Monday, August 10, 2009

Project Linus August Update

For those of you coming to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC (19th to 23rd August) don't forget to say hi to Joy and friends at the Project Linus stand.

Joy has been collecting blocks and the latest update at the Quilt Block Orphanage is as follows:

Blocks received as at 31.7.09 is 3,672.

The number of quilts completed is 162 (a lovely example is shown right).

There are then another 37 quilt tops made ready for the next stage.

She has also now set up a photo site so that people can see the quilts that have been made from the orphan blocks. If they look closely they may even recognise some of the blocks that they sent in!! Joy would love to hear from you - you can post a comment there or contact her at the email address on the newsletter which you can view using the link below.

The address for the photo gallery is

To view the latest Project Linus newsletter please click the link below.
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More information on the Project Linus Festival Challenge can be found at this link - Festival Challenge

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Project Linus Update

Joy from the local Project Linus has a new newsletter which you can link to by clicking on the link below.

Newsletter Autumn 2008

Joy featured recently on the BBC website about Project Linus. There is a great deal of information about Project Linus, pictures and some of the stories about those have received the quilts. Click here to visit the story.

Reading some of the stories makes you realise how appreciated these quilts are so...if you are thinking that every relative has a quilt already, all your walls are full and Auntie Dorris's Lap Quilt doesn't need a makeover just yet, why not get in touch with Joy and make a quilt that will be much loved and appreciated by its recipient?

How about forming a group to sew your orphan blocks together (these can be the samples that you made in classes and never finished despite best intentions!) - just contact Joy for more information - see her Newsletter for details.

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Project Linus Quilts Newsletter Summer 2008

In the latest Project Linus Newsletter from the Midlands region, Joy has an update on the Quilt Block Orphanage.

To see the latest Newsletter click here.

Joy will be at the Festival of Quilts so why not stop by and say hello while you're there.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

The First Orphan Block!

Joy from Project Linus popped into the shop this afternoon with the Orphan Block Box. Following on from our previous post you can now bring any orphan blocks - poor, destitute, unwanted (but still loved of course) blocks into the shop that you know will find a better home with Project Linus. The Ophan Block Box is on the counter and accepting deliveries (we're wondering based on our own experience if it will be big enough!).

I scouted round the building and in one of Margaret's drawers we found a test block (testing out the YLI silk thread from ages ago) - a prime candidate and first entry into the Ophan Block Box. May there be many more!

Project Linus Orphan Box

So, next time you're planning a visit to The Cotton Patch - why not have a sort out of your drawers and see if you have any blocks that could be donated and given a new lease of life in a Linus quilt!

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Project Linus Quilt Block Orphanage

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.

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 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 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

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.

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