Thursday, 24 January 2013

Fanfare for the First LillyBo Quilt!

Fanfare for Annette who is the first person to complete a LillyBo Quilt and it will be in the post to reach it's new owner very soon. 
Amazingly, Annette made her quilt whilst home in Scotland, after living in Canada, and is packing to move to Australia, yet she still found time to sew this fabulous quilt towards our new project.
Thanks so much to you Annette....
She's never made one before and never even made a bag before, yet now.. first we have not only a super bag....
 ideal to store and carry the quilt and turn it into a cushion....
but there is also a cute little extra from Annette... a dolly in the pocket!!
 Annette's quilt is really creative with soft cuddly fuzzy frayed edges...
 It will be really cuddly and cosy
What a treasure this will be for a little one!

 The only part that daunted her was the idea of making a label and a couple of other people have asked for info about this so here's my solution....
First I tried dimensional fabric paint (bottom of pic) which is successful and looks better than an ordinary permanent marker. Then I remembered that my large 2nd computerised sewing machine embroiders, so I did the other label (top of pic) on that. I haven't used the embroidery function on that machine for years so I will play around with the choice of lettering, size etc., and perfect it.
The main's the deal, anyone who is sending a quilt to me, just let me know when it's ready and I will embroider the label and attach it to the quilt for you when it arrives.
 Here's a sneak peek at my first quilt, which is almost finished... just have to stitch in the soft fleece backing and finish off a few loose ends.
Coming up soon....
I've been up to Alder Hey Hospital to meet with Eddie of CHICs and I'll post a message from him in my next post.

I've also had a message from the lady in Germany who made my grandee's quilt and inspired me to start LillyBo Quilts Project. My family has translated her lovely message for you to share. 

SueH doesn't sew but she is so thoughtful and has already created some special little handmade cards to give with the quilts. A real treat to see...soon!
Keep stitching everyone and if you've not joined in yet... why not give it a go?


  1. what a beautiful quilt, this is going to be such a comfort for a poorly child and will be loved

  2. Wow! What a gorgeous quilt! I am still working on ideas for mine - I am working on two big quilts at the moment, but I'll get it sorted!! Jill x

  3. Wow, that's beautiful. I love the colours and patterns. And the bag is fab: I was always amazed by how much stuff we had to cart around with us whilst in hospital, even if it was just for a couple of nights, so an extra bag to throw things into is great. I'd love to see the child's face who receives this quilt when they find that cute surprise doll in the pocket!!

  4. Well done Annette.....It's gorgeous. So much more then just a quilt too.
    A x

  5. Stunning - I saw the bag and quilt on Annette's WOYWW post but not in such detail. Well done Annette and to you, Jo for organising this!

  6. What a gorgeous quilt Annette has made. Love the little frilly edges and the fabulous little doll and wow to the bag!

  7. Aaaaw, thanks Jo, you make me look good! LOL I am really grateful for the labels, they look amazing and will make the quilt look all professional!! ;)

  8. I do so love Annette's quilt!!

    .. and "I dips me lid to her" as she is getting ready for the big move to Oz yet still found time for it!!

    Well done, Shaz in Oz.x

  9. I saw this on Annette blog, she is AMAZING!!!

    I have today bought some material to start mine and my fabuous husband has just ordered me a sewing machine...I only have a little tiny crafting one:)
    Iam getting excited about learning something new and making something that may bring some comfort.

    Sheilagh xxx

  10. Oh wow, that was quick Annette!
    As if the quilt wasn’t amazing enough, you’ve done a bag and little doll as well. Absolutely beautiful!
    Yours is looking lovely too Jo.
    There’s going to be some very happy little ones when they receive them.

    Happy Sewing!

  11. ah fabulous.... it's all really happening now isnt it.
    I have had a slow start with mine but hopefully tomorrow I will get it well underway and post an up date.
    well done annette, hope it all goes well in Oz

  12. Well done, Annette!! That's a great quilt, love the raggedy edges :)
    Thank you for doing the labels, Jo.... That's solved a problem for me!
    Hugs, LLJ xxxx

  13. Jo you are an inspiration to so many people. Love the cards that have been made to accompany the quilts. Also the completed quilts to date are amazing. Can't wait to follow the progress of this blog, x


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