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    Windowsill Blocks

    At our last meeting in September, our talented blanket makers made windowsill blocks. The idea is to think about what you might see if you look out of a window.  You might see: ladybugs, owls, dogs, houses, bear and maybe oceans with sea creatures!  Or, maybe you will spy a boy knight in shining armor. Our Project Linus Chapter has many talented quilters and they have lead us in assembling different block patterns.  The windowsill blocks were fun to create and the end results were quite whimsical.  I took a number of windowsill blocks home and created a few blankets.  You can see the blocks below as they are assembled,…

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    It Takes a Village…of Blanketeers!

    I have lost count of how many times I have said to my dedicated group of Blanketeers:  “I could not do any of this without you all!” Sometimes when I say it, I find myself getting a little weepy because I continue to be touched by their remarkable blanket “spirit” and their generous blanket contributions. In the last month, 41 blankets were made and donated to our chapter. In that same month, I delivered 43 blankets to local agencies. I made 5 of those blankets.  Without the other 36, those blanket deliveries would not have been possible. I am the Chapter Coordinator for Humboldt Project Linus but without these committed…

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    Gnomes and Sushi, Who Knew?

    Our chapter is fortunate to get periodic donations of batting, fabric and yarn. A recent donation yielded many, pre-cut 5 inch squares including one with little gnomes and one with sushi graphics.   I made a blanket with a few of the gnome squares and then I brought the rest of them along with the sushi squares to a recent meeting of our Humboldt Chapter. We have been offering up fabric to one another at our meetings and it has been fun to see what others can do with fabric remnants.  At the end of this particular meeting, I noticed that all the gnome and sushi squares were gone.  I…

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    We Meet Again!

    On June 26th we met at our new location in Old Town, Eureka: Buttons. They gave us a warm welcome which felt very good! Buttons has a large sewing studio which is perfect for our monthly sewing events.  36 blankets were made, presented and donated to our chapter at this meeting.  All of the blankets were absolutely fabulous and stitched with love. The Blanketeers at this meeting are all vaccinated so we felt relaxed and quite happy to be connected again for our monthly meetings.  I am quite proud of our Blanketeers for continuing their blanket making during the pandemic.  Their commitment to the mission of Project Linus is remarkable…

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    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…