Last year I, and many many others, made quilts for the amazing Siblings Together charity.
All 70+ quilts were given out during last summer's camps, to children, siblings, reunited at camp but ordinarily separated by the care system. Heartbreaking.
If you are not familiar with the work of this organisation, you need look no further than the flickr group, or Lynne's Lily's Quilts blog posts here and here. Tissues at the ready, honestly, you have been warned.
Here is the quilt that I made last year...
... and here it is again with its recipient...
You don't know how choked I still get when I see that photo!
As soon I knew we were on again for another summer of quilts, I was in, no hesitation.
In fortuitous coincidence, I was checking out the flickr group just as the lovely and blooming Amanda was offering up some fabric for the cause, and I jumped at her beautiful Tula Pink Hushabye strips, even the brown ones!
Before they arrived today, I had the quilt sketched, maths done, backing (IKEA house print) and some Kona Snow pulled, ready and waiting...
So are you in, again, or for the first time?
You don't have to make a whole quilt, if this year is anything like last year, you could donate some fabric, a quilt top or batting; do the actual quilting or send some blocks, every little counts. I am sure, as time goes on, calls for help and offers of assistance will increase, and I think it is the collaborative nature that makes these quilts even more special. Trudi sent me the batting last year, and with Amanda's fabric this year, I know I will be sending another quilt packed with love and best wishes from everyone involved.