Tuesday, December 25, 2018

January 2019 Newsletter

Best Wishes to all Blanketeers for the New Year! 
              Our January 2019 blanket days are:  
  OSLC January 7th10:00 to 2:00
  Riverton Senior Center January 25th
   9:00 to noon       
                            Quilts, Quilts, Quilts
December seemed to be the month for quilts.  Suddenly quilts appeared from several locations to be given to children at Christmas.

Thanks to our regular quilt volunteers, Lanette Powell, Jackie Cohen, Jean Peterson, 
Square Corner Quilters, and Mountain Vista Methodist Church Quilters, who all submitted their quilts again this month. 

                                   CRICUT CO
Also, Cricut Co. donated quilts from a project coordinated by Nicole Bennion. 
(Cricut is a precise electronic cutting machine). Below is a picture of the volunteer project this local company completed in December.   The quilts were pieced front back and binding - then machine long arm stitched. Here is a picture and article from their newsletter.  
                                                        
                        “One Armed Quilter”
Steve, the “One Armed Quilter” and Kim, of “Kimmie Anne Fabrics” have been volunteering their service to quilters who donate to PL.  He works with Square Corner Quilter’s Guild, president, Eileen Dwyer.  He also works with our PL blanketeer Jackie Cohen.  He donates the computerized long arm quilting designs on about 10 quilts a month to each of them.   

Steve Weis was hurt in an auto accident and lost the use of his left arm - so has cleverly named the company for that unique situation.  Kim Weis owns the company and they operate out of their home.  

Their team-work looks like this:    
            1.  Blanketeer quilters put the backs, fronts and batting together 
            2. They take them to Steve who does the computerized design and machine quilt 
            3. The quilts then go back to the quilters who finish binding the edges
            4. The finished quilts are donated to Project Linus so we can give kids blanket hugs

          OUR SAVIOUR’S LUTHERAN CHURCH
Thanks to OSLC for adopting PL’s kids as one of their mission projects. Their continued support and use of their space is crucial to production of blankets for the project.   Our annual blanketeer appreciation and Christmas season kick off was held on December 8that OSLC.  Here is a picture of our beautiful blanketeers:  

                                             Jean Ann Nohavec
                        A retirement tea at Mountain Vista Methodist Church, in honor of Jean Ann, also celebrated the success of the quilt project that has been making blankets since the early days of our Chapter’s development.  Under Jean Ann’s direction this group has contributed over 1,100 quilts.  The occasion also marked the beginning of new coordinators:  Patty Schafer and Karen Riching will continue the great work.  

                                   An Awesome and Amazing Record
     Our PL year-end figures show that we have distributed 2,882 blankets in 2018.
     Since our chapter was founded the total distribution figure is 23,675!!
     You all are a part of this important work and none of it would  happen         
     without you.                       
                                    Happy 2019    
                                    Millie and Patsy
                        

Saturday, November 24, 2018


December 2018 Newsletter

Merry Christmas Blanketeers!
        This wish comes early this year because our blanket-making day at OSLC comes on the first Monday of the month – which is December 3rd.  

     We will plan to work for the morning hours at OSLC to make blankets, and then at noon will have a special lunch together to celebrate the start of the Christmas Season.  
     Riverton Group will meet Friday of this week (November 30th) and then not again till the 4thFriday in January.   

     There has been much activity this past 30 days
 We have been able to distribute over 300 blankets to children in need of comfort. 

           We have shared our blankets with Tooele County “Baby Your Baby” project as they have no Project Linus Chapter in their county and we had enough to share with them.   

             We have been working with RC Willey volunteer employees who plan to have over 200 blankets ready to contribute very soon.  Patsy and I have helped them prepare fabric and have given them instruction in the pattern we use for fleece-fringed blankets.  
 

           We have participated in a very successful fund-raiser with Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.  The money raised will be divided between Project Linus and Family Promise, both of which the church has chosen as outreach mission projects.

          We are ready for the Police Pay-It- Forward project for children.  This event is headed up by Sargent Brandon Shearer this year. They will pick up 50 blankets this week to prepare for their event early in December.  Kids shop with cops at Walmart and get to pick one of our blankets as well. Will post pictures next month. 

    Wishing you a blessed Christmas,

                          Millie and Patsy  

Monday, October 29, 2018

November 2018 Newsletter
 



Hello Blanketeers,

     Here we are – nearing the end of the 2018 year! November, a time to give thanks, and December, a time to give gifts!   As we approach these important months, we begin to prepare for annual events that are meant to help children and give comfort to those in need of love.

We need to be ready for the annual event sponsored by the Salt Lake Police Department where they shop with children.  Usually we contribute about 100 blankets to that event.  We plan for medium size blankets so that every child who picks out a pattern that he/she likes, gets about the same sizes.  

Also, we need to prepare for the Christmas distributions to various sites.  This will take place early in December, in order to have the blankets in place at the site of distribution for the events planned by those institutions.  

    We will be raising money to buy materials and supplies for blanket making at the annual event sponsored by Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.  Saturday, November 17th–2500 East 3900 South SLC.  There will be vendors, home-made craft items, food, and a rummage sale also.  

    This past month we have been able to reach out to some sites outside of Salt Lake County.   There is no PL program in Tooele County.  We have been able to share our baby blankets with their “Baby Your Baby” program through their director Kendra.   The photo below illustrates how grateful those young people are to receive our gifts.  

 


    
     



Every PL blanket involves many steps:  
          Shopping for the fabric and yarn, 
          Making the blankets which means cutting and preparing the fabric,  
          Punching the holes for crochet 
          Crocheting the edges
          Cutting the no-sew blankets
          Inspecting for quality
          Sewing Linus labels 
          Packaging for delivery
          Delivering to sites for distribution to those in need.

     Each part of this is important work and would not be possible without all of the volunteers who work at every step in the process.  
     
        Many thanks to all of you blanketeers  – you know who you are!!

Giving thanks and gifts,
      Millie and Patsy

Monday, September 24, 2018

October 2018 Newsletter

                        Ellen Silverblatt
Ellen Silverblatt– one of our original P L founders of the Salt Lake Chapter has moved away.   Ellen was widowed last year, and she finds it much better to live close to her daughter in Renton, WA, than to learn to do yard work and home upkeep.  Chuck always did all the outside work at their large home in Millcreek area.
  
Not only has Ellen been a regular at blanket making days, but she also has faithfully earmarked a donation of $50.00 a month for fleece purchase.  We will miss her sweet smile so much, and we thank her for her service and dedication to our PL chapter.  

                        Barbara Bray






Barbara works for Yardi, a large software corporation.  Through them she was able to ask for a donation to the charity of her choice. She chose Project Linus, as she has been a regular blanketeer for many years.  This is Barbara donating a $500.00 check!  
                      
Joy Millet and Bev Mauss


   These awesome sisters are pictured here with the blankets they completed and donated to Project Linus this month.  Bev makes the crochet edge receiving blankets and Joy makes the baby quilts.  Joy has a long-arm quilting machine at her house so she can finish every blanket to perfection.  
   You may remember a post this last spring when I asked if anyone was interested in working on the raw quilt kits and receiving blanket kits. The kits were donated by Pat Ames, the same ones some of you have enjoyed putting them together.     
     Joy and Bev undertook to finish as many as they could. Last week they showed up with 140 baby blankets beautifully finished!! A close up of the two styles is here.  The babies in SL County will be well snuggled. 


Most of us don’t get to receive THANK YOU NOTES because our blankets only carry our first name on the tags.  But, often I get notes to pass on to you.  This one is from Children’s Justice Center.

        “Thank you so much for the beautiful fleece blankets your organization has been providing for the Wasatch County CJC! They are always so nice and  created with such care.   The child abuse victims that visit our center love to choose one for comfort when they visit us.  Thank you for your support of our mission to provide a safe place for Child Abuse Victims to tell their   story.   Kenna Jones, Director”

            Blanket days for October:
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church – Monday, October 1st
Riverton Senior Center - Friday, October 26th  

                 Fund Raising is Essential
 Keep the fund raising boutique on your calendar for November 17thSaturday at OSLC.   It means a lot to our budget to buy fleece all year.   We are looking for craft items to sell also – let me know if you make saleable crafts and can donate. 

Hugs to all,

Millie and Patsy

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

September 2018 Newsletter


Hello Blanketeers,

    I need to let you know that the annual boutique and fundraiser for Project Linus that was scheduled for September 8thhas been pushed back to Novmber17th.  
     It is still going to be a fun event and it will raise money for the Project Linus work that we do.  There were complications and personal difficulties with the event sponsors that needed to be resolved.  
     I hope you will still plan on supporting this event, but change the date on your calendars.  

Blanket Days for September always conflict with Labor Day! 
This month the make a blanket day at Our Saviour’s Church will be scheduled for September 10th, the second Monday of September.  

Riverton Group will be scheduled as usual on the forth Friday in September – which is the 28th.  

Blanket Making Yarn
Keep in mind that I still have quite a bit of donated yarn in all colors and all new.  Let me know what you would like to have, or come over to my house and pick what you want.  

Sharing A Thank You Note:
   “To associates of Project Linus,
       We would like to say thank you for the beautiful blankets that you so generously made for our program.  We used them for our event called “Hello Baby Fair.”  The fair is for expecting parents……… Again, we are so grateful for your generosity.   Sincerely, Welcome Baby Staff”

Thank You Blanketeers
Most of you never receive a personal acknowledgement of your donation or of your work.  But always keep in mind that the work that you do, the gifts that you share, your continual support of Project Linus, and the mission that we share, are important and appreciated. 

Hugs to you all,

          Millie and Patsy      

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

August Newsletter 2018

Hi Blanketeers,
      Patsy and I are both back from our separate vacations.  Thanks for being there for us and making blankets this past month while we were vacationing.  We are ready to get down to business again.

                                                           
Alaska - the land of the midnight sun, glaciers, and fishing.
        11:30 p.m. sunset.









Italy - the land of ancient wonders and history - the colosseum.









Blanket day at OSLC will be Monday the 6th from 10:00 to 2:00.  Looking forward to seeing everyone.  
Blanket day at Riverton Senior Center will be Friday the 24th of August 9:00 to noon.

      Mark Your Calendars and bring your kids for this fun day:
OSLC - 2500 E. 3900 South will be doing their annual fundraiser festival on September 8th- Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  All the money raised will be shared with two mission projects (of which Project Linus is one.)  Mark your calendar and come by to visit vendors, let the children play, shop for crafts, check out the rummage sale, and have some food.

The constant need for your handwork is ever present.  The children who receive our hand made blankets, also receive a message of love and caring from you.  Thanks for all you do for kids.   

Hugs to all of you,   Millie









     


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Newsletter July 2018

Our blanketeers have been working diligently for months on end to provide blankets for children in crisis. Now it’s time to take a little break – 
  
Riverton group will still be meeting at the Riverton Senior Center on July 27thto make blankets – 9:30 to noon.   

Don’t worry – we will still distribute blankets where they are needed this month as usual; but we will take the blanket-making day off (which was scheduled for July 2nd.)

For those blanketeers who are used to picking up the punched fleece – ready to crochet- at blanket day: There will be a tub located in the round room at OSLC.  You can pick out what you would like to work on and you can leave your finished blankets there throughout the month.  

Thanks to Elaine Erekson for her huge donation of finished blankets, and the beautiful bags full of soft new yarn skeins.  Contact me if you need yarn.  

OSLC - 2500 E. 3900 S. will be doing their annual fund-raiser festival on September 8th– Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  All the money raised will be shared with mission projects, (of which Project Linus is one!)   Mark your calendar and come by to visit vendors, let the children play, shop for crafts, check out the rummage sale, and have some food.  
 
Thanks for all your work and devotion to Project Linus. Your kindness and excellent hand work are appreciated by children all over the Salt Lake Valley.  I know it is a great satisfaction to all of you to be a part of the PL vision and carry on this great work. 

Millie   


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Newsletter June 2018
And that means we are half way through the year 2018?  Hard to believe how fast it goes when our hands are busy.  What a feeling of satisfaction to know that our hand-work ends up with kids who can use some comfort.  It is so satisfying to give blanket hugs to kids knowing that we will never even see them. 

   Blanket making days in June: 
   Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church -  June 4th– 10 to 2:00
   Riverton Senior Center – June 22nd9:30 to noon

                        Army National Guard
Sometimes we get to hear from a child or a mom.  Here is a letter from a soldier’s wife.  You may not know that we regularly give blankets to the children of deployed soldiers. 

     “My six kids just each received a blanket from this group     and they’re beautiful blankets and my kids love them!!     Thank you so much for your efforts.  My husband     (their father) is about to deploy for a year and these    blankets will provide them such comfort while he’s    gone. We really appreciate you.”    Jessie Ellertson

                Amazing Volunteers  - Kim and Steve Weis 
A few months ago Kim contacted me wanting to hook up with quilters and volunteer her services.  She and her husband Steve had purchased a computerized long-arm quilting machine to start a new business.  That business is called “One Armed Quilter” a division of Kimmie Anne Fabrics.  Steve does not have the use of one of his arms – so that explains the company name – I didn’t misspell it   
    Since that original contact Kim has arranged with three quilting groups that contribute to Project Linus and has done a number of quilts, free of charge for them.  Of course they were contributed to Project Linus to distribute.  What a wonderful gift!  
                                 Nan DeBernardi
Get well wishes to our long time regular blanketeer, Nan DeBernardi.  She took a bad fall and broke her leg.  Right now she is recovering, but will not be able to join us for a while.  We wish her the best and quickest recovery.   

                        Project Linus Chapter – Iron County  
Dean and I were able to deliver 6 tubs of the donated quilt-kits to Cedar City Chapter Coordinator Michelle, last month.  This week Karen, the coordinator in Davis County will be picking up several tubs of quilt-kits.  She tells me that their chapter does mostly quilts for distribution.  I am happy that we have been able to share with coordinators up and down the state.  

                        JoAnn Fabrics Stores
As of next month our drop off sites will be much more conveniently located throughout the valley. JoAnn Stores has agreed to be a drop site for our blankets. (All arranged by P.L Headquarters).  Patsy will be placing the bins in three locations next month.  

Sewing is good!  Quilting is good!  Volunteering is good! It all brings smiles.  

         Millie

Monday, April 30, 2018

Newsletter May 2018

  Blanket Making Days for May:  
       Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, May 7th, 10:00 to 2:00.  
       Riverton Senior Center, May 25th, 9:30 to noon. 

     Join us to make a blanket.  At this time we have fabric for you to work on. You don’t have to bring anything.   

            Donated fabric for baby blankets
We have received a donation of several receiving blanket kits and also kits for canopy blankets. If you are a machine sewing person and would like to complete some of these let me know.  I am happy to share them with you.  

Each receiving blanket kit has matched bottom and top cut to finish up as a 36 x 36 blanket.   The canopy blankets are a bit longer 41 or so as they fit over a car seat and fasten on the carry handle.  

I also have quilt kits to share.  They also have everything in them but the batting (including matched thread and patterns)

 
     Welcome Baby   

This little guy received the cuddly blanket thru the Welcome Baby program.  This program serves women who are pregnant and their children (up thru age 3.)  The mission of the program is to help parents be the best they can be.  They provide resources to help, current information on parenting, home visitations from experienced nurses or trained educators and increased support for family stability.  



Thanks to all you dedicated blanketers,    Millie




Monday, March 26, 2018

APRIL 2018 NEWSLETTER


                                Make a Blanket with Friends
Our blanket making day for April will be April 2nd, (the day after Easter) at OSLC, 10:00 to 2:00, - 2500 East 3900 South

You are also invited to join the blanket makers at Riverton Senior Center on April 27th, - 9:30 to noon - 12800 South Redwood Road.

NOTICE:   
    The Wool Cabin has moved from the 33rd South location.  They will no longer be collecting our blankets. 

                           Generous “In Kind” Donations
Thanks to these people who have donated in support of children who need a blanket hug. 

Pat Ames, who donated quilt kits in December, again presented us with enough snuggly cotton batting to share with our contributing quilters.  She also decided to give our chapter the 56 beautiful hand made receiving blankets that she had intended for sale on her Etsy site. 

Elaine Erickson, who last summer contributed yarn and blanket/burp hemstitched sets; has again emptied her “stash.” We have more blanket/burp sets and several plastic bags of yarn - Kitchen size bags! 

Majestic Elementary School contributed fleece - 40 pieces.  Their intention was to make blankets, but much as they tried, the children were not able to turn the fabric into PL blankets.  The fleece was still useable after the edges were removed. We appreciate their good intentions.   

Kim Weis and husband Steve (Kimie Ann Fabrics) have volunteered to donate their long arm quilting process on about 10 quilts a month for PL.  She will be working with the Square Corner Quilters and Project Linus will receive the quilts.

Someone dropped off 15 beautiful crocheted afghans at Annie’s Quilt Shop in West Jordan.  No contact information was left on the blankets.  So much wish I could contact this person to thank her.  The handwork is fabulous!

Audrey Slabbert teaches her grandchildren to make something nice for a child in need.  The children are ages 8,6,5, &4 and all helped on the quilt. 
 







Our Blanketeers, who continue to buy fabric and supplies, are grateful for donations.  They are happy to receive all the donated fabric, batting, thread, yarn and quilt tops.  They continue to produce beautiful blankets for children. 

Happy Spring, 

   Millie

Thursday, February 22, 2018

March 2018, Newsletter


                                              
 Hello Blanketeers,

Thought I would give you a different newsletter today.  There is news.  We have all been busy - doing, making, sewing, labeling, and delivering. 

But, here is something I thought you would like to watch and listen to.  It is The Project Linus Theme Song:    “Covered in Love”. 

You can hear it and watch the video by going to:


This says it all – why we work at this project; why we care about kids; why we want to help; and how we contribute to share our love.

 Thanks and hugs to all.      Enjoy!
    Millie


Wednesday, January 24, 2018


FEBRUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER
 February Blanket Making days: 
   February 5th, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 10:00 to 2:00.
   February 23rd Riverton Senior Center 9:30 to noon.       


Some very kind person (I never found out who) nominated our P.L. Chapter to be considered by “Pay It Forward” to receive a donation!

   The team from Channel 2, and representative from Mountain America Bank showed up at our January blanket-making day to interview us, and film blanket making.  They presented our chapter with $500.00 to be used in the purchase of supplies, fabric, yarn, or whatever we need.  The presentation was shown on the January 4 evening news broadcast.

                  KIWANIS CLUB
    West Valley Club, whose president is Richard Brown, has supported our chapter in the past.  They also made a generous donation this past month.  Thanks Kiwanis people. 
              YARN DONATION
 Claudia Howard, of West Valley, has donated two large plastic bags full of yarn  - every color and weight.  Please contact me if you are crocheting for PL and need yarn.  You can come over to my house and pick out what you like or I can bring you colors you ask for. 
          PROJECT LINUS NATIONAL
 We do not act alone in our quest to send blanket-love to children.  Our National organization is the vehicle that puts us in the volunteer business.
      To maintain chapter status all PL chapters are required to raise at least $500.00 every calendar year, which is sent to PL headquarters.  From that donation, 20% is used for operational expense at that level and 80% our chapter uses.  It is really a comfort to have our finances in order before the end of January.   

            OUR NEW ASSISTANT COORDINATOR
I have been fortunate to enlist the help of an official Chapter Assistant Coordinator.  Patsy Bueno who has been with our P L project for two years, has agreed to accept this role.  Her experience in school administration and her organizational abilities will be a great value to our chapter. 

This is a big time commitment for her, as the job requires being available at any time; responding to phone and email inquiries; willingness to organize and handle blanket-making events in our county; and responsibility for quality control inspection of everything we deliver.

I wish to welcome Patsy to this role.   I sure hope she will still have time to crochet and make the blankets she loves to create.    

BLANKETEERS ARE TEAM WORKERS
All the parts of getting beautiful blankets into the hands of children in crisis are shared by all of us.  You shop, raise funds, sew (and no-sew) crochet, knit, rescue and remake, label, package, distribute and deliver.  Thank You
   
Drop Off Locations:   (don’t forget to leave your contact information)
Wool Cabin, (in Ivy Place)
2020 East 3300 South, SLC
Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
The Cotton Shop
9441 South 700 East, Sandy
 Hours: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Quilts Etc.
8720 South State, Sandy
Hours 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
The Quilt Shop (inside the Fabric Center)
                                          9135 So. Redwood Road
                                          Hours:  9:00 am to 9:00 pm