Get Involved

There are a number of ways you can get involved with Q4CL:

I don’t sew … How can I help?

We run regular competitions which bring in essential funds for the finishing of our quilted Hug, or you could buy a gift from our shop. Alternatively you can make a donation here

Could you quilt for others? Are you a longarmer?

Are you a longarm quilter who could help quilt for Q4CL – ideally at least 15 hugs a year? If so get in touch via the Contact page.

Make Q4CL Morsbags

Each quilt offered is accompanied by a bag to carry it home in.

Morsbag is an initiative that encourages makers to create unique bags to a set pattern, from recycled materials. Once a label has been added they are released into the world as a positive way to reduce global plastic and pollution.

Bags made by Q4CL members, to a specific size, will be offered along with each Hug from Q4CL. Initially, it serves to take the quilt home in but later can meet any use the care leaver finds for it e.g. shopping, laundry or storage.

To find out more:

Q4CL Morsbags

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

Donate Fabric

We have a dedicated Facebook page where makers exchange and share fabrics for use in Q4CL projects for the cost of postage only. This group is for Q4CL makers only. If you are not yet a Q4CL Maker and would like to start, you should first join the main page (above) then apply to join via the link below.

If you would like to donate fabric, please contact us.

Q4CL Fabric Friends (ALL fabric offers)

Make a HUG

A Q4CL ‘Hug’ is an oblong which aims to provide comfort to the user without swamping them.

Click here for our guidelines to stitchers.  MAKE A HUG

We always need more quilts for males than females, so please think about colours and fabric patterns that might appeal to both wherever you can (though both utterly feminine or overtly masculine are welcome too!). We also welcome hugs for our LGBTQ+ community.

For more information or to show off your quilts, join us on our Facebook group:

Q4CL Makers Group

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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”.