Saturday, 30 June 2018

My Quilt4Kindness Journey for Project Linus {Part One & Giveaway}

As you might have guessed by the title of this post I am joining in with my very first quilt along. If you have followed Us Two Plus You for a while you will know that I enjoy getting the time to sew. I've made all manor of items but I have never attempted to quilt. It's a craft I have looked at from afar but one I am very interested in. When I was contacted by Crafter's Companion and asked to join in their new campaign in Sew Inspired Magazine I was intrigued. Once I found out that the whole project was for Project Linus UK I knew it was something that I had to do! 


Crafter's Companion provide a huge selection of craft supplies in over 30 countries worldwide. It's founder Sara Davies MBE started the company over a decade ago with her idea of a tool which allows your to personalise envelopes. They have launched the Quilt4Kindness campaign in Sew Inspired Magazine for the whole year to bring out four special issues which include all the instructions you need to join in with this Quilt4Kindness campaign with the hope that the quilts made with the project could be donated to Project Linus UK. You can see Issue one above.


If you've never heard of Project Linus UK before they are a volunteer organisation here in the UK who provide handmade blankets and quilts to babies, children and teenagers who that have been traumatised or sick. It all started in the US in 1995 when Karen Loucks saw an article in her local newspaper about how a blanket helped a child with cancer. After reading the article she took it upon herself to organise some blankets for her local children's cancer ward. Since then it has grown immensely and across the UK the Project Linus UK team deliver around 3,500 blankets and quilts each month! It's incredible! 

The aim of Project Linus UK is to help as many babies, children and teenagers as they can. These blankets and quilts help them to show children and teenagers that someone is really there, someone cares and the simple comfort of a beautiful quilt to envelop them. The reality is that there are many babies, children and teenagers who don't have that, who feel alone and unloved in the UK. This project is one which touches our lives. Simon was one of these teenagers. For a lot of his teenage years he lived in a care home. We all have our own idea of what a care home can be but have many of us really experienced what it is like to truly be in one? I for one cannot say I have. I have seen it, watched as so many children lived together with a never ending rotation of staff who are literally paid to look after them. Yes they have some great relationships but they do have some moments of complete hopelessness. It's in these moments that I know Project Linus UK are making the difference. It's not just those in care which are touched by Project Linus UK but babies in the ICU at hospitals across the UK, families who are homeless, those in women's refugee, hospice, foster homes and more. 


The first issue of Sew Inspired Magazine was brought out in the spring of this year with the first part of Quilt4Kindness inside. I had my first Sew Inspired Magazine arrive earlier this month along with the Quilting Starter Kit that has been created to help any readers who want to take part in the Quilt4Kindness campaign Inside each kit is a 45mm universal rotary cutter, A3 cutting mat and a 6x12 inch acrylic ruler. Each is an essential when it comes to quilting so this kit is perfect for beginners like me.


I did also receive a bundle of fat quarters from Crafter's Companion, I decided to choose the Threaders Fat Quarters Bundle in cottontail. I really like the pastel colours and patterns included in the set. I think they will work very well in a quilt and a Fat Quarter is just about the size needed for each colour in the quilt I am following in the Quilt4kindness campaign. 


The first step I needed to take in creating my quilt is to read through the instructions in issue one of Sew Inspired Magazine. Once I had an idea of what it is the finished quilt will look like and which designs will be used to create each section I could make a plan. Armed with a note book and a pen I set out to create a basic idea of what fabrics I will use and where I will need each to be. As you can see above, the plan was basic and easy to follow at a quick glance. Just what I need if I get confused or need to double check a detail at a moments notice.

 With my plan and all my tools I was ready to get hands on! The first step I wanted to take was to iron all of my fabric. It's not mentioned in the Sew Inspired Magazine but I do iron all my fabric before sewing with it. Once I had my fabric ready I started to draw out all the shapes I would need from the fabric for the hourglass and churn dash blocks. I had decided that the hourglass block would be the first I would make. I did choose this as it looked slightly easier!


Now that I had all my pieces ironed and cut it was time for the actual sewing. I am using my trusty brother sewing machine which actually belonged to my mum before me! It's not a quilting machine but I think we should be okay. I always find that different fabrics will need some tension  adjusting so I usually take a minute and a little piece of each fabric that isnq't being used. (An inch or two is more than enough.) I would  run two layers through the machine, this let's me adjust the tension as I need it. I found this first block pretty easy to follow. I liked that the instructions have been well thought out to help give you as little sewing and cutting as possible. It's easy to follow and in places can half the amount of work you'd need to do.


Around an hour after I started to sew the hourglass block I had my first complete block! For this block I chose to use the grey and pink fabrics from the Threaders Fat Quarter Bundle along with a plain white and plain dark pink fabric which I already had. 


Since I am doing most of my sewing at night once the children are in bed I did stop and move onto block number two a few days later. The Churn Dash Block had me feeling a little nervous at first,it looks much more complicated in the photos. I decided to take each step slowly and to take a bit of time to completely organise everything I would need. I got all eight pieces of fabric and laid them out ready to start.


Once I got going and really read through the instructions a few times I found my groove. Before long I had reached the finial stages of the Churn Dash Block and I was pretty impressed with myself. I had worried so much over nothing.


 It wasn't nearly as hard as it looked and with an easy to follow diagram for assembly of the full block I was ready to give it a go too. I followed the diagram and watched as each piece added to the overall effect. I loved that the patterns in the fabric really pop out compared to the plain colours. It's a little extra that I like. I would say that when your making this piece you pay attention to any grain in the fabric with pattern while cutting the shapes. I did manage to cut a few in the wrong places. It doesn't seem too noticeable and it does make it much more handmade! 


There we have it! My first two blocks for my quilt. It's so exciting to see these come together.You can really see just how these fabrics are all going to work together in the quilt as a whole. 

You can join in with the Quilt4Kindness campaign too. It is a lovely way to follow along and learn a new skill. At the end of the year there will be a full and completed quilt which you can either keep or if you'd like to you can consider donating your finished quilt to Project Linus UK to help someone who really does need a little reminding that someone is there from time to time. 

You can get your own Issue 11 of  Sew Inspired Magazine for £9.99, the Cottontail Fat Quarter bundle from Threaders for £15.99 and a Quilting Starter Kit for £34.99

Crafter's Companion have very kindly given us another Quilting Starter Kit to giveaway to one of our lucky readers! To enter just follow the steps in the Gleam entry form below. Please take a minute to read through our terms and conditions before entering.

Terms and Conditions
  • Entrants must be aged 18 years or over.
  • Competition is open to UK residents only.
  • Entry into this competition confirms your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions
  • The winners will be selected at random from all the correct entries received before the closing date and time.
  • All prizes must be accepted as offered. There can be no alternative awards, cash or otherwise.  
  • There will be one winner who will receive the product(s) featured in the above post
  • The PR is responsible for prize fulfillment.

Good Luck!

Threaders Quilting Starter Kit





Disclaimer: Some of the products featured above have been sent to us for this post and to create the quilt in this campaign. The finished quilt will be donated to Project Linus UK.

42 comments:

  1. Yes, I have tried Quilting before and I would consider joining the Quilt4Kindness campaign to donate a Quilt to Project Linus UK.

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  2. I have tried quilt making lots of times - find it so relaxing and the end results unique
    I would consider joining the crafters companion

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  3. CHERYL HADFIELD I have never tried quilting, but would love to

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  4. Charlene Merrall14 July 2018 at 23:22

    I havent tried quilting like this before, only 'fake' quilting lines across a peice of fabric when making a sewing machine mat! Would love to learn properly

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  5. I recently got a sewing machine for my birthday, to start Quilt making, i have toured the utube and books, so once i get all i need, i will be having a go

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  6. I haven't tried quilting before but would love to and would be happy to join a campaign that helped.

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  7. Yes, I have tried quilting before - cushions, tea cosies and pin cushions to give as gifts!

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  8. I haven't tried before but would love to join in if I could learn how to do it.

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    1. It's surprisingly easy when you have a guide to follow. I had never tried before but I have found it great. I have been following along to the #Quilt4Kindness inside Sew Inspired Magazine. The first issue is still available now too.

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  9. I have personally not done quilting before but i'd like to try it and this looks like a great campaign that i'd be pleased to donate too

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  10. I care for a lady who has the most beautiful handmade quilt on her bed (handmade by herself) and it always inspires me to get into quilting!

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  11. I have tried quilting but only quilting squares not the real deal. If I ever get good enough, I would be delighted to donate a quilt.

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  12. NEVER TRIED BUT I AM IN THE NEAR FUTRE

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  13. Of course, sounds like a worthy cause

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  14. I have tried quilting before and have an ongoing project

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  15. Thank you, I really enjoyed reading it. I am just a beginner, but have been thrilled to get my first 'proper' sewing machine last week. I am starting off with simple placemats in a yummy bee fabric. As I get used to the machine I am planning to start quilting. I have been reading and watching lots of tutorials and am excited to get started.

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  16. Am a beginner at quilting but love it - would be happy to join in if I can help om at way

    KATHY D

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  17. I have not tried it but would love to give it a go

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  18. I've only made simple patchwork covers using leftover fabric scraps. All of my sewing and knitted items I donate to charity anyway.

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  19. I fear that I am not good enough to make anything worthwhile yet but would be happy to try to improve and help the campaign.

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    1. Following along to the guide in Sew Inspired Magazine has made it so much easier for me than Ithought it would be! I'm only trying it for the first time but I know my little quilt will be very well loved even if it turns out to have odd bits that look a bit funny. It's all part of the love that goes in to making each quilt. If you find the time to join in with the campaign and donate to Project Linus there will be one very lucky boy or girl at the end holding your quilt.

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  20. I am very much a beginner but yes would be happy to help

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  21. I once made a patchwork bag, not quite quilting but would love to try

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  22. I've tried quilting in the past but other crafts got in the way but would love to take it up again. I'm quite a slow crafter so would be willing to help in the campaign but you might be waiting a while for a quilt unless it was a sort of round robin thing

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    1. I know the feeling. I still have some projects on the go that I started a year ago! There is no rush at all. The project is running for the four issues of Sew Inspired that will be released this year but it by no means asks you to finish the project in that time. Project Linus will always accept your donation at any time. Thank you for coming by.

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  23. I haven't tried yet, but would very much like to

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  24. I have tried many years ago - but I would love to give it a go as an adult!

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  25. I've never done quilting before, but have been wanting to have a go.

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  26. Jacquelyn Burton5 August 2018 at 13:09

    I have never tried Quilting, but have just bought some fat quarters to have a go at a quilt for my new Grandson, here's hoping it turns out ok !!!

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  27. I have never tried quilting myself but I am after a new hobby and this could be for me. I need to dig out the sewing machine and give it a go! I love the effect of quilting. @0zzyhog

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  28. I have always wanted to try this. Oh hope i win. X

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  29. i used to do a lot of quilting but not done any for a while now i think its about time i started again

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  30. I have not done quilting before but I used to love knitting and sewing and I've always wanted to try..I would love to give it a go and also do this project

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  31. I tried it many years ago at school I made a cushion cover for my gcse exam I haven’t done any since I would love to take it up again

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  32. No l have never done it up till now, l would love to start make some for my grand daughters.

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  33. Never tried quilting, but always wanted to give it a go. I would consider donating a quilt, it would just depend on how my attempt turned out!

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  34. I haven't tried this before but would love to give it a go :)

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  35. Im not very good at sewing creativity but I keep trying, quilting is something I am interested in trying.

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  36. I made a baby quilt in secondary school but it was so long ago I have forgotten how x

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  37. tried quilting before but would love to give it another go

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  38. So far I have made one small quilt for my granddaughter. I was quite pleased with it even though some of the blocks came out a bit wonky. I'd be happy to make another quilt for Project Linus, which I did not know about till reading your blog post.

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