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Saturday, April 19, 2014

All Iowa Shop Hop

They (those who have volunteered to take it on) have updated the website with info about the June 2014 All Iowa Shop Hop. Skip on over there and see the new shop hop fabric. 

More prizes and more shops than ever. Sign up at the site to receive updates.

Note: The blocks you see are along the selvage edge and, if you look closely, you will see an actual map of Iowa printed as the background. Take a look.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Think Pink

I made this little comfort quilt from one package of 10" squares by Riley Blake called Think Pink. These packs include 12 squares and feature bras, flowers and words of encouragement.

The pattern is from Missouri Star Quilt Co. and is called Double Slice Layer Cake. See the tutorial on their website.

We have 5 kits available of this little quilt with a free instruction insert.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

More new shop samples

Penny W has been doing some stitching for us. Above are a couple season table runners from Bloom Creek.  One pattern for both runners and this pattern comes complete with the Paper Pieces required to make a Dresden plate (center of Christmas holiday runner).  Good value!

Penny also made us this oven mitt pot holder. The quilt block section is a pocket so you can slip your hand inside.  This pattern comes with the option to make 6 different quilt blocks (each approximately 7"). Another good value.  Thank you, Penny!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Is May 3 reserved on your calendar - - - -

- - - - for the Adel Chocolate Walk!!

Visit participating shops for a chocolate sample and recipe. Each shop will contribute a $50 value basket of gift items for a drawing at the end of the day.  Shop for mom, have lunch and dessert at local eateries and maybe win a fun prize for yourself!

see details at top left of blog page.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Gift for Mom

Give mom a hand-made gift. How about a card with a note that she will receive one of these each month? These are perfect to place on a side table and use like a coaster for a cup of tea.

 There is a pattern for each month of the year and we also have each available in kit. Pattern, front, back and binding for just $12.99 each.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Today is 4 1 4 1 4!

That means you should go to Adel today and visit the quilt shop! Of course, I think every date means that.

Here are a few new things you will see:
Lonnie has been busy on shop samples. She made the quilt above from hand dyed strips of ombre (color gradiates from one selvage edge to the other). Looks like an Easter quilt, doesn't it? Stunning - thanks Lonnie!

This is a family tree panel that Lonnie finished out. The panels include cut-outs for the little birds. You either ink or embroider you family names on the birdies and then place on a branch and stitch to the tree. Eventually, the banner across the bottom will read "Keeran Family"

Jenny O. made this cute quilt for us, also from ombre pre-cut fabrics. After quilting, it will have the floral binding as shown in this picture. Love it. Jenny picked up this kit on her way home from work one evening and dropped it back off the next morning on her way back to work. Such a sweet quilt. Thanks Jenny.

Part of my Sunday Sewday included this little bapron (a bib and an apron = bapron). 
New from Moda, these sewing prints - tape measure, thread spools, straight pins, snaps and zipper prints. Very fun.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hexie Coasters

A customer recently asked if we knew how to make coasters from hexagons.  We did not so, do a little "interweb" search.  We found a tutorial on a blog called Melinda Quilt's Etc. 

Here is the direct link to the page with the hexagon tutorial. 
You start with a package of pre-cut hexagons.  Moda calls these Honeycombs. From a pack of 40, you can make 5 coasters. Notice below, each packet comes with a hexie template so, you can cut more if needed.
For each hexie, choose two hexagons and place them wrong sides together for your base. Select 6 more hexies. Press each in half, wrong sides together and aligning two of the straight sides. 

Layer them on top in a spiral.  This is where you either need to stop by and let us show you or check Melinda's blog.  

After layering, stitch 1/4" from the outer edge, all the way around. Trim a little and turn the coaster inside out. Very Cute.
We have pre-cut hexies in stock in Moda's civil war print, Hope Chest, shown above as well as these selections in batik and in the more modern prints of From Outside In.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Open Sew Friday Pics

We always have such a great time at Open Sew. Some come for just Thursday, some for just Friday and some for both. Here are a few of the projects that were going on this week.

Sarah D, both above and below has been feeling kind of bright latetly! The quilt above is a log cabin variation and below is for a cat-loving friend.

 The large "sewing center" at the Adel Library is just a perfect space for us to gather and stitch. They call it the conference room but we all know it's really a sewing center :)  Above, Marti takes a turn at the ironing station and below, Celia is knocking out her braid blocks.

There is plenty of room to spread out and stitch or just sit and chat.

Wanda watched our demo on the hexie coaster and then whipped up a couple.

 Jean machine quilted this labyrinth quilt, using a cross-hatch design and a fleece blanket for the back.

Along with our show and tell, there's always a little show-how going on. Janet shows a drop in guest what she is doing with these bright and beautiful colors.

I was only there on Friday but felt good about getting these shop samples done. Two bags above (Jenny O - I ordered a bolt of this monster PUL) and this quilt below done in Riley Blakes breast cancer awareness fabric and using the Double Sliced Layer Cake pattern from Missouri Star Quilts. Fun.

I also finished the blocks for my red and white 10 Minute Block quilt but missed getting a picture. I'll show it when it's all done. Plus I put the binding on a large quilt. It was just a great day!

Rozetta stopped by and showed us her new apron, fashioned from a man's shirt. Too cute. PS, welcome home to Rozetta who has been sunning in the south all winter.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Towel

Need a quick little hostess gift for Easter? We have these in kit - includes towel and trim fabric, rick rack and pattern for $4.95. We also have this cute little Easter fabric on the bolt.

Deal of the Month

Our Deal of the Month is this marking tape from Omnigrid. It comes three rolls to a package. Regular price is $4.99, now just $2.99 while supplies last.

This tape is great for marking a line on your ruler to help your eye catch the right spot. It pulls off with no stickie residue and can be re-used.
-----great little helper for the measure twice/cut once rule.

Also - skip on over to the website and check out our Quilter of the Month - Marge Pearson. Find it under the Classes and Events tab.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A quilter's reputation - --

When asked my favorite thing about quilting, I often say - - I just really like to make things.  Here is a conversation my 2 year old great nephew, Ryan, had with his dad at the dinner table recently.
Love it.

We are entering the "why?" phase and had this conversation at dinner tonight:

Ry: what's this?
Dusty: that's a fork.
R: why?
D: I don't know why, it's just called a fork.
R: why?
D: because that's what the person who made it named it.
R: who made it?
D: I don't know who made it.
R: Aunt Jacque made it!

Apparently "Aunt Jacque made it" is something he's heard a few times!  Haha!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A few new things

I recently saw a teacher using one of these in class and thought it looked like a really nice "tool" to add to our arsenal. Mother's Day is coming and it's time to leave some hints - - - 

The board opens to include both a cutting mat and a pressing mat.

Making it perfectly portable, it closes, snaps and has a carrying handle.  I like!

New fabric from Riley Blake - a little Noah's Ark flavor.

Are you ready for an outing?

It's beautiful out today. Grab a friend and come to Adel. We have a new Mexican restaurant on the square that everyone is raving about.

Stop by the shop and I'll show you how to make hexagon coasters from hexagon pre-cuts. Easy and fun.

Get your projects lined up because this week, Thursday and Friday, is OPEN SEW at the Adel Library.


Sally Medford stopped by our booth to pick up her shop hop prize. Fun side note, Sally's shop hop partner, Mary Finch, was the winner of the Grand Prize - - - 25 yards. Way to go, girls!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy Birthday, Gabriel!

Happy Birthday to Coach McLaughlin!

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Shop Sample

Diana W. made us this new shop sample quilt. The pattern is Dottie and the fabric is a fresh paisley print from Riley Blake. Such a pretty little quilt, this photo does not do the color justice.

If you break the block pattern down, it's really just a double snowball block - - a snowball block in a snowball block.

Thanks, Diana.

Got milk?

Great-Nephew Gauge decided if he wanted a glass of milk, he would just have to get it for himself!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Show and Share

Cheryl Ashwill brought in this quilt to show. Isn't it nice? Here is the even more impressive info - - - She is making this quilt as a donation to Quilts of Valor - - - - after she hand quilts it!

Saturday, April 5, 2014


I leave shortly for the How To Festival at the Adel Library where I will be teaching Beginners Quilting at 10 am.  This is just one of many free classes going on today at the festival.

After my class, I will be heading north to help Colleen with our booth at the Ames Shoppers Spree. See you today? Here's a few pictures I took yesterday at the show.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Time to set up - - -

This evening, we set up for the One-Stop Shopper's Spree in Ames. Fourteen fun quilting vendors, all under one roof.

We loaded our booth with a lot of small projects and gift items.
We have added several Laurel Burch bags to our gift selection and above is a closeup of one of our new Laurel Burch scarves. They are very silky and embellished with beads. Very pretty and very reasonably priced.

Show hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday.

Find the show at the Holiday Inn located just off of Highway 30 on the west end of Ames.

From I-35, take exit 111 (highway 30) and go west to exit #146 (University Ave). The Holiday Inn is just a few blocks south of the exit.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Door Prize Drawing

Central Iowa shop owners met to draw names for our Central Iowa Shop Hop Scavenger Hunt prizes.  We combined all of the Scavenger Hunt forms we each collected and here is a list of the winners:

First, we drew for the Grand Prize of 5 yards of fabric from each shop. The lucky winner is:  Mary Finch from Ames

Then we each drew a name for a $75 value basket of goods. Here is a picture of the Adel Quilting "basket", front and back view. Seven fat quarters, a layer cake, two books, a charm and a couple scrubbies plus the bag it all comes in.

The winner of our prize is:  Sally Medford from Ames

Winners drawn by the other 4 participating shops are:
Creekside Quilting - Shari Belling from Urbandale
The Quilt Block - Charlotte Sheldon from Johnston
Quilter's Cupboard - Sandy Brokaw from Des Moines
Quilt Connection - Linda Michal from Earlham.

Thank you to all who shopped during this event and congratulations to the winners!

Prize Drawing

This evening is the meeting of central Iowa quilt shop owners. We will combine all of the Scavenger Hunt forms and draw for prizes. Watch for a post of the winners tomorrow!

Sunday Sewday? Not this weekend.

As soon as we closed Saturday, after the Scavenger Hunt, I headed north for a couple days of babysitting with these three. How fun!
The twins are cutting teeth so everything they touch goes in their mouth. Livie finally hit pay-dirt when she found this cup of cheerios left behind by big brother. She was so excited. It was the first edible toy she had tasted all day long! I took this picture with my phone so, it doesn't enlarge well and is not as clear.

The babies both love their jumpie seats. They really go to town. Whoever invented these knows how to entertain and exercise 10 month old babies.
And big brother is always on hand to help.