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by Clare Mansell

A few weeks ago I was asked if I’d like to take part in a collaborative craft project to promote a new postal service. It was one of those occasions when I had to sit on my hands to avoid replying indecently quickly. Combining my loves of quilting and blogging and getting a small incentive to do so? How could I possibly say no!?

The project is called #CraftTheParcel (like pass the parcel, but errr with crafters!) Over the next two months, 18 creative bloggers in two teams are going to create a fabric square (quilted, crocheted or knitted) and post it on to the next blogger in the chain. When they receive it they attach it to their own square and then the chain carries on. At the end we should have two blankets that are approximately 36 inches square which will be gifted to charity.


I was first in the chain for team two so I made my quilted square earlier this week and it was collected by the InPost courier to be forwarded on to Kim at The Triplet Diaries. As I was first and have no idea what others later on are planning, I chose to do something very simple in a modern geometric design. I think subliminally I was also thinking about those who crochet in our team who may be considering making Granny Squares!

InPost operate a series of parcel lockers up and down the country, so my quilted square should arrive at Kim’s nearest locker tomorrow. She will then get a text to let her know it’s arrived and she can go and collect it at a time that suits her (even if that’s 2am!) The text contains a link to a QR code which when scanned by the on site computer will open her parcel locker door. It’s very clever!

The whole #CraftTheParcel project is being promoted across social media, so you can follow the progress by checking the hashtag on Twitter. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the other talented ladies produce.

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Carie October 15, 2014 - 6:05 pm

That sounds like so much fun – I’m looking forward to seeing the quilts built up as they go from post to post!

Jennifer Jain October 15, 2014 - 6:49 pm

It looks fantastic! I’m so excited to be taking part, although I need to wait a few weeks until the blanket gets to me when it will be nearly finished, I can’t wait!

anthea barton October 16, 2014 - 10:49 am

I really love how social media has brought crafters together to do amazing things. This is a wonderful project … looking forward to seeing the finished blankets!

Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry October 16, 2014 - 10:57 am

Wat a fun project to get involved in. I always want to make a quilt for the kiddoes but I am so uncreative – maybe I can commission you to teach me.


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