• Blanket Chronicles

    Virtual Blanket Sharing

    I think it is safe to say that one of the things our PL Chapter’s Blanketeers miss most during the stay at home order is sharing what they have made each month at our meetings. We spend about an hour seeing the 20-50 blankets that are donated each month.  Call it a kind of blanket show and tell! From infant size blankets to teen sized blankets, there is a wealth of creative talent stitched into each blanket. Blankets are knit, crocheted, sewn and quilted.  We hear the word diversity a lot these days and I think it applies to our Project Linus blankets. They are all different.  But the one…

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    Blankets in the Time of the Virus

    What a difference a germ makes!  When this virus (Covid-19) began to show itself in China in December 2019, I did not have my virologist thinking cap on.  I thought: that sounds bad, but I did not connect the viral dots and think this could be bad for us.  It was bad for China and it still is bad for most of the people on this planet now including us. Our chapter did not meet in March and we still do not know when it will be safe to do so. As we have learned from the germ experts, you do not switch off a pandemic like you do a…

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    We Needed Some Good News

    Every year our chapter must fund raise a minimum $500.00 to satisfy the requirements of our Project Linus Headquarters.  They provide insurance, manage our fund account, provide chapter guidance and make sure that we, as a non-profit, are in compliance with federal laws. I am pleased to announce that we received notification today from Humboldt Sponsors that we have been awarded $250.00.  Their mission:  “We make good things happen for local  kids!”  Well, our chapter does that as well so this support will help us make blankets that will feel good to local kids. I received the check today from Humboldt Sponsors which certainly made a positive difference on this…

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    A Mickey Mouse Blanket

    The local agencies who contact me for blankets usually specify sizes and how many they need: infant/toddler, youth and teens.  Recently, I was contacted about the need for a very specific blanket: one with Micky Mouse on it! The request was on behalf of a young child who was not talking, but got very excited whenever he saw Mickey Mouse.  The idea was that if a blanket had Mickey on it, maybe it would stimulate “chat” about Mickey and other things.  I did not have a Mickey blanket on hand, but knew it would not be a difficult blanket to stitch up. I purchased some Mickey fabric, flannel, some colorful…

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    “Small, but Mighty”

    Those are the words of one of our Blanketeers following our first meeting of the new year.  At our meeting, 52 blankets were collected.  Photos of these blankets were added to our Blanket Gallery page. The pictures below are the blanket “bags” before I sorted by size (infant, toddler, youth and teen) and prepared them for distribution. We have 13 very active blanket makers. Our chapter will have a 2 year anniversary this May.  Since we began, we have made 617 blankets and delivered 593 of them.  Please check out a new page on our website called: Blanket Testimonials and you’ll read about the impact our blankets have had on families…

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    A 100% Handmade Quilt Blanket

    Our Project Linus Chapter has been welcomed to attend the annual Fiber Fair held in Arcata for the past two years.   This has been a wonderful venue for us to share our mission with other fair goers.  We exhibit our homemade blankets, offer our brochures and other informational fliers and have our blanketers stitching blankets and answering all kinds of questions related to what we do and how we do it! At the fair this past fall, I met a blanketeer who had recently relocated from the Sacramento area.  She made blankets for the Project Linus Chapter there. She shared that she does not use a sewing machine, but…

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    Shar’s Scrap Stars

    One of the fun aspects of our blanket making chapter has been the ongoing sharing of quilting patterns, techniques and sewing tips.  At a recent Blanket Saturday, one of our blanketeers lead the group in a quilt block pattern and construction we called:  Shar’s Scrap Stars!  Our blanket makers brought some large fabric squares and complimentary fabric for piecing.  With a few rotary cuts and a few sewn seams, Shar’s Scrap Stars were created and placed up on the fabric wall.  You can see them here. As we did in a previous post, (Bug Jars), these stars will be sewn together to create a finished quilt. You can see the…

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    Bug Jars

    Those of you familiar with the quilting world know that quilt blocks often have names: Flying Geese, Log Cabin, Windmill, Attic Window, Maple Leaf and many more.  At our last Blanket Sew Day, we made Bug Jars!  Two of our Blanketeers collected bug fabric, jar and lid fabric, cut the shapes and presented them to our group to stitch up. One of the fun and interesting aspects of our Project Linus Chapter, has been teaching and sharing quilt techniques. This sharing and sewing has lead to assembling quilts with blocks made by 8-10 people. Blocks are made, stitched together, quilted with batting and backing and bound by one volunteer.  We…

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    500 Blankets

    On Aug. 26th, I stopped by the Bunny Hop Quilt Shop to check our blanket locker.  As usual, there were some finished blankets inside.  When I returned home and logged them into our Project Linus database, that blanket pick up resulted in getting to 500 blankets made since our chapter began in May 2018! Skilled sewing, fun colors, stunning patterns, quirky fabrics, colorful threads, soft yarns, warm fleece=the best blankets for kids from birth to age 18.  I continue to be impressed with the blankets our blanketeers create.  Their generosity and kindness is stitched into each blanket they make.  Thank you blanketeers…you make our chapter possible.

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    Blankets In: 471 Blankets Out: 434

    Remember the childhood classic: The Little Engine That Could?  Recently, one of our blanketeers  likened our chapter to that little engine.  We are a small chapter of 10 active blanketeers who meet monthly.  We also have had some blanket donations from others who support our mission, but do not regularly attend our meetings. Let’s see…471 blankets divided by the number of months our chapter has been active (15 months) equals: 31 blankets made each month or about one blanket made each day. Not only does our chapter  make a remarkable number of blankets given our size, but these blankets are also remarkable for their colors, designs, and construction.  I know…