Project Linus was established in 1990’s in America and was aptly named after the Peanuts Character Linus who carries his blue comfort blanket with him everywhere. The charity aims to “provide security through blankets”, quilters, knitters and just generally crafty people are asked to create blankets that can then be donated to a child in need in your area.
In 2000, the Charity reached over the pond to the UK where a chapter of the Charity was established to collect and make quilts for children in the UK. Last year over 22,ooo quilts were donated for children across the county, providing a little bit of comfort in their time of need. The charity accepts quilts for all ages of children including teenagers and there are lots of dedicated volunteers who will gladly accept your donation!
The charity also often attends quilt shows across the UK asking attendees to sew a block towards a quilt they are making. They will be attending the Festival of Quilts at Birmingham where they are asking quilters to bring a block 12 1/2 inches in the theme of Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer.
This year my New Year’s resolution was to make a blanket for Project Linus and unlike most other resolutions this is one I was determined to keep! I got in touch with a local volunteer, via the Project Linus website, who was pleased to have received my donation.
This is the ‘Bird House’ quilt I made for the Charity, I thought it might be suitable for a teenager perhaps. I love the bird fabrics, which when I saw them new I had to put them in a quilt!
I was also brave with this one as it was my first attempt at Machine Quilting! Eek, to make it harder I also chose vibrant multicoloured thread which meant it would show up, if I made any mistakes! But it really adds an extra element to the quilt.
I have been making quilts for a few years now, but it is nice to use the skills I have learnt to make something that really could make a difference to someone’s life whom I’ve never met before. I hope that whoever receives it finds comfort in it.
So here’s the bit where I encourage you to do your bit to help this amazing charity!
To donate a quilt of your own or to give materials or money to the charity please visit the following websites;
For US donations visit – http://www.projectlinus.org/