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Monday, April 24, 2017

Sunday Sewday!

Last Sunday I spent with the Hill's. Here the little ones are after church. Calvin chose not to wear his new Easter outfit but did select a clip-on tie to honor the day.
This Sunday, however, provided some time for the sewing room. I worked on these little pin cushions. I hope to have a total of 8 done in time for the Fiber Arts Fair in Perry on May 6. I will be demonstrating English Paper Piecing at LaPoste that day, 10 am to 3 pm.
I also quilted these two lap quilts for our June porch sale. This is fabric that was donated to Quilt Circle of Friends to use for just this purpose. I put a purple flannel on the back and now they just need binding.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Spring Retreat Outreach Quilts

At each of our retreats, we do some type of charitable outreach project. These two quilts are the results of our Spring Retreat project.

We asked each guest at retreat to bring 2 bright 2 1/2" strips. We provided the white strips. As guests were working away on their projects, they took an occasional break to sew together a strip or two on this bottom quilt and we had the quilt top done by the end of retreat. Deb S. donated the backing, batting and the machine quilting. 

This quilt (the pink one) will be donated to Warrior Wagons. It's a non-profit that fills wagons with a variety of things that are then given to children in the hospital, battling cancer. You can learn more about this on their Facebook Page - Warrior Wagons, including a link for making donations.

Lonnie K. brought home the leftover strips and made a 2nd quilt (the top one). She donated the batting and backing. Deb S. again donated the machine quilting. This one will be gifted to the chef at our retreat center who will soon be a father for the first time to a baby boy. He works hard to please our group and we wanted to give back.

The work of many hands - - - - 

Friday, April 21, 2017

April Barn Quilt BOM

This is the April Block for our Quilt Circle bom of Barn Quilt Blocks. Although these two blocks do not look similar, they are made using the same half square units, just arranged differently and, obviously, using different colors.

These are the blocks QC members made from the March pattern.
Several "Just One Block" challenge blocks were turned in at our April Quilt Circle. Looking pretty! 12 down and 30 to go.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Our heartfelt sympathy to quilting friend, Karen Lupardus on the passing of her husband, Tom. When it was necessary for Tom to move to Spurgeon Manor, Karen bought a near-by townhome so she could spend her days with Tom. That address is 1006 13th St #212, Village of Spurgeon Manor, Dallas Center, Iowa - 50063

Monday, April 17, 2017

New notions - -

'.Just in - these handy little arrow stickers.
Use them on your ruler to remind yourself where to cut.

They come in a pad like this to separate and use. They can be saved and re-used as well.

Lots of great ways to use these little stickers to help remember to "measure twice, cut once"

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Another new shop sample from last Sunday Sewday - -

Teddy got a bath! Here he is in our new Hooded Bath Towel pattern. Available in kit with pattern,  towels and trim.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Spinach Salad

I have really been enjoying this simple salad:

1 bag Baby Leaf spinach
1 C toasted almond slivers
1 C craisins
Goat Cheese crumbles - to taste
Poppy Seed salad dressing

Toast 1 C of slivered almonds in 1T of butter until golden brown.

Wash spinach and drain completely. Then tear leaves to bite size and toss with Poppy Seed dressing.

Just before serving, garnish with the almonds, craisins and goat cheese.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

New Quilt Sample

Isn't this pretty?
Lonnie made this shop sample quilt, cutting the colored strips all from the same piece of fabric. It is so springy and happy. Had to include the blooming bush in the pictures - my favorite time of year.

Here is a closer look. It is even prettier in person and, of course, available in kit! Thanks, Lonnie!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Attention Purple Bag Quilters!

Bring in your purple bag and shop our Easter special!

Pick an egg from our basket and open it for your gift.

It could be:
15% off your entire purchase
20% off one item
1 free fat quarter or
25% off any kit!

Plus - - - be sure to put your name in our purple bag for our monthly drawing.

This week - Thursday, Friday and Saturday - 10 am to 5 pm

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Are you ready???

Here comes another OOOOOPEN SEW at the Adel Library! This week, Thursday and Friday from 10 am until the last stitch is made each day.  Join us for this fun with friends, old and new!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Final Spring Retreat Post

More quilt tops coming to life.
Can you say "Awwww"? By Nancy S.

And can you say, "God Bless America"? - By Kay Christian

Another darling stash quilt by JoAnne S.
It's always fun to watch the auditioning of blocks.
By Valerie M.

By Janet D.

By Emily P.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Just One Block update

More "Just One Block" challenge blocks have come in. I already like the look of some blocks with white and some without.

I'll keep adding pictures as this quilt grows. Above I added Janet V's and Sue H's to the block made by Joyce S.

If you have not picked up your challenge block packet yet, please do. It takes 42 blocks to make this quilt.

So, if 42 quilters each make Just One Block - - -

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

Sunday Sewday!

I had a lot of fun making this little tuffet pin cushion, about 5" wide. The pattern calls for mini legs made using small cabinet pulls. I have ordered those and, as soon as they arrive, I'll post that picture.

This project comes in a kit that provides the foam center, wooden base, screws for the cabinet pulls, walnut chips, tufting string, wool felt to cover bottom and the pattern.

You start my stitching together the wedges to make the cover. Then slip it over the foam center/wood base and gather in around the bottom. Tuft it with a button and then cover the bottom with wool felt.

Here is my tip: When I pulled the cover over the foam, I didn't think it fit as snugly as I prefer so, before I gathered in the bottom, I stuffed pieces of fiberfil between the cover and the foam to make the pin cushion look nice and plump. It was easy to do and really netted a better product.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spring Fling in Adel

Adel HealthMart will host a Spring Fling on April 7th. There will be IN-STORE SPECIALS, DOOR PRIZES, REFRESHMENTS and a FREE GIFT with PURCHASE while supplies last!

A few new pieces - - -

Anybody working on a T-Shirt graduation quilt?

Full disclosure: We ordered Hawkeye fabric as well but it is on backorder.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Scavenger Hunt Prize Drawing

Six of the Central Iowa quilt shops participated in a quilt shop scavenger hunt last weekend. Each shop is offered a basket, valued at $75, for prize drawing. 
Here is our basket. Inside this little basket is a sewing tin with note cards, an assortment of Aurafil thread, a selection of Black, White and Brights fat quarters and miscellaneous AQ memorabilia.

This evening, the shop owners met to draw for winners. Here are the basket winners:

Adel Quilting - Julie Siefken from Windsor Heights
Creekside Quilting - Jeanette Fisher from Lincoln, NE 
The Quilt Block - Vicki Pederson from Ames
Woodside Quilting - Wanda Bonnes from Indianola
Quilters Cupboard - Joyce Lien from Ames 
Quilt Connection - Linda Loving from Des Moines

The Grand prize, 5 yards of fabric from each shop, goes to:

Belinda Hanson from Nevada

Purple Bag Drawing

We have an April winner! Julie Champ.  Come in and pick out a pack of layer cakes, Julie! Congratulations.

Community Outreach Project

At each of our retreats, we do some kind of community outreach project.
This quilt is a result of the 2016 Spring Ladies of the Lake Quilt Retreat. JoAnne S. taught us this quilt block pattern. Each made a few blocks and I brought all the blocks home with me. Here they are a year later, pieced into a quilt and ready to donate as a Quilt of Valor.

This year at spring retreat, we asked each guest to bring 2 1/2" strips of bright fabric. We are calling this our Tandem quilt as we just kept passing strips around, taking turns adding them to make this sweet little quilt top. It will be donated as a hospital comfort quilt.

We collected enough strips to make a 2nd one of these that will be made into a baby quilt and given to the chef at the retreat center to help welcome his first child.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Women's Club Luncheon today!

A great reason to come to Adel today! Lunch at the Methodist Church basement (across the street from our shop). 

All of the members of the Adel Women's Club bring their best salads and cakes to put together this meal. Side it with barbecue meatballs and you have a very fine lunch indeed.

This is a fund raiser for several local non profit organizations.

Tickets are available for just $6 each.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Just One Block!

That's all it takes!
If we each make "Just One Block", we can put together a donation quilt with ease.

Join us in this block challenge. Joyce S. has already turned her block in (above). Beautiful!

  • Purchase a fabric pack from us ($1 to pick up or $2 to ship).
  • Use 4 of the 5 fabrics in the pack for your block.
  • You have the option to add white but no other fabrics.
  • Block must be a 12" finished star block (12 1/2" raw).
  • Block must be turned back in to the shop by June 10.
This summer, blocks will be displayed for Viewer's Choice. Next summer, the completed quilt will be sold by auction at the Dallas Co. Sponsors Dinner with all proceeds donated to DC 4-H programs.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Retreat Show and Tell

Another favorite part of any quilter gathering is Show and Tell. Here are a few of the quilts from our spring retreat.
Barbara K. shared this little hand pieced table topper, a pattern from our Sisters of the Club 2016 series.
LaRue S. brought this Afternoon Delight quilt to show us. This was an applique bom from our shop last year. Beautiful, LaRue!

LaRue had a few blocks left over so she pieced them into the back. Nice.
This is the quilt we featured at a previous retreat. Deb S. got hers finished it up and brought it to show us. Nice job, Deb!
JoAnne S. shared these two quilts she made. They will be donation quilts to the Quilts of Valor program.

Valerie M. shared this Double Irish Chain. She started this last year at our Spring retreat and got it done!!
 Val also shared this jelly roll race quilt with a twist. Between each strip, she added a triangle. Really nice. Val started this at our 2016 Fall retreat and she got it done! Did I tell you she just retired?
Janet D brought this French Braid top to show. She had started this one at a previous retreat. It really is fun to see these projects both at the beginning and again as they are completed.

Becky E. was working on binding old quilts that she has picked up at sales and had machine quilted.
Weren't these tops lucky to find Becky who was willing to bring them to life and give them a home?
This quilt top also belongs to Becky but it was made by her Great Grandmother. So lovely!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Retreat quilt tops

Here are a few of the quilts that came together at spring retreat.
By Lonnie K. You will see this quilt again with a pieced border. So pretty!
Nancy S. made this Jelly Roll quilt, maybe one of the prettier ones I have seen.
Lois W. finished this quilt top! She has worked on it at several of our previous retreats. Such a big quilt and intricate pattern requires laying it out as you sew and Lois says she does not have a space large enough at home. This is a major accomplishment and a major beauty. Way to go, Lois!
This quilt will also have a few borders added but, the tricky part is done. This was our Grunge BOM by Deb S. Nice job, Deb.
Jo Anne S. is burning through her stash and finished up this top.