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Stars For The Linus Connection

September 7, 2011

Stars For The Linus Connection
Stars For The Linus Connection a free 12″ pattern

If you’ve been around Sewhooked any length of time, or have watched Talk To Me Tuesday, well, ever, then you know that The Linus Connection is a big part of my life. I started donating blankets to Linus way back in November of 2002. The Linus Connection, in turn, distributes those blankets to children in crisis throughout Central Texas.

Right now, more children than ever before are in crisis in Central Texas because  Texas has been burning all week. Hundreds and hundreds of families are now homeless. People have died. I have a friend that lost everything. It’s bad, bad business.

So now, I’m going to do what I do best and give you a free pattern.

But this time, I want a little something in return.

Stars For The Linus Connection 

a free 12″ pattern

for best results when printing, set scaling to “none”

Take this free pattern and make a block, or two, or twelve. Make a quilt top, or a quilt, or an afghan (because yarn is fabulous, too!) and mail it to the address on the pattern. Yes, that’s my address there. Please don’t stalk me, but do send me loads of blocks and blankets for The Linus Connection so we can then take those blankets and get them to the children in our area who need them!

Wonky Star
Wonky Star, by mkissa

donated to the Bushfire Quilt Project

So, you’re not a paper piecer, but you’d still like to contribute? Inspired by WIP Girl, Kristel, known as Clumsy Chord on Talk To Me Tuesday, I will also accept 12″ (12 1/2″ unfinished) Maverick Stars or Wonky Stars (the same technique, different tutorials). To make a 12 1/2″ Maverick or Wonky star, your nine patch units need to be 4 1/2″. 12 1/2″ Wonky Stars with colorful sashing are appreciated!

See the video with Kristel’s Wonky Star quilt for Linus.

Want to do your own thing? Be sure to check our the Linus Blanket Specifications first. Here’s a summary: 100% cotton quilting fabric for quilts, washable acrylic yarn for blankets, sizes can range from 30” x 30” up to  54” x 70”. Cotton or low-loft acrylic batting and french fold binding. Here’s the rest!

All blocks sent to me will be pieced into quilt tops, quilted and bound by myself or another Linus volunteer. I will make every effort to share finished quilts here on Sewhooked.

Linus has already started getting calls, and the number of blankets needed is going to be huge. My favorite charity and the children of my home state need your help. Whether you make just one block or many, every little bit counts.

If you make a block (or a lot!) add them to the Block and Blanket Drive for Linus flickr group and The Linus Connection flickr Group (the second group show up on the Linus blog in the flickr widget!).  As always, you are more than welcome to add your Sewhooked-related photos to my flickr group. I love featuring your photos!

And please, please, please share, tweet, Facebook, tumble and +1 this post. Get it out there, share the pattern with your friends and help us cover Central Texas children in blankets of made with love!

See more of my posts about The Linus Connection.

Donate to The Red Cross of Central Texas


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22 Comments leave one →
  1. Aalia permalink
    September 7, 2011 18:43

    This is just what I was looking for! My local Linus is mostly interested in fleece blankets. Selfishly, I’d rather quilt! This block, going to the most needy in the nation, is just perfect. Thank you!

    • September 8, 2011 06:39

      Thank you, I would be honored if you made a block for us!

  2. auntypsycho permalink
    September 8, 2011 03:16

    Is Egyptian cotton suitable for this?? I got a load of offcuts very cheap and want to use some of that

    • September 8, 2011 06:39

      Does it feel like a quilt-weight fabric? If it does, then I can’t why not. :)

  3. September 8, 2011 12:19

    I’m so in! I had so many friends and family members who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina…..I can relate. I’ll send what I can.

  4. September 9, 2011 19:39

    This may be a silly question, but, can just the fabric block be sent (no batting)? I’m new to quilting so this would be my first block

    • September 9, 2011 20:18

      Of course, just sending the block is perfect! When I get enough blocks for a top, I’ll piece them together and then the top will be quilted.

      And thank you, every block helps. :)

  5. Roubaix permalink
    September 10, 2011 11:50

    Help! When I click on the link to the pattern I get an error message from WordPress:
    404 – File not found
    You can create your own free blog on

    I am in NE PA, Wish we could send some of our water south to you, between Irene and Lee we have had massing record setting flooding here.

    • September 10, 2011 12:16

      Can you tell me which link didn’t work for you? I tried both of the links in the post and got to the pattern okay. Give this a try:

      We would take that water in a heartbeat. It’s been too dry for too long.

      And thank you for wanting to participate in the block drive!

      • Roubaix permalink
        September 11, 2011 16:32

        Both the link under the pattern and the one under the pattern icon gave me the error. I tried today and connected w/ no trouble. maybe my computer was just hiccuping!

  6. soma1773 permalink
    September 12, 2011 15:58

    We just lost our baby girl cat Pixie last Friday. I want to do something.. anything.. and I am very very new to quilting. Can I just make blocks for the quilt top? That’s all I know how to make and I can’t now focus on learning anything new. Let me know, please.


    • September 13, 2011 06:25

      I’m sorry for your loss. I’m a cat person, too, and know how hard it can be to lose a furry family member.

      Making individual quilt blocks is perfect. Even one block will help.


  7. September 14, 2011 12:48

    Jennifer, this is fabulous. I’ll make you some blocks this week and have them in the mail to you shortly. Will blog about it tonight too.

    • September 14, 2011 15:51

      Thank you so much, Michele, I really appreciate your support.


  8. September 14, 2011 13:27

    Question – I have a top I just finished, but am not sure I have the time {two kiddos under two get in the way of everything}. Could I send you the quilt top with the backing sheet? Would that be helpful or just a hindrance?
    ~Kimberlee, SpunkyDiva at

    PS – the quilt top is on my blog,

    • September 14, 2011 15:51

      That would be wonderful, thank you, thank you! We have volunteer quilters that will help me get it completed.

      If you need a receipt for your donation, be sure to include your name and address and I’ll make sure you get one.

      Love you blog, thank you for sharing!


  9. September 15, 2011 13:44

    I’m so excited! This pattern actually printed. I am sending a block, at least!
    I’ve been having no end of trouble trying to pint off of the Fandom site. Even when I add a pattern to Google Docs and try to print from there… nothing. Why does this one work, and the others do not?
    Thanks for the star… Love it!

    • September 19, 2011 18:04

      Thank you so much, Terri!

      I’m so sorry about the problems printing on Fandom In Stitches. It’s happened to a number of people. FiS is hosted on blogger and Sewhooked is on WordPress, which is the main difference.

      If you receive an error message stating there were “too many redirects,” try clearing the cookies from your browser…that should do the trick! If not, and you use more than one browser (the most complaints I’ve had have been from Explorer), you might try using a different browser.

      I am working on a way to make the patterns easier to access, so, fingers crossed!

  10. October 8, 2011 20:33

    If I can, I’ll try and get one in the mail to you this week. It’s coming from Australia, so may take a week or so to get there. Is it too late, or shall I endeavour to get one made up? Hugs Naomi

    • October 10, 2011 08:15

      It’s never too late! I will keep taking blocks indefinitely because The Linus Connection will always need blankets. Thank you so much! :)

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