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Open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm (Note: December Hours are 10 am to 4 pm)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Super Weekend in Adel

We will be closed, as always, on Super Bowl Sunday. However, we have our own Super Weekend planned for you!

Our Bargain Shelf has just been re-stocked AGAIN with lots of new selections. Regular price is $10.99 and up. Bargain Shelf price is $6 a yard but, through Saturday, shop the Bargain Shelves  at just $5 a yard. That is nearly 60% off! No minimum cuts this week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Plus, we've added another basket full to our Clearance Fat Quarter selection - $1.95 each or 10 for $15.

More? Come in on Friday to say Happy Birthday to Lonnie and have a birthday cupcake!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Updated Newsletter

See the Spring 2015 Newsletter on the website now.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Strip Club is back!

Here it is - - - all done this time. This is our next Strip Club project, starting in March. This project will run for 6 months. For $18 a month, come in any time during the month to pick up pre-cut strips to build this entire Full size quilt, including binding.

Choose to do this quilt in Brights (shown above)

or Kansas Troubles prints

 or grey and yellow tones.
To make this into a Queen size quilt, just add a border.

Registration opens today.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Visit us in Adel! Tell us "Happy Local Quilt Shop Day" and receive 20% off one item. Saturday, January 24. Hours 10 am to 5 pm.


We have just been authorized to release pictures of the new fabric designed specifically for the 2015 All Iowa Shop Hop!

We will start taking orders in April or May and fabric can go home with you June 1 or later.

What do you think of this?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lots of new fabric coming in - - -

Cotton kids prints - not flannel.

This panel actually makes a soft book.

Fun farm fabric

New selection of civil war repro fabrics

Classic Red and Blacks

The two pieces on the right end just came in to join the rest of this elegant grouping.

and pink ribbons on a batik!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Quilt Circle Reminder

Tonight is our Quilt Circle of Friends Holiday Party at the Adel Library, 6 pm.

  • Exchange snowball blocks if missed November meeting
  • 3 Heart blocks for gift exchange
  • Salad to share
  • 6 - 5" squares of Christmas fabric for game
  • Archive Get Er Done Challenge Quilt

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Sewday?

How about Friday, Saturday and Sunday Sewday? I was invited to join 6 other quilters for a weekend of stitching at a friends home. Here is just some of the progress:

 Jan was happy to put the final borders on this block of the month quilt by Bonnie Hunter that she started several years ago.
Nancy was making this darling cupcake quilt for a young lady going to culinary school.

 Abbie was very focused and productive this weekend. She finished this quilt top, a block of the month featuring Judy Rothermel fabrics.
 This is another block of the month she is working on. This one, from Hoop Girls, is all done on the embroidery machine.
Janet finished up this Jelly Roll quilt, started by her step-son.

She also whipped up this quilt top, a kit from Posh Fibers.

 Using some of the donated blocks from our Ladies of the Lake Quilt Retreat, Sue put together this comfort quilt.
Gloria, fairly new at quilting, worked hard on this quilt all weekend. When I left this evening, she was putting on the borders. Nice job!

I started the weekend with some catch-up, putting binding on two large quilts and finishing up a stack of exchange blocks. Then I moved on to these.

These small quilts, from the book Cozy Quilts, combine wool and cotton. We plan to feature them in a "small quilt of the month" program starting soon.

Special thanks to our hostess for converting her living room into a great sewing space. What a fun week-end get away!

New from French General - Petite Prints in dark reds and dark tans. Very pretty in person.

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Run Around Bag

Love this hobo style bag. Hangs easily from the shoulder and has inside pockets, of course! I added the ruched flower just for a little splash.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Another great magazine this way comes!

Mark your calendar!
Quilts and More Spring goes on sale 2/3/15 and will ship to quilt shops at the end of January. It's filled with all the inspiration you need from the top designers in the industry along with step-by-step instructions, how-to photos, diagrams and size charts to feed your creative souls. Here is a sneak peek at the Spring issue of Quilts and More

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Magazine!

New from the publishers of Block comes Mod Block. It should be in the shop by the first of February and, if it sells like Block, it will be out of the shop by the next day! Call to reserve your copy - $5.95 plus tax.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Holy Scrap!

This is a quilt I saw on Pinterest. It's called Holy Scrap!

Let's make this the year of the scrappy quilt. "Scrappy New Year!"

Every time you cut a fabric, cut one 2 1/2" strip and stitch it to another. Pay absolutely no attention to the color or style of fabric you add. Just cut a strip from whatever is on the cutting table and stitch it to the previous strip.

Make strip sets of 4 strips each and set aside until you have accumulated several.

I'll do the same and post an occasional pic. Then we will see where that takes us!

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you make a scrap quilt? One strip at a time.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Low Carbing Among Friends

Recipe courtesy George Stella’s “Real Food Real Easy” Cookbook
Prep Time 15 mins / Serves 4
Shopping List
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
2⁄3 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons chunky salsa
1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 avocados
1. Fold chicken, sour cream, salsa, cilantro, and lime juice together in a large bowl, shredding chicken with a fork until your desired consistency is reached.
2. Cover and refrigerate chicken salad for 30 minutes for the ingredients and flavors to mingle, or skip to the next step to serve immediately.
3. When you are ready to serve, slice the avocados in half lengthwise and remove the pit. Use each half as a serving bowl for 1 person, stuffing chicken salad into the empty pit cavity and then mounding heaping spoonfuls over top of the entire surface of the avocado half. Serve garnished with fresh cilantro.
Variation | Give the salad more texture by adding 2 tablespoons of diced green bell pepper or a few teaspoons of diced jalapeño pepper, if you like spice. You can also serve topped with shredded Cheddar jack cheese and chopped bacon for even more great flavors!
calories:395 | fat: 15g |protein: 55g| fiber:3g |net carbs:3g

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Open Sew This Week!!!!!!I

It's this week! Join us at the Adel Library Thursday and/or Friday - 10 am until the last stitch goes in!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Sunday Sewday!

Send me pictures of your Sunday Sewday!

I have 2 spots reserved for January long-arm quilting so, was motivated to finish up these two quilts.  

It's challenging to get a good picture of a large quilt in my sewing room but, it's just too cold to go outside for a photo shoot.

When these are back from The Threaded Quilting Studio, I will post better pics.
This bright full-size quilt will be our next Strip Club project, probably starting in March. Pick up pre-cut strips each month to build this quilt called Morse Code.  Choose to do yours in Brights (shown above), Kansas Troubles (darker country prints) or Grey with Yellow. 

This is a shop sample using flannel layer cakes (10" pre-cut squares). I had originally planned to use one of the leaf prints for the border but tried  plaid and really like it. It's a little bit unexpected and plaid seems to be a big in fashion this winter. Here's a great guy quilt for you!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

New Fabrics

These two groupings above are all flannels. Nice quality from Timeless Treasures.
And this selection of elegant fabrics, also from Timeless Treasures. These are a must see. Even prettier in person.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Deal of the Month!!

Check out our Deal of the Month - on the website now!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Gabe's Muppet

Using You-Tube videos and supplies from Hobby Lobby, Gabe created this muppet for nephew, Jackson for Christmas. He's shown here gazing at the ceiling with his mouth open. Gabe sent the muppet to me to make matching shirts. As expected, Jackson was a little afraid of the muppet but did name him Uncle Gabe.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Need backing fabric?

If you are doing one of our block of the month programs or working on a kit purchased here, now is the perfect time to pick up your backing fabric while it's on sale for 25% off. Sale ends today!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Just 2 days left!

Sale runs through Tuesday. Come shop our large selection of flannels at 25% off! All fabric cut from the bolt is 25 % of through December 30. Lots of holiday kits, fabrics and panels are also on clearance.

Shop hours:  Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.

We will be open on New Year's Eve but closed on New Years Day.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Book Report

This book, recommended in the Des Moines Register recently as a good holiday read, was just that. I finished it this evening. It's a story featuring a circle of friends that quilt together and support each other through joys and sorrows while their husbands are off fighting in the Civil War.  It's an easy read and engaging from first page to last.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

It's on!

Our annual pre-inventory-so-we-don't-have-to-count-it-sale starts today.

Plus several new bolts have been moved to our clearance shelves, just $6 a yard.

All regular price fabric on the bolt is 25% off with minimum 1 yard cuts.

This sale continues through Tuesday, December 30.

Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily  - closed on Sunday.

Another gift stitched with love - - -

Rozetta F. sent me this picture, a gift for a granddaughter. Isn't this sweet?

Did you make any gifts this year? Send me a picture to post.

Merry Christmas!

Livie's first purse - - - from Aunt B, of course. I think she likes it.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Quiltmas!

Twas the night before Christmas, I'm glued to the tree.

I'm wondering what Santa brought just for me.

Could it be fat quarters or a pattern or lace?

Or a quilt kit, I said, with a smile on my face.

And that's when I heard him,"Hi Santa," I said

"You know....good little girls should be in their beds ".

"I know I should Santa, and now I've got caught.

But I was just so excited to see what you brought."

"Well, let's take a look in this room where you work."

He shook his head quickly, And left with a jerk.

I heard him exclaim as he put it in gear.

"You've got enough stuff, I'll see you next year!"

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Just in - - -

Just in, these pretty and light weight circle scarves. Add a quilt calendar and a gift certificate to check someone off your list. Maybe it's you!

A gift of love - - -

Hand made gifts are such an expression of love. Friend Patty sent me this Christmas gift she made for her grandchildren. This little cloth house fits over the top of a card table. Patty added love to every stitch to make it really special.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

I still have my two front teeth so - - - -

Penny W. sent me this cartoon. - - - - Perfect. I think I probably have a sleigh full of fabric and January is looking promising for a month of Sewing Sundays. I'm all set for 2015!

Friday, December 19, 2014

More gift ideas

Here is another great gift, the brand new issue Needle Travel.

Books are a great gift as one size fits all!

Plus we have lots of other great gift ideas in stock now.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It's here!!!!

Just in today, several customers have inquired for the holiday issue of Block so these will go fast. Add a pocket Quilter's Calendar and a gift certificate. You will be a golden gift giver!

Holiday Decor

Isn't this pretty? Colleen E. sent me this picture and I share it with you because of the story. This is a door from a home built in the 1800s where her mother grew up. This door was salvaged from that home before it burnt down. I love memory pieces like this.