Monday, October 30, 2017

Newsletter November 2017

       Looking forward to a time to pause and give thanks.  

                  November blanket days are scheduled at:
       Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church on Monday November 6th 10:00 am. 
       Riverton Senior Center Monday 9:30 am. November 20th (so not to conflict with Thanksgiving weekend).

  Something New? – A Quilt-Bee Quilt
Have you heard of this - an “online quilt bee”?   Apparently the organizer solicits participants who then send their quilt blocks to her in the mail.  They communicate by email.  So the quilt has many participants on a color scheme and design.  Usually they run for 12 months and 12 people each have a month to make their quilts.  There are several variations of how this could work.   This beautiful quilt is “seeing stars” by Imagine Circle.

Knitting circles are also still popular.  They allow time for visiting, for exchanging ideas, and for making friends with people who sit together and work together.  The social and sharing part of knitting circles keeps them viable. 
      It may be much cheaper to buy at Walmart – but where is the Love?


A New October Project
   Blanketeer, Beckie Bailey, (who put our blanket pattern on the blogspot) has been busy this month directing a group of volunteers in the skill of making Linus blankets.   Their blankets ranged from fleece fringe to crochet edges as you see in this picture.  Thanks for your service Michelle Lunt and Cari Vassel and all their helpers. 

Our Goals as PL Blanketeers
    In our fast-paced society it is easy to get caught up in the idea that bigger is always better.  Our chapter  has grown – but at this time we are doing as much as any one chapter can do and do well.  Our focus has always been quality not quantity.
     The blankets that you blanketeers hand-make are special gifts for children in crisis.  Each one is made carefully and skillfully so that the child who receives it would want it as a keepsake even after the cuddle days are over. 
     I just wanted to remind you all that we do -what we do -because we love the process of creating original gifts -quilts, crochets, etc.    
      That’s where the love is. 
Thanks to all you blanketeers for your continued work of love. 


Thursday, September 21, 2017

P L Newsletter –October 2017

Hello Blanketeers
           We are now back to our regular first Monday of the month schedule for our blanket making day at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.  In October it will be on the 2nd, 10:00 to 2:00.   Riverton Senior Center day will be October 27th on the 4th Friday 9:30 to noon.

About Communication
      This month has been difficult for me since I have been experimenting with a new way to reach you since gmail will not send blind copy information any more.  So, I have organized a new group called “google groups” which is designed just for newsletters and clubs. 
       In order to be in the group and receive the information you have to click on “accept the invitation” within a week of the time I send it.      Millie

Herriman South Stake Project
     Blanketeer, Patsy Bueno met with a huge group of volunteers this month to introduce Project Linus and to help them make blankets for distribution to children in Salt Lake County.  Lisa LeStarge and the women of Herriman South Stake have been diligent about learning the fringe loop pattern that we prefer.  Thanks to all of them as well as to Patsy for coordinating this large project. 

South Jordan 2nd Ward
   Thanks to the participants of South Jordan 2nd Ward for their donation and volunteerism.  They submitted a large number of double fleece blankets.  All of them are well done and fringed using our pattern. 
Smiths Inspiring Donations
        Don’t forget to go on line and attach your Smith ID to our number so we can receive donations when you make purchases. 

Blankets to Texas
      Shipping blankets is very expensive as they are so heavy.  But I was able to find a donation that allowed us this past month to ship 20 blankets to the survivors of Hurricane Harvey in Texas .
 Thanks to all of you for all you do - month after month.     Millie

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

September 2017 Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter

Hello Blanketeers,

Remember – the first Monday this month is Labor Day, so Linus Blanket Day at Our Saviour’s Church will be the next Monday the 11th of September.

                        Service Project – Herriman South Stake

In this picture I am working with the women of Herriman South LDS Stake to cut and prepare fleece fabric, and to teach our fringe-loop pattern.  This service event is directed by Lisa LaStarge and includes women from several wards.  Their plan is to make 75 to 100 blankets for us to distribute to children in need of a hug.  Thanks to all the participants for giving their monetary contribution as well as their time and effort to this project. 

Smith’s Inspiring Donations

Smiths will apply .5% of all your purchases to SLC Project Linus – you just have to choose us  - it costs you nothing.

Just attach your rewards card number or alternate ID to Project Linus – Salt Lake County.

Here’s how you do it:

Go to
Sign in or click “Create an Account”.  Fill in the information.
      Link your Rewards Card to our organization by entering our Project Linus number – VJ225

Blanketeer Beckie Bailey

Thanks to Beckie who makes blankets and is also a whiz-kid on her computer.  You will notice the changes on the newsletter where our blanket making patterns and instructions have been updated complete with pictures as tutorial.   Many people call or email me to ask about how to make blankets.  Now all I have to do is ask them to go to our blogspot and they will have all the information and directions. 

Thanks to all of you as well who continue to sew, crochet, quilt, fringe, deliver, donate and all the other things you all do to make our chapter productive and successful.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Directions to Make a No-Sew Fleece Blanket

Supplies: Sharp scissors, masking tape, a 3 inch square template and a 1 & 1/4 inch template (can make these from construction paper.)

Buy 2 yards of fleece for a med/large blanket or 1 & 1/2 yards for small.

1. Place fleece on the work table right side up and cut off selvage edges on both sides.  Make sure the piece has square straight edges. 

2. Cut a 3” square from each corner (use the template you made) and place a piece of masking tape from cut corner to cut corner.

 3. Cut each fringe to the edge of the tape – (use the 1 & 1/4 inch template you made).  Then remove tape and repeat on all 4 sides. Work from one edge to middle and then reverse edge to middle in case you need to fudge on the size.

4. Fold the fringe up and back - use the tips of scissors to make the tiny holes at the top/center of each fringe - (not larger than 1/8").  Remove tape.

5.  Loop the fringe down thru the tiny hole, by pushing it thru with a dowel or crochet hook.  Pull all the fringes the same way around the entire blanket.

That’s it – here is a picture of your finished edge on right side of blanket.


When you have finished your blanket, please drop it off or call for pick up. 

Drop Off Locations: 

The Cotton Shop - 9441 South 700 East, Sandy, UT
Quilts, Etc. - 8720 S. State St, Sandy, UT
The Quilt Shop (inside Fabric Center) - 9135 S. Redwood Rd, West Jordan, UT
The Wool Cabin - 2020 East 3300 South, Mill Creek, UT

Call Millie at Salt Lake County Project Linus  - 801-272-4024