NMRA 2018 Kansas City Convention - August 5-12, 2018 National Model Railroad Association

Project Linus Information

PROJECT LINUS INFORMATION

The primary projects for the KC Non-rail sewing/quilt service project will be Lili's Hug weighted Blankets and quilts, especially the Riding the Rails pattern for Project Linus.

The Lili’s Hug weighted blanket pattern used by KC Project Linus is https://www.projectlinus.org/patterns/wb.html if you want to get started at home, or make up kits to bring. If not, we will have kits available for you.

We will purchase heavy weight hook and loop fastener by the bolt at cost from a Project Linus source, so all attendees need to bring is fabric of your choice or use one of the kits we will have available . Each blanket takes just two yards of fabric. Project Linus coordinators like one side to be a kid-friendly, preferably unisex, cotton and the other side can be a heavier fabric such as flannel, corduroy, denim, etc. No holiday fabrics, as these blankets are used year-round. We will have extra fabric on hand to share with those who are traveling, don't have a fabric stash at home, or prefer to work from a kit.

Old sheets to use as weight are also appreciated. We will not stuff the blankets with the weights; that will be done later by Project Linus volunteers to be sure the needs of the specific recipient are met. Often there is a waiting list for these weighted blankets, so our participation is greatly appreciated by the families who receive them. The children who need the blankets have a sensory disorder that makes a weighted, calming blanket, helpful to keep them calm and focused.

The Riding the Rails pattern can be found at https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/d69f8f_d9d7a92eb36543c999e7bdffb1dd4280.pdf. We will have kits available for this blanket and kits for several other patterns in the Project Linus Room.

We are thrilled that Patty Gregory, Kansas City and Project Linus International Cooridnator will be with us Monday morning to discuss Project Linus and guide us through making both the Lili’s Hug weighted blanket and the Riding the Rails Quilts. Don‘t miss this chance to meet Patty and join in making blankets to support Project Linus. https://www.projectlinuskc.org/

Other quilts, crocheted blankets, etc. are also appreciated. Please feel free to bring fabrics from your stash to donate, even if it's just the trimmings from a quilt backing. Many of our talented quilters can turn your scraps into lovely blankets. Fleece blankets need to be single layer only, no double layer fleece blankets.

New to quilting or haven't sewn since 7th grade Home Ec? No problem! Our experienced quilters are happy to help anyone interested in learning. If you have a machine and can easily bring it, please do. Harper’s Fabrics is providing some machines to share with those who are not able to travel with a machine. Some of the loaned machines will be available for sale after the convention if you are in the market for a gently used machine.
New this convention will be a Scrap Quilt Challenge!  Everyone who wants to is invited to bring the leftovers from quilts they've made or whatever they have around and put all the pieces of less than a yard on a table as we challenge our quilters to make a Project Linus quilt using only scraps from the table. Use a pattern or not, your choice. We will give prizes for the most creative, best railroad themed quilt, best project by a quilting newbie, etc. We think there will be some friendly competition!
The primary projects for the KC Non-rail sewing/quilt service project will be Lili's Hug weighted Blankets and quilts, especially the Riding the Rails pattern for Project Linus.

The Lili’s Hug weighted blanket pattern used by KC Project Linus is https://www.projectlinus.org/patterns/wb.html if you want to get started at home, or make up kits to bring. If not, we will have kits available for you.

We will purchase heavy weight hook and loop fastener by the bolt at cost from a Project Linus source, so all attendees need to bring is fabric of your choice or use one of the kits we will have available . Each blanket takes just two yards of fabric. Project Linus coordinators like one side to be a kid-friendly, preferably unisex, cotton and the other side can be a heavier fabric such as flannel, corduroy, denim, etc. No holiday fabrics, as these blankets are used year-round. We will have extra fabric on hand to share with those who are traveling, don't have a fabric stash at home, or prefer to work from a kit.

Old sheets to use as weight are also appreciated. We will not stuff the blankets with the weights; that will be done later by Project Linus volunteers to be sure the needs of the specific recipient are met. Often there is a waiting list for these weighted blankets, so our participation is greatly appreciated by the families who receive them. The children who need the blankets have a sensory disorder that makes a weighted, calming blanket, helpful to keep them calm and focused.

The Riding the Rails pattern can be found at https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/d69f8f_d9d7a92eb36543c999e7bdffb1dd4280.pdf. We will have kits available for this blanket and kits for several other patterns in the Project Linus Room.
We are thrilled that Patty Gregory, Kansas City and Project Linus International Cooridnator will be with us Monday morning to discuss Project Linus and guide us through making both the Lili’s Hug weighted blanket and the Riding the Rails Quilts. Don‘t miss this chance to meet Patty and join in making blankets to support Project Linus. https://www.projectlinuskc.org/

Other quilts, crocheted blankets, etc. are also appreciated. Please feel free to bring fabrics from your stash to donate, even if it's just the trimmings from a quilt backing. Many of our talented quilters can turn your scraps into lovely blankets. Fleece blankets need to be single layer only, no double layer fleece blankets.

Notes for Beginners!

New to quilting or haven't sewn since 7th grade Home Ec? No problem! Our experienced quilters are happy to help anyone interested in learning. If you have a machine and can easily bring it, please do. Harper’s Fabrics is providing some machines to share with those who are not able to travel with a machine. Some of the loaned machines will be available for sale after the convention if you are in the market for a gently used machine.
New this convention will be a Scrap Quilt Challenge!  Everyone who wants to is invited to bring the leftovers from quilts they've made or whatever they have around and put all the pieces of less than a yard on a table as we challenge our quilters to make a Project Linus quilt using only scraps from the table. Use a pattern or not, your choice. We will give prizes for the most creative, best railroad themed quilt, best project by a quilting newbie, etc. We think there will be some friendly competition!

Scrap Quilt Challenge Rules:

  • Quilt top must be made from scraps available at the 2018 convention and completed during the convention (4 PM on Friday).   Backing and binding fabric may be from fabric available or purchased.
  • Quilt must be Project Linus size of 30" x 30" to 40" x 60".
  • Pattern may be a Project Linus pattern or one of the quilter's choosing.
  • Quilts may be quilted or tied.
  • All quilts will be donated to Project Linus at the end of the convention.
  • Participants may work individually or in pairs. We encourage new quilters and experienced quilters to form a partnership for the competition.
  • Participants may enter as many quilts as they can make in the time allotted.
  • Quilts made prior to the convention are appreciated, but may not be entered in the contest.

The scrap pile always varies each day as quilters finish a project and add the extra fabric to the pile. We look forward to seeing your creative quilts!
Again, all levels of quilters and quilter wanna-be’s are welcome! Please join us in the Project Linus Room at the convention.

And don’t forget to sign up for the tour to the Missouri Star Quilt Company (see the General Interest Tours)!

Looking forward to quilting with you in Kansas City!
Q