Monday, July 02, 2018

Welcome Blanket, Phase 2

The Smart Museum at The University of Chicago hosted the Welcome Blanket project last year. They received over 3,000 blankets from crafters all over the world. Here is the mission statement for the project: 
The Welcome Blanket Project aims to connect people already living in the United States, residents with our country's new immigrants through stories and handmade blankets, providing both symbolic and literal comfort and warmth.  At the same time, the project offers a positive, hands-on way to understand the scope of a 2,000 mile border wall and to subvert it from an idea of exclusion to one of inclusion. By participating in this project, people will also come together to talk about immigration policy and how it affects real live people.
Larry with Ellen's contribution for the MODA Exhibition

This year, Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is hosting the project. Welcome Blanket will be part of MODA's "Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism" exhibition from June 3 through September 9, 2018. Blankets are due at the Museum by August 25, 2018. If you'd like to participate in this project, send your completed blankets to:
Welcome Blanket
1315 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Last year I crocheted three blankets for the Chicago Exhibition. Here is a photo of one of my blankets on the wall at the Smart Museum:
One of Ellen's Blankets, top left corner, The Smart Museum, Chicago
The blankets are fairly small, 40" x 40". This is a relatively easy project to complete in a short time, so you still have time before the August 25th deadline. Here are the pattern details, although you can use any pattern you'd like as long as the size is the same. Be sure to include a WELCOME NOTE with each blanket.
Sixteen 9-inch squares with a 2-inch border. Acrylic yarn, Size "J" crochet hook, Basic Granny Square.

I crocheted 16 nine-inch basic granny squares using a "J" hook. The border is about two inches wide. I added little fleur de lis corner embellishments. I have so much acrylic yarn in my stash, that I might be able to make one more blanket before the deadline. I hope you can help too!

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