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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Baby Quilt Charity Project

Project Linus is an international organization that provides quilts for ill or needy babies and small children. The name comes from the Peanuts character.

How Project Linus was started:
On Christmas Eve, 1995, an article titled “Joy to the World” appeared in Parade Magazine. It was written by Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist, Eddie Adams. Part of the article featured a petite, downy haired child. She had been going through intensive chemotherapy and stated that her security blanket helped her get through the treatments. After reading the article, Karen Loucks decided to provide homemade security blankets to Denver’s Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Center, and Project Linus was born.

Over three million quilts and blankets have been distributed so far by the organization. As a long time quilter and volunteer at a local crisis pregnancy center, this project seemed an ideal charity for me to help with so when I came across an ad in the Benbrook News asking for volunteers at the local Project Linus Chapter, I headed to the First Baptist Church in Benbrook and joined women of varied ages put together quilts that had already been pieced. After three hours of cutting, sewing, and tacking, we had amassed nearly 20 quilts to give away to local hospitals. No experience is needed to help out and two young boys came with their mother, and armed with scissors, worked on 13 of the quilts, cutting thread and tying knots.

There are many quilt patterns available on the Project Linus Site.


Leslie said...

Hi Ann!! thank you for visiting the spoonful blog!
I love the Project Linus idea ~ What a great gift!
I am so glad that you found me.
Have a great new week

Jan Morrison said...

I like this idea - what about knit blankies? These look very beautiful!

JustYolie said...

What a fabulous thing to do!! Very nice!

Cozy in Texas said...

Jan, I believe they do knitted/crochet blankets too.

Mason Canyon said...

Oh what a wonderful project.

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Amused said...

What a fabulous and much needed idea/gift!

Jocelyn said...

Hi Ann,

Thank you for visiting Hip Mama's Place. I love the Project Linus idea- what a great cause for needy children!

And quilting- I've always dreamed of making my own quilt one day! So glad to meet you on Blogger! :)

Anonymous said...

Project Linus is a fabulous charity! My sister and brother in law, and by extension the family as a whole, were made aware of Project Linus when one of their twin boys died from Long QT Syndrome. He was given a beautiful blanket made with love by a volunteer. It was a wonderful gesture and one that provided a bit of comfort. Thank you Project Linus and thank you Ann for your service and charity and for helping to spread the word for such an amazing cause!

(Thanks too for stopping by to peek at my blog! I look forward to checking out some of your writings!)

Melanie said...

What a great project!! Our church does a project similar and sends them to a missionary that we help sponsor! Thanks for visiting my blog! You are welcome anytime!

Heather said...

Greetings from across the Red River! Wow, this looks like such a great project! I've really wanted to learn to quilt properly. I havent gotten past the cutting phase though...

SusieQTpies said...

I am jealous :) I would love to have this at our church. How awesome. I'm your newest GFC follower. SusieQTpies

QuiltinMama said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Ann. Come back anytime!