Project Linus Mystery Quilt Voting Has Begun!

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Voting for the Project Linus Mystery Quilt Contest has begun!  42 finalists have been chosen and voting for your favorite Gracie Get Well Garden quilt will determine the winner.  There is a $1 per vote charge with a $10 minimum.  Your voting is considered a donation to Project Linus National Headquarters and may be tax deductible.  Anyone can vote through February 17 and you can vote more than once.

http://www.projectlinus.org/contest/voting/

With over 1,000 participants in this contest, there are two Nevada County quilts in the finals:  #29 from Lisa LaBarbera (a Nevada County Chapter Blanketeer!) and #14 from Elizabeth Friedel.  All of the submitted quilts are awesome and it’s evident each entry was made with love.

The winning quilt will be selected February 18.  Good luck to Lisa and Elizabeth and thank you all for your support!

NEW Group Quilting Location

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The Sugar Pine Quilt Shop classroom is no longer available.  The monthly Nevada County Project Linus quilting group will be moving to the following location:

Tall Pines Park Community Building
13960 Golden Star Road

Grass Valley

This location is off of Highway 49, near the fire station at the stop light between McKnight Way and Alta Sierra.

For February, the group will meet on February 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The previous schedule of “first Friday of the month” will resume on March 3rd.

These monthly quilting sessions are open to anyone interested in making quilts for Project Linus so feel free to drop in and join the group!

We appreciate everyone’s support!

A Local Thank You!

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We received this via e-mail yesterday from a grateful Mom:

My 5-year-old daughter was taken to the ER at Tahoe Forest Hospital over the holidays. She had what, at first, seemed a benign accident playing in the snow with her cousins. After an hour or two of persistent symptoms, we decided to take her to the hospital, where we learned she had a fractured skull. It was very unexpected, very frightening … and we were completely unprepared for what was escalating to be an airlift situation to another hospital. When we explained we wouldn’t be going back to the cabin that night, my daughter was very upset that she didn’t have her favorite blanket with her for the night. The nurse overheard, and within minutes came back with a Project Linus blanket. This gift and this gesture calmed her immediately and made her feel very special.

Thank you so much for your work and dedication to helping children (and their families) during a very vulnerable and scary time. It may not seem like much, but this blanket that was made with love and care was exactly what my little girl needed at that moment in time.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
A big thank you to all the generous people in our Community who support us and allow us to provide blankets to children in need!

A Little Inspiration For Today

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Life isn’t always what we choose or what we get, but it’s what we make it.

Miley Cyrus, 2016

Hobbs Batting UPC Codes Anyone?

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Our Chapter is currently collecting UPC codes from any package of Hobbs Batting. If you use Hobbs Batting (any size), please save the UPC code from your package and send to:

Project Linus Nevada County
PO Box 518
Penn Valley, California  95946
Original UPC codes only please; no copies.  We’re happy to reimburse for postage—-simply enclose a request in your envelope.
Thanks so much!

A Local Thank You!

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Our Project Linus Nevada County Chapter received this thank you from a local mother:

Dear Project Linus,

Magic, your quilt was MAGIC!

My daughter who has Down Syndrome and has very low vision, legally blind had to spend time in the ER tonight. Mind you she is not the most articulate with her words, yet was able to clearly ask for what she wanted last night.

The Nurse…What is your favorite color?
Green…

What is your favorite animal?
A Cow

Kim the nurse brought a beautiful quilt with black and white cows (perfect for her low vision), with green panels. On this same material was musical notes. My daughter is magic with her musical memory. She can tell which radio station is on by the songs. This was not serendipity, but a magic touch from above that she received what she asked for and had something that distracted her from the other moments occurring around her.

Your work and all the commitment of your team,  made my daughters stay in the ER a little less frightening!
Thank You,

(name withheld for privacy)

If you’re a Blanketeer for our Chapter and recognize this blanket as yours, please give yourself a pat on the back!  You made a difference in a child’s life!  To all of our Blanketeers—thank you for your work and support!

Project Linus: The Reason We Do This

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From a grateful parent:

I just wanted to say thank you.

3 years ago this month my son, Nolan, was born and rushed into the NICU. Although we knew this would happen ahead of time and the staff at the hospital were amazing, this was an extremely difficult time.

One morning we went to visit Nolan to find a basket on the window bench of his room. Someone had learned that Nolan had a 4 year old sister and gave her a basket from her little brother.  The basket had some coloring supplies, 2 teddy bears (one green the other white), and a blanket with a tag that said Project Linus. Katie chose to give the white bear to Nolan to go to Heaven with and to this day says the green one was given to her by her brother.

For about the first 2 years Katie slept with her “Nolan Blanket” every night and cuddled with it every time she was missing him. She truly believes that he asked someone to make it for him special to give to his big sissy. It doesn’t matter that he never made a sound, that is what we told her and because she was so young and she loves her Nolan Blanket so much, she believes it without question.

Although the Nolan Blanket is now folded safe in the top of the closet and she doesn’t depend on it as she used to, she still asks for it to be taken down every once in a while (3 years later) because it makes her feel close to the brother she barely got to know, it still brings her comfort and love.

Something as simple and small as a basket with a blanket in it made a big difference in my life but it made a HUGE difference in my daughter’s life. So thank you for what you do.

Sincerely,

Grateful Parent

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