Blanket Chronicles

Virtual Blanket Sharing

I think it is safe to say that one of the things our PL Chapter’s Blanketeers miss most during the stay at home order is sharing what they have made each month at our meetings. We spend about an hour seeing the 20-50 blankets that are donated each month.  Call it a kind of blanket show and tell! From infant size blankets to teen sized blankets, there is a wealth of creative talent stitched into each blanket.

Blankets are knit, crocheted, sewn and quilted.  We hear the word diversity a lot these days and I think it applies to our Project Linus blankets. They are all different.  But the one thing that they have in common is the quality in which they are constructed.  All are well made and will “age well” as they are wrapped around and loved by a child!

Since our chapter is still unable to gather and meet, I decided to take some photos of a few blankets which were recently dropped off at my home-safely-so you could see just what I mean.  Here they are:

Notice the Wizard of Oz blanket that has a backing with little “Oz” pictures in it.  Or, the block quilt blanket with the vibrant fabric backing. Such interesting and whimsical fabric: notice the little chick on a motorcycle!  The crocheted blankets are so colorful and made with interesting stitches. One blanket has a hand stitched top followed up with machine quilting. I feel quite lucky as the Chapter Coordinator to hold each one, stitch on a label, fold it up and package it for delivery.  I have learned by making blankets myself how much time, thought and creative energy goes into each blanket….a-lot!

Our chapter has not received many blanket requests as the agencies we work with are not interacting in the same ways with their clients/children as they had been doing pre-pandemic.  I did not put out a call for blankets.  These just happen to be blankets completed by Blanketeers who opted to deliver them to me.  I have now “bagged” them by size (infant/toddler, youth and teen) and they are ready for delivery.

We are all looking for some good news during these times.  My good news during this pandemic comes in the form of blankets.  I appreciate each and every one of them: unique, colorful, and creative…..just like their makers!