June 2014 Newsletter

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 below).

     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 role!

     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 bragen@sbcglobal.net or leave a message at 408-997-2358)

· 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 (nlbauman@earthlink.net) has access to quilt backing fabric, and Linda Cortez has our batting (savsgram@aim.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 chapter expenses.

     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 (sjlinus@comcast.net, 408-252-1858)

Mary (mary@gofigureinc.com, 408-836-2051)

(and vacationing Barb)