Project Linus UK is a volunteer organisation. We aim to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home made patchwork quilts and knitted/crocheted blankets, and give volunteers across to UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community.
Project Linus began in America in 1995 when Karen Loucks saw a newspaper article showing how much a comfort blanket had helped a child cancer victim and decided to organise blankets for her local children’s cancer unit and started spreading the word. Since that time over 4 million blankets and quilts have been delivered worldwide. The organisation began in the UK in March 2000 as a result of a quilter’s desire to help children in need. Our volunteers deliver about 2,000 quilts and blankets to sick, disabled or disadvantaged children across the UK each month.
We cannot reach out to every distressed child but we can help to provide them with tangible evidence that someone cares, along with the physical reassurance that comes with being snuggled up in a quilt. We always try to deliver quilts and blankets to children who are local to the makers.
Take part in our Block Challenge at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in 2013. This year the theme is 'Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter'. Make 12 1/2" blocks in one of 4 colourways and bring them to our stand to be made into quilts:
- Spring - pastel shades with pink, yellow and light green
- Summer - bright blue, yellow, and primary colours
- Autumn - brown, orange, gold and dark green
- Winter - Christmas colours plus black and white.