From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., quilters and non-quilters alike are invited to come to Patchwork Pig Quilt Store and More, 309 W. Main St., to create a blanket that will be sent to the Albuquerque chapter of the national nonprofit organization Project Linus.
The organzation started in 1995 after a young cancer patient who said the comfort of her blanket helped carry her through chemotherapy. According to the charity's website, Project Linus chapters collect blankets and distribute them to children in hospitals, shelters and social service agencies.
Deb Williams, owner of the quilting store, discovered Project Linus online while looking for a cause to complement her passion for quilting.
"I was looking to reach out and get involved in the community," Williams said. "Providing blankets to children who are in need just seemed like the perfect fit."
Williams contacted the Albuquerque chapter of Project Linus and enlisted her store as its sub-chapter. Her store regularly hosts "open sews" once a month to bring people together to practice quilting, sewing and crocheting and to socialize and share ideas.
While Williams admits that not everybody who may want to help is a quilter — or even knows the difference between bargello or batting — there are other ways to help.
"We want to encourage people to donate, in any way that they can," Williams said. "Whether they want to simply make a financial donation or, for example, buy $40 worth of fabric for quilters to use for Project Linus. We can make sure that more kids will receive a gift."
The majority of Project Linus blankets are about 40-by-60 inches, or crib size, according to the Linus website. Since the organization donates to kids up to age 18, blankets can be as large as twin size for teens.
"For kids going through rough times, a fresh new blanket can be a real comfort," Williams said.
James Fenton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4621. Follow him on Twitter @fentondt.