Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Quilt Marathon Final Reminder

This is the week of the Quilt Marathon - sponsored by Quilts from the Bluffs.  I wanted to get a final reminder out to everyone that might be interested in attending.

Two days from now we will be sitting at the church starting to grow a pile of finished quilts...marathon style!!!  I am so excited to spend two days with my favorite quilting peeps - those I know and those I will get to meet this weekend.

  • Where:  First Christian Church, Council Bluffs (Hwy 92) - Room C4 (lower East level)
  • When:   Friday, January 23 5:00-9:00 and Saturday, January 24 9:00-5:00
  • Bring:    Your sewing machine 

You may also want to bring a pillow to sit on for the long day, a small light for your work area if needed, a walking foot to make the quilting easier, loaded bobbins...

We will have dinner Friday night (walking tacos) and Saturday we will have Chili for lunch.  Water and coffee are supplied.  If you want other drinks, bring them.  Bring a snack to share if you want. We do have a refrigerator available for our use if you need it.

You can keep your machine set up from Friday night until Saturday.  We have people coming in to clean up at 5:00 Saturday so we will not need to stay around to clean up (for a change.)  We deserve this after a full weekend of quilting!!  :-)

If you are not a member of the Quilt Like U Mean It! Facebook page and would like to be, let me know and I will get you added.  This is where we will be posting and sharing pictures of the weekend so you don't want to miss out.   Please take lots of pictures if you are there.  If you need help getting them uploaded, let me know.  

Let me know if you have any questions.  See you Friday.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

String Quilts for Children's Square (Council Bluffs)

We are still making string quilts and I wanted to re-post the requirements for those that are interested in helping us.  We do not expect you to make an entire quilt...just a few blocks would be great!

Information on making string blocks can be found here.

String Block Tutorial

These quilts will be twin-size and will be given to Children's Square to be used on the resident's beds.  This may be one of the only bright spots in their room.  All quilts get to stay with the children even after they leave the facility.

If you have any questions about making these string blocks, please send an email to

Saturday, January 3, 2015

January 2015

It is a new year and we have new challenges and adventures ahead of us.  I am so excited to see what we will accomplish this year.

Last year we delivered 401 quilts...that's 27 more than in 2013.  This year we are adding Open Door Mission to our list of recipients and we are really wanting to push our total number of quilts to around 500 to meet our goal of at least 100 quilts for Open Door MissionCan we do this?  

Quilts from the Bluffs meets monthly at First Christian Church on the 2nd Saturday.  We also sponsor two sessions each month at Cut Up & Quilt quilt shop we call "Charmed for Charity".  This year we are also holding a Quilt Marathon January 23-24 to try to push our boundaries a bit and see how many quilts we can make in a two-day period.  We also accept donated quilts you make on your own and these can be dropped of at Cut Up & Quilt. Please help spread the word to anyone you may know that has a heart for charity quilting!

January Quilt Day
We will be meeting this Saturday from 9:30-3:30 at First Christian Church, Council Bluffs.  We will be changing rooms this month and will meet in room C3 (next door to the room we have been meeting in.)  We have had some difficulties with the set up and clean up with our current room now that they are using in for preschool Sunday School.  

We will be working in teams to create four "Scrap Vomit" quilts.  These are twin-size and will be great quilts for Children's Square.  I will also have some kits to make twin-size quilts using 10" squares for those that prefer to work with bigger pieces.

Quilt Marathon
As mentioned above, we will be holding our first Quilt Marathon.  Tell all your quilting friends!  I am hoping for a big turn out. 

Group T-Shirts
For those that ordered t-shirts, I will have them on Saturday.  If you haven't paid for yours, please have your payment with you.  If you won't be at quilt day, let me know and we can make other arrangements for delivery.

Charmed for Charity
We will continue our Charmed for Charity groups this year at Cut Up & Quilt quilt shop.  They will continue to meet on the first Thursday for the evening session (6:00-8:00) and the third Wednesday for the afternoon session (1:00-3:00).

UFO Challenge
We will hold our UFO Challenge for the second year.  This is an individual challenge to finish a list you put together for yourself.  If you would like to participate and have not sent me your list of projects, you still have time to get your list in to me.  I believe we have 8 so far in the challenge.  Send your list to

We are off to a great year!  Hope to see everyone at quilt day Saturday!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

December 2014 Quilt Day

Quilts from the Bluffs will meet this Saturday, December 13, at First Christian Church in Council Bluffs from 9:30 - 3:30.  Bring your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies.  All fabric, patterns and even thread are supplied.

December is our traditional pot luck luncheon.  We will break at noon and sit down to a meal together.  Please bring a dish, dessert or snack to share with the group.  Come early to get a spot as December is usually highly attended!  

We will be working on various quilt kits we have on hand as well as quilting quilt tops from our backlog of tops.

Scrap Vomit Quilts on the Agenda for January

The Scrap Vomit quilt (put together by I'm a Ginger Monkey) is a great way to use scrap.  I thought we would work on these in January as a group.  The quilt is made up of 49 patch blocks using scrap 2 1/2" squares.  Half the blocks have a bright color fabric and black to add a little pop to the quilt.  Start cutting your scrap and bring your 2 1/2" squares with you in January to add to our stash.  If you want to get ambitious, you can start making 49 patch blocks ahead of time.  I will also bring some scrap with me next week if anyone wants to take it home to cut.

These quilts will be twin size and will be given to Children's Square.

Quilt Marathon
The Quilt Marathon is fast approaching.  January 23 from 5:00-9:00 and January 24 from 9:00-5:00 we will be making Charmed for Charity quilts.  Our meal committee is planning yummy meals for us and all fabric will be provided.  Mark your calendars and bring your friends.  You do not need to attend the entire time.  Come when you can.  This is going to be a really fun time!!

If you would like to donate 5" squares for this event, you can drop them off at quilt day (December or January) or at Cut Up & Quilt (please mark them to go to Quilts from the Bluffs). You can also bring them to the quilt marathon.  A great way to use up those piles of scrap!! 

Charmed for Charity
Our last Charmed for Charity for the year will be held on December 17 from 1:00-3:00 at Cut Up  & Quilt.  

The January evening group will not meet due to the holiday.

UFO Challenge
Some of us participated in a UFO challenge this year and it was a success.  Lots of projects got done and some projects are ready to carry over to the 2015 UFO Challenge.  If you would like to participate this year, please let me know.  

If you are going to do the challenge, please email me a list of the projects you plan to finish next year.  All I need is a description of the project.  I will need your list by the end of December if possible.  We have a secret group on FaceBook that you can join for  those in the challenge  so that we can encourage and share with each other throughout the year.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Quilts from the Bluffs November Quilt Day

November has arrived and looks like it has brought some cooler weather with it.  Sounds like the perfect weather to be quilting with friends.  We will be meeting this Saturday, November 8, at First Christian Church, Council Bluffs.  We meet on the lower East side of the building in room C1 from 9:30am - 3:30pm.  It is easier to park around back and enter through the East doors (look for the signs).

We will continue to work on an assortment of quilt kits and finish up as many as we can.  I will have quilts ready to pin and quilt as well.

If you are working on a quilt that needs backing, binding, batting or something else, please let me know.  I will try to find what you need and bring it with me.

Charmed for Charity

Our evening Charmed for Charity group meets this Thursday, November 6, at Cut Up & Quilt quilt shop at 6:00.  Stop by and help cut 5” squares, kit them up, or sit down and sew one up.

The next afternoon group meets on November 19 from 1:00-3:00.

Quilt Marathon 2015

Quilts from the Bluffs will sponsor our first Charmed for Charity Quilt Marathon.  We will meet on Friday, January 23 from 5:00-9:00pm and come back on Saturday from 9:00-5:00.  That’s 12 hours of quilting in two days.  How many charm quilts can we make in that time???  I can’t wait to find out.  We want to pack the room so spread the word to all your quilting friends.  We also plan on feeding you well.  Just bring your sewing machine and the rest will be supplied.

Quilt Deliveries

We have delivered 374 quilts so far this year!  That’s two more than last year and we still have two months to go.  This shows what a busy group we have been this year.  Thank you so much!!

Hope to see everyone on Saturday!

Jeanine Williams

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Charmed For Charity Quilt Marathon

Quilts from the Bluffs is sponsoring their first 


This is going to be so exciting.  Twelve hours of quilting in one weekend.  

Mark your calendars for January 23-24.  We will meet at First Christian Church, Council Bluffs, in room C1 (lower level East side.)
The marathon will start at 5:00 pm Friday night and end at 9:00 pm.  We will gather back again in the morning at 9:00 am-5:00 pm.  
We will have plenty of food to keep us energized and all fabric will be provided.  We just need YOU!!
Invite your friends, family, and neighbors!  
We want to pack the room with sewing machines and smiling faces.
We will be working on Charmed For Charity (C4C) quilts which go together quick and are easy to quilt.  We want to see how many FINISHED quilts we can get done.  
Quilts from the Bluffs started the Charmed for Charity groups in January of this year.  They meet at Cut Up & Quilt quilt shop twice a month – an afternoon group on the third Wednesday and an evening group on the first Thursday.  

A C4C quilt is made of 99 – 5” charm squares.  That’s it!  Easy peasy!

For more information, email


Sunday, October 5, 2014

October 2014 Quilt Day

We are full-swing into Fall and, hopefully, you are full-swing into quilting.  

Quilts from the Bluffs will hold its monthly quilt day this Saturday, October 11, from 9:30am - 3:30pm.  We meet at First Christian Church on Hwy 92 in the lower level East side.  If you come in the North East doors at the back of the church, you can follow the signs to our room.  Bring your sewing machine and basic supplies.  All fabric and patterns are supplied.

This month we are going to continue to use up kits I have on hand and get some of our backlog of quilt tops sandwiched, quilted, and bound.  Hope you can join  us!

This month we are celebrating our 8th anniversary as a quilt ministry.  We have grown so much since that first quilt day and I am amazed at the quilts and the friendships that we have made.  We have delivered around 2,200 quilts and currently have over 50 quilters on our active roster.  Thank you so much for your dedication to what we are doing and for all the time and resources you contribute.  

Harvest of Talents
The Harvest of Talents craft fair will be held October 18.  There is still time to donate hand made items.  Please bring them to quilt day this Saturday.  Also, plan on coming to shop!  All proceeds will go to For God's Children International.

Quilt Retreat
We held our 7th annual quilt retreat last week and had a great time.  We were able to quilt in the new Chapel which gave us so much more room than we are used to.  We had beautiful weather and the only complaint may have been it was too hot.  We ran the air conditioning the whole time.

Thank you to Cindy and Barb for stopping by the camp Saturday morning to take our pictures!

Love our retreat shirts!

The new chapel.

Project Linus
The semi-annual Project Linus blanket making day is November 1 at Bryan High School in Bellevue from 9:00-1:00.  We are trying to get our kids quilts finished by then so I can deliver them that day. 

Charmed for Charity Quilt Marathon
We are planning a new event in January...a Quilt Marathon!  The event will be held January 23 from 5:00-9:00 and on January 24 from 9:00 - 5:00 at First Christian Church.  The idea is to make as many Charmed for Charity quilts as we can in these two days.  For those that don't know what these are, we take 5" squares and sew them in 11 rows of 9 squares.  They are fast and easy and I think we can really get a lot of quilts made in these two days. 

This is a great time to invite your friends or get youth involved with sewing and doing volunteer work for the community.  I would like to "pack the house" that weekend as well as allow people to work from home and communicate with us through our Quilt Like U Mean It! Facebook page.

We'll have more to come on this but mark your calendars now.  We have scheduled the following weekend as a snow date if the weather is bad.

I believe that covers what I needed to communicate with everyone this month.  If you have any questions about the group, please email me.   Hope to see a big crowd on Saturday.

Jeanine Williams