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Open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm (Note: December Hours are 10 am to 4 pm)

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Pre Quilted Tote

Just in is a bolt of this pre-quilted fabric.
Great for making a tote to carry your mat and ruler to sewing events. Plus, by laying the empty tote flat on a surface, it can be used as an ironing pad.

Also a nice size tote for carrying a couple quilts.

To make this tote:
  • Cut two repeats of the pre-quilted fabric design.
  • Pin and stitch 15" length of handles on the inside, alining raw edges at the bag top and bottom (these are the more narrow ends). The strap ends need to be 7" from each side. Stitch close to the edge to secure. It will be covered when the top and bottom edge binding is added.
  • Put binding on the top and bottom edge.
  • Turn the handles up and top stitch through all thicknesses to keep them up.
  • Fold the quilted rectangle in half, wrong sides together and stitch side seams
  • Finish by binding the side seams.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Holiday Gift Special

From now through December 23, these hand made scarves are on special for $15 each (regular price is $25). These are very comfortable to wear and make a great gift to accompany a gift certificate. Send in your someone special to do some shopping for you!

The long strands of yarn drape around your neck and then simply tuck through the hand crocheted cuff.  They are light weight and non-cumbersome around the neck. Oh, and very pretty!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Quick but nice tree skirt!

We've shown this before but here it is done! Easy using large half square triangles but still very striking. Leave out the center hole and have a nice table topper.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Story City Library

I visited the Story City library recently during a babysitting gig. This is their holiday tree. Isn't that cleaver?

Because Frank was such an avid reader, we chose the Story City Library as a benefactor for part of his memorial. His grandchildren will be able to check out books for the next few years that were donated by Grandpa Frank for them to read and enjoy.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bag December Purple Drawing

We have a winner! Carol Hoover's name was drawn for our December Purple Bag prize. She gets 2 charm packs and a travel guide book to quilt shops across the country.

Funny note, Carol was our winner in December  of 2016 as well. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ready to gather?

Shall we gather to share ideas, recipes and, of course sew! This Thursday and Friday is Open Sew at the Adel Library.

10 am until the last stitch is made each day. Hope you can join us.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Today in Adel

Holiday traditions

Sunday was the quilt show at Adel's First Christian church, one of my favorite holiday traditions.

In conjunction with the quilt show is a soup and dessert meal in the dining hall. Special this time of year, the dining hall is decorated with over 20 Christmas trees, each adopted with a theme. Trisha S. decorated her barn quilt themed tree with a large hand painted barn quilt and several small ones. The tree was adorable, full of barn related ornaments, trucks and owls. Cute.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A different cloth box.

Jenny O changed up the cloth box pattern a bit. Ask when in the shop and we can show you how to do this. She stitched the pleats to the outside and interfaced with Peltex and Fusible Fleece to make a really sturdy tote. This is one of the gifts included in her angle pillow case. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Angel Tree 2017

The folks from the Dallas Co Crisis Intervention office came this week to pick up all of the gifts. They were very pleased with the donation. Thank you to all of these generous customers for their donations to the project:

Deb Schemmel
Jean Feller
Judy Ticknor
Anita Hill
Charlotte Jackson
Willow Hill
Ginny Renslow
Joyce Hagleberg
Joyce Scott
Jackie Orton
Theresa Hane
Gina Lloyd
Lisa Sherman
Ginny Renslow
Barb Park
Jenny Osler
Renee Godberson
Lonnie Keeran
Jacque Johnson

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tree Skirt

We showed this pattern earlier. It's from Pieced Tree and quite simple.

Jenny O. stitched one up for us. We are planning a red metallic thread for the machine quilting.  She has marked the center for her skinny tree trunk to cut out after quilting. Pretty, isn't it?  It's all half square triangles made from 7" squares so a quick-sew.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A little catch up.

 Thanksgiving was a nice long weekend in Chicago with family.
I've got to stop calling them babies, right?

Thanksgiving was at Brook's home in Chicago this year. Here Aunt B is with Max.

I rode out with the Hill family. It was a great trip except for one little car sickness incident. Even that was not too bad as we were just moments from an interstate rest stop were we could refresh on return to the route. #travelingwithkids

We ate well and too much.
We lounged a little.

On Friday we toured some of the downtown Chicago holiday events.
Jackson stands next to a Jackson Pollack painting in the Chicago Art Institute. We watched the annual "wreath placement" on the lion sculptures at the museum entrance while the cast from Hamilton sang on the entrance steps. Very cool.

Gabe (aka Uncle Beef) did not make it back this year as his team was caught up in the first round of playoffs. They practiced Thanksgiving Day and played on Friday. They went on to make it to the 3rd round of playoffs last Saturday eve and lost in a heartbreaking overtime missed extra point kick.

Gabe is sporting a mustache in the pic, something all the coaches did during playoffs. He is a Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach. Here he is with his safeties. Congratulations to the Coppell Cowboys on a great year.
I am so thankful for my strong circle of family and friends!

Thursday, November 30, 2017


Isn't this cute? Lonnie just made this basket of poinsettias. It's about 15" x 18" of sweetness and available in kit!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Adel Annual Sip and Sample

This annual holiday event is coming Friday, December 1.

Visit businesses for a recipe and sample. 

Stop by the quilt shop for a sample of our cheese ball bites and a sip of warm apple wine.

Santa will be in town, there will be strolling musicians and the town will be lit!

Knock out a bit of your holiday shopping while in town.

For more information, visit Adel's chamber website at this link

Our Angel Tree is up with just two children left to sponsor. Reminder, this year, all pillow cases have been donated so all you need to do is shop a bit for gifts to tuck inside.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Beautiful scarves

These hand made scarves are in stock now, ready for special gift giving.

To wear this scarf, simply wrap it around your neck and then loop the yarn ends through the knitted cuff. Light to wear, warm and pretty.

Friday, November 24, 2017

It's back in stock!

Not a moment too soon! Super Nova. Isn't this beautiful?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Shop Small Biz Saturday with us!

Julia is showing you our Shop Small canvas bags. Come in and get one on this Saturday and stuff it full of gifts for holiday giving. See small quilts we have for sale now:

Holiday wall hangings - approximately 24" x 44" - $30 each.

Even smaller Valentine and Quilt for the Cure quilts - just $15 each.

Everybody loves patriotic quilts. These are for sale for $45, $20 and $18 (smallest quilt includes a hanger).

Several table runners for sale now, each just $20.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

So much to be thankful for - - - 

We will be closed this Thursday to count our blessings.

We will be open Friday and Saturday for Holiday Open House and Shop Small Business Saturday. See you then.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

First Holiday Open House this week.

We will sponsor our first Holiday Open House this weekend November 24 and 25. Stop by for a fudge sample, gift making demos, discounts on holiday fabrics and gift certificates for the quilter in your life. 

Saturday is also Shop Small Business Day. In recognition, we are giving away canvas shopping bags with your purchase!

The Angel Tree is up and nearly all of the Angels have been adopted for the holiday. If you missed out and would like an Angel to sponsor, give us a call. We can always get more names.

Special this year, a very generous anonymous quilter made a stack of pillow cases for us to use for the gifts. Thank you - - - - you know who you are!

Friday, November 17, 2017

November Purple Bag Drawing

Here it is! This is the name drawn for our November Purple Bag prize winner.
And here is her prize, 2 charm packs and a package of Cupcake Mix papers to use with them. We'll be watching for these!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Disappearing Pinwheel with a Twist.

Here's another stunner by Lonnie K. This is from Missouri Star Quilts, published in their newest issue of Block. It follows the same techniques used in all of their "disappearing" blocks. You start with 10" squares and there is no waste.

Of course you know we have this in kit but these fabrics are going quickly and are not available to reorder. We also have extra copies of this Block magazine.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sisters of the Cloth - This Saturday!

Sisters of the Cloth is this Saturday, November 18, at the Adel Library, 10 am to noon.

We will have a very entertaining presentation by quilt historian, Millie Freese, and we will learn how to make a Dresden Plate block with folded inserts, The Spike Dresden Plate.

Guests are welcome for $15.

A couple Open Sew pics

I did not get to stay long at Open Sew this month but here are a few pics I took while there:
Janet V shared this pretty gray and yellow quilt.

And this one by Marti K was a pallet of soft batiks.

Celia brought this quilt to show us. These are the heart blocks made for her by Quilt Circle members after her husband, Tim, lost his battle with cancer. The instruction was to make a block using bright fabrics. Love the fun fabric she used for sashing.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Last Call

Have any of these been tempting you? Better shop now.
There is just one kit of this Cathedral Window Flag left. Some have asked us to substitute the gold with white and we are happy to do it.

There is just one panel of these adorable snowmen left. Ask us about our panel pattern or just add a border and call it done in time for the holidays.

And there is just one kit left for this mug mat, complete with the textured leaf applique.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

New Stuff

Just in, this very pretty holiday panel.
Here is a close up of just one block pieced to look like a window frame. We can show you how. 
Aren't these pretty? Hand crafted stilettos. Beautiful and practical! Put one of these on your Santa wish list.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

School Bags for Charity

Remember the picture of JoAnne working on this project for a charity through the United Methodist Church? Here is a photo of 140 school bags. That's a lot a sewing and a very generous donation of time and talents.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Halloween wrap up.

This was on the counter at our local bank. It's a real pumpkin made by putting a face mold on the plant while it is growing. Isn't that clever?

And here's Max, ready to greet trick or treaters. He looks like a puppy here but he is quite the old dog.

You could not have left a younger, more spry Max off the leash unless you wanted to chase him while he chased a squirrel or bird or anything moving.

This old dog, however, doesn't think climbing the steps is worth it!