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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sip and Sample Adel!

Adel Quilting, 909 Prairie Street, will host Author Bill Beaman with a book signing of his brand new murder mystery, Goats 4 Sale. This murder mystery is 4 th in his sequel of murder mysteries set in rural Iowa. Great read and great gift. This will be the first debut of the book, just now shipping from printer.
Sequel to Iowa Farmer's Wife, Second Chances and Three Little Pigs.

Also in the shop that evening will be recipes and samples of Merlot Meatballs and Warm Apple Wine from Peanoach Winery.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Another Rainbow Connection

 Mary Almond sent me these pictures. She got a little ahead of herself and put her quilt together, forgetting the little sashing with color stones. It created this beautiful alternate. Compare this to the picture in the sidebar to see the difference.
Here is a close up of the machine quilting she choose. Nice job!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Angel Tree and other stuff

Well, here we go again! This time I really earned the wrist band. Out of the blue, slipped and fell in my own kitchen and guess what? Broke my femur and hip in three places. 

It's a little hiccup in the road but, thanks to our supportive community and fantastic group of Shop Girls, we are still rolling forward. 
We need your help. With this little time out, we have slacked on promoting the Angel Tree. We still have about 10 names left and gifts are due back by December 9. It works like this:
  • You pick out an angel from our tree. These are all folks who will be spending the holiday in the local Domestic Violence Shelter.
  • You make a pillowcase (Renee Godberson very generously made several extra pillowcases for us so you may be able to just pick up one at the shop).
  • Based on the age, sex, needs and wants of the angel you choose, you purchase some gifts to put in the pillowcase.
  • Here's a great opportunity! Lonnie has offered to be your personal shopper. Tell her how much you want to spend and she will do your shopping for you.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This Weekend!

Visit us this Friday and Saturday for a holiday season kick off. We have a Thank You gift for you plus  15 percent off all holiday fabrics.   What else? Lonnie is bringing cookies!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

UPS dropped off a few things -- -

We are really liking this product for printing on fabric sheets. It is a tad cheaper than the Printed Treasures product as well, always a nice perk.

These came to our attention at the DM AQS show and have been a big hit. This is the 2nd re-order on these books. 

My personal favorite long arm thread - So Fine in 3280 yard spools.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sweet Baby --

Isn't this a sweet baby quilt? Made for us by Jenny O, this quilt uses pre-cut 2 1/2" squares. So simple and pretty.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Angel Tree!

The angels are on the tree and ready to go home with you.

Each angel represents someone who will be spending the holidays in the local domestic violence shelter.

We ask for a pillow case plus any gifts you would like to include. We have some basic info on each (name, sex, age, needs/wants).

Stop by soon to adopt your angel and gift back this holiday.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Retreat Comfort Quilts

At our Ladies of the Lake fall retreat, we played a game to exchange pieces of pink and white fabric.Following the game, we each made 9 patch blocks from our collections.

By the end of the 2nd retreat, we had collected enough pink and white blocks to make 6 comfort quilts! Here they are. Some have already been delivered to recipients presently in treatment and the others will be delivered soon.

Put together by Becky S for a friend.

Put together by Donna Lilley for a friend of the family.

Put together by Gloria R. for a future presentation.

Put together by Nancy S for a special friend.

Put together by Moi' for a dear friend, aka little sis.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sunday Sewday!

Sunday, I started by cleaning up my sewing room. That always inspires me.  

Then I spent a couple hours putting the final touches on up-coming classes and ran the long arm for a couple more hours.

After those chores were done, I got to play.  
This is a line up of smaller projects that need to be finished up, post cleaning of room. Anyone else have things like this around your sewing room?

I made this block for our November Quilt Circle of Friends.

 No, your eyes are not tired. This is a blurry picture of two blocks I made from an online bom I am participating in.
I even had time to put the binding on this very pretty Christmas quilt made for us by Carol P and quilted by Deb S. See it hanging in the shop soon.

Looking through the line up for one more quick project, I stitched up this receiving blanket. I just love the red lady bugs.

Moda Block Shuffle

Here are the last three blocks in our Moda Shuffle BOM. Next month, check back for the inner border.

If you want the setting pattern, send us an email request and we will send back the pattern i PDF.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Two Fabric Bargello

Another stunning quilt by Lonnie. This picture does not do it justice. She used on ombre shaded fabric with the black print. Of course we have this pattern and kits for this quilt. Oh, and don't miss the quilt shop elf in the background :). 
Here is a close up to show the gorgeous quilting, referred to us by Nancy Sharr and machine quilted by Deb Semmens.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Art on the Prairie!

This is an event in Perry that has grown and grown over the years to a spectacular art show, spread throughout the shops in Perry. Today and tomorrow. See more at their website.

Calendar of Events in Ael!

Gather with us:
Thursday and Friday, Nov 17 & 18 - Open Sew
Saturday, Nov 19 - Sisters of the Cloth
Monday, Nov 21 - Quilt Circle of Friends

Thursday, November 10, 2016

New stuff!!!

Just in, this collection of patterns from Martingale. Sweet and Simple and just $4 each! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Girls Weekend

Every year about this time, the girls and I get together for a fun weekend. This year, the youngest girl in the family got to join us. 

We forgot to get a picture when we had others around so had to settle for a selfie.

This is Olivia with "Aunt B", on our way for a morning of shopping in the near by boutiques. And yes, that is a Louie Vuitton bag Aunt B gave her. It only comes out for special occasions, tho.

And later. Both she and Max needed a little down time. She was a perfect angel the whole weekend. I think she really enjoyed being an only child for a couple days.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


One of my kids shared this 2004 article with me:

It's up to you: 20 reasons to vote
Here are 20 reasons why you should vote: 
November 2, 2004 

1. Because you're for somebody. 
2. Because you're against somebody. 
3. Because you'll make your sixth-grade social studies teacher happy. 
4. Because Iowans may never again wield this much power. Iowa is one of a handful of swing states in what's expected to be a close election. It's why President Bush and Sen. John Kerry campaigned here what seemed like every other day. 
5. Because the next time you read abumper sticker that says, "If you don't vote, don't complain," you can stop the driver and gripe to your heart's content. 
6. Because sometimes a single vote does count. Four years ago, Al Gore defeated Bush by 4,144 votes in Iowa. That's two votes per precinct. 
7. Because there are no television sets in the voting booth, which means the odds are great you will not hear the phrase, ". . . and I approved this message." 
8. Because millions of people around the world don't have the chance. 
9. Because Americans have died so you can. 
10. Because, for some strange reason, it just makes you feel good. 
11. Because you'll balance out somebody you really, really disagree with. 
12. Because, despite all their wealth, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Donald Trump get to vote only once. Just like you. 
13. Because the experts can poll you and spin you and spend millions of dollars trying to influence you, but they still can't tell you what to do behind that curtain. 
14. Because even if it's only an illusion to think you are making your voice heard, that's still better than knowing with absolute certainty that you remained silent. 
15. Because your neighbor will. And you don't want HIM choosing your leaders, do you? Hmmm? 
16. Because it's free. 
17. Because your children will notice. 
18. Because you'd stand in line that long for good concert tickets. 
19. Because our soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and other dangerous places deserve to know you cared enough about them to help choose their commander in chief. 
20. Because of United Airlines Flight 93. An amazing thing happened on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, on that hijacked airplane. The 33 passengers knew, from cell phone calls to loved ones, that two other hijacked planes had struck the World Trade Center. Unless they acted, they realized that they, too, were doomed. And do you know what those strangers did? 

From the 9/11 report: "According to one call, they voted on whether to rush the terrorists in an attempt to retake the plane. They decided, and acted." 

What a remarkable act. With their lives at stake, with their country facing peril, these 33 men and women of diverse backgrounds did a most American thing: They took a vote. They decided to rush the cockpit. And a plane that might have destroyed the White House or U.S. Capitol crashed instead in a Pennsylvania field. 

Why vote? Choose your reason. 

Honoring their sacrifice will do just fine 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Adel Luncheon

The Adel Woman's Club sponsors a luncheon for the public every Spring and again in the Fall. The Fall date is Monday, November 7.

It will be held at the First Christian Church in Adel, just 1/2 block north of the courthouse. Tickets are $6 for all you can eat salad bar, desserts and a main dish item - I think it is a beefburger.

Now, when I say salad bar, it's not your typical salad bar. Members of the club each bring one of their favorite salad recipes and their best cakes for you to enjoy.

All proceeds from this event are donated to local charities. Come join us for lunch Monday, 11 am to 1 pm. Tickets are available at the door.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Are you ready for this?

As much as I hate to say it, Tis time to start sewing for the holidays and here's a cute pattern to get your started. I used 2 1/2" charm squares of Moda's Concrete basic for this one. It was easy to make and I really liked the edges finished with binding.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Purple Bag Pop Up Sale Dates

NOTE: The sale advertised below is from November 4 through Nov 12 only.

Purple Bag Winners!

Today, we drew for our Purple Bag Club. In fact, we decided to draw 4 names this month. Each of these quilters win a jelly roll from the Moda line, Chandelier. Perfect for holiday projects. If your name is listed here, come pick up your prize!
  • Goldie Lane
  • Susan Lawyer
  • Lois Williams
  • Judy Tonenga
Plus - are you ready for another Purple Bag Club Pop Up Special? All fabric on the sale shelf is specially priced for holders of an Adel Quilting purple shopping bag at just $2 a yard. Minimum cuts of 1 yard per bolt and batiks excluded.

Purple bags are just $4.95. Come in and get yours and start filling it with this special.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Our Trick or Treaters

The boys are on patrol as their favorite super heroes, Spider Man and Bat Man while Olivia speeds around as a "fireman race car driver", her choice for Halloween.

Their mama likes to make their costumes. She started with purchased pants and shirts for the boys and then crafted the rest out of wool felt, elastic and velcro. 

She created Liv's car from a box, including flames she painted on the sides. Love her creativity.