Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Siblings Together - the photographs

Yesterday I had an email from Delma at Siblings Together, the charity that works to bring together siblings separated by the care system.  In case you missed the series of posts in the spring, a whole group of quilters made quilts for these kids to use at their summer camps and take home with them as a reminder of time spent with their siblings.  I could not use all of the photos as children's faces were identifiable in them and I have cropped some of those I have used but you'll get the gist.


Delma told me the kids loved their quilts but that it was hard to convince them that they were allowed to keep them and take them home.  Some of their foster parents have told Delma that those quilts went straight into their beds when they got home.


Delma told them that the quilts were made especially for them to go under whenever they feel they want to find a safe place to go to and they really liked this idea.  


She talked about a set of three quilts with elephants on them that went to a set of three siblings.  She also said that it seemed so easy to match the quilts to the children, as if they had been made with those particular children in mind. 


She said that the children, sad to be leaving their siblings, going in separate cars, covered themselves in their quilts, for their journey back their lives, to sleep under for their long journeys home to different homes all over the UK.  


Almost 60 quilts were given to the children and Delma wants to thank each and every one of you who contributed in any way at all, whether it was giving fabric, quilting services, whole quilts or blocks.  And just an early warning that we'll be starting a whole new call for quilts again in the new year and we'd love to have any and all of you help us with that.  In fact, what the heck, if you want to get started already, here's the Flickr group with all the info you'll need.  See you there!

49 comments:

  1. Awwww. What a lovely post to read this morning :o)

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  2. That is lovely, isn't it great to be able to do something to brighten the lives of children who don't get to grow up with their siblings. I will definitely be in on this next year. : )

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  3. Aw, so beautiful!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  4. p.s I shall have another for you in January - made by the Care Circle of do.Good Stitches!

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  5. Oh goodness what a lovely post! Brilliant! Count me & my mamma in for quilts for the next round X

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  6. Thanks for sharing, such a delight to see one of mine wrapped around a child, oh happy tears!

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  7. As this is a subject close to my heart my 9 patch that has been hanging up unquilted for months will go on the next drive. It'll just need a volunteer to quilt it...

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  8. That's fantastic, I was too new to quilt making this year but will certainly be getting involved with this next year.

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  9. I am choked up, this is so wonderful!

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  10. This is making me cry, what a great post! I hope to be able to contribute more next time.

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  11. I am so happy to hear that! Thank you for letting us know :-D

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  12. thanks for the update, I will participate again next year!

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  13. Christ I am welling up. Thank you for the update.

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  14. Aww that is so sweet!! Count me in again next year :)

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  15. What a great update! I really need to quilt my second Siblings quilt - this is the kick in the backside I needed.

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  16. That’s so heartwarming to read! Thanks for the update Lynne!

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  17. Awww, happy tears. What a lovely update :-)

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  18. What a lovely post, really made me cry. Will check out the group so that I can contribute.

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  19. Another one in tears here. I am more than happy to help out again.

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  20. Fantastic! Love the photos. Brilliant idea. x

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  21. What a wonderful thing you have done Lynne, and all your quilters. Makes me feel all warm inside. I will definitely make you one in the New Year

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  22. Oh what a lovely post. I have a lump in my throat too. Thanks so much for updating us all, and I'm more than happy to help again x

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  23. Thanks for the update, I shall see what I can do for the next round

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  24. What a wonderful post. It's so lovely to hear that the children loved the quilts just as much as we hoped they would. They clearly mean so much to them already. I hope they all liked their little card and poem too!! :-)

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  25. Such a sweet post ~ made me tear up. Thanks for sharing about these wonderful children.

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  26. What a great way to give and bring siblings together full of memories. The pics a beautiful even with out the faces. Very heart warming on a cool morning.

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  27. Thank you for sharing all of this, so often there is little news after the donations are sent off.

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  28. Great post Lynne, so wonderful to hear they were all received so well :-)

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  29. Its great to hear an update and to know that the quilts have hopefully brightend up someone's day

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  30. Think I see one of the quilts I made in the third photo! Count me in again Lynne ....

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  31. Great update. I hope next year to be able to get involved with more than just a donation x

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  32. this is a fabulous pictorial document of the love a quilt will bring to a child or anyone for that matter.

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  33. Lovely post showing lovely things. I'm so chuffed to have taken part ... will deffo repeat for next year x

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  34. What a brilliant thing you have all done. just shows that whatever your talent. you can use it to make the world a better place. makes me wish I could sew. you should al be very proud.

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  35. god you need you warn us readers when we'll need the tissues. The photo of the girl in the Hello Kitty t-shirt really got me, could have been any one of my nieces or daughter. It's too hard to think about really. It's about the only time in my life i have really wished i could sew.

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  36. Oh Lynne, I'm just bawling. That is so lovely. I can't wait to bring my quilt along in July. Thank you and Delma for sharing - it's wonderful that the quilts meant so much to these kids.

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  37. What a lovely idea! I hope that it makes the children feel a bit happier knowing someone took the time to make something for them. I would love to look into taking part in this next year.
    Based in the UK so might see if there is anything similar over here.

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  38. Lynne, I am so greatful for your post, tears are rolling down my cheeks, our quilt group will be delighted to know that our elephant quilts went to the same family....I feel so blessed to have been able to take part in this very worthwhile cause and thank you so very much for highlighting this need.... we shall be working towards the next quilts x

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  39. Wonderful! I hope I'll be able to help again :)

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  40. oh wow, so wonderful to hear, all teary now! Count me in again for next year.

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  41. Oh it is a teary moment. i don't know if it is sad or sweet, or both! I think BOTH!

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  42. have lumps in the throat after reading this and if this doesn't kick me into action posting my belated quilt off nothing will!

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  43. Thanks for the update - it is so nice to see the quilts going off with their new owners! This is very close to my heart - I have recently welcomed a much longed for nephew into our family via adoption. Count me in for next year!

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  44. Thanks for the heartwarming report. You did a great job. And thanks for making it happen!

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