Love Stitching? Love Helping? Love Quilts!
You may have noticed a decline in patterns published over the last 2 years. Honestly, I had really burned out on making cross stitch patterns after doing it for so long, but recently regained my love for it after being reminded by LoveQuiltsUSA of why I do it. A year or two ago, I had an e-mail from one of their members to ask if I could convert some patterns to black and white to assist their members in making a quilt for a sick little girl. Recently they contacted me again, to make another quilt.
This wonderful group of people make a huge difference to the lives of some very sick children – if you want to do something good while making something you love, I would really recommend checking out the USA or UK love quilts website.
For an example of the work they do, check out the pokémon quilt they made using some BirdiePatterns, among others.
If my hands were up to it, I would love to stitch some squares myself, but while I can sew it’s slow, so I can’t commit to a quilt as I probably wouldn’t be able to deliver on time, so instead I try to make a variety of themed patterns that will hopefully be useful to them one day.
Interested in donating some time and love to this charity? I’ve got a variety of patterns on my website that may be suitable, and I’m going through the Birdie archives, trying to add the size to as many as possible to make them easy to find.
They accept squares on a variety of fabric counts – the finished pattern should be no more than 9×9 inches, with the final square 13×13 inches. Check our their website for more information.
To assist with locating patterns suitable for stitching, please find below a list of appropriate sized patterns to fit the 9×9″ limit.
- 11 count aida – 88×88 stitches
- 14 count aida – 112×112 stitches
- 16 count aida – 128×128 stitches
- 18 count aida – 144×144 stitches
Apologies if my math is wrong! It’s not my strongest point. Always measure and double check your pattern and fabric before starting any cross stitch project.
Are you stitching for charity and looking for a particular theme? Hit me up on Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr and I’ll see if I can find something suitable. I can’t guarantee exact patterns, but if you need a certain pokémon, for example, let me know.
Do you run/participate in a craft related charity? Would you like to get more people involved? I’d love to feature guest writers on Birdie Stitching to help bring attention to the wonderful work that you do.