Squares, squares and more squares…

Oh my goodness! When Anne was unloading her car at Nancy’s Stitch Studio on Sunday, with all the squares that I knew we already had, plus all of the squares that she had collected from the Retirement Villages on Saturday, I was hoping that we were going to get a good turn-out of people to sew them together…sew session 2

… and did we what!! People came and went during the course of the afternoon, however over 20 people helped out on the day, and several others have offered to take squares home to stitch or crochet into blankets – it was such a fun afternoon. I’m just letting the photos speak for themselves…

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to everybody that has helped make this project come to life… especially to Anna, for all of the ringing and emailing that she did to get the Libraries and Retirement Villages on board, as well as to Shirley and Jane for hosting events and keeping in touch with loads of people, and to Anne who did a lot of driving around delivering yarn and collecting squares. I love this fabulous team of ladies I have around me – you keep me grounded and on track.

Thanks to the various venues and hosts around the region; the many people who made squares at home and delivered them to us; and of course to everybody that showed up at the 27 events that we held over the 10 days, as well as at the sewing session yesterday. I’m in awe of the kindness and generosity of so many people, and I’m thrilled to know a bunch of wonderful new friends.

To know that every square has been made with love, and every blanket that’s made will be treasured by its end recipient, really brings me great joy – and you should all be proud of your contributions, remember that every single square make a difference!

And on that note – please keep them coming… we will continue to make blankets as long as the squares keep coming, because the demand will never go away. People need warmth and comfort – from our young ones who get removed from home and put in foster care or spend some time in a refuge, to people who’ve been dealt a rough hand and don’t have a place to sleep, to struggling families who need a pick me up in the form of a cheery blanket – every square counts.

This will be an ongoing project…

Thank you all so very much from the bottom of my heart.

Yours – with love, compassion and hope

Maggie

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