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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Open Sew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Open Sew is this week at the Adel Library, Thursday and Friday. Door opens at 10 am and we stay until the last stitch is made.

Hope you can join us!

Farewell to our AQS Friends!

Thank you to all who visited us in Adel during Quiltweek. It was great to see you all on your annual pilgrimage. Hope to see you again soon!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

T-Shirt Quilt Talk

Here are a couple notes that have floated in recently:

If you would like to make a T-Shirt quilt, take a look at the West Des Moines Community Education website. Sue Grant will be teaching a class on T-Shirt Quilts on October 7.

If you are looking for someone to make T-Shirt Quilt or a Memory Quilt for you, contact Beth Hromyak at

Friday, October 2, 2015

We did it ladies!

This morning, A Cedar Falls area doctor called in to the Van and Bonnie show and offered our "Buy it Now" price for the Breast Cancer Awareness quilt.   $1,000!!!

There are a couple of gals on his staff that are dealing with a cancer diagnosis right now and he bought it to honor them.

The quilt will remain on display throughout the show so volunteers still need to babysit as scheduled.

Many hands do good work needs an upgrade - - - Many hands did GREAT work. Thank you again to all of the kind souls that helped make this happen.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

We are ready in Adel!

Welcome to our AQS friends!

We have plenty of Quilts of Valor kits with backing kits as well.

One of our favorite things to do for fall, decorate with pumpkins and mums!

Carol P just made us this adorable fall quilt throw. The pattern is Pickle Relish from the gals at Modern Quilt Relish. Julia Swallow did the machine quilting.

We have lots of show specials. Here's one. This book just full of fall patterns and motifs with the pillow kit is just $19.95.

I love pumpkin wall hangings. This is a fun one using string-pieced squares. We have kits but you could also go through your stash on this one.

How about a complete tower of Halloween fat quarters?

Or a fun new panel? This is Les Meowserable' with two coordinates. Really bright, happy colors.

 A blast from the past, this Pine Fresh quilt made an appearance in the shop last year. We have just 2 kits left - show special, half price.

Plus, if you spend $50 or more, we will give you a free Pine Fresh panel!
Another show special, this sweet little baby quilt is front, back and binding for just $15.95.

Don't forget - There is street parking in front or a large parking lot in the rear. There is also handicap accessibility from our drive-way where you can access the entrance ramp.

Ryans Case for Smiles

Ryans Case for Smiles visited us in Adel last Saturday.  This generous group of quilters showed up at the library at 8:30 am to set up for the day with pillowcase kits, snacks and prizes.

By noon, they had stitched up 57 pillowcases to be given to children in hospitals plus another 25 or 30 kits were cut and folded for their next sew-in.

We thank them for the generous donation of their time and talents.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Check it out!

Click here for more information on our Breast Cancer Awareness Quilt. Not going to the show? Call us or Van and Bonnie at WHO with your bid and we will be sure it gets entered.

Want to "buy it now"? $1,000 and it's yours!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


We look forward to greeting our AQS guests in Adel as you travel to and from the big show in Des Moines. 

We have several show specials, just for you!
  • Free holiday panel with every purchase of $50 or more
  • Laurel Burch bags, 25% off
  • Holiday kits - 50% off
  • Large selection of patterns - 50% off
  • Breast Cancer Awareness fat quarter bundles of 3, $5.95
  • All regular fat quarters, buy 10 get 1 free.
Open until 8 pm during the show, Wednesday through Saturday. for your convenience.  Stop in!

How cute is this?

This little quilt has been floating around Facebook for a while. A friend of Lonnie's ask if she would make her one in browns and greens and so she did!  Fun, cute and well done!

Monday, September 28, 2015

The helping hands - - -

Thank you AQS Show tickets - For each of you that made a block for the Breast Cancer Awareness quilt, I have a ticket to the show. 
Stop by the shop to pick it up or ask us to mail. THANK YOU!!!

These are the special ladies that each made 2 blocks for our quilt.

Margaret Beal
Judi Smith (mailed ticket)
Lonnie Keeran
Nancy Johnson
Jackie Orton
Nancy Hagelberg
Lindsay Beaman
Julie Letvin (mailed ticket)
Lorna Christensen
Esther Boatman
Jenny Osler
Janet Volz
Sue Hook
Caroline Baldon
Deb York
Wilma Tiernan
Jean Vandewater
Deb Semmens
Rhonda Huggins
Sue Risius
And me!

We still need a booth volunteer(s) between 11 am and 2 pm on Saturday. I can get a free ticket for anyone volunteering for any or all of that time period.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Here she is!

This is a large Queen size, 90" x 102".  It will be on display at the Des Moines AQS show this week where you can leave a silent auction bid. Proceeds will be donated to the fight for the cure.

Here is a closeup of the back, also quilt for the cure fabric. The label lists the names of all who contributed  blocks.

Volunteers still needed

WHO radio was able to secure a booth at the AQS show to display our Breast Cancer Awareness quilt. 

We do not want to leave the booth unattended. Many of you have stepped forward but more volunteers are needed to sit in the booth for an hour or two. Below is a list of times we still need to fill:

            Wednesday - any time between 11 am and 6 pm
            Thursday - any time between 3 and 6 pm
             Saturday - any time between 11 am and 3 pm

Will you already be at the show during any of these times? 

If you can help, please call the shop at 515-993-1170 or email me,

WHO will provide free worker badges for volunteers. 

I will post more details for volunteers as soon as I have them - - Booth number, badge pick up, etc. Tomorrow, I meet with the WHO representative to set up our display booth and should get all the details then.

Saturday, September 26, 2015


If you can spare a few minutes today, join us at the Adel Library to make pillowcases for kids. Fabric and treats will be provided. Bring your sewing machine or plan to stop by and help cut and fold pillowcase kits.

We will be there with the gals from Case for Smiles from 9 am to 1 pm.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The work of many hands!!!

Can you believe we put this quilt together in just 2 weeks? Thanks to the cooperation of 21 different quilters! Now to the long arm - -

Volunteers are needed to sit in the booth at the AQS show in Des Moines next week, Wednesday through Saturday. Please call if you can help. We have it divided up into 2 hour shifts.  Call 515-993-1170 if you can help.

If you contributed blocks to this quilt, you will get a free pass to the Des Moines AQS Show. Last I heard, my WHO contact was picking them up and I hope to have them in Adel by Monday. I will let you all know as soon as I know and will mail to you gals out of town.

Show and Share time!

This is Alexia with the pillow she made with Grandma Julia. Alexia helped her grandma take down quilts after our outdoor show last spring so Frank told her to pick out a fat quarter. No surprise, she picked the one with the pink hearts. Julia said it was very important to Alex that she use every bit of the fabric in the FQ. That's a good sign for her future as a quilter, isn't it? Nice job, Alex.

And Deb S. shared this fun quilt. Lonnie helped her pick out fabrics to accent the panel of baby zoo animals. On closer inspection, you can see the quilting design Deb used for the machine quilting is a repetition of monkeys. Very happy little quilt.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

September 26- Big day!

Join us Saturday morning at the Adel Library from 9 am to 1 pm to help make pillowcases and pillowcase kits for Case for Smiles. 

If you can, bring your sewing machine, ruler and rotary cutter  and sew a couple up. Got excess cottons in your stash, bring that along as well. They prefer no flannel. Think kids prints.

Cutting mats and pressing stations will be provided.

Jennifer Buttolph is the Central/ Western representative from this organization will be there to lead the morning. Come for the morning to stitch or just for an hour to cut, press and fold, they appreciate all of the help they can get. Read more here in this excerpt from their website.

ConKerr Cancer is now Case For Smiles

ConKerr Cancer is now Ryan’s Case for Smiles (Case for Smiles) for short. We have a new name, new look and new website, but are driven by the same mission and passion.  Each day, thousands of volunteers across North America work to provide hospitalized children with whimsical pillowcases, giving them an emotional boost and reminding them they are not defined by their illnesses.  With every stitch, every yard of fabric and every pillowcase, we get one step closer to our goal of helping kids with life changing illnesses or injuries, feel better to heal better.  Won’t you join us?

  And then head south to:                                                                 
                                                           WHO'S GOT THE BUTTON?
                                                                          WE DO!
Join us on Saturday, September 26 at 1:PM for the "BUTTON PROGRAM", with Mary Smith the Button Lady from St. Joseph, MO.  She is coming to the TAYLOR COUNTY MUSEUM and will be sharing her humorous program with us.  Mark your calendars!!

                                             Taylor County Museum, 1001 Pollock Ave. (Hwy. 2 west)
                                                    Bedford, IA  50833         SEPTEMBER 26, 1:00 PM

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Quilt Circle Open House

Quilt Circle of Friends had a fun evening, hosting an Open House at the Adel Library and featuring designer Kelly Mueller from The Wooden Bear.
We opened the evening with the show and share of a few of the blocks that were turned in for our Breast Cancer Awareness quilt.

Kelly had a very nice display of many of her designs on bags, bibs, onesies and towels. Behind her above are several of her brand new designs she calls patternettes. They are still at the print shop but they will be available here soon.

 The ladies gathered to listen as Kelly explained how to print some of her designs on fabric and then stitch into a project like her little zipper pouches.
  She also talked about how to iron some of her designs onto fabric using heat transfer. Very interesting.

 And then, of course, there was the shopping. Lonnie was there to help with that. Thank you, Lonnie.

Quilt Circle of Friends members provided bars and cookies. Thank you to this little welcoming committee - Theresa, Nancy and Joyce.

 --- and lots of mingling. It was a fun evening. Thank you to Kelly for visiting us in Adel. Thank you to our guests. Thank you to Quilt Circle for the treats and the help cleaning up and Thank you to Jackie O. for taking and sending me these pictures.

Love my Quilt Circle of Friends.

Well over half way - - - -

By the time this posts, I hope to have the remaining blocks turned in. We have 3 more rows to add. 

There will be one block in each row that has the dark grey accent fabric. The bottom three blocks shown here will be inserted in those last three rows.
This has been such a treat to work on. Each block is very well made and there are no two alike. I wasn't sure about the dark grey but now I think it gives just the accent needed.

Monday, September 21, 2015


We just received confirmation from the American Quilt Society that they will provide a booth for our Breast Cancer Awareness Quilt to be displayed during the Des Moines AQS Show! As you-know-who would say, this is huge!! WHO radio will conduct a silent auction of the quilt. They are looking for volunteers to man the booth during the show for 2 hour stints. Please contact me soon if you are interested in babysitting the quilt for any 2 hour period during the DM AQS Show, Sept 30 through Oct 3.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

You are invited!

You don't want to miss this - - - - plus, it's free!
Kelly Mueller from The Wooden Bear Designs will join us at the Adel Library (1/2 block south of the shop) on Monday, Sept. 21.

Presentation begins at 6 pm. Quilt Circle of Friends is hosting this event and will provide refreshments.

Friday, September 18, 2015

The work of many hands!

Here's the first 12 blocks. We are expecting 42 so this quilt has a ways to grow. Please send or drop off your blocks as soon as you can. I'd like to work on this on Sunday Sewday!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Quilting For Cancer (Bonnie's blog 9/17/15) | Van and Bonnie in the Morning on WHO Radio

Quilting For Cancer (Bonnie's blog 9/17/15) | Van and Bonnie in the Morning on WHO Radio

I had a nice visit with Van and Bonnie this morning, spreading the news about our community Breast Cancer Awareness quilt.

It's a boy!

Made you look, didn't I?
We've been babysitting a chrysalis for our neighbor who is participating in a save the Monarchs program.

This morning, he broke free.

We took him outside and let him go.

We can tell this is a male by the oval shaped dots in the orange part of his wings.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Show and Tell Block

Jan J. brought this block in to show. Remember this pattern? Jan reshaped her hearts and they almost look like Aspen leaves. Such a pretty fall block and so easy - - - - applique hearts on a pinwheel background. Thanks for sharing, Jan.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

It's starting to grow - - - -

Here are the first 6 blocks in our Breast Cancer Awareness Quilt. There will be 42.

I am working on making 89 of these sashing units while some of you are working on the blocks.

In this pic, I am auditioning different fabrics for the sashing cornerstones. Plain white might also be a nice choice. What do you think?


Thursday and Friday at the Adel Library, 10 am until the last stitch is made! Feel free to drop in for an hour or so or leave your machine in a securely locked room overnight and come for both days. Nothing but fun to be had.

Monday, September 14, 2015

A few more new samples

This is what I have been working on the last couple of Sunday Sewdays.
I used double brushed flannel to make this bolster pillow from the book, Pumpkin Patch Threads. This little $10 book is just full of great fall ideas, patterns and motifs.
This quilt pattern is a free download from Studio E fabrics. I think it's just sweet as can be. We featured the Momasa line, one of my current favorites. We have this in kit which includes the pattern and a handy fabric reference sheet.
We all know it, the holidays are just around the corner! Here is a little Christmas quilt Lonnie K. made using Hoffman 2 1/2" pre-cut strips. We have this one kitted as well. This is much prettier in person with gold metallic highlights in the fabric. Thanks, Lonnie!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Customer Scott B, shown above, came in one day and asked for help picking fabrics for a quilt he designed. He is chaplain for a group of Lakota Indians who have a ministry of teaching children to sew. He provided the fabric and pattern for this group to make him his own quilt to cherish now and be buried in some day.

Full of symbolism, the center looks like a turtle because the United States was once known as the Turtle Nation to Lakota tribes due to it's shape.

Scott was very happy with the way it turned out and I was very pleased to be a part of it. Nice job, ladies.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Quilters never cease to amaze me!

We needed 20 quilters to make 40 blocks (plus the two I made) for our Breast Cancer Awareness Quilt and, in 24 hours, we got it!

Thank you to all who stepped up and all who were planning to. We have sold all 20 of our block kits and have closed the project.

WHO is offering 20 tickets for all who turn in blocks from our kits so we don't want to go over that number.

Thank you, thank you , thank you! I wish there was a bigger word!

We have confirmation

We have confirmation! Everyone contributing two blocks to our Breast Cancer Awareness quilt will get one free ticket to the 
Des Moines AQS Show! Contact us for details.
Ask us for a fabric pack to make two blocks - $2.50 - You choose the block pattern(s). But hurry, we only have two weeks to collect 42 blocks!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Quick Reminder - - -

Due to a schedule conflict with the Adel Library, September Open Sew is next week.

Fun stuff - -

Quilter friends, Marti and Bonnie, share part of a long driveway. As it nears their homes, the drive splits. Marti's husband made this sign to post at the "Y" in the road. Bonnie's address is 32878 and Marti's is 32080.

Anyone who knows these two knows that they have a friendly competitive relationship. It seems that occasionally, extra signs appear as shown here with maybe some questionable info - - - Marti did win 1st place by viewer's choice in our Little Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show and Bonnie won 2nd place (not 3rd) in the block contest at the same show. Hmm - - wonder who posted those hand written comments??

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Just as I was contemplating doing a fund raising quilt for Breast Cancer Awareness month, I got a call from WHO radio looking to do the same. They want a quilt to feature during the Des Moines AQS show and then sell/auction as a fund raiser.

Here is the plan - - - you pick up a packet of Quilt for the Cure fabrics from us and make 2 - 12" finished blocks. We need a total of 42 blocks. The fabric packets cost $2.50 and have plenty of fabric to make it easy for you to choose a pattern and make both blocks.

We will be happy to ship packets for just another .50 cents. We also have several block patterns that we can provide to you by email or you can do your own pattern. The blocks just need to finish 12" (12 1/2" unfinished).

We want each block to be unique so, even if you make 2 of the same block pattern, switching color placement will make it look like two different blocks.

Here is the big catch!  WE ONLY HAVE TWO WEEKS to make the blocks. Besides the reward of many hands participating in this cause, there is also talk of pretty fine prizes. WHO is still confirming that so I won't say until I know for certain.

Come in today or call us (515-993-1170) to get packets for your two blocks! 

Here are a few samples of 12" finished blocks. Ask us and we can provide cutting instructions for these blocks. Your blocks will need to be made from just the fabric we provide in your fabric packets so will have different coloration than shown here.