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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Spring Retreat - T Shirt quilts

There was a lot of T-Shirt quilts coming together at this retreat. Tis the season. 

We are considering doing a retreat next spring including a lecture on T-Shirt quilts. Send me an email if you might be interested.

Here are two t-shirt quilt Abbie A. has just finished up. Nice, right?

Another by Abbie for a granddaughter that loves Monster High. This is not a t-shirt quilt because no t-shirts were cut up for the making of this quilt. It has the same feel, though. Abbie couldn't find Monster High fabric so she bought sheets and cut them up. Good job! One lucky little girl will get this quilt.The striped flange in the binding is really a nice touch as well.
Sue R. got this one put together at retreat featuring camo fabric and bright orange, a special request. Looks great.

Nancy J. worked on these two quilts for twin graduating sisters. Cute.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

More fun things to do in Adel this weekend!

While you are in Adel for the Chocolate Walk on Saturday, check out this great plant sale!

Spring Retreat Day 1

Carolyn S. finished this Thimbleberries quilt top. Really nice and she was so happy to call it done!
These two quilts that Carolyn is making for her sons and sons-in-law. She will be making a total of 5. Won't they love these?
This is a mystery quilt put together by Janet D. You never know how a mystery quilt will turn out but Janet really liked this one! Cute.
 Valerie M. brought a couple of quilts to show, made at post retreats (above) and in a series of classes in the shop (below).
Very nice.

Monday, May 2, 2016

We have a couple winners!

Jennifer Buttolph is the winner of our Block Stock basket. Jennifer wins a basket full of goodies valued at $75.

Also, our monthly drawing for the Purple Bag Quilters goes to Kimberly Scott!  Kimberly wins a Dream Quilter's Batt.

Congratulations, gals!

Spring Ladies of the Lake Quilt Retreat

It was another great gathering of quilters and friends. Here is the first post. There will be more coming!
Given our retreat theme, "Holy Scrap!" JoAnne S. offered to do a presentation about organizing our scraps. She shared how she cuts and organizes by size and then uses these pieces to put together donation scrap quilts.

This is a series of lap quilt tops JoAnne has put together from her scrap collection. These will be finished and donated to a variety of charitable organizations.

JoAnne completed her presentation by teaching us this block, Scrappy Trips by Bonnie Hunter. This block is made from 6,
2 1/2" x 15 1/2" strips, sew together in a tube and then un-sewn to stagger and arrange into this block.

Our retreats always include a charitable quilt project. We ask each to bring a variety of 2 1/2" x 15 1/2" strips of red, white and blues. Then we all shared and each made a few Scrappy Trips blocks.

As blocks were made, they were laid down. It was fun to watch our quilt grow.

I brought these blocks home and we plan to put it together for a Quilt of Valor. The work of many hands - - - - 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Our out-of-state kids

Gabe flew in from Texas and I drove over to Chicago to meet up with Brook for a weekend. Here we are at the Chicago Cubs, my first trip to Wrigley. It was fun, even the beer spilled by the not-so-sober girl behind us. Part of the whole event, right?

Saturday, April 30, 2016

More new stuff

These two bolts are just in from Dear Stella, one of our favorite designers.
 Here are the critters clothes. We ironed fusible fleece to the wrong side of this fabric and then cut the little clothing items out, just like paper doll clothes.
Here is a closeup of the little critters. We quilted a rectangle of this for a childs floor mat. See below.

Here is a close up of a couple of the critters, dressed in their new clothes. Hours of fun for the little ones.

Friday, April 29, 2016

New Shop Sample

Lonnie made this "guys quilt" just in time for Father's Day! This is a quick and inexpensive kit because the brown rectangles are all cut from a layer cake packet (pre-cut 10" squares). We added a few green rectangles to match the border.

This close-up shows the flannel backing. I bet you know a guy that needs this quilt!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sunday Sewday

This past Sunday was a beautiful day for some yard day but I also finished up the last two blocks for our Grunge Sampler Block of the Month.

I hope to have the finished quilt ready to show you in the next couple of weeks.

Monday, April 25, 2016

April Quilt Circle of Friends

 We had another great gathering in our Quilt Circle of Friends this week. Let's start with series of pictures of projects we are working on to sell at our outdoor quilt show in June. This is our annual fund raiser for the local library.
Barb made this little quilt from the strips and squares she won in our quilters poker game at our holiday party. It will make a great little dolly blanket for some little one.

Deb made these adorable pin cushions from small tea cup and saucer sets (above) and a basket (below).

Lonnie made this purse to donate to our fund raiser, the Twist and Shout bag.

Nancy took this stack of blocks home from our donation box and made this little quilt to put in our sale.

Joyce "shopped local", finishing up bits and pieces from her own stash to make these two donation quilts - above and below

Theresa took home two of the woven mats that Sue Denny donated and finished them up with binding.
This was another of Sue's donated mats, a pin weaving using ribbon. I stitched it into a travel bag with pockets inside and a zipper across the top.

Nancy took home these 4 blocks from our donation box and made this runner. She "de-constructed" one of the blocks to use in the runner triangle ends.

She also finished up this runner from her own stash (above) and made a pillow (below) from a block she found in our donation box.

 Marti did not actually volunteer to take this box of pieced triangles home to create something with but, she did ask to look at them and we just never took them back. We can look forward to what she makes with these!

Next is a couple pictures from members that have received comfort blocks from the club.

 These gals made quilts from the Comfort Blocks QC members made for them. Lonnie (above) when her mother passed and Nancy (below) when her father passed. 
Then there was our regular show and share - - - 
Barb just finished this big beauty.

Deb has a family birth coming and made this non-gender specific quilt for a gift.

This is a quilt top that was donated to Deb's non-profit, Iowa Comfort Quilts. The quilt top was pieced by member Joyce S. and Deb quilted it. Now it goes back to Joyce for binding and then back to Deb to deliver. 

Lonnie shared this "found and finished" quilt. She "found" it in her own sewing stash and now, it is done! Very nice and will look great on her round table.
Another fun quilt Lonnie finished up this month.

These are turtle blocks that Joyce's mother made. Joyce brought them home and made them into a quilt for grandchildren.

Another finished up by Joyce above and yet another below! I think we have all been busy getting things done before the winter is officially over.

You may have seen this one before but now it is all quilted. If you could see it close-up, you would notice the each row features animal print fabric, same as the animal in that row - - sheep prints in the row with the lamb, pig prints in the row with the pig - etc. So cute.

Celia has fun finishing up little projects like this.

And how pretty is this? The back is one of Celia's signature fleece blankets making it extra snugly.

Our youngest member, Madelyn, has not been sewing much because she has been busy being a teenager. She shared this picture of herself and a friend at the Adel prom last weekend. Such pretty dresses on these pretty girls!

Lorna has been busy with her 60 degree ruler, making these table runners from border print fabric - above and below.

She also finished up this lovely French Braid quilt.

Bonnie offered apologies for not working on her Get Er Done quilt but she has good reason. She has been making these seat pads for her grandsons boat.

We closed the evening with a demo of the pattern, Basket Lattice  by  Sheri Pape. It is an interesting piecing technique of building vertical rows and using partial seams.

After a quick cookie, we called it an evening, another special one spent in our Quilt Circle of Friends.

Special thanks to Jackie O for taking pics and sending them to me for posting.