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.

Donations

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.  

Deliveries

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.

Donations

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
country.

Thanks for your interest in The Sewing Room!
Sewing Hope,
Beverly Lau

Looking forward to spending my Valentine's Day with you!!

Jeanine

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Quilt Marathon Follow Up

Quilts from the Bluffs had a successful quilt marathon last weekend.  This was a new event and we were not sure what to expect.  What we got was...

Teamwork
Energy
Hard work
Big hearts
Friendship
Fellowship
Great food
and...

30 finished quilts!!!!

These quilts will stay in the Omaha/Council Bluffs community.  They will go to Project Linus, Open Door Mission, Mercy Hospital (Council Bluffs) and Children's Square.




















You can check out more photos on our FaceBook page.

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 qftbluffs@gmail.com.













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 qftbluffs@gmail.com.


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