Please read the following carefully!
Fabric - 100% COTTON AIDA (not polycotton) - white or off-white. We prefer not cream as one cream square can spoil the look of a complete quilt. No linen please and NO COLOURS.
Count size - 11,14,16 or 18 count Aida
Fabric Dimensions - 13 x 13 inches. Please do not include the selvage in your measurement.
Pattern size - can be NO LARGER than 9x9 inches, but can be less (ideally around 6-7 inches). If it is too small please put a border round it. Maximum width in stitches is: 99 stitches (11 count), 126 stitches (14 count), 144 stitches (16 count) and 162 stitches (18 count).
(Visualisation of dimensions)
Please use 100% cotton threads for sewing your design - preferably DMC, Anchor or Madeira. Cheaper or unbranded threads often suffer from colour runs which causes problems with the laudering of the quilt. Split the cotton and use 2 threads (1 for backstitch is usually fine). NO "Light Effects" (they melt under quilters' hot irons) and NO metallics please (they can be scratchy on delicate skin)
Please do not include beads, charms or other sewn-on embellishments on your square. Besides being a choking hazard for young children, they catch on other parts of the quilt when being washed and could damage the quilt.
Personalisation - We prefer that you do not include the child's name or initials in your square (unless it is the label). Occasionally a child's circumstances change and we have to rush an emergency quilt out to them. Personalised squares are difficult to use in another quilt.
Stitches - Please DO NOT use any LONG stitches. Little fingers get trapped in them!
Signing squares - please stitch your name and location on your work at the bottom close to your stitching. Name and Location is fine. If you live outside the UK please add your country.
Sign-up confirmation - When signing up to stitch a square for a particular child, please choose a pattern to fit the theme required and fill out the 'Sign Up' link found on each child's page. PLEASE WAIT for a confirmation email before you start just in case two people have signed up to stitch the same pattern for that quilt. Please remember these squares have a DUE DATE listed on the child's page. Any squares received after the date will be used in an 'Any Child or 'Emergency' quilt.
5 square signup maximum
Please do not sign up for more than five squares at any one time. We do appreciate the support, but if a stitcher becomes ill or injured and is unable to complete their signups, it can make things difficult for us. Also, we would like to give as many people as possible a chance to sign up.
Any child squares - you don't need to notify us when doing these squares, just send them in any time. When you send your square(s) just enclose a note saying it is for Any Child. It is helpful if you could concentrate on the High Priority Categories which are listed on our Any Child Squares page
Washing squares - It is really helpful if you wash and dry your square before sending it in - this can be done in the sink with some washing up liquid, or in the washing machine on a cool wash (put your square inside a pillowcase to protect it). Any unwashed squares have to be washed by Kat before they can go on to a quilt, please be mindful that Kat is currently working very long hours. Please state whether your square is washed or unwashed when you send it to us.