Sunday, July 3, 2016

Quilts from the Bluffs July Quilt Day

Independence Day reminds us how much we have to be thankful for in this country and how much we have to give to others.  Generosity is important and I am so privileged to be a part of such a generous and kind group of quilters. 

Quilts from the Bluffs will meet this Saturday, July 9, at First Christian Church (room C4 on the lower level).  We meet from 9:30-3:30.  Bring your sewing machine.  All materials for the quilts are supplied.

We will start a new quilt this month that I've named "Show and Tell" as it shows off theme fabric in bigger pieces.  This is an easy quilt to make and shouldn't be too hard to quilt.  I have kits that also contain backing and I will have batting available, too.  My goal for this quilt is to get as many fully finished so if you are not comfortable doing the pinning and quilting, I encourage you to find a partner to work with.  We learn so much from each other!  


Thank you to those who helped to test my pattern ahead of time to avoid confusion that you've experienced before.  I've been told the pattern is good so at least I have others to blame if it is not.  :-)  Here are a few that were made by Emily and Naomi.

We are also making good progress on getting quilts completed.  I will bring more quilts that need to be pinned, quilted and bound.  

Cut Up & Quilt Drop Off Site
I wanted to remind you that you can drop off quilts, quilt tops, afghans or fleece blankets to Cut Up & Quilt.  Just let them know they are for Quilts from the Bluffs and they will get to us.  We also accept donations of new/good condition cotton or flannel fabric or quilt batting.  

Quilt Deliveries
We had a label party to get quilts ready for delivery last month.  32 were delivered to Children's Square, 13 to Gabrielle's Corner (thanks Cathy Wismont) and 16 to NE Medicine (thanks Kathy Donovan).  We have other quilts ready to go to Mercy Hospital, Risen Son and Project Linus.  Our total quilts delivered so far this year is 290 and another 113 labeled and ready to go.

If you would like to help with quilt deliveries, specifically to Risen Son and possibly Mercy Hospital, please let me know.
Charmed for Charity
Charmed for Charity continues to meet at Cut Up an Quilt on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00-3:00 pm.  If you have the time, please join them in cutting, "kitting" and quilting our simple charmed for charity quilts.  Thank you to Karen Burns and Rachel Summy for their leadership of this group and to Cut Up & Quilt for their support. 

Quilt Retreat
If you are an active member of Quilts from the Bluffs or Quilts for Comfort, be sure you pick up a registration form at quilt day for our annual quilt retreat.  This year it will be September 22-25 at the Camp of the Good Shepherd in Louisville, NE. Registration ends August 11 with all fees due by then.  For more information or if you have questions about this retreat, email

Thank You
Thank you to everyone for their cards and support with the loss of my dad on June 10.  He has been fighting cancer for three years and it finally got the best of him.  He was such a great role model for me in how to face this type of  illness with a positive energy. He knew where he was heading.  He is finally home and at peace, hopefully spending time catching up with my mom and resting in Jesus' arms.

Jeanine Williams