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News 17 Sep 2015 - 23 Sep 2015



Quilt News

Four quilts have been delivered since our last update:

Bradley J's quilt (Football) - quilted by Heather:

Photo of Bradley J's quilt


John William B's quilt (Shaun the Sheep and Timmy Time) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):

Photo of John William B's quilt


Johnathon L's quilt (Pirates) - quilted by Alison and Janine:

Photo of Johnathon L's quilt


Maia S's quilt (Cats) - quilted by Carol:

Photo of Maia S's quilt


Thank you so much to everyone involved in producing these quilts!


Quilts opened/closed
Leah C's quilt was opened and closed
Noah G's quilt was opened and closed
Connor C's quilt was opened and closed
Thomas W's quilt was closed


Square News
We have received 57 squares since our last update! Many thanks to all those who stitched them!

  • Quilt Squares were received from:

    Alannah Waters , Ammanford, Wales
    Alice Watts , Edinburgh, UK (3)
    Ann , Ayrshire, UK (3)
    Deborah Found-Bloodworth , Uxbridge, Middx, UK (2)
    Elaine , Ammanford, South Wales (3)
    Gillian Muir , Edinburgh, UK
    Ginny D , Canterbury, UK (3)
    Heather , Littleborough, England (3)
    Jeneen , PA, USA (2)
    Kathryn , Wellington , New Zealand (2)
    Leanne Malcolmson , Romsey, UK (5)
    Linda Cropper , Atherstone, England (2)
    Lisa Toner , Morecambe, UK
    Lynnette , Wigan, England
    Miss Debbie Elkington , Boston, Lincs, UK (3)
    Paula , Heathfield, UK (2)
    Rachel Tucker , Lowestoft, United Kingdom (2)
    Rachel Tucker , Lowestoft , England
    Rosemary Binnie , Macclesfield, UK (2)
    Sandra , Shefford, England
    Seren Senior , Derby, UK (6)
    Sophie L , Kent, England
    Thorgunnur Anna Ingimundardottir , Reykjavik, Iceland
    Tracey , Cardiff, Wales
    Victoria Clark , Cambridge, UK (2)
    Wendy , Wolverhampton, (3)


    Calendar
    Our calendar for 2016 is still on sale, closing date for orders is November 1st. Please see Calendar 2016 page.


    Easyfundraising.org.uk
    We have now received over 1000 from easyfundraising.org.uk for shopping people were going to do anyway! Our Easyfundraising page is here: Easyfundraising


    if you'd like to start supporting us in this way. Emails
    We are still struggling to get in touch with people about new quilt applications when they are drawn in the lottery. Please could you add our email address (contact@lovequiltsuk.com) to your "safe senders" or enter us in your address book, so our emails don't go into a spam box.


    Donations
    Many thanks as always to those who have donated by cheque, cash, text, etc! :)



    News 09 Sep 2015 - 17 Sep 2015



    Quilt News
    We certainly do have quilts flying out at the moment! 5 quilts have been delivered since our last update (a week ago):

    Benjamin M's quilt (Dinosaurs) - quilted by Katherine:

    Photo of Benjamin M's quilt


    Elizabeth R's quilt (Princesses) - quilted by Heather:

    Photo of Elizabeth R's quilt


    Hayden C's quilt (Jungle animals) - quilted by Vicky:

    Photo of Hayden C's quilt


    Isabella E's quilt (Female Disney Characters) - quilted by Vicky:

    Photo of Isabella E's quilt


    Matthew D's quilt (Farm Animals (Emergency Quilt)) - quilted by Sarah:

    Photo of Matthew D's quilt


    Thank you so much to everyone involved in these quilts for your hard work!


    Quilts opened/closed
    Alex A's quilt was opened and closed.
    Thomas W's quilt was opened.


    Calendar
    Our LoveQuiltsUK Calendar 2016 is now available for ordering here: Order a calendar

    Many thanks to Clare Bray for putting together another lovely calendar for us - ideal for Christmas gifts! Calendars will be posted out in mid-November :)




    Fundraising
    Nessa has been hard at work doing a Zumbathon for us last weekend! Here are some shots of Nessa and co:







    Thank you very much to Nessa and friends for their efforts for us!





    Square News
    We have received 73 squares since our last update! Many thanks to all those who stitched them!

  • Quilt Squares were received from:

    Alisha, Birmingham, UK (2)
    Ann, Ayrshire, UK (2)
    Becky Keith, Worksop, UK (2)
    Carol West, Bury St Edmunds, UK (2)
    Clare, Basildon, UK
    Diana Tanner, Perth WA, Australia (4)
    Donna Sharpe, Chesterfield, UK
    EE(Beth)Filmer, Adelaide, Australia (6)
    Eileen, Newcastle, UK (2)
    Ellie, London, UK
    Gilly, Ellesmore Port, England
    Jan S, Enid, Oklahoma, USA (4)
    Janet Ramsden, Brisbane, Australia (3)
    Jayne Winnall, Birmingham, United Kingdom (2)
    Jean, Buckinghamshire, England
    Jennifer Urquhart, Glasgow, Scotland
    Jessica, Cambridge, ON, Canada
    Lou B, Surrey, UK (2)
    Lyn, Doncaster, UK (4)
    Mariann, USA (2)
    Miss Debbie Elkington, Boston, Lincs, UK
    Moira Anne Jeffcoat, Birmingham, England
    Monika Budz, Poland (2)
    Nicola, St Albans, UK (2)
    Paula Dewar, Glasgow, Scotland (6)
    Sandra, Shefford, England (2)
    Sara Tomkins, Plymouth, UK (2)
    Sarah Binns, Sale, UK (3)
    Susan Miller, Bathgate, Scotland
    Tracey, Cardiff, Wales (3)
    Tracy D, Bristol, UK (3)
    Zoe Graham, Halifax, England (2)


    Donations
    Thank you everyone who has sent in Donations to us! Also, thank you to Sandra for a donation of 40 for a quilt made with leftover LQ fabric :)



    News 31 Jul 2015 - 09 Sep 2015



    Quilt News
    Once again, a busy month! Rather a lot of quilts have been delivered and 264 squares have come in too. Thank you so much to you all!

    24 quilts have been delivered since our last update:

    Antoni S's quilt (Pirates) - quilted by Leanda:

    Photo of Antoni S's quilt


    Ava M's quilt (Witzies (Emergency Quilt)) - quilted by Seren:

    Photo of Ava M's quilt


    Benjamin M's quilt (Dinosaurs) - quilted by Katherine:

    - we have not yet received a photo, but we will post it to Benjamin M's page when we do.

    Bobby-Lee N's quilt (Mickey Mouse) - quilted by Alison and Janine:

    Photo of Bobby-Lee N's quilt


    Esmae L's quilt (Mickey, Minnie, Daisy) - quilted by Karen:

    Photo of Esmae L's quilt


    Evie-Rose's quilt (Fairies and Princesses) - quilted by Valerie:

    Photo of Evie-Rose's quilt


    Finley T's quilt (Sports) - quilted by Janet T:

    Photo of Finley T's quilt


    Freddie F's quilt (Enchanted World) - quilted by Heather:

    Photo of Freddie F's quilt


    Harry G's quilt (Disney Characters (Emergency Quilt)) - quilted by Sue W:

    Photo of Harry G's quilt

    Very sadly, Harry G has now passed away :(

    Isla J (Emergency Quilt)'s quilt (Princesses) - quilted by Gaynor:

    Photo of Isla J (Emergency Quilt)'s quilt


    Jacob H's quilt (Superheroes) - quilted by Sandra G:

    Photo of Jacob H's quilt


    James H's quilt (Stars) - quilted by Kita:

    Photo of James H's quilt


    Jamie B's quilt (Cartoon characters) - quilted by Leanda:

    Photo of Jamie B's quilt


    Leo W 2's quilt (Jungle Animals) - quilted by Carol:

    Photo of Leo W 2's quilt


    Lewis M's quilt (Disney Characters - all) - quilted by Judith:

    Photo of Lewis M's quilt


    Louie B's quilt (Monsters) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):

    Photo of Louie B's quilt


    Maisy Hope's quilt (Flower Fairies) - quilted by Sandra (Beds):

    Photo of Maisy Hope's quilt


    Matthew D's quilt (Farm Animals (Emergency Quilt)) - quilted by Sarah:

    Photo of Matthew D's quilt


    Oliver W's quilt (Mickey Mouse) - quilted by Carol:

    Photo of Oliver W's quilt


    Ryan H's quilt (Green) - quilted by Vicky:

    Photo of Ryan H's quilt


    Taylor W's quilt (Space) - quilted by Katherine:

    - we have not yet received a photo, but we will post it to Taylor W's page when we do.

    Thank you so much to everyone involved in these fantastic quilts!


    Magazine Fame
    We are appearing in a four-page spread (p.22-25) in Cross Stitch Collection magazine this month (Issue 253). Available in WHSmith. Thank you to everyone who sent in photos for this article!


    Any Child Squares (High/Low Priority)
    As we have been discussing on our Facebook group recently, we would like to start making our Any Child squares a little more targeted. Many squares we have are so beautiful, but if a child doesn't request that particular theme, we can have them on our hands for a long time. We'd much rather that squares are going into quilts to make children happy :)

    Gaynor has added to the Any Child Squares page which themes are the most popular by marking categories "High Priority" and "Low Priority" to give stitchers an indication (this will change periodically). As a general rule though, you can't go wrong with Princesses or Superheroes! We have so many requests in our lottery system for those themes. Having more squares on popular theme makes it much easier to "backfill" quilts.


    Easyfundraising.org.uk
    We have now raised over 1000 for LoveQuiltsUK just for a couple of clicks before shopping we were going to do anyway! Thank you so much to everyone who supports us in this way on an ongoing basis, it really is keeping the LQUK coffers looking healthy!

    Our EasyFundraising Cause page is here: Click here


    Gift Aid
    Gaynor has put in the Gift Aid claim for 2014 and received 395 back from HMRC. If you're a UK taxpayer, please fill in the form which is here: Gift Aid declaration form and either post it to Kat with your next squares or scan it and email it to us :)


    Wholesale purchases
    One of Gaynor's hobbies(!) is to keep an eye on the relative prices of fabric in the USA/UK to make sure that the LQUK finances are spent in the best possible way and stretch as far as possible! Generally, the plain fabrics are ordered by post from the USA, the border fabrics are brought back in person by Gaynor from holidays in the USA and stockpiled, or ordered from ebay.com. Some border fabrics are bought from Lee Mill Fabrics in Swansea, and a minority from other UK suppliers. Backing fabrics are polycotton duvet covers from a variety of sources (ASDA/Tesco/ebay etc)

    Regarding the sashings fabrics, we have now reached a point where, taking into account import duties and shipping, it is now slightly cheaper to order from the UK wholesale distributor. Gaynor has convinced them to take LQUK on as a wholesale customer and we are in the process of placing our first order. Gaynor will be approaching other wholesalers soon too. Watch this space!


    Kat's whereabouts
    Throughout the history of LoveQuiltsUK, Kat has not been working while bringing up her family, so we have enjoyed the luxury of having squares received posted to the website the same day they are received. Kat now has a part-time job, and for the month of September only, has two part-time jobs, one of which starts very early in the morning. Therefore, she has less time to devote to her duties of uploading squares, washing squares, and getting quilt packs ready to go out.

    Please could stitchers be patient about their squares appearing on the website, and refrain from sending "has my square arrived yet" emails. Kat will put them up as soon as she can, and it will be within a couple of days. :) We know it is a tense time when squares are at the mercy of the postal system, but the more emails Kat has to answer, the less time she has to put squares on the website! For the same reason, it also is a massive help when stitchers wash their squares before sending them in. Stitchers are getting better at doing this, but Kat still has a significant number of unwashed squares to deal with. Washing instructions are here: Washing Instructions (at the bottom)


    Donations
    Finally, many thanks to those who have sent in donations by cash/cheque/text/Paypal/credit card, it is really appreciated!




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