• Blanket Chronicles

    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…

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    Details, details, details….

    I am so impressed with the creativity and the quality of our chapter’s blankets.  So much detail is stitched into the blankets in terms of fabric choice, quilt design, thread colors, and blanket artistry.  Here are a few examples of this. I have been learning how to make a quilt.  It takes time and patience.  So when I see what our blanketeers are making, it is quite impressive.  So much love and care is put into each blanket….I think these details are an expression of the blanketeer’s compassion for knowing that the child who receives the blanket needs one that is special. And all of them are:  the kids and…

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    Labeling Blankets

    All Project Linus blankets that pass the quality “test”: well made, washable and appropriate for kids get a Project Linus label sewn onto it.  I have the honor of doing this and it gives me a chance to think about the blanket maker, their blanket style and their interest  in our mission: bringing comfort to children through new, homemade blankets. This beautiful stack of blankets came from our last Project Linus meeting.  One was crocheted, a few were hand quilted and the others machine stitched.  This group of blankets are sized for toddlers and younger children. Each blanket has a unique personality and as I stitch on the label I…