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)

Sunday, May 27, 2018

New Stuff!

Lots of new stuff coming in as we prepare for the All Iowa Shop Hop, June 1 to 30.
Isn't this vibrant?

These bright coordinates go with. 
And another fun panel. We have plans to trim the top half of this panel and use the bottom half for backing. That will make it approximately 18" x 18"

Monday, May 21, 2018

Fall Retreat planning

Penny W. made this little quilt sample for our fall retreat, using the small version of the Quick Curve Ruler. This is one of the quilts we will be featuring, along with the rulers, at our fall retreats

Saturday, May 19, 2018

More Shop Hop fun plans

Every year, the All Iowa Shop Hop gets better and this year is no exception. Make your plans now - June 1 to 30.

We told you about the free fat quarters from shops in our region. Well, there will also be a free 6" block pattern to pick up at each participating shop, state wide.  Above are samples. Many shops will also cut kits from the new Iowa fabric to go with the free block pattern.
91 participating shop, 91 different patterns! Here's a glance.

Friday, May 18, 2018

A little Show and Tell

Nancy J shared this special theme T-Shirt quilt she made. Cute.

Bonnie N share this fun table runner made for her son. It started from a group that took a class to make this fish and then became a challenge to make something with this fish. Bonnie thought the background fabric resembled sea weed. Good call.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Flowers and Friends

Lonnie gave me these beautiful flowers, a birthday gift, to adorn our front porch, Double Impatiens. LOVE the color.

One of our favorite things around here this time of year are the bluebells. Friend Carol made this counted cross-stitch bluebell pillow for me as a gift. Isn't it sweet?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Thank you to everyone who came out for the Adel Chocolate Walk! What a fun time on a rainy day.

The business owners met following the event and drew names for our 6 gift baskets. The winners are:

From Salvage This: Derek Miller, Adel
From Brick Street Books and Cafe:  Dawn Stonehocker, Earlham
From Brick Street Bakery: Jen Crozier, DeSoto
From Studio Q 360: Beverly Hurt, Redfield
From Adel Quilting: Dawn Svec, Urbandale
From AdelHealthmart: Sue DeMouth, Adel

Congratulations to the winners. Stop by and pick up your gift basket and THANK YOU to all!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Today in Adel!

Lots to do in Adel today and a rain day!

Chocolate Walk, 10 am to 3 pm

Adel Healthmart with gift botique
Adel Quilting & Dry Goods - gifts and gift certificates for mom
Brick Street Bakery - pastries and coffee
Brick Streert Books and Cafe - great lunch spot for soup and sandwich
Studio Q 360 - relax and shop for calming body lotions and oils - schedule a massage
Salavage This - new to our tour, repurposed and restored household decor and furniture

Enjoy a free chocolate sample at each shop and pick up the recipe. 
Hit all 6 shops today to be entered into the drawing for 6 gift baskets, each valued at $50! 

What else in Adel today?
Clay Festival at Penoach Winery
Me and Mommy painting at the yoga studio
Annual heirloom plant sale at Juffer Family Gardens

And in Perry - the Fiber Arts Fair.

See you in a few minutes!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Need a nice gift for mom? These small quilts will be for sale during the Adel Chocolate Walk, Saturday May 12. Proceeds will be donated to the Adel Public Library.

That's a double gift, a lovely decor for the home that benefits our local library!

Also, while they last, we have a hand-made Mother's Day card for each customer:

Vintage and Made Festival in Adel

Doesn't this sound fun?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Happy Birthday !

Happy Birthday to my favorite sister, born exactly 2 years before me!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Open Sew this week!!!!

Bring your machine and stitch with the passion of a kid!

Adel Library
Thursday and Friday this week
Open from 10 am until the last stitch is made each day
Room secured overnight
Option to bring a snack to share
Free and fun!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Parents Day gift

Here's a fun quilt the Grands and I made together. Each colored pictures of them self, their parents and the new family dog, Sven. We're calling this a picnic quilt.
With the scraps from the quilt, I made a new liner for this old basket.

Then filled it with fun snacks in one side and the picnic quilt in the other, a surprise for their parents. Since the gift is for both Mommy and Daddy, we called it a celebration of Parents Day.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

The borders are on!

The Dallas County Fair auction quilt is almost done and it's a big one! With the 49 blocks that were donated, it came to 106" x 106" - a nice King size quilt top.
Always a trooper, Lonnie climbed over the railing to hold the quilt out as far as possible for the picture.

We'll get a better picture after quilting. Thanks to all the volunteers to help put this together, we were able to do the machine quilting right here.

Friday, May 4, 2018

New Stuff!

With all the fun shopping events coming, we have added several new bolts of fabric to our collection and moved several bolts to our bargain shelf to make room.
This piece of Fantasy is back in so we can get this fun quilt kitted up again.

Meraki by Basic Grey for Moda

 Fun animal print and coordinates by Thicket for Moda
Fun metallics for Halloween, Midnight Spell by First Blush Studio.

 A few more pieces by Kim Diehl. These fit in nicely with our Civil War themed fabrics.

Several new bolts of both Grunge and Grunge Dot.

Plus, you'll see several bolts of a new line of blenders called Echo spread throughout the shop.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

It's here!

Every year, it gets a little better. I noticed Millie Kerhli wrote  a couple articles in this magazine. Millie is our guest speaker at our July Sisters of the Cloth!

Stop by for your magazine and start planning your June shopping!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

AISH Special

New this year during the AISH, the SW Central Region (see list below) is collaborating to help you build this quilt top for just $2! It's bigger than it looks - abut 54" x 63".
Purchase one of these special issue patterns for $2 now. Present it with your proof of purchase during the All Iowa Shop Hop (June 1-30) and collect a free 1/4 yard cut from each shop - - Just what you need to make this quilt top.

Each shop has a designated color and it's all done in Grunge and Grunge Dots. Lonnie will be whipping up a shop sample for us soon. Our color is Eggplant Grunge Dot, used in the center of this quilt.

Here are the towns in the SW Central Region:
Des Moines
West Des Moines (2 shops)
Winterset (2 shops)

Doesn't this sound fun?  The AISH magazines will be in the shop soon and we hope you are as delighted as we are to see who's quilt is on the front cover!!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Captive audience

Every couple weeks, I head up north to fill my soul with sweet grand kid love.
The twins and their friend Sky took a moment of down time to hear to new book. Notice Liv has on her unicorn horn because - -- why not?

Later we took their folks along for dinner out at the Iowa Stater. Always a fun time with this gang.

Friday, April 27, 2018

JoAnne's Wizard of Oz quilt

JoAnne shared this easy quilt with lots of built in character when she was in this week. The fabrics are all Wizard of Oz themed and the quilting pattern is called cyclone.

For the backing, she used Kansas sunflower print. This fun quilt will likely be donated to the Des Moines Quilt Guild auction fund raiser.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

German Sweet Chocolate Upside Down Cake

I dedicate this recipe to my brother, Bill. He would love this one!

German Sweet Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Grease a 9 x 13 pan and preheat oven to 350.
Sprinkle in bottom of pan:
  • 1 1/2 C coconut
  • 1 1/2 C chopped pecans
Mix up one box of German Sweet Chocolate Cake Mix, according to package directions and pour over coconut and pecans.

Melt together:
  • 8 oz of cream cheese
  • 1 stick of butter
To this, stir in 1# of powdered sugar (3 1/2 or 4 C)

Drop spoonfuls of cream cheese mix over cake batter. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.

As a follow up, you can try putting it in the freezer to decrease the temptation to snack at it constantly but, it is also good frozen!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

May 12

May 12

Plan a fun day with mom on Mother's Day weekend. Visit the Fiber Art Fair in Perry and look at the quilts hanging around town.
 On your way to or from, stop in Adel and sample some chocolates at the 5th annual Adel Chocolate Walk!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

More New Stuff

Love this new flag panel and coordinating fabrics. Quilts of Valor, anyone?

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Riviera Bag

Lonnie made this great bag for the shop, using some of the new All Iowa Shop Hop fabric.

It has a great zipper top that customers are always asking for.

And lots of pockets, both on the outside and on the inside. Nice job, Lonnie!