Sunday, March 4, 2012

March Quilt Day Reminder

It is National Quilt Month and one way we can celebrate quilting is to come together with other quilters.  Please join us this Saturday, March 10, at First Christian Church in Council Bluffs.  We meet between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.  You are welcome to come anytime within that time range.  Bring a snack to share and a lunch if you are staying all day.  Also, bring you sewing machine and basic supplies.  All fabric, patterns and thread are supplied.

This month we will be making large string quilts.  We are using a 12 1/2" foundation square and 2 1/2" strips.  These should go pretty fast.  If you have never done a string quilt, this is your chance to learn.  It is a great way to use up lots of scrap and make a beautiful quilt in the process.  I have attached a picture of a quilt I have started to give you an idea of what we are doing.

I will also bring several quilts that need to be finished.  You can work on them during quilt day or take home to finish if you are willing.  We are starting to put a dent in our backlog thanks to your dedicated efforts.


March 2, 2012 was the Project Linus Make-A-Blanket Day in Omaha.  Check out our Quilts from the Bluffs blog to see pictures from the event.  Our group donated 61 quilts.

Our deliveries in March will concentrate on Children's Square and Mercy Hospital Critical Care.

Quilt Like U Mean It! T-Shirts

We have added several new members to our group in the last few months.  I will be bringing our group t-shirts on Saturday if you would like to purchase one.  I have a limited number available and it will be on a first-come basis.  The cost is $15.  If I do not have the size you need, we will be putting in another order for t-shirts this summer.

Harvest of Talents

Harvest of Talents craft fair will be held on October 13, 2012.  If you would like to participate, bring your handmade items and I will make sure they get into the fair.  Items can be anything handmade and do not need to be limited to quilt items.  There will be some working sessions for specific crafts scheduled before then as well if you would like to participate.  All proceeds from the fair will go to a specific mission

Quilt Retreat Teaser

This year's retreat will be held September 20-23 at The Camp of the Good Shepherd in Louisville, NE.  This year's theme is UFO's.  Get the date on your calendar now.  We anticipate the cost to be the same as it has been for the base retreat ($80 for Friday-Sunday and $100 for Thursday-Sunday).  Private rooms will be an additional cost and I will let you know the details soon.  Registration for the retreat won't officially start until our May quilt day.

Project Linus Drop-Off Site
 Quilts from the Bluffs will host a Project Linus drop off site at First Christian Church.  Please help spread the word on this to blanketeers you may know that do not come to the group quilt days.  Quilts/Blankets can be dropped of on the 2nd Saturday quilt days or during the week during church office hours.  The office staff will show those dropping off quilts where we are collecting them.  Members of Quilts from the Bluffs will be picking them up throughout the month as needed and get them delivered to the proper places.

Happy National Quilt Month!  See you on Saturday.

-- Jeanine

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