No please don`t supersize me. I`m supersized enough thank you very much.
It`s my turn to be head honcho of the Care Circle of the
do.Good Stitches group this month. I was struggling to come up with a
cohesive plan and then in a serendipitous moment, I saw this post by Lynne at Lily`s Quilts. I immediately knew I wanted the Care Circle to do their bit.
That clever Lynne at Lily`s Quilts had gently pushed a small pay it forward snowball which quickly turned in to an incredible avalanche across blogland. She had put a call out for quilts to benefit a charity called Siblings Together. It helps children in the care system who are separated from their siblings. A staggering 81 per cent of children in the UK care system are separated from their brothers and sisters. Amongst other initiatives, Siblings Together arranges for some of these separated siblings to go to camp together.
Lynne`s idea is that children attending camp will go away with their own special quilt. Something that is theirs. You can read about the camps here. The next one is in July and this is where you could come in. Can you make a block or two for the group projects which have started on flikr here and here? Do you have the stash but no time and could donate fabric? Do you have a quilt which you could donate? Are you living in the UK and could turn a quilt top sent from abroad in to a quilt? Then check out the flikr group here.
So the Care Circle - a group of amazingly giving and talented women scattered across the globe, will do their bit by making supersize X and Y blocks. Using Amy`s tutorial for construction, the blocks measure 11 and 3/4 " unfinished unlike the original 8 and 1/2" of Amy`s blocks.
Here`s my first two blocks but as I`m hoping we might be able to make 2 quilts, I shall make some more. Excuse the wonk - they really aren`t wonky. Promise. This block is great fun to make and comes together quickly and easily. I`ve asked for scrappy gender neutral blocks but I`m thinking we will inevitably have one more masculine than the other. Hopefully for a brother and sister.