Sunday, July 3, 2016

Quilts from the Bluffs July Quilt Day

Independence Day reminds us how much we have to be thankful for in this country and how much we have to give to others.  Generosity is important and I am so privileged to be a part of such a generous and kind group of quilters. 

Quilts from the Bluffs will meet this Saturday, July 9, at First Christian Church (room C4 on the lower level).  We meet from 9:30-3:30.  Bring your sewing machine.  All materials for the quilts are supplied.

We will start a new quilt this month that I've named "Show and Tell" as it shows off theme fabric in bigger pieces.  This is an easy quilt to make and shouldn't be too hard to quilt.  I have kits that also contain backing and I will have batting available, too.  My goal for this quilt is to get as many fully finished so if you are not comfortable doing the pinning and quilting, I encourage you to find a partner to work with.  We learn so much from each other!  

 

Thank you to those who helped to test my pattern ahead of time to avoid confusion that you've experienced before.  I've been told the pattern is good so at least I have others to blame if it is not.  :-)  Here are a few that were made by Emily and Naomi.



We are also making good progress on getting quilts completed.  I will bring more quilts that need to be pinned, quilted and bound.  

Cut Up & Quilt Drop Off Site
I wanted to remind you that you can drop off quilts, quilt tops, afghans or fleece blankets to Cut Up & Quilt.  Just let them know they are for Quilts from the Bluffs and they will get to us.  We also accept donations of new/good condition cotton or flannel fabric or quilt batting.  

Quilt Deliveries
We had a label party to get quilts ready for delivery last month.  32 were delivered to Children's Square, 13 to Gabrielle's Corner (thanks Cathy Wismont) and 16 to NE Medicine (thanks Kathy Donovan).  We have other quilts ready to go to Mercy Hospital, Risen Son and Project Linus.  Our total quilts delivered so far this year is 290 and another 113 labeled and ready to go.

If you would like to help with quilt deliveries, specifically to Risen Son and possibly Mercy Hospital, please let me know.
Charmed for Charity
Charmed for Charity continues to meet at Cut Up an Quilt on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00-3:00 pm.  If you have the time, please join them in cutting, "kitting" and quilting our simple charmed for charity quilts.  Thank you to Karen Burns and Rachel Summy for their leadership of this group and to Cut Up & Quilt for their support. 

Quilt Retreat
If you are an active member of Quilts from the Bluffs or Quilts for Comfort, be sure you pick up a registration form at quilt day for our annual quilt retreat.  This year it will be September 22-25 at the Camp of the Good Shepherd in Louisville, NE. Registration ends August 11 with all fees due by then.  For more information or if you have questions about this retreat, email qftbluffs@gmail.com.


Thank You
Thank you to everyone for their cards and support with the loss of my dad on June 10.  He has been fighting cancer for three years and it finally got the best of him.  He was such a great role model for me in how to face this type of  illness with a positive energy. He knew where he was heading.  He is finally home and at peace, hopefully spending time catching up with my mom and resting in Jesus' arms.

Jeanine Williams


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Quilt Day April 2016

Quilts from the Bluffs will meet again this Saturday, April 9, at First Christian Church in Council Bluffs.  We meet from 9:30-3:30 in room C4 (on the lower level East side.) Use the doors at the back (North) of the church for easier access.

We will continue to work on our string blocks.This was a lot of fun last month and a fun, addictive technique to learn.  We hope you will join us if you can.

Quilt top made with last month's string blocks.


As always, I will have quilts that need to be finished for those that want to work on them.  I have a few ready for binding, too.


Charmed for Charity
Charmed for Charity (C4C) meets at Cut Up & Quilt on the third Wednesday afternoon from 1:00-3:00.  This group works on cutting 5" squares and putting them into kits.  People pick up these kits from the quilt shop and we could use some help with putting kits together.  You can also bring your machine and sew a quilt while you are there.



Quilt Retreat
We are starting to plan this year's quilt retreat.  In the process, we have created a mission statement and a target audience for the retreat.  We think this will make it a stronger, more focused retreat and look forward to spending time with our volunteers as we take a little time out for ourselves.  The retreat will be September 22-25 and registration forms will be sent to active members in early May.

Retreat Mission:
To promote and celebrate the giving spirit of the quilters who volunteer their time and resources to reach out to the local community with handmade quilts.

Retreat Target Audience:
The target audience would be active members of Quilts from the Bluffs and our sister quilt group, Quilts for Comfort.  Both of these groups have a passion for reaching out to the local community to comfort others through their quilts.  Active members are those that have given their time and effort to the groups within the past year.

If there is still room in the retreat, we will open up registrations to a secondary target audience that includes local quilters who are potential members of either group.  The retreat is a great way to see what we are about and motivate them to join.  We don’t want to miss this opportunity. 

The goal of defining the target audience is to ensure that active charity quilters would get the first chance to attend the retreat. 

The retreat will be capped at 30.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Quilts from the Bluffs - February 2016

Quilts from the Bluffs will be meeting this Saturday, February 13, from 9:30-3:30.  We meet at First Christian Church in Council Bluffs in room C4 on the lower level.

This month we will be finishing up Charmed for Charity quilts from the quilt marathon in January and from tops that have been dropped off at Cut Up & Quilt.  We have around 50 ready to pin/quilt and several that need binding.  I would love it if everyone could help pin, quilt or bind it at all possible.  Bring your machine appropriate for these tasks and a walking foot if you have one.  We will gladly train you if you have not had the chance to finish a quilt.  

We are trying to finish as many as possible before the February 27th Project Linus Day.  This is held at Bryan High School in Bellevue from 9:00-1:00 if you are interested in going. Let me know if you would like more information.


Quilt Marathon

We had a great quilt marathon in January.  21 attended on Friday evening and 36 attended on Saturday.  We completed 30 quilts with several more in progress.  Thanks to everyone who helped plan and prepare for this event.  Looks like we will try it again next January!

Check out our blog or our Facebook page for more pictures.



Charmed for Charity Group

Quilts from the Bluffs sponsors a Charmed for Charity group at Cut Up & Quilt quilt shop in Council Bluffs.  They meet on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00-3:00.  You can work on cutting scrap fabric into 5" squares, put quilt kits together consisting of 99 squares, or bring your machine and sew a quilt top.  


If you have any questions about this group, please email.  We love to have new quilters join us  It is a great group and a great cause.  See you Saturday!

Jeanine Williams

Monday, January 25, 2016

Quilt Marathon 2016

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2nd Annual Quilt Marathon.

We had a great time with 21 attending Friday night and 36 on Saturday.  We completed 30 quilts and have several others on their way to completion.

We will be working to complete these Charmed for Charity quilts at our next monthly quilt day on February 13.

I want to give a special thank you to Sondra and Robert Michaels, Rachel Summy and my husband, Scot Williams for their help in setting up and tearing down for the event.  Sondra did a great job organizing and preparing our meals.  Thank you to Karen Hockom, Sondra, and Rachel for helping to put complete kits together, making the quilt making process so much smoother.  And thank you to everyone else who has helped cut 5" squares, put kits together, join batting pieces together.  It is all your effort that makes an event like this possible.

Here are some of the pictures we took over the weekend.