Saturday, June 18, 2011

June 2011 Meeting and Show & Tell

2011 Challenge
The 2011 Challenge was announced at the June meeting! It's a little different this year and there was a lot of excitement surrounding this year's theme. 

Volunteers wishing to participate in the challenge can pick up a kit at monthly meetings between now and September. Challenge guidelines and information accompany each kit (also shown below).

See the 2010 Challenge Photos

Challenge Rules:
Quilters will be provided with a grouping of batik fabrics. At least 80% of the fabric in your kit must be included in your quilt(s)*. You chose the pattern/design and how many coordinating cotton fabrics to add for borders, accents, etc. to the challenge fabric. Coordinating fabrics can be found at monthly meetings or at local quilt stores.

*This year's quilt kits include a lot of fabric. Optional: Use the extra to create a Mom & Me set or a separate Challenge Entry. Additional entry numbers are available if needed.
Crocheters and knitters will be provided with one skein of variegated yarn. At least one skein of Challenge yarn must be included in your finished blanket. Supplemental Challenge yarn will be available if needed. Add the coordinating colors of your choice, available at each monthly meeting leading up to the Challenge. Yarn can also be purchased at any local shop that sells yarn.
All standard Linus blanket requirements apply. All blankets must be complete, including quilting, binding and Linus labels attached (to the back of the blanket) to be displayed (ie, not turned in as a quilt top). All blankets (quilt and yarn) must be a minimum of 36" x 36" or larger. Please visit this link for a complete list of blanket guidelines.
The blankets will be displayed at the October Linus meeting for members, visitors and special guests to enjoy. Voting will take place to choose Viewer's Choice Yarn blanket and favorite Quilt. Prizes to be announced.
After the Challenge is over, all Challenge entries will belong to The Linus Connection and will be distributed to one or more of our recipient facilities.
The deadline for turning in your Challenge entry is 9:30 am on October 15, 2011. Blankets may be, and are encouraged to be, turned in early.
Camp Quilts
Thanks to the effort and dedication of our blanket making volunteers, The Linus Connection has successfully completed our Camp Quilt collection for 2011. Thank you for donating your time and talents to help us reach our goal and get quilts to kids in both Camp Braveheart and Royal Family Camp.


Donations were made June 18 in memory of Evelyn Covell, 
mother of Osie Lebowitz, long-time Linus volunteer,
by The Circle of Five plus One, 
The Dirty Dozen and by Honey Bee Quilt Store.

Work Day Next Saturday*

9308 Anderson Mill Road; Suite 300 
Austin, Texas 78729 
(512) 257-1269

Blankets made from Honey Bee Quilt Store's Linus Challenge blocks.

August is Recycle Your Fabric & Yarn Month
Join us for the August 20 Meeting and recycle your fabric and yarn as we stash-bust together! Bring in any Linus fabric or yarn that you've got leftover from previous meetings or decided not to use and swap it out for something else. We also welcome anything from your own collection of 100% cotton fabric or washable synthetic yarns (no wool, fun fur, etc.). We'll be sorting and sharing all those leftovers and the "I'm never gonna do that" projects! Have orphan blocks? Bring them so they can be adopted! If you're a knitter or crocheter and have a skein winder you can share during the meeting, please bring it along. Please note: we will not be bringing yarn or fabric from Linus storage, so we're depending on you to help us make this day a success!

September Cutting Day
Immediately following the September 17 meeting, we will be hosting a cutting day at our usual meeting area. Bring your rotary cutter, ruler and mat and help us cut kits for future sewing days! Cutting instructions will be provided. UPDATE: THE CUTTING DAY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 20.

Hobbs UPC Codes

Save your Hobbs batting bag UPC labels (including Thermore and other Hobbs battings) and either bring them to the monthly meeting or mail them to us at The Linus Connection, 4007 Varner Court, Austin, TX, 78732. We need 5 UPC labels per roll of charity batting that we purchase, so saving these labels are extremely important in order to have completed quilts for monthly deliveries. Please spread the word among your quilting friends, guilds, etc. and help us collect Hobbs UPC labels for Linus!

Show And Tell
Blankets were shown and donated on June 18, 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.

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Pattern for Sunny Spread


Each month, The Linus Connection offers a free short demonstration to our members. If you have a technique or pattern you'd like to share or you have a question about presenting a demo, please contact Jennifer. We're currently scheduling demos for September, November, and December.

June Demo,10-Minute Blocks 
presented by Jennifer

Demo Resources 

Video Tutorials for the 10 Minute Block:

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The Linus Connection is a Federal 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. 

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