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Friday, January 22, 2021


Our Friday Feature this week is all Bella Solids by Moda for just $5 a yard (regularly $7.99/yd)

This special is just in time for Moda's next Stitch Along scheduled to begin in 2 weeks, My Favorite Color.

We also have the booklet of all the block patterns used for this quilt in stock now - $11.99.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Sunday Sewday!

Isn't this a beauty!  This is made from blocks many of you contributed.  I distributed patterns and pieces of the red fabric with instructions to add your on red, white and blues to make the blocks.

It was scheduled for auction at the Dallas County Fair in July of last year but, as with many, many things, that did not happen so, it got moved to the back burner.

I pulled it out a couple weeks ago and finished it up with machine quilting and binding.

This was more than just a one Sunday Sewday. It is huge! 104" x 120"

As far as I know, this will be in the DC Fair live auction in July. However, if anyone wants to buy it now for $2,000, every penny of the money will be donated to the Dallas County Fair 4-H programs.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Customer Show and Share

Laurie shared this quilt top with me. Notice it is made using All Iowa Shop fabrics.  Cute!


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Celia's Show and Share

We all miss the main feature of Quilt Circle of Friends, showing and sharing what we have been doing. Send me your pics and I will post!

Here is a Kimberbell Pillow Celia completed, working in tandem with her sister, Rozetta. Nice.


Friday, January 8, 2021

New Stuff!

Don't these just make you want to scream SPRING! These three prints are digital which is a dying process that allows for more color.




Time for FRIDAY FEATURE and it's a good one.

All Christmas fabric is 50% the original price, now through Tuesday.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Customer Show and Tell

Desiree  stopped in to show me her maiden voyage machine quilting on her sewing machine. 
I personally think straight line quilting is attractive and creates a more contemporary look.

Here is the back. She used safety pins to baste and painters tape to mark lines. Starting in the center, she angled out and then filled in that area with evenly spaced lines.

To further enhance these solid color quilts, she used the faux piping in the binding technique.

Thanks for sharing, Desiree!


Sunday, January 3, 2021

Pfaff for sale

 Diana Weirich upgraded to a larger Pfaff and has her 2006 model for sale. It is a Pfaff Performance 2056 and has all original parts and manual. Call her for more information at 515-971-5483. 


  • Computerized
  • Needle Threader
  • Needle Up/Down Setting
  • Embroidery Stitches
  • One step buttonhole
  • Drop-In bobbin
  • Free Arm
  • Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
  • Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
  • Adjustable Needle Position
  • Auto Threading

Friday, January 1, 2021


Time to do some purple bag drawing, both end of year and January 1.  PLUS - How about a special for holders of Purple Bags only?

Now through January 9, 2021 - All yard and half yard bundles are priced at just $5 a yard. We will be cutting fresh bundles all week! Purple Bags are available for $4.95 each.

Carol Washburn is the winner of our 1/1/2021 drawing, a kit for this quilt featuring the AISH fabric.

Each of these quilters wins a neutral colored jelly roll by Moda, perfect to work in with your own fabric stash to make it you!
Libby Mineart
Dian Wakefield
Nancy Hagelberg
Laura Bennett
Vicky Swallow

Each of these quilters wins a Dessert Roll from Moda's Remix by Jen Kingwell featuring a variety of 5" square prints. Strip it or cut it into 5" charms.
Desiree Long
April Scrivner
Janet Fortman
Caroline Romore
Amy Brandt

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Winter Frost Quilt


Have you been snagging the free daily block postings at for their Winter Frost project? Some of the blocks are used in this pattern. I don't see the angel or mitten so this must be just some of them.

Friday, December 25, 2020

A different pillowcase project -


This is a picture of some of the helpers at the Murray Iowa Mrs. Claus project.  Every Christmas, they help fill cases with toys to deliver to children in need in their community. 

We have been remotely involved with this through donation of pillowcases over the years. Many of you have made and left pillowcases here that have been forwarded on to these folks to help with their charitable giving.

The need was up this year and bit into the reserves of the pillowcase supply fairly significantly so, this is a request to build the supply back up for future years.

If you can make a pillowcase or two this year and drop it by the shop, we will make sure it gets in the right hands for delivery to Mrs. Claus.

To help with this mission, we are offering 25% off of fabric that you designate for pillowcase making for this project.

Merry Christmas!

"I want a ipad, a pair of ice skates and a Merry Christmas to you, Santa. I love you.   PS I have been very good.  Love, Olivia"

- - - - from our home to yours, have a Berry Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 21, 2020

The children will be snuggled

 - - - all sound in their beds, while visions of sugar plums dance in their heads - - - on their new flannel Christmas pillowcases from Memaw!

Angels float away - - -

 Thank you once again to all that donated to our Angel Tree. The gals from the Dallas County Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Office stopped by to gather and distribute our gifts, ----pillowcases full of gifts.

Holiday plans

I recently took some crochet classes and have been practicing on dish clothes with scrubby yarn trim.  

These will go in the girls stockings. Have you been making holiday gifts?

And - - reminder:

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Need a quick gift?

Adel now has a craft coffee roastery and they have created a coffee for us including our own label!
I love the description on this Prairie Porch Picker Upper.

Get one of each for the coffee lover in your house!


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The LARGE hexie ruler


Have I shown you Tricia Snyder's new large Hexie ruler? 

This ruler not only makes a 16" hexagons but also has markings for the side setting and corner units so you can build a hexagon quilt with no 
y seams!

This is the first quilt Tricia made with her new ruler, The Hexie Tee Quilt. This pattern comes free with the purchase of the hexagon ruler.
This quilt also won a blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair!

This is a quilt Trish made using Kaffe fabrics.

Here is a couple more I have made, just playing with colors and placement.

We have kits for these last two quilts as well as the rulers. These large pieces make quick work when piecing and takes T-Shirt quilts to the next level!

Holiday Hours

Please note:  We will special holiday hours, closing from December 24 through January 2.

We look forward to serving you again and catching up on all the holiday news in the new year!   🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Holiday Quilt As You Go Runner

 Here's a quick runner for your holiday table or to give as a gift. Layer the backing and batting and then, starting in the center, lay on the strips, right sides together. Stitch through all layers and then flip the strip in place and press. You are piecing and binding at the same time.

Available in kit for $18 in the shop or at

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Winter Frost Snowflake

 This 16" table topper is now available to order in kit. The blue fabric used for the snowflake diamond shapes and binding has a silvery shimmer.  Order it now at

Perfect for the holidays and all winter long.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Customer Show and Share


Nicole S shared her first big quilt. The fabric is glittery and so pretty. This will be a gift for her mother.

Here is a close up of the machine quilting pattern done by Lynette Heetland. Lynette drops off and picks up machine quilting jobs here in the shop. Nicole was absolutely thrilled with the job Lynette did on her quilt.

I have a book full of quilting patterns and thread colors to choose from for quilt tops dropped off here for Lynette to finish. 

Need backing and batting? We got you covered.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

A Merry Christmas Season begins

 Thank you to Red Fern Landscape and Design for another lovely porchscape.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Christmas Candy FRIDAY FEATURE

This week, through next Saturday, all Christmas fabric is 35% off!


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving


There's more than one reason to stay home today! Hope you and yours have a blessed and restful day.

When I remember the things for which I am thankful, I count all of you twice.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Holiday Hours

We hope this holiday finds you all well and content.  We will be closed on Thanksgiving day only.  We will be open on Friday and Saturday.

In the meanwhile, here's a new recipe I plan to try on Thursday:

 Honey Skillet Corn

In a skillet, melt 2T honey with 2T butter. 

Sautee chopped onion with green and red bell peppers

Stir in 12 oz frozen corn  - Simmer 5 to 6 minutes

Melt in 2 oz of cream cheese (chunked)

salt and pepper to taste

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Holiday Beauty


Isn't this pretty? Even prettier in person. No piecing required for this 57" x 57" panel. We have just 2 left, both in this red option.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Friday, November 20, 2020

Sunday Sewday

I enjoyed making Christmas masks to send to Texas. I have finally have the sizing and comfort style down.  Here is the pic they sent back today:

I also finished up this new shop sample quilt last weekend:

Available in kit for $39

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Another panel quilt.

Isn't this pretty fabric? Julia added a couple borders and this is ready to gift to a granddaughter with another one under her needle now for the other granddaughter!

This one is available in kit for just $35.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Holiday Panel


This is a stunning panel and just needs quilting and binding to be done. It's a 57" square.

Also available in blue and just as pretty.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Knitting 101

I have been taking knitting classes and just completed my first project. It is so fun! 

Classes have been at 3rd Place in Adel and, post Covid, the plan is to transition from a class to just a group of quilters that get together to quilt on Thursday evenings.  The Thursday Night Knitting Club. 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Fall quilt

 Lonnie is not slowing down! I think this is #11 since the pandemic started. Aren't these beautiful fall colors. On closer inspection, there is just a dash of purple in it really accents nicely.