909 Prairie Street, Adel, IA
515-993-1170 0r
Open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm (Note: December Hours are 10 am to 4 pm)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Schedule Reminders

We will be closed tomorrow so, better get in today to pick up your supplies. I plan at least a couple hours in my sewing room this weekend!

Also July Open Sew - - - This month, due to availability of the library, Open Sew is the 3rd Thurs/Fri. That's July 16 & 17.

Christmas fabrics are in!

Batiks and Traditional prints from Moda - - 

Batiks from Hoffman and

Ok, these are not holiday prints but they are beautiful new batiks just in from Hoffman.

Plus new charm packs - Lovely Civil War era paisley prints.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Penny's show and share - -

Penny W. stopped in and brought quilts to show us.
This is a Mystery quilt she did through the shop in Manchester, Iowa, The Quiltmaker's Shoppe. Love the pattern and the fabrics!

Then, with the All Iowa Shop Hop going on, she thought we might like to see quilts she made after gathering blocks in  several of the Western Washington shop hops. Aren't they all impressive? - - - And done!!

All the way down the western coast of Washington state, quilt shops coordinate, using the same fabric line printed just for their hops.

Penny has friends that live there and has hopped with them as well as been recipient of some years when they did the hopping for her.

Isn't this an interesting setting? Nice job, Penny. Thanks for sharing.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Retreat Quilts

We are holding all quilt kits and patterns for these two quilts until July 18 for those registered for our fall Ladies of the Lake quilt retreat at Lake Panorama. 

If you are registered for retreat and want a kit, please stop in or call to reserve your kit(s) before July 18. We can deliver at retreat or ship for advance cutting.
This quilt from designer, Quilter by Night, is called Surrounded by Geese. In person, it is really vibrant as it is mostly Hoffman batiks. It comes in two sizes, 57" square (shown) and 81" square. The kit for the size shown is $69 and includes everything shown plus the pattern and binding. A queen size quilt kit is $114. This quilt could also easily be up-sized to a king with an outer border.

We will also feature this quilt, Magnetic Midnight from Seams Like a Dream designers. This will be one of our demos, showing how to make these fun blocks.
This is a close up of a few of the blocks so you can see the beautiful batik fabrics from Moda's jelly roll, Calypso. The black is not solid, it has small tone on tone circles.

The quilt shown is 64 1/2" x 78" and comes with everything shown plus pattern and binding for $89. It is also available in a larger kit, 82" x 95 1/2" for $113. This quilt could also easily be up-sized to a king with an outer border.

With all of the extra traffic we have coming through the shop this summer, we cannot guarantee kits and patterns will still be available this fall so, we just want to make sure all of the retreat guests have an opportunity to snag one now.

As always, our retreat guests have the option of working on one of these  group projects or stitching up a storm on projects already in their sewing room. Either way is fine with us. We love it all.

After July 18, these kits will be available in the shop for all customers.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July 4 - Independence Day

We will be closed on Saturday July 4th to celebrate Independence Day with family and friends. Play safe!
This Civil War quilt will be part of our lesson in Class 1 of Sisters of the Cloth. Class 1 is Saturday July 18.  If you have not registered, call soon.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Reminder for Passports

If you have a passport to submit for the All Iowa Shop Hop, you can drop it off at any participating shop or mail it to the address shown on the passport. Please note, ALL PASSPORTS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN FRIDAY JULY 3, 2015 TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZE DRAWING.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Someone is growing up!!

Taking a little break from the quilt shop for Jackson's annual summer vacay in Adel. Here's a glance at his favorite thing to do with Gpa.  Watch cartoons!

Today! After a little chocolate milk, we are on our way outside to play until the pool opens!

Library Fund Raiser

We have raised about $800 so far this week, welling items made by local quilters. We still have several great items, very reasonably priced to sell.

We add new items every day. Here are today's additions. This is a great opportunity to pick up very nice gift items.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

New Stuff

With all the extra summer traffic, we have lots of stuff going out the door and, therefore, lots of new stuff coming in daily.
New Moda Layer Cakes (10" squares)

Shiny Chandelier! We have it in 5" charms, 10" cakes and 2 1/2" strips of jelly rolls.

I just love it. What should we do with this? It has a Moroccan feel.

Stop in to see more new fabrics, patterns, shop samples and kits. We are keeping it fresh!

Friday, June 26, 2015


I have not posted in 3 days! Do you suppose we have been busy? Busy having fun with both All Iowa Shop Hoppers AND Row by Row collectors!
We are starting to have a lot of guests from out of state. This couple is RV-ing across the nation, planning to pick up at least one license plate from each state. They brought their travel companions in to show.

 Aren't they cute? I bet they are easier to travel with than dogs, right?
And these gals are from Kansas. So much fun being had around Iowa quilt shops!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

July Open Sew - important notice

Open Sew for July has been moved to Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17 due to availability of the library. Please note this change on your calendar!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Row by Row, H2O - Here we go!

We have kits! Kits for our row, kits for the whole quilt and even kits for the individual mini quilts!

We invite you to sign our banner and sign up for hourly drawings. We will also draw for shop gift certificates at the end of Row by Row (Sept 8).
And today is our kick off party - - - go home with a gift bag. The bags have your free pattern, a newsletter with a $5 coupon, a pattern for a zip wallet and a square of Iowa fabric to make it with, a quilter's tattoo, candy and, of course, a bottle of water!

And - - - - - - - - - - - - - We have bubbles!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The votes have been counted

Special thanks to the crew (plus picture-taker Frank) that showed up early this morning to hang quilts for our Little Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

 After a busy and fun filled day of admiring quilts and visiting with guests, it's time to announce the winners from our Viewer's Choice votes. 
In first place is this beautiful black quilt by Abbie Allen from Grimes. This was a block of the month quilt through The entire quilt was done on the embroidery machine! A masterpiece indeed.

 In second place is Marilyn Monroe (quilt on the left in this picture) by Becky Irmenter from Waukee. Becky created this pictorial quilt, using different shades of blacks and whites. Amazing, isn't it?

And at 3rd place is Marti Klatt's from Adel with her applique quilt. This little quilt is heavily embellished with beads and really beautiful in person.

That said, every quilt in the show was a thing of beauty and we thank everyone who let us hang their quilt. 
Second, we asked our customers today to vote on our Just One Block Challenge. We had 30 blocks entered in this contest. Everyone started with a packet of fabric to which they could add from their on stash. Here are the top three.
First place goes to Jackie Orton for this beauty.

Second place goes to Bonnie Nelsen for this original design.

And third place goes to Renee McPhee for this great pinwheel.

Thank you to everyone who entered a block. So much creativity at work! I will post more pictures soon. These blocks will be assembled into a quilt and auctioned for the Dallas County Fair   4-H in 2016 so it's not too late to contribute a block to this project. We need 12 more blocks

Three of my favorite dads!

My husband.

My father

The father to my grandchildren.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Party in the shop - -

You are invited! Monday, June 22, we are hosting a Kick Off party for the Row by Row Experience, a nation-wide quilting event.

There will be hourly drawings, gift bags, beads, tattoos and bubbles! Doesn't that sound like a party?

Here is our quilt featuring our row. Coincidentally, we also have kits of our row, kits of the entire quilt and kits of the individual little 6" Amish quilts.  
Rain, Rain Go AWAY!

The quilts are up!

Another great outdoor quilt show thanks to many of you!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ladies of the Lake Retreat Project!

Carol P whipped this shop sample up for us. She said the pattern is well written and very easy. The pattern teaches the Flying Geese x 4 piecing technique that many of us love to use.

Mostly batiks, the quilt is really vibrant and warm in person. Kits for this size (57 1/2" square) are $69. If you would like one of these kits for retreat, call or stop in soon. We will offer kits to all customers in about a month.

This pattern also provides instruction for a queen size version. We will be happy to provide kits for that size as well.

Thank you Carol!

New Stuff!

Lonnie made this great casserole carrier for us. The pattern is from Quilter by Night.

Here it is laid out flat. Notice the strap connects to corners and the other two corners have loops.

Place the casserole in the center and then pull the strap through a loop on one side - - - - 

and then the other side

All ready to go as the strap becomes a carrying handle! What a great gift idea. It is lined with Insulbrite instead of batting to give it the warm factor.