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    End of 2020 Year Blankets

    Humboldt Project Linus is alive and well in spite of the raging pandemic.  In 2020, our chapter made 375 blankets and delivered 366 blankets to agencies working with children in our community. We did this following pandemic guidelines to keep people safe from virus transmission: masks, distancing, and hand gel. We start the New Year with more blankets coming in and more blankets going out!  I continue to be proud of our Blanketeer’s commitment to the mission of Project Linus and the time they invest creating beautiful, new homemade blankets.  Here are some of the blankets I received during the last few months of 2020. There is so much talent…

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    December Blankets 2020

    It has been a challenging year for all.  Due to the pandemic, our chapter is still unable to meet and a number of the agencies we donate blankets to remain closed for blanket deliveries. In spite of these challenges, our Blanketeers have continued to make blankets and deliver them to me wearing masks while having brief contact.  I have continued to reach out to agencies and am realizing that there is even a greater need for a warm blanket or 2…make that 34! This month we donated 34 blankets to children from birth to age 17.  While I am at home following Covid guidelines, many of the children we delivered…

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    Soroptimists Support Humboldt Project Linus

    (Note: The following was written by one of our Blanketeers, Jeanne Sapunor.) The Humboldt County Chapter of Project Linus, a non-profit organization providing “security through blankets,” is slated to receive a $500 donation from Soroptimist International (SI) Humboldt Bay chapter, thanks in part to the fund raising effort and dancing talents of Cooper Avila,10,of McKinleyville.         Through his GoFundMe page,(https://www.gofundme.com/f/cooper-avila-high-heels-for-healing), Cooper posted his tap routine to “Do You Love Me” by The Contours.  A student at Pacific Union in Arcata, he put his dance number online, in lieu of performing it live at “High Heels for Healing,” Soroptimists’ annual fundraiser that was cancelled due to COVID restrictions.…

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    Fall Harvest Blankets

    We have our Covid blanket delivery protocol in place and it works each month!  A Blanketeer contacts me with blanket making information.  We arrange for a delivery date/time at my home.  Once arranged, the Blanketeer drives up, I go out masked up and transfer beautiful blankets into my home.  This is not nearly as much fun as we had when we met on monthly Blanket Saturdays. Pre-Covid, we could get together, share blankets, chat, laugh, eat and then have a sew day and create more blankets. I know we all miss that. I think about what one Blanketeer said about our Humboldt Chapter a while back:  “We are small, but…

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    Another Scrappy Quilt

    Project Linus has been fortunate to receive fabric donations from local community quilters.  Sometimes a health issue forces a quilter to stop making quilts or a quilter decides to downsize their fabric cupboard and may donate to us.  Sometimes, we get fabric scraps leftover from a quilt project.  Many of our Project Linus blankets have been made from fabric scraps. I think the word “scrap” has a negative connotation as it conjures up landfills or things people may not want.  But for quilters, fabric scraps are like pots of gold: treasure! I recently received a donation of some fabric in bright, happy colors.  Some of the fabric was in larger…

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    100 Blankets

    What does Mint Chocolate Chip have to do with: Purple Passion, Log Cabin Jumble, Mosaic Granny, Strawberry Patch, Blueberry Hills, Flowering Tea Leaves, Posey Patches and Hydrangea Cloud? These descriptive names are patterns in just a few of the 100 blankets Blanketeer Susann has made for our Humboldt Co. PL  Chapter. Susann and her husband are planning on relocating to southern Oregon. Susann had the goal of crocheting 100 blankets for our chapter before she departs. She has successfully met her goal despite incurring a bad fall which resulted in a broken wrist (repaired with surgery) and a fractured pelvis.  At about the 80th blanket, I told her that her…

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    Smith River Blankets

    Usually I know where our chapter’s blankets are made: Humboldt Co.  But, sometimes they come from an unexpected place like Smith River, Ca.! I received a call from a woman in Smith River who has been a blanketeer for decades.  She used to live in the Bay Area, retired to Smith River and had continued to donate her blankets to the San Jose Chapter.  Given her current distance from San Jose and the pandemic, she looked for a chapter closer to her home and found Project Linus Humboldt.  This blanketeer said she had 19 crocheted blankets and wondered if our chapter would be interested in them.  Of course, I said:…

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    Blankets in July

    I delivered 36 blankets to local agencies in July and dispersed our inventory of youth and teen sizes.  This is a good thing as it means that a blanket is out there wrapped around a kid, not stored in a plastic bag in my sewing room!  When I let our Humboldt Chapter know that I was out of these blanket sizes, they came to my blanket rescue!  Within a few weeks, I had multiple deliveries of youth and teen sizes and all deliveries were made safely with masks and social distancing! For a small chapter, our group is exceptional in both productivity and in the quality of construction of each…

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    779 Blankets In-765 Blankets Out

    Our Project Linus Chapter here in Humboldt is not going to let this VIRUS get us down!  It certainly has posed some challenges for us.  We have been unable to meet as a group for over four months.  The agencies who receive our blankets have had to change their operations which has meant that our blanket deliveries have slowed down. Our Chapter delivered 32 blankets in June so we know that there remains a need for what we provide.  Our Blanketeers had hoped to deliver 1000 blankets by December 31, 2020.  That hope was put out there before the pandemic hit our country and county. To date, we have made…

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    More Virtual Blanket Sharing

    It is pretty clear that Project Linus Blanketeers in the Humboldt Chapter do not let a pandemic get in the way of their blanket making!  We may not be able to meet, but that has not prevented multiple blanket donations recently.  Again, as you can see, our chapter’s blankets are colorful and come in a variety of styles and sizes. Remember the Find Waldo series?  Well, for those of you who took part in our Orphan Block sewing session or our Dutch Breeze Block making session…can you find those blocks stitched into a few quilts in this “batch” of photos?  One of our Blanketeers not only leads some of our…