Just keep Sorting, Sorting, Sorting and Then Seaming, Seaming, Seaming

Making more squares on the spot

Hello to all of you and HAPPY FRIDAY!

The latest donation was dropped off at Family House two weeks ago. There were a total of 22 afghans which turned out to be a great number. Not only does that mean you all have made and donated 660 squares, it was also the number of families currently residing at Family House. We were able to provide a bit of love and comfort to each family. While that is wonderful I am also working over time to get twelve more blankets done and to Family House as quickly as I can. There are 34 children, including two tiny newborns, living at Family House. I know we can make sure every child has their own blanket. In order to get twelve more blankets finished there was a lot of sorting needing to be done.

 

My earlier estimation of 600 squares waiting to be sorted was close. We actually had almost 800! Amazing work everyone!! I decided there wasn’t a better time to sort squares than when my husband was out of town. If any of you have seen the facebook page you already know what sorting looks like. My house may not be large, but the great amount of squares took up two rooms of my house. My four children jumped in and started separating the squares by color. My daughter even organized squares into an afghan. I will have to remember her skills in the future. She has an eye for these things. I spent two days fitting squares together for afghans. When my husband came home it still looked like a yarn store had exploded in my living room and dining room. Many photos were taken and posted to facebook for feedback. I had several people helping choose square combinations via internet. Then, the lovely Christie came to visit with coffee. She and I were able to knock out the rest of the squares in five hours. I will forever owe her caramel lattes from Chandler Cafe. Oliver thought the coffee was quite delicious. Enough so he poured her latte into a cup and drank it himself. Sorry, Christie! Christie saved the morning with coffee, but she also saved my sanity and a few afghans. After several days of staring at squares the colors and patterns were starting to blur. She put together a group of squares I would have never thought would work in an afghan. It took a while, and Christie sitting down to crochet a couple more squares to make it work, but in the end it was one of the more fun afghans. In all, Christie crocheted five squares that day to make sure an afghan was finished and looking it’s best. Thank you for that. That means two more blankets are ready to be made instead of going back into the pile to wait for the next sorting. At the end of the day we have 23 blankets needing to be seemed and a box of about 150 squares in reserve needing other squares to make them great.

Boxing them up

Today, I will be meeting a woman who found us via facebook. She is so excited to get involved with Love-Squared. In her words she is “crocheting squares like mad.” As a big bonus she also wants to learn how to seam them together. I am so grateful for people who want to help seam the squares. More hands make a huge job so much quicker.

I cannot thank any of you enough for the time you spend making squares, seaming, and spreading the word of LOVE-SQUARED. There are over 70 children with our blankets now and very soon another 23 will be donated. Please keep the squares coming! These blankets mean so much to the children who receive them.

Leah

Founder of Love Squared.

6 Comments on "Just keep Sorting, Sorting, Sorting and Then Seaming, Seaming, Seaming"

  1. Christie says:

    Whoa! What a way to start my Friday morning! :)
    I am honored, and smiling away at the day we spent together. Happy to pop in again, ANY time!!!
    Maybe next time, I’ll get Oli his own little decaf caramel cup-o-love…

  2. Elizabeth says:

    This is so awesome!

  3. linda j says:

    Those newborns you mentioned. I took 11 flannel baby quilts over just after Christmas. Are they all gone already?
    I have flannel cut for at least 5 or 6 more.

    Let me know.

    • Leah says:

      I am going to assume they were given out pretty quickly after you dropped them off. Renee was the one who told me they had a few newborns needing blankets.

  4. tami evans says:

    so happy to be a part of this!!!….love love love this organization….my family is planning the intervention as we speak!!

    • Leah says:

      Knitting and crocheting is pretty addicting. Feeding your addiction while helping others is a bonus. Thank you for all of your help, Tami. You are a SUPER SEAMER!

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