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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Retreat quilt tops

Here are a few of the quilts that came together at spring retreat.
By Lonnie K. You will see this quilt again with a pieced border. So pretty!
Nancy S. made this Jelly Roll quilt, maybe one of the prettier ones I have seen.
Lois W. finished this quilt top! She has worked on it at several of our previous retreats. Such a big quilt and intricate pattern requires laying it out as you sew and Lois says she does not have a space large enough at home. This is a major accomplishment and a major beauty. Way to go, Lois!
This quilt will also have a few borders added but, the tricky part is done. This was our Grunge BOM by Deb S. Nice job, Deb.
Jo Anne S. is burning through her stash and finished up this top.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring Ladies of the Lake

We just put another Ladies of the Lake Quilt Retreat to bed. We've been doing fall retreats for 15 years. This was our 2nd Spring retreat and it's unanimous. It is officially an annual event as well. The 2018 retreat is scheduled for March 22, 23 and 24 and there are just 4 openings left. What a great weekend. Thank you to all. 

Our theme for this retreat was T-Shirt Quilts. Here are a few:

Abbie A. made this one from all Harley shirts and Harley print fabrics. Spectacular.

Sue R shared this T-Shirt quilt she made. Very nice.

This is a series of blocks I made for demo, featuring Adel Quilting T-Shirts and photos.

Abbie A shared this one with us. It's made from the same pattern as the Adel Quilting sample but she used ombre for the accent fabric. Such a great idea. This pattern is found in T Shirt Quilts Made Easy.

This book is a great reference for making T-Shirt quilts, from picking out the shirts to cutting and stabilizing. It also has several patterns to choose from to set together your T-Shirts.

Our best tip for making t-shirt quilts is to stabilize the back of the shirts with cotton iron-on interfacing. This makes the quilt much easier to machine quilt. We have it in both black and white.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Scavenger Hunt

This week:
Thursday - 10 am to 7 pm
Friday - 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday - 10 am to 5 pm

Enjoy 15% off while you shop, snack and hunt for answers to the Scavenger Hunt questions. 

Scavenger Hunt forms are available at each shop so pick one up at your first stop. 

Each shop will give away a gift basket valued at $75. To be eligible for the drawing, you just need to correctly answer the 3 questions provided by that shop.

Visit each participating shop and answer all of the questions correctly on the Scavenger Hunt Form to be eligible for the grand prize drawing - - - - 5 yards of fabric of your choosing from each shop!
Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co. - Adel
Creekside Quilting - Clive
The Quilt Block - West Des Moines
Woodside Quilting - Des Moines
Quilters Cupboard - Ankeny
Quilt Connection - Ames

March Quilt Circle of Friends Met

We started our evening with the presentation of the next block in our Barn Quilt BOM. Above is mine and below is the one Lonnie made to test the pattern,

Above are all blocks members brought from the February Barn Block BOM.

Then we presented the new Just One Block Challenge. Please come by or call for your packet. They are $1 each. You must use 4 of the 5 fabrics provided and you may add white.

Make a 12 1/2" Star pattern block and turn it back in here by June 10. Blocks will be judged by viewers choice during our June Outdoor Quilt Show.

Then it was time for Show and Tell. Nancy H. shared this fabric and her plans to follow the One Block Wonder pattern and make it into a shower curtain.

This will be fun to watch come together

Nancy J showed us this found and finished small quilt she made from our orphan donations. 

She did the same with these two pin weaving placemats, orphans donated by Sue Denny. All of these items will be in our annual library fund raiser sale in June.

Nancy also showed this table runner she finished. Such a pretty combo of colors.
Bonnie N above and Lorna C below took a class last weekend from Jessie Zeigler on her paper pieced pattern, The No Y-Seam Feathered Star.

Lonnie K shared what she has been up to. A two fabric bargello above, her finished quilt from our half square triangle exchange and a new shop sample she just made from the Side Lights pattern below.

Deb had fun explaining the delimma of going from way too many half square units to perhaps not enough.

Margaret presented this beautiful star block quilt.

Remember this one by Theresa H from last month? It has really grown, hasn't it. Very cool.

Abbie A. shared this little fun Chirstmas quilt above and a Row x Row runner below featuring photos of Decorah eagles.

Marty K made this soft colored quilt for her husband. Nice.

Bonnie N. has shared this quilt before. She has been handquilting it. The difference now is that it's done! We celebrate with her. The best part of making a quilt is getting it done!

Jackie O. is still on track with sewing a bit every day. She finished this quilt from our Mystery project a year or so ago.

New member Sharon P. shared this flannel quilt she made for her husband.

And Sharon's sister Cathy shared this quilt, one of three she is making for her young adult children.

We closed our evening with a little Q and A with Megan Barrett, director of the new Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset.

We also went through a large bag of orphan parts and pieces donated to us for our annual fund raiser by Sue Denny. There were about a dozen of these bags made from place mats. Megan choose a few to take to the museum for their gift shop.

Thanks to Megan for visiting us in Adel and thanks to Jackie O for taking all these great pictures.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Julia S brought this quilt in for me to see today, just after she finished machine quilting it.

Made by Bonnie N, this may be one of the most spectacular quilts I have ever seen. I am sure you will see it in future Quilt Circle pictures and hanging in the blue ribbon room at the Iowa State Fair!

Friday, March 24, 2017

New Shop Samples

You will see these quilts again after quilting but couldn't wait to share.
Lonnie put together this bright and beautiful little quilt using the pattern Side Lights.

Jenny O made this one for us from our new line of 1930 reproduction fabrics. This pattern is Saturday in the Park.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Just One Block Challenge

We are ready to start another donation quilt for the Dallas County 4H programs. It starts with the Just One Block Challenge.

If at least 42 people make "Just One Block", we can put together a quilt to be sold via auction at the Dallas County Fair Sponsors Dinner.

This year is the block challenge. Next year is the resulting quilt auction.

How do you participate? 
  • Pick up a packet from us for Just $1.
  • Make a 12 1/2" star quilt block using at least 4 of the fabrics in the packet with the option of adding white.
  • Turn the blocks back in to the shop by June 10, 2017
  • Blocks will be on display in the shop during our June Outdoor Quilt Show.
  • Customers will vote for their favorites and prizes will be given to the top three,
  • Need a pattern for a star block? Just ask us and we will be happy to provide.
We are playing with jewel tones in this quilt. Let the fun begin!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

My sisters barn

She's not a quilter but, - - - her sister is! I painted this for her. Just a little thank you gift for moving in to help me while Frank was in the hospital.  #bestsisterever!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Shop Girls Day Out

Every year about this time, we have Shop Girls Day Out. It's kind of our holiday party - - after the holidays calm down and all of the snowbirds return to Iowa.

This event is for the Shop Girls, the gals that help in and around the shop all year long. We gather somewhere that they can be the guests, stitching, dining and chatting.

This year, we gathered at LaPoste in Perry.

Here is Lonnie at the pressing station. Lonnie is our main employee and she is responsible for keeping all of our block of the month programs organized. No one can do a better job than she. I so appreciate her talents. She also makes several of our shop samples and is always willing to go the extra mile. Example - - - If I were to fall and break a hip, Lonnie would jump right into action to make sure the shop never skipped a beat. ---- Wait a minute - - - she just did that! Thank you, Lonnie!
This is Carol P who brought crocheting to keep her hands busy while we all stitched and chatted. Carol makes a lot of our shop samples, I love that she is always up for anything and apologizes if it take her longer than a week to turn a project around. Thank  you, Carol!

Colleen E is a busy gal but she always finds time to work in the shop a couple days each month. As one of the owners of LaPoste in Perry, Colleen volunteered the venue for our Shop Girls Day Out. If you have not heard about LaPoste, check it out.

The first floor is a spectacular area for large meetings and events. The lower level, lovingly called The Cellar, is where they host live music and an easy supper buffet every Thursday evening, 5 to 8 pm.  I am always up for going to their Thursday evening event if anyone wants a tag along. Thank you, Colleen!
Don't you love all these happy faces? These gals are in their element. Jenny O also makes a lot of our shop samples and turns them around quickly. Here she is tangled up in strips and loving it. Below are two quilts she finished up quilting and binding, one for each of her granddaughters. Thank you, Jenny.

I missed getting a picture of the lovely miss Julia S. She is our Monday gal in the shop and fills in here and there when she is not a snowbird. Julia is the shop decorator. She likes to cut fat quarters and spruce up the shop displays and we love that she does! Thanks, Julia.

Julia worked on the quilts above and below at our gathering.

This is a quilt Julia made with her granddaughters. She did the stitching as the girls selected and handed her pieces, based on their choice of what to add next. 
My long time friend, Patty S, is working on her hand applique. She is my wing man, often helping me brain storm ideas and set up/tear down events. We started our day with a delicious pan of cinnamon rolls, still warm from her kitchen. Thanks, Patty!

When Patty's eyes got tired from hand work, she pulled out this Craftsy bom to work on.

Not present at our gathering were Diana W, another long time friend who so generously does a lot of shop samples for us, and Deb S. who machine quilts several of our shop samples. Thank you both!

Everyone received a little table favor. These little potted plants came from the new Adel gift shop, Decor' Adel, just a block and a half east of our shop. 

We decorated the plant with notions that can replenish some of the supplies used to stitch for us year around.
Gayla Wasson came over to do massages, we ate lunch and had a tour of the whole building. 

I had a great day and I think all of the Shop Girls did too.