August 2017 Newsletter


Hello Blanketeers! 


I’m starting out this month’s newsletter with a reminder that this MONDAY is a big day. Yes, there’s an eclipse going on too, but the real big news is that registration opens up for this year’s MYSTERY QUILT CHALLENGE – Exploring the World with Ethan! Your $15 donation to join the fun will go completely to our chapter if you be sure to SPECIFY SAN JOSE, CA chapter when you register.  As you may remember our very own Sylvie LeClair won the grand prize last year – a new sewing machine!  We had a number of blanketeers join in last year, we hope to have even more this year. All the quilts were so cute!! Share the link with your fellow and invite them to join in the fun.  Any questions – contact me at or 408-252-1858. Happy quilting to those who participate. We look forward to seeing your quilts!


Another reminder is that two members of our chapter host ‘Sew Days’ twice a month, where all are welcome to come and work with other blanketeers on any type of blanket you like. Marilyn Nickel is the new host for the’1st Thursday’ Sew Day and Sandy Crane hosts the ‘3rd Wednesday’ Sew Day each month.  More details are on our web site If you’d like a monthly reminder email for either or both of these days, email Marilyn ( and/or Sandy ( to get on their lists.


Blanket Stats: In June / July we received 545 / 641 blankets and we distributed 678 / 485 blankets through: Camp Corral, CASA, CPS Receiving Center, El Camino Hospital-NICU, Good Samaritan Hospital-NICU, JW House, KAFPA, Kaiser Hospital – Pediatrics and NICU, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at El Camino, O’Connor Hospital – Pediatrics and NICU, Project  Sanctuary, Public Health, Regional Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House, San Jose Family Shelter, San Jose Social Services and Valley Medical Center. Our chapter total to date is 78,647!


Staples has made yet another change to their ink cycling / Rewards program, so we will no longer be collecting the large ink cartridges (longer than 8.5 inches).  Thanks to everyone who has supported us with large cartridges in the past – you helped us earn many rewards over the years. Please DO KEEP TURNING IN EMPTY SMALLER INK AND TONER CARTRIDGES. We will continue to use those to earn ‘free’ purchases of bagging supplies, brochures, signs, etc.


Lately, we’ve been receiving a lot of blankets from which the tags have fallen off because the strings were only tied with a bow; please tie a KNOT in the string with the tag hanging loosely through the label (which is sewn on the BACK side of the blanket, sewn ONLY on the short ends). There’s a photo on the web site if you have any questions about how it’s done. If you run out of labels and tags, you can pick some up at my house, Mary Kelly’s or Helen Farnham’s, as well as Beverly Fabrics – see locations details on the web site under Drop Off locations. If you can’t make it to any of these locations or to a meeting, email me and I’ll mail you some.  Also many skip stitch blankets have come in with wavy or too tight edges. EVERYONE who skip-stitches - PLEASE check your blankets and be sure they lay flat on the edge BEFORE you turn them in. If needed, make your edges looser – blankest need to be flat.  Thanks!


Sandy Crane and Renee Jones delivered fleece blankets to Camp Corral at the YMCA Camp in Pescadero on August 6 for us. To quote Sandy “Ninety one happy youngsters were wrapped in love (Sunday night)”. Thanks to everyone who made a few extra tied fleece blankets to support this cause.


I’m happy to report that Elizabeth Tang-Kong and Johanna Hernandez held a Make a Blanket Session at Toshiba last week – 51 blankets were made and a quilt (made by Elizabeth) was raffled off. They raised $230 for the chapter. Great job ladies!  Mary Kelly and Clara Chase are leading 3 Make a Blanket events for Thermo-Fisher Scientific this month (San Jose, Fremont and Sunnyvale) – thanks for making those events possible. Last month I held a blanket making session at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church-Cupertino on Service Sunday).  My request this year for a $1000 grant from the IBM Silicon Valley Volunteer Opportunity Council was just approved, so it will fund the annual Make a Blanket events at one or two IBM locations in the fall using with half of the grant funds and we’ll use the rest for other supplies as needed. Becky Guillett donated $170 JoAnn’s gift card which were the profits she made selling a Civil War quilt recently – thanks Becky!


Upcoming events include:  Saturday Sept. 16: Both Bark in the Park (Mary and Julie are running a booth for us, the booth fee was donated by John and Mary) as well as Lexus of Stevens Creek – Teen Volunteer Faire (Linda Skipper is covering this for us). Just announced for Tuesday Sept 26 (morning) is Los Gatos High School’s Volunteer Fair (We need someone to represent us there for about an hour – please contact me if you can help out  - 


IMPORTANT CHANGE: As we have adjusted a few meeting dates this summer, we’ve realized that it’s much easier (for our generous hosts Mary and John Kelly) to have both the meeting and the bagging day in the same week. So going forward our ‘normal’ schedule will be for both sessions to be held the 4th week of the month – meetings will remain on Tuesdays and bagging will be either Thursday or Saturday, alternating months.  In September we’ll move ‘part way - to the 3rd week (9/19 for the meeting and 9/21 for bagging) and in October we’ll move to the 4th week (meeting on 10/24 and bagging on 10/28). Thanks for your flexibility as we refine our schedules.

Reminder, Barb is on vacation until November or December. In the meantime, if you need batting, contact Linda Cortez ( or quilt backing fabric, contact Norma Bauman (, or contact Mary Kelly ( or me ( if you need to borrow a “scissors box” for a blanket making event.

See you at our chapter meeting this Tuesday August 22 at 7pm at Mary’s (1366 Milton Way San Jose). Thank you all for everything you do for Project Linus – helping us comfort and support local children in need.  Together we’re making a big difference in young lives near us.


Sharon (and Barb – on vacation until November or December)   (