Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Project Linus UK

Some of you will know that I am one of the co-ordinators for Project Linus UK Lincolnshire. If you haven't heard of Project Linus UK, you can read about it here . Lovely people in Lincolnshire make patchwork quilts which are then donated to Project Linus UK and given to children who are in need of an extra cuddle for so many reasons. In fact, lovely people make these quilts all over the British Isles too and there are lots of other co- ordinators in lots of other places.  We all know the wonderfulness of being wrapped in a quilt, the comfort, the soft touch of the fabric, the colours and the skill of the maker... I could go on... The gift of one of these quilts just says that we care for children who are sad and their families who are so stressed. 

Project Linus UK quilt made in Lincolnshire

Trudi at Quilting Prolifically has been so very kind and quilted several quilts for us including a really big one which was second prize in the national raffle. 

We get lots of thank you e mails and cards from families who receive the quilts, the kindness of strangers towards their families helps so much at such a difficult time. 

This weekend I have maxed out on the wonderful smell of dried lavender as I have made lots of lavender bags as a fund raiser. We buy the lavender from The Yorkshire Lavender Company and it has the most amazing scent which makes the sewing room smell like a summer garden. 

Lavender bag

Its a simple design, a rectangle of patchwork 6 x 8 inches, sewn into a bag, filled and hemmed to close. They are made from scraps from my sewing room and every one is different....These go with the hundred or so we have already sold at our talks.

lots of lavender bags

They have pretty ribbons to hang them up with and a carefully chosen button which is tied on. Often the buttons are from my Mum's vintage button box although there is only so much I can do with all the grey trouser buttons she saved so carefully with war time economy...

even more lavender bags
Each one is tucked into a cellophane bag with a contact details card

front of the contact details card

 and a sticky 'thank you from Project Linus UK' label on the front...
lavender bags ready to sell
Now they are ready for the sales table at our next talk and Project Linus quilt show to be given to a Women's Institute in the north of Lincolnshire.

If you have any scraps of fabric you can spare for Project Linus UK, please send me an email, we are so grateful for donations. If you would like to make a quilt, contact the
 co-ordinator nearest you and she will get you started, the names are on the national website. And lastly, thank you, thank you, thank you to the kind and generous people who give time, skill and so much more to our local group, 

PS. Thanks for reading all this, do leave a message if you have any fund raising ideas too. 

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