Make Blocks as part of our Block Drive

Each month, a nominated Q4CL member chooses a particular block design for other members to make. That member will prepare instructions for the block’s construction, often with a unifying colour theme and share that with the membership via Facebook.

Completed blocks are sent to the named organiser who will then turn the blocks into complete tops.

The cost of quilting and finishing these Hugs is undertaken either by the organiser themself or by Q4CL who provides wadding and backing, with labour often supplied by a growing team of volunteer longarm quilters.

Q4CL Block Drive

Can I help Q4CL if I don’t sew?

YES – you can donate money directly to us or buy a gift from our webshop. The proceeds are used to buy backings and waddings to finish our Block Drive hugs.

If you have fabric you’d like to donate so others can use it in a Q4CL project, you can do so via the Fabric Friends Facebook Group. If you are not on Facebook, contact us and we’ll see how best we can help.

Why are Hugs the size they are?

Our quilts are meant to be a hug or comfort blanket for young adults. They need to be long enough on one side to wrap around a body and short enough on the other not to trip them up.

Try wrapping a bed blanket round yourself and walk around. You will trip up.

Try wrapping a square quilt around you and it won’t go round and won’t give comfort.

Please design your quilts to fit our sizes. Please make sure the longer dimension is AT LEAST 20″ more than the shorter one. Remember long and thin.

Why are our quilts called HUGs? – more about Q4CL’s inspiration

Lemn Sissay – a major source of inspiration for this project – was a child in care himself: aged just 12, he was returned to the care of the local authority by those who had fostered him since being placed with them as a baby. All Lemn wanted was a hug, some loving care. He left the system when he was 18 years old, later searching for, and finding his birth family. His mother had never agreed to a long term placement.

In 2013, Lemn initiated Christmas Day Dinners for Care Leavers. In 2017 Lemn established the Gold From The Stone Foundation (GFTS), dedicated to offering support to individuals and agencies working to address the disadvantages faced by those in care and young adult care leavers. He became the first official Olympic Poet at the London 2012 Games and is currently Chancellor of the University of Manchester. He is also Canterbury’s Poet Laureate.

Knowing the comfort a quilt can bring, hearing him tell his story, inspired Maggie Lloyd-Jones to begin to make quilts to be offered of the GFTS Christmas diners: a ‘quilty hug’ and lasting memento of the day.

Our target age group is 16-25 year olds because local authorities are duty bound to offer support to those leaving care between these ages in certain circumstances, and in any event until the young person becomes 21. Once a young person in care reaches 16, they are no longer considered to be in need of “care”.