Spread Some Sunshine


TQL readers know that every issue of the magazine has a “Helping Hands” article―one where we spotlight a remarkable quilt-related charitable project. The other day we heard about an effort going on right now in Australia, and we don’t want to wait until we have a spot in a magazine to tell you about it. Samantha Haskins wrote to tell us that her brother, Simon Haskins, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) this past June. ALL is a rare blood cancer, and the road to recovery is long and difficult.

The name Haskins probably rings a bell, especially if you do machine embroidery. Simon has worked in the quilting industry for many years in the family business, Jenny Haskins Designs. His mother, Jenny Haskins, is a creative powerhouse known for her elegant machine embroidered quilts and many books, patterns, and magazines.

Sam wrote, “During Simon’s first phase of treatment, he came up with an idea called Sunshine 4 ALL: The Leukaemia Quilt Project. Sunshine 4 ALL encourages quilters and machine embroiderers to contribute 8″ x 8″ quilt blocks. Quilts made from these blocks will be auctioned to raise funds to upgrade the haematology/oncology ward at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. Alex Perry, a leading Australian fashion designer, is creating the center block for the first Sunshine 4 ALL quilt.”

She also says that Simon has been overwhelmed by the support he has received. More than 400 blocks have already been made, and he would love to have TQL readers contribute. You can visit the Sunshine 4 ALL Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/sunshine4all01 or the website  http://www.sunshine4all.com to find out how you can help. Simon is also happy to answer any questions, so feel free to email him at simon@sunshine4all.com. Sam adds, “Answering emails keeps him busy while he’s receiving treatment.” If you’d like to get involved, please read the guidelines for blocks and quilts on the website, and then raid that stash for orange fabric. Orange has been designated as the official color of Leukaemia awareness…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life

Simon Haskins displays a few Sunshine4ALL blocks.

The address to send blocks is:
Paula Bramwell
RNK Distributing
2562 Western Ave
Knoxville, TN 37921


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