I’m sharing something a little bit different today from the horde of handmade holiday clothes which are waiting patiently in the wings. It’s been on my mind for a while that I want to put my sewing skills to less a selfish use. I’m all for sewing myself a completely handmade wardrobe but a part of me wants to do something more. I looked into a few different charities who deal with crafts and fibre arts, but when I found Project Linus, my mind was set.
So what is Project Linus? This paragraph from their website explains it better than I can:
Project Linus UK is a volunteer organisation. We aim to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home made patchwork quilts and knitted/crocheted blankets, and give volunteers across the UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community.
Now I don’t know about you, but I think a bright and colourful blanket could be a real comfort to a little one who is going through a terrible time. A little reminder of security against all the stark white that dominates hospital wards.
I was actually made aware of this charity by one of the blogs I follow – Little Squish – who decided to gather together a group of sewists who would donate a 6×6 quilt square. Toria will sew all the different squares together, and then quilt and bind the whole thing ready to be sent to the charity. It’s such a lovely thought on her part so I signed up faster than you can say half-square-triangle.
Because of who I am as a person, there is no way I could simply leave it at 1 quilt square so I decided to make a selection for both boys and girls. Thankfully when Toria a added up and emailed all the participants there there around 80 people involved and a lot of them wanted to donate more than one square too so I’m not alone. I hope she know’s what she’s let herself in for and that she has a long arm machine!
So here’s some of the squares I’ve made so far – all from my stash of fabric and scraps. The ones below could technically for a boy’s quilt but I’m all about that gender neutrality so anything goes really.
I have to say my favourite square is probably the one above. Ages ago I decided it would be a fantastic idea so make a quilt completely out of little EPP hexis… Yeah that never happened but I do have around 250 of these little pieces made. I just couldn’t bring myself to sew them all together in one big quilt so I’ve been using them on other projects, like my hexi pin cushion and now this! For this square I hand-stitched them all together and then trimmed it to the 6×6 size as requested. Love how it turned out!
I have a few other squares at the half finished point but the deadline for submissions isn’t until the end of July so I have plenty of time to make even more! Quilting with a conscience – I like it.