• Blanket Chronicles

    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…

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    Quarterly Reporting

    Project Linus requires that all chapters report quarterly on how many blankets have been collected and how many blankets have been distributed to organizations serving children between birth and age 18.  We started our 1st quarter in April and ended it in June. We started with a 0 balance of blankets. In our 1st quarter we collected 49 blankets and distributed 31 of those to the agencies on our blanket distribution list.  All of the agencies who receive blankets are very appreciative of these blanket donations. Today I made a donation of 10 blankets to a program of the Redwood Community Action Agency. They operate a temporary housing shelter for…

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    Blanket Artists

    Humboldt Project Linus has received 41 blankets since the chapter began in April. Many of them I consider works of art though they also serve the intended purpose of a blanket which is to provide comfort and warmth. I have pictured a few blankets here.  The fabric choices, the designs and the stitching are all stellar.  I am touched by the time, care and effort our blanketeers took to create these blankets. I received a thoughtful thank you card from staff at Hospice who provide grief counseling for teens.  Project Linus delivered some blankets to Hospice last month.  One person wrote:  “Thank you so much for the blankets.  I know…

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    Blanket Deliveries

    Humboldt Project Linus has been busy!  Seven beautiful, teen sized blankets were delivered to Hospice of Humboldt in May.  Hospice staff leads a Teen Support Group and they welcomed blankets for individuals in the group. Seventeen blankets were delivered to The Forgotten Initiative which works with foster care children. The photo here shows blankets out for delivery! Blanketeers make new blankets for kids because they know they will be used by the children who receive them. As one blanketeer said, “Sometimes kids come into foster care with nothing but the clothes they are wearing at the time.” When we had our 2nd monthly meeting on June 5th, five more blankets…

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    Blanket Day

    Six blanketeers gathered at the Bunny Hop Quilt Shop on Saturday May 19th for the 1st make-a-blanket-day. It may have been gray outside, but inside the blanket making room was full of color, creativity and laugher.  You can see a few blanketeers here. And you can see their blankets here.  One blanketeer dropped off  14 blankets and another 3 were completed by the end of the afternoon. More photos have been added to our blanket gallery so you can see the talents of this group.  I love seeing the variety in the blankets which range from infant to teen size.  They all sparkle with color, vibrant designs and are now…

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    Blanketeers Unite

    The first meeting of Humboldt Project Linus was held today at the Bunny Hop Quilt Shop. Fifteen people attended and shared their interest in this project. Project Linus attracts people with big hearts, creative spirits and the desire to do something for another person-in this case a local child in need of a blanket hug.  I know this group will make beautiful blankets and have fun along the way. After the meeting, I received the first blanket for our chapter made by another blanketeer -not me!  It is a beautiful quilt made with happy, animal fabric and it is the perfect weight for a young child.  This blanket is most…

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    Blanket Patience

    Starting a new chapter for Humboldt County Project Linus has made me think about patience.  I know that there are agencies who need blankets, but I do not have any to give them at the moment except for what I make.  I know that there are  blanketeers out there, but we have not yet connected.  I am confident that  connections will be made and over time the blankets will come in.  I know that they will be beautiful and reflect the spirit and personality of the blanket maker. I need to remember to enjoy the journey and think about where I am, not where I want the chapter to be.…

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    Blanket Thoughts

    Part of the experience of making a blanket for a child I will never meet is that it makes me think about kids and their parents. My children are well into adulthood, but I can remember the experience of raising them.  Kids are not like appliances.  They do not come with a manual.  Even if you read up on child development, books are not going to help you in times of  parenting challenges. Fortunately, I only dealt with broken bones, allergic reactions and the usual kid illnesses. Project Linus blankets go to children who may not recover from an illness or who may be challenged by it for their lifetime.…

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    Quilts Were Gifts

    I was invited to speak at the Redwood Empire Quilters Guild(REQG) by Judy De Graff, current President.  I had spoken with Judy earlier in the week and she was quite helpful. REQG members share their special talents by making community quilts.  She started off the meeting by reading thank yous from people who were recipients of their quilts. I wanted REQG to know about the new Project Linus Chapter and thought there may be a person or two who’d be interested in making a few blankets. PL blankets are not works of art like the quilts that REQG members make, though I have seen some simple, yet beautifully quilted PL blankets.…