Five years ago, I was sitting by my premature baby’s isolette in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), scared and anxious. Hospitals can be lonely places—unfamiliar surroundings, confusing medical jargon, and uncomfortable beds can quickly make you wish for the comfort of your home. But one day, soon after we arrived, I walked into the NICU to find a bright, colorful quilt covering my daughter’s incubator. Donated by a volunteer with Project Linus, the quilt was stitched with cute little animals and hearts and made the room feel a little more like home.
Project Linus is an amazing organization that provides handmade quilts and blankets to children who are sick, traumatized, or otherwise in need. And after my experience with them, you can imagine how thrilled I’ve been to be able to work with Carol Babbit and Mary Balagna, President and Vice President of Project Linus and authors of Quilt it with Love: The Project Linus Story.
Quilt it with Love is filled with beautiful and creative quilts—interactive quilts that double as game boards, quilts that have special pockets that hold tissues or toys, and quilts perfect for group crafting projects. Interspersed throughout the projects are stories of people like me who have been touched and strengthened by the work of Project Linus.
And now, exclusively at www.bn.com, you can purchase your own copy of Quilt it with Love for 50% off, now through November 15th! Simply enter coupon code Y9V9D7A to receive your discount. 100% of royalties go directly to Project Linus, so you’ll be making a difference in the lives of children simply by purchasing the book. You can also learn how to make a difference in your own community through Project Linus by visiting www.projectlinus.org.
My daughter left the hospital after a month, and today she’s a thriving, active five year old who is learning to read! Although I’ll never meet him or her in person, I’m so grateful to the Project Linus volunteer who made our stay in the NICU a little more pleasant and hopeful, simply by making a quilt.
from Shannon Quinn-Tucker, guest Needlearts blogger