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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