Monday, December 15, 2014

December 2014 Work Day

Let the miracle that happened long ago and far away
Be a special source of joy and love within your heart today.

Merry Christmas to all!

We had a good crowd on both Friday and Saturday.  The highlight was seeing all the One Body quilts finished up.  The project began by printing pictures that were made by the students on fabric.   Then the pictures were pieced into banners to look like film strips.  Each picture was quilted individually to pull out the design.  We presented the quilts to Cindy Grandquist at the meeting.  She was thrilled and can't wait to show them to the students.  Cyndee Buck has made arrangements for them to be hanging in the church starting in January.   Thanks to all who helped with this project.

We had a large variety of projects going this weekend.  Binding finished on four quilts.  Batting cut and ready to go to the quilters on 6 more quilts.  I think 6 or 8 of the kits were taken have to work on.  I better get to making a few more.

We have a good list of missions that would love to have quilts.  There are several quilts already done so in January we'll start to identify locations for them.  The ASP and Navajo mission trips are coming up in spring.  We've also learned that local organizations, LSI and Hawthorne Hill, have a constant need for quilts so we have several places that can benefit.  We will continue to support the Bible camp auctions as well.    We have an outlet for just about any size and theme but the twin, throw or crib size seem to be the most versatile.  While we make most of the quilts we give away, gently used quilts in good shape will also find homes..
Julie's red-white-blue quilt
 Rachael's Black and White and Red

Auditioning border, binding and backing.
Just a reminder that the next retreat date is in January on the 23rd and 24th. We are confirmed for Room 101.  The format will be the same as in the past.  We can sew all day Friday and then until 3:00 on Saturday afternoon.  We'll order in dinner Friday and lunch on Saturday.  $10 a day covers the cost of these meals.   And don't worry if you can't sew both days.  Many drop in for just part of the time as their schedule allows.  Feel free to invite a friend to join us for the weekend.

As I look back on the year it's quite amazing to think what you've accomplished. 
  • 18 quilts for Hope Village in Ghana, Africa
  • 12-15 quilts in each of the Riverside and Okaboji auctions helping them to raise $43,000 and $53,000, respectively. 
  • 23 quilts to LSI
  • 2 quilts to Valley High School
  • 12 quilts to Mission Navajo in September
  • 15 quilts to ASP over two different trips
In the new year I think we should set a couple of goals.  We have lots of blue, green and pink/red fabrics.  Be thinking of a scrappy pattern that might utilize these colors and I'll come up with some kits.  Another goal could be to search out new fabric contributions.   At the rate you gals are finishing quilts we can always use more!  But never fear.  We have continued to make the best of what God has provided.  And you have done it joyfully all year long.  I look forward to seeing what we might accomplish in 2015.

God bless you faithful servants,
Jody Eubank