QUILTS FOR COMFORT NORTHEAST

Quilts for Comfort Northeast – Meeting the challenge of bringing comfort one stitch at a time.


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THE HELP KEEPS COMING

We had a little event bringing young and old, mothers and daughters and lots of friends together for a few hours on Sunday afternoon. The goal was to teach a few willing newbies how to hand piece a simple Nine Patch block. I gathered up enough supplies and tools to make some 16 blocks which I will piece together to make a quilt. Here is a photo of my willing participants …..

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It’s amazing how a simple pursuit such as quilt making can bring a group of all ages and all walks of life together. We had three students, a couple of hairdressers/artists, a nurse and a magistrate in our group of willing helpers. One or two of our ladies were rather apprehensive about piecing a block but there was absolutely nothing to worry about. I will tell you more about this quilt as things progress.

For those who are helping us make quilts I would like to remind you that the next volunteer day will be on Tuesday August 12th. Feel free to pop in to drop off any finished quilts, quilt tops or blocks you might have for us. I look forward to seeing you on the day. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Keep on stitching so we can bring comfort.

Lucie the Happy Quilter x

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WHAT’S THE LATEST NEWS

Hiya everybody. I hope you’re all enjoying the summer. It’s a long time since I posted here so I thought I’d give it a go.

I’ve spent quite a lot of time longarm quilting and teaching lately but there’s a side of me that you don’t see. And that side is the part of me that’s working behind the scenes with Quilts for Comfort. Alongside Sandra and Nicola and our Quilts for Comfort family I’m beavering away trying to make a difference one stitch at a time. As most of you know we will soon be holding a launch day just to let everyone know what it’s all about and what’s been happening. So why don’t you come along and see us on Thursday July 10th at The Crafts House. Pop in and have a coffee and one of Nicola’s delicious cakes. Nicola really is the best baker in town and not only that but we’re going to teach her to make patchwork blocks soon. Even if you don’t sew you can play a part in bringing comfort to someone who needs it.

 This morning we got together to get things ready for the near future. We made lists regarding future plans …..

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 And put things in some kind of order …..

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The lovely Sandra played with fabric scraps …..

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And Nicola put oodles of fabric scraps in order ready to be turned into comforting quilts …..

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We had a look at the latest donated quilts …..

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We all agreed that we love the soft animal print on the back of this quilt.

We receive a wide variety of quilts. And as well as finished quilts we receive quilt tops and blocks. And our very helpful and hardworking Quilts for Comfort family members turn quilt tops and blocks into superb quilts which go to young people needing comfort.

It’s not difficult to join the Quilts for Comfort family. I joined last summer when I made a few boys quilts to fill a need and I have longarm quilted a few quilt tops in between everything else I do. And I plan on continuing in this fashion for as long as I can. I also plan on teaching a few newbies how to piece quilt blocks on our Quilts for Comfort volunteer days. So if you don’t sew this might be your chance to learn while doing something worthwhile.

As well as our hardworking family  we have another great source of support. Some of you have already visited Stitchin’ Heaven on the 697 in Longframlington. Anne and Mick Davison run the lovely patchwork shop in an idyllic setting in north Northumberland. Anne and Mick have very generously pledged to help us bring comfort to our young friends. I’m so very pleased to welcome them to the Quilts for Comfort family. We can use all the help we can get.

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This is Anne hiding behind a whole load of quilts kits.

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This is Mick taking care of business.

So I’m looking forward to the launch on Thursday. I’ll be the one sporting a big smile. I hope to see you there.

 Until the next time,

 Happy stitching.

 Lucie the Happy Quilter x


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..Launch Day for Quilts for Comfort North East..

Hi to all our ‘Quilts for Comfort Family’  

we will be holding our launch day on Thursday 10th July @ The Crafts House …10am – 8pm

This will be a wonderful time to get together and  find out about the future plans for Quilts for Comfort North East….  A time to chat about the many ways we can help give comfort to anyone 1-100- ‘One Stitch at a Time’..if you do not  sew but would like to help please come along too because there will be many ways we can all get involved.

Refreshments and lovely munchies! will be served …pop in any time between 10-8pm..everyone welcome x


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…updates..

Hi everyone, blocks, quilt tops and quilts are arriving every week

a big thank you again to everyone and to the ladies that have been mailing quilts as well

At the moment we are looking to purchase our wadding and very close to our target,

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in the new year we are going to be organizing a “sew in” on the hill (could we call it the “Quilt Squad”!!) where we will be joining a lot of our blocks together to make quilt tops….then when they are quilted we will be able to hand them over to those that are needing comfort..

I  have had a special request for a boys quilt with trains…a special young man with a need for comfort right now…

just wanted to leave you with this very novel idea for earrings…love them

cute earrings

..happy stitching xxx

 

 


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…thank you…

..a very quick post to say a BIG thank you to all the ladies who have been dropping off quilts,blocks and quilt tops to Quilts for Comfort..

I am going to be writing a longer post in the next week with a bit more detail, i just wanted you all to know how amazing you have all been

Since Quilts for Comfort started in May this year this is what all your wonderful stitching has achieved:-

Finished Quilts    =   68

Quilt tops waiting to be quilted = 12

Quilt Blocks waiting to be sewn into quilts   = 72

Quilts For Comfort have given 54 Quilts to children and adults who have needed Comfort in the North East of England

All of this has been achieved because of all your stitching…..THANK YOU xxxx


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…from 4 months to 92…

..the total of quilts and blocks are growing by the day and a few things have been happening in Quilts for Comfort Land..

QFC BUSINESS CARD LOGO ARTWORK

..we have our very own logo!!! designed by the very clever Sarah, i was over the moon when i saw the design because it is so cute and perfect for QFC. A big thank you goes to Chris (Lucie’s husband) for sponsoring our business cards..a massive help and it means we can give out our contact details and spread the word..

Stitchin' Heaven Kits

..remember the kits that were so kindly donated by Anne and Mick at Stitchin’ Heaven….well an army of sewers have stepped forward to turn the kits into quilts..big hug and thank you goes out to Sylvia (sylvia finished a teddy quilt in a weekend/amazing!) ladies from Usworth Quilters (Pat,Mary,Eileen,to name a couple) Shelly, Hazel, Anne, Amy.

Two of the finished quilts have already been delivered to give comfort ( a lovely 8 year old boy was over the moon and took his mind off having to go through treatment that wasn’t nice for him)

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…Anne has joined the QFC Family and is sewing away on kits and blocks,she has kindly lent us a couple of quilt books if anyone is looking for block ideas. Anne also donated two beautiful baby quilts (they were needed and delivered before i had a chance to photograph!!)One of the quilts was needed to give comfort to a  4 month old baby boy who has just been diagnosed with a tumor, his mother was so overwhelmed with the quilt she could hardly speak through her tears,parents of these beautiful children and young adults are on a roller coaster of emotions not knowing where the road they are on will lead.

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…our oldest recipient of a Quilts for Comfort Quilt is Irene…at 92 Irene is cared for by one of our painters and was in need of comfort so a quilt was dispatched asap…

As you can see QFC is growing day by day…without the help,donations and time of some truly lovely people it wouldn’t be possible..

there are a couple of challenges ahead that we are going to tackle

raising enough money to buy our own bolt of wadding and backing (this will be used to quilt our ever increasing stack of blocks)

–  stitching our donated  blocks into quilts.

…………….. “One Stitch at a Time”….. “One Step at a Time”……………