Tuesday, November 23, 2021

November 2021 Meeting with Demo and Show & Tell

Thank you all for joining us for the November 2021 meeting of The Linus Connection. With your help, we distributed approximately 800 quilts and blankets to children in crisis in Central Texas just for the month of November!


Did you miss our October Birthday Celebration? 


Need to change your email or be removed from the list? Contact Jennifer.

2021 Meetings
December 18, 2021

2022 Meetings
January 15, 2022
February 19, 2022
March 19, 2022
April 16, 2022
May 21, 2022
June 18, 2022
July 16, 2022
August 20, 2022
September 17, 2022
October 15, 2022
November 19, 2022
December 17, 2022



Do you have a fabric donation? 
Please contact Marge to make drop-off arrangements. Thanks!







 
Please remember: Paper Poems should include your first name at the top with the ribbon tied in a bow. Use a safety pin on quilts, NO safety pin on yarn blankets.

ALL blankets should include a paper tag with a poem and a sew-on Linus label. See diagram for placement.

Dropping your donation off? Everything you need to know is herePlease note that quilts & blankets need to be bagged for drop-off locations, but not for monthly meetings.


To qualify to order “Charitable Batting” from Hobbs Bonded Fibers, we are required to provide UPC labels
from Hobbs packaged batting.

If you are a quilter or know any quilters, please save your Hobbs batting bags or UPC labels and either bring them to the monthly meeting or mail them to us at The Linus Connection, P.O. Box 29491, Austin, Texas 78755. 

Please also ask any quilting friends you know to do this as well. We really depend on this batting to fulfill our deliveries each month.






Our weighted blanket tops are made with 4 1/2" squares to make 4" finished blocks. We can also use brick quilt tops if the bricks are staggered and the sizes are equivalent to a top made with 4 1/2" squares. Brick quilt top tutorial.

We are currently in need of weighted blanket tops in the following sizes:

  • Teen appropriate fabric  10x10, 9x11, and 10x12 squares.  
  • Middle school appropriate fabric in 8x10, 8x8, 9x9 squares.
  • Elementary appropriate fabric 6x8, 6x9, 7x9 squares.

Weighted blanket quilt tops should be completed and turned in to the kitchen during our monthly meeting. These will be picked up by Anne. Thank you all for your help!


If you are helping with Weighted Blankets making pellet pockets, tops, etc., these go on the desk in the kitchen. Be sure to sign tops in on the Sign In Sheet as Quilt Tops. 

Have questions? Contact Stephanie or Anne.


Instead of our usual Demo, we had a special presentation from Osie, Kathy, & Suzanne of 17 finished quilts made from 21 yards of fabric donated by Timeless Treasures! Kathy & Suzanne made all of the quilts from the variety of teal floral fabrics and Osie quilted all the tops!










 If you'd like to book a Demo please email Jennifer.

Upcoming Demos:
  • December 2021 - Holiday Party (no Demo)
  • January 2022 - Pin Basting Your Quilt with Kaye H.
  • February 2022 - "Whirling Stripes" with Paula B.
  • March 2022 - Available



Blankets shown were donated on Saturday, November 20, 2021, and will go to children in crisis in Central Texas.

Show & Tell quilts &  blankets are not necessarily being shown by the person that made them. Only a sampling of donated blankets is shown each month.

We encourage you to join us at our monthly meeting and participate in Show and Tell.

Click on any photo to see it bigger!


















Please keep an eye on the website, join our email list, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram for the latest Linus information. We also have a Facebook Group just for Linus Connection volunteers where you can share photos and chat! You can join here.


The Linus Connection Board Members
  • Stephanie, Executive Director, Liaison with all Recipient Facilities
  • Marge, Assistant Director, Fabric Donations
  • Jennifer, Social Media, Blanket Distribution
  • Anne, Yarn, Mail, Weighted Blankets


 
The Linus Connection    P.O. Box 29491    Austin, Texas 78755
The Linus Connection is a Federal 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

November 2021 Meeting Reminder



Hello, friends! This is a reminder that The Linus Connection's November meeting is this Saturday.

  • Where: St. Philip's Pre-School Building
  • When: Saturday, November 20, 2021, 9-11 am
  • What: Announcements, updates, Show & Tell, Blanket donation collection, sorting/distribution, supply pick-up, and Linus Mall.
  • Demo: No Demo this month. Email jennifer@thelinusconnection.org if you have something you'd like to share
  • Masks: For the continued safety of all of our volunteers, masks are encouraged.
  • Not able to make it? Find a Drop-Off location below!
Need to change your email or be removed from the list? Contact Jennifer.

Now that we'll be getting back to regular monthly meetings, we encourage you to drop your blankets off in person. If that isn't an option for you, the following drop-off locations will continue to be available:
Please see each listing for details. 

9308 Anderson Mill Rd #300
Austin, TX 78729
512-257-1269
Donations can be dropped off inside the store during regular store hours (M-Sat, 10-5).

3010 Williams Drive Suite 156
Georgetown, TX 78628
512-863-6108
Blankets can be dropped off during store hours. Check website for up-to-date hours.

512-238-0109
8503 Bobcat Dr. 
Round Rock TX 78681
Please call or email Marge before dropping off donations.



ALL blankets should include a paper tag with a poem and a sew-on Linus label. These will be available at our June meeting, Please note, you no longer need to bag your blankets in plastic or include a log sheet unless you are dropping them off at one of the locations listed above.


Please keep an eye on the website, join our email list, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram for the latest Linus information. We also have a Facebook Group just for Linus Connection volunteers where you can share photos and chat! You can join here.


The Linus Connection Board Members
  • Stephanie, Executive Director, Liaison with all Recipient Facilities
  • Marge, Assistant Director, Fabric Donations
  • Jennifer, Social Media, Blanket Distribution, Email
  • Anne, Yarn, Mail, Weighted Blankets


 
The Linus Connection    P.O. Box 29491    Austin, Texas 78755
The Linus Connection is a Federal 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible. 

Monday, October 18, 2021

22nd Birthday Celebration, Challenge, Silent Auction, & More!

Linus Connection volunteers have made and donated 88,000 quilts since 1999!

Our special Birthday meeting was back in person for 2021 and included gorgeous quilts and blankets made by our amazing volunteers for our 17th Challenge, a Silent Auction, Fat Quarter & Book Sale, door prizes, and more!


Board Members Jennifer, Stephanie, & Marge during announcements

We welcomed special guest Sandi representing the WIC program, shared updates with our members, and generally had a lovely time seeing everyone under one roof. If you made it out, thank you for coming, and if not, we hope to see you next time!


St. Philip's UMC generously hosts The Linus Connection each month. We asked our volunteers to help fill their Food Pantry donation box and they came through with flying colors!


♥ Door Prizes ♥

We shared fun door prizes from a variety of donors. These are just some of our lovely winners.

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We had two fundraiser sales at our 22nd Birthday Celebration. For the first time ever, Fat Quarter Bundles (6 for $5) as well as Books & Patterns for $1. Books, Patterns & Fat Quarter sales raised $661 in donations!  The 2021 Silent Auction raised  $3686, $433 more than our last Silent Auction in 2019! We received an additional $740 in donations!


♥♥ Fat Quarter & Book Sales♥♥
Books, Patterns & Fat Quarter sales raised $661 in donations!

  

♥♥ 2021 Silent Auction♥♥

Thank you to everyone who donated items, especially Hobbs Bonded Fibers for two rolls of their wonderful 80/20 Heirloom Batting, and those wonderful individuals who donated items both large and small, baskets, and more, all to support our non-profit. Every single donation makes this happen! 

Thanks also go out to Jennifer for organizing, and huge thanks to Sarah, Sheryl, Carol, Kimberly, Paula, & Eileen for helping build 60 Silent Auction Baskets and Suzanne for helping us push through to the end!

The biggest thank you goes out to our bidders for always making this a fun event and for your continued support of The Linus Connection. ♥

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Before Bidding:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bidding Begins!
The 2021 Silent Auction raised $3686!







Winners heading out with their goodies!


 



♥♥ 17 th Annual Quilt & Blanket Challenge ♥♥
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♥♥ VIEWER'S CHOICE♥♥ 

Volunteers and visitors alike had the opportunity to see all of our beautiful Challenge Quilts & Yarn Blankets and to cast their votes for favorites in three categories: 

Yarn, Applique Quilts, & Pieced Quilts. There are two favorites chosen from each category. Viewer's Choice Yarn favorites took home Joann Fabric & Craft Gifts Cards. 

Viewer's Choice Quilt favorites took home Honey Bee Quilt Store and Poppy Quilt & Sew gift cards, donated by the stores.

Our Quilt Challenge was sponsored by Timeless Treasures
who donated the fabric for our wonderful quilts!

We also had Door Prizes donated by a number of wonderful donors!


photos by Maria Olivo

Viewer's Choice Applique
Karla Ester


Viewer's Choice Applique
Susan McMeanis


 
Viewer's Applique
Beck Rodier

Viewer's Choice - Pieced
Rita Loyd

Viewer's Choice Pieced
Kaye Howard


Viewer's Choice Yarn
Marcia Stille

Viewer's Choice Yarn
Sharon Kyslowsky

Sharon had to leave early, but not before we got this great photo of her Crazy Cat Lady costume!



♥ Challenge Quilts & Yarn Blankets ♥

Thank you to Osie for organizing the Challenge for the 17th year and thank you to all the volunteers who pitched in to make this happen!

All Challenge Quilts & Blankets shown were donated to The Linus Connection and will go to a child in our community in need of a little extra TLC.

♥ 2021 Challenge in Progress ♥

 

 


♥ 2020 Winner's Gallery 
Quilts and Yarn blankets made by our 2020 Challenge Winners using the 2021 Challenge packets.

   

 


♥♥♥  2021 Quilt & Yarn Challenge Entries ♥♥♥ 
Categories
Quilts - Pieced (P)
Quilts - Applique (AQ)
Yarn (knit & crochet)

photos by Maria Olivo





































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2021 Meetings
November 20, 2021
December 18, 2021
January 15, 2022
February 19, 2022


Demo needed for November 20, 2021! Please email Jennifer (jennifer@thelinusconnection.org) if you have something you'd like to share.


The Linus Connection Board Members
  • Stephanie, Executive Director, Liaison with all Recipient Facilities
  • Marge, Assistant Director, Fabric Donations
  • Jennifer, Social Media, Blanket Distribution, Email
  • Anne, Yarn, Mail, Weighted Blankets

 
The Linus Connection    P.O. Box 29491    Austin, Texas 78755
The Linus Connection is a Federal 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible.