Tuesday, November 22, 2022

November 2022 Meeting Updates, Show & Tell

November News:


Thank you to everyone who joined us for our November meeting. As a reminder, there will be no Demo in December. Instead, we hope you'll join us for our Holiday Celebration! Feel free to bring a snack or treat. We will have drinks and some fun surprises for our volunteers!


The Linus Connection Board would like to welcome Sarah Spence who has joined the Board for a trial period. Thank you Sarah!


If you paid for a t-shirt and have not yet picked it up, please contact Anne.


 
We'd like to share a special thanks to Camp Braveheart volunteer Ash, who shared many, many orphan blocks and quite a few quilt tops from their neighbor. These are the first two completed and turned in for donation. Thank you, Ash!


Anne at a DVISD event for special education and at-risk families.

 The Del Valle school that our blankets are going to is their DAEP  (Disciplinary Alternative Education Program) campus. The goal is for the students to return to their local schools.  This event was a parent & family night. Community partners were invited to attend and showcase some of their work.  We were one of 4 to do so and I used blankets from our first delivery including 2 weighted blankets. They had a barbecue dinner and a speaker whose aim was to motivate the kids in their life choices.

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Upcoming Meetings

2022 Meetings:
December 17, 2022

2023 Meetings:
January 21
February 18
March 18
April 15
May 20
June 17
July 15
August 19
September 16
October 21
November 18
December 16




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.













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 above for placement or watch this super short video!

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.



We continue to need Weighted Blankets. All info on how to help with this special project is here.

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.





This month's Demo was Scrappy Quilts with Sarah Spence, Sheryl Kowalczyk, Eileen Valdez, & Carole Coleman.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Upcoming Demos:
  • December - Holiday Party (no demo)
  • January - Panels with Marge and Friends
  • February - How to use Leaders and Ender to make a quilt with Paula
  • March - Skateboard Demo with Marge
  • April - Demo with Paula B
  • May - Challenge Handouts
  • June - Available
  • July - Available
  • August - Available
  • September - Available
  • October - Birthday Celebration (no demo)
  • November - Available
  • December - Holiday Party (no demo)





Blankets shown were donated on Saturday, November 1, 2022, and will go to children in crisis in 9Central 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.

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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. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

November 2022 Meeting Reminder




Hello, friends! This is your reminder that The Linus Connection's next meeting is this coming Saturday.

  • Where: St. Philip's Pre-School Building, 16321 Great Oaks Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681
  • When: Saturday, November 19, 2022, 9-11 am
  • What: Announcements, updates, Show & Tell, Blanket donation collection, sorting/distribution, supply pick-up, and Linus Mall.
  • IKEA Bags - Delivery persons: this is a reminder to please return any of the labeled blue IKEA delivery bags you may have.
  • Demo: Sheryl & Sarah present a demo!
  • Not able to make it? Find a Drop-Off location!

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



REMINDER: ALL blankets should include a paper tag with a poem and a sew-on Linus label. Learn more here.

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. 

Monday, October 17, 2022

23nd Birthday Celebration, Challenge, Silent Auction, & More!


Linus Connection volunteers have made and donated over 90,000 quilts since 1999!

Saturday, October 15, 2022, we celebrated our 23rd birthday. Our special day included gorgeous quilts and blankets made by our amazing volunteers for our 18th Challenge, a Silent Auction, Fat Quarter Sales, T-Shirts, door prizes, and more!

Board Members Jennifer, Stephanie, & Marge during announcements



St. Philip's UMC generously hosts The Linus Connection each month. We asked our volunteers to contribute to their pancake mix drive 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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♥ FUNDRAISERS ♥

Our 2022 Birthday Fundraisers were a huge success and we could not have done it with out you!



♥ Donations ♥

Some of our newest blanket makers from the North American Taiwanese Womens Association shared a $500 donation from their group as well as $100 in personal donations. Thank you, ladies, we're delighted to have you as our volunteers!

We received $500 in other personal donations.

 All donations go toward blanket-making supplies and to pay for our storage unit, printing, and meeting supplies. THANK YOU to everyone who supports The Linus Connection. We could not do this without you.


♥ Fat Quarter Sales ♥

Fat Quarters Raised $470!

 ♥ The Linus Connection T-Shirts ♥
We had T-Shirts available for our volunteers. These were sold at cost and were not a fundraiser for us. We can't wait to see you all wearing your new shirts!

♥♥ 2022 Silent Auction♥♥

The 2022 Silent Auction raised over $4,700!

This was a record-breaking year for us with 71 Baskets, 82 Kits, and 29 large items!
Want to see what we auctioned? Preview close-ups of all items are here.

Thank you to everyone who donated items, especially Hobbs Bonded Fibers for a roll of their wonderful 80/20 Heirloom Batting, and to all 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, & Susan for helping build 71 Silent Auction Baskets. Big thanks also to Suzanne and everyone else who helped 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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♥♥ 18th Annual Quilt & Blanket Challenge ♥♥
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♥♥ VIEWER'S CHOICE♥♥ 


We had a wonderful time seeing all of the fun Challenge Quilts & Blankets this year!

Volunteers and visitors alike had the opportunity to vote on their favorites in three categories:

Yarn, Applique Quilts, & Pieced Quilts

There are two favorites chosen from each category. All winners took home fun prizes! All the Prizes were donated by a variety of Linus members.  Gift certifications were purchased by Linus. 

The Challenge Fabric was a donation from Noelann Brown's estate and this Challenge is dedicated to her memory.

We also had Door Prizes donated by a number of wonderful donors and all challenge participants who had a quilt or blanket on display took home a participation prize.


Yarn Winners:
Sue Sellstrom #209
(shown by Jennifer)

Valerie Monnet #206

Applique Winners:
Shelley Daley #105 and #106
(just one prize, but we had to share both!)

Lynn Lewis-Kimmel #108

Pieced Winners:

Kathy Hoelter #109
quilted by Terry Covington

Maureen Scheevel #112


♥ Challenge Quilts & Yarn Blankets ♥

Thank you to Osie for organizing the Challenge for the 18th 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 Winner's Gallery 
Quilts and Yarn blankets made by our 2021 Challenge Winners using the 2022 Challenge packets.








 ♥ Parade of Participants! ♥

For the first time, we share a Parade of Participants so we can see the faces behind the blankets. Enjoy!

(A few entries are shown by someone other than the maker.)




































Thank you to Eli Ofenstein for photographing our event.









Still want more?


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Upcoming Meetings & Demos

Meeting Dates:
November 19, 2022
December 17, 2022
January 21, 2023
February 18, 2023
March 18, 2023
April 15, 2023
May 20, 2023


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

Upcoming Demos:
  • November - Demo with Sheryl & Sarah
  • December - Holiday Party (no demo)
  • January 2023 - Panels with Marge & Friends
  • February 2023 - How to use Leaders and Ender to make a quilt with Paula B
  • March 2023 - Skateboard Demo with Marge
  • April 2023 - Demo with Paula B
  • May 2023 - Available

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.