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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Warp Up

It's been a big week or so let's wrap it up:

I returned Wednesday after a nice visit with these two in Texas

Next up was Open Sew at the Adel Library.

And the next day was Sisters of the Cloth!

One of the just-for-fun things we did in Sisters of the Cloth was to build a Mystery Quilt Block. Here are some of the blocks at step 2. In class Saturday, they received the instructions for step 3, the last part of this block. Now they know it's a Snails Trail.

We also wrapped up our instruction on our Grandmother's Dancing Flower blocks with patterns and kits for this quilt.

These kits, originally saved for SOC members, are now available to all.
Next up was our speaker, Sue Kluber. A fantastic fiber artist, it was a treat to listen to her and to see her trunk show.

And, of course, Show and Share
Kathy's holiday tree.

Margaret's red and white quilt, made by her grandmother and hand quilted by Margaret.
Jenny saw these pretty shavings in her sewing trash and decided to rescue them for an ornament.

And this is Jenny's Bermuda Triangle - - Almost done!
Suzanne shared this special quilt, made for her by her grandma.  Several years ago, Suzanne went through breast cancer and wrapped up in this quilt after treatments. What could feel better!

Suzanne's mother was a guest, all the way from Texas. She shared this pretty red and white quilt. Each block is a quilting cartoon. Cute.
Kris shared the Grandmother Blocks she has made and shared her idea to make one into a Sun with rays and place it in the upper corner of her quilt.

I always enjoy seeing guests working on handwork while we present the program. You know what they say about idle hands. We provide fabric, templates and supplies to make Grandmother's Flower blocks but some bring their own stitching to do.

And making hexagons for Grandmother's Flower blocks.

We close as with any good gathering with refreshments and door prize drawing.

Thank you to all of our special friends and customers that gather with us for this 3 series class each year. I have already started booking speakers for next year!  This is open to all. Registration is $50 for all three classes.

2020 dates - July 18, Sept 19 and Nov 21. If you have a program or speaker referral, we are always listening.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

New Class

What:   Class on how to make a One Block Wonder quilt using nothing but 7 quilt panels.

When:   Friday, January 10, 2020 - 10 am to 2 pm at the Adel Library.

Cost:   Class is free with the purchase of the kit for this barn panel quilt. Otherwise, $25. Pre-registration required.

Call now to register - 515-993-1170

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Angel Tree Update

Below is a list of names on our 2019 Angel Tree. Some of these names have already been adopted but there are still several children to choose from that would really appreciate a gift of love for Christmas.

If you would prefer to sponsor an Angel and let us do your shopping for you, just give us a call. We already have a holiday pillow case ready for each Angel on the tree to use as the gift bag, free to you.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

OOOOOpen Sew!

Open Sew is this week, tomorrow and Friday at the Adel Library. Doors open at 10 am and don't close until the last stitch of the day is made. Be there!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

November Sisters of the Cloth

Our last meeting of this series of Sisters of the Cloth is Saturday at the Adel Library - 10 am.

Sue Kluber will be our speaker with a trunk show of her collage and story quilts. 

We will reveal the last step to our Mystery Quilt Block.  Bring your Mystery Blocks and any other show and share.

Kits for our Grandmother's Dancing Flowers quilt are now available. If you already have one ordered, you can pick it up Saturday at the shop. If you have not ordered one, no problem. Julia made up several extra kits for anyone who may still want one. 

SOC 15% discounts do not apply to this kit as they have already be discounted for the Sister's members.
This is not the best picture of Grandmother's Dancing Flowers but I am on vacation now, so it's as good as it gets until I am home again 😊.  We will have the completed quilt on display at our class on Saturday.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Free Quilt Society

The Central Iowa Free Quilt Society met yesterday at the Adel Library. 

Skip on over to our Facebook page . Ask to join our group to see all of the sharing and to post your own Free Quilts.

This group meets every other month and is open to all who want to share ideas on how to make Free Quilts, using only from our collection of leftover quilt parts and pieces and from the stash of fabric we already have.

Upcoming 2020 dates for this FREE gathering are:
January 11
Mar 14
May 9 

Bring your no-longer-wanted-or-needed scraps for the sharing table.

Come sit and stitch with us from 10 am to 5 pm. OR, just come at 1 pm for the sharing meeting. Learn new block patterns and/or techniques at each gathering to help you use up those scraps.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Angel Tree is up!

It's official! The Angel Tree is up and ready for your adoption. We have several names of kids who will really appreciate a little something under their tree this holiday. Renee Godberson was, once again, kind enough to make a pillowcase for every Angel on the tree. Come in, pick up a pillowcase, fill it with gifts, bring it back and we will deliver to the local Crisis and Domestic Violence Shelter.
While you are here, pick up a little something for yourself and then draw a card from our Friendship Appreciation Jar. It could be a big discount or maybe a free kit.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Central Iowa Free Quilt Society to meet.

Saturday, November 9 - 9 am to 5 pm

The Central Iowa Free Quilt Society has a free sewing day scheduled at the Adel Library this Saturday.

Bring your machine and plan to sit and stitch. Do you have scraps to liberate from your sewing room? Bring them for the sharing table.

At 1 pm, we will regroup for our meeting so, if you don't want to come for a whole day of stitching, you can just come at 1 pm.

Not a card holding member? Come anyway and we will give you a card --- wait for it - - - -   Free!

The Central Iowa Free Quilt Society - where members gather to stitch and to share ideas on how to use their stash to make "Free" quilts from fabric, blocks and block parts they already have!

Monday, November 4, 2019

The family grows!

Gabe and Brooke are engaged! Aren't those smiles the best?

Our last guests of the weekend - - -

These two flew in under the radar, just before the stroke of closing, but they left with full bags so, it's all good!

Thank you to everyone that joined in on the fun of our Tasters Mystery Tour - Holiday style.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Friendship Appreciation Days

November 7, 8 and 9.  We open at 10 am!

Come in and let us show you our appreciation for your business and your friendship. At check out, draw from our friendship prize jar. It could be a 5% discount, a 25% discount or a 50% discount! Or maybe it is a free fat quarter or free pattern or - - - - who knows! Each prize ticket comes with a friendship prose.

Here it is!

Thank you to all who played along with our Holiday Tasters Mystery Tour! Here is the unveiling of the finished quilt.

Thank you to Flo Welch for testing the pattern and making this sample. This quilt, 36" x 38", is made using just the 4 green fat quarters customers picked up free during the tour plus 1 1/2 yards of background fabric. Even the binding is made from leftover strips of green.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Queens for the Day!

Another retreat tradition is to do some type of charity quilt. This year, we did a relay piecing race with teams of 4. The winning team was crowned "Queens for the Day".  Notice a couple of these speedy stitchers won the honor in both retreats!
Retreat 2 winners.
Retreat 1 winners.

We made 144 blocks in just minutes. We should be able to put together 3 quilts for our charity from this stack of blocks.

In a lay-out like this:
These blocks were cut from strip sets of 4, 2 1/2" strips. Sue took the scrap ends from the strip sets, after 4 blocks had been cut, and made this charity quilt!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Ladies of the Lake Retreat

Another fall series of retreats at Lake Panorama is in the books - # 17.
Here is the Monday to Wednesday group.

And here is the Thursday to Saturday group. You may notice that some of these quilters came to both retreats!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Holiday Tasters Mystery Tour!

Pick up a green fat quarter FREE at each shop. Pick up part of a FREE pattern to build our holiday quilt at each shop. Pick up a FREE recipe and holiday treat sample at each shop.

Visit the shops in any order. When you get to the 4th shop, show that your have all 4 patterns and pick up the finishing instructions FREE.

If your 4th shop happens to be Adel, we will give you a private showing of the completed quilt. 

It's all fun you-time before the holidays get serious.