Craft project will help raise cash for premature babies

French Grey Tales in Morpeth. Picture by Jane Coltman.
French Grey Tales in Morpeth. Picture by Jane Coltman.

A Morpeth business owner is calling on crafty people from the community to help turn a swatch book of fabric into a charity money-maker.

French Grey Tales in the town became stockists of Liberty Art Fabric in May and owner Layla Walsh, whose children were both born premature, has decided to create a blanket to be raffled for charity.

“My daughter Daisy was born 16 weeks early weighing just 1lb 7oz and George was also born nine weeks early at 31 weeks,” she said.

“Since having Daisy, I have helped in any way I can, but as my business has grown, I haven’t been able to offer my time as much as I used to.

“I was sat looking at the swatch book that we get from Liberty Art Fabric and I thought we could do something special with it.”

Layla is now calling on the community – including members of her hugely successful Facebook group, French Grey Tales Making Things Pretty – to get behind the project and help sew the swatches together to create a quilt to be donated to Ward 35 at the RVI as a raffle prize.

“We will compile a huge Liberty Alice in Wonderland Tana Lawn Quilt and this can be donated to the ward and used to raise money for the hugely important work they do,” she added.

“It means so much to me to be able to help something so close to my heart.

“The business that grew through having post traumatic stress after having my babies, I had started painting as a form of therapy and it became a business.

“What’s so lovely is that so many wonderful people are making something with their hands and creating something very special to help raise money for the fantastic work that happens at the RVI caring for the babies born sick and too early.

Anyone who wants to get involved can call into the shop on Chantry Place and pick up some Liberty squares.

A justgiving page is also in the process of being set up for those wanting to contribute.