Alice Caroline is excited to be running the Quilt SOS project for a third year in 2018. The project makes quilts for those who need them most. Our goal is to provide quilts to children who have lost their families, living within an SOS Children’s Village. We’re calling on fellow Liberty lovers to use their sewing skills for this fantastic cause.
We were thrilled to have reached our target of providing every child in Vilnius village in Lithuania with a beautiful handmade quilt. We travelled there to deliver them and were privileged to meet the children in November 2017. You can read the story of the trip here.
We would also be delighted to receive donated quilts made from your own stash of Liberty fabric.
This is a Liberty quilt project so only Liberty fabrics, or Liberty fabrics mixed with up to 50% plains (from any source/brand) may be used.
The final deadline for submitting your quilt for the 2018 project is Friday September 21st 2018.
We are thrilled to announce that the Festival of Quilts has offered to provide the Quilt SOS project with a display space for our 2018 SOS quilts in their 2018 Festival, which is happening at the Birmingham NEC from the 9th to the 12th of August. If you would like your quilt to be considered for this display, it will need to be submitted to us by 6th July 2018. You will also need to fit a quilt sleeve to the reverse top edge of your quilt for hanging. Please note that space will be limited so we may be unable to take all of the quilts to the show.
FAQs and TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Who will be benefitting from the quilt I make?
We have so much in our lives that we sometimes forget that there are people in the world who have virtually nothing. Let’s do what we do best and give the gift of love and comfort to people who need it.
The wonderful charity SOS Children’s Villages provides homes to children who have lost their families. Each child is looked after by a ‘mother’ in a home within the village. There are villages in 125 countries around the world; the charity works hard towards every child growing up in a loving family home so that they flourish and reach their full potential. They have been helping the world’s most vulnerable children for over 65 years.
In the third year of our project we will be choosing a new SOS Village to support. We will announce this early in 2018, and our goal is to make enough quilts to give one to every child in the chosen SOS village.
We will personally deliver all quilts received before the final deadline to all the children and ‘mothers’ in the chosen SOS Children’s Village.
Do I have to buy a Quilt SOS Pack in order to take part?
It’s not necessary to purchase one of our Quilt SOS Packs in order to take part. We’ve put together the Quilt SOS Packs to make it as easy as possible for you to start this project, and to give you some colour inspiration too.
This quilt pack should be enough to make the quilt top, based on a simple 6” squares design. Depending on design, you may wish to add a little more from your stash if you choose.
If you do buy a Quilt SOS Pack, upon receipt of your finished quilt we will send you a voucher for £30 that you can spend on anything on our website!
We would be delighted to receive donated quilts made from your own stash of Liberty fabric. If you use your own Liberty stash, or any fabric other than an SOS Quilt pack, we will gratefully accept your quilt to take to the SOS Children’s Village, but we will not be able to issue you with a voucher.
If I buy a selection of fat quarters from your website, will I get a voucher?
If you make a purchase of any other kind of fabric product during the time that this project is running, you will not receive a voucher upon submission of your completed quilt. However there is a “choose your own” Quilt SOS pack, which might suit you if you prefer choose each fabric yourself.
Can I customize my Quilt SOS Pack?
Yes, you can – you can purchase your customised Quilt SOS pack, where you choose all of the fabrics, here.
Can I use my own Liberty fabric stash?
Yes, absolutely! This is a great stash-busting project, a chance to have a clear-out and help a child in need at the same time. You will not receive a voucher upon submission of your completed quilt, but it’s a great way to use lovely bits and pieces that have been saved for a rainy day project.
I don’t want to use Liberty fabric, can I use other types of fabric?
No, this is specifically a Liberty quilt project.
You are welcome to mix in plains with your Liberty fabric, but at least 50% of the quilt top must be Liberty fabric.
The backing fabric can be any fabric brand.
What size quilt should I make?
Single Quilts only please. Staying approximately within the size guidelines below means that all children can enjoy a similarly-sized quilt. The beds at the village are 0.9m – 1m wide and 2m – 2.1m long. As a guide quilts should be:
Width: 51″ – 54″ ; Length: 81″ – 90″.
Width: 129cm – 137cm ; Length: 205cm – 228cm.
Can I make more than one quilt?
Yes you can make as many as you like! Or you can get together with friends or your local quilt group and make a quilt together, perhaps making a block each.
Can you suggest a quilt pattern?
Take a look at my Pinterest quilt board for inspiration. It could be a simple block/squares quilt, a quilt as you go strip quilt or as complicated as you like; anything goes.
Should I pre-wash my fabric?
No need to pre-wash Liberty; please do pre-wash any plains you may coordinate with it, per manufacturer’s or supplier’s guidelines. The aim is for the quilt to look as great after its first wash at the village as it did when you sent it.
Can I personalise my quilt with a message on the reverse?
The children from the first and second years of the project loved finding messages on their quilts. This is a wonderful touch so please do go for it with any messages you’d like to send – for example, ‘made with love, from me to you’.
Please don’t sew any labels onto the quilt which have a company name or email address on them.
Who covers the cost of backing, wadding and binding?
Backing, wadding and binding can be purchased from your preferred supplier. Alice Caroline will not issue a voucher to cover these elements of the quilt.
Who covers the postage cost?
1. You will pay for shipping of your pack to you – the voucher won’t cover this cost.
2. You pay for special delivery (Royal Mail’s next day service or a courier of your choice) to return your quilt to us.
We’d hate for your beautiful work to be lost in the post, so please do send it using a guaranteed service. Unfortunately we can’t be held responsible for any losses in transit.
Once your quilt reaches us, we guarantee to personally deliver it to the children of our chosen SOS Children’s Village.
What kind of service should I send my quilt to you with?
Please use Royal Mail’s Special Delivery (next day guaranteed) service or a reputable courier.
Please return your quilts to:
Alice Caroline Ltd
Darkes Barn East
We will let you know when we’ve safely received your quilt within one week of receipt.
I’m not in the UK, can I take part?
We’d love you to take part – however please check with us before you purchase a pack/start making as there are high import charges to pay on quilts received from some locations.
If we agree together that we can accept your quilt, all of the above information applies to you too. It’s especially important for you to send your quilt to us using a tracked and insured service, as we would hate for your lovely work to be lost in the post. Unfortunately we can’t be held responsible for any losses in transit.
Is there a deadline?
Yes, we have two deadlines for 2018 – our final deadline is Friday 21st September 2018.
The earlier deadline of Friday 6th July is if you would like your quilt to be considered for the Festival of Quilts display.
I didn’t make the final submission deadline for 2017, can my quilt still be given to a child in need?
Yes, your quilt can be submitted for the 2018 Quilt SOS project.
Do I need to enclose anything with my finished quilt when I send it to you?
Please enclose in your parcel a signed ‘donation consent’ form which is available to print here. This form is also being sent out with Quilt SOS Pack purchases.
We will let you know when we’ve safely received your quilt within one week of receipt, by email.
How do I get my voucher?
Within one week of receiving your finished quilt, we will contact you using the details you’ve enclosed with your quilt.
Everyone who has bought a Quilt SOS pack and who has submitted a quilt that meets the criteria for this project will receive a voucher to use on our website. The voucher can be spent on anything for sale on our website.
If you have purchased a Quilt SOS Pack and have used the contents of that pack to make the quilt then you will receive a voucher to the value of £30.
Our decision is final as to whether you have used enough Liberty fabric to qualify for a voucher.
The quilt top should be made with at least 50% Liberty fabric and no other patterned fabric – however plains can be mixed in.
How does my voucher work?
You will receive your voucher in the form of a unique code (like a gift card), which you can enter at checkout on our website. If any problems are encountered at checkout you can also redeem your code when placing a telephone order.
Quilt SOS packs are available here and below