Saturday, January 5, 2013

January, 2013, Quilt Day Reminder

Let’s get this New Year off to a great start!  Quilts from the Bluffs is meeting this Saturday, January 12, at First Christian Church in Council Bluffs, IA on the lower level.  Entering from the Northeast door in the back is the most direct route.  We meet from 10:00 – 4:00 so feel free to come and go anytime during that time period.  You don’t have to stay for the entire day.

All fabric, patterns, batting and thread is supplied.  Bring your sewing machine and basic supplies.  We have mats, rulers and cutters you can use as well.   

We work on the same quilt pattern or theme for three months at a time.  For January – March, we will be making baby quilts (most of them flannel).  Each kit will have everything in it to complete the quilt (fabric for top, backing, batting, binding and pattern).  I would like to have the quilts finished, if possible, before being returned as they are easy to quilt on a small machine.  If you need help to learn how to do the quilting or the binding, please ask.  You could work in teams if you don’t like to finish quilts.  Once could make the top and the other quilt/bind it.  

Quilts of Valor
We are starting a Quilts of Valor group with some Iowa 4H youth on January 26.  We need volunteers to work with the youth to make a quilt.  Everyone will be working on the same pattern--a Split Rail Fence-- and all materials will be supplied.  The adult will do the cutting and supervising the sewing/pressing.  I would like to have enough adults available to pair with one or two youth.  Please let me know if you can commit to this.  We are expecting 8-20 youth to participate in this group and we will probably meet once a month for three months.  

2012 Quilt Distributions
Drum roll, please……..
We finally hit (and exceeded) my personal goal of making 300 quilts in a year.   
The grand total was 319!!! That makes our total distribution since October 2006 at 1582.  
Give yourselves a big pat on the back.
Project Linus 118
Gabrielle’s Corner 16
Mercy Hospital 52
Children’s Square 34
Other 20 36
(Other includes 16 to Hurricane Sandy relief, 3 to Harvest of Talents, 12 to the Colorado Springs fires, 3 to HopeNet auction, 2 to fundraisers.)

Group T-Shirts/Hoodies
I am taking orders for our Quilts from the Bluffs t-shirts and hoodies.  If you are interested, let me know the style, color and size.  Money is needed at the time of order and I need at least six shirts before I can place an order so I am keeping a list of requests until I have enough.  

Checks should be made out to FCC with a note in the memo section “Quilt Ministry”.
  • Short-Sleeve T-Shirt- $15
  • Long-Sleeve T-Shirt - $25
  • Hoodie - $32

Looking forward to starting 2013 quilting with you on Saturday!

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