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

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Happy Birthday today to Texas Grandson, Jack, shown here wrapped up in his wedding quilt from Memaw, I bet that felt good this past week!



This week's FEATURE:

15% off regular price of any kit
20% off same if you are a Purple Bag Member

February 26 through March 4, 2021

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Nancy's Show and Share

Nancy made this cute baby quilt for a gift. Lots of creative detail in this one. See a close up of one block below.


Monday, February 22, 2021

Moda's Grunge Temperature quilt chart

Who wants to do a temperature quilt with me? This is a chart from Moda featuring their Grunge fabrics but you can use any fabric with this as a color guide.

My plan is to make 1 blocks a month using fabrics in the color that represents the average temperature here for the month.  

I'll start with January when the average temp in central Iowa was 23 so my first block is blue-ish greens.
We will always be a little behind as we wait to find the average temp of the month.

I'm going to use this 9" Irish Chain block for mine. I think the chains across the block will create a really fun secondary color pattern.  Here is the cutting information:
        Color:     8 - 2" squares
                       1 - 3 1/2" square
        Background:   4 - 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
                                4 - 2" x 6 1/2" rectangles         

Who wants to stitch along? I will post the temps and my blocks here as well as on our FB page.

This week we are featuring our books for one last time. Books are now $2 each until the end of our sale, March 1.

$2 from each book sold will be donated to the Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry.

Join us in giving back to our community during this time of great need.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Customer Show and Share

 Jenny Osler brought in a baby quilt gift she just completed.

                                           This is the back

Here is a close up of the front showing how she layered fabric, stitched rows and cut to create this rag quilt.

And then she personalized it with the first letter of the new babies name. Isn't this sweet?

Hours 2/18/21

We will be closed over the noon hour for an appointment on Thursday, February 18.  

If you are thinking of stopping here on Thursday (and please do) call ahead to be certain of time.

I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may create.

Jacque - 515-993-1170.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Chicago Grand Dog

Here's Phyl in her back yard in Chicago this week. Oh my! 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Valentines dinner?

This recipe was in our February Adel Living magazine. I think it sounds pretty good. 



That's how it has felt lately.  Here's what I have been working on. How about you?

I made these two cosmetic/sewing notions bags from pre-quilted fabric and I started on this panel quilt.
We will have a pattern and kits for this as soon as I get the quilting and binding done.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

This weeks FEATURE

 This week's FEATURE is:

Valentines fabric, patterns and kits - 40% off the regular price!

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

A little patriotism


How do you like our new patriotic wall?  American Gatherings, a new patriotic line from Moda, is expected in this week.  

We are offering 3 of the small quilts as a free pattern with the purchase of 2 fat quarters.

As you can see, we still have several paper backs to pick from in our food pantry fund raiser PLUS even more shop samples for sale now.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Customer Show and Share

Jenny O made tbis embroidery on waste cloth. It's like aida cloth used for counted cross stitch but, after stitching, you get it wet and pull the foundation out, one string at a time. 

This is beautifully done. It's a gift for a friend at church. Thanks for sharing, Jenny!


Friday, February 5, 2021

New fabric!

The coordinating fabrics for our new Dream Scapes came in today. So pretty!


Fabric Search

 Deb S is looking for 3/4 yard of this white fabric. Remember this? It was part of the All Iowa Shop Hop fabric a couple years ago.

If you have a piece of this you would like to sell to Deb, give me a call in the shop and I will get you hooked up with her. 515-993-1170

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Sunday Sewday - the next week

 Boy the weeks fly by and I have been doing a lot of sewing so, here's the next new shop sample:

This was fun. It's the pattern, Dream Big Little one from the Animal Attractions books.  We have sold dozens of this book so you may have it!

Rather than piecing the rows as shown in the book, I used a pre-cut roll from Moda that comes printed in strips of 5" squares.  I used some of the strips for the applique' and even used one strip to piece down the middle of the back, giving it the additional width needed.

The navy fabric is flannel which I though popped nicely agains the bright colors in the prints.

The original pattern shows this quilt with whales but the book also has these lamb applique' pieces so I made that substitution.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sunday Sewday!

 This was a fun new shop sample I put together and it will fit nicely in my red and white quilt collection, won't it?

And this little bit of Easter fun is all from one panel. Cut. Stitch.Stuff.
The panel also includes the pieces to make the matching bag. 

Friday, January 29, 2021

New Stuff!


Here are a few new panels that just came in. These are digital prints which allows for more color incorporation into the fabric. 

Both of these panels are 29" wide, a little wider than the average panel.

And this is a new shop sample of our aquatic panel. The first sample had 2 green borders that really set off the center. That one was gifted at Christmas so Jenny Osler made us a new sample.  This new sample incorporates purple, a favorite color of her granddaughters.

We have several new bolts of Circle Play just in - 108" wide backing fabric.
Plus we just added 3 new colors to our selection of 60" wide Fireside from Moda - - - that's the soft, plushy stuff.

This weeks FEATURE

 This week we are featuring YLI, 40 wt Machine Quilting thread at 1/2 price.

Purchase all remaining spools and take the display case home free!

Monday, January 25, 2021

Baby Bed Conversion

Many of you have seen the baby bed we use for display in the shop. This bed has been in our family since the 1940s and used for 3 generations of babies. In the years since my kids were born, this type of bed has been deemed unsafe so, it's shelf life has been diminished but I still love it.

Aren't the ducks adorable? And, one of my favorite parts is the patina in the wood across the top where little hands gripped it to stand and announce nap time was over. One of my friends once told me her son would call out, "I'm all done sleeping!!!"

If I decide to paint it, I will frame out the ducks and paint around them.

This is what I have done so far, removed a side rail. Future plans include covering the mattress and making back cushions to create a little sofa seat.  

This is my inspiration piece.

I have also seen where you can remove the mattress and put in a board, paint with chalk paint or other, and use it for a child's desk/craft area.

Snow Day!

 We are taking a snow day Tuesday, January 26. If you have a quilting emergency, give me a call. If you have any other kind of emergency, call 911!

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Customer Show and Share

 Laura Sheeder was in this week to drop off her quilt top for our long arm quilter. This picture does not really do it justice. Some of the thread is sparkly metallic and the embroidered designs are filled in with crayons that are then heat set. 

Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing, Laura.

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.