Sunday, October 20, 2013

2013 Challenge and Birthday Celebration

On October 19, 2013, The Linus Connection celebrated our 14th Birthday and our 9th Annual Challenge!

It was a beautiful, crisp, clear morning full of good food, gorgeous quilts and afghans and very good friends!

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Announcements, Donations & Special Guests!

Special Guest Sherry Payne from The Settlement Home shares a special thank you with The Linus Connection.
Special Guest Georgia Tabor shares updates from Heart of Texas Threads of Love.

Total donations to The Linus Connection during the celebration were over $730! 
Thank you to everyone that supports our efforts.

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9th Annual Challenge

Osie explains this year's Challenge. We offered gorgeous sets of Hoffman batiks for our Quilt Challenge. For yarn blankets, we offered bright happy yarn from Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn.

Viewer's Choice Favorite Quilts & Yarn Blankets!
Visitors and volunteers alike had a chance to vote on their three favorite blankets for 2013. The top two quilts and top two yarn blankets were chosen for the Viewer's Choice awards.
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And now...the Challenge entries!

Previous Challenges:
2012  2011  2010  2009  2008 ♥ 2007  2006  2005


Viewer's Choice (yarn) winners Keith and Sue S. (L-R)
Each winner received a gift certificate to Hobby Lobby and a prize.

Viewer's Choice (quilts) by Catherine and Beck (L-R).
Both winner received a gift certificates donated by Honey Bee Quilt Store and a Bali Pop from Hoffman Fabrics.

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Yarn Blankets:

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The Meeting

Our meeting included lots of blanket packing and sorting, great donated fabrics, wonderful treats brought by our volunteers, a fun silent auction with donations helping buy supplies, lots of great door prizes and a fun guessing game!

Our Second Annual Silent Auction, all proceeds going to blanket making supplies.

Goodies for our visitors: Blanket Specifications cards, Linus buttons and bookmarks.

Guess the number of buttons and all about The Linus Connection!

Wonderful Hoffman Fabrics for our volunteers to choose from! 

Our volunteer Challenge Blanket hangers having lots of fun!

Fabric Sorting and Selection for quilts of the future!

Our wonderful volunteers stitching labels on blanket donations.

Wonderful treats to share!

Beautiful Gift Baskets provided by Keith.

Volunteers and visitors enjoying the Challenge.

Gathered together for winners and announcements.

Some of our winners!

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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. 


  1. Wonderful photos and a great day! And of course, beautiful quilts and blankets. The e-mail is going out to friends who aren't lucky enough to live here.

  2. Beautiful work from a bunch of great people - I'm happy to join you!

  3. This is the first birthday celebration I've missed and I see by the photos it was the best one yet! Thank you to all the volunteers who make this possible. I'll be sure to be back next year!
    Shirley W