Saturday, October 15, 2011

2011 Blanket Challenge and Birthday Celebration

October 2011 is The Linus Connection's 12th birthday!

Birthday Celebration

What an amazing day! The Linus Connection celebrated its 12th birthday on October 15, 2011. We announced our 2012 Fundraiser and welcomed special visitors. We gave away tons of door prizes, gifted Stephanie with the quilts our volunteers made for her and her family, we broke our past record for quantity of Challenge blankets turned in and gave out Viewer's Choice awards! It was genuinely an amazing day.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers for all the wonderful food. We had plenty of leftovers, which were donated to the fire fighters stationed across the street from St. Phillips. They were very appreciative to receive not only cookies and cake...but chocolate cake!

Buttons and bookmarks for our visitors and volunteers; 2010 and 2011 medals, awarded by Hospice Austin.

Stars for Stephanie and Family

Stephanie Sabatini, founding member and Executive Director of The Linus Connection, lost her home and everything in it in the Steiner Ranch fire in September.

Our volunteers, doing what they do best, assembled Stars For Stephanie and her family. In just over a month, Linus volunteers designed, pieced, assembled, quilted, bound and labeled four quilts for Stephanie, her husband, and their two children. Today, we presented her with those quilts.

Special Guests & Gifts

We welcomed special guests Judy and Gerald, the generous donors of many miles of high quality quilting cotton, Cyndi, a visitor from Scott & White, who presented us with a special gift, and Marjorie, with a donation to Linus from her women's group for future supplies.

2012 Fundraiser Announced
The Linus Connection will be raffling off a quilt to help buy supplies, fabric, batting, yarn, etc. for our volunteers to keep creating beautiful blankets for children in Crisis in Central Texas. Tickets will be available for sale at each monthly meeting through February. 

Tickets are $1 each OR $5 for 6 tickets. Tickets may be purchased from any Linus Connection volunteer, at monthly meetings October - February or via email from Valerie

Click the banner above or right here for more details. You can also download this printable flyer.

Challenge Quilts

Winning Quilts by Maureen Scheevel (quilts on the left) and Kathy Sellstrom (quilts on the right)

2011 saw a record number of quilts turned in for our annual Challenge. This year's Challengers were presented with a pack of batik samples. Many volunteers were able to get two or more quilts from one packet of fabric, create "A" and "B" versions (or more!).

Paula wins the random participation drawing for quilters.

All Challenge quilts - shown in no particular order:

Challenge Yarn Blankets

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winning yarn blankets by Sue Sellstrom (blanket on the left) and Sharon Rasmusser (blanket on the right)

As usual, our crocheters and knitters met the Challenge and created beautiful afghans. Their challenge included a random skein of variegated yarn and a solid coordinate, to use how they chose.

Marilyn wins the random participation prize for Yarn.

All Challenge Yarn Blankets - shown in no particular order:

Previous Challenges:

2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007 / 2006 / 2005

A huge thank you to every volunteer, visitor and friend of Linus for making the last 12 years amazing. We continue our mission to provide a handmade security blanket to every child in a crisis or at-risk situation in Central Texas.

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

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