A Common Thread
a blanket-raising project
Goal: To create 200 handmade blankets before the tulips finish blooming in the fields, to be given to Skagit and Whatcom County children in need, distributed through Project Linus.
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2010: Hand-made blankets are being collected year-round. If you would like to participate, please join in.
All blankets are needed and will be much-loved by local children in need.
Deliver them to Two Thimbles, The Quilt Shop, and Knot Just Yarn. (click on 'Drop Off Locations' for addresses).
665 collected from January 1st - April 30th, 2009!
An amazing 665 blankets were made by hand and donated to the project in just over 4 months in 2009!!
I wish to extend a heart-felt thank you to everyone in our community who participated in A Common Thread. The 665 handmade blankets far surpassed the goal of 100. These beautiful quilts and afghans will provide comfort to children in need in Skagit and Whatcom counties.
A very special thank you to local business who were an integral part of our success. Specifically, in Anacortes: Ana-Cross-Stitch and The Quilt Shop; in Mount Vernon: Wild Fibers and the Skagit Food Co-op; in Burlington: Knot Just Yarn; in La Conner: Jennings Yarn & Needlecrafts; and in Bellingham: Apple Yarns and Two Thimbles.
Hats off as well to Susan Rowe, at the Skagit Volunteer Center for providing a patchwork of ways to get the word out. As well, Susan Tive, Colleen Curtis, Nancy Vaught, Deborah Moskowitz, Dorothy Tjoekler-Worthen, Anna Walters, Kathy Boyd, Deb Slater and many others enthusiastically spread news of the event.
Fidalgo Island Quilters, the Sedro-Woolley Senior Center, Mount Vernon Manor crafters and other ambitious groups took this project under their needle, astounding me with armloads of blankets. And to the many individual "blanketeers", who opened their hearts and crafted away, with the deepest gratitude, I thank you! Were it not for your spirit of generosity, this simply would not have succeeded.
The support and encouragement from Theresa Bever was helpful and I applaud her year-round dedication. Although this winter project concluded April 30th, blankets can be made and donated year-round to Skagit and Whatcom children through Project Linus at the above mentioned stores. Theresa Bever, the coordinator of Project Linus can be reached at Skagit.WA@projectlinus.org or 360-856-4567.
Together, great things can be accomplished.