Sunday, November 24, 2019

Newsletter – December 2019

Hi Blanketeers,
                                    Blanket Making Days
       We realize that you have not had your Thanksgiving Dinner yet – but wanted to make sure you remembered that one week from tomorrow – December 2nd is scheduled as our blanket making day at OSLC.  We have lots of blankets to get to kids in December before Christmas so we hope you will plan to join us.    
     We will make blankets from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and then will have our Christmas social and luncheon.  Hope everyone can join us on that day for work, food, and fun.  
    Riverton blanket makers, coordinated by Jackie Cohen, are taking the month of December off for the holidays and will resume their work in January.     

                         Santa Clarita Disaster Relief
      In November we have tried to help out by sending some comfort blankets to the kids who have survived the terrible violent shooting event at Saugus High School.  They have also recently been threatened by destructive wild-fires in their area.  P L Chapters around the country are also participating in this project and hopefully our security blankets will offer some comfort.

                        Mountain Vista Church
      Patsy and I were guests of the Mountain Vista Church Women’s association this month.   We were invited to tell them about Project Linus – its beginnings, its goals, its successes, and who we deliver blankets to.  The quilt group at this church has been an active participant in PL for many years.   
     After our presentation they contributed a stack of blankets that they have been working on for weeks.   Karen Richins and Patty Schaeffer are the coordinators of the quilt project.  We appreciate their work and were happy to have a chance to thank them as they met with the women’s association at MVMC.   

                       OSLC Boutique and Rummage Sale

   This event was very successful!  We thank you all for attending and shopping.  It was a fun day that offered crafts, jewelry, bake sales, soup lunches, rummage sale, and many vendors to browse and shop.  The church will donate a portion of the money from this event to buy supplies and fabric for blanket making days.  
     We also send thanks to OSLC for the use of their space for our once a month blanket making day.  It allows us a regular time to meet and the necessary space with tables large enough to work on blankets.  It is also a convenient location for people to drop off blankets that they have been working on and are ready to donate. 

Thanks for all your volunteer service and for helping us get ready for Christmas blanket distribution.  

Millie and Patsy,



Monday, October 28, 2019

November Newsletter 2019

Hello Blanketeers,         

Blanket making days this month:
   Monday Nov 4th -10:00 to 2:00- Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
   Friday, November 15th – 9:30 – noon – Riverton Senior Center
You are welcome to attend either one or both.  Come and enjoy working with friends and creating beautiful fleece security blankets. 

OSLC Boutique –Benefit for Project Linus 
November 9, 2500 E. 3900 So -9:am to 5:pm
           It’s that time of year – between holidays - when Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church sponsors the annual sale of practically everything.  Well, for sure there will be a wide variety of items.  There will be a bake sale, rummage sale, new craft items, repurposed jewelry sale, soup dinners, and a variety of guest vendor’s booths.  
    Mark your calendars, come by, and pick up on good prices and great items for Christmas gifts.    

 Knitting 4 Peace
     Kandace Steadman,  and 4 women from her Knitting 4 Peace group stopped by to meet the PL blanketeers this month.  They brought with them 20 knitted/crochet blankets for babies.   We so much appreciate their participation and their beautiful handwork.  They were made with soft baby yarn and in lovely baby colors as you see in the picture.   

JoAnn Fabrics – Mill Creek Area
   The New JoAnn Fabric store - 2300 East 3300 South - has welcomed Project Linus as drop off site.  For those of you who want to leave blankets for us to pick up, please leave your contact information with your contribution.  

 For New Contributors:
     If you are thinking of making security blankets for a child, please check with SLC chapter coordinators before you begin a project to make sure we can accept more blankets.  
     We accept: quilts, crochet and knit afghans, flannel receiving blankets, fleece blankets with crochet edges, as well as no-sew fleece blankets made to our pattern only. 
      We do not accept or distribute fleece blankets that have knots tied around the edges
      We do need blankets and will be so happy to receive yours if they are new, well made and child friendly.  Every blanket you submit will be inspected for quality; then labeled, packaged, and your name attached to the package.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Millie and Patsy

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Project Linus Newsletter - October 2019

Hello Blanketeers,

We have two Blanket Making days in October:
            OSLC – October 7th – 10:00 am -  2:00 pm
            Riverton Senior Center – 9:30 am - noon
Join us for all or part of these blanket making days.  Bring in finished blankets or stay and make fringe edged fleece blankets for kids.


My husband Dean and I set up a sale of used jewelry at the Sunday flea market held at Brighton ski resort.  The jewelry was donated by friends who found they had no reason to keep items that they no longer wore or enjoyed.  The plan was to raise money for purchase of fabric and supplies.  We sold a lot – but we are still in the business.

So…feel free to call me if you have jewelry you never wear and don’t need to keep anymore.  

    Boutique Event – OSLC
The next used jewelry sale will be part of the November 9th Boutique at Our Saviour’s Church.  Lots of Christmas items will be available there just in time for Christmas shopping.   Mark your calendars and be sure to stop by between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
   This event will feature:
            Vendor’s booths - Craft items  - Rummage sale  - Soup lunches - Bake sale  - Jewelry - & Games.                   

  Thank-you note received from Royal Family Kids Camp #049.  PL – (all of you) – donated 50 twin size quilts to their camp this August.  

   This program is a privately funded charity that distributes packages of baby items to those who qualify for help.  The packages have onesies, baby clothes and other items for the new born.  We will be adding a little PL blanket to their kits starting next month.

Country Crossing Ward
   Candace Gittens, together the women of Country Crossing Ward, made 26 fringe blankets last month.  Patsy and I enjoyed their company and especially appreciated the care they took to learn the Salt Lake County PL pattern.  

Remember to tell anyone who is planning to do a blanket-making project to check with Chapter Coordinators first.   This will insure the blankets are made to specifications and that they meet our requirements for quality.  We are very proud of the beautiful blankets we give to kids.   

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”   John F. Kennedy

Millie and Patsy

Saturday, August 31, 2019

September 2019 - P L Newsletter 

Since Labor day, falls on the first Monday in September, blanket day at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church will be held on September 9th10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Join us for any or all of these hours.  

Blanket day at Riverton Senior Center will be September 27th9:30 to noon.  Looking forward to seeing everyone.  

             Country Crossing 8th Ward - Blanket Project

Candace Gittens has worked for several months to get ready for this successful blanket making evening.  She was assisted by Carol Beckstead and Carol Lee Doramus (pictured here L to R) and about 15 women of her ward’s relief society.  

They also donated finished fringe fleece blankets, crochet edged blankets, and fleece fabric.   Making the kind of high quality blanket that PL distributes takes a lot of preparation before the fringe cutting can even be started. 

With that in mind, Candace began early to learn the pattern and the process.  She, Carol, and Carol Lee, joined several blanket making days with PL Volunteers.  They learned this process, and were ready to teach others at the event.   

           Thanks is Hardly Enough to Say…..but…..

Thanks to all of you who donated jewelry for the P L funding raising boutique scheduled for November 7that OSLC.   We have enough now to make a great sale on that day.  

Special thanks always to our regular blanket delivery volunteer – Denna Wright.  For more than 10 years she has been driving all over S LCounty with bags of blankets for kids.

Also special thanks to Marie Jex who has been faithfully labeling your beautiful blankets for two years now.  She regularly carries bags of blankets to her home and then back to us every month.   

Thanks to Vicky Hall who has been our liaison person with the Square Corner Quilters.  They have been submitting dozens of wonderful quilts to PL over the years.  

Mountain Vista Methodist Church has a new quilt group coordinator.  Thanks to Patty Schaffer who has been making sure that we get their beautiful quilts every month.  

Claudeen Luckart & Sharon Allred deserve many thanks for their continuing submissions of large size quilts made by their Sweet Charity Sisters quilt group. 
Thanks also to Steve and Kim Weis - Kimmie Ann Fabrics - who donate amazing long arm quilting services to P L individual quilters.  Pictured here is one of his quilt designs.  

All of you Blanketeers are amazing TEAMworkers.  Thanks to all for every part you play in getting comfort blankets to kids.   

ogether veryone chieves ore.  

Millie & Patsy   

Sunday, July 28, 2019

August Newsletter 2019

Hi Blanketeers,
Next Blanket making days:
                        August 12th at OSLC - 10:00am to 2:00pm
                        August 23rd at Riverton Senior Center 9:30am - noon
All of you loyal blanketeers have spent an enormous amount of money over the years in order to make security blankets for children.  We have been thinking of ideas and ways to ease this burden.  This newsletter is about raising money to buy materials, fabric and supplies for us to work into blankets.

            Fund Raising:
               “We don’t have to be wealthy to give,
               We just have to be willing……”
                                                            Linda Simmons
Personal Contacts:         
Patsy and I have prepared a formal letter of introduction and a packet of information that you can use to contact anyone you think might be in a key position to donate to PL.   If you feel you have a possible personal contact, let us know and we will get you the formal letter and brochure to give them

Create An Event:
     My great-grandsons and I did a fun little fund-raising event last month.  Here is a picture of our project.  It only earned $51.00 – but the boys were proud of themselves.  All the golfers that bought golf balls thanked them for volunteering to help other children. 

We only have 5 families who have attached their Smith’s loyalty rewards card to our PL.  If you are not already attached to some other charity – lets sign you up.  It costs you nothing and it does bring in a little money every quarter.  We will show you how to do it on blanket day. 

Thanks from a parent – Jerry S 
 “Just wanted to say thank you for the baby blanket we received at St. Mark’s NICU.  It is a very lovely blanket that we will keep forever.” 

Thanks for all you do.  Hope your summer is a fun one. 
Millie and Patsy

Monday, June 24, 2019

July 2019 Newsletter

Hello Blanketeers, 
   Blanket day at OSLC --July 1st
   Blanket day at Riverton Senior Center – July 26th
           You are all invited.  

“Quilting together” is a long and wonderful tradition among women.  The bonding that occurs and the friendships that are formed when working together to produce a quilt, are their own reward.  Even in this day of machines and automation, hand quilting is a favorite pastime.  The quilts produced are pieces of art and most of them have some special message for the recipient.

I recently ran across an amazing quilt in a Julesburg Colorado roadside welcome center.  The quilt, made by the women of the town, features a block for every state in the union.  On the block is embroidered the date of statehood, the state flower, state bird, and which number the state was in joining the USA.   
In the center is a pony express block because Julesburg was the last settlement where the pony express stopped.

For those of you who read (as well as sew) here are stories about quilting groups:
     Prayers for Sale, Sandra Dallas
     The Persian Pickle Club, Sandra Dallas
     Jennifer Chiaverini has written 20 books about quilting groups. 
           “Elm Street Quilts” series:  
            “The Quilter’s Apprentice” was the first one
            “The Giving Quilt” is number twenty.  

    Working for Peanuts, Karen Rinedollar (founder of Project Linus.)
You are all carrying on the tradition!   
Hugs to all, Millie & Patsy

Thursday, May 23, 2019

 June Newsletter 2019        
Hello Blanketeers, 

 Hearts Knit Together 

We are so pleased to have discovered another place through which to distribute security blankets to children in crisis.  Hearts Knit Together is a 501c3 non-profit. The Executive Director is Linda Simmons. The focus of this volunteer organization is on the YWCA Women in Jeopardy program for battered women and children.  

They put together separate kits of necessary and comfort items that are placed on the beds of women who check into the shelters for help.  These women usually have their children with them. 
Linda was in need of blankets for the children’s kits.  She prefers fleece, one and a half yards – using the fringe loop pattern we use, but only fringed on the two longer ends of the fabric.  That makes them less bulky and easier to fit into the kits. They also have been pleased to accept crochet edged blankets and receiving blankets.  

She sometimes receives fleece that is not made into blankets.  This has become a win-win partnership.  She will send the fleece thru us to work on and we will return them as beautiful blankets.  Kits pictured Here

 The Magic of a Security Blanket

Recently I had occasion (not a happy one) to be waiting in a California Emergency Room for several hours. Here is something I learned. 
People of every age and ability came in for service during that time.  At lease half of the people who came in for help, also carried with them their security blankets – most of them fleece:  

..A woman with an 18 month old and a new baby (both snuggled in fleece blankets.)
..An older woman in a wheel chair who had her head and shoulders covered with her blankets
..An older man who put the blanket over his knees
..A 13 year-old boy who had his fleece blanket wadded up in his lap and his phone on top of it to play on 
..An older teenage girl 
..A 4 year-old boy 
..A young adult woman – all with blankets for comfort.  

These blankets were not made by Linus volunteers – but it made me realize how much comfort the blankets are when people need hugs and security.    
We are looking forward to working with you soon: 

OSLC  - June 3rd– 10:00 to 2:00  Join us to work – we will have fleece for your use that day.  

Riverton Senior Center – June 28th9:30 to noon.  Jackie will be back to guide you.  

Happy June,   
Millie and Patsy