Friday, December 27, 2013

Goodbye 2013 - Hello 2014

As 2013 comes to an end, I would like to take a minute to reflect on our successes over the past year.

Total quilts delivered in 2013 was 372!  This is a new record.  In 2012 we delivered 320.  I was excited to get over 300 but in 2014 I am pushing for over 400!  I know we can do it!!!

Our total quilts delivered since Quilts from the Bluffs was formed in October, 2006 is 1955.  Next year we will break the 2000 mark and then some!  That is such a great accomplishment.  Many hands make quick and abundant work!

 So, what's up for 2014?

Charmed for Charity (C4C)

We are going to expand our efforts by starting two once-a-month sessions at Cut Up & Quilt quilt shop in Council Bluffs.    We are calling these groups "Charmed for Charity" as we will be focusing our quilts around charms (5" squares).  The intent is that the quilts will be fast and easy to make and we can use up some of our enormous supply of scraps.

The day group meets on the third Wednesday from 1:00-3:00.
The evening group meets on the first Thursday from 6:00-8:00 (beginning on February 6.)

Email if you would like additional information about either the Quilts from the Bluffs monthly quilt day (2nd Saturday at First Christian Church) or the Charmed for Charity groups.

Longarmers Needed

Are you a longarm quilter that would like to give back to the community?  We are in need of quilters that can help finish the backlog of tops we are accumulating.  This is a great way to practice a new design or technique while doing something that will be valued by someone else as well.  If you can help, please let me know (

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Collecting Orders for Quilt Like U Mean It! Shirts

Once again we are collecting orders for group shirts.  I would like to place the order by December 20 so let me know as soon as you can.

To order:
Send an email to with your name, shirt style, size, and color.

Styles Available:

  • Short Sleeve T-Shirt  ($15)
  • Long Sleeve T-Shirt  ($25)
  • Sweatshirt (NEW!)  ($25)
  • Hoodie  ($32)

Click here to see the colors available in each style.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

December 2013 Quilt Day

This Saturday Quilts from the Bluffs will be meeting for our monthly quilt day at First Christian Church, Council Bluffs.  We meet from 10:00-3:00 in Room C1 (lower level).  We will be working on scrap quilts and finishing up quilts in progress.  

As is our tradition, we will be breaking at noon to have a meal together. The main dish will be BBQ Beef sandwiches.  We are asking everyone to bring a side dish or dessert to add to our feast.  We have invited the church staff and our set-up guys as well so bring plenty of food to share.  We will also have a raffle for door prizes including two $10 gift cards to Cut Up and Quilt!  Don't miss it.

UFO Challenge
The deadline is fast approaching to submit your UFO Challenge 2014 list to me by the end of the month.  If you would like to participate, send a list of project names to that you will attempt to complete next year.  I am looking forward to watching everyone's progress next year as we <TRY> to catch up on our unfinished projects.  For more information, click here.

Quilt Deliveries
We have delivered 50 quilts in November...10 to Gabrielle's Corner, 20 to Mercy Hospital, and 20 to Project Linus.  Total 372 so far for the year. WAY TO GO!!

Charmed for Charity
We are beginning a new venture in 2014 called Charmed for Charity.  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).  

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

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

Shirt Order
I will be collecting orders for group shirts.  We have added sweatshirts to the list of styles to choose from.  If you would like one, email the style, size and color you would like.

Short Sleeve T-Shirt ($15):

Long Sleeve T-Shirt ($25):

Sweatshirt ($25):

Hoodie ($32):

Looking forward to celebrating our year with you on Saturday!