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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Quilt Circle July Meeting

First, I am proud to announce that, from our porch sale of quilted items, we raised $900 for our local library, a pay-back for all the days we spend stitching together there. Thank you to all who donated quilt items to sell and thank you to all who purchased them!

Now on to QC show and share:
Joyce's quilt from our half square triangle exchange.

Joyce is also a member of an online quilters group that has been challenged to make something from a panel. Joyce simply added a border to the panel for the quilt top.

Then she glammed it up a bit for the back.

Jackie shared this great Quilt of Valor made by a quilter friend and machine quilted by Jackie. 

And another quilt recently finished for the same friend.

Lonnie showed us this little shop sample she just made. She added the little flange just to give it that little extra attitude.

And her backing - more chickens. Cute.

Deb saw this on Pinterest and whipped it up. It's made with 2 1/2" strips so it is Jelly Roll friendly and maybe even a good way to use up left over Jelly Roll strips from other projects.

Read Deb's face - - "Loving the block but not loving the process on this particular block pattern."

Here is Trish's finished quilt from our half square exchange, on it's way to the Iowa State Fair. 

Margaret shared this picture of a baby quilt she made for a great grand child. Cute, long-legged birds!

Kathy shared these little Pack It In bags, a pattern from "byAnnie". Well written pattern, easy to make, practical to use AND very cute.
Here are a couple more Pack It In bags Kathy made for shop samples. These are the small and medium size bags. We have the pattern, stabilizer (Soft and Stable) and mesh in stock.

We have not done a group project for a while so, I gave each member one of our cloth license plates with the challenge to make something with it. If you are a member and missed club this month, stop by and ask me for your plate. Below is my idea for using the cloth plate.

I closed the meeting with a quick demo on the Becca Bag, a drawing for 1 yard of fabric and Orange Cake to celebrate another great year at Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co!

As always, thank you to Jackie O for taking all these pictures and  thank you to all of my Quilt Circle of Friends for being just that.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Other Fun Adel Spots

Adel is fast becoming a fun little shopping niche with all things old becoming new again. Come visit us but plan some extra time to stop by:

Restoration Harmony, 1015 Riverside (down by the old city park).
This business hosts a very nice venue for events (Harmony Hall) on one side of their building. The other side is what they call a mercantile. The owners are house flippers and stagers. Their mercantile is where you can purchase furniture and home dec items used for staging their homes.

Hours are Thursday and Friday - 10 to 5
                  Saturday - 10 to 4

Salvage This, Full of tastefully done, repurposed items. 

Hours are: Tuesday thru Thur, 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Saturday, 10 to 5 and Sunday noon to 5.

Modville: A visit back to the Mid Century Mod 50s, 60s and 70s vintage furniture and home accessories and decor.

Hours are Thursday, Friday & Sunday, 12 to 5 pm and
Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm

Seems the best bet to catch all three open is on Thursday evenings and all day Saturday.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Whisper Double Gauze Batik

This super soft fabric from Moda is two layers of a gauzy like cotton woven together. Perfect for making swaddling blankets by just turning under the raw edges. Ive also seen it used to make a super comfy baby blankie, using a poly batt and minimal quilting.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Sew Pieceful!

You've likely seen our cloth license plate for this years Row x Row event, Sew Pieceful.

Here is a close up of a little zip tote I made using our cloth plate. It took less than an hour to make this from a Lazy Girls Designs pattern called  Becca Bags.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

4-H Project

My Great Niece (daughter of my niece but also pretty great) Sydney spent the day with me in the sewing room and we worked together on this 4-H project for the Sac County fair.

She wanted the super soft back so we backed it with Moda's Fireside plush and then brought it around to the front to make a wide faux binding.  Nice job, Syd!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

New Pattern

This is a pattern a customer showed me. I think we should order it, don't you? Perfect for our new ombre.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Bag Gals!

We love our bags, don't we! These friends were shop hopping together.

Gayla from Erling IA came in today. She made this tote from the Minnesota state shop hop fabrics. Fun to see what other states are doing.
Gayla also showed me this quilt top she made using the 2018 Iowa shop hop fabrics. Very nice.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

DC Fair Quilts

Well, tonight was the night. Lonnie and I melted in the heat at the DC Sponsors Dinner but it was worth it to watch this quilt sell for $1,000!

It was the top selling item so we were quite pleased. All proceeds go to help sponsor kids for 4-H camp and I'm told the extra funding is hugely appreciated.

The quilt was purchased by Olson Body Works from Waukee.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Fam time!

Just home from a great family vacation at Brook's house in Chicago (Evanston). 
My two oldest, Brook and Gabe - - 

And Gabe's girlfriend, also Brooke. No confusion there! Both lovely ladies.

and sweet old Max was around, keeping a low profile.

Gabe's Texas family, the DelaSantos, also stopped by for a few days. Gabe and Eric played college football together and have been coaching football together pretty much ever since.
Lots of time was spent on the beach including a great display of fireworks on the 4th.

Later in the week, the Hill family joined us. The Littles don't get far away from Uncle Gabe when they get a chance.

Must have on any good summer vaca - S'mores and swimsuits.

Thank you to Brook for hosting us all! We're all hoping this will become an annual summer holiday tradition.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Dyeing fabric with Indigo

Who wants to take a class on Indigo Dyeing!  

Maggie Howe from Prairie Land Herbs will lead this fun project. Saturday, August 18, 10 am to 11:30 am. All supplies will be provided for this Make and Take class.

Explore the plant and science magic of dyeing with indigo! Indigo is a plant based dye that's used to create beautiful blue colors. As part of the class fee, we will provide two items to dye, but also feel free to bring any extra t-shirt, scarf, fabric, yarn, or any natural fiber item to dye.  

We will fold, scrunch, or twist the item to make cool designs, then dye it with indigo. Nature's tie-dye! $35, 1.5 hours. This is a SUPER fun and popular class, good for literally any age.

Call or stop by the shop to register. This class will be on the lawn in front of the shop. We are calling this a yard party as there will also be refreshments and demos of things to make with your newly died fabric.

Register soon. This class is limited to 15 students.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July 4th

We will be closed on Wednesday for the holiday to spend time with friends and family.  Happy Independence Day to all!

Monday, July 2, 2018

All Iowa Shop Hop Wrap Up

Another great All Iowa Shop Hop is in the books. Thanks to all who visited us in Adel. 

Look at this fun collection of Postcard Patterns. I already hear these are coming back next year.
Do you have a passport with at least 5 stamps? Deadline for mailing it in is July 9. 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

New Stuff!

A few new bolts just came in:
ombre, folded to show both sides

knitting lambs and coordinates

holiday fabrics - snowmen and toy soldiers

Also new, Kathy H has written another pattern to feature a panel. This time, her pattern is featuring this panel from Moda called Thickets.

For the barn lovers, this is a new panel. The top 1/3 features the barn and the rest is all sunflower print. I trimmed the sunflower portion off and used it for the backing fabric to make this little wall hanging.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Custom Sewing Request

I have a customer looking for someone to make Roman shades. Does any one have a referral for that? Something like the shades shown in this picture.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Open Sew Pics

This is Nancy J's Movie Star quilt. She took artistic license to rearrange the center pieces.
Here is the original pattern lay out. Isn't it fun, playing with blocks?

Katherine was new to Open Sew. A veteran at hand stitching, she is tackling machine piecing now. We enjoyed stitching with her.

I worked on this challenge quilt. The challenge was to make a lap quilt using the small blue print. I backed it with a bright red plush. These quilts will eventually go to a nursing home as a comfort quilt so, I thought the plush would be nice.