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Monday, February 29, 2016

It's Monday February 29th!

Purple Bag Quilters - visit us for 29% off one item - - today only! Not a Purple Bag Quilter? Join now for just $4.95.

Famous for their cinnamon rolls, stop by Echo's Cookie Shop on your way to Adel - 272 West Hickman Rd in Waukee.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Purple Bag Special

Are you a Purple Bag Quilter? Bring your bag in on Monday, February 29 (Leap Year Day) and get 29% off of one regular priced item. This discount is limited to Purple Bag Quilter's only.

Want to join the fun? Purchase a Purple Bag from us for just $4.95 or get one free when you register for one of our Block of the Month programs - Strip Club or Grunge Sampler. - One free bag per customer.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Passing this along - - -

Time for Your Quilting Room Spring Cleaning--AND HELP OUT THE NATIONAL QUILT MUSEUM!!!!

Have items in your quilting room that you no longer use? Reduce your clutter and help a good cause. Donate anything from your quilting room you are no longer using including:

Books and magazines
Or anything else

The museum will use these items for auctions and other fundraisers. Your items will all find a new home with another quilter that wants them.

100% of the proceeds will go to The National Quilt Museum's general fund. The National Quilt Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization primarily funded through the generosity of people passionate about quilting.

Send Donated Items to the Museum:

The National Quilt Museum
Attention "Auction"
215 Jefferson Street
Paducah, KY 42001

Please print and include a "Donation Form" with your package. If you want me to forward the email about this, leave me a comment below!

The National Quilt Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization
so all donations are tax deductible.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Customer Show N Share

Jan and JoAnne stopped in on their way to the Des Moines Quilt Guild yesterday. They had these quilts to show me.

Jan J. made this fun quilt. Cute, isn't it? We have this pattern in a small, one-block 12" kit.
Jan also showed us this northwoods quilt, made for kids in Canada.
JoAnne S. brought this in to show, all made from handkerchiefs. Isn't this cute? Love the border effect.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A gift

Sharon J. brought this in to pick out backing fabric. It is a quilt she made as a gift for her daughter in law. She created the border design to make this a full queen size. Nice job, right?

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Quilt Circle of Friends February Meeting

We gathered in the shop last Monday eve for our Quilt Circle of Friends meeting.
Last month, at our holiday party, we played quilter's poker with 5" squares and 2 1/2" strips. Members were challenged to "make something" from their winnings. I stitched mine together and made little zip bags.
Jackie O. cut her poker strips down and stitched them together to make this really fun pillow. Other members are finishing up their challenge poker strips and squares to bring to our March meeting,--- right gals?

Jackie also brought these two quilts to show. The one above is an archive Get Er Done project. It's a block of the month through the Country Register paper many, many moons ago BUT now it is done! Oh, and beautiful.

Here is a Double Slice Layer Cake quilt using up lots of brights from Jackie's stash.

Isn't this just beautiful? Lorna made this for a fund raiser at the school where she teaches.

Lorna also showed us this magnificent number.

Nancy J. shared this fun sampler quilt. Done! 

Lonnie is expecting two babies this spring, ----granddaughters that is! This is the quilt for the first one. So sweet.

Margaret B, never one to let any dust gather around her sewing machine, showed us this beauty she just finished up.

Trish S. showed us this little can of goodies. It has all the supplies she needs to make English paper pieced hexagons on the go.

Several of the members are making animal blocks. Trish made several since our last meeting

 You will see these quilts and some quilts from our snowball block exchange at our spring outdoor quilt show in June.
Theresa just finished a cozy flannel quilt for her bedroom. Now she is working on matching pillow shams. 

Joyce has been finishing up small things like this dimensional runner above and the pot holder and place mats below.

Marti K. introduced this red and white quilt to us. 

Bonnie N. brought this quilt to share. They funny story behind this quilt is - - - She visited Australia and bought all of these fabric there. Then when back home, she saw the very same fabric at a Des Moines quilt shop! Still - the fabrics are really pretty.

Madelyn B.shared her stripey quilt. So fresh and pretty.

Complete with a very nice label.

And Celia Mc finished up her snow ball quilt from the blocks we exchanged the last year or so. The back is her signature fleece blanket. Such a nice soft quilt.

Back to Marti with her Chubby Chicks quilt. This is the close up.

And the whole quilt - done!
with a fun label on the back.

We closed the evening with a demo on this double pinwheel block. To see more on this block, scroll down to the Feb 16 post.

As always, it was great to gather with my Quilt Circle of Friends.

Special thanks to Jackie O. for taking and sending me all of these pictures.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Kimber Bell

Have you perused the Kimber Bell books? Just full of fun little projects. We just added a couple more to our selection.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ruler chat

I am not really a gadget girl but this is a little ruler I find quite handy. It's 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" and really convenient to have near your cutting table.

Another nice feature of this ruler is the 45 degree marks. It makes it really nice when trimming flying geese units.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sunday Sewday

I spent my Sunday Sewday preparing for our Feb. Quilt Circle of Friends meeting.

If you have been following the blog, you already know that the Quilt Circle members have been exchanging snowball blocks

Member Bonnie N. made her blocks into this quilt:
Doesn't look like she used snowball blocks, right? Well, this is what she did - - - -

The snowball blocks are 6 1/2" so, she cut 6 1/2" squares of black print and layered it right sides together with a snowball block. An added benefit of this technique is that it also helps true-up the blocks. Notice the black peaking around the edges of the not-exactly-square snowball block? Using the black fabric as your cutting and stitching guide will get things back in plumb.

 Then she stitched a 1/4" seam allowance all the way around the outside edge and cut the unit diagonally in both directions.
That makes 4 of these units.

 Arrange the 4 units to make this double pinwheel block.

Isn't this a sweet block? I believe Bonnie said she picked up this idea from a demo at the Houston AQS Show. Thanks for sharing and inspiring, Bonnie!

Open Sew follow up

Nancy J. shared this found and finished quilt. The top was left behind in the estate of a friend so Nancy has finished it for the family.

 Trish S. finished these two quilt tops for the twin beds in her lake home cabin.

There was lots of conversation around the pressing station.

Deb S was sewing together random strips to make blankies for the bottom of dog crate beds at the local live pet shelter. What a great use of scraps, odds and ends.

Sheri was making a magazine caddy that attaches to the side of a mattress.

Margaret B and Trish S enjoyed some Mother-Daughter sewing time.

 Joyce S. was making animal blocks.

 Patty S. worked on her Craftsy bom. So cute in all polka dots.

There's always lots of Show and Tell. Theresa H.  stopped in on her way to work and showed us this beautiful flannel brick quilt she is working on.

Nancy J. completed another Jelly Roll Race quilt, this one for a grandchild.

I worked on a shop sample -- - you'll be seeing more of it later.
Nancy H. was sashing together these fun pinwheel blocks for a baby quilt.

Pat chatted with this guest who just stopped in to check out what we were doing.

 This quilt top was getting prepped for "quilting".

Nancy J. shared this fun quilt. Nice.

Jackie O. just finished up this quilt top. I'm sure it is one of the Adel alumni comfort quilts.

It was another fun couple days of sewing with friends. Doesn't get any better than that.