Saturday, October 25, 2014

October Retreat Pics

We had a small crowd and some scheduling snafu’s but lots of fun and fellowship all the same.

If you look closely at the set up you’ll notice it looks suspiciously

like our normal meeting room.  Room 101 was double booked.  
Thankfully we were small enough this time that we could make
it work. No one ever said quilters are not resourceful!

Several gals worked on the LSI quilts for the kids.  We have about 18 quilts planned and I think all of them have someone to quilt them.  We will be doing labels and possible binding at the next work day!

Linda was working on her Lounge Lizard quilt again.  Doesn’t it have a lovely orange border on it J

“What’s it called?” several asked.   Well, says Michelle.  “It’s a banana.”      

Ok, so you had to be there but believe me, this one got some laughs!  And ask me about Missy some time.  The whole room ganged up against me about that one. 

Maybe everything seems overly funny when you’re just plain giddy from sewing all day and night.  Yes, we did start at 7:00 and some of us stayed until 10:30.  Some were even there at 7:00 the next morning.  Linda and I made an executive decision though to start at 8:00 next time on Friday.  Not too many fools up besides us at that hour.  I think we could sleep in another hour and still be the first ones there.  This is negotiable.  We’ll talk about it before the January retreat.  By the way, the dates we’ve requested are January 23rd and 24th.  Put that on your calendar and plan to come join us!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Quarterly Hope Quilters Retreat: October 17/18

The quarterly retreat is again this weekend. Friday and Saturday, October 17th and 18th.   We meet at the church in Room 100 across from the gym.  I will be there around 7am Friday and we have the room as long as we want to use it Friday.  Doors open same time on Saturday but we have to be out of there by 3 so they can get ready for KQ. 
Feel free to bring snacks to share.  I'll have a coffee pot and cooler available.  We'll order pizza on Friday night and then Jimmy John's on Saturday for lunch.  We like to collect $10/day to handle expenses.  However, if you're feeling $$ may be a roadblock to joining us, don't sweat it.  We'll cover your meals.  Remember, this is a time of fellowship rather than a work day.  So feel free to work on your own projects.  If you prefer to work on mission quilts that's okay too.  We'll use HQ cutting mats, rotary cutters, ironing boards and irons.  Just bring your machine and projects.  Contact me at with any questions.

October Work Day


​We were small but mighty this weekend!  Several of you were out of town or not feeling well.  You were missed!  However, the crew on Saturday dug their heals in and much was accomplished.

We received news that the Riverside Quilt Auction brought in $53,000.  It feels good to know that we are a part of such a good mission.  I think I counted nearly 10 quilts that were donated by Hope Quilters.  If you were in church this weekend you may have seen the Hope 360 report on the ASP trip.  We also sent 10 quilts with the team traveling to Kentucky.

Our current focus is making twin size quilts for Lutheran Services of Iowa (LSI). Our local branch gives beds and quilts to needy children, age toddler to 12 years, each Christmas.  Here are some of the quilts that are in progress.  Won't these kids be excited!  I know of 17 that we have in progress.  We need to deliver them by Thanksgiving.  For those of you making tops why don't you let me know when you're done rather than waiting for the next meeting.  Then we can get someone quilting them so there isn't a push at the end.  It was fun to see the variety of quilts.   I will try to get pictures of them all but if you think about it, take a pic of your quilt with your phone and send it to me! 

We didn't have a long meeting but the group did have one business item to discuss.  Tiffany Melcher has agreed to be the new Treasurer after approval from the group.  Thanks so much to Linda Bergeson for serving faithfully in this role for so long.