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2017 Update

Project Linus 


News From Oxfordshire Linus 

As always I am asking for help for Quilts for the Linus UK Project. As you know I am providing Quilts to not only the Neonatal Unit at the JR in Oxford but the children's oncology unit. I cannot get enough for them so can I put in a plea. They have requested Quilts from 40" square to single bed size for both boys and girls. They are also getting ready for Christmas!!!!!!! Should we be taking a leaf out of their book? They are asking if we could make Christmas stockings. They should be about 12-14" long and wide enough to hold a soft toy and some fruit and should have a loop or some means of attaching them to the beds. They are not fussy about the style but do have to be cotton. So ladies (and possibly gents!) let's get creative - PLEASE.

I am also wanting to let you know that a few of the Oxford Group are a little unhappy. They recently found some Quilts with Linus labels in them in a charity shop in Headington and they were being sold for between £5 and £10!! I think I would be unhappy too and I suspect most of us would make a donation to Linus rather than make them and see them being sold. I have tried to establish where they came from but have had no joy. It is suspected that they have been given by parents whose children have outgrown them or even sadly passed away. Anyway they didn't come from us as I didn't recognise the photos taken of a couple that were purchased by one of the ladies. I want to reassure everyone in our county that I do NOT give out labels as I have to check and register all Quilts that are going out to anyone. I am going to let any charity shops near me aware of Linus quilts and that all charity shops have to be educated about Linus.

Thank you in advance for those who plan to give quilts and my sincere thanks to all those who have already donated.

Margaret Metcalfe, 01993850766 or 07733167574 Email:jandmmetcalfe@btinternet.com or jandmmetcalfe@gmail.com. 


Abingdon Quilt Exhibition 2018 Competition! 

Quilts for Linus!

Abingdon Quilters are having their biennial exhibition of recent work next April and invite you to take part in their competition of two types of quilts for Project Linus. Margaret Metcalfe, who has recently taken over the Oxfordshire half of Linus quilts from Lillian King, has agreed to judge the competition and to talk about the organisation. To discover more see Margaret’s article in the last Pieceful Times magazine.

Her greatest need is for quilts for the Neonatal Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital where they have 54 incubators, and the sizes they require are 33” x 55” and 40” x 40”. They appreciate both blue as well as pink quilts, and other gentle colours, but no embellishments please, which might catch on little hands and feet.

Also, roughly lap-sized quilts are needed for a special needs school she supplies and the children’s oncology ward at the JR, and we ask that these are I-Spy quilts. These feature pictures from novelty fabrics to provide amusement and interest. Pinterest has lots of inspiration.

Quilts should be made of cotton fabric, though the backing can be fleece, which is washed and dried more quickly. Please use cotton or 80/20 wadding .......but NOT all polyester wadding as that hardens with hot washing. Google Project Linus for loads of ideas and nice patterns!

All quilts will be donated to Linus after the competition and there will be two generous prizes, one for Incubator and one for I-Spy Quilts!

Abingdon Quilters Exhibition, 14-15th April 2018
The Manor Prep School, Shippon Abingdon, OX13 6LN (but don’t trust your satnav for the very last bit, look for bunting and quilts!)

For more information please contact Judy Harris (harris.judy54@gmail.com) 


Linus - Berkshire

QUILTS FOR GRENFELL TOWER 

I have been asked about donating quilts to the families of Grenfell Tower. If you are interested in making a quilt here is the information that will help you.

To donate quilts or quilt blocks to benefit those who have lost their homes in London visit:

London Modern Quilt Guild and Quilts for Grenfell who are co-ordinating these support efforts.

Numbers

I’ve just checked the Linus UK website and thought you might like to know the numbers of quilts donated to Project Linus UK

This year, to end of June 2017,it’s 15.427 and a fantastic 313.564 since it’s beginning in 2000. I’m sure you will agree this is a wonderful effort.

So thank you for you contributions to Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

What sort of quilt?

Single bed quilts are still the most useful, approx 40x60inches. This may vary according to the pattern you use. It’s helpful to have in mind if you are making for a boy or a girl. It needs to be bright and cheerful and of course washable and no embellishments. The Linus website has some suggested patterns – www.projectlinusuk.org.uk (Always worth checking with myself or Margaret if there is a particular need).

I came back from the Berkshire Summer lunch with a large bag of quilts as well as having a lovely time. Thank you. See you at the next Region day.

Lillian – Berkshire Co-ordinator 


News From Oxfordshire Linus

It is with absolute delight that I can report that my first adventure with Linus has been a great success. To date I have received 60 Quilts of varying sizes and would like to thank all of those who gave of their time and donated Quilts. They had come from lots of different groups and I have found a home for most of them.

The biggest number went to the Neo Natal Unit at the JR, we gave them 34 quilts and I lost count of the number of bags but think it too was around 35. I have had a lovely let- ter from Katherine Reed, who looks after all the Quilts (as well as looking after some very sick little people) and she was very complimentary and the Mums loved the bags and thought them very useful.

She has said she will let me know when she needs more of both but has asked if she could have some pink and some blue Quilts measuring 40" x 40". The challenge is thrown out to anyone and everyone!

Here is a photograph of some of the nurses taking delivery.

Once again thank you everyone. My contact details are:

Margaret Metcalfe, 01993850766 or 07733167574 Email:jandmmetcalfe@btinternet.com or jandmmetcalfe@gmail.com. 


Linus - Berkshire

www.projectlinusuk.org.uk

A quilt is a hug you can keep

I have received a number of ‘thank you’ messages from the Young Carers. The letters are very touching and think you Quilters are ‘FAB’ and ‘COOL. I agree! They obviously appreciated them.

Please let me know if you have a group or individual you would like to nominate to receive a Linus quilt.

Buscot Ward at the RBH would still like more breastfeeding kit bags if anyone would like to make some, they are thrilled with the ones that we have given so far but more are always needed.

The tote bags need to be approx 13x9 inches, finished size, open top, with long handles and lined. Can be any style, patched or plain.

If you were able to help with this I would be most grateful. They would appreciate a regular supply.

Lillian King
Project Linus Co-ordinator - Berkshire lilliangking@gmail.com

April 2017 


Don't forget to look at the gallery pages for new galleries of quilts donated by groups and individuals to Project Linus throughout Region 6