Hello blanketeers! Summer's officially here -- hope you're enjoying it. LOTS going on!
With your generous
support, our blanket count continues to grow and we are helping lots of local
children. In May we received 441 blankets and we gave away 445 blankets through
the following groups: Eastside Public Health, El Camino Hospital - NICU, KAPFA,
Kaiser Hospital – NICU and Pediatrics, O’Connor Hospital – NICU and Pediatrics,
San Jose Family Shelter, San Jose Social Services, School Health Clinics and
Valley Med. Our chapter’s blanket total
to date is 57,817. We don’t have the final numbers for June yet but we’ll have
them to report at the July meeting (Tuesday July 22 at 7pm at Mary’s – details
As you may remember,
we shipped 91 blankets to the TAPS Good Grief camp this year – and we got a
lovely and lengthy thank you from one of the leaders of the 3rd grade group. We’ll be posting that soon on our website, along with other
thank-you’s received. (Link to Thank-you's).
The Project Linus
National Conference was a great event. Mary and I met a great group of chapter coordinators and other
blanketeers, learned a number of new techniques to share and brought back lots
of samples and goodies that I think we’ll all enjoy. The Challenge Quilt that Jacquelyn made on
behalf of the chapter looked GREAT among the other challenge quilts – it’s
amazing the variety of quilts that were made, all starting with the same
Peanuts camping panel. I’ll have photos
to share at the meeting. More about all that through future meetings and
newsletters. We’ll try to some photos on
the web site too, so check there for updates.
Barb and family
(Greg and Sadie) are well into their big adventure/trip – as of today, they are
well into British Columbia and having a great time. They were at Prince George for Canada Day and
some sight seeing, and have moved on to Muncho Lake Provincial Park.
HELP NEEDED - JoAnn
Snyder, who has been our drop-off site liaison for JoAnn Fabrics in Cupertino
is no longer able to serve in that role due to a medical issue, so we need a
new liaison for that store. If you would be able to help out there (pick up
blankets, ‘quality check’ them, label and tag them if needed and deliver them
to me or Mary) please let me know. We
thank JoAnn very much for her past service to the chapter in this important
NEW ROLE – at
conference I spoke with a couple other coordinators who have a very good
relationship with Kohl’s and have a quite simple arrangement with them (the
chapter prepares fleece kits and the Kohl’s team makes the blankets on their
breaks at work – 5 blankets and their minimum volunteer time is completed and
that provides for a $500 grant). We need
someone who would be willing to be our liaison to local Kohl’s stores, set up a
similar arrangement and see that these special kits get prepped. Please contact me if you would like to
fulfill this new role for us.
I look forward to
seeing everyone at the July meeting, Tuesday July 22 at 7pm at Mary Kelly’s
home (1366 Milton Way San Jose). Remember to bring your finished blankets,
empty ink cartridges, extra
coins for the “Good Change” donation jar and your calendar so you can sign up
to help at our booth at the Santa Clara County Fair July 31 – August 3.
Speaking of THE
SANTA CLARA COUNTY FAIR, our leader for this event, Deb Bragen, met with Mary
and me recently and she’s got things well underway for our booth – July 31 –
August 3. It’s almost here! (This is a 1st for our chapter!).
· => HELP NEEDED - We really hope to see you at the
fair. If you can’t sign up for one of
the shifts (see details below) stop by and hang out for a while – help make a
blanket (fleece, quilt or make knit/crochet 10” squares) and share Project
Linus with fair goers (and help sell some of the cool things will have in the
booth and hand out information about our chapter). Even if it’s just for an
hour or two, bring a project to work on and join in the fun (we’ll have some
sewing machines there or BYO, as well as fleece to cut & or
skip-stitch.) Better yet, cover a shift
with us, either noon-5pm or 5pm–closing (9pm Thu and Sun, 10pm Fri and Sat). Between
Deb, Mary and I, we will provide 1 or 2 folks for all shifts, so you’ll be part
of a team. We’d greatly appreciate knowing who is coming & when, so PLEASE
contact Deb Bragen if you haven’t already done so and let her know when you can
help out. (email Deb at email@example.com or leave a message
· Deb has been hosting
‘prep sessions’ for the Fair and the last one will be Thursday July 10 at
Calvary United Methodist Church 729 Morse Ave San Jose 95126 (near the corner
of Naglee Ave.) 10am-4pm Activities will include helping prep fleece for tying and skip-stitching,
you may also make some giveaways (eg stickers, handouts), make quilt kits, etc.
If you can help with this, please let Deb know you’ll be coming for all or part
of the time so she can plan for the right number of volunteers. (see contact info above).
· => More HELP
NEEDED! WE NEED FLEECE SELVAGE (to make
doggy pull toys which we’ll sell at the fair) so if you have any selvage that
you can donate, please bring it to the July 22 meeting or better yet, get it to
me or Mary or Deb anytime BEFORE then. THANKS!!
· => One last ‘fair’ request … HELP NEEDED! Mary and I
found some great fabric panels while at conference – they are tractors (great
for the fair we thought!). We need some
blanketeers to make those panels into quilts that we can sell at the fair. Mary Talbot took one yesterday – 3 to go.
Please contact me (408-981-5426 sjlinus.org) if you can help – we’d need them
by July 27.
Reminder – during
Barb’s absence, Norma Bauman (firstname.lastname@example.org) has access to quilt
backing fabric, and Linda Cortez has our batting (email@example.com). Contact
them if you need some. We won’t be
having an August meeting this year, so if you need yarn, plan to come to the July
meeting to get some – Linda Boring will be bringing a good variety on July 22.
Thanks for your
continued support for using our website’s Amazon.com link for your online
purchases, our SHARES card at Lucky and SAVEMART (let me know if you need one!),
and collecting empty ink cartridges for us – those sources help us defray many
I will be on
vacation through July 13, so my email responses may be slower than usual. If
you have an urgent need (or can make a tractor quilt for us), leave a message
on my home phone and I’ll get back to you just as soon as I can. Happy
Blanketeering and thanks for all you do in support of our chapter and the
children we serve!!
Sharon (firstname.lastname@example.org, 408-252-1858)
Mary (email@example.com, 408-836-2051)
(and vacationing Barb)