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Saturday, June 25, 2016

They're having funQ

These sisters are combining Row x Row with the All Iowa Shop Hop and making some serious progress!

 These three are teachers on summer break. We gave them candy and dubbed them The Three Musketeers.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Are you Rowing?

The nation wide Row by Row adventure is on and runs through September 6. The theme this year is "Home Sweet Home".

See our row across the top of this little patriotic flag banner. We were asked us to think in terms of "home" when we designed our row so I decided to feature our courthouse with the Courthouse Steps block surrounded by our brick streets with the star to mark our county seat. Based on customer feedback, we also avoided applique or paper piecing with this row.

Of course, we have kits for our row - just $10 each plus kits for the whole small flag banner quilt.

And the license plates are back. This year we have two as well as the large display banner that we asked customers to sign and write where they are from.

New this year is The Ninth Row. This is a project that brings charity to all of the shopping. In exchange for a donation to The Rescue Mission, we were given this pattern to use and encouraged to do something charitable with it.

This is 36" wide so it could be used as one of the rows in your Row by Row quilt. However, to be eligible for the contest, it has to be --- - - The Ninth Row.

We decided to make our pattern into a wall sign or runner. We have kits that include the pattern free. With every kit that is sold, we will donate $5 to our local domestic violence shelter.  As a footnote, this quilt was made from 1 pack of charms plus the purple for the center background and binding.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Winners Are - - - -

Finally, it's time to announce the winners of the Little Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show - 2016!

Our show guests were asked to vote on their three favorite quilts, no easy task. 

The results have been kept in a sealed envelope in a mayonnaise jar on the porch of Funk and Wagnall since 4 pm Saturday.

First Place: Bonnie Nelsen for this stunning Black, White and Red Flower Box Medley quilt. Pieced by Bonnie and machine quilted by Julia Swallow.

2nd Place: Tricia Beal Snyder for this adorable and very creative Row Quilt. Both pieced and machine quilted by Tricia.

3rd Place:  A tie between Marti Klatt and Bonnie Nelsen
Marti's elegant violet quilt made with hankies from her collection. Both pieced and machine quilted by Marti.
And Bonnie's happy pink and green quilt with the most beautiful hand quilting I've ever seen. Too bad this picture doesn't show it. Pieced and hand quilted by Bonnie.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

More quilts from our Little Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Elsa by Abbie Allen

Monster High by Abbie Allen

Spiderman by Abbie Allen - She is someone's favorite Grandma, isn't she?
Fall Leaves - by Marti Klatt

A block of the month quilt by Carol Piziali

Monday, June 20, 2016

Challenge Quilts

Part of our display at Little Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show were these challenge Row Quilts made by some of the Quilt Circle of Friends members.

By Joyce Scott
By Margaret Beal

By Tricia Beal Snyder

By Lonnie Keeran

By Abbie Allen
Quilt Circle of Friends also concluded a block exchange of Snowball Blocks this year. A few of the members have made quilts with their Snowball Blocks.

By Jacque Johnson - This one incorporated some of the Snowball Blocks from our exchange with Row Quilt animal blocks.

Marti Klatt made this stunning quilt with her Snowball blocks.

By Bonnie Nelsen. It's hard to imagine these were Snowball Blocks but, with a little diagonal cutting and rearranging, you get this beautiful double pinwheel quilt.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Moda Shuffle Block 15 re-upload

For some reason over my head (which really isn't very far) block #15 loaded blurry this month so, here is a re-do. I will also replace the original.

Our Library Fund Raiser

We sold about $400 worth of hand made items on day one of our porch sale, part of our annual fund raiser for the local library. It's our way of saying thank you for all the time we get to sew over there.

The sale will continue for the next week or two, until we sell out. 

Here is a bit of what is left. Several of these things sold after I took this picture, though and I have new things to add for next week.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Quilts are up!

 Thanks to the help of Julia, Lonnie and Colleen, we made quick work of hanging quilts early this morning. Here are just some - - - - 

Quilt of Valor by Lonnie Keeran

Beautifully hand quilted by Bonnie Nelsen

Chubby Chicks by Marti Klatt

Sampler by Juanita Coulter

Spice by Margaret Beal and a technique block of the month by Lorna Christensen,

Challenge quilt by Marti Klatt

Sweet child's quilt by Carol Meserschmidt

Snowball quilt made from father in law's flannel shirts by Jenny Osler

Flower Box Medley by Bonnie Nelsen next to her "scrappy" table runner.

Hankie quilt by Marti Klatt and Mexican applique quilt by Wilma Tiernan.

Tree farm quilt by Joyce Scott

Calendar Quilt by Juanita Coulter

Christmas Tree by Lorna Christensen and Family Rules by Jenny Osler.

Iowa quilt by Carol Piziali

Woven pattern by Jackie Orton

Flannel by Carol Meserschmidt

Block of the Month by Jackie Orton

Lake House quilt by Tricia Beal Snyder

Flannel Bricks by Theresa Hane

This is all for now but, there are more to post soon.