Sometimes comfort comes in the form of a soft blanket made by a stranger. For children who’ve had too much heartache than anyone should bear, volunteers like those at Project Linus make sure a homemade quilt lets them know someone – even a stranger – cares.
The women of Project Linus were at it again recently making light work of their mission by crafting row quilts. This incorporated some donated themed fabrics, along with various coordinating fabrics that volunteers might have brought from home. The row quilt concept helps blankets come together more quickly than with some traditional methods of more intricate piecing.
We’ve told you previously about this East Tennessee group that uses their sewing and quilting talents to create hundreds of free blankets each year. The results of their work go to children in need, particularly those who’ve been rescued from abuse or other emergency situations.
The group has made special patriotic-themed quilts for the families of military veterans, delivered quilts to hospitals and birthing centers, and event sent them across the country when tragedy hit hard in a community.
Many Project Linus volunteers are experienced quilters who’ve made intricate projects. You can certainly see their skill in the top quality of everything they make and give. Sometimes they host quilting bees to teach other quilters the needed skills and to economize the process. They are often challenged to find ways of streamlining blanket-making at a beginning to moderate skill level, in order to complete hundreds of quilts at one time. They’ve made afghans, hand-tied quilts, simple edged blankets, and quilts made in strips like the ones at their recent work day.