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Saturday, August 30, 2014

More prize winner -

Each of the 5 shops in the Central Iowa Customer Appreciation Days drew for $25 gift certificates - 4 from each shop!  Previously, I posted winners from Adel Quilting, Creekside and Quilt Block. Here are the four winners from Ankeny and Ames:

Quilter's Cupboard - Ankeny
Marilyn Zeigler 
Vivian Storjohann
Pamela Schroeder
Constance Vandekrol

Quilt Connection - Ames
Julie Whipple of Ankeny
Becky Staedtler of Ames
Donita Link of Maxwell
Eileen Faux of Mingo

Congrats to all!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Calvie and his blankie

Calvie has not been feeling well lately. He caught a bug that settled in his eye. He's on the mend now - - - eating, running, imitating his older brother - - Over the weekend, Memaw whipped up a quick comfort blankie just for him. I think he likes it!

These are blankies I have been making lately, using a focus fabric for the front and Moda's plush Fireside for the back.

I cut the top the exact size I want it to finish. Usually about 42" x 54".  No need to even trim away the selvage because you are going to wrap the back to the front and it will be covered.

Then I layer the focus fabric with Fireside and batting. I make sure the Fireside (plush back) is at least 3" to 4" bigger than the quilt top on all 4 sides
Then I machine quilt, making sure to stitch up to the edge of the focus fabric but not beyond. Quilting beyond would quilt the batting to the backing, making it difficult to trim away excess batting later.

The final step is to cut away the excess batting and trim the edges of the Fireside to leave 2 1/2" on each of the 4 sides. I fold that 2 1/2" around to the front side, pin really well and stitch it down, stitching through all layers thus creating a wide binding of the plush. Because Fireside is a polyester product, no need to turn under the raw edges before stitching.

When I come to the corners, I fold to make a miter and stitch it down. From start to finish, it takes less than 2 hours and makes a really snugly little gift.

Monday, August 25, 2014

More winners to report - - -

Here are some more winners from last weekends Customer Appreciation Days. Each wins a $25 gift certificate!

From Quilt Block:
Betty Jolly
Janet Jones
Kathy Betterton 
Christie Dwyer

From Creekside Quilting:
Rhonda Rascon
Alma Ziebell
Linda Brower
Roxie Hester

Watch for winners from Quilters Cupboard and Quilt Connection to be announced soon.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Another comfort quilt ready to deliver - - -

Many of you contributed blue and white 9 patch blocks to our Comfort Quilt stash. This week, we've learned of a local gal that could use a little quilt hug so, a stack of these blocks went home with a group of friends and this is the quilt they made. After binding, it will be ready to deliver.

We like to keep about 20 blocks in store for when there is a need. Often, the quicker we can provide comfort, the better. Our supply is now depleted so, we are asking for you to send in or drop of nine-patch blocks.

In the past, we have done black and cream, red and cream, brown and cream and blue and white as shown above. How about if we do pink and white this time?

Make as many as you like, using 3 1/2" cut squares - - 5 pink and 4 white. The block will be 9 1/2" (9" finished). Ask us if you need a pattern.

Lonnie's Pine Fresh

From Sandy Gervais new panel - Pine Fresh. Isn't this lovely! Available in kit!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Conkerr Cancer Event – Saturday September 6

 – - - - - 9 am to 1 pm at the Adel Library.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. 

Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co is collaborating with Conkerr Cancer Org. to host an event at the Adel Library, making pillowcases for children in treatment. 

Help is needed to cut, press and fold fabric for pillow case kits. 
Help is also needed to stitch pillow cases.

Adel Quilting is providing the fabric. 

Please stop by the library for a few minutes or a few hours on September 6 to help with this project. 

For more information on how you can help, call Adel Quilting at 515-993-1170 or contact

Monday, August 18, 2014

All Iowa Shop Hop Prizes to pick up in Adel - -

All Iowa Shop Hop prizes came in the mail today!!

We have prizes for the following to pick up:

Caroline Romore ($25 gift card to Adel Quilting)

Abbie Allen ($25 gift card to Adel Quilting)

Christy Berkenbosch ($25 gift card to Brooklyn Fabric Co.)

Other prizes (FQ bundles)

Margaret Beal

Lonnie Keeran

Nancy Sharr 

Marti Klatt

Janet Ades

Pat Barrie

Congrats to all! For a complete list of all prize winners

across the state, visit

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Block rearrangement - - -

This is the original block - used in our block of the month quilt, Pinwheel Stars.

Here is the same block with just a few pieces re-arranged. Completely different look! Connie R. sent this picture to me. Isn't this fun?

Both blocks create a fun secondary design we set together with more of the same block.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fall is coming - - - -

I am a summer girl and hate see it passing so quickly but - - the truth is, school starts in a few days and close behind comes Fall. We just as well be prepared!

This is a fun zombie fabric from Riley Blake.

And a Fall table runner made for us by Penny White.

From the Wooden Bear - Boppity Boo. This panel comes with instructions for several cute little Halloween projects.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tote bag fun - - -

This is one of our new jute totes with a rogue quilt block appliqued - - - well almost - -  I put a little fusible web on the back side of the block and ironed it in place. I still need to stitch down the outer edges.

These 14" x 16" bags come with black, blue, red or dusty dark green trim with square bottoms and are just $9.99 each.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A few state fair ribbons!

This one by Diana Weirich - You may recognize it as a former shop sample quilt. Check out that blue ribbon!

Another blue ribbon - This one for Janeen Pearson.

And Adel's own Margaret Beal went three for three. The above blue and brown star quilt with the applique border is one Margaret entered.

The red and white one is another sample of Margaret's work.
and this is Margaret's hexie quilt. Congratulations to a master quilter!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Visit us during the Sweet Corn Festival - August 9!

Find this pattern in the new McCalls Quilting Magazine. The pattern is actually a table runner that we have modified to make a 12" wall hanging from one block of the table runner pattern.

Check out our Sweet Deals during the Sweetcorn Fest:
  • As a thank you for your purchase, your name will go in our sweet drawing for Sweet Corn English Toffee, from Aldente Toffee!
  • We are also offering all of our charm packs for $8 each (regular price - $9.50)
  • Plus a newly expanded selection of Bargain Shelf fabric ($6/yard) just for the Sweetcorn Festival!
Parking will be tight until after the parade (begins at 9:30 am) but will loosen up after that. Plan to park in the lot or drive behind the shop.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What's new you ask?

Here's a new wrap blankie. We've been making these soft blankies by quilting and then wrapping the plush backing around to the front. Little ones love the soft edge and these friendly monsters are fun.

Here's a new shop sample by Jenny O. The pattern is called Up Town Debbie Brown - - a pin cushion and thread bag. Jenny said it was fun to make. We have the pattern, of course!

This is an assortment of jute tote bags from Moda, just $12.95. There are also plain bags that look to be a perfect background for stenciling or stitching a left-over quilt block.

And lots of new fabric coming in.

Love these Christmas flannels!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Jackson's turn

Last weekend was Jackson's turn to come to Adel for a little vacay. He and "Nampa Frenck" were inseparable.

 Such animated observations come out of this little guy.

Grandpa actually convinced him to sit perfectly still long enough for blue jays to swoop in for a peanut.

While taking this picture, I was told by this almost 3 year old - - -  "Move, Memaw. We're trying to watch TV"

Memaw tried to balance out the idle TV time with a trip to the library, a little time spent at the Adel Water Park and lots of help in the kitchen and planting in the back yard. We had just two rules in the garden. #1 Don't step on the flowers and #2 Try not to hit Memaw in the head with the shovel -- -again. Such a fun weekend!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Coming back!

See what Julie Letvine from Me and my Stitches has been working on?  These are tiny! See the 1" grid behind these little charmers?

We're introducing this program again. Starting in October, pick up a charm every other month for a total of 6 charms. They are 3/4" and just $16.50 each. Choose to do them the new bright fabrics or the more traditional dark fabrics as shown below.

New this year, the option for a necklace or a bracelet to feature your "charms". We're taking registration now but are limited to just 12 so, don't wait!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Carol's latest - - - Carol

Carol played with a Jaybird Designs pattern and diamond ruler to make this beauty.

And she has made several of this project bags. The center front is clear vinyl. We have this in both pattern and in kit.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

More Show and Share

Penny stopped in to show us this fun quilt she made for her husband. She had fun collecting fabric for this quilt, shopping for fabrics that represented his life.

The pattern is from Crabapple Hill Designs. These are patterns that Penny traced on to fabric and then hand embroidered. Nice job!

The pattern even comes with this for the quilt label.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Winner is - - - - -

Thank you to everyone for coming to our Christmas in July!
Marilyn Coulter is the winner of our drawing for a fat quarter bundle! Congratulations, Marilyn!