• Blanket Chronicles

    New Year, New Blankets

    It was raining blankets at our 1st Project Linus meeting of the New Year!  I thought that our dedicated blanketers might take some time off from blanket making during the holidays, but I was mistaken.  At our meeting 26 new, beautiful and expertly made blankets were donated to our chapter.  For me, each blanket was a special gift reflecting the true meaning of the holiday season which is giving to others, especially to those in need. My sofa was just big enough to accommodate the blankets as you can see here. There were all types and sizes of blankets: fabric, fleece and crocheted as you can see here. It took…

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    Holiday Deliveries

    Our Humboldt County Chapter is 8 months old this December!  In those 8 months, our chapter has made 181  blankets and I have personally delivered  167  blankets.  The holiday deliveries feel especially  important.  We see holiday commercials and abundant advertising with photos of happy kids and their families.  The reality is that not every kid is feeling the holiday magic. Some of our blanket recipients are separated from their families and can no longer live with them for a variety of reasons. We know that a blanket does not replace a family.  This year, some of our blankets will be holiday gifts for kids living in  youth and family shelters.…

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    Give Fleece a Chance

    To date, the majority of the 154 blankets that our blanketers have made are quilts made from cotton fabric.   We also receive a few baby blankets that have been knit or crocheted. Quilts are a labor of love and can be quite time intensive. Fleece, on the other hand, can be cut, skip cut for a crochet edging and worked up into a light weight and warm blanket in just a few hours. Fleece is easy to wash as it dries quickly in a warm dryer. Fleece may be discounted by some in the sewing world as it is not a natural fiber like cotton.  In fact, it is…

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    Wonky Blocks

    Blanket Saturdays are great fun.  On a recent one, we learned how to make Wonky Quilt Blocks from one of our talented quilt makers. Our block teacher brought lots of fabric in assorted colors, fleece center pieces for each block and instructed us with a “you can’t make a mistake here, you can always cut it off and sew another strip” attitude. This have no fear quilt philosophy is quite helpful especially to those of us who are less experienced in the quilting arts.  In fact, in a Wonky Block, a mistake can make for an interesting visual effect that you end up being happy for its happening. In just…

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    Big Quilts, Little Quilts

    Most of the blankets made for our Project Linus Chapter are quilts: two or more layers of fabric either machine stitched or hand tied together and usually bound with a complimentary fabric binding. We have some larger quilts that go to the teen population and smaller ones that go to agencies serving young children. Whatever the size, I find myself sighing over the unique style of each quilt made for our chapter. I am new to this art form, so my quilts tend to be done with simple blocks or sewn with strips of fabric. Our more experienced quilters, create blankets with intricate fabric patterns and use precise quilting techniques.…

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    Labeling Project Linus Blankets

    As the Humboldt County Chapter Coordinator for Project Linus, I have the privilege of labeling all of our blankets with the Project Linus logo. Sewing a label on gives me the opportunity to check over each blanket to make sure that all seams are stitched well, all yarn ends are tucked in and that all pins are removed so that I know it is safe and ready for delivery to one of our youth service providers. I know each blanketeer so it also gives me an opportunity to think about that person and reflect on how fortunate I have been to meet such talented and generous blanket makers.  I am…

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    What’s A Quillow?

    Our September Blanket Saturday was all about Quillow making. A Quillow is a quilt that folds up into a pillow.  One of our experienced quilt makers and a blanketeer  for Project Linus prepped a number of Quillows for those attending to stitch up and complete.  We ended the day with three finished Quillows which you can see here. The nice thing about a Quillow is that you can use it either as a pillow or as a quilt depending on your napping needs. Project Linus received a donation of some fabric comprised of many yards.  This yardage was perfect for Quillow making and, as you can see, each Quillow has…

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    Have Blankets, Will Travel

    I recently received an e-mail from a woman named Colleen who had blankets to donate to our Project Linus Chapter. She said that she and her husband were traveling though Eureka and would be staying in Fortuna for some time. She had found our chapter on the National Project Linus website. Colleen asked where she might drop off her handmade blankets.  I gave her the address of our drop off location on the south end of Eureka.  She thanked me and said she’d drop them off the next day. I went to our blanket locker at the Bunny Hop Quilt Shop the after the drop off and found 14 beautifully…

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    Project Linus at the Natural Fiber Fair

    Project Linus was fortunate to have donated space – our thanks to the fiber fair folks- at the recent Natural Fiber Fair in Arcata. This was a great opportunity for our relatively new chapter to introduce ourselves to a fiber loving public!  We brought some of our beautifully made quilts to show the fair goers the types of blankets our blanketeers make for children in need living in our community. A few of our blanketeers volunteered to sew and stitch on Project Linus blankets during the fair so people could see a blanket being made.  We met people interested in joining our blanket making efforts and a few people who…

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    Making Strip Quilts

    On a recent Saturday, 9 blanketeers got together to make strip quilts at our meeting location, the Bunny Hop Quilt Shop.  One of our blanketeers, who specializes in strip quilts, led the session.  She brought an amazing variety of fabric strips cut in different widths.  The blanketeers sewed strips together. Then another volunteer ironed the seams open.  The strips grew in size until we had four teen-size quilt tops.  You can see photos of them here as they are being sewn together. At the end of our Saturday session, a few blanketeers volunteered to take the strip quilt tops home, add batting, backing, quilting and binding.  You can see the…