Monday, 2 July 2012

Siblings Together Quilt....Finally Finished!!

Yippee!! I have finished my quilt for Siblings Together!! I'm so pleased with it. I know it's taken me a while, but I am still very new to quilting and wanted to make sure it was the best it could be!!
Yes, you can see I've found PicMonkey!
You may remember back in April telling you about posts on Lynne's and Katy's blogs with the idea to make quilts for children that are separated from their siblings by the care system. The charity Siblings Together takes children away for residential breaks and days out to enable them to spend some time with their siblings. The hope was that enough quilts could be made so that each child could leave the summer camps with their own quilt.

When I read about the charity I really wanted to help with a quilt. Being a mum of 3, the though of anything happening to me and my husband and them being split up made me feel sick. Circumstances can change so quickly and we can never know when any of us may need some help. My Boys are aged 10 & 7 and the Lady of the house is only 18months so they would have very different needs within the care system and would probably be spilt. I know a quilt seems such a small thing but some of these children are constantly moved around with very few items that are truly theirs! Giving them something that they could take with them to remind and link them with siblings I think is really special.

I had been lucky enough to win Fat Quarter Shop giveaway from Jenna at SewHappyGeek and was sent a charm pack of Scoot by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake. The print is really cheerful, with planes, bikes and trains on it. I decided that this would be a great use of a lucky win. I ordered another charm pack and set off to my quilt shop for some spots to put in with it. I managed to match a green spot from Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket and an orange one is called Eggs Freebird by Momo both from Moda. The binding is Frog Spots by The HenleyStudio for Makower and the backing it just a blue solid from the quilt shop.
I used the Granny Square pattern from Blue Elephant Stitches.
It measures 50"x60" and fits snugly on a single bed.

All I need to do is get a label for the back of the quilt and then the husband will drop it off for me to the Sibling Together office.

My boys have asked who the quilt was for when I was sewing it and I have told them all about the charity and the children. I hoped it would let them see that living together as a family isn't always how things work and that they would appreciate each other more. Unfortunate my eldest just asked me where he could sign his brother up to living somewhere else!! Don't you just love them!

Lynne is holding a linky party for the people who have contributed to the quilts and her post, talking about the founder of the charity and their work will make even the hardest heart shed a tear. Please do go and read about the charity and pop over to the Flickr group to see the amazing contributions by some very talented people. People have donated fabric, wadding and sent it not just from the UK but from all over the world. The amount of time and resources that have been donated is really quite humbling.


  1. Congratulations on finishing your quilt, it is lovely!

  2. It's a lovely quilt and I hope it will make someone very happy.

  3. Hurrah - it looks fantastic. I'm just in the middle of writing my post to link up with Lily's quilts and have very similar reasons to you for doing it, every time I think about it tears spring to my eyes! Well done, I'm sure the quilt will be greatly appreciated.

  4. What a great charity to be involved in, your quilt looks amazing, you are a very talented lady. Deb xxx

  5. I'm sure this quilt will be much loved.

  6. Well done you, I'm sure its new owner will love it :o)

  7. Lovely quilt Joanne. Your son's soundbite about signing away his brother made me chuckle!

  8. Such a lovely quilt! Well done!

  9. love love love love times love = LOVE!

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