Quilt SOS – The Journey to Hestia

Quilt SOS – The Journey to Hestia.  Last week, we finally managed to personally deliver the Quilt SOS quilts to Hestia in Croydon.  The wonderful Alice Caroline customers and staff have been making beautiful quilts for us to donate to the charity Hestia.  Hestia are based in and around London and run refuges to help women and children.  These women and children have been affected by domestic violence and are now re-building their lives with the support of the charity.  We wanted to be able to give them a special gift this Christmas. We made the journey to Croydon last …

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Beautiful Quilts

Last week, one of our amazing customers, Bridget Thorn brought in these beautiful quilts for our Quilt SOS project.  Bridget has been a wonderful supporter of our Quilt SOS project so I thought it would be great to find out about her quilting and sewing history.     How did you start out sewing and how long have you been a quilter for?   “My mother always made our clothes and as I was the youngest of three girls, she usually ran out of time to finish mine.  So, if I wanted something new, it was better that I learnt …

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Quilt SOS Visit to The SOS Children’s Village of Islice

We’ve recently arrived back from Latvia to deliver the Quilt SOS quilts to the children of the SOS Children’s Village in Islice.  Below is our story of the trip.   We took 65 beautiful quilts, made by our lovely customers, and personally delivered them to the children. Each year we choose a village run by the international charity SOS Children’s Villages.  We then coordinate the making of enough quilts so that every child in the village receives a beautiful hand-made gift of a quilt. We are always overwhelmed by the loving generosity of our customers,  a few made multiple quilts …

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Quilt SOS 2019 is Here

It’s finally here – Quilt SOS 2019.  For those of you who don’t know anything about the project, each year we team up with the wonderful charity SOS Children’s Villages to take beautiful hand made quilts to the children of a whole village.  2019 will be our fourth year of supporting SOS Children’s Villages.  We have previously taken quilts to the children in Hemeius (Romania), Vilnius (Lithuania), and Krasnik (Poland) – sending a total of 197 handcrafted, unique and cosy quilts that the children treasure for years to come.  This year, we will be taking quilts for all 60 children …

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SOS Quilts Arrive in Poland

SOS Quilts Arrive in Poland

Anna and I have just returned from Poland and are delighted to be able to share our story with you.  All 66 wonderful quilts have now been delivered to a child in the Children’s SOS Village of Krasnik, south of Warsaw in Poland.   Tuesday 20th November 2018 We started out from the Alice Caroline studio with 5 huge (and really heavy) bags of quilts which had been vacuum packed in order to fit them into the bag sizes we had.  Getting the bags to the check in desk was quite a task.  Bristol airport now charges for trolleys and …

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A Beautiful Quilt – using Alice Caroline Exclusives

One of my customers Tracy Aplin has made this Beautiful Quilt for the Quilt SOS project.  She wanted to make a quilt using my exclusives.  Yes I thought! Here it is.  Gosh I really love the use of plain colours alongside the delicate tones of the exclusives. Tracy hand pieced the quilt top using a pattern by Judy Newman called Emma Mary. It comes in templates making it easy to cut with a rotary cuter and hand sew.  Here’s Tracy’s work in progress. She really enjoyed making it but also says that she wants to make it again in a …

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Beautiful Quilt Display

It was a great moment to see the Beautiful Quilt Display at the Festival of Quilts recently.  The Festival of Quilts kindly agreed to hang the SOS Quilts to showcase the charity project to their visitors.  Several of the ‘makers of the quilts’ came to visit their quilts as well as our stand.  I managed to take 2 minutes out from the hectic stand to have a quick photo with some of the quilts. Each quilt was really nicely labelled with the designers statement and inspiration for the quilt.  The Festival of Quilts attracts thousands of visitors to the show …

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Liberty Quilts Are Arriving!

Liberty Quilts are arriving!  Everyone in the studio gets really excited when a quilt sized parcel arrives.  We eagerly sign for the precious cargo and then carefully (trying really hard not to tear anything on the way in) unwrap the quilt. For those of you who don’t know, the lovely Alice Caroline customers have been busily making quilts for our Quilt SOS project.     This beautiful light and dark blue squares quilt was made by Kay Edwards using the Pennsylvanian (or Irish chain) block.  It’s beautifully crafted and so accurately sewn.  The dark blue gives a strong frame to …

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Liberty Quilt SOS Progress

I thought that you might like some Liberty Quilt SOS Progress news for 2018.  I launched our 2018 project back in January and, so far its going really well.  Our lovely Alice Caroline customers have already pledged over 40 quilts.  We need 66 quilts in total so are getting close!  Some of the quilters have sent pictures of their quilt progress and I would like to share these with you.  These are not finished quilts but you can see how fabulous they are going to be. I’ve been sent some rather lovely pictures from the ‘Lewes Sewing Bees’.  They have …

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Quilt SOS 2018 – it’s here!

I’m really excited to announce that Quilt SOS 2018 is here!  We are now in the third year of the project and it’s going from strength to strength.  Our new village is Kraśnik in Poland where 66 children currently live.  This means we need to make 66 quilts!  I am super excited to also let you know that some of the beautiful work from this years’ project will be on display at ‘The Festival of Quilts’ in August 2018. For those of you who don’t know, I started the Quilt SOS project in 2016 to give quilts to children in …

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