Sunday, 22 April 2012

Granny Squares for Siblings Together

Several weeks ago, I read a post over at Lynne's blog Lily's Quilts about a charity Siblings Together which helps siblings that are separated by the care system spend quality time together. This can be at activity days or holidays where the children can have fun and build a relationships with their siblings. What she hoped to achieve was to get enough quilts that each child that spent time at the residential camp in the sumer,  would leave with a quilt that was for THEM. Not to be left at a foster home, or shared with someone else, but was for them to take with them, to remember the time that they spent with their sibling or siblings. I really wanted to do something, but was worried my quilting was at the early stages and that a child would not want my offerings!! Then I read this post by Katy at I'm a Ginger Monkey and it really hit home! She put it so well. And made me ask myself, what would I do if something happened to me and my husband? Who would have our 3? It a lot to ask someone! We are a small family, my husband has no siblings and I have a sister who has chose not to have children (and is very happy with her choice). Our parents are not getting younger......we have had some very interesting discussions!!
Anyway.....I knew I could make a quilt to offer for the children. I was lucky enough to win a charm pack from Jenna at SewHappyGeek a while ago and was undecided what to use it for.
Scoot by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake
So I popped to my local quilt shop, and bought some spots and soilds to add to it and then ordered another charm pack online (as she doesn't stock Riley Blake). These are what I have come up with. 
The block is Granny Squares and the pattern is from Blue Elephant Stitches. The photo is awful as the weather has not been kind the last few days!! I've got enough charm squares to make another 8 squares so it should be a fair size. 
The quilts that are being donated are amazing, please pop over to the Flickr Group to see them. There are also several discussions there, about people having fabric but no time and others having time but no fabric, so lots of sharing, posting fabric and an enormous amount of generosity within those threads. 


  1. It looks lovely, such sweet fabrics. Well done.

  2. It looks great, wonderful use for that charm pack

  3. You are so lovely. You have inspired me. I want to do something like this too.

  4. What a great idea, and you've made some lovely blocks, what fab fabric. People who foster do an amazing job don't they, so hard for brothers and sisters being split up, so this is an excellent scheme.

  5. What a gorgeous quilt and such a great, worthwhile charity you are doing it for. Deb xxx

  6. What a very thoughtful idea. You are very special & clever to do such a wonderful thing. The photo is fine and your quilt looks amazing

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