It is a contest, but it is also a fund raiser for a great charity. In the Fall, for the past 5 years, I’ve participated in the Project Linus Mystery Quilt Challenge. For a donation of $15 I received clues to create a quilt. Then in February of the following year there is a Contest and this year there are 49 quilts which have been entered. This is the 2nd time I have submitted my quilt to the contest. There are prizes for the quilts that receive the most votes.
Each year the quilt pattern has been named for a grandchild of the quilt’s designer. This year it was named for her granddaughter, Lucy.
Let me give you some background. Project Linus is a national charity in the USA (although, I understand, there are similar groups in other countries). There are local chapters in all 50 states. The goal of Project Linus is “Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”. ” Fleece & Crochet Blankets as well as Quilts are welcome. According to the website over 8,560,099 blankets/quilts have been delivered since 1995, all made by volunteers!
So back to the contest, and my quilt. I picked up my quilt from the Longarm quilter (thanks Debbie) on a Friday and on Saturday I trimmed/squared the quilt, added the binding, label and hanging sleeve. Our daughter set up a photo shoot in our living room to get a good picture (thanks, honey) so I could submit it for the Fundraiser/Contest by midnight.
It was selected to be one of 49 quilts to be included in the contest. Voting started February 6 and concludes on February 20th at 12:01 AM Central Time (OK, that’s one minute after midnight on Friday night). The winners will be announced on Saturday, February 20th after all the donation/votes are tallied. Since this is a fund-raiser, each vote costs $1, but there is a minimum of $10 (so 10 votes). Payment can be made through PayPal or credit card.
I would like to invite you to hop over to the Project Linus Contest and check out the quilts. If you are then so inclined, I would appreciate your donation to this charity. Of course, I would love any votes I receive-My quilt is #18, Hint, Hint. The funds raised go to help the National organization support the local chapters to provide necessary materials to create “hugs” for children (infants up through teenagers). Last year the contest raised nearly $22,000 for this worthy cause. While you are on their site you can read more about it and maybe check to see if there is a local chapter near you. This is a great service opportunity. The local chapters would also appreciate donations of fabric, batting, or yarn, as well as cash donations. All blankets/quilts remain in your local area giving hugs to children experiencing medical or emotional traumatic experiences.
Updates to the voting will appear on the Project Linus Facebook Page, if you’d care to check the page out.
In the meantime, what is going on in your sewing space?