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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Holiday Quilt

Jenny O just finished this version of Lovers Lane in Christmas fabrics. Very nice! Thank you, Jenny. This quilt uses 3, 1 yard cuts. 

Close up of these elegant metallic fabrics.
We have put together several kits using a variety of fabrics for just $30 - includes 3 yards and the pattern. Pick a holiday bundle, baby quilt bundle or just a fun contemporary bundle to toss on the couch at a great value.

Monday, September 25, 2017

We're back!

The blog has been down for a couple days but we are back now with lots to share!

Let's start with this fun group of quilters from Minnesota, making the rounds while they have their own private retreat at the Exira quilt shop.

Monday, September 18, 2017

September Sisters of the Cloth

It's always a fun day meeting with our Sisters of the Cloth. This quilt history loving group meets three times a year on the third Saturday of July, September and November.

Marti Klatt was our speaker for the September class. She shared a very interesting trunk show of her large collection of novelty and naughty linens.
Here are a couple of her adorable but just a bit naughty linens

This gal seems innocent enough until the breeze blows up her skirt.

Other show and tell included this Texas Star quilt top Trish S. picked up when she was out antiquing.  

Diana W shared the same pattern that she is hand piecing.

Kathy B shared this hobo quilt she is finishing up. The background is:  Kathy's daughter in law had a father who, among many other things, was a hobo for a bit of his life. Kathy made this quilt from his wool suits and wool shirts. She researched hobo signs and embroidered those on to the wool blocks. Isn't this special? 
Linda K. shared this old Broken Dishes quilt. Isn't this a beauty?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fun Fall Samples

Still a few patterns left of these fun Jack O Lanterns. Our sample is done with wool applique and we do have this in stock. However, it can just as easily be done in cotton or even wool felt.

However, this adorable little 12" x 12" quilt is all about the fabric. Lonnie K. made this shop sample for us, featuring our new green-eyed cat fabric from Hoffman. The cats are a metallic gold silhouette.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

New Stuff!

As Fall approaches, so does holiday gift stitching. Here are a few theme related fabrics that just came in.
Coffee friends - - - 

Quilting friends - - - 

and companion pieces.

Wine friends - - - 

and something for baby. We plan to feature this adorable bear fabric in the Villa Rosa pattern, Ginger Snap.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Attention Purple Bag Quilters!

Time for a new Purple Bag Pop-Up Special!

Now through November 1, our bike appliques are offered to you for half price, while supplies last.
Shown here are both the right and wrong side. This is black Kona Cotton that is fused on to Steam A Seam II and then cut in the the bicycle shape with a laser. Regular price is $4.50 each. The Purple Bag special makes them just $2.25 each.

For those Purple Bag holders interested in a fun challenge, use one or more of these appliques to make a small quilt and bring it in for display by November 15.

These small quilts will be displayed in the shop through Jan 15 for customers to vote on their favorite. One vote per customer.

The top vote-getting quilt wins:
  • $50 gift certificate if all of the fabrics in the small quilt came from Adel Quilting.
  • $25 gift certificate if they did not.
Challenge Rules:
  1. Quilt must finish 20" x 20" or smaller.
  2. It can be a square or a rectangle but must be submitted by a Purple Bag quilter.
  3. It must be finished.

We have a few purple bags in stock so, it's not too late to join the fun. Bags are $4.95 each. Purchase a bag and you are a member. Members sign up for our monthly drawings each time they come in to shop plus they are eligible for these pop-up specials.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sunday Sewday

I had a touch of quilter A. D. D. this weekend as I worked on several different things in my sewing room.  I stitched and cut pieces for my Quick Curve quilt, I loaded the long arm with a Christmas quilt shop sample, I made a few demos for Sisters of the Cloth and worked on the below projects.
I finished up this little clutch. It was much easier than I thought it was going to be. Below see the inside. I may make a coin purse to match and give this as a gift.

There is one pocket on the inside. The pattern is very well written and has great pictures. It comes with 1 frame for $19.99. Really easy.

And I worked some more on my flag quilt. Watching it come to life is the fun part!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A glance at Open Sew

Here are a few of the quilts that were coming together at Open Sew last week. Always a fun gathering.
First we have several quilts by Janet V. She probably sews more than any of us. Above is a quilt she made from Quilt Circle exchange  of snowball blocks.
After sewing with us all day on Thursday, Janet went home and made this little block and brought it back to show us on Friday.

Another quilt top finished by Janet since our last Open Sew.
And a little block of the month quilt she just got back from her quilter.

This is a Lover's Lane quilt Janet worked on during this Open Sew. It grew considerably by the end of Friday. It will go to a grandson that loves orange, brown, turquoise and lime green.

Becky S added borders to this quilt. This was a "found and finished" quilt top.

The gals we lovingly call "The Des Moines Girls" are all set up and ready to stitch.

Nancy J was putting together her blocks from our Quilt Circle bom. Each side will have a half block as shown here. Isn't it cute the way she built it around a section of barn fabric?

Sheryl O was working on this stack of beautiful blue blocks.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Quilt Sampler, Fall 2017

It's here! Come get one while the last.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

New in the shop - - -

Featuring hand made Jewelry by Jo.  These rings are mostly sterling silver and in come in a variety of sizes.

- - - - including several pretty necklaces.

- - - pendants

and bracelets - - - - all reasonably priced to sell.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Well - - - - it happened!

Everybody goes school this year, pre-K and K.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Fudgy Zucchinini Brownies

Here is  a fun recipe for the end of the garden. I made this for our company during Sweet Corn Fest and it was a hit. 

This recipe is from the Adel Living magazine, issue August 2017. 

The batter is different than your average brownie batter. It's very dry and you have to mix with your hands so don't think you left something out. The moisture comes from the frosting so, as stated below, make these one day to serve the next.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sunday Sewday

This is what I worked on last Sunday:

For our Fall Ladies of the Lake 15th quilt retreat, we will feature 5 projects made from 10" squares, starting with this beauty from Shabby Fabrics made with cathedral window blocks.
 Here's my progress so far. There are a few steps to get it all together but, when it's done, it's done - - - no batting and no quilting and no binding.  Done.

And I started sewing strips for this quilt to feature at our Spring 2018 Ladies of the Lake Quilt Retreat. This pattern uses the Quick Curve ruler and has been highly recommended to me so, I'm giving it a go.

Jenny O. sent me this picture of her recent Sunday Sewday. A bright and pretty Jelly Roll Race quilt. Love it.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Doing my happy dance because Open Sew is this week, Thursday and Friday, and I get to be there!!

Join us at the Adel Library, 10 am until the last stitch is made each day. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Birthday Girl

This little girl is having a birthday today. Notice the Michael Jackson earrings in this throw back pic.  Happy Birthday, Brook. 
(aka Aunt B).

Monday, September 4, 2017

God Bless America

Happy Labor Day

Today, we are closed to spend time with family and friends. May you all be doing the same.  

Charlie Daniels says it well.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

August Quilt Circle Meeting

With recent life happenings, we missed both our June and July Quilt Circle meetings so, we had lots to catch up on.
Remember this block from our May meeting? I do believe it's a prank. It seems one ornery member turned it in under the name of another ornery member. As you can see, just about everything is wrong with it from missed seams to upside down pieces to  wrong placement of units to questionable soiling.

With just a little starch and a little lovin, (and a lot of picking and re-sewing) the block has been restored to it's originally intended beauty.

Remember our block challenge? Customers voted during our outdoor quilt show for their favorite blocks. Here they are:
1st place - Abbie Allen (#33)
2nd place - Bonnie Nelsen (#7)
3rd place - Lonnie Keeran (#13)

These quilters each won a gift certificate for their effort. These are part of about 50 blocks that will make up the 2018 DC Fair auction quilt.

 Bonnie N came to club, proud as a peacock and rightfully so. She is wearing the ribbons she won at the Iowa State Fair including the Best of Show (below). She detailed how she went about making this fabulous quilt and we were all humbled in her presence.

This is another ribbon winner from the Iowa State Fair. Trish S made this in high school, many moons ago. (Trish, - - - notice I did not say many, many moons ago). It looks pieced but is actually dyed. 

Trish did not fall far from the tree. Here is her mother, Margaret B. with her fair entry. This was a kit given to Margaret by a friend that didn't think she could get it done. Margaret, on the other hand, is a mentor to all of us, especially in regard to finishing projects she starts. Below is her blue and brown beauty.

Cute, right? This is a lipstick canister with a tiny pin cushion insert. Roll it down and place the lid on to store.

This is just one of three. This is a applique flower that Bonnie N. is making to frame for wall art for a room she is decorating in black, white and red.

Joyce S. put together the above strip quilt to use up scraps. Very pretty.  She also finished a couple guy panel quilts (below.)

Nancy H finished this refreshing quilt. Love it!

Dian W has been taking art quilt classes. This one represents the part of her life when she lived in Arizona. The challenge was to play with texture so she wrinkled wet fabric and let it dry, all twisted up, before cutting.

Then it was on to the Barn Quilt Block of the Month we have been doing. Here is Dian's Spool Block above and Deb's Spool Block and her Log Cabin Block below.

Margaret's Spool Block above and Abbie's Star Chain from a couple months ago and her Spool Block


Plus one more Spool Block - Nancy J's?? This was month 12 for this BOM so now it's time to think about settings. This quilt will be a BOM in 018.

Other show and tell included this stack of blocks by Deb. She is well on her way to a Jewel Box Quilt.

 We've been eyeing this big 9-patch quilt by Theresa H. Here it is done, done. Below see the backing. Perfect back for this quilt!

Lonnie K. shared this shop sample she made using the new Moda Grunge Dots. Moda is coming out with even more Grunge dots including metallics. Can't wait to see them.

Becky has been making quilts for grand kids. See the back below  with the fun quilting pattern she used.

This is another for a grandson. After she hurried to get it done for a graduate that was planning to attend ISU this fall, she learned the grandson changed his mind about what college he will attend. He may get a beautiful ISU quilt anyway. 

A couple more by Becky, burning up the scraps. Really pretty colors.

Abbie never lets dust gather around her sewing machine. She just finished this panel for a grandchild. The border of blocks and the multi-border strips really added a nice touch to this panel.

Sue and Abbie took a class on paper piecing a tree skirt. It's coming right along. Only 4 months until Christmas!

 Close up of Sue's.
Love this big quilt by Sue R. We taught this at retreat, using white for the block sashes. Fun to see it with pink substituted in.
These two blocks were turned in. They are part of a block challenge for our Ladies of the Lake Quilt Retreat. You'll be seeing more of these in October.
Celia M. has been finishing panels into baby quilts for donation through her church. So thoughtful.

And she finished this panel for herself, just to remind all that what happens at Gma's house stays at Gma's house!
Kathy M. shared this pretty strip quilt she just finished. Someone commented that it looks like her. See her below? She does match the quilt. A pretty lady with a pretty quilt.

Making an efficient use of fabric, she pieced together the back fabric.

It was another great gathering of friends. We drew for prizes and then snacked on bars and cookies made by some of the members.

As always, thank you to Jackie O, our photographer.