Quilting for Good: Quilts from the Bluffs String Quilts for Children’s Square

Happy Friday everyone!

I’m very excited to start a new series called “Quilting for Good.”  Quilters are a giving people.  We’re always making things for others whether that be quilts, sewn items, or the food we make.  (example, have you ever been to a quilter’s potluck?  Seriously they have the best food!)

So in this series, I want to highlight some of the great service projects quilters around the world are organizing so you can also be a part of helping others.

The Project:
Quilts from the Bluffs (a local quilting ministry) has taken on the project of making string quilts for the Children’s Square home in Council Bluffs, Iowa (just across the river from Omaha).  These quilts will be given to the children who live there to have as there own.

This project is not only close to home for me in terms of location, but the true heart of the project is dear to me because of my time working at the Boys & Girls Club of Alaska.  I worked in a clubhouse in Anchorage that mostly supported foster children.  This led to me work first hand with children who had just been separated from everything they knew (parents, siblings, extended family, village life) & dropped into city life with new people and unfamiliar customs.  Most of them also came only with the clothes they were wearing.  Working with these children and helping them transition into their new lives made me see how the most vulnerable in our society can be ignored and how their individuality can easily be put aside.

These quilts for Children’s Square will be given to those children in transition.  A quilt they can take with them as they navigate the foster care system and life.  We may not be able to work directly with those children, but we can give them a quilt made from love- a patchwork quilt made of many blocks from many quilters. 

How to Help:
To assist in this effort, you can make string blocks using the String Block tutorial using 7″ and 13″ foundations (please leave them untrimmed) and send them to:

Quilts from the Bluffs
3118 Gold Rush Road
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Or bring them to the monthly quilt day the second Saturday of each month.
20794 Iowa Hwy 92
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Please consider giving some time for this project, this project is unique because Quilts from the Bluffs isn’t asked for a whole quilt- just blocks.  We quilters are very busy with many obligations, but we can find the time to make a block or two for these children.  Volunteers with Quilts from the Bluffs will trim these squares, piece and complete these into 72×84 quilts for this project.
To see some quilts they have already made, check out these posts from Quilts from the Bluffs:
Another String Quilt Top
Delivery to Children’s Square
February 2013 Quilt Day Reminder
String Quilts in the Making
String Quilts for Children’s Square

Thank you so much!

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