Last weekend I was catching up on my Blog reading. One of the Blogs I follow is Lily’s Quilts. On Saturday Lily’s Quilts had a guest post from Mary Emmens.
The post was all about an organisation called Siblings Together. The organisation helps bring together siblings who have been separated and are now living in different care places.
There are a staggering 40,000 children in care today who have been separated from their Brothers and Sisters. One of the things Siblings Together does is to bring these separated Brothers and Sisters together at special residential camps each summer.
In 2012 Lynne from Lily’s Quilts started the group “Quilts for Siblings Together”. People from the quilting community were asked to sew individual blocks to be gathered together and made into quilts or indeed to make and donate whole quilts. These quilts were then given to the Siblings Together group who then gave them out to the children at the summer camps.
Having read all this I jumped at the chance to help. I don’t think I would complete a whole quilt any time soon but I can certainly make some blocks.
The brief this year is to make the Home Sweet Home block pattern using the tutorial from Jera at Quilting In The Rain.
And to use blue, green, grey and black colour ways so that the blocks could be used to make quilts for boys aged between 7 and 17 years old.
So with all that in mind I have decided to make four blocks. Not having sewn for too long I don’t have much in the way of a fabric stash so I got straight online and ordered this charm pack…
from The Quilters Assistant on Etsy. I love the design and colours and think they will make fab blocks.
It’s such a lovely cause to get involved with. And lovely to think that a child somewhere will feel the comfort of one of our quilts.
If you would like to get involved then you can contact Mary via her Flickr group and #siblingstogetherhsh on Instagram.
Once my fabric bundle arrives and I’ve made my blocks I’ll share my photo’s with you. Make sure you share any blocks/quilts you make I’d love to see them. And know that this one small gesture can give comfort to someone less fortunate than ourselves.