Saturday, February 7, 2015

February 2015 Monthly Quilt Day

What do Valentine's Day and Quilts from the Bluffs Quilt day have in common?  HEART!!!

So what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than to quilt!!  We will be meeting this Saturday, February 14, at First Christian Church, Council Bluffs, from 9:30-3:30 in room C4.  Bring your sewing machine.  All fabric, patterns, batting will be supplied.  We will be finishing up some Charmed for Charity (C4C) quilts, our last Scrap Vomit quilt, and other orphan kits we have.  I also will have a few quilts that need binding.

We always welcome new quilters to the group.  Bring a friend and join us.

Quilt Marathon

We had a very successful quilt marathon last month.  Friday night we had 23 in attendance and Saturday we had 32.  Just from the marathon we had 30 FINISHED quilts and several more trickled in after the marathon had ended.  It was such a great time and we will plan to have this event again next January.  

Project Linus

February 28 is the next Project Linus Blanket Making Day at Bryan High School in Bellevue from 9:00-1:00.  We currently have 119 quilts ready to deliver and I anticipate getting more this Saturday.

Open Door Mission

Have you heard???  We are taking on Open Door Mission as a new recipient of our quilts this year.  Claire Knigge is our contact person on these donations and will be making the deliveries.  She has a personal goal of at least 100 quilts to ODM this year.  I think we can top that!!

Charmed for Charity

We will continue our Charmed for Charity sessions at Cut Up & Quilt this year.  The afternoon group meets on the 3rd Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 and the evening group meets on the 1st Thursday from 6:00-8:00.  These groups focus on cutting 5" squares from donated scrap fabric, making kits of 99 squares, and/or sew these kits into quilts.  Kits are available.  Let me know if you would like to take a kit or two.  These are great kits to work with new quilters.


Quilts from the Bluffs takes donations of cotton and flannel fabric as well as batting.  With our increase in quilts we are able to make comes a greater need for fabric/batting.  We appreciate all the donations we receive.

Sometimes we get donations that we are not able to use. Never fear! Your donations will not go unused.  We have found (through Peggy Fenke) an organization to "pay it forward" to.  They use fabric for a variety of sewing projects and can use a larger variety of fabric types.  

Here is some information about this group.  

The Sewing Room at Yates
3260 Davenport Street
Omaha NE  68131

The Sewing Room at the Yates Educational Community Partnership was created
in 2010 as a place for adult refugees to learn English and sewing at a
location near many of our families.  Students are offered sewing classes on
Tuesdays and Thursdays and open sewing times on Monday and Friday mornings.
The classroom has twelve sewing machines and all materials and notions for
the classes are provided.  Projects range from clothing items:  aprons,
pants and shirts,  to home items: hot pads, pillowcases and laundry bags,
etc.   Community service is promoted through the sewing and donation of tote
bags and fleece hats to all students in the Yates English Language classes.
Students are encouraged to bring their own items for sewing or alterations
during open sewing.

The Sewing Room is part of the OPS system, however, it operates solely on
grants and donations.  We appreciate donations of any type of fabric, old or
new, (clean and smoke-free, please).  Fleece and flannel are especially
useful during the winter months for hats and long underwear pants.  Notions
such as thread, zippers, trims, buttons and elastic are always welcome.

If you have donations or questions, please contact sewing teacher Beverly
Lau at 4092-659-6751 or  Donations can be dropped off
at the front desk on school days between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (we follow
the OPS elementary calendar).  Pick up of donations can also be arranged.

You are welcome to visit The Sewing Room or any of our five English language
classes to see the difference we are making in the lives of women and men in
our community.  It is a fun place for them to gather to learn new sewing
skills, practice their English, and understand more about life in their new

Thanks for your interest in The Sewing Room!
Sewing Hope,
Beverly Lau

Looking forward to spending my Valentine's Day with you!!