Reviewed by: Liz Hoyland loves scrap quilts in saturated colours and is a self-confessed fabricholic. She’s not brave enough to count how many quilts she’s working on right now, but she’s joined a fantastic movement on Instagram encouraging quilters to actually finish their projects in 2013, called #finishit2013. Her website is Scrappy quilts.
Quilt It with Love: The Project Linus Story: 20+ Quilt Patterns & Stories to Warm Your Heart by Mary Balagna and Carol Babbitt, Published by Lark Crafts, 2012.
The authors, Mary and Carol, are two amazing women who took the idea of giving quilts to sick and traumatised kids and made it a United States-wide movement with about 60,000 volunteers. The charity movement that they created is called Project Linus, named after the little boy in the Peanuts cartoons who always had to carry his blankie.
Their generosity has now gone one step further with this book of tried and true quilts that have proven to be winners with kids. The quilts all have that something special. One features pockets for hiding treasures or storing essentials. Another is a good example of a signature quilts, I can imagine a whole class signing the quilt to send their best wishes to a sick child. Another one, for younger children, has windows and door flaps for hiding surprises.
It’s such a heart-warming book. It really shows the power of quilts. I loved reading about the children who received the quilts. They all thought their quilts were so special. Some of the stories were sad, all of them were inspiring. As well as these wonderful stories, the quilt designs are perfect for people new to quilting with a few with more advanced techniques for quilters wanting a challenge, and quilting groups wanting to collaborate.