The events of last weekend touched me very deeply, prompting me to do the one thing that I know I can do to make a difference: create something beautiful out of the pain. So, feeling limited by my inability to follow a crochet pattern, I bought a book on making granny squares and buckled down to learn the basics.
I’ve spent most of this week creating squares, and can now follow and create a basic pattern (on paper, that is!). So I’ve gathered a few friends together on Facebook and have put together this quilt pattern. I have no idea how many squares I’ll receive, so I have no idea how many quilts will end up being created, but I’m continuing to crochet non-stop so that there can be at least one! This first quilt will be donated to one of the many organizations here in Edmonton that are working to welcome and support 3000 Syrian refugees in the next year.
This is the basic sketch; the 25 squares in the centre are 6’x6′ , and the remaining squares surrounding are 5’x5′. The negative and positive space are reversed for simplicity’s sake, but the peace sign will be bright/warm colours and the background dark/cold colours.
I welcome any and all who want to contribute to this project! Add me (Ilara Stefaniuk-Gaudet) on Facebook with a granny square pm, and I will send you the address to send squares to! I welcome all colours and patterns of square as long as they are either 6’x6′ or 5′ x5′.😊
As you may have guessed, this will be a long-term project; I am aiming to be finished this first quilt by sometime within the holiday season. I am personally completing between 1 and 5 squares per day currently, but that may increase as I get faster with practice! That being said, I’ll likely shift the nature of this blog to follow general arts and writing, as well as hosting guest guerrilla artists, as I zone in to focus on getting this project done. Feel free to contact me if you would like to be featured as well!