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Brownies Go Quilting

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Chelford Brownies and Sue Roycroft have recently made a patchwork quilt.

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' Brownies" is a hundred years old this year so they had several Big Brownie Birthday challenges, one of which was to do something for charity.

The Linus Project is a Charity which gives blankets to children and teenagers who are traumatised or have long term illnesses. The charity is named after Linus, the little boy in the Peanuts cartoons who always walks around with his sucky blanket!

Project Linus began in America in 1995 when Karen Loucks saw a newspaper article showing how much a comfort blanket had helped a child cancer victim and decided to organise blankets for her local children's cancer unit and started spreading the word. Since that time over 4 million blankets and quilts have been delivered worldwide. The organisation began in the UK in March 2000 as a result of a quilter's desire to help children in need. British volunteers deliver about 2,000 quilts and blankets to sick, disabled or disadvantaged children across the UK each month

Sue gathered together 24 fabrics, some she had, some were given and some bought, so that the Brownies could all choose one. The girls each chose a piece of material and did some of the sewing for their square on a sewing machine which Sue brought to the Brownie meeting.

Sue then quilted the layers together, after which the Brownies helped with the finishing off; adding the binding.

The quilt has been donated to Project Linus UK, a volunteer organisation which aims to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home made patchwork quilts and knitted/crocheted blankets, and give volunteers across to UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community.

Last Thursday the North West Linus coordinator came to a meeting in Sandbach to collect 75 quilts from Cheshire quilters.

These quilts will all be given to young people in our area.

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