Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New Charity Group Starting at CUAQ

Charmed for Charity

How about a little Charity Therapy? 

We've partnered with Cut Up and Quilt (CUAQ), our local quilt shop, to extend our reach a bit into the community.

In addition to our 2nd Saturday of the month quilt day at First Christian Church, we've added two more monthly meetings at Cut Up & Quilt!  

A daytime group will meet the third Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 beginning on January 15.  This group will be led by Karen Burns and Sondra Michaels.

An evening group will meet on the 1st Thursday from 6:00-8:00 beginning on February 6.  This group will be led by Jeanine Williams and Rachel Summy.

The sessions will consist of cutting scrap fabric (provided) into 5” squares (charms), sewing the squares into quilt tops, and/or putting squares into quilt kits that can then be distributed to other quilters.  Bring rotary cutter/ruler/mat or sewing machine.  Quilts will be given to Project Linus (juvenile) or Mercy Hospital (adult).  

Put it on your calendar and help us help the community!

If you have any questions, please send an email to

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

UFO Challenge 2014

Got UFO’s?

Are you up to a challenge?

If you answered ‘YES’ to both questions, then the UFO Challenge is for you!

Quilts from the Bluffs will be facilitating this challenge during 2014.  Here is what you need to know to get started.

·         If you have not LIKEed the group’s FaceBook page, do so now.  (If you do not wish to join the FaceBook community, you can still join the challenge through email.  It is just more fun to have the community to share your progress with others.  This is absolutely up to you!)

·         We will also have a private Group on FaceBook called UFO Challenge.  This is a closed group so you will need to be approved.  Once you are approved, you will be able to post photos and posts keeping everyone current with your progress.  (More on this later.)

·         Here’s the fun part…what projects do you want to commit to finishing next year? 

Start a list of your projects.  How many you put on the list is up to you.  What do YOU want to complete during the year?  Everyone is different so don’t feel any pressure to do as many as someone else.  Go at your own pace.  The goal is to have a plan and feeling good at the end of the year when you have successfully finished all items on your list!!!

1.    The name of the project that describes it clearly (Christmas Wreath Twister wall-hanging, Turning Twenty in bright fabric, etc.)
2.    Current state of the project (Need to bind, cut out but not pieced, top done/needs to be quilted, etc.)

·         When you are done with your list, email it to with UFO Challenge in the subject line.  Lists will be due by December 31, 2013.

In December, 2014 (probably on quilt day) we will see how your year went.  We have never done this before so we will be learning as we go. 

I hope you will join us for a fun and productive year.

Email with any questions or with your list of projects.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November 2013 Quilt Day

November is the month to really give some thought to things we are thankful for.  I would like to start this email by letting you know how  thankful I am to be a part of a great community of quilters that are so kind and generous and supportive.  My world would not be the same without you!!  

I look forward to meeting with you this Saturday, November 9, from 10:00-3:00 at First Christian Church, Council Bluffs, Room C1 on the lower level.  We will be working on several varieties of scrap quilts including the Falling Charm quilt.  Bring a lunch and/or a snack to share and spend the day with us.

Quilts of Valor
The need for Quilts of Valor has increased since the NBC news aired the story of Quilts of Valor.  If you would like to make a quilt for this great cause, you can work with the Iowa Coordinator, Cyndy Billmeyer,  to find a home for it.  

I will be sending her 5 quilt tops and 2 finished quilts this week from our group.

Honorary 4-H Member
Quilts from the Bluffs received a wonderful award from the West Pottawattamie County 4-H last Sunday at their awards dinner.  We received the award for our work with eight 4-H girls to make four Quilts of Valor that were presented to deserving veterans on September 15.  
Rachel Summy and I are working on plans to continue our relationship with these girls throughout 2014.

String Blocks for Children's Square
We have completed three more string quilts this month had have two more tops ready to quilt.  We will continue to collect string blocks (or other orphan blocks you may have laying around) to make into quilts for Children's Square.  These children really love receiving a quilt all for themselves and they really help to brighten up their rooms while they are staying at Children's Square.  Keep them coming!!

If you need directions for the string blocks, check out our tutorial on our blog.

UFO Challenge
Several members of our group have discussed having a UFO challenge to help us stay motivated to complete some of our unfinished projects sitting around the quilt room.  So we are introducing the UFO Challenge for 2014.  We haven't worked out all the details yet but wanted to get you thinking about it and to let me know if you would like to participate.  I have attached a sheet to let you know what you need to do to get started.  I think this will be a fun way to encourage each other and give us something to celebrate at the end of the year.  I hope you will join us!!

Update on quilt deliveries for the year...we have delivered 313 so far and have several more ready to go.  Last year we had 320 for the year so we are definitely going to beat that this year.  Thanks for your dedication!!

See you on Saturday!!!

Jeanine Williams

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