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Friday, October 31, 2014

Retreat #2 is in full swing - - -

Thank you to this happy group of ladies for joining our 12th session of quilt retreats - Ladies of the Lake!

Quilters, being the generous souls that they are, held a "Sewing Shower" for one of our guests who lost her sewing room to a fire, earlier this year.

And then there are the quilts that have been born so far this retreat:

In keeping with our theme, "Twelve Days of Christmas" guests were invited to wear their Christmas sweaters today. It was good for one name in our prize drawing!

There is one group of about 9 ladies that call themselves the Empty Bobbins. Viki made her Christmas shirt using bejeweled empty bobbins!

Close up 

And, she made each of her group these Empty Bobbin earrings. No shortage of fun going on around here.

And more quilt tops. With every completed top, guests ring the bell to show and tell and then enter their name in the prize drawing again.

Every retreat, we do a charity project. Janice was the recipient of this quilt made from donation blocks. Janice went through treatment this year and testified the great comfort she felt, taking this quilt with her to treatments.

How to decorate a pumpkin - - -

First, strip down to your skins and really focus. Brace yourself with your non-dominant hand for better control.
Oh, and be sure to use non-toxic, eatable paints. Focus is intense but short-lived.
And don't forget the wet wipes.  If you don't have wet wipes, your tummy will do.
Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Retreat #1 ends and Retreat #2 begins -- -

Thank you to this great group of ladies for joining us at the lake for 3 great days of stitching and a lot of laughter. Below are just some of the quilts that were born so far this week.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Angel Tree

As the holidays approach, it's time to start talking angels. We have a list of children, ages 5 months to 21 years old, that need a friend. 

Stop in and look over the list. We ask for a pillow case. If you would like to include some gifts inside your pillow case, that's even better.

This year, recipients are through Dallas Co. Crisis Intervention and Advocacy.

We ask gifts be returned to the shop by December 15 so we can deliver.  Thank you in advance or your kindness.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New table runner/wall hanging, perfect for the season. This is made with string piecing on a foundation square and went together in an afternoon. Fun and cute AND available in kit!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sunday Sewday

My last couple Sunday Sewdays have been focused on finishing up details for retreat. It starts today!  The first group of our Ladies of the Lake guest will arrive this morning (at Lake Panorama) at 10 am and stay through Wednesday. The second group arrives Thursday and stays through Saturday. Unlike this gal, we will be quilting everyday this week!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Holiday gift idea!

 Our friends from Quilting on Main in Pocahontas shared this idea recently. This is an 8 1/2" "Tumbling Block"  pot holder made using a hexagon ruler. Lots of fun to be had with this ruler including hexagons from 2" to 8".
For the back of the potholder, I fussy cut this cute Christmas print.

We are just packing up now to head out for our 12th retreat. With the theme of "Twelve Days of Christmas", this will one of our fun demos.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Quilt Show Tomorrow

Saturday. October 25, 9 am to 3 pm, stop by the Waukee Christian Church to see their quilt show. Pick up a couple raffle tickets for quilt drawing at 2:30 - Need not be present to win. Get more details here.

New reads --- -

Just in - - - love this magazine.

I picked up this new book today. Perfect for holiday gift giving, this is a children's Christmas story written by a Winterset, IA quilter. All autographed copies in house now for just $9.95.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

No longer a mystery - -

Last year, Quilt Circle of Friends did a Mystery Quilt. Then we offered it to everyone else. Now that this BOM is finished, we can show the quilts. These are some of the Mystery Quilts made by QC members.

This one is by Lonnie K.

and this one by Celia M.

Here is Margaret B's version.
Nancy H did her's in pink and brown civil war reproductions.
Theresa H. changed hers up a bit by adding a narrow sashing strip (red) between the blocks.
Joyce S. changed hers by adding a sashing between the blocks and and an extra row of squares between her nine-patch blocks.

Another by Joyce S, done the same one only with a more scrappy selection of fabrics.

Trish S. played around with her blocks, turning the corners to create an entirely different look.

Jan M. rearranged her pieces, moving some of the sashing strips to the borders, creating this fun quilt.

What a fun project this has been.  Do you have a favorite?

The pattern for this quilt, "Friendship Circle", is available at no charge if you purchase the fabric from Adel Quilting and Dry Goods Co.