Saturday, April 2, 2016

Quilt Day April 2016

Quilts from the Bluffs will meet again this Saturday, April 9, at First Christian Church in Council Bluffs.  We meet from 9:30-3:30 in room C4 (on the lower level East side.) Use the doors at the back (North) of the church for easier access.

We will continue to work on our string blocks.This was a lot of fun last month and a fun, addictive technique to learn.  We hope you will join us if you can.

Quilt top made with last month's string blocks.

As always, I will have quilts that need to be finished for those that want to work on them.  I have a few ready for binding, too.

Charmed for Charity
Charmed for Charity (C4C) meets at Cut Up & Quilt on the third Wednesday afternoon from 1:00-3:00.  This group works on cutting 5" squares and putting them into kits.  People pick up these kits from the quilt shop and we could use some help with putting kits together.  You can also bring your machine and sew a quilt while you are there.

Quilt Retreat
We are starting to plan this year's quilt retreat.  In the process, we have created a mission statement and a target audience for the retreat.  We think this will make it a stronger, more focused retreat and look forward to spending time with our volunteers as we take a little time out for ourselves.  The retreat will be September 22-25 and registration forms will be sent to active members in early May.

Retreat Mission:
To promote and celebrate the giving spirit of the quilters who volunteer their time and resources to reach out to the local community with handmade quilts.

Retreat Target Audience:
The target audience would be active members of Quilts from the Bluffs and our sister quilt group, Quilts for Comfort.  Both of these groups have a passion for reaching out to the local community to comfort others through their quilts.  Active members are those that have given their time and effort to the groups within the past year.

If there is still room in the retreat, we will open up registrations to a secondary target audience that includes local quilters who are potential members of either group.  The retreat is a great way to see what we are about and motivate them to join.  We don’t want to miss this opportunity. 

The goal of defining the target audience is to ensure that active charity quilters would get the first chance to attend the retreat. 

The retreat will be capped at 30.