Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Quilts from the Bluffs Fundraiser 2015

Quilts from the Bluffs is a growing and thriving quilt ministry in Council Bluffs, IA serving the Omaha/Council Bluffs community.  We are a ministry of First Christian Church, Council Bluffs, IA where we meet once a month as a group.  We also have a group that meets monthly at Cut Up & Quilt quilt shop in Council Bluffs.

We began in October 2006 making 17 quilts that first three months of 2006 to over 500 so far in 2015!  We have given around 2,800 quilts to various recipients and our deliveries have grown each year and will continue to do so.

Quilts ready for labels before delivered
Current recipients of our quilts include:

Quilts from the Bluffs survives on donations of fabric, batting, thread and monetary donations to pay for other supplies such as fabric cutters, rulers, pins, cutting mats, etc.  

We have a current need to purchase new labels to attach to each quilt we deliver.  The purpose of the labels is to let the recipient know that someone cares and may potentially lead them to a church if they are searching...Or at least give them a glimpse into God's love in action.



These labels are not cheap and to be able to buy them at the lowest cost possible, we need to order a large quantity.  We have complete faith that we will use these labels over the next ten years.  However, that gives us a one-time financial burden 
and we are reaching out to the community we serve for help.

We are selling four quilts at $50 each to raise money for these labels.  
100% of the proceeds will go towards the labels.  
Checks can be made out to First Christian Church with Quilt Ministry in the notes section.  
This is a tax deductible gift.  

If you are interested in purchasing one of these quilts, please email qftbluffs@gmail.com.  

These are four separate quilts (I know, they look the same) 
and each professionally longarm quilted a little differently.  
They are 35" square--perfect for a baby or toddler and a great gift.
All are backed with the dinosaur flannel fabric shown below.

Quilt #1

Quilt #2

Quilts #3

Quilt #4

Flannel Backing
Thank you for your continued support of this ministry.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Quilt Day Activity July 2015

We had 19 energetic quilters come out for a hot July day of quilting.  We had four new ladies join the group.  WELCOME!!  We love meeting new friends.


Sondra is mentoring Emily on how to quilt a quilt.  Emily is one of our newer quilters but is learning fast!

Claudia gets on a roll with her machine quilting.  Love the jewel tone colors in the quilt she is working on.

Dixie is all business working with her featherweight machine.

Chloe is ready to follow in her mom's footsteps.  She was quite the helper.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

July 2015 Quilt Day


I hope everyone has some fun plans to celebrate the birthday of our great country.  Be safe and have fun. 

Next Saturday, July 11, we will hold our monthly quilt day at First Christian Church, Council Bluffs, from 9:30-3:30.  I hope you can join us.

We will continue making the Sweet and Simple quilt.  I have an updated pattern attached.  Thanks to everyone that helps me proof and improve the patterns to make them easier to use.  Last month we had several tops completed.  I can’t wait to see how many come in finished and new ones created.  I will work on getting some interesting combinations of fabrics in our kits for this month.



2015 Quilt Retreat - PreCuts

This year’s retreat is full.  We filled up faster than ever and I am hoping this means it will be an awesome retreat!  A Retreat Packet will be distributed next month with complete information.  Also, all fees are due no later than August 8

Quilt Deliveries

We have not made any deliveries this month but have a mountain of quilts ready to go out the door.  We are still officially at 315 delivered YTD but I’m sure I have at least 100 more at home.  We are looking for another recipient for adult quilts (hospice/end of life care) in the Council Bluffs area but have not settled on one yet.  This is great news that we have more quilts than are needed with our current organizations.  I will keep you informed when I know more.

Charmed 4 Charity

The afternoon group of Charmed 4 Charity meets at Cut Up & Quilt on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 1:00-3:00.  This group cuts 5” squares from scrap, puts kits together that include 99 squares, and also sews the tops.  We would love to have some new faces.  The evening group no longer meets.