|Cats from Dear Stella|
|Kidz from Moda|
|Cottontail Cottage from Moda|
|Fantasy from Timeless Treasures|
|Pastels with glitter from Timeless.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.
"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:
|We have several more of these bike row kits with laser cut and prepared to fuse bicycles at 25% off now.|
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.
1 box of lemon cake mix
1 package lemon Jell-O
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
|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.|
|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!
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|