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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Customer Show and Share

We love it when customers share their work. Isn't this a lovely Ocean Waves? All those little half-square units! Beautiful.

And here's another Jelly Roll Race quilt. Such pretty colors.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Jenny O. makes a diaper bag - -

This is based on the pattern for a lunch tote.
Jenny enlarged the pattern for a diaper bag. She lined with the PUL (poly urethane laminate) and added hooks and pockets to the inside and bottle pockets to the outside.

She also added a long, wide strap to make it easy for hands-free use. Although Jenny is styling this bag here, it's made for her son and daughter-in-law and precious grandbabies.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Through Thursday --- -

Christmas in July continues - - - Come see this fun quilt we made from the Winter Wonderland "redwork" panel.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Refreshing salad

Brookly made this salad for a family gathering recently. Very tasty and season appropriate!

Cook and cool 2 or 3 ears of corn and cut from cob.
Chop equal parts tomato and peach - about 1 C of each.
Toss with 1/2 C Feta Cheese crumbles and drizzle with a little EVOO.
Season with salt and pepper.

Best made just before serving.
Serves 8

Want to see how I have been spending by Sunday Sewdays lately? 
Turn on Mickey Mouse Club and your lap becomes an instant grandchild magnet!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

July Quilt Circle Meeting - - -

We started our evening with stories of how we each spent at least 15 minutes working on our Archive Get Er Done project since our last meeting. Archive is a nice way of saying really old project.

Members are challenged to spend at least 15 minutes on an old unfinished project with the thought that, once you have it out and recall where you left off, you are likely to spend more than 15 minutes on it. We do seem to be having some success! Several members had 15 minute stories to share that turned into serious progress.

Then it was time for Show and Share:
Marti and Bonnie just returned from a bus and train trip to Sisters, Oregon for the annual outdoor quilt show. They had several fun stories to tell.

One of their purchases was this calendar, featuring quilters husbands posing shirtless with quilts. This was just for fun for a local fund raiser.

Margaret shared this Dresden Plate, started at Sisters of the Cloth class and finished up at home.

Margaret also shared some blocks she inherited and her plan for finishing them.

Yes, this is a picture of a phone but, this is also Nancy's new granddaughter, Kate. Welcome to the world, Kate. Isn't she precious?

Nancy also shared this block of the month she just completed. It's called Abraham Lincoln's Logs. The very center block has a picture of Abraham Lincoln. Nice blocks and nice quilt.

Rozetta has been doing some craft sewing. Above see the little purse she made from a neck tie and below is a neck cooler, perfect for these hot Iowa July days. 

Here is a link for a tutorial on making these neck coolies. They are filled with crystals, same as the kind often used in gardening.  The crystals in the neck coolie swell with liquid to hundreds of time their weight. As liquid from the crystals evaporate, it lowers the body temperature.
Janet shared her Split Nine-Patch  and entertained ideas from the group about possible borders. Below, Janet showed us her bag.

Theresa showed this little project in progress. This will be a sleeping bag for a niece's doll. 

Jan shared this beauty. I have a soft spot for Amish looking quilts but this is just sparkly, isn't it?

Marty spread this quilt out and I about fell off my chair - - -such perfect and tiny piecing! Beautifully done! - - - Well, it is beautifully done. The center is all hand applique but the borders (from the plain lavender out) are all "convenience cloth" - cut from a pre-printed panel.

Never the less, this quilt was beautifully machine quilted and heavily beaded.  Still a stunner.

Joyce is expecting a new granddaughter and she now understands why this pattern is made with crazy quilting as it nearly drove her crazy. Alls well that ends well though, right? Looks great.

Joyce is also making receiving blankets for the new baby.

I did a quick demo of the Folded Star followed by some door prize drawing and refreshments.

For those who missed the July meeting, please note: We decided it was time to start a new exchange. We will talk more about this and get started in August. We will each pick a crayola and that will be the color we need to match, making small snowball blocks to exchange at the September meeting. This exchange will continue for at least 12 months.

As always, it was a pleasant evening, sitting in a circle with my Quilt Circle of Friends. Thank you to Jackie O for so generously taking and sending me these pictures.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Olivia beats the heat

Or "Olive" as Grandpa calls her.

Mini Charms

The August charms are here for those of you signed up to collect these little gems. August was paid when you registered so just come pick up.

This is the last in this series of 6 but, don't despair if you missed out. We will be doing this project again - - not sure of the start date yet but stay tuned! These are 3/4", paper-pieced minis in hand cut glass and leadded frames.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christmas in July

Can you believe we're talking about Christmas in July already?  Stop in July 25 through 31 for our C.I.J. celebration:
  • Large selection of Christmas fabrics, $5 a yard.
  • Sign up for drawing of fat quarter bundle.
  • Preview and order kits for our 12th fall retreat, "Twelve Days of Christmas".

Show me your closet!

Today, I organized my quilt storage room and closet - - -
Here's the top half of the closet.

---with more folded and stacked on the floor - - - 

---plus the assortment I pull from to decorate our window up town.

and some of my red and white quilt collection - - - 

And, of course, a quilt on every bed in the house - - - plus the quilts in the shop and the quilt tops waiting to be quilted.

What a lovely storage problem to have! Send me a picture of your quilt closet/storage.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Humble Quilts Blog

This is a blog I follow, Humble Quilts. Skip over to her blog and check out the pictures she posted from the recent outdoor show in Sisters, Oregon.

Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters Oregon - the name-sake for our Little Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in June/Adel.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

All Iowa Shop Hop Drawing

The passports have been counted! - 35 guests visited each of the 94 shops on the All Iowa Shop Hop! That is impressive. 300 guest made it to each shop in at least one region and 600 made it to at least 5 shops.

Now they are divvying up the prizes - over $11,000 worth of prizes. The goal is to have state and regional winners posted later this week and the 5 shop prize winners by August 15. Watch for it at the All Iowa Shop Hop website .

Big thank you to Kevin and Leland, Helio's Stitches and Stuff in Mt Vernon, for organizing and managing this great event. It is a terrific under-taking and they managed it with grace and diplomacy.

I am hearing that 2015 AISH will be the whole month of June again and that there are already 20 more shops asking to be added.

Over 115 shops in the 2015 AISH?! You gals are going to need a bigger coin purse :) :) :)

Baby, it's hot outside!

But remember - - - It's always lovely in Adel - - - plus we have 30 flavors of Gelato at Aldente Toffee!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sharing a request - - -

Sharing this request from a Des Moines area friend:

There are many hurting families & worthy causes but please consider at least praying for these guys if not donating a little money. 
The momma here is the sister of a Modern Guild quilting friend. Their 2 yr old daughter is fine.  One month ago, their then 4 mo. old son was diagnosed w/ SMA.  SMA is a genetic abnormality that results in pretty rapid total loss of muscle strength & control. Which means you can't roll over, or swallow, or, eventually, breathe.  This little guy will die, probably in the next few weeks.
He's been home from the hospital about 11 days now.  It's taking Mommy Jenna, Daddy Jeremiah, G'ma (a retired ICU nurse), G'pa, & assorted others just to attend to him 24/7 at home.
Their goal is to raise $75,000 so main breadwinner, Momma, can also be home.  That will pay their basic living expenses & health insurance for the family long enough to see Isaac through to the end.  They're 1/3 of the way there.
As always in life, it doesn't take any huge contribution by any one person if a whole bunch of people give a little.  I know there are more than enough heart wrenching & worthy needs to go around.  Please don't feel guilty if you say "No" to this one.  But please prayerfully consider if you're being called to respond in any way on their behalf.  And please help get the word out.  Quilters are generously hearted people.  If you choose to donate, go to, Isaac's Fund.

Sisters of the Cloth - Class #1

Saturday was the first class for Sister's of the Cloth. We celebrated the Dresden Plate. Below, see a series of Dresden Plate quilts members brought for Show and Share. In the background, see a video slide show with even more examples of this traditional pattern.

Following our history lesson and show and share, we welcomed Liz Garst for a fascinating story of  her innovative Grandfather, the visit of Premier Kruschev to the Garst from in 1959 and the events that led to that historic visit.

Thank you to Liz and all of the Sisters of the Cloth. We now look forward to our next class on September 20 when we will view a trunk show of quilts from the state archive.