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Monday, February 24, 2020

A winner!

Cindy Shelly stopped in to pick up her prize from Modville's 12 Days of Christmas give-away. Thanks, Cindy and be sure to check Modville when you come to Adel.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Class February 28

Join us at 2 pm on Friday, Feb. 28 for the Half Hexie Class!

Learn how to make easy hexagon projects using an acrylic template,  user friendly with either 5" or 10" squares. 

We will show you how to make this bag - - - - 

or this very quick quilt.

Call to pre-register. Class fee is just $10.

Quilt fronts??

It's time to reveal the fronts of our 2020 Block of the Month Quilts!

STRIP CLUB - pre-cut strips - 64 blocks - 96" x 96" - 8 months
This is a 16 block sample of "Opposites Attract" - Starts March

THE STORY QUILT - includes a love story - 42" x  54"- 6 mo.

This BOM comes with optional beginners classes. Starts April

APPLIQUE BOM - 60 x 75- do by machine or hand-10 MONTHS
Notting Hill. Starts June

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sunday Sewday

I did a bit of chillaxin on Sunday which included making this tote from a t-shirt for a school auction.

Here's a close up to show I was able to incorporate the neckline of the t-shirt into the top edge of the tote. Using pe-made handles made quick work of it. My grands are Story City Norsemen.
And to follow up with Monday and and Tuesday sewing, I made these little zip totes to help enhance the value of this auction item. The smallest bag hangs from the handle so it can be flipped to the bag inside for keys or cell phone.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Lonnie's Jelly Roll Race Quilt

She just used up a bunch of leftover 2 1/2" strips in random lengths. Pretty. Love the vertical layout.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Charity Quilting

Here is a charity quilt Flo made.  It's from a kit, provided by the volunteers for Warrior Wagons, where they assemble wagons full of comfort gifts (including a quilt) and supplies for children and their families in treatment.

If you would like to piece one of these tops, let us know and we will get you hooked up with a pre-cut kit.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Baby got back!

We've been repurposing and getting creative with backs around here.

This is the back of a large pillow. We have these light-weight canvas panels in stock in 4 different designs. The front of this pillow is a pieced unicorn from Elizabeth Hartman Designs.

I can't show you the front until Saturday at our big reveal but - - - here is the back of our new Strip Club project. The solid color pieces were originally planned for part of the quilt front but I changed my mind and made the quilt in all blacks and whites so these leftover parts and pieces went on the back.

This is the back of a new shop sample quilt. It gives purpose to these large fabric plates I have collected during the past Row x Row events, each covered with customer autographs, both local and world-wide.
This is the back of another one you have to wait until Saturday to see! This is the back of our new applique' BOM.

The front is hand appliqued by Judy Williams but would also be cute done by machine applique'.

Diana Weirich will be here on Saturday doing demos and answering questions about machine applique'.

And here is another pieced back for a new pattern and kit we have to show you on Saturday! This quilt features a dog panel and there were a couple leftover blocks so Flo pieced them into the back. 

And remember - if you sign up for our BOMs on Saturday, the first month is FREE!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


It's just going to be too cold Thursday and Friday. We have cancelled Open Sew. Let's stay home and stitch together!

Spread the word!

Call or stop in to sign up for any of our 2020 Block of the Month programs on February 15 and the first month is FREE! 

Sunday, February 9, 2020


It's time to vote for your favorite quilt shop!  Vote here.

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

OOOOpen Sew!!!

Are you ready for a winter sewing day with friends? Join us at the Adel Library Thursday and/or Friday Feb 13 and 14. Doors open at 10 am and close when the last stitch of the day is made.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Featuring Julia!

Julia Swallow, our Monday gal (when she is not kayaking the winter away in Florida) is also a very talented long arm quilter.

What you see here is a sample of her free-hand work. Isn't it lovely?

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

New Stuff

Here's a few new pieces from Gingiber, the Moda designer that brought us the timber animal panels. Always love her fresh takes.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Oven Baked Stew

This is a recipe, shared by friends, that I served at our Quilt Circle Holiday Party a couple weeks ago. I baked it in a large roasting pan and it made about 20 servings.


  • 2 pounds beef tenderloin steaks diced (I used stew meat and marinated it in the V8 juice overnight)
  • 8 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 (12 ounce) cans of V8 juice
  • 3 cups diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  2. Stir beef, potatoes, V8 juice, carrots, celery, onion, tapioca, sugar, salt, and pepper together in a roasting pan; cover.

  3. Bake in preheated oven until beef and potatoes are tender, about 5 hours.

My notes: I baked it more like 7 hours and I added 2 bay leaves and 2 t dried rosemary. I served it with home baked dinner rolls. Now, that's comfort food.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

More Customer Show and Share

Flo created this baby quilt, using only her stash. Sweet.

And this is a special request quilt from a 4 year old granddaughter. She said she wanted blue and white and a unicorn. This grandma really delivered, didn't she? 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Customer Show and Share

Jenny O made this quilt for a friend going through treatment. Her friend likes angels so she made sure to include one which she backed with wool batting for a trapunto effect. She will have other friends sign hearts that will be appliqued' to the light border.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Cloth Book

Lonnie made this little soft book from a panel adding only batting. 

Monday, January 27, 2020

Time for a Super Sale!!

Buff up your FQ stash this weekend, Thursday through Saturday, with Fat Quarters on SUPER SALE, buy 3 and 1 get more free.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Snowday Sewdays!

I had the good fortune of being snowed in at a quilt retreat center during the recent Iowa blizzard. It was the most productive blizzard ever!

Those of you that came to our Fall Ladies of the Lake Retreat will recognize these blocks. These are some of the blocks made in our relay for charity game.
 I was able to put together 5 of these quilt tops. using the blocks we made at retreat. They will be donated to Warrior Wagons after a little machine quilting help from Deb Semmens and binding help from Nikki Whitney.  (I just noticed there are two of the same blocks in the top row - geez)

I also made a simple T-Shirt quilt for my grandkids school auction. This was one of those turn-it-around quickly projects so nothing fancy.

Then I finished up this Elizabeth Hartman Unicorn that I had started about a year ago. I attempted to use ombre fabric for the background and piece it to retain some of the ombre effect.

To round out my projects, I put binding on a small quilt, pieced a quilt back and I pieced a sample of our 2020 Strip Club quilt - - -  but you need to come to our Feb 15 Fresh Beginnings Party reveal to see it!

Friend Vickie was also knocking out the projects. This is her Rail Fence coming to life on the design wall - - - 

and a beautiful top she finished up for her granddaughter.

This is the Half-Hexie quilt Vickie pieced over the weekend.
Below is a scrap quilt she also started and finished using 2 1/2"
x 4 1/2" rectangles. None of her quilts were large pieces so, truly amazing accomplishments.

Under Sue's guidance, Vickie made this table topper one afternoon while I was taking a nap. 
Friend Sue was also no slacker. She pieced this very large T-Shirt quilt from her son's baseball shirts.
And she made this Half-Hexie quilt featuring ISU fabrics.

I didn't snag a picture of it but Sue also made a quilt top for Warrior Wagons featuring the What Cancer Cannot Do panel in bright childrens prints.

And Sue was churning out stars for a large quilt project. 
While all of the sewing machines were purring around her, Sue's sister, Joan, worked steadily on a color by number painting. It's important to note here that the blue paint smear was dried on the table before we arrived. :) :) 

The retreat center was in Elkhorn, IA at Log Cabin Quilting. I recommend it for any small group looking for a weekend getaway but plan ahead. They are booked for every weekend in 2020.

There are many lovely quilt samples on display through-out the quilt shop that houses the retreat center. This quilt, a close up from the photo above, really caught my eye. It is a collage quilt made by owner, Robin.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Quilt Circle Holiday Party

As is our tradition, Quilt Circle of Friends skipped meeting in December and then gathered on the 3rd Monday of January for our Holiday Party.

This party includes a potluck, show and tell, drawing for Get Er Done Gift Certificates and a sock exchange.  Here's what the evening looked like. SEW so much fun with my Quilt Circle of Friends