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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Still Catching Up!

Everything is now known to me as BTF and ATF (before and after the fall). Here are a few of my favorite holiday events, missed this year but sweet friends and relatives sent me pictures:

Adel hosted a holiday open house last Fri eve and we were so happy to have my brother, Bill Beaman, in house to sign his brand new murder book, 4th in his series. It literally was hot off the press, having arrived only 2 days before the event.
 Customers lined up to get their signed copy.
My family came and decorated and hosted our guests. I always love the luminaries.

And bless her sweet heart, Lonnie made the meatballs we served and manned the counter. Peanoach Winery also provided warm apple wine for us to serve.
 Thank you to everyone that stopped in and special thanks to all who helped make the evening happen.

Then Sunday there was the annual quilt show in the sanctuary of Adel's Christian Church. This year, they featured vintage and hand quilted quilts and it looks like they had a great turn out of quilts!

Each quilt is labeled with it's own hi"stories" which are fun to peruse and read.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Angel Reminder

Thank you for the quick response to help with our Angel Tree. All of the angels were almost instantly adopted and most are already back

Just a reminder, the folks from the local Domestic Violence Shelter will be here Friday, December 9 at 10 am to pick up.

Including gifts for 15 angels, they will also pickup a check from us for $250 for the fund raiser we conducted this year via Row by Row quilt kit sales.

Time to catch up - - -

Here are a few of the quilts coming together at our November Open Sew.
 Jean was just finishing up this Ocean Waves quilt for a grandchild's wedding gift. The colors they requested are blue and orange. Aren't they going to love this?
Sarah finished a block of the month. Nice

Sarah also worked on this quilt made using striped fabric. You cut squares and quarter cut each square.

Then you sort pieces so all the horizontal stripes go in one block and the parallel stripes go in the other block. See a closeup below.

I tried doing it with a layer cake of striped fabrics.

It will make a pretty quilt but not net the same design - - -  because, before you cut the squares, you refold the width of fabric and match the repeat in the stripes.

The next day was our November Sisters of the Cloth Class:
We had two speakers at our November Sisters class. I was so happy to have my cousin Joy bring this quilt to show. It is an heirloom from her husband's side of the family. Labeled and dated for the mid 1800's, it is just in pristine shape and of excellent craftsmanship. She is considering a permanent home in a museum, for it, maybe at ISU.

Here is a better picture of the quilt plus Joy also brought her Periwinkle quilt to show. Another family heirloom, this one was not so well made. The background fabric was too heavy to hand quilt and was puckered (you know - seams with attitude). So, she took the whole quilt top apart, replaced the background fabric and trimmed up the colored pieces. Then she put it all back together again and hand quilted it. Really lovely.

Other members shared hand made items they are working on for holiday gift giving.

This is cool. Trish shared the quilt she made from the 9-patch block exchange we did in our 2015 series of Sisters of the Cloth. I really like what the clam shell machine quilting does to this square block pattern.

This year, instead of a block exchange, we exchanged packets of
3 1/2" squares each month to make a very scrappy selection of fabrics for these six-pointed stars.

This year, we also included a block pattern to follow our monthly program, "Pioneer Quilts, A Comfort through Hardship" by Judy Ann Johnson Breneman·       

Above is the runner I made with my 3 blocks. The center block features a verse and can be turned, of course, depending on how you plan to display it. I think it will be pretty laying across the pillows at the bed top.
After a break for refreshments, Helen Lewis from the Iowa Speaker's Bureau closed our program with an informative and inspiring reenactment of Jane Aadams and her work with the Chicago Hull House in the 1800s.

This has been another really fun series of classes with our Sisters of the Cloth, maybe my favorite so far. I think we are all looking forward to the 2017 series (3rd Saturdays in July, September and November).

Thank you to all who participated. I really cherish my Sisters of the Cloth!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

It's Giving Season - -

Have you heard about Amazon Smile?  If you're shopping on the Amazon website (not the phone app), you can type in "" and designate a charity to receive a portion of your sales. 

It's the exact same Amazon that you'd be shopping at anyway.  

Willow is Board President for NAMI Central Iowa so I would be remiss if I did not point out that it is one of the options :)

Of course you can choose whichever charity suits you. What an easy way to gift others during this giving season.

Monday, December 5, 2016

We have a winner!

The first of each month, Lonnie draws us a winner from our Purple Bag Club members. December's winner is - - - - - Carol Hoover from Dallas Center. She wins a kit for a large holiday wall hanging. Congratulations, Carol!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

New Stuff!

Just in - 4 new panels. Any one of these would make a quick and fun wall hanging or lap quilt in time for holiday gift giving.

This is running yardage. Isn't it beautiful? Below see the fabric from each side, fold to selvage.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Our Big Day!

This is day one of our 2nd annual Holiday Open House!
  • Today and tomorrow, stop by and sign up for our drawing. We have several Christmas quilt kits we are giving!
  • We also have a thank you gift for you, just for coming in.
This eve, 5:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Bill Beaman will be here to sign his brand new Iowa murder mystery, Goats 4 Sale.
  • Also this eve, all Adel businesses will be serving treats and handing out recipes.
  • We are serving warm apple cider and Merlot Meatballs.
  • Santa will be up town in his "party bus" for photo ops.
Great evening to visit Adel!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Another barn quilt block.

Cousin Gloria painted another barn quilt block. Nice set, right?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sip and Sample Adel!

Adel Quilting, 909 Prairie Street, will host Author Bill Beaman with a book signing of his brand new murder mystery, Goats 4 Sale. This murder mystery is 4 th in his sequel of murder mysteries set in rural Iowa. Great read and great gift. This will be the first debut of the book, just now shipping from printer.
Sequel to Iowa Farmer's Wife, Second Chances and Three Little Pigs.

Also in the shop that evening will be recipes and samples of Merlot Meatballs and Warm Apple Wine from Peanoach Winery.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Jackson's new style

Jack asked his mama to give him a "mohog". He loves it.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Another Rainbow Connection

 Mary Almond sent me these pictures. She got a little ahead of herself and put her quilt together, forgetting the little sashing with color stones. It created this beautiful alternate. Compare this to the picture in the sidebar to see the difference.
Here is a close up of the machine quilting she choose. Nice job!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Angel Tree and other stuff

Well, here we go again! This time I really earned the wrist band. Out of the blue, slipped and fell in my own kitchen and guess what? Broke my femur and hip in three places. 

It's a little hiccup in the road but, thanks to our supportive community and fantastic group of Shop Girls, we are still rolling forward. 
We need your help. With this little time out, we have slacked on promoting the Angel Tree. We still have about 10 names left and gifts are due back by December 9. It works like this:
  • You pick out an angel from our tree. These are all folks who will be spending the holiday in the local Domestic Violence Shelter.
  • You make a pillowcase (Renee Godberson very generously made several extra pillowcases for us so you may be able to just pick up one at the shop).
  • Based on the age, sex, needs and wants of the angel you choose, you purchase some gifts to put in the pillowcase.
  • Here's a great opportunity! Lonnie has offered to be your personal shopper. Tell her how much you want to spend and she will do your shopping for you.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This Weekend!

Visit us this Friday and Saturday for a holiday season kick off. We have a Thank You gift for you plus  15 percent off all holiday fabrics.   What else? Lonnie is bringing cookies!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

UPS dropped off a few things -- -

We are really liking this product for printing on fabric sheets. It is a tad cheaper than the Printed Treasures product as well, always a nice perk.

These came to our attention at the DM AQS show and have been a big hit. This is the 2nd re-order on these books. 

My personal favorite long arm thread - So Fine in 3280 yard spools.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sweet Baby --

Isn't this a sweet baby quilt? Made for us by Jenny O, this quilt uses pre-cut 2 1/2" squares. So simple and pretty.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Angel Tree!

The angels are on the tree and ready to go home with you.

Each angel represents someone who will be spending the holidays in the local domestic violence shelter.

We ask for a pillow case plus any gifts you would like to include. We have some basic info on each (name, sex, age, needs/wants).

Stop by soon to adopt your angel and gift back this holiday.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Retreat Comfort Quilts

At our Ladies of the Lake fall retreat, we played a game to exchange pieces of pink and white fabric.Following the game, we each made 9 patch blocks from our collections.

By the end of the 2nd retreat, we had collected enough pink and white blocks to make 6 comfort quilts! Here they are. Some have already been delivered to recipients presently in treatment and the others will be delivered soon.

Put together by Becky S for a friend.

Put together by Donna Lilley for a friend of the family.

Put together by Gloria R. for a future presentation.

Put together by Nancy S for a special friend.

Put together by Moi' for a dear friend, aka little sis.