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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Visit the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset!

"Bounty of Baskets" offers a plentiful variety

Members of the American Quilt Study Group were challenged in the most recent quilt study to study a quilt from the nineteenth century and create a new quilt of their own that was inspired by the original. The new quilt could be a reproduction or simple reflect the original in a way that spoke to the maker. Of the 50 entries in the quilt study, 25 were selected for a traveling exhibit which is on display at the Iowa Quilt Museum through December 30th. This bountiful exhibit displays excellent craftsmanship and scholarship throughout.

Display your Blue Ribbon Quilt at the Iowa Quilt Museum!
We are seeking submissions of
Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Winners for an exhibit
to be on display  July 31 - October 14, 2018.

Submit your Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon winning quilt by May 15, 2018.

To submit your quilt or quilted item:
  • Submit an overall photo of the entire item.
  • Include the following contact information for the quilt owner: Name, Mailing address, Email address and Phone number
  • Include the following information about the quilt: Name of Quilter, Year & Class in which blue ribbon was awarded
  • Electronic submissions strongly preferred!
Please direct entries and questions to:
Iowa Quilt Museum • Megan Barrett, Director
515-462-5988 |

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New Stuff

This is a new shop sample pillow made with a 12" pig block. We have a few other animals as well.

Another new shop sample, this pattern features "gifts" in either a place mat size or a table runner with more gift boxes. The bow is made like a half Dresden plate block.

Lonnie made this panel quilt for the shop. Really cute and I love the colors. Great for any sewing room wall.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Quilts by Mille Freese

 A group of friends each gave Millie a piece of fabric and this is how she used it. Beautiful.

Here is a close up of the back to show Julia Swallow's graceful machine quilting.

Millie,  a talented quilter, historian, quilt collector and educator will speak in November at our Sisters of the Cloth meeting.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Three monkeys in a tree.

Had a great time with these guys last weekend. Glad Liv left her bike helmet on while tree climbing!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Recipe for a quilt block

Have you seen these? They are just like Triangles on a roll or Thangles but are made to use with Layer Cake squares (aka 10" squares). Miss Rosie has also come out with Cupcakes, the same thing used with 5" Charm squares.

One sheet makes all of the parts to build two blocks and each recipe makes different blocks. This is recipe #2.

I played some with this over the weekend and it was very easy. All of my points came out with no dodging and hoping. Each sheet makes 2 blocks.

I'll be showing these at our fall Ladies of the Lake Quilt Retreat later this month.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Super Nova!

Super Nova is the name of this panel from Hoffman. Lonnie fancied it up a bit with borders, making it about 52" x 52". She put flannel on the back for a winter couch throw. Deb S quilted it with a fun snowflake design. In kits, of course, but they are going quick.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Retreat Flag

Hard to see in this pic but the entire quilt is made using Cathedral Window Blocks. We will teach this technique at our fall retreats Oct 23 to 25 and Oct 26 to 28.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

OOOOOpen Sew!

It's this week, Thursday and Friday at the Adel Library, 10 am until the last stitch is made!! Free!!! Come and bring a friend, bring your projects and sewing machine. Cutting and pressing stations are provided.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Retreating as a guest!

Last weekend, I was invited to join a group of quilters at the Christian Conference Center in Newton for a "No Frills Quilt Retreat". That meant we mostly just sewed all weekend. There were a few games of quilters poker thrown in, though. 

It was both a fun and a productive weekend. Here are a few pictures of projects coming together around the room.
Cathy's owls
Diana's string quilt

After Diana finished one string quilt, she started another one!

Playing with wool

Jane was pretty diverse in her piecing!

Jackie shared to quilts made from Missouri Star patterns - above and below.

Linda made the quilt top below with this border fabric as her inspiration.

This quilt is about 5' x 6' - (tee hee)

This was cool. It's a reverse fusible applique Linda learned in a class.
Made from leftover pieces.

This is a block-a-day quilt. Lovely.

Stunning in person, I loved that Sheryl chose to use grey with these warm tones. Really set it off nicely.

These three sisters had a great time stitching together.

Trademarked fabric for University of Wyoming. Very nice,

Thank you ladies, for including me. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Quilt Circle of Friends September Meeting

Last month, I handed out the last block pattern for our Barn Quilt Sign BOM. Some of the gals brought their blocks to share. 


Three of Trish's

This is Nancy's version of our Barn Block BOM, using just 11 of the blocks. Isn't this fun?
This is all 12 of my blocks with a 1" border of gray barn board fabric added. Next will be a purple Grunge border with black corner stones. I plan to add a few pieced borders to make it a bigger quilt. Watch for this BOM to be offered to all after the first of the year.

And the rest of our show and share:
Nancy's pillow made from mini charms. Below see her happy lap quilt and a log cabin wall hanging to match her bed quilt.

Meet Deb's Jewel Box quilt made using the half square triangles from our exchange - - - plus a few more. Stunning.
We always love when Dian shares what she has been doing in her art quilt group. This little quilt replicates a Walking Stick she found on her front porch.

It was on the back of a leaf with the sun shining through making it illuminate.

Margaret and Trish shared their wooden quilt blocks. Very pretty.

Margaret found this archive and finished it up. Cute.

Theresa is making reversible pillow shams.

Nancy finished up this darling pineapple block quilt.
Sue just finished up this big beauty.
Abbie shared her version of our Ladies of the Lake Retreat quilt project. Very nice.

Abbie also showed us this French Braid quilt made for her daughter. She wanted it to have the feel of London. Well done!

Jackie, known for her red, white and black quilts, shared this row quilt. Love it.

And she shared this adorable baby quilt along with the birth announcement of a brand new grandchild!!!

After a quick demo on a fabric folded basket, we had refreshments and called it a night.

Thanks to Jackie O for taking these pictures and to all of my super Quilt Circle of Friends.