Quilting for Charity: Making it Count in Central Illinois

Most of us in our 24 Blocks Facebook community quilt for others. Sometimes it’s gifts for family or friends, sometimes it’s for those we don’t know. We may quilt in formal groups and send our handiwork to those who’ve suffered loss in natural disasters, to those in nursing homes, to children in foster care, to injured veterans, or maybe just to those we want to honor. We do it not just for the physical warmth the quilt gives, but because it carries a message of personalized caring, of time taken to create something beautiful.

Marcia Kirby, one of our 24 Blocks member quilters, has shared with us some photos of quilts from the Central Illinois Chapter of Project Linus’s Make a Blanket Day 2012.

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Marcia writes about this photo: “Project Linus Central Illinois Team 35 by Linda Kirby’s group, blanket contribution 2012 for Make a Blanket Day – challenge quilts are hanging – Theme – Round and Round. Total Central IL blankets delivered to date 69,436 since 1999.” Let’s stop and think here. They have made and delivered 69,436 blankets and quilts in 13 years. That’s over 5000 a year!

But the important thing is where the quilts and blankets go. Project Linus states that its mission is to “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'” and to “Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.”

Project Linus is headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois. There are chapters in all 50 US states. The handmade blankets and quilts are distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of such a symbol of care and warmth.

Marcia shared with us some of the challenge quilts finished during the 2012 event:

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Marcia writes that this quilt was part of the Round and Round Challenge and was made by Linda Kirby’s Team 35. You can tell this quilt would be both warm and uplifting to a child. It is beautiful!

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This quilt, made by Debbie Cramer in the Round and Round Challenge, seems to have the motion of bubbles floating up. Since children love to spin and love bubbles this one would always be a hit. Notice, too, that the quilting has round movement.

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This quilt, made by Becky Smith, would be great for a teen. It’s nice to see quilts for children that aren’t all for the little ones. Sometimes we forget that older children are in the hospital or shelter, too, and enjoy designs that are more “hip”.

The efforts of the Chapter were featured in local media story entitled Linus Volunteers Create Blankets, Bunnies for Children.

Thank you so much, Marcia, for sharing the work done by the Central Illinois Chapter.

Quilt On! Make it Count.

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