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Open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

Friday, December 6, 2019

New shop sample

Lonnie made this sample for us featuring the Geotopia line. Below so two of the smaller prints enlarged for a better few. So bright and pretty!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

New Stuff!

Adorable new panel in beautiful digital colors. Below are all of the individual pooches enlarged for a better look. Do you recognize one of these looks?

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Quilt Show Sunday

Sunday, December 8

Don't miss this annual event in the sanctuary of the Adel First Christian Church. Soup and Dessert will be served in the lower level. Show is 1 to 4 pm. Soup and dessert is 11 am to 2 pm. Dessert will continue to be served until 4 pm.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Volunteers needed

The group sponsoring the holiday home tour in Adel on Sunday is looking for volunteers to help greet guests as they arrive at any one of the 5 homes. They are offering volunteers a free tour either before or after their shift. If you are interested, you can go to this website to see the remaining vacancies and sign up.

Leora's Letters

This is a true story of 5 Dallas County brothers that served during WWII as documented by letters sent to and received from them.

Their mother, Leora, kept all of the letters and passed them down through the generations to her granddaughter, Joy. In her attempt to make sure the story is never forgotten, Joy has organized the letters and spun them together in a narrative of history all should read.

These young men on the book cover are also the featured artwork on this years Freedom Rock in Adair County.

Joy will be in the shop Friday evening, December 6, from 5 to 8 pm to autograph books. I will retain copies to sell in the shop. This is a wonderful holiday gift idea.

Monday, December 2, 2019


Visit us on Saturday for our holiday kick off.
  • Fun and quick gift demos
  • Holiday Gift Certificates
  • Gifts ready to go. We'll even gift wrap! 
  • Autographed books, Leora's Letters, a true story about a Dallas County family during World War II.
  • Holiday treats
  • AND - a gift - - - to you from us.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Book Signing Dec 6

Exciting news! Joy Neal Kidney (my cousin) will be in the shop Friday evening, December 6, during the Adel Holiday Open House for a book signing of her just released book, Leora's Letters.

This is a true story based on her Dallas Co, Iowa family's WWII letters, documenting a story of love and loss.

If you are looking for a great gift or just a great read, this is it.
Read more and order a book on Amazon now or get your copy here Dec 6 evening.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday - what's it all about. Here is an excerpt for Farm Bureau Financial Service. They say it well:

For small business owners, their business is not just a business. To them, it is an extension of who they are. Giving the local businesses within your community a chance is crucial to not only their survival, but to give them an opportunity to win you over as a customer. 

This year, step out of your comfort zone and stop by your local bakery, restaurant, coffee shop, or boutique and support your neighborhood store rather than shopping a national chain. Shopping local matters because it affects the entire community. More money spent at local stores means more money stays within the community. This not only helps schools and other organizations through taxes, but small businesses are usually the organizations that support local sports teams, charities and events. The community wins as a whole, but the individuals that took a chance and made their dream a reality win as well. 

And I might add - your local quilt shop. Visit us in Adel Saturday. We have a few Shop Local Totes to use for bulkier purchases. Better come get some batting - - or lots of fabric - - - or lots and lots and lots of thread.  

Shop Local Saturday Special - Robinson Anton thread bogo - Buy one, get one at half price.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019


"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." Charles Dickens

We will be closed Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends.  We hope you do the same and maybe sneak in a little quilting this weekend!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Quilters Trek

The Row x Row nation-wide shop hop has had a big and needed refreshing:
New Name - Quilters Trek
New Dates - May 22 to August 31
New Themes - Colors rather than objects - This year is Blue
More Prizes - Each shop gives 2 bundles of 15 FQ each
New Patterns - Now 9" divisible units rather than rows
New Fabric Tokens - Little fabric patches that will be hidden in shop kits like Cracker Jack prizes.

Friday, November 22, 2019

November Quilt Circle

We met in the shop on the third Monday of November. After sharing family news and quilt shop news, we started around the circle with our Show and Share.

These pictures of future quilters are Margaret's Twin Great Grandchildren.

A baby quilt made by Margaret and her church group of quilters for charity.

Margaret's Free Quilt.

Trish's own design.

Trish's Bermuda Triangle

These two slackers showed up with no name tags so made them from scraps of paper. HAHAHA. 

Sue is making Free Potholders - using what she has to make potholders.

Abbie's charity quilt.

Abby's almost Free quilt made after an AQS class.

The back.

Abbie showed how she cuts a slit in an empty large thread spool and then uses it to wrap and store binding strips.

Deanna's Bermuda Triangle. Just one more section to go on these Bermuda BOM quilts.

Deanna's Taster's Mystery Tree.

Kathy's Taster's Mystery Tree.

A baby boy quilt.

With Minion's in the quilting pattern.

Kathy shared her plans to do the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt, using these paint chips as inspiration.
Gloria is making potholder table favors for a woman's luncheon.

Deb's Free Quilt! Done!!

And the Free back (using what she has)

Flo's quilt made with a curvy ruler.

And her Free baby quilt.

Flo's Stone Hedge quilt.

And this lovely number by Flo.

Nancy's mini quilt.

And her dolly quilt.

Nancy also shared this adorable nine patch.

Jackie O and friends are making a dozen Quilts of Valor for high school classmates.

After a demo of making these hexagons with interfacing and a fun way to machine quilt, it was time to draw for prizes and enjoy a treat.

Jackie O brought these yummy bars to share - Rice Krispie Cappuccino Bars - Very yummy. Thanks, Jackie.

Plus our annual November Pumpkin Bars.

As always, it was a lovely time spent with my Quilt Circle of Friends.

Thank you to Jackie O for taking all of these pictures.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Sunday Sewday

This was my Sunday Sewday. Using a 4" Hexagon ruler (with 2" sides) I cut 10 hexagons from fabric and 10 - 4" squares of cotton fusible interfacing. Stitched the two together, made a slit in the interfacing and turned the unit inside out.

I then arranged and fused them into this tree, leaving a small space between each.

When I was ready to layer and quilt, I used metallic thread and quilted across each hexagon, stitching in the ditch between on my way to the next hexagon. I kept doing that until each hexagon had been criss-crossed three times and there was quilting between each hexagon and around the outer edge.

Then I did a straight line echo of the tree to machine quilt the background. I used my small ruler and chalk o liner to mark 1 1/2" spaces, marking as I went.

This was a very fun project with lots of diversity. Possible design layouts for the hexies are endless and, no raw edges so no machine applique required.

I made and quilted this whole runner in about 2 hours. Fun!