• Blanket Chronicles

    Happy Blankets To Us!

    This month of May marks our 3rd birthday for Humboldt Project Linus.  Who knew that the small, but mighty group of Blanketeers who attended our 1st meeting would make 1,100 blankets in three years and deliver 1,072 of them? Let’s not forget that during that time we experienced a global pandemic which greatly affected how blanket deliveries are made. Fortunately, our Humboldt PL Chapter will resume meeting on our birthday month.  We are looking forward to our monthly meetings, sharing blanket projects and providing blankets to children in our community who need a blanket hug. I want to thank our Blanketeers, who barely missed a blanket step during these past…

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    Spring Brings Funding

    Humboldt Project Linus has received funding from two local organizations this spring:  Coast Central Credit Union (CCCU) and Humboldt Sponsors.  In both cases, we received what we had requested: $500.  CCCU has sponsored us for the past three years and Humboldt Sponsors has provided funding for the past two years.  These funds have been a tremendous help to our mission which is to make and deliver new, homemade blankets to children in our community who need a blanket hug. The pandemic has posed challenges to our chapter.  We have been unable to meet for over one year.  Many of the agencies we work with were unable to have direct, personal…

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    The 1,000th Blanket

    We did it!  The pandemic may have slowed us down a bit, but not by too much. Our chapter’s first meeting was in May of 2018.  In mid-2019, we wondered how long it would take us to get to the 1,000th blanket made. It was always a goal: the 1,000th blanket! Our chapter stopped meeting in March 2020, but blanket making continued.  The blanket drop off location became my home and we learned how to do deliveries safely with masks, outside, and watching the distance between us.  I quickly learned that blanket deliveries in the rain are not much fun so I only accept blankets when rain is not in…

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    91 And Still Stitching Away

    When our Project Linus chapter was meeting at The Bunny Hop Quilt Shop we had a locker there for blanket drop offs. It was always a special surprise for me to see a bag in there with blankets along with the name of the maker. One of the blanket makers was a woman named Lorraine.  She made blankets of all sizes, using happy fabrics and most were quilted with a long arm. Maybe if the pandemic had not happened, I would not have met Lorraine. My home became the blanket drop off site when the quilt shop closed in May of 2020. Lorraine contacted me and we arranged for her…

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    A New Year Bag of Blankets

    January 2021, what a month!  As the days went by in this new year, somehow Happy New Year did not seem to fit with what was actually happening. A deadly riot in our nation’s Capitol, an Inauguration surrounded by National Guard Troops and fences with barbed wire on top, a Covid vaccine rollout with numerous shortages, reports of mutant Covid virus strains globally and the news that this is one of the driest winters in California in twenty years. The latter certainly does not bode well for fire season. Getting back to normal seems like a moving target which makes having patience for that even harder. I think many of…

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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…