This update on Linus Quilts is from Highlands co-ordinator Pat McWilliam via our collector Pat Craig:
“Project Linus UK is still hale and hearty and in the Highlands very active. … The quilts and blankets as always are greatly appreciated by the youngsters who receive them and by their parents and carers. … All your work is really valued.
“Quilts continue to go to many places where young folk are in need of a hug. The largest number go to the Special Care Baby Unit in Raigmore Hospital and I am always very welcome there. One new place I was asked to supply with larger quilts was Accident & Emergency at Raigmore. They use them for youngsters being transported to other specialist units in Scotland and also where there is a child in need of a cuddle (or a cuddly quilt).
“Thanks to all who sew and knit and keep me supplied, and also to the carers and staff who hand out the quilts and blankets. The pleasure you contribute is great. Since the last update (July 2008), 477 quilts and blankets have brought smiles to many children and parents.
If you know of quilters in the area who would be interested in being Project Linus Quilt co-ordinators for Lochaber and the Outer Hebrides, please email Pat at email@example.com .
A small but toasty warm meeting in the sunshine.
Two quilted bags by Pat
Miniature tree quilt by Pat
Sunbonnet Sue quilt by Shirley
Quilted wall hanging by Lin
WIP: Anne N
WIP: Detail from machine quilting by Irene C
WIP: Butterfly (wings only at the moment) by Peta
Quilting gadgets: Courthouse steps template
P&Q magazine on us! Written by Jacquie Harvey. March 2010 issue.
If you can’t find an issue anywhere, you can buy one online, direct from P&Q magazine.
Today’s project was a tortoise pattern using the same basic template shape as the popular owl
, plus a few extra body parts, of course.
Temperance the Tortoise quilt pattern created by Marion.
If you didn’t get the emailed pattern, you can print it from Marion’s blog here
A sunny Skye Quilters meeting.
Tree quilts designed and sewn by Barbara (left), Pat (right), and Irene Owen (below) following last week's meeting. A4 size. Freezer paper.
Scottie dog by Vivien
Scottie dog quilt blocks by Maureen
Choices, choices ... Helen's WIP.
WIP by Marion. Heart blocks, raw-edge applique trees, machine quilting.
Tomorrow’s meeting will feature an easy heart quilt block. Easy because it’s made from rectangles and squares. Instructions have been emailed.
Heart quilt block
(And no, your eyes aren’t out of focus, the photo is!)
• Link for the Disappearing 9 Patch with Heart Block mentioned at Monday’s meeting
Monday’s session involved designing a tree for freezer paper piecing. Same technique as last week’s Scottie dog, just a template you designed yourself and — the harder part — worked out the piecing sequence.
Designing patterns for a freezer paper, pieced tree, by Irene O and Barbara.
WIP by Maureen: Freezer-paper pieced Scottie dog.
WIP by Anne T.