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Posted on 30 Dec 2023

News 30th December 2023

This year we delivered our 100th quilt. We’ve come a long way since we first started in 2014. Every quilt has been a joy to stitch, and construct. We’ve all had hours of fun selecting patterns, sorting through our cottons, scouring for material. And then off we go, fingers flying, needles going in and out of fabric. But, the best part comes when the quilt is finished, and off to a special child. Then we wait anxiously for it to be delivered, and finally, a photo of the child with their new quilt. Ahh, nothing is more worthwhile or rewarding than seeing a child momentarily forget their problems, and just enjoy the moment of distraction that a special new quilt brings.

So, thank you, thank you, thank you, to our wonderful family of stitchers who dedicate hours and hours to this project. We certainly couldn’t do it without each and every one of you.

Thank you also to those who have contributed financially to the quilting supplies. This year has seen the price of everything go up and each contribution, small and large, has helped us keep going.

This year we have had a number of Stitch-a-longs going. The deadline for a Stitch-a-long square is more flexible than for a Child signup, so this appeals to stitchers who have hearts of gold, and great ambitions, but who in experiencing the ups and downs of life, sometimes can’t manage to get their square in by the due date. The Stitch-a-long squares go into our Any Child stock and are used to top up quilts when a square goes missing or is delayed in the mail (yes, it happens from time to time unfortunately). Any Child squares are also drawn on to make quilts at short notice, and to squeeze another quilt into our schedule when we might have some free time. “What is that” I hear you ask? Yes, very rare, but we sometimes have that luxury and what better way to “use” it than sew another quilt ?

So, to everyone who has helped this year in one way or another, I hope 2023 has been a good year for you, and that 2024 will bring you joy and peace as you share, encourage, and brighten the lives of others.

Posted on 06 May 2023


Posted on 20 Dec 2019

News 20th December 2019

Well, another year has come and gone here at Love Quilts Australia. This has been our busiest year to date with 18 quilts safely completed and delivered. A special thank you to everyone who has contributed the 216 squares required to complete these quilts. It was a big ask from our hard working stitchers this year, but you have all done a magnificent job. Our total delivery of quilts since we started in 2014 is now at 53.

A special thank you to those of you who have contributed to our Any Child stocks, either by sending your squares in randomly though the year, or by joining one of our Stitch-A-Long, or SOS theme requests. These contributions have been used to fill vacancies created when stitchers have had to pull out of their commitment, or where squares have failed to arrived in time. They have also been used to complete Backfill quilts. Of the 18 completed quilts this year, five were Backfill quilts – a total of 60 squares. This has meant that the quilter (Diana) has been able to make good use of spare moments in between regular sign-up quilts to work on Backfill quilts and thereby add to our yearly quilt total. If you are wondering how to make a contribution to our stitching program, please consider Any Child squares. Or, if a square is easy to stitch, why not make two at once? One for the sign-up, and a spare for Any Child. A quick visit to our Any Child square page will let you know which categories need topping up.

The total number of squares received this year is 229. This includes a number that have come in for quilts to be completed in 2020. Again – thank you hard working stitchers.

The children who have received quilts this year are:
Faith E (sadly Faith passed away not long after receiving her quilt)
Charlie N
Tyrion M
Kaitlan C
Slater C
Maddison B
Sarah W
Samra L
Isla J
Heath S
Jasmin P
Jaxon S
Isabella T
Lily D
Rachel G

We had a lot of children registered for quilts at the end of 2018 and earlier this year, and have made good progress through the list. Now we are in need of more children to stitch for, so if you know of any child who would qualify for one of our special quilts, please let their parent or guardian know about us.

Some of you have very kindly remembered us with financial donations. These have been appreciated very much. It can cost up to $100 to construct and post a quilt to a child in Australia; a little more expensive when we post to New Zealand. Diana has been trying to keep the costs down as much as possible and has been able to make some purchases from wholesalers. We also have the LQ Fundraising Facebook page; if you haven’t already visited please do so. Some lovely things are available on this site, and the proceeds help us. AIDA squares, with overlocked edges, and a range of DMC cottons are also available on this site. The link is:

So, as another year is about to be ushered in, again, thank you to everyone who has been involved this year. May our special children have sweet sleep under their Love Quilts; may our stitchers dream of new squares to stitch for us; may we all enjoy a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Posted on 31 Jul 2019

News 31st July 2019

After a busy 2017, 2018 was a quiet year. Seven quilts delivered in 2018 compared with 13 for 2017.

At the end of 2018, enquiries for quilts started coming in faster than the application system would allow. So a decision was made to put LQAU on a lottery system, in line with LQUK. Now children can apply for quilts any time and they all have equal chance of being selected. This has been very successful and we have had a steady stream of applications.

Seven quilts have been delivered so far in 2019 with another 9 quilts being stitched for and under construction. Nine more children are patiently waiting in the lottery for their name to be drawn.

Our valiant stitchers have been struggling to keep up with this increased demand for quilts so if any would-be stitchers are reading this news post, we can sure use your skills. If you have trouble stitching to a deadline, then one of the Stitch-A-Long, or SOS themes might be more appealing. If you miss these deadlines it doesn’t cause the same problems that missing a signup deadline does. You could also just look through our Any Child sections and stitch something for those categories that we don’t have any squares left in. These can be sent in any time.

Our Any Child squares have been heavily raided this year. Some have been used so complete a quilt where a stitcher has had to pull out, or their square has not reached us in time. Other Any Child squares have been used for backfill quilts. These are quilts that are worked on in-between the signup quilts, enabling us to cater for more children than would normally be possible. Only 1 – 2 signup quilts are scheduled each month, but if there is spare time, backfill quilts can be worked on. A backfill quilt can be started if we have enough Any Child squares immediately available. This year 6 backfill quilts have been/are being worked on.

Quilts delivered so far in 2019:
Faith E
Charlie N
Tyrion M
Slater C
Sarah W
Kaitlan C
Maddison B

On a sadder note, one of our precious LQ children passed away shortly after receiving her quilt. Faith E lost her battle and is now at rest. Our thoughts go out to her parents and family.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the Love Quilts Australia journey so far. Your hard work has meant that 42 quilts have been delivered to special children since our inception.


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