Thursday was the once a month meeting of the Portland chapter of Project Linus (our website is here if you are interested). We meet on the third Thursday of every month to prepare quilts for delivery. This month I delivered 5 quilts including my wonky star, and my two flower garden quilts.
Every month a dedicated group of ladies gather at A Common Thread and spend three plus hours processing 200 + quilts and blankets.
Each quilt is checked and sized (baby, child or teen). A Project Linus label is then sewn one to the back of the quilt/blanket. Finally the blanket/quilt is tied with ribbon and the size card and a poem is attached.
By end of the day the hallway of the store was full of bags of quilts, all sorted and ready to go out into the community.
Thursday was the monthly meeting of the Portland chapter of Project Linus. Project Linus is a volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gift of new handmade blankets, afghans and quilts. If you would like know more visit the official site at www.projectlinus.org.
Once a month we gather to process the quilts that have come in… usually between 250 and 350. We sort, check, label and fold.
Some finished blankets ready for delivery.
This month I delivered 8 quilts to the chapter, then spent time at the folding table. These are the quilts I dropped off……
There is always lots of laughter and fun at these meetings. It is an amazing group of women and men that give up their time to help this cause. We hear about where the quilts are going, are read thank you notes that have come in, we share patterns, swap fabric and generally have a jolly time.
At the end of this afternoon we had processed 375 quilts and blankets. Over a hundred of them are heading to the East Coast to kids affected by the recent Sandy Storm. A number of quilts are heading to a local women’s shelter and we had a collection of Christmas quilts that are going to the local children’s hospital for the holiday season. The rest will go out to a variety of organizations around Portland.
I am now off to start my next quilt, which will no doubt end up being processed at the December meeting.