Monday, August 3, 2015

August 2015 Quilt Day

Quilts from the Bluffs monthly quilt day will be this Saturday, August 8, from 9:30 - 3:30.  We meet at First Christian Church in Council Bluffs on the lower level, East side in room C4.  New quilters are always welcome!  Bring your sewing machine and everything else will be supplied.

From August through December, we are going to work on two different charm quilts as well as string quilts.  If you have a GO Cutter with a 5" die, bring it.  I will bring scrap that we can cut into 5" squares and you can put your own quilt kits together to match your taste.  I will have some border combinations ready for you.  If I don't have any that match your quilt, I will bring your top home and select border fabric for you and bring them back in September.  I will have white fabric and a few other solid color fabrics for the Simple Charm.

This is called Baby Charm and is a easy way to make a quilt on point.  You will want to try this method.

This quilt is called Simple Charm.  Pattern attached.

We will also have fabric and foundations available to work on string blocks.  We would like to be intentional on selecting coordinating colors or perhaps an entire quilt with the same color family.  We will be using 10" foundation squares that will square up to 9 3/4".
We will also finish up our Sweet and Simple quilts we have been working on for a couple months.

Quilt Retreat
If you have not paid your retreat balance yet, it is due no later than Saturday.  If you will not be at quilt day, please mail your check to me at 3118 Gold Rush Rd, CB, IA  51501.

2nd Annual Quilt Marathon
I have requested a room at the church for our 2nd Annual Quilt Marathon.  SAVE THE DATE...January 22 (5:00-9:00) - January 23 (9:00-5:00).

Charmed for Charity
Our Charmed for Charity group meets each month at Cut Up & Quilt on the third Wednesday from 1:00-3:00.  We would love to have new faces there or quilt kits are available (usually) to pick up at the quilt shop if you would like to put one together.

These finished quilts (or finished tops) as well as any quilt you would like to donate can be dropped of at Cut Up & Quilt.  We will pick them up from there and get them delivered to the community.

New Quilt Recipients
As of July, we are donating quilts to Risen Son in Council Bluffs and to Nebraska Medicine Pediatric Transplant Unit.  We would not be able to expand our reach without all of your dedicated involvement.  Thank you so much for your generosity with your time and materials.

We hope to see you on Saturday!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Quilts from the Bluffs Fundraiser 2015

Quilts from the Bluffs is a growing and thriving quilt ministry in Council Bluffs, IA serving the Omaha/Council Bluffs community.  We are a ministry of First Christian Church, Council Bluffs, IA where we meet once a month as a group.  We also have a group that meets monthly at Cut Up & Quilt quilt shop in Council Bluffs.

We began in October 2006 making 17 quilts that first three months of 2006 to over 500 so far in 2015!  We have given around 2,800 quilts to various recipients and our deliveries have grown each year and will continue to do so.

Quilts ready for labels before delivered
Current recipients of our quilts include:

Quilts from the Bluffs survives on donations of fabric, batting, thread and monetary donations to pay for other supplies such as fabric cutters, rulers, pins, cutting mats, etc.  

We have a current need to purchase new labels to attach to each quilt we deliver.  The purpose of the labels is to let the recipient know that someone cares and may potentially lead them to a church if they are searching...Or at least give them a glimpse into God's love in action.

These labels are not cheap and to be able to buy them at the lowest cost possible, we need to order a large quantity.  We have complete faith that we will use these labels over the next ten years.  However, that gives us a one-time financial burden 
and we are reaching out to the community we serve for help.

We are selling four quilts at $50 each to raise money for these labels.  
100% of the proceeds will go towards the labels.  
Checks can be made out to First Christian Church with Quilt Ministry in the notes section.  
This is a tax deductible gift.  

If you are interested in purchasing one of these quilts, please email  

These are four separate quilts (I know, they look the same) 
and each professionally longarm quilted a little differently.  
They are 35" square--perfect for a baby or toddler and a great gift.
All are backed with the dinosaur flannel fabric shown below.

Quilt #1

Quilt #2

Quilts #3

Quilt #4

Flannel Backing
Thank you for your continued support of this ministry.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Quilt Day Activity July 2015

We had 19 energetic quilters come out for a hot July day of quilting.  We had four new ladies join the group.  WELCOME!!  We love meeting new friends.

Sondra is mentoring Emily on how to quilt a quilt.  Emily is one of our newer quilters but is learning fast!

Claudia gets on a roll with her machine quilting.  Love the jewel tone colors in the quilt she is working on.

Dixie is all business working with her featherweight machine.

Chloe is ready to follow in her mom's footsteps.  She was quite the helper.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

July 2015 Quilt Day

I hope everyone has some fun plans to celebrate the birthday of our great country.  Be safe and have fun. 

Next Saturday, July 11, we will hold our monthly quilt day at First Christian Church, Council Bluffs, from 9:30-3:30.  I hope you can join us.

We will continue making the Sweet and Simple quilt.  I have an updated pattern attached.  Thanks to everyone that helps me proof and improve the patterns to make them easier to use.  Last month we had several tops completed.  I can’t wait to see how many come in finished and new ones created.  I will work on getting some interesting combinations of fabrics in our kits for this month.

2015 Quilt Retreat - PreCuts

This year’s retreat is full.  We filled up faster than ever and I am hoping this means it will be an awesome retreat!  A Retreat Packet will be distributed next month with complete information.  Also, all fees are due no later than August 8

Quilt Deliveries

We have not made any deliveries this month but have a mountain of quilts ready to go out the door.  We are still officially at 315 delivered YTD but I’m sure I have at least 100 more at home.  We are looking for another recipient for adult quilts (hospice/end of life care) in the Council Bluffs area but have not settled on one yet.  This is great news that we have more quilts than are needed with our current organizations.  I will keep you informed when I know more.

Charmed 4 Charity

The afternoon group of Charmed 4 Charity meets at Cut Up & Quilt on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 1:00-3:00.  This group cuts 5” squares from scrap, puts kits together that include 99 squares, and also sews the tops.  We would love to have some new faces.  The evening group no longer meets.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

June 2015 Quilt Day

Quilts from the Bluffs will be meeting this Saturday, June 13, from 9:30 – 3:30 at First Christian Church, Council Bluffs.  We meet in room C4 which is on the lower East side.  It is easiest to come in the door at the back on the NE side.  Watch for the signs.

This month we will begin a new quilt I call Sweet and Simple.  All patterns, fabric, batting, thread is supplied.  Bring your sewing machine and join us.

I have a few quilts ready for binding and quilts pinned and ready to quilt. 

Quilt Deliveries
We have given away 315 quilts so far this year and I have an additional 97 on hand.  I am amazed at the quilts being dropped off at Cut Up & Quilt and the number of quilts we are kicking out on our Saturday quilt days and Charmed for Charity group.  I recognize that many of you are spending time on your own making this happen as well and just want to THANK YOU for your dedication and caring spirit!  Think of how many lives we are touching through your generosity. 

Quilt Retreat
We still have 6 openings (at the time of this writing) for our annual quilt retreat in September, but will need to close registrations when we hit 30.  If you still want to go, please get your registration in soon.

Charmed for Charity
There will be no Charmed for Charity in June due to the Iowa Shop Hop and the Omaha Quilt Show.  We will continue to have the afternoon group on the third Wednesday of the month from 1:00-3:00.  This group meets at Cut Up & Quilt. There will no longer be an evening group.

If you have any questions about this group or would like more information, please feel free to email me or call.

Looking forward to spending Saturday with you!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

April Quilt Day

I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful Easter holiday. I wanted to send out our monthly reminder that Quilts from the Bluffs will meet next Saturday, April 11, from 9:30-3:30 at First Christian Church, Council Bluffs.  We are going to continue working on our Floating Triangle quilts.  I have updated the pattern (attached) since my numbers were a bit off last month.  I think we worked it all out though and everyone is good to go on their quilts.  I will also have quilts that need to be quilted and a few that are ready for binding.

I appreciate everyone's efforts to help to get quilts quilted and binding on.  I know everyone enjoys making the quilt tops but unless they get finished we can't do much with them.  Thank you for your understanding in this and you contributions toward this goal.  We still have quite a backlog of tops but I think we are making some headway.  Let's keep up the great work!

We are starting to plan for this year's quilt retreat to be held in September. This year's theme is PreCuts.  Registration forms will be available in May and, as always, a $25 down payment is due at registration with full payment due August 8.  Just wanted to give you a little teaser.  It is never too early to start getting excited.

This is probably the shortest email I have sent out but I can't think of anything else of importance to share with you.  If you would like more information about this group, please send me an email or call.

I hope to see everyone's smiling faces on Saturday!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

March Quilt Day - Quilts from the Bluffs

It is hard for me to sit inside and type this email when it is so nice outside!  We have needed some warm sunshine and I know there is more to come.  Hello, Spring!!
This Saturday Quilts from the Bluffs will be meeting for our monthly quilt day at First Christian Church.  We meet from 9:30-3:30 and you are welcome to come any time within that schedule that fits your day.  We always welcome new quilters so if you have never been, please stop by and check us out.  Bring your sewing machine and basic supplies.  All fabric, patterns, batting, thread is supplied.

This month we will be starting a new pattern called Floating Triangles.  It uses 10" squares and a solid white background.    Pattern Here

I will also be bringing several quilts that need to be finished.  I could use lots of help getting them pinned and ready to be quilted (and actually quilted, of course).  If you have a longarm and would like to take quilts home to quilt, let me know so we won't pin them first.


We have had quite a number of quilts dropped of at Cut Up and Quilt over the last few months and wanted to thank those of you who have contributed.  We welcome donations of finished quilts, either to Cut Up and Quilt or to us at our monthly quilt days on the 2nd Saturday of each month at First Christian Church.  Because of your dedication, we have already delivered 247 quilts so far this year.  This is incredible to me and I look forward to passing on your finished quilts in the future.  

Our quilts currently go to the following organizations:
  • Mercy Hospital (end of life care)
  • Children's Square (twin-size quilts when possible)
  • Project Linus - this organization has a network of recipients including Jennie Edmundson ER, Micah House, NICU's at various hospitals, Offutt AFB, Project Harmony, and many more.
  • Open Door Mission - Lydia House (concentrating on children's quilts)
  • Gabrielle's Corner - Crisis pregnancy center 
​We also welcome donations of cotton fabric and batting.  


This past week we have delivered 23 quilts to Open Door Mission, 21 quilts to Children's Square, and 157 quilts to Project Linus.  Amazing!!  Here are a few pictures from Project Linus Blanket Making Day. Congratulations to Sally for winning the sewing machine give away!

Charmed for Charity

We are continuing our Charmed for Charity (C4C) groups at Cut Up and Quilt this year.  This is a casual group that works on cutting scrap into 5" squares, making C4C kits of 99 squares, and sewing them into quilts to give away to the community.  These groups are supported by Quilts from the Bluffs and is just another outreach of the group.  It was a great success last year and I look forward to meeting new people through this group throughout 2015.
  • Afternoon group is led by Sondra Michaels and Karen Burns and meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00-3:00.
  • Evening group is led by Jeanine Williams and Rachel Summy and meets on the first Thursday of each month from 6:00-8:00.
String Blocks for Children's Square

I haven't mentioned the String Blocks lately but we will still gladly accept string blocks to be made into twin-size quilts for Children's Square. String Block Tutorial HERE

I guess that's all I have to share with you this month.  I hope to see everyone on Saturday!  

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