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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 :)



    News 04 Dec 2011 - 11 Dec 2011



    Quilt News
    This week we received a photo of Alice B's quilt:



    Two quilts were delivered:

    Alfred O's quilt:



    McKenzie's quilt:



    Thank you very much indeed to all the stitchers for so kindly donating a square to these quilts, and to Katherine, Gaynor and Carol respectively for quilting them. Also thanks to those who donated fabric towards these quilts (Mariann and Lis)


    Emergency quilt
    We were very sad this week to hear that Theo S is extremely poorly, so much so that we decided to send him an emergency quilt this week. He received the Winnie-the-Pooh quilt which was quilted by Katherine a few months back:



    We wish Theo and his family well and we hope little Theo can draw some comfort from his quilt.

    By coincidence, we have had a quilt application for a little girl called Isla for a Sea Life quilt. We will carry over Theo's original signups to Isla's quilt and keep the same deadline. Isla is awaiting a kidney transplant and we feel her quilt should have semi-emergency status with a 3 month lead time instead of a 6 months. If any of the stitchers involved require any clarification, please drop us an email on contact@lovequiltsuk.com. Many thanks for your understanding. :)


    Square News
    We have received 20 squares this week! Many thanks to all those who stitched them!

  • Quilt Squares were received from:

    Gushi, Hounslow, UK (for Stitch-a-long: Hearts)
    Heather, Littleborough, England (for Jessica S)
    Heather, Littleborough, England (for Forget-Me-Not Quilt)
    Karen Guy, Corby Glen, United Kingdom (for Isla)
    Kate, Leics, UK (for Shona G)
    Kate, Leics, UK (for Stitch-a-long: Hearts)
    Poppie Taylor, Solihull, England (for Tahlia-Annikki)
    Rachael, Newcastle under Lyme, England (for Brandon)
    Seren Senior, Derby, UK (for Jack K)


  • Any child squares were received from:

    Brenda, Pinner, for the Teddies category
    Frances, UK for the Vehicles category
    Gemma , Lincoln, for the Cartoon Characters category
    Gemma , Lincoln, for the Cartoon Characters category
    Gemma , Lincoln, for the Cartoon Characters category
    Gemma , Lincoln, for the Cute animals category
    Helen, Gosport, for the Teddies category
    Helen, Gosport, for the Cartoon Characters category
    Seren Senior, Derby, UK for the Boys category
    Seren Senior, Derby, UK for the Girls category
    Seren Senior, Derby, UK for the Girls category



    Craft Fayre
    Many thanks to Mrs E Thomas of Swansea (Gaynor's mum) who did a stall at a Craft Fayre in the local library last Friday. She sold knitted items in aid of LQUK. She also took along the World Landmarks emergency quilt (quilted by Joanne) and the Hearts emergency quilt (quilted by Rebecca) to raise awareness. She raised a total of £29. Thank you very much, Elaine :)




    Donations
    We have received this week some squares, fabric and thread - thank you very much to the anonymous benefactor :)

    Also thanks to Helen who has sent us in some small squares. We have collected several too-small squares over the years and we will eventually make them up into a one-off small square emergency quilt :)

    Many thanks to Brenda who has sent us in a metre of Aida.

    Also thanks to those who have sent in cash/cheque/Paypal donations, it is really appreciated. Gaynor has been ordering some border fabrics in time for the 2012 quilts this weekend out of your kind donations :) (See Fabric page for details)




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