909 Prairie Street, Adel, IA
515-993-1170 0r
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Customer Show and Share

Kathy Hamilton's showed me these two tops recently. Both are patterns by Bonnie Hunter.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Furniture from shop for sale now!


8' Corner Unit - Birch - $100

Antique Ruby treadle sewing machine by New Home in cabinet - $125

Set of 4 dining table chairs - 3 painted and 1 unpainted - $50 for set

Mid-Century Lamp - $25

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Happy Mother's Day!


My daughter always says she cannot bake cookies. She is a healthy cook and I suspect she is substituting something more healthy than butter in her recipes.  Whatever she is doing, her son is impressed. He loves his mom's "Casserole Cookies"

Mother's Day Brunch Idea


Friday, May 7, 2021

April Temperature Quilt Block

Are you stitching along with us on this Temperature Quilt Block of the Month?  The average high in central Iowa for April was 64 degrees.

According to Moda's color chart, the April block is Tangerine.


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Read all about it!!

There is a brand new, freshly updated newsletter just waiting for your review on the website now!


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Open Sew anyone???

 OPEN SEW???!!!!!!

I just heard the library large meeting room is now open for reservation. Who is interested in gathering again for a monthly Friday Open Sew?

If I hear from at least 15 who are interested in resuming this, I will contact the library to reserve dates and share details with all. 

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Customer show and share

 These are Lonnie's quilts #14 and #15 from a book of 25 quilts made using 2 1/2" strips.  She's thinking of taking a break from her sewing machine but it won't be for long.


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Tickets are here - - -


Available to purchase in the shop or give us a call to mail - - - just in time for your May 9 gift basket.  515-993-1170

Friday, April 30, 2021


 This week, our featured special is all mask supplies at half price.

Soft elastic in 4 colors - - mask kits - - - pre-made masks - - - printed panels - - - nose and ear pieces.

Deb's gift


How sweet is this? Deb's sister Deanna crocheted this afghan for her. The spools are made independently and then crochet stitched to the white afghan. Another true labor of love.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Friday, April 23, 2021

LOTS of new wide backing fabric in stock now!


Beautiful Beige prints by Kim Diehl

An Assortment of Radiance

Digital print called Splash

A couple more colors of Circle Play


Thursday, April 22, 2021


 The girls and I gathered this evening to celebrate Adel at the annual Adel Chamber dinner.

You've all met these AQ employees but let's celebrate them one more time:
Back row - Lonnie Keeran, Kathy Hamilton, Julia Swallow
Front row - Colleen Eckhoff, Flo Welch and Moi'

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Storage cabinets/vanities

Cabinets - no tops

Someone contacted me for more information about these cabinets but the email address provided bounced back so, I'll post the details here. Hope that helps.

These are a matched set.  The unit with the drawers even has a trim piece so they can be neatly nested together. 

I am selling one or both for $85 each.  

The dimensions are actually 32 3/4" high by 21” deep. The unit with the drawers is 41 1/2” wide and the unit without drawers is 45” wide.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Purple Bag Special


Are you ready for a new Purple Bag Special?

Now through May 15, all regular width fabric cut from the bolt is 25% off for Purple Bag Club Members.

This month's Purple Bag Drawing winner of a 20" squaring up ruler is Kathy Blomquist from Adel!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Retirement plan #1

 Anyone want to join me in making a large paper pieced quilt like this?

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Tag Sale!


Most of the stuff listed here is excess equipment used for vendor booths at quilt shows.

In conjunction with the Citywide Garage Sales in Adel this weekend, we are starting a tag sale of display merchandise.

2 Fabric Shelves

Vintage wooden ironing board


retired shop samples

crock bench

slat wall - last one

vintage wicker table

vintage side table

vintage treadle sewing machine

Birch corner shelf

Vintage drop leaf table with enamel top

Painted oak chairs - set of 4.

4 foot vanity cabinets with no tops - two of them

several wooden crates

Lots of retail display items plus this shelf unit.

small book shelf furniture units - one is mission oak
antique dress form
floor stand sign holder
small chest of drawers - 3 drawer with green glass knobs
vintage toy box with lid
casio portable cash register
several more shop sample quilts


Monday, April 12, 2021

New soft backings

We've just added more colors to our selection of Fireside backings      -  60" width of soft plush. 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Monday, April 5, 2021

It's almost that time of year!

 The All Iowa Shop Hop will be 2 months again this year, June 1 through July 31.  Make your plans now!

We will have the magazines in stock soon.

We will not be listed on the passport this year but we are an AISH sponsor and would love to have you stop by, especially July 13, 14 15 or 16 for our Grand Closing Celebration.

A little more on that - - - On July 16 (the same date as our Grand Opening Celebration in 2002) we will close the doors to the retail shop and move to our next chapter, specializing in wide backs available by mail or as Porch Pick Up.  Oh, and at least semi-retirement.

I am in the process of ordering a large selection of wide backs now, both in cotton and in cotton flannel.  I'll be posting pictures here and on our online store -