Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Touch of Heaven

I wanted to share an experience I had this week that shows me <once again> that God is directly involved in my life and His love is boundless.

Lester and Thelma Shipley
Many of you have heard me talk about Thelma.  Thelma was a wonderful lady that was always positive, encouraging, and available for support whenever it was needed.  Thelma encouraged me to start Quilts from Cornerstone in 1998 and was my best supporter.  She was a wonderful and dedicated quilter and almost never missed a quilt day.  She also was there for me as my 20-year marriage broke down and again as I began a new life with my husband, Scot.  She was like a mother to me.  She was my Sunday School teacher, was in small group with me and was such a great influence on who I am today. 

When she passed away in her sleep at the young age of 60, I was devastated!  How could I make it without Thelma?  What a loss this was for so many in Lee's Summit, Missouri.  Her memorial service was packed with lines of people long past the designated many lives she touched.

I inherited a lot of her quilting stuff.  One item was a quilt top she made that had not been finished into a quilt yet.  I held on to this for several years before deciding to finish it and send it to Mercy Hospital Critical Care to allow Thelma to bless someone else.  I debated on letting it go but decided Thelma would want it that way.

This week I received an email from the church office saying that the husband of the lady the quilt was given to wanted to return it (his wife had passed on.)  I thought that was a bit strange and this was the first time since 1998 that a quilt was returned.  I said I would pick it up Sunday but I wasn't sure what to do with it.  I can't re-give a used quilt to the hospital.  I thought I might bring it to Mohm's Place.  But when I went to pick up the quilt and saw which quilt it was, I was in total awe.

My quilt from heaven.
Sitting on the shelf, folded nice and neat, was Thelma's quilt.  I was immediately filled with God's closeness and the understanding that Thelma is with me still as well.  I take this as a sign that God is in control of not only the quilt ministry but of my life in all areas.  The comfort this quilt brings me was an unexpected gift and I will treasure it always.  I know this quilt was meant for me and I will never be able to look at it again without feeling God's love and presence. 

I still miss you, Thelma, but can't wait to tell you quilt stories in heaven of how our efforts have touched so many and to thank you for touching me like you have. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Charmed for Charity Quilt Pattern

Charmed for Charity Quilt Pattern

I wanted to share the quilt pattern we will be using for October's quilt day.  It is a great pattern to use charm packs or use up scrap.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Quilt Day Reminder - October, 2011

Quilts from the Bluffs will be meeting this Saturday, October 15, at First Christian Church in Council Bluffs.  Please come as it fits your schedule between 10:00am and 4:00pm.  If you have any questions about the group, please email or call me.
This month we will be working on "Charmed for Charity" quilts from charm squares gathered at the quilt retreat as well as other scrap squares on hand.  I will also be bring a stack of smaller quilts that I would like to have quilted by someone.  These quilts should be easy to quilt with your sewing machine or if you prefer to tie the quilts, that is a viable option.  If you would like to learn how to finish quilts, please let me know.  I would love to walk you through the process.
If you went to the quilt retreat and still have one of the name tag holders, please bring it with you so we can return them to be used again.
And speaking of the retreat
..what a great time we had!!  If you didn't get to go this year, you will want to plan for next year.  We have the camp booked for September 20-23 so mark your calendars.  We will begin to accept registrations around next April.
If you haven't had a chance to see pictures from the retreat, you can find them on our blog and our facebook page. 
Quilt Deliveries

  • I made a delivery to Mercy Hospital of 31 quilts last month.
  •  Several members of the group attended Project Linus blanket day on October 1 to help with sewing labels and making tops.  Quilts from the Bluffs donated a total of 59 quilts. 

Happy Anniversary!

Quilts from the Bluffs began five years ago this month.  I am amazed at the growth of this group, both in number of quilters and the number of quilts we have given.  How many quilts have we given away you ask?  It is getting very close to 1,200 quilts!!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 

See you Saturday!

Jeanine Williams

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Project Linus Quilts

Here are three more quilts we turned in last Saturday for Project Linus.  I think our total turned in were 58.

Log Cabin

Granny's Scrap Quilt

2-Rail Rail Fence

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Project Linus Blanket Making Day 2011

Peggy, Kathe, Christy and I joined many others across the area to make and tag blankets for Project Linus.  It was fun to see the children tying blankets and feeling so good about what they were doing.  Many organizations came and picked up quilts from hospitals to the foster care system and many others.  One gentleman that works with foster children came around personally to thank everyone for their time and told how the kids that are put into the foster  care system receive a backpack of items, one being a blanket/quilt.  The kids immediately take the blankets out and latch onto them.

KMTV channel 3 was there to report.  If you saw the evening news on October 1, 2011, you may have caught Pegge sewing away for the camera!

Project Linus has two events each year where people meet to drop off blankets and make more.  One is in February in coordination with the National Blanket Making Day that all chapters across the country participate in.  The October event is a birthday celebration for the chapter.