Saturday, 17 March 2012


The response to this project continues to be amazing.  You are all so very kind and generous.
I keep the facebook page updated as blocks come in but wanted to pop over here to thank you all again for your support and love.  Check out the Quilts of Hope facebook page and Flickr page to see the wonderful and creative pieces that have been sent in.
Love Deb

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Catch up - woolly knits

 Today I received two packages with many lovely woolly items.

Thank you to so much to Miss Bebby from Bebby Jumpers for the lovely crochet throw and these adorable blue and red stripey squares, and Babs in the USA (babywear by babs) for this huge box of many yummy woolly squares.  Also for the large hank of yarn to do the putting together.  It will be great fun!

You guys are great x

Photos on flickr

Catch up - fabric blocks from Ireland and England

Many thanks to the following people for sending these lovely blocks since I last updated here.

Geraldine at Sophie Belle Designs sent these gorgeous blocks.  You can also visit her facebook page

Rosie from Rosie's recycled crafts sent this lovely floral block.  I love the roses.

Anne from Annies Patch sent in these super cute, bright little house blocks

And Wendy at Alice and Florence made this beautiful Liberty and heart block.

Thank you ladies, they are all wonderful

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

More blocks

Today more beautiful blocks arrived in the mail.  Thank you Barbora (skalabara) in Spain, Robin (thequiltingbabe) in the USA and to Iris (sweetncozy) in Israel who sent one last week.  Another lovely quilter in the US is busy making a baby quilt too.

On the home front my new machine arrived yesterday. I hope to make up some little crib sized 'I Spy' quilts with the left over stash from the one I made junior last year.

Thanks so much again to all who have embraced this project, you guys are great!


Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Week 1 - Update

It has been an amazing week filled with many messages of kindness and displays of generosity from fellow crafters around the world.  So far, we have almost 40 volunteers in the USA, Spain, Ireland, UK, France, Italy, Turkey and Australia all planning to take part in this project.  I also received an email from a lovely lady in Singapore who is hoping to make a quilt with her students and send it straight to the Deborah House.  Three others are busy making baby quilts for orphanages which is wonderful, and closer to home the ladies from our Knit1Treble2 team on Etsy are planning to knit and crochet squares.

Today the first blocks arrived, one all the way from Australia from Sandra at Auntie Sams, and three from textile artist Karen at stitchinglife.  Bebby at bebbyjumpers (the brains behind the woolly quilt) has also bought a knitted afghan to send across which is brilliant. I will update the set on flickr as they come in.

Thank you all once again for your love and willingness to help


Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Quilts for Romania

A couple of years ago I was introduced to the Deborah House and the work of Missio Link International in Romania.

'Deborah House provides a unique and critically needed sanctuary for severly abused girls, providing a healing sanctuary where hurt fades and is turned into hope'.

I am in contact with Lorena, Mum to all the girls and I urge you to read her story and details of her amazing work here. She explains, ' if you wonder why SPER.MLI? SPER, in Romanian means HOPE and is the acronym of Services for People at Risk. '

And this brings me to a brainstorm which involves reaching out to my quilting sisters around the globe!

This, dear friends is the plan ...

Send an 8x8 inch block to the address at the bottom of this post.  The block can be anything at all.  Perhaps you would like to sign it or write a message, or maybe use your country's colours or emblems.

The first blocks received (unless you specify that you want them to be made into quilts for the girls) will be made into a quilt which will be a prize for an online competition with 100% of proceeds going to MIL for the Deborah House.  Subsequent blocks will be made into quilts for the Deborah House and delivered by our family in October.

Should anyone wish to make something larger than a block, we hope to visit orphanages (details to follow) during our trip and could drop off baby quilts or children's knitted items.

The address 

D McClenahan
40 Fernagreevagh Road
County Armagh
BT61 8PN
N Ireland 

On behalf of Lorena and her girls, a huge thank you!  I will be posting photographs of the blocks as they come in.  If you send one, please leave your details in the comments section.

Deborah x