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.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

June 2015 Quilt Day

Quilts from the Bluffs will be meeting this Saturday, June 13, from 9:30 – 3:30 at First Christian Church, Council Bluffs.  We meet in room C4 which is on the lower East side.  It is easiest to come in the door at the back on the NE side.  Watch for the signs.

This month we will begin a new quilt I call Sweet and Simple.  All patterns, fabric, batting, thread is supplied.  Bring your sewing machine and join us.

I have a few quilts ready for binding and quilts pinned and ready to quilt. 

Quilt Deliveries
We have given away 315 quilts so far this year and I have an additional 97 on hand.  I am amazed at the quilts being dropped off at Cut Up & Quilt and the number of quilts we are kicking out on our Saturday quilt days and Charmed for Charity group.  I recognize that many of you are spending time on your own making this happen as well and just want to THANK YOU for your dedication and caring spirit!  Think of how many lives we are touching through your generosity. 

Quilt Retreat
We still have 6 openings (at the time of this writing) for our annual quilt retreat in September, but will need to close registrations when we hit 30.  If you still want to go, please get your registration in soon.

Charmed for Charity
There will be no Charmed for Charity in June due to the Iowa Shop Hop and the Omaha Quilt Show.  We will continue to have the afternoon group on the third Wednesday of the month from 1:00-3:00.  This group meets at Cut Up & Quilt. There will no longer be an evening group.

If you have any questions about this group or would like more information, please feel free to email me or call.

Looking forward to spending Saturday with you!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

April Quilt Day

I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful Easter holiday. I wanted to send out our monthly reminder that Quilts from the Bluffs will meet next Saturday, April 11, from 9:30-3:30 at First Christian Church, Council Bluffs.  We are going to continue working on our Floating Triangle quilts.  I have updated the pattern (attached) since my numbers were a bit off last month.  I think we worked it all out though and everyone is good to go on their quilts.  I will also have quilts that need to be quilted and a few that are ready for binding.

I appreciate everyone's efforts to help to get quilts quilted and binding on.  I know everyone enjoys making the quilt tops but unless they get finished we can't do much with them.  Thank you for your understanding in this and you contributions toward this goal.  We still have quite a backlog of tops but I think we are making some headway.  Let's keep up the great work!

We are starting to plan for this year's quilt retreat to be held in September. This year's theme is PreCuts.  Registration forms will be available in May and, as always, a $25 down payment is due at registration with full payment due August 8.  Just wanted to give you a little teaser.  It is never too early to start getting excited.

This is probably the shortest email I have sent out but I can't think of anything else of importance to share with you.  If you would like more information about this group, please send me an email or call.

I hope to see everyone's smiling faces on Saturday!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

March Quilt Day - Quilts from the Bluffs

It is hard for me to sit inside and type this email when it is so nice outside!  We have needed some warm sunshine and I know there is more to come.  Hello, Spring!!
This Saturday Quilts from the Bluffs will be meeting for our monthly quilt day at First Christian Church.  We meet from 9:30-3:30 and you are welcome to come any time within that schedule that fits your day.  We always welcome new quilters so if you have never been, please stop by and check us out.  Bring your sewing machine and basic supplies.  All fabric, patterns, batting, thread is supplied.

This month we will be starting a new pattern called Floating Triangles.  It uses 10" squares and a solid white background.    Pattern Here

I will also be bringing several quilts that need to be finished.  I could use lots of help getting them pinned and ready to be quilted (and actually quilted, of course).  If you have a longarm and would like to take quilts home to quilt, let me know so we won't pin them first.


We have had quite a number of quilts dropped of at Cut Up and Quilt over the last few months and wanted to thank those of you who have contributed.  We welcome donations of finished quilts, either to Cut Up and Quilt or to us at our monthly quilt days on the 2nd Saturday of each month at First Christian Church.  Because of your dedication, we have already delivered 247 quilts so far this year.  This is incredible to me and I look forward to passing on your finished quilts in the future.  

Our quilts currently go to the following organizations:
  • Mercy Hospital (end of life care)
  • Children's Square (twin-size quilts when possible)
  • Project Linus - this organization has a network of recipients including Jennie Edmundson ER, Micah House, NICU's at various hospitals, Offutt AFB, Project Harmony, and many more.
  • Open Door Mission - Lydia House (concentrating on children's quilts)
  • Gabrielle's Corner - Crisis pregnancy center 
​We also welcome donations of cotton fabric and batting.  


This past week we have delivered 23 quilts to Open Door Mission, 21 quilts to Children's Square, and 157 quilts to Project Linus.  Amazing!!  Here are a few pictures from Project Linus Blanket Making Day. Congratulations to Sally for winning the sewing machine give away!

Charmed for Charity

We are continuing our Charmed for Charity (C4C) groups at Cut Up and Quilt this year.  This is a casual group that works on cutting scrap into 5" squares, making C4C kits of 99 squares, and sewing them into quilts to give away to the community.  These groups are supported by Quilts from the Bluffs and is just another outreach of the group.  It was a great success last year and I look forward to meeting new people through this group throughout 2015.
  • Afternoon group is led by Sondra Michaels and Karen Burns and meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00-3:00.
  • Evening group is led by Jeanine Williams and Rachel Summy and meets on the first Thursday of each month from 6:00-8:00.
String Blocks for Children's Square

I haven't mentioned the String Blocks lately but we will still gladly accept string blocks to be made into twin-size quilts for Children's Square. String Block Tutorial HERE

I guess that's all I have to share with you this month.  I hope to see everyone on Saturday!  

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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 bearlysew@gmail.com.  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!!