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Open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm (Note: December Hours are 10 am to 4 pm)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Fabrics

Cats from Dear Stella

Kidz from Moda

Cottontail Cottage from Moda

Fantasy from Timeless Treasures

Pastels with glitter from Timeless.

Friday, January 12, 2018

New Shop Samples

Here is a snowy winter panel, appropriate for this week in Iowa. 

And, looking forward to spring, another panel, this one of the USA, featuring the wild flowers for each state.

Here is a close up of the top left side of the panel, listing each state and it's wild flower.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jan Open Saw

Baby it’s cold outside.  But, we are planning to gather for Open Sew st the Adel library  I’ll unlock at  930.


We have cancelled Open Sew for today due to the bad weather. Today we can stitch together in spirit and see how it looks out there tomorrow.  Piece!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Our Condolences

We were sad to hear of the death of retreat friend, Gwen Graw. Here she is on the left with two of her best quilting buds, Denise and Susan. Gwen came to our fall Ladies of the Lake Quilt retreat for many years and we will miss her friendly disposition. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. May she be quilting in heaven.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Bring your machine and your projects and join us for a couple days of stitching and chatting, this week, Thursday and Friday, at the Adel Library.

Hours are 10 am each day until the last stitch is made!

Monday, January 8, 2018


Fresh Beginnings Open House - Saturday, Feb 17 - 11 am to 2 pm - in the shop and extending into the back of the house.

What is a Fresh Beginnings Open House?
  • An opportunity for us to thank you for your support during Frank's illness.
  • An opportunity for you to hear about and view all of our new block of the month programs for 2018.
  • An opportunity for you to meet our applique specialist, Judy Williams, from Kansas City. She will introduce our 2018 applique program and share tips with an applique demo board.
  • An opportunity to visit with Lonnie about BOM options
  • Brunch hor d'oeuvres and gifts for everyone.
We really hope you can join us to celebrate a new year with Fresh Beginnings.

Note: The shop will be opened from 10 am to 5 pm that day as usual.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

My feedsack quilt

This little quilt is on display in the feedsack quilt exhibit at the Iowa Quilt Museum.  It has a story:

My mother gave me a whole suitcase of feedsacks that she had been gifted from an older quilter friend. I have always been hesitant to cut into these precious sacks.

However, about 20 years ago, I was part of a small group that did a Round Robin project. We each made a quilt center and put it in a paper bag along with a selection of fabrics for the next person to use in any way they wanted to.

I made the yellow applique center of this quilt and included it in my bag with several of my feeedsacks. It was passed from one member to the next, each adding to the center, and this is the quilt top that came back to me.

I always really cherish quilts that include the work of many hands.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Thw winners are drawn!

The first name we drew today was for our Purple Bag Winner of the Month. The lucky winner, drawn from our December names, is Katherine Sharr. Congratulations, Katherine! We have a jelly roll for you the next time you are in.

Next, we drew from our end of the year drawing. We combined all of the names, saved from each month in 2017, and drew 10 names for a variety of prizes.

Following are the 10 prize winners:
  • Renae Godberson
  • Jenny Osler
  • JoAnne Schnebly
  • Jan Jome
  • Colleen Smith
  • Carolyn Bollman
  • Carol Piziali
  • Gloria Risius
  • Phyllis Blood
  • Abbie Allen
Congrats to all. Stop by and pick your prize from our selection, first come first pick!

We just placed an order for more purple shopping bags so, if you have been thinking of becoming one of our Purple Bag shoppers, stop in to get your bag for $4.95 and let the fun and savings begin.

New exhibit at Iowa Quilt Museum - Today through April 15

We're really excited about our next exhibit of...

Feed Sack Quilts!

January 3rd - April 15th, 2018

Curated by Linzee Kull McCray of Iowa City

Feed sacks, flour sacks, seed sacks—cotton bags of all sorts provided the raw material for quilts both past and present. In addition to quilts, this exhibition tells the story of feed sacks through advertisements, ephemera, and the sacks themselves. Artist-bound copies of "Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric" comprise an additional exhibition element.

Meet curator Linzee McCray at the
Feed Sack Quilt opening reception

January 13th, 4-6pm

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served
Your $10 donation helps support the mission of the Iowa Quilt Museum

Click HERE to reserve your ticket

Other Exhibits in 2018

April 16 - July 29 • Playing with Purpose: A Victoria Findlay Wolfe Retrospective
July 31 - October 14 • Blue Ribbon Quilts of the Iowa State Fair
October 16 - January 27, 2019 • Waste Not, Want Not 

Stay connected AND help support the mission of the IQM

Become an Annual Member

Your purchase of an Annual Membership helps sustain the work of the Iowa Quilt Museum in promoting the appreciation of the American quilt and the art of quilting. Plus, there are some great benefits to being a member!

Purchase your 2018 Membership today
to start receiving your benefits!
Individual Annual Membership - $50 ($45 Seniors 65+)
Free admission to the Iowa Quilt Museum for one member
1 single use guest pass
10% discount in gift shop & on classes (excludes full size quilts)
Invitation to sneak previews of exhibits
Iowa Quilt Museum pin
Special recognition on IQM website and in email newsletters
Family/Couple Annual Membership - $75
Free admission to the IQM for couple or entire family
Plus all the benefits of the Individual Membership
Donor Annual Membership - $125
All the benefits of the Family Membership
+1 additional single use guest pass (total of 2)
+IQM logo journal bound in red leatherette with magnetic clasp
+Reciprocal admission privileges at over 900 participating museums through the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association®
Patron Annual Membership - $250
All the benefits of the Donor Membership
+2 additional single use guest passes (total of 4)
+One private, guided gallery walk with curator or museum director for up to 8 people

Monday, January 1, 2018

Welcome to 2018!

Introducing the color of the year - - - -Tiger Lily. Love it!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Comfort Quilts

"Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver." -Barbara de Angelis
A couple weeks ago, I was honored to deliver 26 quilts to Kavanagh House, a residential hospice care facility in Des Moines. Frank was able to pass peacefully because of the excellent care he received here.

The quilts were made and donated in his memory by:

  • Iowa Quilters, an online quilt group
  • Iowa Comfort Quilts, a local non-profit
  • Guests at Fall 2017 Ladies of the Lake Quilt Retreat 
  • Generous and kind friends
All of the quilts were distributed to employees of Kavanagh House. They drew numbers and then selected the quilt they wanted. The feedback I received was that it was an exciting day and the gifts were very, very appreciated.
This is Ashley, Frank's favorite nurse, with the quilt she picked. It was made and donated by Jenny Osler.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Jan Prigge's share

Combining the row quilt pattern from Piece Time and a couple of our row kits, Jan made this very cool quilt for her son the bicyclist.
 Thanks for sharing, Jan!
We have several more of these bike row kits with laser cut and prepared to fuse bicycles at 25% off now.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Lemon Drops

Lemon Drop Cake
This is a cake recipe but I bake them in mini muffin tins to make Lemon Drops, a very refreshing and light dessert.

Mix batter
1 box of lemon cake mix
1 package lemon Jell-O
4 eggs
1 C water
3/4 C oil

Pour in greased tins or cake pans and bake 350 until it passes the toothpick test. Refer to the cake mix box for times.

After baking, cool slightly and then poke holes in the cake with a fork.

Drizzle glaze over cake
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
1/2 C lemon juice

1 - 8 oz tub Cool Whip

1 tub pre-made lemon frosting

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Marti's share

Isn't this cute? Marti says this is what happens if we leave our sewing machines idle for to long!

And another quilt Marti is working on. Love, love, love this!
PS: All set-in seams!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Holliday Sewing

I didn't do a lot of sewing for gifts this year but here are a few things I made.
I made several of these coin purses for friends, trying to select fabrics that made me think of the recipient.

Liv wanted doll clothes so I made her this little flannel mattress, pillow and sheet.

and a a little bunting, bib and diaper for her baby doll. I guess I did not really need to use waterproof fabric for the diaper.

She also has an 18" doll that needs jammies. This is a book we have in the shop, $14.95. The directions are very good and the construction quite simple. The front has Velcro for the closure with buttons stitched on for effect.

Monday, December 25, 2017

From all of us

To all and to all a Good Night (and day)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Annual End of Year sale!

Do you have your calendar marked for our annual end of year fabric sale? 

Cherish the holidays with loved ones but have your tennies by the back door so, as soon as they depart, so can you. Or bring them along!

  • Tuesday, December 26 through Saturday, December 30
  • All fabric cut from the bolt - 25% off.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Open Sew Dates Correction

If you marked your calendar for 2018 Open Sew Dates, please correct March to the 8th and 9th. Sorry!

                January 11 and 12                  July 12 and  13
                February 8 and 9                    August 23 and  24
                March 8 and 9                        September 13 and  14
                April 12 and 13                       October 11 and  12
                May 10 and  11                        November 8 and  9
                June 14 and 15                         December 13 and  14

Purple Bag News

End the year with celebration!

Everyone gets 25% off fabric cut from the bolt during our end of year sale but, if you have a purple bag, bring it in between December 26 and 30 and take 25% off your entire purchase! That includes fat quarters, notions, patterns, kits and gifts!

What else? Well, since it is the year, we will draw for 10 gifts from all of the purple bag drawing slips we have collected all year.  Watch here to see if you are a winner!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Holiday Treats

How cute. Bake brownies in mini muffin tins then use frosting and a strawberry to top.

Open Sew 2018 Dates

Some have asked about our 2018 Open Sew Dates. Here they are. For the most part, Open Sew is scheduled on the 2nd Thursday and Friday of each month but there are a few exceptions so time to mark your 2018 calendars and join us. It's free!

Open Sew 2018
Bring your machine and projects and join us for Open Sew at the Adel Library. This is a free event. Come for one day or both. The room is secured overnight.

Hours are 10 am until the last stitch is made each day.

Coffee plus ironing and cutting stations are provided.

                January 11 and 12                  July 12 and  13
                February 8 and 9                    August 23 and  24
                March 8 and 9                        September 13 and  14
                April 12 and 13                       October 11 and  12
                May 10 and  11                        November 8 and  9
                June 14 and 15                         December 13 and  14

Thursday, December 21, 2017


These are the new fabrics for the 2018 All Iowa Shop Hop. The postmarked prints are actual Iowa towns with their incorporation date. Sometimes colors look dull on paper but these fabrics are very rich in color. They come in April.  Fun.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Another bright quilt!

This is the 3rd and last quilt Deb S needs to complete for Christmas gifts for her 3 sons. In this one, she used the pattern, Nellie's Hope Chest.

This quilt is made from squares and half square triangle unite. The original pattern requires 5" squares for the offset squares. but Deb wanted it bigger. She cut her squares 6 1/2". Great results! Thanks for sharing, Deb.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

November Quilt Circle

Quilt Circle of Friends meets in the shop the 3rd Monday of each month except December. We share a little quilting and family news and then it's on to our favorite thing,  - - show and tell.

Abbie A. shared this beautiful Crazy Quilt made by her grandmother.

Nancy J showed us the wall art she created by wrapping some cheery fabric around a canvas.

and she shared these little sewing kit keepers she made for each of her daughters.

Bonnie created this wall art by trimming and sashing a panel then framing it to hang on her black, white and red room. 
and matching throw pillows for the same room.

Celia shared this quilt. These are blocks given to her by QC members as a comfort quilt after the passing of her husband. We loved the fabric she used to bring them all together so nicely.

Here is Sue's version of a quilt from our Ladies of the Lake quilt retreat. Such a happy quilt!

Deb has three sons and each is getting a large bright quilt for Christmas. These are half square triangle units collected in a QC exchange plus about another million (more or less) that she made.

Some of the QC members are also members of an online group, Iowa Quilters. Members of that group made these blocks and Deb S, Nancy J, Joyce S and Jackie O put them together. This will be a comfort quilt to put in their stash so it is ready to go when needed.

And then it was time to present some comfort quilts. Our 2016 Fall Ladies of the Lake Quilt Retreat guests were each given a piece of ombre fabric. A good sample of that fabric is used on the border of this quilt

The guests were asked to make a 12" block using the ombre and coordinating colors and bring the block with them to our Fall 2017 retreat.

Some of the retreat guests gathered up all of the blocks and made these three quilts.
Abbie A. made these beautiful labels on her embroidery machine.

All three of these quilts were gifted to Nancy J. She has a daughter fighting a very tough battle with cancer. Nancy will pass these three quilts on to her daughters children (Nancy's grandchildren) and her son in law.

Many hands were involved in these quilts, each reaching out to give comfort and strength where needed. Thank you to all.

Marti enhanced the heck out of this panel, a quilt for her husband. Below is the back she pieced for it.

Marti also shared this pretty quilt.
Margaret shared this beauty.

And here is her version of our Barn Quilt Block project. We will be offering this as a bom after the first of the year.

Joyce S showed us this little scenic quilt she created.
Joyce also showed us this pretty quilt of greens from her stash.
Nancy made this quilt using the Disappearing Hourglass Block.
Trish showed us the mini barn quilt blocks she has been painting. She used these to make ornaments for her barn themed tree. 

This is one of over 20 trees that were decorated and displayed at Adel's First Christian Church.

Lonnie did this demo for us. This is the Disappearing Pinwheel Twist, featured in the last issue of Block.
  • Stitch 2 - 10" squares, right sides together, stitching on all four sides.
  • Cut it diagonally in both directions.
  • Measure 2 1/8th inch from the center seam to the left and then to the right and cut.
  • Turn the outside pieces around and stitch them to the center.
This makes a rectangular block. Lonnie used this pattern to make this quilt:

After drawing for a few prizes and enjoying a little snack, we adjourned.

There will be no December QC meeting. The January meeting will be a potluck and game night. We decided to do the sock exchange again, filling fun socks with little gifts. I'll post more on that later.

Thank you to all of my special Quilt Circle of Friends for your companionship and support over this past year. I value you all as my extended family.  

Holiday blessings to all.