Carol Babbitt, president of Project Linus, has announced that Meryl Ann Butler will teach the techniques from her book, 90-Minute Quilts: 15+ Projects You Can Stitch in an Afternoon (www.90minutequilts.com ) at their next conference in June, 2008, in Bloomington, Illinois. The Project Linus Conference is an annual event held each summer as an educational tool for Chapter Coordinators. Project Linus (www.projectlinus.org ) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that provides 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.
An estimated 50,000 volunteer "blanketeers" in 400 chapters have donated over 2 million lovingly sewn, quilted and crocheted blankets since the inception of the project in 1995. The 90-Minute Quilts methods are perfect for community service projects, and several dozen quilts will be made in Meryl Ann's classes at the conference. All the materials are being donated: Quilting Treasures is providing the fabric from their new Marie Osmond Heirloom Gardens and Paddington lines, Henry Glass & Co. is supplying the backing and binding flannels, and Fairfield Processing is providing the batting.