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She has always managed to find homes for these blocks in quilts. Sometimes other quilters are prepared to take them on and sew them into some quite wonderful creations.
Recognising that there are a lot of orphan blocks out there she has decided to create the UK's first Quilt Block Orphanage!!
So if any of you have orphan blocks that you would like to send to Joy she will undertake to find a new 'foster mom' for them and get them rehomed in a new quilt for Project Linus.
These are some blocks made from donated fabrics at a Project Linus workshop.
Joy had this set of antique Nine-Patch blocks donated to her that would form the basis of a very traditional looking quilt.
We reckon that just among the staff of The Cotton Patch we should be able to find a few blocks!
AND of course if anyone wants to be a foster mom then again they should contact her.
She can be contacted through the orphange e-mail address which is orphanblock at yahoo.co.uk or people can send blocks (anonymously if preferred) to her directly - please email her for her address.
If you would like to find out more about Project Linus the main site is at http://projectlinusuk.org.uk/ and people can access details of their local co-ordinator from the site.
Quiltmaker magazine also publish copyright free Project Linus patterns from time to time which can be copied for groups etc. These can be found at http://quiltmaker.com/projectlinus/
We hope you take up Joy on her orphan challenge - I've been sorting through a few pieces from workshops that I fully intended to make into quilts but have never quite found the time...
The latest Project Linus Newsletter from Joy can be found by clicking the link here.