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)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Quilt for a future fireman - - -

Jenny O. made us another shop sample of Strata by B's Caprice. This is a great pattern to use when you want to feature fabric like this firehouse line.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Barn Block BOM

Here are the first 2 blocks in the Barn Block BOM we are doing in Quilt Circle of Friends. These 16" blocks replicate actual barn quilt blocks. It's a 9 month BOM we are testing now and will offer to all  down the road - - - likely next year.
Geese in Flight.

The painted inspiration block.

Eight Pointed Star.

The painted inspiration block.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A gift.

I was recently at a retreat with the online group, Iowa Quilters. Member, Jo Anne, made everyone a luggage tag. Isn't this sweet?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Julia's Snowman Quilt

Julia's quilt has feet! She finished this panel to take to a friend they are visiting in Canada this week. Nice, right? PS: We have this panel and border fabric in the shop now :) 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Out with the old - - -

Dwight Best, also known as D'Best, came today to hang our new barn quilt block on our little red barn. We laughed about him pulling in with his trailer for our little job but he was on his way to a bigger job.

You can see why I was excited to paint a new sign in our recent class. Our old one, made by Laura Brenner, lived a nice long life but was really showing her age.

This is a job we could have mastered ourselves but, the screws were in too tight so rather than strip them trying to get them out, we just gave Dwight a call.

Sweet! Thanks, Dwight!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

May I have this dance?

Happy Anniversary to my best friend.

A Day to Celebrate!

Brooke and Camryn are 4 months old and they are finally coming home from the hospital. These little miracles (and great nieces) weighed in at 2# and under, over 3 months premature.

Aren't they beautiful! Can't wait to smell their little heads.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Quilter Feature

Skip on over to the website to meet our new Quilter Feature, Jan Price!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Moda Block Shuffle

Here are the next 3 blocks. Be sure to check back the 15th of each month for 3 more blocks.

Another Quilty Week in Adel

QUILT CIRCLE OF FRIENDS: Tonight (Monday) in the shop, 6 pm. I will introduce the 2nd block in our new Barn Sign BOM and follow up on a quilt as you go demo as well as lots of great show and tell.

In honor of all of the Iowa State Fair ribbon winners among our members, we will also have corn dog muffins and fruit on a stick for refreshments.

Join us if you can. Class fee is just $5 a meeting.

OPEN SEW: This week at the Adel Library, Thursday and Friday, 10 am until the last stitch is made. Bring your machine, your projects and your snacks and join us! Irons, boards, power cords and cutting mats on an elevated table are provided.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Quilts of Valor Presentation

Lonnie made two Quilts of Valor and then presented them to two of her highschool classmate veterans. How special.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sweet Deals Saturday!

This year's Sweet Corn Potholder is purple! Available in kit now to commemorate the 2016 Adel Sweet Corn Festival, Saturday August 13.

We also have these ready made Sweet Corn Festival towels - $8.95 each.

But the sweetest deal of all?  Bring in your purple bag (or pick one up here for $4.95) and get one item at 50% off! Sweet Corn Saturday only - some exclusions apply.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Sunday Sewday

I did spend a little time in my sewing room on Sunday. I put the final borders on two quilts that you will be seeing soon.

On Friday, however, I had fun stitching with a group of gals from Iowa Quilters online group. This retreat included a challenge to make a lap quilt using a block pattern that has the same first letter in it's name as your own first name. Example - my quilt used the Jewel Box block.
Isn't this a lovely collection of quilts? I was the lucky winner that got to bring all of the quilts home to donate to a facility of my choosing. What a great gift!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset seeks volunteers

The Iowa Quilt Museum is seeking volunteers who can greet our visitors, sell admission and gift shop items, and act as docents in the gallery. Extensive quilting knowledge is not necessary and our cash register system is remarkably easy!  We ask our volunteers to work either 3.5 or 7 hour shifts from once a month up to once a week. To show our thanks, each volunteer is gifted with a complimentary annual membership to the Iowa Quilt Museum. 
We would be so pleased to have more representation in our museum from outside of Madison County! Perhaps you would like to follow the model of the Centerville Guild that has committed to covering one day per month. They gather 3 or 4 from their group and make it a ladies day out by visiting our amazing quilt shops (just down the street) and the numerous other shops on the Winterset Town Square while they are here.
For more information or to sign up as volunteers, contact our museum director, Megan Barrett at or 515-462-5988. And if you know of others who might be interested, feel free to pass his information along!
Megan Barrett, Director
Iowa Quilt Museum
68 E Court
Winterset, IA 50273
Our mission is to promote appreciation of the
American quilt and the art of quilting through

displays of quilts and information about quilt history.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Antique Store Liquidation

Are you an antique buff? Our neighbor, Garden Gate Antiques, is liquidating their inventory this weekend, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.

July Quilt Circle of Friends!

After a little quilty news, Quilt Circle of Friends shared their show and tell.
Diane W. showed these two pictures (above and below) of the 2' x 2' barn quilts she and her daughter Susan painted in our recent class.

Diane also shared her interpretation of our animal row quilt project. She reduced her animal block patterns to make the smaller animal blocks. The names of the blocks in each row are all related to the animals as well.  As example,  Geese with Geese Chase Blocks -- Puss in the Corner -- - Cow Path -- - Etc.

Theresa H. is always making baby quilts for the new arrivals in her ever growing family. This is a panel. Isn't it adorable?

Margaret B, our champion of getting things done, has finished up another very pretty quilt.

Lorna C. has been having fun making trivets. Very cute.

Lorna also brought the barn sign she created in class to show Quilt Circle, her own design.

This is actually a 16" block made from fabric. This is block #1 of a new project we are just starting in club. Each month for nine months, I will have a barn quilt block pattern for members.

This shows our cloth block with the wooden quilt block that inspired it.

Next was a demo of a quilt as you go string quilt.

Stitch and flip strips to the batting and backing of each block.

Trim away the excess from the strips and batting, leaving the backing intact. Then join the blocks to each other, pressing the backing under twice and topstitching down. Next month I'll show the secondary design created by joining all of these blocks.

We closed our evening with cake to celebrate the anniversary of the shop and welcome the beginning of year #15!

It's always a treat to gather with my Quilt Circle of Friends. Thank you to you all and especially to Jackie O. for being our photographer.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Tis the season

Garlic Parmesan Zuchini Chips

2-3 Zucchini - unpeeled
2 C bread crumbs
3/4 C Parmesan cheese
1/3 C fresh basil
1 T garlic powder
1/2 t salt
1 t pepper
1 t red pepper flakes
2 eggs

Cut zucchini into 1/4" to 1/2" slices
Mix bread crumbs,
parmesan, salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil and red pepper
Whisk eggs
Dip zucchini slices in egg and coat in bread crumb mix
Bake on large baking sheet in pre-heated 450 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown

Dipping Sauce:
1/2 C mayo
1T lemon juice
1T garlic powder
1/2 t salt

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

My summer fun - - -

I've been spending about 1 day a week with the grands this summer. You've heard the expression, "Life is short, spend it with your grandchildren." 
My days with the kids almost always include a trip to the park down the street. For those of you in the online group, Iowa Quilters, that's Diane's house in the background.

Swinging is always a favorite.
Memaw only has two hands so, Jackson is helping out.

On a recent rainy day, we stayed in and played super heroes.

The real fun happens while the twins nap. That's when Jack and I do crafts or bake. Definitely feeling blessed.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

More Barn Signs!

I missed sharing this one before and it's one of my favorites! These are Linda's flying geese. Love her colors.

Sue sent me this tulip block. Very pretty.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Purple Bag Quilter News!

It's time for a pop up special for our Purple Bag Quilters, don't you agree?

Now through August 15, stop in for 1/3 off the price of any "lonely last kit". We have several shop samples that are holding on to just one last kit. Be the first one here with your purple bag and it can go home with you! 

We are extending this to include our Quilt of Valor kits. At this time, there are just 5 of those left. 

Hurry in. When the last kit is sold, the fun is over!

Christie Dwyer is our August winner in the Purple Bag Drawing. Congratulations, Christie! Stop by and pick up your prize!

Friday, July 29, 2016

It's another barn quilt block!

Here is cousin Gloria's barn quilt block. She went a step farther and finished her's with a clear sealant spray. Very nice.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Road Trip!

Thanks to friend Diana for getting me out of town for a few hours. We made the road trip down to Missouri Star Quilts. This was one of my favorite things - a mural on the side of one of the buildings.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sunday Sewday!

I finished up this little number in the cool of my sewing room today, the 60 degree runner made from barn border print fabric.

Lonnie taught me a little trick. I trimmed the border print so 1/4"
of the green would be left around the outer edge after stitching. Then, I faced the runner with the backing and batting, stitched and turned it inside out.

After a good pressing, I did some straight line machine quilting but the trick is stitching 1/4" from the outer edge. It makes the green look like binding.
Then I laid out our Grunge Sampler block of the month and started stitching it together. I got it half done and decided to go play on the long arm for a while.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Our Library Fund Raiser

Paula James, our Adel Librarian, stopped by our Quilt Circle of Friends meeting this month where we presented her with a check for $1,000.

This is money we raised in our Orphan Block sale. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the sale as well as everyone that bought!

We love our local library and especially their large Conference/Sewing room!