Quick gift

“Nana, will you make me a gator blanket?”

Returning to the subject of serging with Sheila the serger, I just did not know how easy and amazing it is to do things with this machine. Another project in the book Quick and Easy Sewing with your Serger by Becky Hanson, I saw the Cozy Blanket with Overlock Binding and decided to just serge the edges of a collegiate-pattern fleece remnant I had, that would be just the size for a little munchkin to cover up with on these cold nights. Voila, it was just minutes from thought to reality.

Gator blanket ready for snuggling

The project in the book had rounded corners, but I serged straight ones. I didn’t even have to cut the selvages, the machine cut off the seam allowances as I sewed.

Of course, to everyone who has a serger and knows how to use it, this is so elementary I feel like Forrest Gump blogging about it. I guess, like him, I’m not smart. I should change the inflection of my name to Jen-nay.

Had the opportunity to go with a group and help serve lunch at a homeless shelter that is run by the Catholic church.  We went on a tour and saw the main lobby area, which was full of bedding piled up. It’s so cold, they put up cots in the lobby and hand out pillows and blankets, which are piled up the next morning and washed, every day. There’s a tremendous amount of work to be done in that place. They serve one meal a day to about 160 people, and breakfast to those who have stayed overnight in the shelter. Lots of restaurants and stores donate food but it all has to be prepared and then cleaned up. If volunteers don’t show up, sometimes all the meal prep, serving, and clean up is done by four people. I think of our sweet grandkids snuggling up with a fleecy, warm gator blankie, perhaps smiling angelically about clever Nana and her quick gift :).  Then I think about those folks out on the street bundled up in hand-me-downs, hoping that someone’s cast-off charity items will help them stay warm til the cold snap eases off for a little while. You can look in their eyes, they all have a story somewhere in there.

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