Saturday, February 11, 2017

February Hope Quilters Recap

What a great week!  We had a classs on Monday and Tuesday to introduce quilting to anyone who may be interested in quilting for missions.  There were 5 attendees and several indicated an interest in retruning to join us for Hope Quilters.  We love to see new faces!!!

Attendance was great this weekend at Hope Quilters.  We sorted through 3 tubs of fabric donations!  What a great feeling to be able to put these cast offs to great use in our mission.  The ideas were flowing as we organized the new additions.

We distributed 13 finished quilts to various missions at Hope.  Check out the photo's tab for some of the recent quilts.

We also moved on to the 2nd Commandment as our Block of the Month continues.  See some of the color choices for the first block below.

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 2017 Hope Quilters Recap

Who are you being the church for?  Pastor Mike asked this in his sermon this weekend.  

At Hope Quilters, providing our quilts to those in need is one of our primary ways of being the church. I hope that you can look around and see so even  more ways that you are all being the church for each other.  It is touching to see people come into the room and start giving hugs!  It's heartening to know you feel comfortable sharing your joys and concerns with the group, asking for prayers from your sisters.  I saw people coordinate rides for one of our members without a car.  It touched me that so many of you came up to me to ask what you could do for the class.  Thank you all for being the church to me and to each other!

2017 is starting out to be a wonderful year.  Rachel kicked off the new devotion series that involves a block-of-the-month quilt.  I look forward to see your quilts come together.  We also spent the day Friday sorting through a ton of fabric donations.  We LOVE to get donations.  We had two tables piled high with sacks and boxes.  What fun to see the projects that others have worked on and we're so glad to turn someone's once loved fabric into a quilt that someone else will love.

Don't forget about the upcoming retreat!  January 27 and 28 are the dates.  We'll meet again at the Waukee campus.  This is a time for fellowship.  You should feel free to work on your own projects.  Mission quilts are okay to do but we won't have access to all our fabric.  We'll order in dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday.  Deanna has picked Mixed and Zmarik.  Both restaruants offer plenty of choices and include gluten free options.  We'll have a menu at the retreat so you can place your order.  The retreat is free but we collect $10 a day for these meals.  Mary is making Chili for Friday lunch.  We'll have coffee available.  Otherwise you're welcome to bring a snack to share.  Officially start time is 8:30 and we can sew all day.  No need to sign up but please let me know if  you have any questions.

We are having a How to Quilt class to help interested parties determine if Hope Quilters is something for them.   

As a reminder, we are part of the Lutheran Church of Hope's Creative Arts Ministry.  Be sure to take a look at their page on the Hope website.  This link includes a signup for the newsletter as well as the Facebook page.  Many people are unaware of what all this ministry involves.  Take a look for yourself and see all the possible creative opportunities available to you.  

I want to leave you with an example of a quilt that I feel embodies what we are all about.  This is a beautiful creation of scraps and orphan blocks. When put toghether it makes one of the most colorful and interesting quilts I have ever seen.  We use fabric donations and look for a way to use anything that is provided to us.  And look at waht beauty God can inpire in us!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

December 2016 Recap

I keep a tally of the quilts we give away each year  to have an idea of the supplies we use and to be able to share your story with others.  Thanks to the generosity of fabric donors, our mission partners, Creative Arts Ministry and most of all the ladies of Hope Quilters for a wonderful year of living our Mission!

Total quilts donated: 259

Missions supported: 
Lutheran Services of Iowa, Youth Emergency Shelter & Services, JOPPA, Okoboji Bible Camp, Riverside Bible Camp, Hawthorne Hills, Dorothy's House, etc.  Quilts also taken on mission trips to Tijuana, Jamaica and Appalacia

Friday, November 18, 2016

November 2016 Work Day
We concluded our annual effort to make twin quilts for Lutheran Services of Iowa to give away with new beds at Christmas.  We made 64 quilts for this program.  Here are a few of them.  We pray for wide eyes and big smiles as these children experience a bed and a quilt all their own this year!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Otober Work Day: Blankets for JOPPA

This month we dedicated our time to making JOPPA blankets.  With the cold weather here already it was great timing.  We received a donation of bed runners from Holiday Inn Exress in WDM.  Wow, what a perfect oppotunity to reuse for such a worthy group.

It's definitely not "fun" quilting but ask any one of these gals if their two-day contribution wasn't extremely fulfilling.  Amazing work!

Here's some pictures of the fun.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

June 2016 Work Day Recap

I wasn't sure what to expect for a crowd.  Would numbers be down because of vacations, reunions and other summer plans or would it be up because of the intense heat?  Well, I should stop doubting and just put up all those extra tables on Friday knowing that a crowd will always show up.  We had an highly energetic day in service to God through quilting!  

We began with a beautiful devotion from Rachel.  Here's an excerpt.
"Psalm 119:172 – Let my tongue sing about your word, for all your commands are right.

Jesus tells me and all His followers to sing this song. I must sing it with love, patience, and volume. The entire world needs to hear. I can sing literally — although I won't — but I can and must sing through the spoken word, emails, texts, Skypes, gifts, actions, and attitudes......AND QUILTS."

Show and tell was awesome as always.  The things you can create with what we've been given.  It's always fun to see the finished tops.  It generates ideas and enthusiasm with people hardly able to wait to get to our sewing machines.  What I love to see if how much we can do with such simple patterns and the variety of all kinds of donated fabrics that we have.  God does provide.  Besides the tops that were shared, we turned in 10 quilts to missions, 8 came in quilted and ready for binding.  We also prayed over 10 quilts that will be going to Okoboji and Riverside Bible Camp Quilt auctions in August. 

Praise God from whom our blessing flow!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 2016 Workday Recap

As always it was a wonderful weekend full of quilting with my favorite servant quilters!  As usual the room was buzzing with activity.  Several of you helped me finish up kits for LSI bed quilts.  We found backs for several of your finished tops and we worked to find room for some new donations on the shelves.  All the irons were busy and we had a station for pinning quilts for a couple of you taking on the quilt challenge. Whew!!!

Rachel shared a delightful devotion reminding all of us that "God's got this!"  Certainly faithful words to live by.  We've secured the Waukee Campus for retreats in October, January and April.  Be sure to add these dates to your calendar.
Oct 28/29, 2016                
Jan 27/28, 2017            
Apr 28/29, 2017

We viewed lots of finished tops and we turned in 10 different quilts to missions.  You asked me how many quilts we've made so far this year.  We have given away 79 quilts to missions and I have 10 that we've designated for the Riverside and Okoboji auctions.  You gals rock!  I am so thankful for those of you who have quilting machines and do a lot of our quilting.  But I am also grateful for those of you who took on my challenge to learn to finish the quilting on your quilts.  These are good quilts to practice on and there is a lot of experience in the group so you can count on good help.  Good for all 

Rachel captured this treasure on my camera.  For those of you who were wondering, Michelle does actually use her sewing machine to quilt.  I was beginning to believe that she just carried her sewing machine up to the room as a form of a good workout.  We seemed a bit lost there in the middle of the day when we didn't have anyone to cut batting.  She spoils us so.of you!