52 minutes ago
Sunday, 8 April 2012
I chose this bundle of fabrics from Brenda's etsy shop with the intention of making something for Lynne's sibling's together project. I make a lot of quilts in a year, mostly just for the sake of it, although I will admit to giving a great deal of them away to friends. I should probably try and actually sell some of my quilts when people ask me for one rather than just giving them away, at least that is what the husbeast is always saying to me. At least if I recouped the costs of materials I wouldn't be out of pocket, right? It makes sense. In fact, that is what I'm going to do from now on. I gave a quilt to a friend for a gift and they have asked for a second, I'm trying to work up the courage to say 'Ok, I will gladly make you a second quilt, but it will cost you X,Y or Z because otherwise I am out of pocket here, and truth be told I make diddly squat from this quilting lark. Diddly squat. In fact I make so little it's almost time the tax man gave me money back at the end of the year. You get me?' I wonder how many people would then still want a quilt?
Anyhoo, I'm digressing from the matter at hand. This quilt. Giving back, and not just giving away. Giving with purpose. I have a friend who has an adopted child, who was previously in the care system and so Siblings Together is a charity I can identify with. Take these statistics into account - at any one time there could be 50,000 children in the care system in the UK separated from their sibling/s. There are many possible reasons for this separation - children being taken into care at different times, a greater number of children within the family than is the national average, foster carers unable or unwilling to accommodate multiple children at one time, different emotional or care needs of individual children. All kinds of reasons. None of which are the fault of the children themselves. Consider this - I have 2 children, one is a 6 year old boy, one an almost 13 year old girl. Both have different needs, both are at different stages in their lives and development. If something was to happen within my family and I was unable to care for them (this happens for any number of reasons, it's not 'bad parents', it could be families with little external help, or familial support networks, illness, death, mental health issues...the list goes on) I would like to assume my children would be homed together, but I am quite sure that would be unlikely. My children would not only lose the home they were familiar with, but the sibling they grew up with too.
Siblings together works in a number of ways to help keep separated children in contact. One of which is a residential summer camp programme, and this is why we're making quilts. The idea is that each child that attends the holiday camp this summer will be given a quilt as a reminder, a souvenir, something that is theirs and theirs alone that they can take away and remember the times they had on camp.
If you would like to help out then join the flickr group here. You might have the time but not the stash - if that is the case then there are people offering fabric donations. You might have the fabric but not the time - there are people with time but no fabric. If you have wadding, larger pieces of yardage for backings, or would be willing to quilt or finish quilt tops - all of these services would be greatly appreciated.
My (first - I'm hoping to make at least one other) quilt top is a smaller version of Jeni's chevron quilt that was featured on Moda Bake Shop. It ends up a little over 50"square, and I'll quilt it this week (hopefully - children permitting) and get it mailed off.
Ps -I'm sorry this is such a wordy blogpost!!!)
EDITED TO ADD - I have a lot of fabric. A LOT. I reckon I could donate 3 decent sized quilt tops worth (possibly more) of nice stuff, not nasty, if someone wants to make a quilt but can't afford to go shopping for the fabrics. So if you want to volunteer just ask. You can leave a comment in the post or email me, katyejones (at) hotmail (dot) com. I have charm packs, I've got kona solids in fat quarters, probably jelly rolls, definitely a lot of printed fat quarters.
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