my friend joanna was in charge of the nauvoo women's retreat this year (in march). it was absolutley wonderful! i was recruited (happily) to organize the service projects - so fun! joanna had the great and simple ideas, i just carried them out. we made white hair bows for little girls who come to the nauvoo temple, and hoped to also make some quilts to replace the original ones made for little children to cuddle in the youth waiting center, which are getting worn. i kept hoping to find time to piece some quilt tops, and at the very last minute, and i do mean the VERY last minute (the day before and day of the service project) i was able to pull these two quilts together. i had pieced the red top last summer, set it aside and forgot about it, and fortunately found it. the blue quilt worked up quickly - it is a reproduction of an antique quilt made in the late 1800s from indigos, cadet blues, and shirtings. the ladies at the retreat tied them with pearl embroidery floss. i would have loved to have them hand quilted, but the time restraints made that unrealistic. i was surprised by how much the the women enjoyed working on the bows and the quilts.