Region 11 Tombola – Key Fobs and Key Rings

Well done to Region 6 for such a brilliant result at the 2019 Tombola!!

Region 11 would now like to ask for your help for the 2020 Tombola. We would like you to make key fobs and key rings for us. I’ve never administered a website/blog before, so it will take me a while to work out what to do – probably with help from my personal IT Consultant (Beloved Husband). I will be putting up ideas, patterns and photos, and I will try to keep everyone updated on our progress and what we have received.

In the meantime, if you need any information, please email me on

Thank you, Helen Clark

Festival of Quilts Result

My goodness, we had a busy time at Festival of Quilts!  There was lots of excitement and there were even queues.  We cannot thank you enough for all your generosity in making ‘Little Boxes and Bags’, in volunteering on the Stand and in buying Tombola chances.  Money is still coming in but we have already raised just over £5000 for the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.  Thank you, you are all wonderful.


I haven’t done a post for a while because it has been a busy time here at Little Boxes HQ!  New contributions to the Tombola at Festival of Quilts continue to arrive daily.  I am sure that the person delivering the post wonders what on earth is going on!  So, many thanks to the considerable number of you who are working hard to make the Tombola a success.  We appreciate all your efforts.

In the meantime, I have been to Quilt Canada which was an amazing experience.  Very Canadian and a little different from quilt shows here.  More about that in a future edition of The Quilter.  While there, I saw some more patterns:  these are commercials patterns but you might want to have a look at these interesting websites for ideas, or, indeed, purchase a pattern – I have permission from the designers to post these links here.  One is Fabric Buckets by Kaya Joy Designs:

And the second one is Storage Solutions – Bucket Bags by Brenda.  More at

So, there are lots of patterns and ideas to tempt you into a final push before Festival of Quilts.  You can bring contributions directly to us there, rather than posting them.  We know that people are having fun making these so why not give some a go?!  Thank you, as always.

Keep the Little Boxes Coming!

Hello again, I am very pleased to be able to tell you that new Little Boxes and Bags are arriving every day!  Including some wonderful VIP ones.  The Region 6 Team had a table at the Annual Conference and AGM of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles from 10 – 13 May and we were delighted to receive more there.  Plus promises of more to come at Festival of Quilts.  We enjoyed the chance to chat with many of you, to talk patterns and to hear what you are doing.  Please keep your wonderful work going!  We appreciate all your efforts which will ultimately benefit The Guild.

More Little Boxes

And a wonderful parcel of ‘little boxes’ arrived from Region 15E of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles!  Thank you so much, they are just lovely.

Little Boxes Arriving

I am to start posting when new batches of ‘little boxes’ arrive.  This week we received a welcome package of little boxes from Cob Quilters in Porthmadoc.  Thank you!  Please everyone, keep them coming.

Busy Time!

Hello again, life has been getting in the way of my posting as often as I would like to.  I expect it is the same for most of you.  However, your little boxes, bowls and bags have been arriving steadily.  Thank you so much!  I have been reading a book called ‘Growing Gills:  How to Find Creative Focus When You’re Drowning in Your Daily Life’ by Jessica Abel in the hopes that I will start to carve out more creative time.  Judging by the wonderful things that you are sending for the Tombola, many of you have already cracked this.  Please tell us your secrets!  In the meantime, I am just about to add a couple of new patterns to that page.  More soon, I hope!

How to relieve stress! And an opportunity!

You might have seen this article in The Guardian:  more evidence of what we already know – sewing is good for us!  So, please keeping making those Little Bags and Boxes and sending them through:

Lady Sew and Sew in Henleyhave asked us to let you know about an exciting opportunity for you to exhibit your work.
The Henley Arts Trail is an exhibition of over 30 venues in the local area featuring all sorts of arts and crafts.
Lady Sew and Sew has been the main sponsor for a number of years as well as being one of the largest venues, specialising in a quilts and textile art.
Lady Sew and Sew have been lucky enough to have some fantastic quilts on display from regular customers, members of our quilting and sewing groups, teachers, plus a few famous names!
This year we thought it would be nice to cast our net a little wider, and contact local groups who may not have heard of the trail.
The show is on the first May bank holiday as below.
Exhibition dates: Saturday 4th May – Monday 6th May, 10am – 4pm.
Confirmation deadline Friday 5th April(sooner if possible please).
Delivery of quilt to Lady Sew and Sew Friday 26th April.
Work available for collection Wednesday 8th May.
If you are interested, please contact Tina McEwen on 07721 499525 or Lady Sew and Sew on 01491 371001 for an entry form.

Love Patchwork & Quilting

The latest issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting – issue 71 – includes a small project book entitled Rainbow Makes.  On pages 8/9/10 of the booklet are instructions for ‘Storage Baskets’, which would be perfect for the Tombola.  Complete with pompom trim!  Lots of other ideas in the booklet and main magazine too.