909 Prairie Street, Adel, IA
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Open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm (Note: December Hours are 10 am to 4 pm)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Notion Talk

Bonnie Nelsen is our Quilter Feature this month. Check her out here.  

At our Quilt Circle meeting this week, Bonnie did a demo using the wool pressing mat and Bloc Loc ruler. These came in the next day.
These new wool pressing mats are nice because they heat from the top and the bottom as you press with the iron.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

September Quilt Circle Show and Tell

Joyce is ready for Fall.

Nancy is working on a Fall quilt too but this is just the center.

Nancy also shared this panel from B lock Party Studios.

Lonnie still needs to add binding but this is another version of her pattern Panel Play using a Christmas panel. Shop Sample.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Today only, the shop will close 30 minutes early for a family event.

Jenny O. brought in her turtle rag quilt to show us. Any kid that gets a Jenny O creation is a lucky little turtle for sure.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Flo's Thicket Quilt

Flo brought in this quilt top to show. She started with our panel of timber animals from Thicket by Moda. So cute! 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Friday, September 14, 2018

New book!

My brother Bill, the farmer/author, has not released a new book this year but one of his daughters has!
Meet Marsh and Spice and follow these two characters as they traverse life.

By Jill Schaben and in stock now. Really cute and clever, just like Jill!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Adel Poster

The local PEO chapter is selling these posters, featuring a variety of local architecture, including the front entry of the local quilt shop  :) If you would like to order one, here is the order form.

I framed mine. Fun.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

This week!

Open Sew is Thursday and Friday this week at the Adel Library, 10 am until the last stitch of the day is made. And it's free! Join us.

Saturday is Sisters of the Cloth Class, also at the Adel Library,  10 am to noon.  Historian, Kathy Wilson will be our featured speaker. If you are not previously registered, you may join us for $20. 

Wedding Quilt

Isn't this pretty? Diana W made this quilt for her sons wedding gift.

Monday, September 10, 2018


Calvie is back in school, going full steam ahead again but, last week a virus exasperated his asthma and landed him in the hospital for 4 days. Older brother Jackson made him this card. This is the crest he designed for them. #brothers!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Saturday, September 8, 2018

T Shirt Class

Have you wanted to make a t-shirt quilt but didn't know where to start? Register for our October 6 class, 10 am to noon.

Julia Swallow will teach this class, lecture style. No sewing machines required. Julia will walk you through all the how to's and talk about the best products to make easy work of it.

Call to register. Class fee is just $15 and will be held in the shop classroom.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Purple Bag Winner

We drew a name for our September Purple Bag winner!  Abbie Allen wins this jelly roll.  Congrats Abbie!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Birthday Girl

Brookly was home this weekend so we celebrated her bday a few days early. Can you believe these two have the same parents? When she is home, she and Willow take over the kitchen and cook up some great family meals. Happy Birthday, Brook!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Sunday Sewday

Here's what I worked on this weekend. How about you?

Just quick little table runner made using the Quick Curve Ruler and fusible web.

- - - and this is a demo block to test our idea for the next applique block of the month, "Dollop of Daisy" - We will reveal this quilt at our Fresh Beginnings event in February. 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Labor Day

We will be closed Monday, September 3, for the Labor Day Holiday so we all can spend time with friends and family.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Labor Day Dip

Here is a tasty and easy dip I had at a family gathering in Chicago. I love a recipe with 5 or less ingredients:

Jarlsberg Cheese Dip
4 oz grated Jarlsberg or Swiss cheese
2 T mayo
1 T chopped red onion

Mix at least 2 hours before serving. Great with crackers. It's more like a spread than a dip but would be good with veggie sticks, too.

New stuff

This kit comes with 5" precut strips of the gray with a $2 Villa Rosa pattern, making it affordable and easy. Made by Lonnie K.

Close up of machine quilting by Deb S.

Stars and Stripes.  Pattern shows in red, white and blue. Good pattern for quilts of valor.

What shall we do with his new panel? Below are a few coordinates.

Monday, August 27, 2018

August Open Sew

It was another fun two day gathering of quilters at Open Sew last week. Here's a little bit of what was stitching up:

Sarah D led a group in making little zipper bags from candy packages. I never heard exactly how the packages were emptied. I suspect some grandkids were called into duty.

The wrappers are covered with adhesive clear vinyl and then quilted to batting and lining.

Add the zipper and you have a really fun little bag!

Marti worked on these applique' blocks. It is going to be fun watching this quilt grow!

This Lone Star quilt started Open Sew in 8 large wedges. Nancy J is finishing this for a church friend. Nice job, Nancy!
I worked on coming up with a little cross-body bag for a pre-schooler to carry her Epi pen without cramping her play style.
I also worked on this baby quilt for a friend.

Here it is now, ready for the baby shower. The theme is forest animals and arrows. I think this will work.

Thanks to all who came out. See you next month, September 13 & 14.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

August Quilt Circle

It was another great time with my Quilt Circle of Friends! Here is our show and share for the month:

Nancy H showed this creation using her blocks from our snowball block exchange. Pretty.

Jackie O. made this quilt from blocks gifted to her for her birthday from an online group.

And this state fair blue ribbon quilt made for her grandchild!

Jackie made this quilt from a stack of unfinished butterfly blocks given to her to finish from a friend. It's another state fair ribbon winning quilt!

Of course, the extra blocks go on the back!

Lonnie showed us this pretty pink and grey quilt, just back from the quilter. This is a shop sample and available in kit.

Deb S shared this fun bag and the even funnier story that came with it.

She also shared this quilt, made with snowball blocks from our exchange. Yes, I said snowball blocks. This is the Disappearing Snowball pattern from Missouri Star Quilts.

This close up of the back shows what Deb's grandson thought was the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek.

And 2 more by Deb. These are quilts for baby cousins coming into the family soon.

Celia shared this wall hanging made by her granddaughter for her father. So sweet!

Margaret finished this cute little scare crow.

And Trish shared these two scarves made in our Indigo Dyeing class.

Talk about working to a deadline! Nancy J. showed us this baby quilt, made for a baby that was born about an hour after this sharing! Oh, and please notice she made a special back-to-school pencil name tag for the evening.

Bonnie brought this sashing strip as a tease on her next project.

We were happy to welcome a new member, Flo (not FRAN!)

Flo shared a stack of place mats she made to practice her machine quilting.

She also shared her sweetcorn pot holder.

I shared this jelly roll race quilt. I won this as a quilt top at a gathering of quilters earlier in August and quilted it up using Moda's Fireside plush. It's a perfect match to my living room furniture where it will be residing this winter.

We finished the evening with a demo and then snacked on "treats on a stick", in keeping with the recent State Fair.

Thanks to Jackie O for taking these pics and for all my Quilt Circle of Friends!