February 2015 Newsletter



Hello Blanketeers! 


Our Make a Blanket Day in February at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church was really great – thanks to all who participated. During their church service Sunday, the church offered a blessing on the blankets, the blanketeers and those who will receive the blankets.  Our new ‘Sew Days’ are going great too. Our chapter blanket count to date is now over 60,000 blankets – that’s 60,000 children comforted! Thank you all for your support.

We have a few quick updates to share as we get ready to head into March…


  • #2 The volume of blankets coming in through JoAnn’s – Almaden has increased and we need a 2nd person to help as a liaison to that location (picking up blankets, stocking our brochure rack there, doing the blanket quality check and repairs if needed, adding tags and/or labels as needed, delivering them to Mary’s house by the monthly bagging days). If you can help us out (even for just a couple months), please contact me (408-252-1858 or sjlinus@comcast.net) as soon as possible.


  • #3 At the MABD I mentioned the fun ‘Lukey the Lucky Penguin Quilt Challenge’ that’s being sponsored through national Project Linus, going on right now. (Proceeds go to our chapter if you mention us by name.) I’ve provided some more details at the end of this message. Go to http://www.projectlinus.org for more information online.


  • #4 Our next meeting will be Tuesday March 10th at 1pm at the home of Mary Kelly (1366 Milton Way San Jose 95125).  All are welcome – with or without blankets. Come meet other blanketeers and share blanket making ideas and news. (Remember to bring your empty ink cartridges for us to recycle!)


  • #5 Finally, though I’d told you that I would be away for month starting today, my plans have changed and I will be in town and ‘on Project Linus duty’, though a bit restricted. (I broke my foot on Valentine’s Day so the hiking vacation is off for a while…) I won’t be attending any events for a while, but if you need anything that I can help with from home, feel free to call or email and I’ll get back with you as soon as I can.


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Lukey the Lucky Penguin Quilt Challenge Update:  

There's STILL Time to Join!

Dear friends of Project Linus,

We're pleased to report that we have over 500 participants in our Lukey the Lucky Penguin Quilt Challenge and have had such positive feedback.  New quilters and seasoned quilters are all working hard on their Lukey quilts and so far so good!  We just introduced Clue #3 on Sunday.  We've had clues which include stars to hearts to snowballs to quilts to lucky shamrocks.  Everyone is getting to know our Lukey as his story that accompanies the clues unfolds. Of course, Lukey IS lucky, but so is Project Linus! Thank you for participating and for spreading the word! 

There is STILL time to join the challenge and we would like to invite you to check it out.  CHALLENGE DETAILS (are online – let me know if you want me to send them to you – Sharon).

If you're not sure and you'd like to see some of our progress so far, please click here:


Please note:  The directions are detailed and you can e-mail ANY TIME with questions and we'll do our very best to answer.  Your $15 donation is tax-deductible and if you have a local chapter you would like to list on the registration form, that chapter will receive the entire $15 to be used by the coordinator in your area for Project Linus.

This quilt challenge was created to honor my grandson Luke Shields who passed away at age 2 1/2.  Here's a paragraph from his mom and my daughter, Cari - thanking each of you for making blankets of comfort and security for Project Linus kids:  

...Or maybe the child will lose a family member, and will cling to that blanket as Logan (Luke's twin brother) does to the one he received when Luke unexpectedly passed away on February 8, 2006, 2½ years later. You never know the people you are touching because of your service-not just the child who receives the blanket, but also the parent or grandparent who can feel that for one instant or two they can take the pain or fear or hurt away from their sweet child by wrapping them in that soft, beautiful blanket-the one YOU made for them.  Thank you,  Lukey's Mom Cari

CLICK HERE to register or to read more about the GREAT contest (with fantastic prizes) to follow the challenge.  (Let me know if you need help registering – Sharon)

We would LOVE to have you join us.  Why not give it a try?  

Mary Balagna, National VP, Project Linus



As always, thanks for being a Project Linus blanketeer and helping us comfort and support local children in crisis and need. 

Happy blanketeering!


Sharon (sjlinus@comast.net, 408-252-1858) and

Barb (sjlinus@gmail.com), 408-295-2287