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Project Linus Charity Quilt Drive 2014

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Project Linus Charity Blanket Drive

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Our Mission

Win a Free Pattern Book with Your Donation!

Where to Send Your Blanket

Blanket Specifications

Our Mission

FaveQuilts is home to so many wonderful quilt tutorials, from baby blankets to full-size quilts. We love hearing about all the beautiful quilts that get made using our bloggers' stunning patterns—so many of our readers tell us that they make these quilts for friends and family, just to see them smile. Well, we want to take that a step further.

With that in mind, we're working with Project Linus to donate charity blankets to children who desperately need them. Project Linus  is a wonderful organization whose 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."

We here at FaveQuilts think that's just about the best reason to make a blanket, quilts or otherwise. So whether you are a quilter, a crocheter, a knitter, a sew-er, or just a crafter looking for a good excuse spend the weekend getting creative, we hope you'll consider making a quick, easy blanket to give to a child in need. The deadline to donate is June 23, 2014.

Win a Free Leisure Arts Pattern Book with Your Donation!

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Of course, we understand that making blankets of any kind takes time and materials. With that in mind, we're offering an exciting Leisure Arts six-title book bundle valued at over $100! Send us a quilt and you'll be automatically entered to win the following titles:



Beginner Friendly Quilts: The Best of Quilty
Best of Fons & Porter: Paper-Pieced Quilts
Best of Fons & Porter: Quilting Quickly
Best of Fons & Porter: Scrap Explosion Quilts
Best of Fons & Porter: Easy Collection
Totes and Bags: A Stylish Collection for All Your Needs!

When the contest is over, we will contact the lucky winner and send you your new pattern books!

Where to Send Your Quilt

We will be collecting all donated quilts at our offices in Northbrook, IL and personally delivering them to the local Project Linus chapter. Please have your beautiful charity quilts delivered to:

Prime Publishing, LLC
Attn: Charity Blanket Drive
3400 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL 60062

We will be accepting quilts from April 23, 2014 through June 23, 2014.

Quilt Specifications

The pattern, design, style, and even size of your blanket is totally up to you! Get creative. Use one of our wonderful tutorials (or a tutorial from one of our sister sites, like AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns or AllFreeKnitting) or create your own, totally unique pattern that will be treasured for years to come. 

There are, however, a few rules to make sure that Project Linus can accept and distribute your generous donation. So while you're planning, please keep in mind the following:

  • The smallest size quilt that Project Linus can accept is 36"x 36".
  • It is important the length and width are in proportion to each other.  Some blankets that Project Linus receives are very long and narrow which makes a nice scarf instead of a blanket!
  • Project Linus donates blankets to children from newborn up to eighteen years of age.  
  • The materials must be all new, washable and in child-friendly patterns.  If a fabric has baby bottles and ducks on it, a smaller blanket should be crafted for a toddler.  If the fabric has sports teams or other teen age images, the blanket should be made for an older child.
  • It is acceptable for the blanket to be "tied," although Project Linus requests that embroidery floss be used instead of yarn.
  • Nothing should be attached to the quilts--no buttons or other ornamentation, no glitter, etc.
  • If the blanket is made in a house that has pets, the blanket must be washed, dried and put into a plastic bag.
  • The blanket must be checked for pins before donating it to Project Linus.
  • We cannot accept any blanket made in a smoking environment.

 

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Do the quilts stay in the Chicago land area, or shipped within the States, or shipped overseas?

Hi, dbzam! All Project Linus chapters are local.

Just finished last night and I always wash my quilts before giving them away. I don't smoke or have pets, it just makes them a bit more cuddly. My question is do they want a label? Something simple like made with love for someone special and the date? Thanks! bev.

Hi Bev! You are welcome to include a label, but it is certainly not required. Whatever you think is best! Some of our quilts have them, and some don't, so either way you'll be in great company. I can't wait to see your quilt! Thank you for your kind donation!

I just saw this and will not make the deadline to donate. Can there be later donations for winter?

Hi Donna, Unfortunately, this drive ends 6/23 and we currently do not have our next charity drive yet scheduled. But other sites in the Prime Publishing community will certainly be running charity drives in the upcoming months, so please keep an eye out for those! We also have a great selection of quilt patterns that can be made in just one day, if you want to rush your quilt in! You can find those here: http://www.favequilts.com/tag/Quilt-Patterns-in-a- == Day Happy quilting!

Was just wondering. Do they accept fleece blankets with the ties at the ends?

Yes, absolutely!

I crochet, can a crochet blanket or afghan work??

Absolutely!! We would love to receive a crochet blanket or afghan. I can't wait to see it!

Folks sure do like to complain about nothing.

I think this is such a wonderful idea and a great way to put all of us crafty people to work for a good cause. I know all of my children and grandchildren LOVE the blankets I crocheted for them--now I can share my creations with other children! Thank you for spear-heading this wonderful project!!

I was considering a quilt donation but not now. I live in a smoking environment. The quilt would have been completely cleaned and put into a plastic bag. But, if you don't want ityou don't want it.

Hi Scorpie! Unfortunately, we don't set the rules regarding submissionsthose come directly from Project Linus. Thank you for getting in touch! Hopefully we can work together in the future.

Sorry about the duplication. I didn't think the first one was posted because I hadn't yet signed in.

What are your quilts used for if they aren't used as blankets?

If your quilts aren't used as blankets, what are they for? Your response was quite snippy and not in keeping with the charitable request at hand.

It is very irritating to hear "quilts" being referred to as "blankets". There is a huge difference. If you are wanting people to donate to your cause, please get it right. I, for one, do not make BLANKETS......I make QUILTS!!!

Hi Sethnicholson! I hear what you're saying--but the Project Linus Charity Blanket Drive is open to ALL blankets, not just quilts. In addition to quilts, we are also accepting crocheted blankets, afghans, knit blankets . . . anything! We chose to use the word "blanket" instead of "quilt" because we wanted to be as inclusive as possible, in order to encourage everyone to donate, even if they can't quilt; we hope that the most amount of blankets will go to children in need. I hope you will consider donating a quilt!

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