When was the last time a New York Times best-selling author asked for help from the community to create characters for a book?
Jennifer Chiaverini, the author of the Elm Creek Quilts novels, did just that. Jennifer is a mother, best-selling author, avid quilter and a supporter of Project Linus. Ms. Chiaverini asked for help from her readers, Project Linus volunteers, and the community to determine the gender of expectant mother Sarah’s twins. To cast their “votes,” readers and volunteers created quilt blocks from a provided pattern, using red fabrics if they wanted Sarah to have two girls, blue fabrics for two boys, and purple for a boy and a girl. After quilters from around the word contributed more than a thousand quilt squares, Jennifer tallied the votes and is preparing to announce the winner!
“I was thrilled with the overwhelming response to my request for quilt blocks for Project Linus,” Jennifer Chiaverini says. “Readers have been waiting a long time to learn whether Sarah will have boys, girls, or one of each, and it hasn’t been easy keeping this secret from them! I’m looking forward to revealing the result of the vote in an exclusive, sneak preview reading from The Wedding Quilt at the Project Linus Institute.”
On Friday, July 22 at 6:30 PM at the Peoria Civic Center, Illinois, everyone is invited to A Night with Jennifer Chiaverini: A Benefit for Project Linus. Ms. Chiaverini will be sharing excerpts from her soon to be released book, The Wedding Quilt. Quilts made from the “votes” will be on display, and she will announce the gender of Sarah’s twins! This is a night for book lovers, quilting enthusiasts and anyone that knows the power of a handmade blanket given to a child in need.
Tickets are available for $50 per person. Your ticket price includes keynote speaker Jennifer Chiaverini, dinner, viewing of quilts from the nationwide contest and supporting a great cause, Project Linus. Tickets are available at http://www.projectlinus.org/institutedinner.html or call 309-585-0686 for more information.
About Project Linus
Project Linus, founded in 1995 with its national headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois, provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gift of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers” To date Project Linus has donated over 3.8 million blankets to children in need.
For more information or to get involved with Project Linus visit: http://www.projectlinus.org/institutedinner.html or call 309-585-0686.