Let me start by saying I completely forgot about Free Pattern Friday this week. My mind has been elsewhere. I’m sure that once I explain, you’ll understand.
For most of the week, I’ve been fielding emails and social media messages in my role for The Linus Connection. Our organization is doing what we can to help with the relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey evacuees by providing handmade blankets to children displaced from their homes.
In addition to our local volunteers, we’ve had quilters and blanket makers from all over the country step up to help. The outpouring of love and helping hands has been amazing.
If you’d like to help, check out this post on the Linus website for more information. I’m the Jennifer listed in the graphic above, so you have questions, please feel free to ask! You can comment here or contact me at my Linus email.
As of yesterday, we’ve been able to get over 200 handmade quilts, yarn blankets, and fleece blankets into the hands of the Austin Disaster Relief Network. Those blankets will go directly to those children affected by hurricane-related evacuations.
In between email, social media messages, and other updates, I’ve been working furiously to finish a few of my Linus WIPs. Lion King Quilt 2 is quilted and needs binding. I’ve got another UFO block quilt top quilted. It also needs binding. I’m hoping to get those finished today.
Yesterday, I needed to run to Jo-Ann’s and I scored two good sized remnants of fleece while I was there, one Spiderman, and one Batman. I’ll be turning both of these into blankets for Linus, too.
Want to help, but don’t want to make a quilt or blanket?
Donate to the Austin Disaster Relief Network. This is a local organization. They will get much-needed donations where they need to go. More about their efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Donate to Austin Pets Alive. They are the non-profit where we adopted our fluffy orange cats, Ramses & Iliad. APA and their volunteers have rescued hundreds of displaced pets and are collecting supplies to help take care of them. There is loads more information on their Facebook page.
Make a pillowcase and donate it for the new pillows going on the shelter beds. Honey Bee Quilt Store has free kits. Contact the store for more information. You can also use one my free tutorials to make a pillowcase. Video here. Text version here.
These are just a few of the ways you can get involved. These are some of my personal favorite ways to help. Do what works best for you.