Monday, October 18, 2021

22nd Birthday Celebration, Challenge, Silent Auction, & More!

Linus Connection volunteers have made and donated 88,000 quilts since 1999!

Our special Birthday meeting was back in person for 2021 and included gorgeous quilts and blankets made by our amazing volunteers for our 17th Challenge, a Silent Auction, Fat Quarter & Book Sale, door prizes, and more!

Board Members Jennifer, Stephanie, & Marge during announcements

We welcomed special guest Sandi representing the WIC program, shared updates with our members, and generally had a lovely time seeing everyone under one roof. If you made it out, thank you for coming, and if not, we hope to see you next time!

St. Philip's UMC generously hosts The Linus Connection each month. We asked our volunteers to help fill their Food Pantry donation box and they came through with flying colors!

♥ Door Prizes ♥

We shared fun door prizes from a variety of donors. These are just some of our lovely winners.

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We had two fundraiser sales at our 22nd Birthday Celebration. For the first time ever, Fat Quarter Bundles (6 for $5) as well as Books & Patterns for $1. Books, Patterns & Fat Quarter sales raised $661 in donations!  The 2021 Silent Auction raised  $3686, $433 more than our last Silent Auction in 2019! We received an additional $740 in donations!

♥♥ Fat Quarter & Book Sales♥♥
Books, Patterns & Fat Quarter sales raised $661 in donations!


♥♥ 2021 Silent Auction♥♥

Thank you to everyone who donated items, especially Hobbs Bonded Fibers for two rolls of their wonderful 80/20 Heirloom Batting, and those wonderful individuals who donated items both large and small, baskets, and more, all to support our non-profit. Every single donation makes this happen! 

Thanks also go out to Jennifer for organizing, and huge thanks to Sarah, Sheryl, Carol, Kimberly, Paula, & Eileen for helping build 60 Silent Auction Baskets and Suzanne for helping us push through to the end!

The biggest thank you goes out to our bidders for always making this a fun event and for your continued support of The Linus Connection. ♥

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Before Bidding:








Bidding Begins!
The 2021 Silent Auction raised $3686!

Winners heading out with their goodies!


♥♥ 17 th Annual Quilt & Blanket Challenge ♥♥
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Volunteers and visitors alike had the opportunity to see all of our beautiful Challenge Quilts & Yarn Blankets and to cast their votes for favorites in three categories: 

Yarn, Applique Quilts, & Pieced Quilts. There are two favorites chosen from each category. Viewer's Choice Yarn favorites took home Joann Fabric & Craft Gifts Cards. 

Viewer's Choice Quilt favorites took home Honey Bee Quilt Store and Poppy Quilt & Sew gift cards, donated by the stores.

Our Quilt Challenge was sponsored by Timeless Treasures
who donated the fabric for our wonderful quilts!

We also had Door Prizes donated by a number of wonderful donors!

photos by Maria Olivo

Viewer's Choice Applique
Karla Ester

Viewer's Choice Applique
Susan McMeanis

Viewer's Applique
Beck Rodier

Viewer's Choice - Pieced
Rita Loyd

Viewer's Choice Pieced
Kaye Howard

Viewer's Choice Yarn
Marcia Stille

Viewer's Choice Yarn
Sharon Kyslowsky

Sharon had to leave early, but not before we got this great photo of her Crazy Cat Lady costume!

♥ Challenge Quilts & Yarn Blankets ♥

Thank you to Osie for organizing the Challenge for the 17th year and thank you to all the volunteers who pitched in to make this happen!

All Challenge Quilts & Blankets shown were donated to The Linus Connection and will go to a child in our community in need of a little extra TLC.

♥ 2021 Challenge in Progress ♥



♥ 2020 Winner's Gallery 
Quilts and Yarn blankets made by our 2020 Challenge Winners using the 2021 Challenge packets.



♥♥♥  2021 Quilt & Yarn Challenge Entries ♥♥♥ 
Quilts - Pieced (P)
Quilts - Applique (AQ)
Yarn (knit & crochet)

photos by Maria Olivo

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2021 Meetings
November 20, 2021
December 18, 2021
January 15, 2022
February 19, 2022

Demo needed for November 20, 2021! Please email Jennifer ( if you have something you'd like to share.

The Linus Connection Board Members
  • Stephanie, Executive Director, Liaison with all Recipient Facilities
  • Marge, Assistant Director, Fabric Donations
  • Jennifer, Social Media, Blanket Distribution, Email
  • Anne, Yarn, Mail, Weighted Blankets

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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