Tuesday, July 9, 2019

June 2019 Work Day Recap

"Too hot to be outside!"  said a lot of you this weekend.  What a great weekend we had at Hope Quilters Work Days.  It all started with a wonderful donation of fabric and supplies.  A  fellow quilter with health concerns was unable to quilt anymore and hoped we could put it to good use.  Prayers for this special gal as she has had to give up her sewing hobby, something we all may have to face someday (even though we don't want to think about it!)  But through her generous spirit, these donations will go on to help many other hurting people in our community. 

This sacrificial act of donating all her sewing supplies tied right into our devotion that member Jean brought about sharing our gifts.  And busy, busy, busy we were using those gifts today!  There were 10 finished quilts to give to Missions for delivery to YESS, LSI, Joppa, and Hawthorne Hills.  PHOTOS here. Thanks to Sandy and Doris for organizing the finished quilt tops.  The small and medium-sized tops can easily be done on your domestic machines.  I encourage you to challenge yourself to try one of these if you haven't quilted before.  We'll help you pin and mark it at the next meeting!  We are still in need of some quilters who can do twin /queen-sized quilts.  Mary Helen has been working on some fun ideas for new kits as well as some group projects.  Next month we will be ready to put our Cat Cabins together.  Those fun little log cabins are going to turn into two twin-sized quilts for LSI.  They are going to be adorable.  Just wait till you see some of the new ideas we have for stash busting, skill challenges and other interactive projects.  

In July we are going to donate some time to organize our fabric bins.

Happy Summer to you all!

This little beauty was overlooked in May.  I don't know how, as with all that rain
brings "May" flowers and all!  So because it was so pretty with such cute flowers it gets
it's own special feature here today!  Adorable!

Friday, June 7, 2019

May 2019 Work Day Recap

Rain, rain, go away.  May has given its share of water this month, good for the flowers but not so good for people finding it in their basements!  It was a good excuse to stay inside and sew this weekend.  We had a great turnout at Hope Quilters.  We missed some regulars and saw a few new faces.  Some stayed most of the two days and others popped in for a few hours.  Others stopped just to pick up some work to do at home.  Maybe you've thought about helping out in this quilt ministry but feel you don't have a whole "weekend" to donate your time, as you can see you can pop in and out with the time that you feel you can give!  It's always great to see you, even if it's just to stop and say hello!

We turned in around twenty quilts to Missions.  This includes nine that were given by member Rachel's daughter.  If you learn of friends or family that have quilts looking for good homes, our Mission partners at Hope are always a good option and we'll be glad to help you get them to a place that needs them.  We also prepared all the quilts for auction with plans for transport to Riverside and Okoboji. Thanks so much to Cheryl and Joyce for their work on this project!  There were nine quilts and several small items that will go in Riverside's Silent Auction.  

Thanks for stopping by the blog, and on with the PHOTOS!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

April 2019 Work Day Recap

What a great weekend of quilting!  

Around seventeen industrious working people attended over two days of Hope Quilters.  We had a couple of donations to sort through, which are always very much appreciated, and had a large donation of good quality upholstery samples for JOPPA blankets this fall.  All in all, sixteen finished quilts were turned into Missions and they'll be delivered this week.  (See PHOTO page)

And just another reminder that the May Hope Quilters meeting is going to be the third weekend.  We'll meet on the 17th and 18th.  Mark your calendars.

Blessings to you all this Easter week.  He is Risen!

Mark 16:5-6
As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting 
on the right side, and they were alarmed.  "Don't be alarmed," he said.  
"You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified.  He has risen!  He is not here."

Monday, April 1, 2019

March 2019 Work Day Recap

Another great weekend with friends!   Besides a little sewing, there was time for laughter, tears, hugs, therapy and girl scout cookies .   Some stopped by, others stayed a while.  I think there were around twenty-two of us over the two days.  What fun to spend time with quilting friends.  

A special thanks to Mary Helen for taking on coordinating our "ready to be quilted" inventory.  Thanks to Becky and Suzanne for taking several quilts home for quilting.  

We only had three quilts for missions but seven went home with people for binding.  One of our quilts is going to Tijuana next week with the mission group.  It will grace a family in their new house.

Be sure to check your calendars for April and May.  We will meet as normal on the 2nd Saturday in April (12th/13th).  Then we have the Spring Retreat the fourth weekend at Waukee April 25, 26 and 27.  Another reminder that the May meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday (17/18th).  

You can see this month's quilts here: PHOTOS.  Not too many photos this month, but many quilts were taken home to be completed so come back to see them once they get finished!  

Monday, February 18, 2019

February 2019 Work Day Recap

Evidently sewing with friends is one of the favorite options for beating the winter blues.  It was a bitterly cold weekend but it was warm and inviting in Room 214!

Not only did we have a great turnout (20 quilters), we were blessed with a visit from our old friend, Momma D.  And we met a new quilter friend, Terry.  Entertainment also provided by our young friend, Gavin.

We turned in 20 finished quilts to Mission to deliver to LSI and YESS.  You will see several of our special focus sewing days.  You'll see several strip quilts (yes, we've cleaned out our stash), some warm and snuggly flannel quilts that will keep some child warm and feeling loved.  And then there is this one:

This is the quilt made from several of the pink/red blocks we made in February last year.  Just awaiting a big floral border and some little girl is going to be so happy to get this. Beauty comes out of our teamwork when we are faithful to the gifts God has granted us, both talents and supplies.

Special Focus:  Flannel

Special Focus:  Strips

Check out the PHOTOS page for more quilts.  Until next month...Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

January 2019 Work Day Recap

What a great weekend to stay inside and quilt!    We had quite a crowd on Friday and despite the snow on Saturday, we had just as many people as usual.  Can't wait to see what God has in store for us this year.

We turned in 15 finished quilts.  Many of the flannel quilts are coming in.  They all felt so warm and comfortable!   We have several more quick and easy flannel kits if you want to make the next one!  The kit bin has quite a variety of other kits too.  Some fun tops!!

Several people brought in their cat blocks.  These quilts are going to be so cute.  I think we probably got 12 turned in.  Don't worry if you haven't done yours yet.  We have until May.  We are looking for a brown or tan paw print fabric for sashing if anyone happens to have some in their stash!  

Cute cat blocks made by individuals!  Will make an adorable quilt!

Here are some of the finished quilts turned in this month, a great start to a new year!

December 2018 Work Day Recap

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

                                       “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
                                                   their righteousness endures forever.”
2 Corinthians 9:7-9

A recent Hope sermon was about giving generously but only if you can do it joyfully.  The focus was on financial giving but it also applies to what happens at Hope Quilters monthly!  Every one of the members who attend give of their time, talent and resources so joyfully! 

Just to reiterate how you've given joyfully and generously, the total count of donated quilts this year is 209.  These went to Hope Ministries, LSI, YESS, Ruth Harbor, JOPPA, Okoboji and Riverside quilt auctions.

That is a lot of love that has been given in the year of 2018!  Thank you to all who have felt the tug of the Holy Spirit to give of your talents in this ministry! May He continue to bless this ministry in the New Year!

(Continue scrolling after the December quilt photos to read about another project Hope Quilters 
has been involved with, working with LSI who partners with Slumberland for a bed giveaway!)

Since 2016 Hope Quilters has been making twin sized bed quilts for Lutheran Service of Iowa (LSI) to be distributed to young children in our area.  Slumberland's community giving program is called 40 Winks.  They partner with LSI and other organizations to identify children who don't have a bed to sleep in.  Take a look!   40 Winks Foundation by Slumberland

For some time they had just been distributing only the mattress and frames.  In 2016 we were asked if we'd be interested in making quilts to go with the beds.  So we gladly set off to help fulfill this mission.  We have so much fun making quilts for young boys and girls.

Jody Eubank with all the goods!  Quilts in there somewhere!

This year we were invited to attend the distribution kick off.  All the donors and agencies that helped were treated to breakfast before the distribution.  It was great to see how this all comes together.  

Slumberland works with The Knights of Columbus who deliver all the beds.  This year they gave away 90 beds.  Not only did each person get a bed and a quilt, but their gift also included a new pillow and pillowcase and a bag of food.  Many generous donors came together to help make this successful.