Thursday, May 22, 2008

Project Linus Quilt Block Orphanage

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Joy Edgington, Project Linus co-ordinator for the West Midlands, has a great idea for any blocks that you may have made but haven't completed or what appeared to be a unique and daring bit of creativity has gone a little awry. Well, as Project Linus co-ordinator Joy is happy to assure you that no block is too 'bad' to be turned into a Linus quilt. She often gets orphan blocks sheepishly handed over under cover of darkness!

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.
http://www.quiltingonline.co.uk/2008/05/project-linus-quilt-block-orphanage.html


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.

5 comments:

Sonnja said...

Lovely blocks and its is a beautiful project!
Kind regards,

Sonnja & Beertje Zonn
from the Netherlands

BizzieLizzie said...

Thank you Sonnja - we're going to act as a collection point for donated blocks so hopefully we will get a few block orphans that will be adopted and made into full quilts!

Liz

BizzieLizzie said...

Thank you Sonnja - we're going to act as a collection point for donated blocks so hopefully we will get a few block orphans that will be adopted and made into full quilts!

Liz

JuicyFig said...

what a fantastic idea! I feel a really good clear out coming on. I did a city and guilds in patchwork a few years ago, and have a pile of samples I have been hanging onto ever since.

It might be a good idea to do one of those picture links for people to advertise this on there blog!

Kath
x

BizzieLizzie said...

Dear Kath - it is a brilliant idea and will try and get a picture link as you suggest so people can do a copy of the picture with the web address as an alt tag - I think that is what you mean.
Love your blog by the way!
Liz

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