2017 Mystery Quilt Challenge: Exploring the World With Ethan

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Here’s a preview of the 2017 Project Linus Mystery Quilt Challenge!  Registration opens August 21, 2017 at www.projectlinus.org.  The fee to register for this event, $15.00, is credited IN FULL to our Nevada County Chapter if you specify our Chapter at the time of registration.  This is a big win-win for us all!
Spread the word!  Thank you for your support!
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Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving Eve

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The article below from our local paper struck me profoundly last evening. The quote by Oprah Winfrey first caught my eye…..”Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Today, I’m thankful for the opportunity to manage the Project Linus Nevada County Chapter.  I’m thankful for the wonderful people I’ve met in the 7 years of this journey who give so freely of their time, effort and resources to supply our Chapter with blankets for the children of Nevada County.  These generous souls have taught me quite a bit over the years and I am grateful.

We wish you all the best this Thanksgiving holiday and thank you for your support of our Chapter.


If you seek more peace, give more thanks.


One of my favorite quotes by Oprah Winfrey is, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”


Not-enoughness is a disease from which all too many people suffer. The primary source of this suffering comes from entering into a game nobody has won, is winning or will ever win. The game of which I speak is the comparing game. The folly lies in our believing we are comparing apples to apples. The reality is we are only comparing, on the surface, one side of a multifaceted situation. As an example, if we are comparing our bank account or outward trappings with others who we imagine are more successful, we set up our own upset.


We can never know the journey of another and what sacrifices they may have made that we, on the other hand, may have not been willing to endure. On another level, we analyze whether we are winning the game based on a single snap shot of the entire game rather than the cumulative frames leading up to and carrying on after that single shot. Playing the comparing game only contaminates our energy and efforts to enjoy and enhance what we do have.


The remedy for not-enoughness is thankfulness.


So stop playing the comparing game and start playing the thankful game.


Begin to take inventory of what you do have and of that for which you are thankful. When you focus on what you do have, you have everything. When you focus on what you don’t have, you have nothing. We tend to feel full of heart and mind when we focus on what we have. What we appreciate actually appreciates.


With this being the week of Thanksgiving, I encourage you to not wait until Thursday to start giving thanks. Start right now. Give thanks every day for what you do have and for what you are moving toward having.


If you want to experience real peace and wealth on an ongoing basis, build the habit of giving thanks in every moment as best you can. To build up to this, try starting with specific moments of your day, such as upon awakening in the morning and retiring at night. Perhaps, each time you engage in a meal give thanks. Place reminders where you will see them for what you can be thankful. Have fun with it. Send yourself an email, voicemail or text reminder to be thankful. Mail yourself a letter to remember. Be creative.


To whom do you give this element called thanks. That is up to you. Be thankful you get to decide who that is.


Thankfulness, gratitude, appreciation, recognition, enjoyment, pleasure and gratefulness can be directed in an unlimited way.


Here is the gift in all of this. All that you give others you give to yourself. Be thankful for the receiving.


Happy Thanksgiving!


Make it up, make it fun and make it happen!


Machen P. MacDonald, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life. He can be reached at coach@probrilliance.com and (530) 273-8000.


The Power of Volunteerism

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Our Chapter was the fortunate recipient of a very generous donation from a woman, recently retired, moving from the area and anxious to downsize her sizable quilting “stash”. Included in the donation was a particularly detailed, but unfinished, quilt top. Thanks to the skills of one of our long-time, dedicated Blanketeers, the quilt was completed with expertise and love. Starting with the generosity of one person and adding the power of volunteerism by others, a child will be comforted by this beautiful quilt.

Make A Difference Day October 27!

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If you’ve been thinking of volunteering, your day is coming! October 27, 2012 is “Make A Difference Day”, America’s largest annual day of volunteering. From a recent article by Nancy Snyderman from NBC News, “This day can be your chance to learn that the best way to feel good about yourself is to give something of yourself away. The person whose life you alter will go out and alter 10 more lives, and they’ll alter 10 more. The reach goes far beyond the day.”

We hope you will consider our Project Linus Chapter worthy of your volunteering time. One by one, we can make a difference in a child’s life. Won’t you please join us?

Another Thank You

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Another thank you from a grateful recipient.  We are making a difference….one blanket at a time!

We are foster parents and have taken home a baby boy from the hospital who
is going through serious withdrawal symptoms. Being born is hard but
fighting the fight he is fighting is even harder. His blanket was made by
a Project Linus blanketeer. We wanted to say thank you. It
helps surround him with love as we try and do the same as his little body
fights this poison. We are grateful.

2011 Did You Know?

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Thought you might be interested in these facts and figures:

. Karen Loucks started Project Linus on December 24, 1995. The Nevada County Chapter began in March, 2005. 

. Project Linus nationally has been in operation for 5,482 days as of January 1, 2011.

. Project Linus National has had nonprofit status since May 12, 1997.

. Project Linus nationally has officially collected 3,566,285 blankets as of September 30, 2010. If 60% of them are fabric, that translates into about 6,419,313 yards of fabric. If 40% are afghans, that is about 11,412,112 skeins of yarn.

. The Nevada County Chapter of Project Linus donated 835 blankets in 2010.  Since we established the Nevada County Chapter, we have delivered 3,528 blankets as well as hats, booties and other handcrafted items to local agencies within Nevada County!

. If each blanket is an average of 60″ long, and we laid them end to end, they would stretch 17,831,425 feet or 3,377 miles. That is as tall as 614 Mt. Everests, or 12,264 Willis Towers (formerly the Sears Tower) or 14,265 Empire State Buildings or as long as 59,438 football fields!

. Assuming each delivered blanket so far had a label, the cost for labels would be $106,988.55.

. As of January 1, 2011, Project Linus has 371 chapters in the United States. We have 371 coordinators.

. If each of our 371 coordinators donates an average of 20 hours per week to their Chapter, that would mean about 1,040 hours per year each. And that’s just coordinators!

Our volunteers have no stated monetary value in this list because to us, you’re all priceless!  Thank you for your support!

Thrifty Creativity-A Collection of Patterns

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Over the years I’ve discovered a shared passion with some of the Blanketeers in our Project Linus group…….creative use of every inch of fiber/fabric/thread.  I’ll admit to being frugal, raised with “waste not, want not” as our family mantra but it’s been inspirational to see others living this way as well.  With that in mind, I’m sharing this website, which includes several quilt patterns that may be helpful in using up those scraps that accumulate while quilting.  There are also links to patterns using up yarn scraps as well for our knitters and crocheters!  Happy blanket making, whatever your craft of choice is!

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