For the month of September, we are highlighting one of our favorite charities, Project Linus, 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.”
On Christmas Eve, 1995, an article titled “Joy to the World” appeared in Parade Magazine. It was written by Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist, Eddie Adams. Part of the article featured a petite, downy haired child named Laura:
“Laura has unusual compassion for others,” Charlotte Barry-Williams of Oceanside, California, says of her daughter, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 1993. “I guess part of the reason is that she has experienced so much pain herself.”
A special “blankie” has helped Laura, 3, get through more than two years of intensive chemotherapy. She takes it to the hospital with her when she goes for treatment. When she was first diagnosed, 97 percent of her bone marrow contained cancerous cells. Although chemotherapy has helped eradicate the cancer, she has had to endure nausea, high fevers and the loss of her hair. An allergic reaction at one point caused her to lose vital signs.
“She doesn’t understand what cancer means,” her mother says. “She’s a very joyous and happy person, very curious.” Her mother hopes Laura can start preschool next spring.
After reading the article, Karen Loucks decided to provide new handmade security blankets to Denver’s Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Center, and Project Linus was born. Today, over 8 million blankets have been delivered.
Mystery Quilt Challenge
The Project Linus Mystery Quilt Challenge is a yearly fundraiser for Project Linus. “Clues” are revealed over several weeks which will give participants very detailed written and video instructions to complete a beautiful child or teen sized quilt.
Your registration and $20 donation will give you access to the Mystery Clues area of the website. This will be where you can download preparation information along with each week’s clues needed for this challenge. Along with the preparation information and each clue are videos you can view to help you prepare for and then complete each clue. Please note that the preparation information download and its accompanying video are available now.
The first challenge clue download and its accompanying video will be published Saturday morning, September 25, 2021. Additional clue downloads and accompanying videos will be released subsequent Saturdays until the “final reveal” on Saturday, November 20, 2021. We expect clue downloads and videos will be available by 8:00a CT on the aforementioned Saturdays.
Register for the Challenge and Email Us for a Chance to Win Fabric!
Our 2021 Mystery Quilt Challenge is now open!
After you register, please contact us HERE and provide your name and the date you registered. You will be entered to win two yards of the Dog On It Paws fabric that is used for the background of this year’s quilt, “Oliver’s in the Doghouse.”
The winner will be chosen the morning of September 25th