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Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

We will be closed on Monday, May 25 in honor of Memorial Day.
Lest we forget - - - -

                        And here comes the June charms - - -
Perfect timing for these little guys, right? Completely Iowa-made by hand (on a domestic sewing machine) these little charms are just $16.50 each. Would you make one for $16.50??

We also have bracelets and necklace chains for these charms.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

All Iowa Samples

There are several of us stitching fast and furious, making samples from the 2015 All Iowa Shop Hop fabric. Here are the first couple.

A quiet book with chalk cloth on the inside.

It folds closed and has an outside pocket for chalk and eraser.

And here's our new Kindle Cover.

Made with Soft and Stable interfacing, it makes the perfect little enclosure to protect and store your E-reader

Next is a curtain I made for the shop inside door. 

From the two yard piece used above, I trimmed enough selvage to make this little zipped coin purse.

And how cute is this table runner? Jenny O made this for us. It uses a 60 degree ruler.

This fabric came this week and we are just getting started. Lonnie is working on a bag and a table topper. Jenny is working on some cute placemats and I have a large quilt on the design wall so watch for more to come soon!

You can call to order kits or fabric now. 515-993-1170. Pick up starts with the All Iowa Shop Hop in just 8 days! June 1!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

More New Stuff!

First - Some new batiks from Hoffman

  And a few Holiday prints, also from Hoffman
- - - - and coordinates from Kaufman, designed to compliment the All Iowa Shop Hop fabrics.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Attention Afternoon Block of the Month Members

We are offering these beautiful red batiks to our Afternoon Delight Block of the Month members at 25% off! At this price, stock up for backs and coordinating accessory pieces.

New stuff - -

Glamo Camo. I saw the mint green option made up in a little girls dress at market. Way cute.

Diana W. just finished this shop sample quilt. Love it.

Here's a close up so you can see the USA cut out of selvage fabric.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday today to Shop Girl and Friend, Colleen Eckhoff. There may be a few too many candles on this cake :) 

Where the Cows Come Home

I wrote the post, shown earlier today, before going to quilt market and scheduled it to post today. 

This is a post-quilt market update. I happened across Kathy Cardiff from The Cottage at Cardiff Farms, one of the designers for this book, in her booth where she was promoting this block of the month. I chatted with her for a bit and then took this picture. 

Taken with my cell phone, it's not the best picture but notice the quilt hanging behind her. Also notice that she has just framed one of the blocks in a barn board frame. How appropriate.
We will kick off this block of the month with a machine applique class, probably in August. I think this will be a popular and fun project!

New book - written for a 9 month block of the month quilt. We are considering this for a bom to start in August. Barns are sure popular around here! Get your book now and look it over.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Afternoon Delight update

Lonnie has just finished cutting the block of the month kits for Afternoon Delight. Phew! Was that a big job! And she does it with such fantastic organizational skill. Miles and miles of cutting, folding, labeling,packaging and shipping. Thank you, Lonnie!!

You know what that means? All if these lovely batiks that we have been holding for this project are now on the shelves.

Need some to make pillows, valances, dresser runners, seat covers, quilt back or just because it is beautiful - - it is now available.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Return From Quilt Market

Diana W and I are just home from International Quilt Market in Minneapolis. We came back with lots of inspiration and ideas, ordered new fabrics, picked up new patterns and notions, attended several seminars featuring the top designers and had an all around great time.
This picture was taken at the Moda booth. They had a photo booth and a box full of goofy hats or boas to put on for your own "selfie". 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Scrappy New Year - May 15

Let's re-cap. We started by building this little lap quilt, Holy Scrap, and finished it up last month.

Some of us are starting with this quilt as our inspiration for a larger quilt, though. We have made all of the sections shown above but are making them longer. We need to go wider as well.

To go wider, for starters, I am sashing my sections together. Adding the sashing strips also helps organize the quilt a bit. And I am making more pieced units.

I laid all the pieced sections out and auditioned a variety of colors for the sashing. Looking at a quilt through a camera lens helps get the best view of how it will look sewn up.

Once the sashing fabric is selected, I will cut sashing strips 2 1/2" wide. If you are making a larger quilt, it will take 2 strips for each row of sashing. I like to stitch all of my sashing strips together, end-to-end, measure the length of the center unit and trim all of the required sashing strips the exact same length. That will help keep you quilt squared up.

Stitch a sashing strip to each side of the Seminole pieced unit before trimming the points off. 

Just for reference, this is the Seminole pieced section.

Lay the sashing strip on the pieced section, right sides together as shown below. I experimented a little but found it easiest to stitch accurately with the sashing strip on top as I fed the unit under my presser foot for stitching

First, notice where the fabrics overlap. This is your 1/4" seam allowance.

The sashing strip lines up with the "v" edge of the red setting squares.

Above, I have drawn a line where the stitching will be.
After stitching, lay a ruler along the raw edge and trim off the excess points. Press all seams toward the sashing strip.
Our assignment this past month was to gather up spare parts and pieces from around the sewing room. Here are some of mine - -

These are nine-patches left over from a block exchange, all made in civic war era fabrics. 

These are half square units left over from another group block exchange. These are all brights and blacks.

And these are 5" squares of Civil War era fabrics from yet another group exchange. 

I worked these units into my long pieced sections, sprinkling in the brights between the civil war prints to make sure the quilt looked balanced with the center sections.

As the quilt grew, I realized I could use more units up by making more pieced sections. The quilt started to get wider than it was long, though! Remedy,- - -  I turned my quilt so the rows will be horizontal rather than vertical. Now it is a bed-size quilt which is what I prefer.

Next, see a few of my units laid out with red sashing strips.

This next picture is all of my pieced sections laid out with black sashing strips. Which one do you prefer?

I am leaning toward the black. Why? First, I do think it helps organize this very scrappy quilt. But, also because I already have these cut strips leftover from a Strip Club project we did in the shop.

That's it for this project. Check back next month for some more Scrappy New Year chat and don't forget to send me your pictures and scrappy comments.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Our shipment of All Iowa Shop Hop magazines just arrived!! Come and get yours today. They are just $5 each and at least twice the size of previous issues.

All Iowa Shop Hop Fabric and Magazine

We have just received word that the All Iowa Shop Hop fabrics and 2015 magazine will ship the end of this week! We are very excited to get started on shop samples just as soon as the fabric arrives.

This is the cover of the new AISH magazine. New this year, it includes six patterns that were selected from a contest of Iowa designers. You can expect these to be  considerably better patterns than hosted in this magazine in the past. Plus it boasts over 100 pages this year including fun articles, shop hop map and passport.

The 2015 AISH Magazine also acts as a year-round quilt shop directory. 

I don't know of many quilt shop directories that sell for $5 or many patterns that sell for less than $4 each so this magazine is a real value. 

AISH participants may also download the Passport and a basic shop directory for free from the website.

Monday, May 11, 2015

As if birthdays don't age us enough - - -

Jackson likes to sit on the front step with Grandpa Feenk. Frank told him "The truck across the street is a telephone truck". Jackson asked, "What's a telephone?" 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day 2015 --  Did you know . . .

Mother's Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother's Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday's commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother's Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.

You Know You're a Mother When ...
You count the sprinkles on each kid's cupcake to make sure they're equal.
You have time to shave only one leg at a time.
You hide in the bathroom to be alone.
Your kid throws-up and you catch it.
Someone else's kid throws up at a party. You keep eating.
As you cling to the high moral ground on toy weapons; your child chews his toast into the shape of a gun.
You hope ketchup is a vegetable, since it's the only one your child eats.
You find yourself cutting your husband's sandwiches into cute shapes.
You hear your mother's voice coming out of your mouth when you say, "NOT in your good clothes!"
You stop criticizing the way your mother raised you.
You donate to charities in the hope that your child won't get that disease.
You hire a sitter because you haven't been out with your husband in ages, then spend half the night checking on the kids.
You use your own saliva to clean your child's face.

You say at least once a day, "I'm not cut out for this job", but you know you wouldn't trade it for anything".

Thursday, May 7, 2015


This is from the fabric line, "Olivia" so I had to make a little dress for Olivia! I found this pattern on Pinterest. The bodice is cut from a recycled t-shirt.

In fact, the pattern was designed for the entire dress to be cut from a t-shirt. I think I will try that next for a very comfortable little summer dress.
Our Olive loves dresses. Here she is in her Easter dress which, I am told, she decided would also be her jammies that night.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

OPEN SEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's that time of month! Open Sew is at the Adel Library this week, Thursday and Friday, from 10 am to whenever the last stitch is made.

Gather with us to relax, stitch and chat. No fee but the library always appreciates donations.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

National Teacher's Day!

Carol brought this little wall hanging in to show me. She replicated this from a picture that was given to her by a student when she was teaching. She will finish it up and give it back to him (now a young adult). What a perfect way to recognize National Teacher's Day.

Both my sister and my sister in law are retiring from public school education this spring. Big thank you to each of them and to teachers everywhere for lifetime of devotion and dedication, making a difference in the lives of their students.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Winners Are Drawn!

Following the Adel Chocolate Walk today we gathered to draw for prizes. Each business is giving away a $50 gift basket. The winners are:
From Adel Healthmart - Mike Anglin of Adel
From Adel Quilting - Sharon Garoute of Adel
From AlDente Toffee - Jennifer Walters of Redfield
From Brick Street Books - Devin Hanson of Ankeny
From Next To New - Cara Kazor of Waukee
From Penoach Winery - Stephanie Teachout of DeSoto

Thank you to everyone that came to our Chocolate Walk. It was another great day in Adel!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Win me!

 Each of the 6 Adel businesses participating in the May 2 Chocolate Walk are giving away a $50 value basket, or jute tote bag, as in our case!

Drawing is tomorrow, right after the event ends. No need to be present to win. We will notify the winners.

Close up of bag contents - - - 

Keep for yourself or share with mom. 

Stop by the other participating shops to see what surprises they have waiting for you:

Adel Healthmart
Al Dente Toffee
Adel Quilting
Brick Street Books and Cafe
Next 2 New
Penoach Winery

Pick up your passport at any one of the participating businesses and turn it back in at your last stop. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kentucky Bluebells

What a glorious spring. Our yard is just bursting with Kentucky Bluebells.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Just in!

Spring issue of Quilt Sampler

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ila's Rhubarb Pie

Many of you requested this Rhubarb Pie recipe from our bus trip to Kalona. Tis the season!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Beginner's Quilting Class

Every now and then, we get a request for a Beginner's Quilting Class. This is one we love to teach, incorporating all of our favorite tried but true techniques for CPS (Cutting, Pressing, Stitching). Class also includes straight line machine quilting and binding.

It's a challenge finding a day of the week and/or time of the day for this class that fits every one's busy life.

Give us your feedback. If you are interested in a Beginner's Quilting Class, please contact us by phone or email.  515-993-1170 or

Let us know what day and time works best for you and we will schedule a class.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

It's here!

The new Block magazine from Missouri Star Quilts came in today. We have a dozen copies but they will not last long.

See the round mat under our candy dish? That was made by Joyce S. for our June 20 library fund raiser. Members of Quilt Circle are making things to sale by re-purposing quilt parts and pieces.

This was a round vintage round that Joyce added binding to. Didn't she give it a great new life?

Watch for more fun items and plan to come shop on June 20 during our Little Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show.

Happy Rainy Saturday!

Does soup sound good? Come to Adel today for a bowl of home made soup and sandwich at Brick Street Books and Cafe. 

Al Dente Toffee has also added lunch to their menu of toffee and gelato. 

Stop by the shop for dessert (fabric, dessert, that is).

We are taking orders for the 2015 All Iowa Shop Hop Fabric. Delivery is expected any day now.

Be sure to "like" the AISH Facebook page for all the news and updates of this June event.