Spring has arrived! I even got chance to sit in the garden last weekend for an hour or so to do some hand sewing! I was finishing off the baby quilt for one of my lovely friends whose baby is due in a couple of months. I won't post a full picture of the quilt in case she looks, but you can have a sneak preview! I'm loving these colours together, and I've quilted it with a thin batting, so it's really light but still snuggly.
Brenda at Just A Bit Frayed has now opened the linky party for the Bust Yo! Scraps quilt-a-long, so that everyone who took part can upload a photo of their finished quilts. I used this photo that cee pea took for me as, although I know it doesn't show the quilt up close and personal, it's a pretty special photo to me.
I also had a sort through my fabric last week and managed to find enough to make another couple of pillowcase dresses for the Dress a Girl Around The World project. These dresses are so quick and easy to make, and knowing that they're going to children who really need, and will love wearing, them makes it even more enjoyable. I sent all four dresses off to Louise at Sew Scrumptious; she does an amazing job collecting these dresses and making sure they get to where they need to be.
Talking of amazing........I read this post on Lilly's Quilts blog a couple of days ago and instantly knew I'd like to be involved. Siblings together is a charity which provides opportunities for contact between siblings who have been separated by care. This organisation arranges camps where separated siblings between 7 and 17 years old get to spend quality time together. Lynne's idea is to get enough quilts donated so that each child leaving camp this summer will take their own home with them, with a label on it which their sibling(s) have written a special message on for them. Pretty awesome right! This Flickr group has been set up for everyone to share ideas and support, and I am truly amazed at the generosity of fellow quilters! I know that I can find enough time to make a quilt, but don't currently have enough fabric - cue lovely people! Some people are offering fabric to those people who need it (like the lovely Bessiemae who is sending me some fab purple scraps to use), others are organising group projects so that people can make as many blocks as they can and they will turn them all into quilts, and others are donating quilts that they have already, or are planning to make. There are therefore loads of ways to be involved! So, can I tempt you to join in too?