Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lauritzen Gardens Quilt Show 2012

Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, NE is looking for quilts to be entered in their quilt show on November 9-11.  The entry form and instructions are available at the links below.

Entry Form

Also, they are accepting quilt items for consignment.

Quilts for Consignment

I have personally never been to Lauritzen Gardens so I am definitely going to put this on the calendar.  Botanical Gardens AND quilts...sounds like a great afternoon!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Arkansas Cross Road FREE Pattern

I created a quick pattern that we will be using in our quilt group.

If you are not in the group, consider making one to donate to someone in your community!  Let someone know you care.

Arkansas Cross Road Pattern

Friday, August 17, 2012

Arkansas Cross Road Quilt

Quilts from the Bluffs will begin making Arkansas Cross Road quilts for forth quarter, 2012.  I am excited about this quilt because it is very easy to do but looks so cool...and uses lots of scrap!!

I found several links to different quilts similar to what we will be doing.

Scrappy Look
Quilters Cache
Bella Online
QCA Mystery Quilt #6

This is one of the quilts from Quilter's Club of America Mystery Quilt. 

Love the brights and the black on this one!!
Next quilt day is September 8.  If you would like any information on how you can be a part of this Council Bluffs/Omaha area quilt group, send an email to

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cornbread Salad Recipe

Kathe made a Cornbread Salad at our last quilt day and wanted to share the recipe with you.

Cornbread Salad

1 8.5 ounce package cornbread mix
1 envelope ranch-style dressing mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
½ cup green pepper, chopped
½ cup sweet red pepper, chopped
½ cup onion, chopped
3 large tomatoes, chopped
1 16 ounce can pinto beans, drained
2 cups fresh, or frozen, corn
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
10 slices cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)

Bake cornbread mix according to package instructions and crumble.
Combine ranch-style dressing mix, sour cream and mayonnaise in a
small bowl. In another bowl, mix together peppers, onion, tomatoes,
pinto beans and corn. In a 3-quart salad bowl, layer ½ of the
cornbread, ½ of the vegetables, ½ of the cheese, ½ of the bacon and
½ of the dressing. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients. Cover
and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Yummy!!  Thanks, Kathe

Friday, August 10, 2012

Quilt Retreat 2012 Info

Registrations are final (as of August 11) and we are getting ready to make final preparations for our annual Quilts from the Bluffs quilt retreat.  I can't believe how fast the year has gone and the retreat is only a month away!!

I wanted to put a link to the retreat information here so you could access it easily.  If you are registered for the retreat, you should have also received an email from me.

Quilt Retreat Packet

Omaha Area Quilt Shops

If you have any questions about the retreat, send an email to

Monday, August 6, 2012

August 2012 Quilt Day Reminder

I just got back from a wonderful vacation in Montana!  I hope you have found time to get away and get that needed break from our everyday life.  I love summer!

Glacier National Park

Sunset from my parent's front porch.

Flathead Cherries!!

Yellowstone National Park - Saw lots of Bison!!

I also love quilt days!!  Quilts from the Bluffs will be meeting this Saturday, August 11, from 10:00 - 4:00 at First Christian Church, Council Bluffs, IA on Hwy 92.  We are still working on the Eclectic Fever quilts and hope to get them to the finish line this week.  Grab your sewing machine and a friend and come quilt with us!

Quilt Retreat
This is the last week you can register for the annual quilt retreat.  All unpaid balances are also due.  If you need to know what your balance is, please reply to this email and I will send the amount to you.

I have attached the quilt retreat packet with additional information about the quilt retreat for those who are attending.  If you cannot access this file and need a hard copy of it, please let me know.  I do not want to print out copies unless I need to due to its size.

October Quilt Day
Make sure you change your calendar for the October quilt day to October 20 (NOT October 13.)  

Hope to see you Saturday!!!

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