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News 01 January 2012 - 08 Jan 2012



Quilt News
We have had two quilts delivered this week:

Bradley's quilt:



Blisse's quilt:



Thank you very much to everyone who donated a square or fabric to these quilts, and also to Anna and Katherine respectively for quilting. Great quilts, ladies!


Quilts opened/closed
Jack R's quilt was opened
William E's quilt was opened
Amelia E's quilt was opened and closed.


Square News
We have received 29 squares this week! Many thanks to all those who stitched them!

  • Quilt Squares were received from:

    Carol Ayling, Copthorne, UK (for Harlum L)
    Ginny Pledger, Earls Barton, UK (for Dean B)
    Ginny Pledger, Earls Barton, UK (for Stitch-a-long: Owls)
    Kita , Northampton, UK (for Iona)
    Leanda Vickers, Oldham , England (for Stitch-a-long: Hearts)
    Poppie Taylor, Solihull, England (for Samuel W)
    Poppie Taylor, Solihull, England (for Dean B)
    Seren Senior, Derby, UK (for Christopher J)
    Susan, Hamilton, USA (for Stitch-a-long: Lickle Ted)
    Verity, Wiltshire, England (for Aaron F)
    Verity, Wiltshire, England (for Any child)
    Victoria, Sleaford, England (for Samuel W)


  • Any child squares were received from:

    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA for the Flowers/Bugs category
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA for the Flowers/Bugs category
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA for the Flowers/Bugs category
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA for the Flowers/Bugs category
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA for the Flowers/Bugs category
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA for the Flowers/Bugs category
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA for the Flowers/Bugs category
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA for the Flowers/Bugs category
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA for the Flowers/Bugs category
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA for the Flowers/Bugs category
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA for the Flowers/Bugs category
    Jan, Enid, Oklahoma, USA for the Flowers/Bugs category
    Leanda Vickers, Oldham , England for the Teddies category
    Verity, Wiltshire, England for the Flowers/Bugs category
    Verity, Wiltshire, England for the Girls category
    Verity, Wiltshire, England for the Teddies category
    Verity, Wiltshire, England for the Flowers/Bugs category



    Accounts
    Gaynor has been working on finalising our accounts for 2011 and they are now with our auditor, Mrs Jean Powell. We would like to thank Jean for offering her services free of charge to LQUK.

    Gaynor has also worked out that we will be able to claim around £140 in Gift Aid for donations received in 2011. If you have donated, or intend to do so in the future, and think you are eligible for Gift Aid (UK income taxpayer), please contact us. It's as simple as filling in a form, which will cover all past and future donations.


    Donations
    Thank you all for your cash/Paypal/cheque donations this week, it is very much appreciated!



    2011 Review of the Year


    2011 was the fourth year of LoveQuiltsUK. We think we can safely say that we have had a pretty amazing year!

    Magazine Appearances
    We have appeared in several magazines this year, starting with Popular Patchwork and World of Cross Stitching in April 2011. We were Cross Stitch Crazy Club of the Month in June 2011. We also appeared in Craft Seller Magazine in November 2011 and Cross Stitch Crazy magazine in December. Many thanks to all these publications who have helped us reach out to new volunteers at no cost to LQUK.

    Craft Seller article    Cross Stitch Crazy article


    New Stitchers
    We have a had a lot of new stitchers joining us and a lot of established stitchers continuing to stitch for us this year! Many new stitchers joined us from the World of Cross Stitching and Cross Stitch Crazy articles. Gone are the days when some stitchers kindly stitched several squares in order to complete a quilt! Nowadays when we open a quilt, they are filled with enthusiastic volunteers very quickly. We thank you all for your wonderful support.

    New Quilters
    Many quilters who read the Popular Patchworking magazine article contacted us to offer their assistance in assembling quilts, just in the nick of time as Katherine, who had made 55 quilts in a row was feeling rather burnt out! With thanks to Anna, Mary, Joy, Joyce, Pauline, Yvonne, Evelyn, Melanie, Carol, Alison, Janine, Liz R, Rebecca, Joan, Beverley, Joanne, Sue, Margaret, Marion, Sandra and Janet who came to our rescue! We hope to see more of your fantastic skills in 2012 :)

    Administrative Affairs
    LoveQuiltsUK was officially registered with HMRC as a Charity for Tax Purposes this year, and through this became eligible to claim Gift Aid on donations where appropriate. We have been collecting in declaration forms from those eligible and we will be making our first claim early in 2012. We also set up a Treasurer's bank account for LQUK which allowed donations to be made via cheque, in addition to cash and PayPal. Finally, we established a formal organisation Constitution.

    Following the completion of these matters, we were able to make our first small grant applications, which we hope to hear good news about in the first quarter of 2012.

    Funds
    Our accounts state that we have turned over just over £2000 in donations this year. We are so grateful for your financial donations which have helped us so much - our finances have been much less of a headache this year. We also have a fair amount of fabric already prepared for quilts coming up in 2012. Rest assured that every penny donated to us goes straight into making and delivering quilts.

    Thank you to Vic who has diligently collected and processed the used stamps sent in.

    We would like to give a shout-out to Hancocks of Paducah from whom we have ordered a lot of fabric this year. They are very professional and allow us to order internationally which has saved LQUK a lot of money. We would also like to thank Gaynor's friend Janette in Oregon for her assistance in fabric purchasing.

    In Memoriam
    We were very sad to hear of the passing of Alicia who received a quilt from us in November 2010 :(

    Squares received
    (Drum-roll please!)

    Total squares received in 2011: 969 squares!

    This is an absolutely brilliant total, thank you so much to all our supporters, it is a truly stupendous amount of collective work. It amounts to at least 20,000 hours of work (at a conservative estimate of 20 hours per square!)

    Well done, and grateful thanks to all our stitchers for their generosity!

    Quilts completed
    46 Quilts were completed in 2011! That brings our overall total to 96 quilts since 2008. We will be celebrating our 100th quilt in early 2012.

    We thought it would be nice to have a look back through all the quilts which were donated to children in 2011:

    January 2011

    Corey-Jack's quilt
    (Emergency Quilt)
    Quilted by Katherine
    Corey-Jack's quilt
    Lennon Georgie's quilt
    (Noah's Ark)
    Quilted by Gaynor
    Lennon Georgie's quilt
    Krystal S's quilt
    (Princesses)
    Quilted by Katherine
    Krystal S's quilt

    February 2011

    Jayden C's quilt
    (Farm)
    Quilted by Katherine
    Jayden C's quilt
    Eleanor G's quilt
    (Princesses)
    Quilted by Gaynor
    Eleanor G's quilt

    March 2011

    Elizabeth A's quilt
    (Horses)
    Quilted by Katherine
    Elizabeth A's quilt
    Brendan's quilt
    (Me To You bears)
    Quilted by Gaynor
    Brendan's quilt
    Aaron H's quilt
    (Cartoon characters)
    Quilted by Katherine
    Aaron H's quilt

    April 2011

    Freya P's quilt
    (Rabbits)
    Quilted by Gaynor
    Freya P's quilt
    Laura W's quilt
    (Flowers with bugs such as
    butterflies and dragonflies and birds)
    Quilted by Katherine
    Laura W's quilt
    Lilia Rania's quilt
    (Realistic Donkeys (Semi-Emergency Quilt))
    Quilted by Gaynor
    Lilia Rania's quilt

    May 2011

    Toni C's quilt
    (Hearts or Music)
    Quilted by Anna
    Toni C's quilt
    Scott W's quilt
    (Vehicles)
    Quilted by Katherine
    Scott W's quilt
    Tilly Lucy's quilt
    (Precious Moments)
    Quilted by Gaynor
    Tilly Lucy's quilt
    Lotty B's quilt
    (Baby animals)
    Quilted by Katherine
    Lotty B's quilt
    Brooke N's quilt
    (Flowers with bugs, Hearts, Pink!)
    Quilted by Mary
    Brooke N's quilt
    Seraphina's quilt
    (Rainbows and Butterflies)
    Quilted by Anna
    Seraphina's quilt

    June 2011

    Callum M's quilt
    (Sea Life)
    Quilted by Joan
    Callum M's quilt
    Faith M's quilt
    (A colour theme - pink)
    Quilted by Liz R & family
    Faith M's quilt
    Edward Y's quilt
    (Sea Life)
    Quilted by Anna
    Edward Y's quilt
    Jack B's quilt
    (Soft Animals)
    Quilted by Joyce
    Jack B's quilt
    Max P's quilt
    (CBeebies characters or Vehicles)
    Quilted by Joy
    Max P's quilt
    Matty H's quilt
    (Trains/Engines)
    Quilted by Melanie
    Matty H's quilt

    July 2011

    Brooke H's quilt
    (Princesses)
    Quilted by Alison and Janine
    Brooke H's quilt
    Poppy's quilt
    (A Colour Theme - Pink)
    Quilted by Sandra
    Poppy's quilt
    Patrick C's quilt
    (Frogs)
    Quilted by Katherine
    Patrick C's quilt

    August 2011

    Rhea T's quilt
    (Flowers or Butterflies/Dragonflies)
    Quilted by Pauline
    Rhea T's quilt

    September 2011

    Evan's quilt
    (A colour theme - blue)
    Quilted by Joan
    Evan's quilt

    October 2011

    Lennon S's quilt
    (Space)
    Quilted by Yvonne
    Lennon S's quilt
    Tia-Rose M's quilt
    (Yellow theme)
    Quilted by Carol
    Tia-Rose M's quilt
    Joshua D 's quilt
    (Cartoon characters)
    Quilted by Sue and Margaret
    Joshua D 's quilt
    Jayden K's quilt
    (Toy Story characters)
    Quilted by Alison/Janine
    Jayden K's quilt
    Niamh P's quilt
    (Fairies)
    Quilted by Gaynor
    Niamh P's quilt
    Kelli G 's quilt
    (Dance)
    Quilted by Mary
    Kelli G 's quilt
    Lilly Mae S's quilt
    (Flowers, butterflies and dragonflies)
    Quilted by Evelyn
    Lilly Mae S's quilt

    November 2011

    Michael-Owen's quilt
    (Sports)
    Quilted by Anna
    Michael-Owen's quilt
    Lewis C 's quilt
    (Enchanted World)
    Quilted by Liz R
    Lewis C 's quilt
    Evie H's quilt
    (Pink theme)
    Quilted by Alison and Janine
    Evie H's quilt
    Faith L's quilt
    (Flowers, butterflies and hearts)
    Quilted by Melanie
    Faith L's quilt
    Ollie K's quilt
    (Trains)
    Quilted by Janet
    Ollie K's quilt
    Alice B's quilt
    (Princesses)
    Quilted by Katherine
    Alice B's quilt

    December 2011

    Alfred O's quilt
    (Penguins)
    Quilted by Gaynor
    Alfred O's quilt
    Theo S's quilt
    (Winnie The Pooh (Emergency Quilt))
    Quilted by Katherine
    Theo S's quilt
    McKenzie M's quilt
    (Jungle animals)
    Quilted by Carol
    McKenzie M's quilt
    Blisse's quilt
    (Garden theme)
    Quilted by Katherine
    For delivery early 2012
    Bradley's quilt
    (Cartoon characters)
    Quilted by Anna
    For delivery early 2012


    Overall, we can safely say that it has been an fantastic year for LQUK. We wish everyone a Happy New Year and here's looking forward to making more children smile in 2012!

    Katherine and Gaynor x




    News 11 Dec 2011 - 29 Dec 2011



    Things have been a bit quieter over the Christmas period as many stitchers have held off sending in squares and we have held off posting off quilts until after Christmas. We didn't want anything to be lost in the Christmas post :)


    Quilt News
    We received a picture of Theo with his quilt:



    We also received a picture of Faith L asleep on Christmas Eve under her quilt:



    After Theo received his emergency quilt, we had to decide what to do with his original seaside squares. By a strange coincidence, we had an application for a little girl called Isla, also for a sea life theme. With the permission of the stitchers, we have moved some of Theo's original squares to Isla's quilt. Isla is awaiting a kidney transplant, so we have decided to keep the same deadline - 29th February 2012.

    We have also had an application for a little girl called Erin for a Cat theme. Erin has a particularly severe form of Cystic Fibrosis and has been in hospital for several weeks including over Christmas. Since we had 14 cat squares already in the Any Child stash, we have decided to make up Erin's quilt early as a semi-emergency.

    We have several quilts currently under construction. Bradley's quilt has been completed by Anna, and Blisse's quilt has been completed by Katherine. Both quilts will be posted in the New Year. Additionally, Rebecca is working on Brandon's quilt, Carol is working on Hannah's quilt, Gaynor is working on Erin's quilt and Katherine is working on Jennifer's quilt


    Quilts opened/closed
    Nicola H's quilt was opened and closed.
    Jack B's quilt was opened and closed.
    Elizabeth P's quilt was opened and closed.


    Square News
    We have received 25 squares since our last update! Many thanks to all those who stitched them!

  • Quilt Squares were received from:

    Diana Tanner, Perth WA, Australia (for Daniel C)
    Diana Tanner, Perth WA, Australia (for Iona)
    Diana Tanner, Perth WA, Australia (for Any child)
    Ginny Pledger, Earls Barton, UK (for Harry)
    Ginny Pledger, Earls Barton, UK (for Amelia Rose)
    Julie Moody, Newark, UK (for Tahlia-Annikki)
    Julie Moody, Newark, UK (for Adelaide W)
    Julie Moody, Newark, UK (for Adelaide W)
    Kim, Cardiff, Wales (for Erin)
    Lis Nielsen, Corby Glen, UK (for Jack K)
    Lis Nielsen, Corby Glen, UK (for Amelia F)
    Lis Nielsen, Corby Glen, UK (for Amelia Rose)
    Michele, Derby, Connecticut , USA (for Harry)
    Michele, Derby, Connecticut , USA (for Any child)
    Philippa, Oxford, UK (for Stitch-a-long: Lickle Ted)
    Philippa, Oxford, UK (for Amelia F)
    Philippa, Oxford, UK (for Harlum L)
    Rebecca, Kettering, Northants (for Jessica S)
    Rebecca, Kettering, Northants (for Samuel W)
    Sadie Wishart, Castle Douglas, Scotland (for Stitch-a-long: Hearts)
    Sue Torode, Farnborough, UK (for Jack K)
    Sue Torode, Farnborough, UK (for Isla)


  • Any child squares were received from:

    Diana Tanner, Perth WA, Australia for the Teddies category
    Michele, Derby, Connecticut , USA for the Cute animals category
    Michele, Derby, Connecticut , USA for the Cute animals category



    Donations
    Thank you so much for your cash/cheque/Paypal donations, they really are helping us to bring quilts to more children :)

    Thanks to EVERYONE involved for their fantastic support of LQUK this year - watch out for our Review of the Year coming up on 31st December :)




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