Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Quilt Day Reminder April 12, 2014

Quilts from the Bluffs will be meeting this Saturday, April 12, at First Christian Church (Council Bluffs) from 10:00-3:00 in room C1.  If you have never been to a quilt day before, the room is on the lower level.  It is easiest to come in the NorthEast door at the back of the church.  Parking is available there, too.  Follow the signs.

This month we will begin our journey with 10" squares and some easy quilts that can be made from them.  First up will be the Easy 10-minute Block!!!  Watch the YouTube video at the link below to understand what this block is all about.  And then come Saturday and play!!  I think it will be a fun quilt to make.

If there is anything specific you need me to bring for a quilt you are working on, please let me know so I can be sure I have what you need.  Otherwise, I will only bring what we will need for the new quilts we are starting.

Quilt Retreat 2014

I know you are all anxious for our annual quilt retreat.  We will be accepting registrations starting at our next Quilt day in May.  This year's theme will the Quilt Addiction!  We should have a lot of fun with that.  The dates are September 25-28 at the Camp of the Good Shephard so mark your calendar now and be ready to turn in your registration with a minimum deposit of $25 to hold your spot.  There will be a limit of 30 for this retreat.

Charmed for Charity

Our Charmed for Charity groups that meets at Cut Up & Quilt continue to be a success.  We have lots of kits made up and we need to get these into the hands of quilters to finish.  These are great quilts to work on when you just want to do something quick and easy.  Kits will be available to pick up at quilt day or during the Charmed for Charity sessions.  You don't have to stay to quilt.  Just come by and pick up a kit or two. 

Evening group meets on the 1st Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00.
Day group meets on the 3rd Wednesday from 1:00 - 3:00.

Bluffs Quiltfest 2014

I wanted to pass on this information for those who would like to participate.  If you would like more information, contact Jean Kritenbrink at quiltinjeanie@yahoo.com.

I wanted to let you know the theme so you could pass the word to your friends and sewing group as well as look at what you have that you might want to show. 

The theme this year is modern, with art quilts included. As you know, the Modern genre is broad, so anything using traditional blocks in a modern way, use of brighter prints, solids, batiks, negative space used for quilting design, innovative piecing. NOreproduction prints. The quilts must be finished. 

We chose a later date...Sat. Oct. 11. It will be in Community Hall like last year. We have no other details yet, except the format will be similar to last year with 2 speakers/trunk shows and several demos going on. If you know anyone that could do a presentation about an aspect of modern quilting, or a trunk show of modern designs, please let me know. 

Happy quilting!

Looking forward to quilting with you this Saturday!!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Quilt Day Reminder March 2014

I hope everyone is staying warm.  What a freezing week we have had.  I am sure it will warm up by quilt day Saturday, March 8.  If not, it will be warm and friendly inside at least!  We meet at First Christian Church in Council Bluffs from 10:00 - 3:00 on the lower level room C1.  It is easier to enter through the NorthEast doors at the back of the church.

This month we will be finishing up quilts we have that are in various stages of completion. I will bring some quilts that can be easily quilted on a domestic machine.  We need to concentrate on getting more quilts totally finished to reduce our never-ending backlog of quilt tops.  I would appreciate all the help I can get from those who are comfortable quilting--either on their domestic or longarm.  

If you are a longarmer and would like me to bring you some quilts, let me know.  Otherwise, i do not want to haul them to quilt day.  We have plenty that lend themselves to a longarm more than the domestic.

Quilt Deliveries
We have started out the year with a bang!  A total of 108 quilts have been delivered so far.  81 went to Project Linus, 17 to Mercy Hospital, and 10 to Children's Square.  If you would like to view some pictures of the quilts we delivered, check out our blog.

Charmed for Charity (C4C)
Our new venture, Charmed for Charity, has been a real success.  We have had two afternoon groups and one evening group so far and will meet again this Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 at Cut Up and Quilt quilt shop.  Stop by and pick up a kit, drop off a finished quilt or stay and help cut, kit and sew.

  • Afternoon group meets the 3rd Wednesday from 1:00-3:00
  • Evening group meets the 1st Thursday from 6:00-8:00

Friendship Quilt
Thank you so much for the beautiful quilt that was presented to me last quilt day.  What a wonderful surprise!  It is wonderful to know you have people in your corner that care about what you are going through.  What a great big hug I felt.  I still have five blocks I am trying to identify the owner.  If you made a block and have not let me know which block was yours, please let me know.

Thirty-One Catalog Party
Most quilters know about Thirty-One totes/bags.  I am sure whoever came up with this company was a quilter. My daughter, Christy, just started selling it this week and is looking to earn her starter kit.  

Gail Brow will be hosting the catalog party.  If you would like anything, please let Gail or me know what you want.  You can check out the March specials and the catalog on line and we will have a catalog at quilt day Saturday.

Looking forward to spending the day with you on Saturday!!


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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Mercy Hospital February 2014

We delivered 17 quilts to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs.  As always, they are so appreciative of the efforts of all the quilters that volunteered their time to make these beautiful quilts.

Project Linus 2014

Today Quilts from the Bluffs delivered 81 quilts to Project Linus (Omaha/Council Bluffs).  We also were lucky enough to win the sewing machine drawing (two years in a row.)  It was a good day.

Here are some of the quilts we donated.