Monday, September 18, 2017

September 2017 Meeting, Show & Tell, Hurricane Harvey Collection Update

Saturday, October 21, 2017


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Charity Sew Days @ The Stitching Studio
12325 Hymeadow Dr,  #4-102,  Austin, TX 78750

The Stitching Studio invites Linus volunteers on the
second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 1 - 4:30, for Charity Sewing.
Work on your charity project with no studio cost. Linus Kits will be available

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The Linus Connection has been coordinating collection and distribution of handmade quilts and blanket for those children affected by the ravages of Hurricane Harvey. 
The amazing generosity of makers never ceases to amaze us!
As of September 15, 2017...
  • We've received 79 boxes and packages at our post office box and the homes of two of our volunteers.
  • 559 Blankets have been donated through Austin Disaster Relief Network. On Saturday we had already added another 180 to be donated!!
  • 279 of those blankets were made by our local volunteers.
  • 47 came though donations left at Honey Bee Quilt Store
  • On Saturday, September 16, 2017, 180 MORE blankets were collected for delivery.
  • These blankets have come from 29 states and 1 Canadian province. 
  • We've received blankets from a Project Linus group in Illinois, a 10 year old girl, a Girl Scout Troop in North Carolina, Quilt Guilds across the country, and as Anne said at our meeting, the list goes on and on!
ADRN has informed us there is still need for comfort quilts & blankets and we will continue to deliver blankets to ADRN for distribution for those children who need them. Blankets or quilts received after ADRN no longer needs them will go to one of the Central Texas facilities we regularly supply.

For those of you who have been concerned that our usual recipient facilities will be neglected during this time, please set your mind at ease! We were able to fill all September requests. ♥

The following are photos we've shared on Instagram & Facebook during this extraordinary outpouring of generosity. Unfortunately, due to the sheer quantity of quilts & blankets, we were unable to photograph each one, but they are ALL important and appreciated!

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Anne packed with quilts, blankets, & pillowcases 
(donated through Honey Bee Quilt Store),
 all destined for Austin Disaster Relief Network

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The Annual Blanket Challenge is part of our Birthday Celebration held every October. It's a great opportunity for our volunteers to try something new and showcase their talents to visitors and recipient facilities.

Challenge Blanket Makers - PLEASE HAVE YOUR BLANKETS TURNED IN TO OSIE BY 9:00 ON THE DAY OF THE OCTOBER MEETING (updated by Marge from 9:30).

Volunteers, please consider bringing a snack to share on this special day. All of our recipient facilities are welcome. We will, as always, have lots of fun door prizes, our Annual Silent Auction, and more!

Mark your calendars! This year's event will be Saturday, October 21.

Hobbs UPC Codes

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.

Read more about the Hobbs Charity Batting Program here.
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Everything you need to know about making blankets to donate to The Linus Connection: Sizes, fabrics, & more! Printable document at the link.

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Please remember: Paper Tags should include your first name at the top. 
ALL blankets should include a paper tag and a sew on label (see diagram above).

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Our volunteers make hundreds of blankets each month to meet the need of children in crisis in Central Texas. To do this, many supplies are needed. We are constantly in need of washable 100% acrylic yarn. Leftover balls of yarn to full skeins are gratefully accepted.

Have yarn? Bring it to the next Linus meeting or leave it at one of our Drop-Off locations clearly marked for The Linus Connection.

Not from the Austin area? Email Jennifer for the best address to mail yarn donations!

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We continue to have requests for weighted blankets, and are in special need of the larger sized quilt tops.

Please turn your Pellet Pockets and finished tops for Weighted Blankets at the monthly meeting, Please note: If you are helping with Weighted Blankets, pockets, tops, etc. go in the blue bin 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.

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Each month after Show & Tell, we present free, short demonstrations of blanket making techniques to our volunteers. 

Want to share a Demo with our group? Email Jennifer!

Upcoming Demos & Presentations:

  • October - No Demo (Birthday/Annual Challenge)
  • November - Airplane Applique
  • December - No Demo (Holiday Party)
  • January - TBA
  • February - TBA
  • March - TBA

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Show And Tell

Blankets were shown on Saturday, September 16, 2017. They are not necessarily being shown by the person that made them. Only a sampling of donated blankets is shown each month.

All blankets shown were donated to children in crisis in Central Texas.

We encourage you to join us at our monthly meeting and participate in Show and Tell.

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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. 

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