Hello and thanks for stopping by again to read the news and views from my quilting world.

This fabulous “Linus” cake was made for me for my birthday and it was shown to everyone at the last Sew4Linus workshop – we have such talented members!

I am writing this just before Easter and today it’s been hailstones and rain outside, yet despite the snow and bitterly cold weather, the Snowdrops and Daffodils are determined to prove that Spring is here! This year, once again seems to be determined to speed along and our garden will soon be back in full bloom and I am reminded that I am behind in my #personalprojectchallenges2018 – my one full day a week remains a good intention. I really do have to find time to finish “Molly’s Garden” – I have bought the buttons though, so some progress and I have finally caught up with my block of the month “Geese in the Garden”. I love the way the blocks come to life, when all the pieces are layered.

Applique always looks so complicated, but it’s really just like painting by numbers with fabric and it’s so easy to mix hand stitching with machine stitching. If the thought of a quilt seems daunting, start small and make a cushion. Buying a kit is a great way of making a start – all of the fabrics have been chosen and the results are guaranteed with a little care. You can follow the progress of some lovely quilters in May, as I take them through this process.

( Customer quilt backed with Cuddle fleece) 

Work seems to be busier than ever – the next wave of customer quilts have arrived, as well as orders for baby and birthday quilts and book cushions. With the display quilts for the Longarm Learning Curve challenge to design and make as well – my diary is full until the middle of June. Which is when I have to make a start on the Christmas makes. I am sure I had longer days when my children were small!!

                                                  “A QUILT IS A HUG YOU CAN KEEP”


Each month I would like to share a different viewpoint from various members of our community when asked what Project Linus means to them.

This month’s view is from Pauline Langley. Pauline joined our Sew4Linus group in January 2017 and is a lovely lady and such a prolific quilter, I’m sure she doesn’t sleep!

“I was made aware of Project Linus while attending a quilt show in 2015. Although I didn’t have the time to volunteer the thought of making quilts to give to children stayed with me. After I retired in late 2016 I started looking for a local Project Linus group to work with. The ladies at the Stockton-on-Tees group are a wonderful bunch, always willing to share ideas and expertise. We meet once a month to sew quilts and it’s like a family reunion with plenty to talk about over a cuppa and sometimes there is cake! I love sewing especially patchwork and quilting so producing Linus quilts fulfils a creative need for me. The feeling when you read a message from a parent thanking Project Linus for a child’s quilt which you made is heart warming, the “hug you can keep” goes both ways.”

Thanks again for reading and I hope you will join me next time for more News and Views from my Selvedge.

Best wishes