1st Three Quilts Arrive

The first 3 quilts made from the fantastic fabric given by our friends at A Quilt Forever quilt shop have arrived! Each was made by Nancy Foley Hibberd. Three more children get a hug.

Check back as more quilts arrive.

Project Linus Gets Personal

Mama & Eden with Monkey Quilt

Mama & Eden with Monkey Quilt

I have made quilts, afghans and fleece blankets for years, helped to start a chapter, became it’s coordinator, attended National Conference, helped to put on a regional conference and have been a part of 38,000 blankets going to children. I love what I do and I have seen the impact of a blanket on a hurting child and their worried family as a volunteer at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. But I have known all of this more in my mind than my heart the importance of our Project Linus blankets. On Friday, that all changed and I truly understand, first-hand what a hand-made quilt means because a quilt I made wrapped our 3 year old granddaughter in our love before and after a biopsy of her stomach and small intestine.

The cost to fly to Hawaii at Christmas-time was far too expensive. Since we couldn’t be there in person, we did the next best thing – we made little Eden a quilt! She loves monkeys, so of course out came Lisa’s Counted Quilt Monkey pattern. In 4 days it was made, mailed and received in Hawaii. She has been sleeping with it, using it to wrap up in while watching TV with her family, and cover her Mama and herself when she needed extra comfort.

Friday, at just the right moment in the waiting room, our daughter pulled Eden’s Monkey quilt from her bag to wrap her anxious and fussing child. It brought peace and amazing comfort to both Mama and Eden. When it was time to go into the surgery area, it was her introduction to nurses and the doctor who could all talk about her wonderful quilt. She cuddled against Mama and announced, “It is from ChooChoo (what our grandchildren call us), it is my monkey quilt.”

On the phone last night, while talking about the procedure, our strong daughter cried as she told us what that quilt meant to both her and Eden. Suddenly, I knew in my heart and soul that a lovingly made quilt means more than fabric and color and warmth to a child and her Mama. Friday I understood as a grandmother, that the blankets we make reach out to touch the hearts and help to comfort and heal in a new and very personal way.

I have to go now and sew a quilt for a child that I may never meet but I know will love it as much as my granddaughter did Friday when she was scared and needed comfort.



Project Linus at Fairs

Clark Fair 1The Portland/ Vancouver Chapter of Project  Linus took part in two fairs this summer!  The Linn Co Fair in Albany and the Clark Co. Fair in Vancouver.  We made a total of 31 quilt tops doing 5 days at the Fair, 3 days at Linn Co and 2 days at Clark Co..  We used a whooping total of 558 novelty blocks!!

We talked to a lot of people as they sat and colored muslin squares for us.  The best part is time and time again we had families come up to us to say that they had been recipients of a Project Linus Blanket.  A father was heading out the door but came to our booth to say thanks for giving his premature sons blankets; a counselor from Crestline; a mother who had her 4month old baby with her that had received a blanket for her open heart surgery; a mom with two daughters who had received them and still had them, etc etc.  What a wonderful feeling it was to listen to their stories knowing that our blanket helped.

On Sunday, a group of Fair Judges came by to see what we were up to.  I explained Project Linus, gave them some facts and figClark Fair 2ures of our Chapter, told them some stores, etc.  I asked them what they were doing and they said they were judging somewhere in the building.  You can’t imagine our surprise when they came back and gave us an AWARD!!!  Yes, the Portland/Vancouver Chapter is now AN AWARDING WINNING Chapter!  It is a “Special Award” for Educational Excellence. As you can see in the picture, it is big, yellow and orange. 

I want to publicly thank the volunteers who made both Fairs successful.  They gave up several hours in travel, participation, etc.  AND A BIG THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE 8” NOVELTY SQUARES. As you can tell we go through a lot of squares. I thank you ALL!

Linn Co. Fair Volunteers

Pam Roesler
Kathy Blevens
Lynn Blevens
Linda Carlson
Peggy Morton
Sue Ward
Karen Oakley
Tim Oakley
Mary Nelson
Shirley Schultz
Karl Schultz

Clark Co Fair Volunteers
Maureen Borkowski
Cindy Strom
Dottie Buss
Shirley Schultz
Karl Schultz
Bertie Bailey
Helen Alt
Sandy Hubbard
Gloria Pickering
Doris White
Su Scott
Nancy Foley-Hibberd

And of course, the ever supportive, stand by me, best friend ever, Walter Cook

Precoa Donates 81 Fleece Blankets!

At the Precoa “Blanket Day” for Project Linus, employees of this civic minded organization joined to make 81 fleece blankets for a special donation to the Portland/Vancouver Project Linus Chapter. View their short video to see these wonderful people at work ending in the delivery to Jodene and Marg Fine, January 29th.

2012 Blanket Donation Stats Just In

Part of our job each quarter and year is to report to National how many blankets we give and to whom. Here’s our 2012 Annual Report:

Please remember that these just aren’t “numbers” and “places” but children and families – lives touched by our chapter.

From July 2001 through December 2012, the Portland/Vancouver Chapter has given 34,417 blankets to children in need of a hug.

During the 4th Quarter of 2012 we received 967 blankets and gave 1,092 blankets.

For the year we gave 3,311 blankets to the following organizations:

Bags of Love
Camp Rosenbaum
Clackamas Co Community Health
Clark Co DSHS
Community Action Family Shelter
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
Evergreen Memorial Gardens
Legacy Emanuel Children’s Hospital
Multnomah Co ECS
Multnomah Communicy Health
Multnomah Co Children’s Services
Oregon State Police
Providence Beginnings
Providence St Vincent Hospital
Randall Children’s Hospital
Ronald McDonald House
Salmon Creek NICU
Snowball Express
Washington Co DSHS
Hurricane Sandy