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




It has recently come to my attention that some of our teenagers fall thru the cracks. In my day-to-day role as a crafty art teacher loads of teenager cross my doorstep looking for help and advice. As a mother of five I have spent many happy years steering my own teenagers on the right path. Today’s teenagers grow tall and speak their minds but they aren’t always equipped or ready to deal with everything life throws at them. Life is full of conflict; family troubles, illness and so on.  So in conjunction with different organisations in the Northeast of England such as the Teenage Cancer Trust, teens in care and teenage mothers-to-be and with the help of our many creative quilt makers who have made quilts and handed them over, we have started matching teenagers with beautiful patchwork quilts. With these quilts we hope to bring some comfort during the hard times. Just because a child looks like an adult doesn’t mean he/she couldn’t use a hug when things get difficult. We feel that our quilts might just be as good as a hug.

So there you have it in a nutshell. We have launched a challenge, or perhaps you might like to call it an appeal, to anyone who would like to help bring comfort to teenagers who might be going thru a difficult time. This challenge was inspired by a lady called June when she handed me a quilt saying that it was a thank you gift for our family to give to whoever we felt needed it. So on that day the seed was planted, quilts for teens who need comfort. To date we have received some 18 lovely quilts which we will match up to teenagers in need of comfort. I’m very happy to report that the first five quilts will be delivered tomorrow. I would like to take this opportunity to thank June for joining the Quilts for Comfort Family and for spreading the good word about the challenge.

If you would like to join the Quilts for Comfort Family by donating a quilt to give a teenager some comfort please contact us here thecraftshouse@hotmail.co.uk

I have loads more to tell you about this challenge which I will post about from week to week. So be sure to pop in regularly.

I’ll leave you today with this thought:

Positive = Progress = Moving Forward





Back in May two of our Creative Friends launched a successful companion project. Well they have gone back to the drawing board to create something new and truly whimsical. This time Sandra of The Crafts House has designed the most whimsical of hangers called A Pocketful of Gingerbreads for a quilted Gingerbread Pockets designed by Lucie the Happy Quilter. The two projects look fantastic paired up together. So now, as of today, you can purchase the pattern for the quilted Gingerbread Pockets and you can make the Pocketful of Gingerbreads hanger at The Crafts House with the guidance of the very talented Sandra in her wonderful treasure trove of a studio. You can find more info about the Pocketful of Gingerbreads hanger here and more info about the quilted Gingerbread Pockets by clicking here. Sandra and Lucie have worked hard to bring this project together and have had plenty of laughs along the way. This companion project is the perfect gift for a special someone.



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choosing a colour palette

whether we are picking fabric for a sewing project, paint for a craft project, backgrounds for a journal or decorating our home..COLOUR is important

but what goes with what ..how do you begin?..i think by grouping together  colour in a palette you have a start point from which to keep or discard your colours.

A really helpful tool i have found is a website called Design Seeds it does the job for you by grouping colours by palette theme and gives a really good idea how colours blend..you can copy and paste the palettes onto your computer and use the ideas as a start point

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..young creative friends..

..for our young creative friends we thought it would be fun to show how to draw using simple shapes…if you are looking to help your young child or grandchild to get better at drawing this would be a good project to follow in the holidays..sketch books and art supplies are now very reasonable and can be purchased at your local art store, Works or supermarket..

How to draw a simple Fish

 How to draw a Pelican

all of the above drawing images    and lots more can be found in this wonderful book

..taking things a little further you could purchase a small canvas and paints and create a turtle canvas or under the sea canvas

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We are very pleased to announce that the winners of the companion project GIVEAWAY are:  Jackie, Patricia & Terri

Congratulations ladies you will be receiving one Owl Kit and one Owl Block Keeper Pattern each. Please email your postal addresses to lucie@mapleleafquilters.co.uk so that your parcel can be posted off as soon as possible.

The Creative Friends look forward to releasing other projects sometime soon. So please keep checking for new and interesting projects.

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Well the day has finally arrived. We are pleased to tell you that two of our Creative Friends, Sandra of the Crafts House and Lucie the Happy Quilter have joined forces and are launching their very first companion project.

The Crafts House is offering the Owl kit.

Lucie the Happy Quilter is offering the Owl Block Keeper pattern.

The Friends set themselves a challenge a few months ago and came up with these projects using Sandra’s owl design as the theme. For more info about how to purchase the kit or pattern please click on the highlighted blogs above.

To celebrate the launch of the sale of the first companion projects the Friends are having a GIVEAWAY.  To have the chance of winning a set of both projects, that’s one kit and one pattern, you must comment on both blogs. The prizes will be drawn on May 11. Good luck to all.

Happy creating.