My husband, Gerald Appleman, was, for 32 years, the Assistant Principal Cellist in the New York Philharmonic. This year we were invited to the 60th Reunion of the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Like almost every accomplished musician in the USA, he played there at one time. Since we were near the famous Norton Quilt Shop in Wilmington (largely destroyed during Hurricane Irene and in the process of being rebuilt), I stopped in. I had bought fabric there before. At the cashier's desk there was a flyer about Project Linus and I took it home to New Jersey.
At about this same time my hairdresser, a close friend of 25 years standing, whose partner is an interior designer, gave me about 50 books of expensive samples of the kinds of fabrics that designers use in private homes. Some of them cost 400 dollars a yard ! I decided that these fabrics should not be wasted and your organization was the obvious choice. So, it has been a pleasure to save them from being tossed, and, at the same time, to have the privilege of helping children who need that assistance.
I should add that I am a longtime quilter. When I was younger and in the middle of a career as a writer and editor I did not have the money for wedding, birthday, new baby, bar mitzvah, first communion, etc. presents, so I made quilts for all those occasions. Now I can easily afford to buy the requisite present at Bloomingdale's, etc. for all the celebrants and nobody wants them. They all want quilts!
And sew it goes.
Best wishes from New Jersey-----------
Mickey Appleman, Ph.D.