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Open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

Saturday, August 17, 2019

New Fabrics

Lots of new fabrics have been coming in for the fall season.


more flannels

and more flannel

And a new group of blenders - Mix.

Friday, August 16, 2019

July Purple Bag Winner

Linda Klein is our July winner from the Purple Bag drawing. She wins this bundle of flannel fat 1/8ths. Congratulations, Linda!

More samples of Bermuda Triangle

 You've seen Nancy Sharr's Bermuda Triangle with black.
And Kathy Hamilton's with white.

Well, here's Deanna Darrah's with yellow! So pretty.

Send me a picture of your Bermuda Triangle or sign up now and pick your own background fabric.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

New Stuff:

New pieces to add to our Bedrock collection. Such a great blender.

Adorable Christmas Gnomes in flannel.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Bermuda Triangle!

Nancy Sharr sent me this picture of her first three rows of Bermuda Triangle. Isn't this striking?
You recognize this as our shop sample down with a white background. Customers are each picking their own color for the background which makes this BOM super fun.

Haven't signed up yet? Call soon - Just $12 a month for 5 months plus background fabric makes a full size quilt!

Already signed up? Send is a picture of your first three rows to post on the blog.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Heads Up!

Open Sew for August is later in the month due to the annual book sale at the Adel Library.

Open Sew for August is Thursday, the 22nd and Friday the 23rd.

Hope to sew with you then!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Tote Bag Class

This is Flo's original design, featuring animal inserts from the Thicket panel.  This bag is now available in kit. Purchase a kit to take our free class, Sunday, August 25, 1 to 3 pm.

This class is in the shop and no sewing machines are required. You will find Flo's tips and tricks very helpful, however.

Call soon to reserve your kit and register for the class.

Iowa Quilters Retreat

Every year about this time, the online quilt group, Iowa Quilters, gather for retreat at a hotel in Story City. There is, of course, a lot of sewing, show and tell and games. There is also always some kind of charity project. This year, we made fidget quilts for an Alzheimer's unit. Thanks to Marcia Burt for all the work she does to organize this fun retreat.

Since the grands live in the same town, I spent nights with them. One evening, they also wanted to sew. They each stitched together two rectangles of fabric and then pretended they were cell phones.

iowa Q

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Commemorative Sweet Corn Potholders

We started a Sweet Corn Festival tradition, looks like 6 years ago, of potholder kits.  This year, the kit is the green one, front right.

Want to hear a great sweet corn cooking trick? This from Trish S:

This is our favorite method. Cut off the stem end, into the ear a bit to remove the part where the husks connect. Leave all the husks & silks in place. Microwave about 4 minutes for an ear, depending on the microwave. Add a minute for a second ear. If I remember, I roll the ear over part way through cooking time. When the ear is cooked, while hot, squeeze the silk end to push out the ear. If the corn isn’t done, it is harder to push it out. If it’s a battle, I pop the corn back in for 30-60 seconds. I wrap the end in a dish towel because it is hot! The silks stick to the husks & the corn comes out pretty clean! 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


Have you ever put your iron in the fridge so it will cool enough to pack for a quilt retreat?
I have.

Australian visitor

We love return customers. This friendly face from Australian was in the states 3 years ago and visited us then. This time she is going home with one of our own original quilt kits, Confetti Thicket, designed for us by Flo Welch.
Here is a recent remake of Confetti Thicket featuring Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Available in kit!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Christmas in July

Now through through August 10 (Adel Sweet Corn Festival), pick up 6 Christmas fat quarters and get one free! 

Shop around for a little holiday cheer while you are here.

Here's a new small quilt made by Lonnie. Available in kit!

Flo made this Woven Wonder for us. Seriously, that's the name of the pattern. :) . Available in kit!

This is Lonnie's Panel Plus design. This one just needs binding to make the edges snap. Available in kit!

and on the back are these cute Christmas Cows.

Remember these guys? Above made from 5" charms. Below, same pattern made from 10" layer cake squares.

 Available in kit!

Well here she is as a mini me, made from 2 1/2" mini charms. This is available in kit and comes with the hanger.

And don't forget, you Purple Bag quilters, come in before the end of July and get a free mini charm pack with your purchase. Limit one free pack per customer.

All dressed up!

These three were recently flower girl and ring bearers in a cousins wedding. The next day, it was back to wading in the creek and smores faces.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Sisters of the Cloth July Class

Are you ready to see some quilts? Sisters of the Cloth met on July 14.
We started with our group Show and Share.
Kris is making little zip bags for work friends.

Jenny is making potholders.

These potholders are personalized with grands handprints.

Becky made her grand a T-Shirt quilt.

and this beauty.

Becky also showed us her pretty Dresden Plate.

Pat made this fun quilt for her son.

Trish designed this hexagon t-shirt quilt. You will see it hanging in the Iowa State Fair.

Margaret also had a little zip tote, this one with a gusset.
Deanna shared her quilt tote.

And Linda showed a comfort quilt she made for a gal in treatment/recovery.

Vintage baby quilts are the theme of the day so Dian brought this one to share.

Here is the same quilt Dian replicated.

Kathy had both a little zip tote and a bag to share. Totes were on our minds today!

This one hand-pieced from little hexagons.

And finally, Carol showed us this quilt hand-pieced from just a little bit larger hexagons. For our group project, we are making larger hexies - 2". Guests worked on these as the enjoyed the quilt show and program.
Next we viewed a trunk show of quilts that belonged to Marilyn Hanson. These are quilts made by her grandmothers. What a treat.
Beautifully pieced and hand-quilted masterpieces. We are so glad she shared them with us.

These two pictures are close up of the previous quilt. Spectacular.

A fun pieced back.
Then it was time for a snack break before our program. Cece Lewis  brought her collection of vintage baby quilts to share. Also a treat! Some of these Cece has made, many she has collected and several she has found and finished or repaired.

Pillow Covers

This is an example of a repaired quilt. Cece appliqued this silhouette over a large spot of sun damage.

Wow! That was a lot of quilts to view in one day and we loved it! Next class, we will have a trunk show of two-colored quilts but the program by historian Katherine Wilson, will be about real life at an estate like Downton Abby.