Sunday, February 20, 2011

February 2011 Monthly Meeting, Show & Tell and Sew-In

What Linus Means To Me

During tough economic times, requests for blankets go up and we want to fill that need. Please consider helping us reach our goal of providing a handmade blanket to every child in Central Texas that finds him or herself in a crisis situation. The Linus Connection is need of quilters, knitters and crocheters. 

As we try to build awareness about The Linus Connection and our volunteers' contributions to Central Texas, we'd like you to think about what Linus means to you.  We encourage you to talk about Linus and share your story. If talking about your volunteerism inspires one person to make one blanket to donate, that is one child that can feel a little less scared, a little less hurt or a little less alone.

Do you use Facebook or Twitter? Do you have a blog or a YouTube page? Please talk about Linus! Do you have a friend or group that you think might be interested in volunteering? Bring them to the next meeting! Do you know a student that needs volunteer hours? The Linus Connection is a great way to give time to a charity and earn those hours! Whether you can make one blanket or many, the children of Central Texas need you.

At the March 19 meeting, you will have the opportunity to share your own Linus experience. We will be interviewing anyone that wishes to share and putting those videos into a documentary-style movie that will be posted to our YouTube channel.

For more information on When and Where we need volunteers, please visit our website.

Camp Quilts
It's time for Linus to start collecting camp quilts again!  Please remember that the camp facilities can only accept quilts.  Yarn and fleece blankets like leaves and twigs a bit too much for distribution at camp! Camp quilts need to be made in larger sizes for school-aged children, ages 7 - 17.  Thank you to everyone that donates every month and for helping to make camp quilt donations possible!

Linus Library
The Linus Connection Library of donated books is open for business! There are select books available for check out at monthly meetings or you can request a book online. Please be sure to read the library guidelines before requesting a book online.  For March 2011 only - requests need to be in by March 10 in order to receive books for the March 19 meeting.

Donations of easy quilt, knit and crochet books are still being accepted. Please make sure books are at least 
80% quilts or afghans that are appropriate for Linus blankets. And remember, the easier, the better!

Patterns Online
Thanks to your suggestions, we are constantly adding to our list of online resources. You can find lots of free patterns, ideas and helpful hints linked right from the Linus website!

Of special interest this month are the Blanket of Many Colors afghan as seen during Show & Tell and Scrappy Bricks Quilt, a favorite Linus Connection pattern!

We're Searchable
Can't find what you're looking for on the Linus website? Fear no more, we now have a search option available on every page! The search feature searches through all pages of Still can't find what you're looking for? Try the search feature on our blog, which will search all entries on

Show And Tell & Demo
Blankets were shown and donated on February 19, 2011. They are not necessarily being shown by the person that made them. We encourage you to join us at our monthly meeting and participate in Show and Tell at 10 a.m.   A free demo follows.

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February Demo Quilt by Sharon K.

Fleece blankets donated by Girl Scout Troop 2151

Work Day / Sew-In
We had a great work day after our regular monthly meeting. There was crocheting, quilters making quilt tops, sorting fabric and cutting kits! It was a great, productive day, thank you to everyone that stayed and helped out.

This was a bit of an experiment to see how much interest there would be and we hope to have many more "Sew-In" days!

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. 

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