Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Linus Connection Meeting (Weather Permitting) - September 2020


The Linus Connection Meeting (Weather Permitting)
Saturday, September 19, 2020

St Phillip's United Methodist Church (Parking Lot)
9-10 am

Weather permitting on Saturday, September 19, 2020, we will be having a Socially Distant Parking Lot Meeting with limited supplies. Drive-through is an option.

Please remember, if you are or have been sick, PLEASE STAY HOME and take care of yourself. It's okay to hold on to your donations until later and we can get supplies to you another day. Safety first!

To help make this day go as smoothly as possible, please read the information below thoroughly.

Important things to know:
  • If you join us, facemasks and social distancing are required AT ALL TIMES. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available and must be used between stations.
  • If you prefer to stay in your car, a volunteer can assist you in acquiring supplies.
How it will work:
  1. We will have a drop-off area for Quilt Tops, Pellet Pockets, and Quilts/Blankets Donations. We are asking that you please continue to bag and label your donations. This makes it easier for us to safely log in your quilts, blankets, and quilt tops. Your printable donation form is here.
  2. There will be car trunks with yarn, several bins of fabric options, fat quarter bins, & Challenge backing fabric.
  3. All stations will be spread apart for social distancing. Selections at each station can be made in person or by a volunteer. 
  4. Masks must be worn, social distancing maintained, and hand sanitizer used between stations.
  5. Pre-bagged Batting, enough for approximately 3-4 quilts will be available.
  6. 3-yard fabric kits will be available for 3-Yard quilts as shared by Becky (see inspiration post here)
  7. Label packets and Pellet Pockets will be available.

If you can't make it to drop off/pick-up, blanket donations are still being accepted at the locations previously mentioned. You can find those here.

If you have questions about this meeting, please address them to Marge.

Thanks!


   
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. 

Friday, August 28, 2020

Challenge Photos Tips & Tricks with Jennifer (video)



2020 ANNUAL CHALLENGE GOES ONLINE!
Due to the extraordinary circumstances presented by 2020, our Annual Quilt & Yarn Blanket Challenge will be presented right here on our website. In order to make this happen, we will need your help.

In addition to following the Challenge Rules, we ask that participants:
  • Pin your challenge number to your quilt or blanket making sure it's clearly visible.
  • Take a photo of EACH finished Challenge quilt or blanket. This works best if you have a helper hold up your quilt or blanket or pin or hang it from a fence or similar for pictures. Watch the above video for more tips on taking great photos of your quilts & blankets!
  • Email pictures to Osie by the deadline listed in the Challenge Rules.
  • Turn in your Challenge quilts & blankets at the designated drop-off locations (below). Challenge numbers should be removed before turning in. All we need is your photo.
  • Do not sign in your Challenge blankets. Your email to Osie is your sign in.
  • If you are not able to provide photos of your quilt or blanket, please turn it in at least one week early and let Osie know that you need a photo.


Photos will be posted and voting will take place entirely online right here on thelinusconnection.org! 
Viewer's Choice prizes to be announced.


Do you need a Challenge packet? Please contact Osie or Marge.








   
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, August 10, 2020

August 2020 Drop-Off Updates & Some Quilt Inspiration!



Sections with new information have
 been highlighted for your convenience.

Be sure to keep scrolling for some quilt inspiration!


MEETING UPDATES
The St. Philip's Campus is currently closed and meetings are canceled until further notice. Please note this includes October, which changes our birthday month significantly. More about that below.

Saturday, August 15, 2020, 10 - 11 am. Anne will be available at the St. Philip's parking lot for donation drop off ONLY. We ask that you please wear a mask and practice safe social distancing. If you would like yarn, please email Anne. Fabric & batting will not be available on this day. Challenge packets will also not be available. Please contact Marge if you need those supplies. 

Donations can also be dropped off at any of our drop-off locations. See listings below for more information.

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

2020 ANNUAL CHALLENGE GOES ONLINE!
Due to the extraordinary circumstances presented by 2020, our Annual Quilt & Yarn Blanket Challenge will be presented right here on our website. In order to make this happen, we will need your help.  TAKING GREAT QUILT & BLANKET PHOTOS -  VIDEO TUTORIAL COMING SOON!

In addition to following the Challenge Rules, we ask that participants:
  • Pin your challenge number to your quilt or blanket making sure it's clearly visible.
  • Take a photo of EACH finished Challenge quilt or blanket. This works best if you have a helper hold up your quilt or blanket or pin or hang it from a fence or similar for pictures.
  • Email pictures to Osie by the deadline listed in the Challenge Rules. Osie will log your finished quilt or yarn blanket and forward your photo to Jennifer for posting on the website.
  • Turn in your Challenge quilts & blankets at the designated drop-off locations (below). Challenge numbers should be removed before turning in. All we need is your photo.
  • If you are not able to provide photos of your quilt or blanket, please turn it in at least one week early and let Osie know that you need a photo.
Photos will be posted and voting will take place entirely online right here on thelinusconnection.org! 
Viewer's Choice prizes to be announced.

Do you need a Challenge packet? Please contact Osie or Marge.

SILENT AUCTION CANCELED
The 2020 Silent Auction has been canceled and we will not be accepting auction donations until further notice. We thank everyone who has donated so far and want to assure you that we will hold on to those items for next year. Since we are not having the Silent Auction, our largest source of annual funds, we welcome individual donations. Please see below for more information.

DONATIONS ACCEPTED
Many of our supplies are purchased with donated funds and every little bit helps. The Linus Connection is a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax-deductible within the U.S. The Linus Connection has NO paid employees. All donations are used to create handmade blankets for children in crisis in Central Texas. Donations can be made through the PayPal button below or by sending a check to the following address: The Linus Connection, P.O. Box 29491, Austin, Texas 78755





SUPPLIES
If you are in need of blanket making supplies, please contact Marge for fabric or batting. Please contact Anne for yarn. We know many of you have been working from your own stash and we greatly appreciate that. Please know that we have supplies if needed.

DROP-OFF LOCATIONS
Please consider supporting these wonderful local stores if you are able.

Please see each listing for details. 

9308 Anderson Mill Rd #300
Austin, TX 78729
512-257-1269
Look for a plastic bin outside the front door during store hours.

3010 Williams Drive Suite 156
Georgetown, TX 78628
512-863-6108
Blankets can be dropped off during store hours. 

512-238-0109
8503 Bobcat Dr. 
Round Rock TX 78681
Please call or email Marge before dropping off donations. You can also contact Marge for fabric or batting if needed.

💜  Debbe Tipping
3840 Haleys Way
Round Rock, TX
Debbe has a bin on her porch for donations. She can also arrange to pick up blankets or quilt tops if needed. Please email her if you plan to leave a donation.

BEFORE YOU DROP OFF 
YOUR QUILTS, BLANKETS, 
& QUILT TOPS...


ALL blankets should include a paper tag with a poem and a sew-on Linus label. This is especially important right now. If you are out of labels, please contact Anne and she get some to you.

Preparing your donation:

Please place donations in a plastic garbage bag or similar and include your full name and what you're donating so we can log it in (just like the sign-in sheet at monthly meetings). For your convenience, we have created a printable donation form. You don't have to use the form, but we do need the information listed for an accurate blanket count and donations must say "for The Linus Connection" so they will not be misdirected (see photo). If you would like a receipt emailed to you, please be sure to include your email address.
  • Please make sure your individual quilts and blankets are labeled and have a poem with your first name. If you are out of labels, please contact Anne. She will mail some to you. 
  • Weighted blanket tops needed! We're especially in need of sizes 9x11,  10x12, 12x14. More information.
  • We are especially in need of preemie, middle, and teen quilts & blanketsMore information.
  • Blankets will be distributed to our usual recipient facilities as needed. Delivery volunteers will be contacted personally if you have a delivery. 

QUILT INSPIRATION - 3 YARD QUILTS



We'd like to thank Becky for coordinating some quilt inspiration for us!

The following quilts were made using the book Pretty Darn Quick 3 Yard Quilts by Donna Robinson. The link takes you to Connecting Threads (not an affiliate link). You can also call one of the stores listed above to special order this fun book!

We will have more fun inspiration and even some "Demos" coming soon! If you'd like to share some quilt or yarn inspiration with our volunteers here on the website, feel free to email Jennifer.







IKEA BAGS

If you have any of the Linus IKEA bags that we use to distribute blankets, please return them when you make your next donation. Our bags say either "Please return to" or "Property of The Linus Connection" and have a vinyl pocket for an index card on one side. These can be dropped off on Saturday or left at any of the donation drop-off locations.

STAY CONNECTED!

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, Liason with all Recipient Facilities
  • Marge, Assistant Director, Fabric Donations
  • Jennifer, Social Media, Blanket Distribution


   
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. 

Friday, July 24, 2020

July 2020 Updates - Lots of new info + Show & Tell!



Sections with new information have
 been highlighted for your convenience.


Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for Show & Tell!


Our efforts to provide blankets to children in need across Central Texas are ongoing as we do all we can to keep The Linus Connection running as smoothly as possible during these difficult times. 


We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who came out to our socially distant blanket drop-off and Challenge pick up on Saturday. It was good to see so many familiar faces!

 


MEETING UPDATES
The St. Philip's Campus is currently closed and meetings are canceled until further notice. Please note this includes October, which changes our birthday month significantly. More about that below.

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

2020 ANNUAL CHALLENGE GOES ONLINE!
Due to the extraordinary circumstances presented by 2020, our Annual Quilt & Yarn Blanket Challenge will be presented right here on our website. In order to make this happen, we will need your help. 

In addition to following the Challenge Rules, we ask that participants:
  • Pin your challenge number to your quilt or blanket making sure it's clearly visible.
  • Take a photo of EACH finished Challenge quilt or blanket. This works best if you have a helper hold up your quilt or blanket or pin or hang it from a fence or similar for pictures.
  • Email pictures to Osie by the deadline listed in the Challenge Rules. Osie will log your finished quilt or yarn blanket and forward your photo to Jennifer for posting on the website.
  • Turn in your Challenge quilts & blankets at the designated drop-off locations (below). Challenge numbers should be removed before turning in. All we need is your photo.
  • If you are not able to provide photos of your quilt or blanket, please turn it in at least one week early and let Osie know that you need a photo.
Photos will be posted and voting will take place entirely online right here on thelinusconnection.org! Viewer's Choice prizes to be announced.


Do you need a Challenge packet? Please contact Osie at osie.leb@gmail.com or Marge at mlentricchia@austin.rr.com.

SILENT AUCTION CANCELED
The 2020 Silent Auction has been canceled and we will not be accepting auction donations until further notice. We thank everyone who has donated so far and want to assure you that we will hold on to those items for next year. Since we are not having the Silent Auction, our largest source of annual funds, we welcome individual donations. Please see below for more information.

DONATIONS ACCEPTED
Many of our supplies are purchased with donated funds and every little bit helps. The Linus Connection is a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax-deductible within the U.S. The Linus Connection has NO paid employees. All donations are used to create handmade blankets for children in crisis in Central Texas. Donations can be made through the PayPal button below or by sending a check to the following address: The Linus Connection, P.O. Box 29491, Austin, Texas 78755




SUPPLIES
If you are in need of blanket making supplies, please contact Marge for fabric or batting. Please contact Anne for yarn. We know many of you have been working from your own stash and we greatly appreciate that. Please know that we have supplies if needed.

DROP-OFF LOCATIONS
Please consider supporting these wonderful local stores if you are able.

Please see each listing for details. 

9308 Anderson Mill Rd #300
Austin, TX 78729
512-257-1269
Look for a plastic bin outside the front door during store hours.

3010 Williams Drive Suite 156
Georgetown, TX 78628
512-863-6108
Blankets can be dropped off during store hours. 

💜  Marge Lentricchia
512-238-0109
8503 Bobcat Dr. 
Round Rock TX 78681
Please call or email Marge before dropping off donations. You can also contact Marge for fabric or batting if needed.

💜  Debbe Tipping
3840 Haleys Way
Round Rock, TX
Debbe has a bin on her porch for donations. She can also arrange to pick up blankets or quilt tops if needed. Please email her if you plan to leave a donation.

BEFORE YOU DROP OFF 
YOUR QUILTS, BLANKETS, 
& QUILT TOPS...


ALL blankets should include a paper tag with a poem and a sew-on Linus label. This is especially important right now. If you are out of labels, please contact Anne and she get some to you.




Preparing your donation:

Please place donations in a plastic garbage bag or similar and include your full name and what you're donating so we can log it in (just like the sign-in sheet at monthly meetings). For your convenience, we have created a printable donation form. You don't have to use the form, but we do need the information listed for an accurate blanket count and donations must say "for The Linus Connection" so they will not be misdirected (see photo). If you would like a receipt emailed to you, please be sure to include your email address.
  • Please make sure your individual quilts and blankets are labeled and have a poem with your first name. If you are out of labels, please contact Anne. She will mail some to you. 
  • Weighted blanket tops needed! We're especially in need of sizes 9x11,  10x12, 12x14. More information.
  • We are especially in need of preemie, middle, and teen quilts & blanketsMore information.
  • Blankets will be distributed to our usual recipient facilities as needed. Delivery volunteers will be contacted personally if you have a delivery. 

IKEA BAGS

If you have any of the Linus IKEA bags that we use to distribute blankets, please return them when you make your next donation. Our bags say either "Please return to" or "Property of The Linus Connection" and have a vinyl pocket for an index card on one side. These can be dropped off on Saturday or left at any of the donation drop-off locations.

STAY CONNECTED!

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.







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 include them with your donation (please make a note on your form) 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.







We've had a huge request for weighted blankets and are still in need of tops. If you're able to help, we currently need the following sizes: 9x11, 10x12, 12x14. 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.

Weighted blanket quilt tops should be completed and turned in to the kitchen during our monthly meeting. Those are attention to Debbe. Quilt tops with a BACK added should be attention to Stephanie. Thank you all for your help!


We still need LOTS of Pellet Pockets! Find the instructions to make those are here.

If you are helping with Weighted Blankets making pellet pockets, tops, etc., these can be included with your drop-off donation. Please include a note on your form so we know to look for them.
Have questions? Contact Stephanie or Anne.


SHOW & TELL, July 2020
We do have some Show & Tell for you and we hope it brightens your day! These photos were taken during sorted our shared by our Facebook Group members. ♥

Blanket sorting isn't quite what it used to be, but we still get it done!











































Ready for distribution!


The Linus Connection Board Members
  • Stephanie, Executive Director, Liason with all Recipient Facilities
  • Marge, Assistant Director, Fabric Donations
  • Jennifer, Social Media, Blanket Distribution



   
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.