Last night, I received a phone call from a very concerned mother.  Her 3 year old son was admitted to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital on Sunday with pneumonia.  While at the hospital, he was given a “very well made” Project Linus quilt.  While the boy was sleeping, his mother was admiring the quilt and noticed the head of a 2” pin sticking out from a seam.  The pin was apparently sewn into the seam of the quilt.  This mother was very grateful for the quilt, which provided instant comfort to her distraught son, but worried the outcome of this could have been quite different had her son been stabbed with the pin.

Pins in quilts have increased over the last year so I’m pleading with all Blanketeers to check and double check your quilts for stray pins.  My hands generally find all pins as I review each blanket, but in this case, buried in a seam, it wasn’t caught.  A child harmed by a pin on top of the stress of illness/injury and the intimidating hospital environment, is something I’m sure none of us wants to happen.

The up side to this is that in 12 years, this is the first time a pin has missed my hands.  That information provided great relief to the mother, who repeatedly thanked us for the work we do.  Her son hasn’t let the quilt out of his sight since it was given to him.

Please help me out Blanketeers—check your quilts thoroughly for pins before donating.  Thank you so much for your care and understanding!

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