909 Prairie Street, Adel, IA
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Open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm (Note: December Hours are 10 am to 4 pm)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Monday - Labor Day

We will be open on Monday - 10 am to 5 pm

More prize winner -

Each of the 5 shops in the Central Iowa Customer Appreciation Days drew for $25 gift certificates - 4 from each shop!  Previously, I posted winners from Adel Quilting, Creekside and Quilt Block. Here are the four winners from Ankeny and Ames:

Quilter's Cupboard - Ankeny
Marilyn Zeigler 
Vivian Storjohann
Pamela Schroeder
Constance Vandekrol

Quilt Connection - Ames
Julie Whipple of Ankeny
Becky Staedtler of Ames
Donita Link of Maxwell
Eileen Faux of Mingo

Congrats to all!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Best value in the bizz - - -

Magazines - Full of patterns and tips for under $7!

Also just in - MaryJane Farms. It's not like we can all be out working in our gardens, right? Come grab a magazine to enjoy with a nice cup of coffee or cup of tea.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Calvie and his blankie

Calvie has not been feeling well lately. He caught a bug that settled in his eye. He's on the mend now - - - eating, running, imitating his older brother - - Over the weekend, Memaw whipped up a quick comfort blankie just for him. I think he likes it!

These are blankies I have been making lately, using a focus fabric for the front and Moda's plush Fireside for the back.

I cut the top the exact size I want it to finish. Usually about 42" x 54".  No need to even trim away the selvage because you are going to wrap the back to the front and it will be covered.

Then I layer the focus fabric with Fireside and batting. I make sure the Fireside (plush back) is at least 3" to 4" bigger than the quilt top on all 4 sides
Then I machine quilt, making sure to stitch up to the edge of the focus fabric but not beyond. Quilting beyond would quilt the batting to the backing, making it difficult to trim away excess batting later.

The final step is to cut away the excess batting and trim the edges of the Fireside to leave 2 1/2" on each of the 4 sides. I fold that 2 1/2" around to the front side, pin really well and stitch it down, stitching through all layers thus creating a wide binding of the plush. Because Fireside is a polyester product, no need to turn under the raw edges before stitching.

When I come to the corners, I fold to make a miter and stitch it down. From start to finish, it takes less than 2 hours and makes a really snugly little gift.

Monday, August 25, 2014

More winners to report - - -

Here are some more winners from last weekends Customer Appreciation Days. Each wins a $25 gift certificate!

From Quilt Block:
Betty Jolly
Janet Jones
Kathy Betterton 
Christie Dwyer

From Creekside Quilting:
Rhonda Rascon
Alma Ziebell
Linda Brower
Roxie Hester

Watch for winners from Quilters Cupboard and Quilt Connection to be announced soon.

Sunday Sewday

Remember this online block of the month?

Here is the original as shown on Each month teaches a technique, most done old school which is not a bad way to learn. Every block is a different size though, making it tough to fit together.
I wanted to do a different lay out with mine. Still a work in progress but this is what I have come up with so far. The flying geese are just laid out and need re-sized but, it's on my Archive Get Er Done list so, getting there.

Friend Patty and I have been using this project to get together and stitch. We are meeting again soon to hopefully put this project to bed (or is that - - - finished and on the bed?)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fun week-end!

Thank you to all who stopped in during Customer Appreciation Days! 

We drew names this evening for the four $25 gift certificates to Adel Quilting.  Here they are. Congratulations!

Pat Werner - Osceola
Nancy Hagelberg - Adel
Kathy Stanley - Adel
Margaret Page - Des Moines

As soon as I hear the names of the winners from the other 4 shops, I will post.

Our customers are more than just shoppers.  They are friends with whom we share a commonality, the love of all things thready. We are fortunate to be a part of this event as it allows us to take a minute to say:

Thank you for your business!!!!!

We also appreciate your feedback. Comments, both negative and positive, are welcome in regard to the two annual events we host, Central Iowa Spring Scavenger Hunt and Central Iowa Customer Appreciation Days. Please share your thoughts by comment here or shoot us an email.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Another comfort quilt ready to deliver - - -

Many of you contributed blue and white 9 patch blocks to our Comfort Quilt stash. This week, we've learned of a local gal that could use a little quilt hug so, a stack of these blocks went home with a group of friends and this is the quilt they made. After binding, it will be ready to deliver.

We like to keep about 20 blocks in store for when there is a need. Often, the quicker we can provide comfort, the better. Our supply is now depleted so, we are asking for you to send in or drop of nine-patch blocks.

In the past, we have done black and cream, red and cream, brown and cream and blue and white as shown above. How about if we do pink and white this time?

Make as many as you like, using 3 1/2" cut squares - - 5 pink and 4 white. The block will be 9 1/2" (9" finished). Ask us if you need a pattern.

Lonnie's Pine Fresh

From Sandy Gervais new panel - Pine Fresh. Isn't this lovely! Available in kit!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Customer Appreciation Days!


It's on! Come in today, tomorrow or Saturday (August 21 thru 23) and let us show you our appreciation for your business!

From each of the participating shops:
  • 15% discount!
  • Prize drawing - four $25 gift certificates

Special Hours: 
  • Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm
  • Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

Participating Shops:  
  • Adel Quilting
  • Creekside Quilting 
  • Quilt Block
  • Quilter's Cupboard 
  • Quilt Connection

While in Adel, check out our dimensional flowers demo and grab a snack to go. We look forward to your visit.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Conkerr Cancer Event – Saturday September 6

 – - - - - 9 am to 1 pm at the Adel Library.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. 

Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co is collaborating with Conkerr Cancer Org. to host an event at the Adel Library, making pillowcases for children in treatment. 

Help is needed to cut, press and fold fabric for pillow case kits. 
Help is also needed to stitch pillow cases.

Adel Quilting is providing the fabric. 

Please stop by the library for a few minutes or a few hours on September 6 to help with this project. 

For more information on how you can help, call Adel Quilting at 515-993-1170 or contact

August Quilt Circle of Friends

Another great evening in my Quilt Circle of Friends. We started our evening by discussing the final details of our new quilt block exchange:
  • We will exchange each month for 12, starting in September.
  • Each month, each participating member will be given a Crayola color and must use it to pick their focus fabric.
  • The chosen pattern is the Snowball Block.
  • The focus fabric will be cut 6 1/2" from the crayola color and the cheater corners will be cut 2 1/2" from a off-white fabric.
  • Make 20 each month.
  • If you missed this evening, just give us a call for your Crayola color assignment.
Next, it was around the circle with our Show and Share and stories of how each spent (or did not) at least 15 minutes since our last meeting on their Archive Get Er Done project.

 Marti's found and finished.
And her mother's Bubble quilt.

Nancy is plugging away at her Archive quilt. She has a whole box of these little Dresden Plate blocks she is finishing and has just 17 to go.

Deb finished this looker and had enough fabric left over to make matching table toppers and several pillow cases.

Margaret shared this strip quilt. Lovely.
Rozetta pieced chair covers. Aren't these cute? We suggested she cover all the chairs in our quilt circle! 

Lonnie is showing us the bundle of fabric she won from the All Iowa Shop Hop drawing.

Diane shared this baby quilt that her grandmother made. It has been worn with much love.
This is the replica quilt Diane made. Now the question is, to hand quilt like the original or machine quilt? No wrong answers for this adorable little quilt.

Celia showed this quilt made from strips collected on a bus trip. Nice.

Janet and her niece have been working in tandem, each on one of these quilt kits. Such a warm looking quilt and done!!

This is one of my Archive Get Er Done quilts, a Baltimore Album started in 2006 -- - Done! Thanks to Helen Hester for helping me out with the hand quilting. She did a lovely job.

Since we had the Baltimore Album out, I did a quick demo on rushing, used in the top left block.

We ended our evening with a snack of Almond Mounds. Here is the recipe.

1 stick melted butter
1 C graham cracker crumbs
1/4 C powdered sugar
Mix, pat in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Mix and pour over crust
1 - 14 oz can Sweetened Condensed milk
2 C coconut
Bake another 10 minutes at 350

Melt and spread over top
1 C chocolate chips
3 Hershey Candy Bars

Yummy. I had to put the leftovers in the freezer to stay out of them but then I discovered they are also good frozen!

Monday, August 18, 2014

All Iowa Shop Hop Prizes to pick up in Adel - -

All Iowa Shop Hop prizes came in the mail today!!

We have prizes for the following to pick up:

Caroline Romore ($25 gift card to Adel Quilting)

Abbie Allen ($25 gift card to Adel Quilting)

Christy Berkenbosch ($25 gift card to Brooklyn Fabric Co.)

Other prizes (FQ bundles)

Margaret Beal

Lonnie Keeran

Nancy Sharr 

Marti Klatt

Janet Ades

Pat Barrie

Congrats to all! For a complete list of all prize winners

across the state, visit

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Open Sew Show and Share

Here are just a few quilts that were floating around at Open Sew last week. This one above was made by Marti K's mother. Marti quilted it.

And documented the history of the quilt with a nice label.

Another of Marti's quilt. Such a simple design but just beautiful. This is a Double Nine-Patch block set on point but Marti has also heard it called a Single Irish Chain.

Bonnie has been busy remodeling her basement into a large quilting space so of course, she had to make a special quilt to hang on the wall. So cute.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Vintage Quilt Top Sale - - - It's on!

I just returned from the Adel Library where Julia has all of these vintage quilt tops displayed for sale. She is helping her elderly neighbor resolve some of his estate after the passing of his quilter wife.

Shown here are just a few. Most are tops but a few are finished, hand-quilted quilts and all priced reasonably.

No shortage of quilts in this house but, that did not stop three tops from coming home with me!

Sale is today only until the last top is sold.

Block rearrangement - - -

This is the original block - used in our block of the month quilt, Pinwheel Stars.

Here is the same block with just a few pieces re-arranged. Completely different look! Connie R. sent this picture to me. Isn't this fun?

Both blocks create a fun secondary design we set together with more of the same block.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fall is coming - - - -

I am a summer girl and hate see it passing so quickly but - - the truth is, school starts in a few days and close behind comes Fall. We just as well be prepared!

This is a fun zombie fabric from Riley Blake.

And a Fall table runner made for us by Penny White.

From the Wooden Bear - Boppity Boo. This panel comes with instructions for several cute little Halloween projects.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Open Sew

On my way to Open Sew - - - today and tomorrow - - - Adel Library - - - starts at 9:30 am!!!!

A few new pieces of fabric - - - Fun new

Fun new flannel pieces in our kids fabric.

For those guy quilts - - hunting theme above and flannel northwoods in layer cake packs and on the bolt. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tote bag fun - - -

This is one of our new jute totes with a rogue quilt block appliqued - - - well almost - -  I put a little fusible web on the back side of the block and ironed it in place. I still need to stitch down the outer edges.

These 14" x 16" bags come with black, blue, red or dusty dark green trim with square bottoms and are just $9.99 each.

Estate fabric - - -

Had a call from a Grimes man today. He is handling the estate of a relative and has tubs of fabric purchased in the past 10-15 years. Interested? Call Dustin at 515-240-3466.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A few state fair ribbons!

This one by Diana Weirich - You may recognize it as a former shop sample quilt. Check out that blue ribbon!

Another blue ribbon - This one for Janeen Pearson.

And Adel's own Margaret Beal went three for three. The above blue and brown star quilt with the applique border is one Margaret entered.

The red and white one is another sample of Margaret's work.
and this is Margaret's hexie quilt. Congratulations to a master quilter!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Lickity Split

Carol's show and share - - This quilt is built by first making a block from 2 squares and one rectangle. Cut this unit and rearrange the pieces to come up with this fun quilt called Lickity Split. Thanks for sharing, Carol!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Happy Sweetcorn Day!

Now, that's how you eat an ear of sweetcorn!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Visit us during the Sweet Corn Festival - August 9!

Find this pattern in the new McCalls Quilting Magazine. The pattern is actually a table runner that we have modified to make a 12" wall hanging from one block of the table runner pattern.

Check out our Sweet Deals during the Sweetcorn Fest:
  • As a thank you for your purchase, your name will go in our sweet drawing for Sweet Corn English Toffee, from Aldente Toffee!
  • We are also offering all of our charm packs for $8 each (regular price - $9.50)
  • Plus a newly expanded selection of Bargain Shelf fabric ($6/yard) just for the Sweetcorn Festival!
Parking will be tight until after the parade (begins at 9:30 am) but will loosen up after that. Plan to park in the lot or drive behind the shop.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What's new you ask?

Here's a new wrap blankie. We've been making these soft blankies by quilting and then wrapping the plush backing around to the front. Little ones love the soft edge and these friendly monsters are fun.

Here's a new shop sample by Jenny O. The pattern is called Up Town Debbie Brown - - a pin cushion and thread bag. Jenny said it was fun to make. We have the pattern, of course!

This is an assortment of jute tote bags from Moda, just $12.95. There are also plain bags that look to be a perfect background for stenciling or stitching a left-over quilt block.

And lots of new fabric coming in.

Love these Christmas flannels!