From Nicole in Turkey
and from Pippa
"Hi Clare, I think this is fantastic, a great blog site, and very good of you to think of something to help. Also seems like a whole load of others need thanking too, indeed a multi-national massive quilt build!! It must take a fair amount of time to make, and hopefully all this effort can be best used for some great causes. I'll bet some kiddies would be delighted with bright colourful quilts from afar!"
"Also -- when I was buying my red and white fabric for the leukaemia blocks, the lady cutting the pieces asked me what sort of quilt I was making (she guessed quilt by the fabrics and the small yardage) -- when I told her it was for a charity quilt, she asked if she could please make a couple of blocks, and would I send them with mine? She was really intrigued when I told her it was for an English friend of mine, living in France, making blocks for the English leukaemia society on behalf of a Scottish friend who is battling the disease. She said she would like to at least make it signify that the quilt is wrapped around the world. (Nice!)"Onto the the carrier bags. I had a mail from Anne over at Quilting Bebbs asking if I could send her a carrier bag. I am going to make a deal here. If anyone wants a Super U carrier bag they have to promise me one red and white block. So Anne - you will get your carrier bag if you will make me one red and white 8 inch block in return! It is tipping it down here and I have a gite to clean, a house quilt to finish which is going horribly wrong and Alex has got the sewing bug. Sophie - if you are reading I would love Mum to see some of this please if George will let you borrow the PC. A plus!
On a serious note, Floyd and I are now ambassadors for Leukaemia Research and have spent time this year speaking at their annual conference and also helping fellow leukies through their illness and treatments. Leukaemia will always be very close to us and we are passionate about helping fund research. More teenagers and young people die of blood cancer than any other type of cancer. Floyd is coming up to his 2 year remission landmark (and 40th birthday!!). We still have 3 years to go to the 'safety line' and are determined to help fight the battle by fundraising and helping research as much as we can.Soph - this is for you. I don't think auctioning is the way forward. The quilt(s) should be donated to various hospitals, especially if a few small ones are made for children to cuddle. This can be done either by you and Floyd donating them to Floyd's MacMillan unit, or through LRUK. They are not for decoration - they are made with love for people to love! And on that note - we are off to Perigueux again (fabric shop is out of bounds!), but I am taking Os and Xs with me just in case I get bored and have to retire to the car to do some quilting (VBG).