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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Fiber Arts Fair in Perry!

Don't miss this fun day in Perry, IA!
Saturday, May 6, 10 am to 4 pm.

free admission

Check out the yarn lamp post warmers
Enjoy a warm cookie and visit the Bloody Mary Bar at LaPoste
Take a class 
See the displays of quilts and other fiber art at these 6 locations:
    • Ben's Five & Dime
    • Citizens Bank Gallery
    • Mary Rose Collection Gift Shop
    • Perry Public Library
    • LaPoste
    • Petersons Designs
See more on these Facebook pages - Perry Iowa Piecemakers Quilt Guild and LaPoste Perry, IA

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Just in!

New from Moda - Grunge with tone on tone polka dots. Tjust he Jelly Rolls came in. In June, the whole line of 20 colors comes in!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Worth the trip!

Lonnie and I were happy we got to squeeze in a trip to the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset this week, the last week of the Art Quilt exhibit.

It was fun to look at the interesting ways quilters express themselves with Art Quilts.
Not all quilts lay flat on a bed.

This was fun, titled "In Cold Blood". Standing next to it, it seems to be an abstract quilt in red and black on white. You have to step back a few steps to see the gun.

Another fun quilt. Each of the quilts seemed to feature a good deal of thread play.

Even more fun is this doggie quilt Deb S. made for the live animal shelter. She had no idea she was a modern quilter. We at Quilt Circle thought it was too pretty for a dog kennel but, - - - Deb really loves her dog.

As a really beautiful contrast, there was also a room of 1800s log cabin quilts on display.

If you have not been to the museum, it's worth the drive.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

April Quilt Circle of Friends

It was another fun gathering of friends on April 17. We meet in the shop on the 3rd Monday of each month (except December) at 6 pm to share our quilts and our stories. Here is our April Show and Tell.
Nancy J played with the dimensions of the Split Pinwheel block. She discovered you start with two squares that are 2 1/2" smaller than the finished block star you desire. So, to make this 16" finished block, she started with two 13 1/2" squares. See more on the block on our website under the Classes and Events and then How to Demo tabs.

Then it was Lonnie K's turn. Above is a baby quilt she just finished for a new great niece. Below is a shop sample she made with the Ambrosia panel and Side Lights pattern. Deb S. machine quilted it and just delivered it before our meeting.

Then Diane W. shared what has been keeping her busy. She and her daughter make a quilt together every year. This year, they are making the One Block Wonder. These blocks below all came from the fabric she is showing above.

Diane also shared this huge quilt she just finished for her son. It has about a million (more or less) little pieces and is all flannel!

Deb S. is having fun expressing her creative side by putting together odds and ends to create dog quilts for the shelter.

Last month we pilfered through some of the stuff donated to us to finish up for our June library fund raiser. Joyce S. took home some of the place mats that were donated and finished them up!

Celia (also know as the serious one - - - not!) is showing us some bags she made for a recent trip to Hawaii.

She was wearing one of her favorite t-shirts.

And, as it goes, her sister liked her shoulder bag so much, Celia made one for her as well, using some of the fabrics she purchased in Hawaii.

Abbie showed us this garment bag she made for her granddaughters dance costumes!

And this dance recital memory quilt.

She also shared this Grunge BOM quilt top she finished, using her signature "purple" for the border.

and a few excess embroidery machine blocks she is donating for our June sale orphan projects.

This is a quilt top Sue took home from our selection of orphan quilts. She finished it up and now it is ready for the June sale.

She also shared these two "What Cancer Cannot Do" quilts that will be donated to Warrior Wagons. This non profit was started by a cousin of Sue's who lost her son to cancer. His name was Reed which translates to Warrior.

Marti K. shared this picture. She was featured in Quilt Folk and she also has a featured article in the magazine.

Bonnie N. share this beauty. Each Dresden plate is surrounded with a striped flange.

It has been beautifully quilted by Julia S.

and the backing was not quite big enough so Bonnie added a few inch inserts!

Jackie O. is continuing on her quest of "kicking quilts and taking names later". Here are some now on the done list.

and last, Nancy J. shared several things she took home from our collection of orphans to give new life.

She brought a whole box of table runners, pillows and small quilts to donate to the June sale.

As you can tell, we are in full swing to have items ready for our June sale. It will be held on our porch and is the only time all year we sell quilted items. All proceeds are donated to the Adel Library where we love to gather and stitch. Watch this blog as June approaches for the exact dates of the sale. It generally runs for about 2 weeks, including during our June 17 outdoor quilt show.

I shared a demo on how to make a fun pin cushion tuffet, we had a snack and called it a night!

Thank you to all of my fabulous Quilt Circle of Friends! As always, special thank you to Jackie Orton for taking all these pictures.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April Purple Bag Drawing!

Our drawing winner for April, Julie Champ, stopped in to pick up her prize, a pack of 10" batik squares from Hoffman!