Several months ago Lily's Quilts Lynne put out a call for donations to the UK charity Siblings Together. Siblings Together works with kids in the foster care system (as we would call it in the US) who have been separated from their siblings. They bring the siblings together in camps and events to maintain and build family ties, in spite of the horrible circumstances.
This mission resonated with me personally because I'm a parent in family by adoption. In the states we call it open adoption, meaning the particulars are all in the open, and the amount of contact between adoptive and biological families are a matter of discussion. The stories of heritage, history, connection, and kinship with families of choice, families by law, and families by biology continue to develop in our home. I must admit that I have not always been great at maintaining all those connections. Contributing to this project was a way to remind myself how important all those connections are to my son and my family.
I pulled a quilt I'm extremely fond of out of my growing stack of quilts. It has four circular flower blocks in faded bright colors. Thomas sent me the prints from his first fabric collection, Pear Tree. For Siblings Together, I added a twill label with space for one child to write a note to his or her sibling, to remember their time together.
The Siblings Together project is participating in Katie Swim, Bike, Quilt's 100 quilts for kids blog hop.
I'm now determined to find a local adoption-related quilt action group. Do you know any groups in Northern California?