Friday, October 4, 2013

A Project like the Angel Quilt Project is only as good......... the people who participate!

Nothing could be truer!

If it weren't for the wonderful stitchers and finishers the AQP has, then there wouldn't be an AQP or even the blanket we give to the hospital NICUs/SCBUs here in the US, Canada and the UK.

I just got two blankets from Jen Winborn, in Texas.  Jen has only been with the AQP for only a couple of months and her work is just BEAUTIFUL!

I honestly wish ya'll could see her work personally.  I'm telling you, SHE'S GOOD!!!!!

Everyone who has, or is still cotinuing to do work for the AQP is a Godsend to the project.  Each and every one of you does something that's vitally important to the project and without you all nothing would be accomplished here.

Each and every stitcher or machine embroiderer makes contributions with each piece donated to us.  The same goes for the finishers who turn those beautiful stitched pieces into our hand-made blankets.

I've got 2 events this month in which I'll be showcasing our blankets and taking up donations and I'll be sure to post pics once the events are done so everyone can see them.

In the meantime, please keep up with the stitching, machine embroidery and the finishing.

You're all greatly appreciated and I can never thank you all enough.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

A New Design is coming to the AQP......

Hello everyone:

I have some great news for everyone involved with the AQP.

Earlier this past week I got an e-mail from someone wanting a Kitten Quilt for a child battling Cancer.  I had nothing on hand and didn't really know what to tell her, so I did some searching around my 'cluttered' (and that's a UNDERSTANDMENT!!!) and found some old charts that I'd printed out about 5 or 6 years ago.

The series is the Millennium Cats from Pam Kellogg.  I looked for her web-site and quickly realized it was no longer available!  OUCH!  I did find a way to contact her though through Etsy!  She's no long doing the cross stitch designs, instead concentrating on other sewing related items, but nonetheless I got in touch with her to seek permission to use her Cats on the quilt.

I got a quick resonse from her and she agreed to let us use the charts and so I'm currently working on them.  It's a series of 13 Cats, one for each month and one for a Birthday piece.  They're smallish in size, measuring perhaps 3" x 3" in stitched size.  I've finished the first 2 and am about half-way through the 3rd and they do work up fast.  I'll post pics of them once I get finished and before sending them to the finisher.

I got back in touch with Pam and asked her if she'd consider doing a piece for the AQP, even though she no longer does the cross stitch and she's agreed to!

Apparently it will be a cat and I probably won't get it until around Christmas of this year or perhaps the first of next year, but we will be getting a new AQP design to stitch!

Pam has also agreed to give the copyrights to the AQP as well!  That's more great news!

Anyway, I just wanted to share this with all of you.

Thank you all for what you do for the AQP and, once again, I can never thank you all enough!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

It's been a while......

Hello there...............

I know.

It's been a while since I last posted but a lot has happened and it really upset me at that particular time.

Just as things were starting to get straightened out and the AQP was getting re-established once again on the WWW, a mini-crisis occured that I had to handle.  Not that I truly wanted to!

It got to the point where I was seriously contemplating closing down the whole AQP but thankfully saner heads 'arrived' and the closing was avoided.

I've never really wanted to close the AQP, becasue we do help a lot of families in difficult times and I'm extremely proud of what the whole project has done over the course of 14 years.  I truly believe that the AQP does make a difference in the lives of families with premature babies, as well as for children in Children's Cancer Clinics and Regional Burn Centers.

I enjoy taking the blankets to NICUs in Mississippi and seeing the faces of the families and the nursing staffs when the precious pieces are delivered and when a family gets one (or more, in the case of twins or triplets) and it brings joy to my heart and an occasional tear as well.

There have been changes though.

Kim is no longer heading the AQP, Canada Division.  It is once more under Lorrie Ramsay and her mother Dodie.  I wish nothing but the best for Kim and whatever she does from here, and the same go to Lorrie and Dodie.

The UK Division is going on and Sue and Caroline are doing a wonderful job there as well.

If anyone reading this would like to learn more on the AQP, please go to our web-site at to learn more and hopefully you'll want to help us as well. 

We are always looking for new stitchers and finishers to help us stitch the center-pieces, make the blankets, and distribute them as well.  If you would like to help us, please contact me at and I'll get with you as soon as I can.


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Back to Stitching..................

I have done more stitching in the past 8 weeks then I've probably done in the last 2 years!

I don't know what's bitten me, but I hope it stay around for a while.

I didn't know how much I missed it until I started doing it again.

It began with sending off the 9 pieces of Charlie's Ark to the finisher for our bigger blanket, then I got to where I wanted to do some stitching myself so I pulled out my Charlie's Ark pieces and decided it would be nice to do both a Boys and a Girls blanket, using Charlie's Ark pieces.  So I did Charlie first and 4 of his animals, then I did his sister and 4 more animals.  With Charlie I even did the Charlie's Ark Logo, a rainbow with the Charlie's Ark name underneath it.  I thought about doing the same for the girls blanket but then decided not to, just to give it that 'different' look.

I sent off the boys pieces to a finisher in Montana and then started on the Girls pieces and just sent them to the finisher in Texas, so I'm hoping to have them all back in time for the craft show I'll be attending in October, here in Greenville, Mississippi.

I also did 3 Hello Kitty Pieces and am currently working on one for Lorrie and the Canadian Division of the AQP as well as one of Tinker Bell.  This stitching thing has really settled in and I am enjoying the hell outta it, too!


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Craft Show Update.....

Well, I got some good news earlier this week.

The Angel Quilt Project will be setting up at the Hot Tamale Festival here in Greenville, MS in the middle of October 2013!

This is the second year for the festival and I'm looking forward to it, too.  Last year I was sick and didn't get to attend, and besides that I was rained out half-way through the day!  That Mississippi Delta weather can be fickle at times!  LOL!

Anywho, the space I'll have this year will be DOUBLE what I usually get at craft shows and with Ann getting a tent for her brithday this year (Yes, it's what she asked for!) that means more space to showcase the blankets the AQP does as well as more hanging space for the larger pieces!  YEAH!!!

Jennifer Winborn sent me the newest large blanket, a Charlie's Ark piece with a center-piece I did and with 8 pieces from other members of the AQP.  I also have two of the Roly Poly Cherished Teddies blankets to hang and display as well.  I've got almost double the number of blankets to take this year and most of them are new and never shown at crafts shows in the past, so I'm hoping more donations will be made.

I'll take pics of the set-up, as I always do, and will post them to both the Facebook and Yahoo Groups sites for all to see.

Just thought you'd like to know........


Monday, August 12, 2013

New Web-Site.....

Well, our web-master has done it once again!

Besides our main web-site at we now have............. and....................!!!

Each division of the Angel Quilt Project now has it's own web-site!  YEAH!!!

Now everyone within their division has a showcase for their works, along with web-sites for cross stitch charts (freebies of course), and each site is geared towards that division, at least the UK and Canadian Divisions are.  The main site,, will still incorporate from each site as well and, naturally, is open to anyone who wants to post there.

One of the things I particularly love with the UK site is the memorial to Belle Collingwood.  Belle was a very important part of the UK Division and her early passing left, and still leaves, a hole in our hearts.  She's dearly missed.  She put her heart and soul into the UK Division and the Division grew under here directions.  Sadly she never got to see her newest great grandchild but a blanket was done in her honor for the child and I understand the family loves it.  I'm so glad.

I do hope you'll check out all three sites and do hope you're inspired by what you see there, because we all have a blast doing this.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

We do make a difference..................

Yeah, yeah.  I know.  It's been a while since I posted here, but things happen and I wasn't able to keep up the weekly (?) postings and for that I do apologize.  What can I say?  Life happens!  LOL!

Anywho, I'm back..............

One of the things I love about the AQP is the diversity of the membership.  With 3 different Divisions you can be sure of differences in just about everything involved.

I guess that's one of the things I love about this project. 

In the US Division it seems like more and more people are wanting to join and contribute to our efforts and I'm always happy to approve their requests and get them pointed in the 'right direction' for the project.  The finished works of everyone constantly amazes me with their beauty and depth.

In the Canadian Division Kim, Dodie and Lorrie (Not to mention ALL the members there) have come up with ideas for an AQP Canadian Division Web-site and it's coming along very nicely and their input for Julie has helped to shape that new site.  I'm very impressed with with has appeared on there, as well as the participation of everyone to make the Canadian AQP web-site a great place.

With the UK Division the same is being done, and hopefully a UK AQP web-site will soon be ready for the UK stitchers to use and to call 'their own'.  Sue and Caroline are working with Julia to get their new site ready and what we really need now is the input from the UK members themselves so that this site can be shaped and molded into something uniquely UKish!

During the first 10 years of the Angel Quilt Project we managed to get out something like over 50,000 of our hand-made blankets to families with premature babies and those with seriously ill children and that's something I'm quite proud of.  Of course back then we had a 4th Division, in Australia and they did a wonderful job down there as well.

Well, the Australian Division folded after only 3 years due to the death of the head of that division and no one wanting to take over down there, which was a shame.  During those 3 years the Australian members distributed over 5,000 blankets!!!  Yes! 5,000 blankets in just 3 years!  I am very proud of that achievement!  Just shows what can be done when you've got people truly interested in what the AQP was doing down there.  Hopefully one of these days I can get it started again, and Yes, I have been in touch with several of the older members down there who are expressing an interest in getting started once again.  I'll let everyone know what happens.

In the past 4+ years the distribution has slipped somewhat, with the combined total of blankets donated to NICUs and SCBUs coming in at just under 6,000 pieces.  But hey, I'm not complaining!  That's still 6,000 families who got our blankets for their babies and I'm still very proud of that, as well.

As a group, the AQP is making a difference and it's something each and every member of the AQP should be proud of.  I'm proud of all of you!  You continue to do what I started the AQP to do, give something to families who find themselves in situations they had never planned for.  We've given then a ray of sunshine during a difficult time and the letters we still get from those families still prove that, so please, keep up the great work.

I can never thank you enough but I will continue to try, so THANK YOU ALL for your efforts here and I look forward to sending our more of our blankets.