A Reminder: Pins In Quilts

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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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A Bit of Inspiration

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This story came from ER personnel at a hospital in Oregon:

A little boy came into the ER crying with fear. He wasn’t the patient—his
Mom was—but he was so scared. The ER nurse decided that if any child ever
needed a Project Linus blanket, he did. They gave him a fleece blanket with lady bugs
on it. His new blanket was just what he needed and pretty soon, his fears
forgotten, he was running up and down the ER hall wearing his blanket as a
cape. The ER personnel named him “Super Bug!”.

Just shows the power of a Project Linus blanket to calm a frightened child.

For The Greater Good

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It seems as though in our modern, popular culture we have focused on such trivial things. I think we need to focus on people who actually accomplish something.  One of the responsibilities of a leader is to put their ego in check, to master their ego and to do things not for their own needs, but for the greater good for the long term and not just for the next quarter’s results.  In spite of what some say in this often winner-take-all world, I think there really are things that we owe to each other as citizens.  And we shouldn’t forget that.

Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger
December, 2016

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

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