Progress

10.VladaXStitch on Etsy VladaXStitch butterfly in purples, half butterfly, half flowersStitcher: Jan S, Enid, Oklahoma, USA
In Progress

11.Butterfly from the Solomon Islands from Cross Stitch Animals by Jana Hauschild Lindberg Stitcher: Rebecca Golding, Crawley, UK

12.Label Stitcher: Heather, Littleborough, England

Squares received

Cross stitch square for Katie R's quilt
Stitched by: Heather
Submitted: Nov 2021

Cross stitch square for Katie R's quilt
Stitched by: Leanda Vickers
Submitted: Nov 2021

Cross stitch square for Katie R's quilt
Stitched by: Sarah
Submitted: Dec 2021

Cross stitch square for Katie R's quilt
Stitched by: Jodie Balaam
Submitted: Nov 2021

Cross stitch square for Katie R's quilt
Stitched by: Sandra
Submitted: Jan 2022

Cross stitch square for Katie R's quilt
Stitched by: Rebecca Golding
Submitted: Jan 2022


Card for Katie R
Stitched by: Jill Smith

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