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Friday, July 31, 2015

Show and Share

 Carol P. brought in this quilt to show. Pattern is called Coins. The rows are built with long wedge pieces. Take a closer look to see this is an ISU quilt. I like!

Carol also shared this email block of the month she has been doing through Quilter's Cupboard in Ankeny. Isn't this sweet?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

New from Stella

These last two bolts (left) just came in to complete this fall line from Stella Designs. The colors are even prettier in person. Come see.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

My Sunny Suburbia

This new shop sample was made for us by Penny White. From Quilter By Night Designs, this is the smallest version, approx. 40" square. The pattern also gives direction for 62" square and 84" square.

I love the beautiful floral we used for the quilt back.  Thank you, Penny.

And while we are out front, here is a close up of our new yard art. I am not normally a fan of yard art but, I am a big fan of plates. I saw these for sale at our local museum and had to bring one home. These are plates and saucers, layered up by a local artist.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July and August Deal of the Month!

Have you seen this? It's made with Moda Slices. These are 10" squares cut in half to make triangles. All pre-cut and packaged with this pattern. Makes it easy to do this chevron quilt. Packets are now 40% off!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sunday Sewday!

 On my Sunday, I froze a few tomatoes for future stews, baked a fresh peach pie and then had some fun with these blocks. This is from an old, old bom so it takes a bit just to sort things out and recall where I left off. There are 12 blocks total and I have a good start on the next three. Finishing this quilt is on my 2015 bucket list so, I remain hopeful.
Jenny O. sent me this adorable picture. She started with a t-shirt the size her granddaughter wears and then just gathered and top stitched layers to the shirt. Isn't that adorable? I want to see a picture of it on Avery!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Row, row, row your quilt in here and pick up one of these fat quarter bundles as a gift from us. The quilt must be finished and labeled and it must use our row. That's it!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Toddler Model

I asked little Olive to strike a pose in the new skirt and top I made for her and this is what I got. I believe she has had her picture taken before!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

We have a Row by Row winner!

Lila Bilbrey from Panora just brought in this quilt using 8 rows of the Row by Row patterns. She is the first so that makes her our winner!

These rows came from shops in Omaha (2), Jolley, Lake City, Creston, Newton , Papillion, NE and Adel. 

It is such a joy to award our prize to Lila. I know her as a regular customer and she is a kind and gentle soul, a common thread among quilters! 

In addition to 25 fat quarters, Lila also won our bonus prize for using our row in her quilt, a sewing caddy, complete with lots of notions.

July Quilt Circle of Friends

We started our evening with our condolences to the family of circle member Sue Risius on the passing of her mother this week. Sue and all of her family are in our thoughts and prayers.

After a few updates and reminders, it was around the circle for show and tell.
Barb was relieved to have finished this sampler quilt.Very nice!

Nancy is making several of these quilts, using her father in laws old Hawaiian shirts.

Janet put together this quilt from a kit. Aren't the polka dots cute?

Janet also finished this stunning quilt. Isn't this spectacular?

A lovely baby quilt - - 

And Celia's table topper, ready for fall.

Another Mystery quilt is done, also Celia.

Next up is Margaret with a jewelry travel case her sister made for her above and a darling batik quilt below.

Deb has been busy using up donated fabric to make comfort quilts. Above are some blocks she is testing her own comfort level bein "scrappy".  Below are more scrappy strip sets.

Deb also shared these quilts, put together at a recent community sew day she sponsored. These quilts will be donated to domestic violence shelters.

Joyce is also getting ready for fall with a table topper above. Below is a table runner and place mats she made for a wedding gift.

Sold to the lady in the 2nd row!! Nancy picked up a lot of fun things at an auction recently including this stamped place mat and napkins set.

Our demo for the evening was this heart block. It may look difficult but it is really just hearts appliqued over a large pinwheel block.

As always, it was a great gathering with my Quilt Circle of Friends. Thanks to Deb Semmens for taking our pictures this month.

Our first or three Sisters of the Cloth meeting!

We gathered at the Adel Library last Saturday for our September Sisters class. 
Carol brought this quilt to show us. It uses the house blocks she collected in our 2014 series of classes. Isn't this cool? She just made it up the setting.

This month, our program was about patriotic quilts during the Civil War and what women of the era did to support the troops via their quilting. Marty brought this quilt to show.

Kris brought this one she has been growing for a while.

And this one came from Kay.

While our speaker, Phyllis Kaldenberg, talked about the new quilt museum coming to Winterset, Quilts of Valor and the books she has written, members worked on their Patchwork of the Crosses blocks.

It was a lovey morning. Thank you to all.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Show and Share

Susan Body stopped in to show us this quilt. This was a kit from our shop, maybe over 10 years ago but guess what? It's done now!
This is a close up to show the border effect Susan added.
Susan is not only a gifted quilter (just won best of show on a quilt she made and entered at the Ankeny Area Quilt Guild) but also has a long arm quilting business, Cottonwood Quilting near Polk City, IA.
For more about her long arm business, contact her at 515-778-2405 or

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Machine Applique Class

August 1 at 10 am in Adel, - - -  Machine Applique class. 

What is the best fusible product to use?
How does a pressing sheet make this job easier?
How do you make stitches come out even at a point?
How do you reverse images?
How do you go around a curve or a corner with a machine buttonhole stitch?
How do you reduce bulk with fusible applique?

Learn all the best ways to fuse fabric to a background and then finish the edges with machine stitches.

This class we be held at the Adel library and taught by sate-fair-blue-ribbon-winning-quilter, Diana Weirich.

Class fee is $30 and includes all supplies required. Call the shop to pre-register at 515-993-1170.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Row by Row refresher

Click here to go to the Row x Row Experience website. See completed row quilts there from all around the country plus all the information about this fun program.

If you are a Facebooker, search for Iowa Row by Row and see completed row quilts from Iowa.

Friday, July 17, 2015


This little boy was so "sucited" to see the tractors and waited a long time for them to come by. They did not disappoint.

Me and Magnum PI

Cowgirl boots and denim shorts. Summer in Iowa!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Today at Open Sew

Want to see what the gals were up to today at Open Sew?

We gather again tomorrow. Join us if you can! Adel Library, 10 am until the last stitch is made.