Linus Project

Lesley, from the Linus project, visited us at Always Knitting and Sewing yesterday to promote the Linus Charity.

I am a former children’s nurse & midwife and have first hand experience of caring for sick children & babies.   I am therefore really keen to promote this wonderful charity which makes hand made quilts and knitted/ crocheted blankets for sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers.

Karen Loucks started project linus  in the USA in 1995 after seeing how much a comfort blanket had helped a sick child, she then started to organise blankets for her local children’s cancer unit. Project Linus aims to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home made patchwork quilts and knitted/crocheted blankets.

There has been a UK branch of project Linus since 2000 which gives volunteers across the UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community,  since then there have been 217,478 quilts donated to children and teenagers.

We had the opportunity to be involved when a local Linus volunteer held a quilt making day at our shop recently and several quilts were made and donated to the Linus project.

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What are fat quarters?

We often get asked about fat quarters –  what exactly are they and what can you use them for ?

A fat quarter is a piece of fabric which is basically a metre ( or a yard in some cases )  which has been cut into 4 pieces ( quarters)


If a fat quarter is cut from a yard of fabric is should measure approximately 18 x 22 inches and if it has been cut from a metre it will measure approximately 20 x 22 inches.

Fat quarters are great for lots of projects –  they are just big enough for a cushion for instance but they are often used for things like patchwork and smaller project work – dolls house furnishing/clothing  and loads of other things

We put several fat quarters together into  matching colours which compliment each other –  these are known as fat quarter bundles and are great because you get a good variety of patterns which look good together.

Here is one of  our recent bundles in which you have 7 fat quarters in matching colours etc.



Bundle 7 polycotton fat quarters summer stripe