Tuesday, September 21, 2021

September 2021 Meeting with Demo and Show & Tell


Hello, friends!

Thank you to everyone who came to our September 2021 meeting. October 2021 will be our BIG BIRTHDAY MONTH and everyone is invited! 

  • WHO - All Volunteers, Recipient Facilities & individuals, and friends!
  • Where: St. Philip's Family Life Center, to the left of the playground.
  • When: Saturday, October 16, 2021, 9-11 am
  • What: The Linus Connection's 22nd Birthday featuring Door Prizes, our Annual Quilt & Yarn Challenge, Silent Auction* items, and new this year, a $5 Fat Quarter Table*!
  • Annual Challenge: Our Annual Challenge will be on display in the playground featuring quilts and yarn blankets made by our wonderful volunteers. We'll vote for favorites and hand out prizes for Viewer's Choice! Challenge Entries are due no later than 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 16. Have a question about the 2021 Challenge? Email Osie (osie.leb@gmail.com). See our past Challenges.
  • Food: Volunteers are invited to bring a snack or treat to share. Drinks will be provided.
  • Silent Auction: The 2021 Silent Auction will be our biggest ever, with 2 years of auction donations up for bidding! There will be crafting items, quilting, fabric, yarn, and much, much more! The auction closes at 10:45. Winners must be present to win. Payment* is required at the end of the auction and then you can take your goodies home! Watch our social media for previews. Have questions? Contact Jennifer (jennifer@thelinusconnection.org)
  • $5 Fat Quarter Table:  $5 Fat Quarter Table with bundles of 6 fat quarters for a donation of $5. Payment* is required on the day of the event.
  • Blanket Donations will still be accepted during our Birthday Celebration. Not able to make it? Find a Drop-Off location!
  • Masks: For the continued safety of all of our volunteers, we ask that all attendees please wear a mask.

*Cash, check (payable to The Linus Connection), & PayPal are accepted for Donations, Silent Auction payment, and the $5 Fat Quarter table. For PayPal, donors will either need the PayPal app on their phone OR to be logged in to their PayPal account on their phone. The Linus Connection will not have the facilities to log in to user accounts or accept payment any other way. We appreciate your understanding. The Linus Connection is a Federal 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible. 

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

2021 Meetings
October 16, 2021
November 20, 2021
December 18, 2021






 
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.



September 2021 - "Hidden Wells" with Susan B.

Susan shared a versatile demo on Saturday to play with strips and a variety of fabrics.
 
Thanks to Maria for the additional photos!



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

Upcoming Demos:
  • October 2021 - Birthday Month! Challenge & Silent Auction
  • November 2021 - Available!
  • December 2021 - Holiday Party (no Demo)
  • January 2022 - Pin Basting Your Quilt with Kaye H.
  • February 2022 - "Whirling Stripes" with Paula B.



Blankets shown were donated on Saturday, September 18, 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. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

September 2021 Meeting Reminder



This is a reminder that The Linus Connection has resumed in-person meetings on the third Saturday of each month. This next meeting is this Saturday.

  • Where: St. Philip's Pre-School Building
  • When: Saturday, September 18, 2021, 9-11 am
  • What: Announcements, updates, Show & Tell, Demo, Blanket donation collection, sorting/distribution, supply pick-up, and Linus Mall.
  • Demo: Hidden Wells with Susan B. We are in need of a November 2021 Demo. Please email jennifer@thelinusconnection.org if you'd like to volunteer.
  • Silent Auction Donations: Basket donations for the Silent Auction to take place during our October 2021 meeting should be given to Jennifer O in sorting. Unless previously arranged, we are not currently accepting other Silent Auction donations.
  • Masks: For the continued safety of all of our volunteers, we ask that all attendees please wear a mask.
  • 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, August 23, 2021

August 2021 Meeting with Show & Tell



Hello, friends!

Thank you to everyone who came to our August 2021 meeting. We very much hope to see you again next month.


2021 Meetings

September 18, 2021
October 16, 2021
November 20, 2021
December 18, 2021


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




Annual Challenge packs are now available!


Challenge kits and rules were handed out during our June 2021 meeting. If you missed it, check with us at next month's meetings to get your Challenge Pack.

The Annual Quilt & Blanket Challenge is part of our Birthday Celebration and both will be back in October!

The Challenge is a great opportunity for our volunteers to try something new and showcase their talents to visitors and recipient facilities. 

Mark your calendars: This year's event will be Saturday, October 16, 2021.

Have a question about the 2021 Challenge? Email Osie.



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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.

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. Ready-to-sew pellet pockets can be picked up at our monthly meeting. Please note that volunteers do not need to fill the pockets, just get them ready to fill! Instructions to make those are 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.



We're delighted to be able to share Demonstrations with our volunteers again! If you'd like to book a Demo for this year or early 2022, please email Jennifer.

Upcoming Demos:
  • September 2021 - "Hidden Wells" with Susan B.
  • October 2021 - Birthday Month! Challenge & Silent Auction
  • November 2021 - "Whirling Stripes" with Paula B.
  • December 2021 - Holiday Party (no Demo)
  • January 2022 - Pin Basting Your Quilt with Kaye H.



Blankets shown were donated on Saturday, August 21, 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
 
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.